Bee-Venom Acupuncture Shows Promise in Parkinson's
Both acupuncture and bee-venom acupuncture improved symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease, a small study shows.
Publication date: Available online 2 November 2018Source: EXPLOREAuthor(s): Daniel A. Ostrovsky, Alan Ehrlich
Abstract Bee venom acupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which bee venom is applied to the tips of acupuncture needles, stingers are extracted from bees, or bees are held with an instrument exposing the stinger, and applied to acupoints on the skin. Bee venom is a complex substance consisting of multiple anti-inflammatory compounds such as melittin, adolapin, apamin. Other substances such as phospholipase A2 can be anti-inflammatory in low concentrations and pro-inflammatory in others. However, bee venom also contains proinflammatory substances, melittin, mast cell degranulation peptide 401, and histamine. Never...
Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Volume 11, Issue 4Author(s): D. Zeise-Suess
Abstract Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorder with intricate progressive pathology. Currently, available conventional options for PD have certain limitations of their own, and as a result, patient compliance and satisfaction are low. Current contemporary treatment options provide only symptomatic relief with limited control to prevent disease progression, resulting in poor patient compliance and satisfaction. Several emerging pharmacotherapies for PD are in different stages of clinical development. These therapies include adenosine A2A receptor antagonists, glutamate recept...
Conclusions: Our findings regarding the efficacy of pharmacoacupuncture as a therapy for idiopathic Parkinson's disease are currently inconclusive. Further large and rigorous clinical trials are needed. PMID: 30046336 [PubMed]
Fan Jiang, Tiansong Yang, Hongna Yin, Yuhuai Guo, Hiroki Namba, Zhongren Sun, Tetsuya Asakawa
ConclusionCAMs, especially Chinese materia medica, rehabilitation exercise, and acupuncture, are widely used for PD patients in China.
Conditions: Acupuncture; Parkinson's Disease; Sleep Disorders; Neuroimaging Intervention: Device: Sterile acupuncture needles for single use Sponsor: Tsinghua University Not yet recruiting