Loss of muscle mass has a profound effect on the ability of many people to engage in physical activity. One preferred way to prevent atrophy is to use such interventions as exercise training, improved nutrition and mechanical stimulation.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 06, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending its support to a recent study showing that acupuncture therapy mitigates skeletal muscle loss. This has big implications for improving health among older adults and medical patients who have weakened muscles.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Friday, May 4, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/how-chinese-medicine-strengthens-your-muscles), the researchers believe acupuncture is the main alternative treatment for dealing with skeletal muscle atrophy. Atrophy is the partial or complete wasting away of a part of the body.
Loss of muscle mass has a profound effect on the ability of many people to engage in physical activity. One preferred way to prevent atrophy is to use such interventions as exercise training, improved nutrition and mechanical stimulation. But these can be quite challenging for those who are already frail or who have severe medical conditions.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that the researchers strongly believe that an alternative approach is urgently needed for these individuals. And that is why they decided to explore how acupuncture affects skeletal muscle at the molecular level. And there, they found very encouraging results.
It was a preliminary study, performed on mice, as is the norm, and it found that the cellular changes that cause muscle loss could be “significantly reversed by acupuncture.”
The World Health Organization has endorsed acupuncture as a treatment for a variety of diseases. Yet many people (doctors and patients, alike) regard it suspiciously. And researchers have not dipped very much into understanding the molecular ways acupuncture works in the body.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports also reports that the new study found one such molecular mechanism responsible for acupuncture’s effectiveness. It was found, in this case, very useful in preventing skeletal muscle atrophy in mice. While more studies will be needed in the future to address this link, older adults dealing with this health issue may find help in the offices of a Chinese medicine practitioner or licensed and experienced acupuncturist.
(SOURCE: "Japanese researchers show that acupuncture can improve skeletal muscle atrophy," American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Apr. 23, 2012.)
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