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Acupuncture for Dementia

Research has found acupuncture to be an effective way to improve memory, cognition, and walking for patients suffering from dementia.

This is likely due in part to the role of acupuncture in improving brain function in the following ways:

  • Increasing circulation to the brain

  • Reducing stress hormones like cortisol

  • Improving oxygen flow

  • Increasing serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine

The Research

A study looking at the effects of acupuncture on patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s found that participants showed significant improvement in attention and memory, as well as increased verbal and motor skills.

An overview of systematic reviews examining the effects of acupuncture on dementia also found that acupuncture “has beneficial effects on effectiveness, cognitive ability, and activities of daily living in the treatment of dementia.”

Recent research backs up these assertions: In Hebei, China, a recent clinical trial followed the progress of 50 Alzheimer's patients. The control group was given donepezil 5 mg daily and nimodipine 30 mg three times a day, while the experimental group was given a Chinese herbal formula twice daily and had daily 30-minute acupuncture treatments. Both groups increased their cognitive performance after three months, but the experimental group improved much more. Acupuncture, when paired with herbal medication, is a "effective therapy option for patients with Alzheimer's disease," according to researchers.

A recent study conducted at the University of Florida examined a trial that included 2,045 patients. They found that acupuncture combined with pharmacological therapy may be more useful for those with Alzheimer's disease than drug therapy alone. “Acupuncture is beneficial for those with neurodegenerative disease, as seen from the published data.”

A study conducted at Wellesley College in 2000 showed that acupuncture could be used to alleviate anxiety and depression in Alzheimer's patients. For three months, study participants received acupuncture treatments 2-3 times each week. Researchers assessed individuals' moods after treatment and discovered significant improvements in mood, vitality, and discomfort from various aging-related diseases.

What to Expect at Your Orlando Acupuncture Appointment

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that involves the gentle insertion of tiny, hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to support the body’s natural healing abilities and to promote balance. It has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of conditions, including musculoskeletal, digestive, neurological, hormonal, gynecological, emotional, respiratory, pain, and weight control.

People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel little to no pain as needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed and even euphoric.

During your first Orlando acupuncture treatment your practitioner will ask you questions to get a clear picture of your health conditions and concerns. A lengthy amount of time will be dedicated to completely understanding your body’s workings.

If you or a loved one are struggling with dementia, book an Orlando acupuncture appointment now!


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