A new study shows that acupuncture improves people’s health. Researchers found that this technique could help people who suffer from memory loss, by slowing the process which would eventually lead to dementia.
Based on previous studies (from 2012 and 2013), this new one clarifies certain aspects. It was believed that acupuncture could treat dementia, but Chinese researchers point out that the statement is debatable. Memory loss is considered to be a pre-phase of dementia, which is a more severe condition.
The study was conducted by a team of Chinese researchers. Their interest in the subject can also be explained by the fact the method holds of the Chinese tradition and culture: the technique dates back to the beginnings of the era.
Scientists Min Deng and Xu-Feng Wang were in charge of the study. They suggest that acupuncture alone cannot be a remedy for people’s health problems like pre-phase of dementia, but combining this therapy with regular medication has promising odds of amelioration.
This pre-phase of dementia generally affects people in their aging process. The participants in the experiment were divided into several groups and each group, to which the treatment was applied at the most for five times per week.
Doctors think people could embrace this type of alternative cure. Other studies show that patients tend to trust and use more the alternative methods that can apply to their condition, instead of the prescribed medication.
Chinese neurologists are pleased with their work and results:
“Overall, our meta-analysis suggests that acupuncture was a useful therapy in improving cognitive function for patients with AMCI.”
Nevertheless, there are also medical opinions against the acupuncture therapy, and Dr. Remy Coeytaux (Duke University, Durham) states his:
“The studies suggest that acupuncture is effective, but my degree of confidence in this finding is low, [but] it’s not zero.”
Another doctor, this time from Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City), shares his opinion against this procedure being performed on patients suffering from memory loss:
“I can imagine some ways in which acupuncture might increase alertness and attention and thereby memory, but I would want to see independent replication,” (Dr. Sam Gandy)
This Chinese method is indeed controversial, but there are people who tried it and are pleased with the results.
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