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.
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Conditions:   Acupuncture;   Parkinson's Disease;   Sleep Disorders;   Neuroimaging Intervention:   Device: Sterile acupuncture needles for single use Sponsor:   Tsinghua University Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Conclusions This trial will evaluate clinical effects of acupuncture in PD patients, and will confirm whether acupuncture alters neurotransmitter levels and associated activities. We expect improvement in gait parameters, changes in motor and prefrontal cortex activity, and changes in neurotransmitter activity, thereby providing insight into the therapeutic mechanism of acupuncture in PD and supporting further studies of whether acupuncture may improve motor symptoms in PD.
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusions This trial will evaluate clinical effects of acupuncture in PD patients, and will confirm whether acupuncture alters neurotransmitter levels and associated activities. We expect improvement in gait parameters, changes in motor and prefrontal cortex activity, and changes in neurotransmitter activity, thereby providing insight into the therapeutic mechanism of acupuncture in PD and supporting further studies of whether acupuncture may improve motor symptoms in PD.
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
AbstractBackground:Acupuncture is claimed to improve the lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Currently, no systematic reviews are performed for acupuncture on LUTS in patients with Parkinson's diseases (PD). This review aims to evaluate the current evidence on the efficacy of acupuncture for the management of LUTS in PD.Methods and analyses:Eleven databases will be searched from their inception. These include PubMed, AMED, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, 6 Korean medical databases, and 1 Chinese medical database. Study selection, data extraction, and assessment will be performed independently by 2 researchers. Risk of bias ...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Systematic Review Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe application of meridians and acupoints for PD treatment lay emphasis on the acupoints on the head, attach importance to extinguishing Gan wind, tonifying qi and blood, and nourishing sinews, and make good use of superior-inferior acupoints matching.
Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research
How common are dye eyes?The prevalence of dry eyes has been estimated to be 5-30% percent in persons aged 50 years and older, 7% of US adult population has been diagnosed with dry eye disease. The prevalence increases with age (2.7% in those 18 to 34 years old vs. 19% in those aged 75 years and older). Prevalence is higher in women than men (9% versus 4%).What are the risk factors for dry eye disease?- Advanced age- Female gender- Hormonal changes (primarily due to decreased androgens)- Systemic diseases (eg, diabetes mellitus, Parkinson disease)- Contact lens wear- Systemic medications (antihistamines, anticholinergi...
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ConclusionsBoth real and sham acupuncture are equally effective in improving PDÔÇÉrelated fatigue, and it is likely that this is due to nonspecific or placebo effects. This study explores the efficacy of acupuncture in treating fatigue in Parkinson's disease. Both real and sham acupuncture are equally effective in reducing fatigue, thus suggesting that the effects of acupuncture are likely to be due to nonspecific and possibly placebo mechanisms.
Source: Brain and Behavior - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH Source Type: research
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