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Acupuncture in
Neurological Clinic

Riding the Brain Currents: Acupuncture for Neurological Conditions

Elias Lu, DTCM,

Acupuncture Physician

Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine in Tampa Bay, Florida

Patient receiving MRI
  • Neurological conditions are a major cause of illness, disability, and premature death
  • New research supports the use of acupuncture in neurological clinic
  • Dr. Lu offers acupuncture therapy in downtown St. Petersburg, FL

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Neurological diseases comprise a wide spectrum of abnormalities in nerve structure, brain biochemistry, or peripheral nerve function. These disruptions can lead to a range of symptoms, including pain, muscle weakness, cognitive changes, and eventual loss of function. As the world’s population continues to age, the incidence of these devastating diseases is increasing.

 

What Happens

Although the pathogenesis of different neurological diseases varies, they all share many common pathogenic features, such as neurotransmitter abnormalities, protein accumulation, neuronal apoptosis, and synaptic loss.

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional form of healing that originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. By inserting needles into specific points on the body, acupuncture is believed to unblock and balance the flow of Qi, promoting healing and restoring health. As a supplement to other modalities, acupuncture can play an important role in neurology, especially neurodegenerative diseases.

 

Mechanisms

There is no unified theory of acupuncture. Multiple studies suggest that acupuncture may work by one or several of the following mechanisms:

 

  • Inhibiting the accumulation of toxic proteins

  • Modulating energy supply based on glucose metabolism

  • Depressing neuronal apoptosis

  • Improving cerebral blood flow and metabolism

  • Regulating brain-derived neurotrophic factor

  • Enhancing neural plasticity

  • Affecting synaptic structural remodeling

 

Clinical Use

New evidence supports the benefits of acupuncture in the following conditions:

 

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Autonomic neuropathy

  • Balance issues

  • Bell’s palsy

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Overactive bladder

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Restless leg syndrome

  • Spastic conditions

  • Stroke

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

  • Tinnitus

  • Tremors

 

Acupuncture in St. Pete

Overall, acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment option for people with neurological disorders. It is a non-invasive and inexpensive modality that can help to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Contact Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine to schedule your complimentary session.

References

Chen, C., Lu, L., Tang, C., Lee, M. S., & Xu, N. (2023). Editorial: Application and evaluation of acupuncture in the treatment of neurological diseases. Frontiers in neurology, 14, 1201234. https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2023.1201234

 

Guo, X., & Ma, T. (2019). Effects of Acupuncture on Neurological Disease in Clinical- and Animal-Based Research. Frontiers in integrative neuroscience, 13, 47. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnint.2019.00047

 

Miao, C., Li, X., & Zhang, Y. (2023). Effect of acupuncture on BDNF signaling pathways in several nervous system diseases. Frontiers in neurology, 14, 1248348. https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2023.1248348

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Dr. Elias Lu, DTCM is an acupuncture physician with Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine. In practice for over 25 years, he integrates traditional Chinese medicine with modern functional therapies to help people with chronic pain, trauma, neurodegenerative disorders, anxiety, depression, and many other life's challenges.

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