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Wound Healing with Acupuncture

Acupuncture is purported to facilitate wound healing by means of decreased sympathetic nervous system activation. The latter promotes local vasodilation (thus perfusion), decreases peri wound edema, and improves oxygen delivery to the affected tissues. Additionally, acupuncture (electroacupuncture in particular) has been shown to promote angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation) and increase the levels of wound healing accelerators such as fibroblast growth factors (FGF) and platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF).


Lee, J. A., Jeong, H. J., Park, H. J., Jeon, S., & Hong, S. U. (2011). Acupuncture accelerates wound healing in burn-injured mice. Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries, 37(1), 117–125. Park, S. I., Sunwoo, Y. Y., Jung, Y. J., Chang, W. C., Park, M. S., Chung, Y. A., Maeng, L. S., Han, Y. M., Shin, H. S., Lee, J., & Lee, S. H. (2012). Therapeutic Effects of Acupuncture through Enhancement of Functional Angiogenesis and Granulogenesis in Rat Wound Healing. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2012, 464586. Wang, T. T., Yuan, Y., Kang, Y., Yuan, W. L., Zhang, H. T., Wu, L. Y., & Feng, Z. T. (2005). Effects of acupuncture on the expression of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2/bFGF) in the left sixth lumbar dorsal root ganglion following removal of adjacent dorsal root ganglia. Neuroscience letters, 382(3), 236–241.

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