Diseases such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis or restless leg syndrome affect thousands of people around the world. They are conditions in which, commonly, nothing can be done to stop their progress. However, acupuncture treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, for example, has managed to improve the quality of life and mobility of many patients.
Something we all know is that a lot of these ailments, which have their origin in the nervous system, have no cure. However, advances in neurobiology and genetics are undoubtedly very encouraging. Thus, experts in the field, such as Dr. José Manuel Fuentes Rodríguez, a researcher at CIBERNED (Center for Biomedical Network Research), point out that we have more and more data available on how to improve prevention and therapeutic strategies.
On the other hand, advances in the area of neuronal plasticity through stem cells have also shown improvements at the motor and sensory levels. Science does not stop advancing, there is no doubt. However, and in the absence of treatments to reverse this type of serious conditions, medicine focuses primarily on one purpose: to improve the quality of life of the person.
It is here where treatments based on alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, offer us a door to hope. From the Center of Neuro-regenerative Medicine, for example, they provide us with their experience and specialized professionals to reduce the symptoms of these conditions and alleviate the discomfort, regardless of the patient’s age or the years of evolution of the disease.
Acupuncture treatment for neurodegenerative diseases
Acupuncture treatment for neurodegenerative diseases is a type of therapy that does not use drugs. It has its roots in acupuncture and has no adverse side effects. Its applications in the field of neurology show remarkable benefits.
An innovative treatment within our reach
Permanent auricular implantology is a technique of German origin that was discovered by the founder of the Neuro-regenerative Medicine Center. It involves the application of a permanent needle to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, restless legs syndrome, multiple sclerosis, vascular dementia or Pick’s disease, among others.
The objective of this therapeutic strategy is twofold. On the one hand, we try to reduce (as far as possible) the progress of these diseases. On the other hand, the quality of life of the patient is improved.
How is it applied?
The treatment of acupuncture for neurodegenerative diseases consists in the application of tiny titanium microimplants in the cartilage of the ear (auriculopuncture) permanently.
These microimplants are painless and inappreciable and aim to reduce symptoms and relieve discomfort.
Likewise, a multidisciplinary approach is applied that includes areas such as neuropsychology and physiotherapy, throughout the treatment.
Clinical trials and testimonies of patients
From the Neuro-regenerative Medicine Center, a comparative study has been conducted to determine the efficacy of acupuncture treatment for neurodegenerative diseases. In this case, the benefits of this therapy were analyzed in a group of patients with Parkinson’s disease.
- The sample was of 32 men and women affected by this alteration, with an average age of 54 years.
- The study was double blind. Neither the patients nor the professionals treating them were aware of which trial group each member belonged to.
It was concluded with the following evidences: the patients who were treated with permanent acupuncture had less modifications in the pharmacological treatment (dose increase, inclusion of new drugs, etc.). They also showed fewer complications in the development of their disease.
After a year of trial for which two groups were established within the group of patients in the sample (some treated with permanent acupuncture and others not but both receiving pharmacological treatment), it can be stated that the permanent needle confers greater stability to pharmacological treatment against the disease.
We are clear that acupuncture treatment for neurodegenerative diseases does not reverse these conditions or cure them. Now, patients with Parkinson’s who follow this treatment summarize their experience in the following way:
- They feel more autonomous. They can perform daily tasks for which, before the permanent needle treatment, they were incapacitated.
- They can re-use fine motor skills such as sewing, cooking, playing musical instruments …
- They can also carry out DIY, gardening, etc.
To recover the autonomy supposes for the patients to improve the quality of life. And what is more important, all this reverts in his state of mind, in motivation and also in his relations with his immediate surroundings.
As we can see, within traditional medicine, as in the case of acupuncture, we have another positive tool that is worth taking into account. It has no side effects and, together with a multidisciplinary approach, generates well-deserved well-being in which to gain quality of life.