Posted on Aug 04, 2018, 12 a.m.
Held under auspices of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine updated evidence regarding effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for mild to moderate cases of Alzheimer’s disease has determined it to be safe to use and improved cognitive function in patients, as published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
87 mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease patients participated in this study, 79 of which completed the trial and follow up process. Participants were given either acupuncture 3 times a week or 5 mg/day for the first for weeks and 10 mg/day of donepezil hydrochloride treatment for 12 weeks. Participants were surveyed for effectiveness of treatments after completing trials, and were studied for 12 weeks as part of follow up processes. Acupuncture participants received good marks on Assessment Scale Cognitive and Clinician’s Interview Based Impression of Change Plus, having scores that were significantly different when compared to the drug treatment group. None of the participants discontinued acupuncture treatment, 4 participants discontinued drug treatment due to adverse reaction.
Based on their findings according to the researchers the study confirms that acupuncture bolstered cognitive function and overall clinical status of participants with Alzheimer’s disease safely and effectively being well tolerated by all participants in the acupuncture group.
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Jia Y, Zhang X, Yu J, Han J, Yu T, Shi J, Zhao L, Nie K. ACUPUNCTURE FOR PATIENTS WITH MILD TO MODERATE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 29 December 2017;17(556). DOI: 10.1186/s12906-017-2064-x.