Acupuncture Osteoporosis

Acupuncture Osteoporosis, Osteopenia treatment. Many readers ask about non-prescription drug methods for increasing their bone density. One alternative that is becoming  popular comes from the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)..

Increasing bone density without drugs.

I have been fascinated by what I've read about TCM treatments for bone loss and I think you will be too. Even if you do not plan to use this treatment yourself, I think you will find it interesting to learn what the TCM Practitioners do when they use Acupuncture Osteoporosis treatments for bone loss

As you may know Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on a notion of keeping you energy (Chi) balanced. The whole aim of TCM is the keeping and restoring 'balance of Ying - Yang energy'. Restoring your balance to you Ying - Yang energy is achieved through diet and movement. In the case of illness herbs are often used too.

You have probably seen TV or videos of people in China, Taiwan or Hong Kong practicing stylized movements of Tai Chi Exercises outdoors in a park. Tai Chi has a long history. Its purpose is to keep energy flowing through the body without obstruction. (If you want to learn more about Tai Chi, go to Tai Chi Exercises

In TCM the human body is seen as having lines (meridians) of energy that go from your toes to the crown of your head. Along these lines are 'points' or 'centers' of energy. If energy gets blocked at any of these points, the points are treated with acupuncture or sometimes by acupressure (no needles) so that energy can again flow easily and the body can repair itself.

How does it work? A practitioner will assess your energy balance by checking your pulse in several places on your body. Then, if an imbalance or block of energy is found, very thin sterilized needles are inserted at certain points along your meridians. Interestingly I found that the insertion of needles did not hurt. Sometimes it itched or tickled.

If you want to experiment a bit, you can probably locate some meridin points on your body right now. Just apply moderate pressure. If there is pain, TCM would say that your energy is blocked.

Here are some acupuncture points:

  • There is a point on the indentation at the top of your breast bone.
  • There are others down the center of your body every few inches.
  • Your ears also contain many points. You can start at the top and press/squeeze you ear along the edges right down to your ear lobe.
  • If putting pressure on any of the points results in pain, you may find that doing a circular motion with moderate pressure for about 8 turns on the point for several days will 'unblock' the energy and the point will no longer be painful. (That is a really simplistic explanation. I suggest that you read more about this if it interests you. You can go to the Products page and type Acupuncture in the Amazon search box. So does this treatment really increase bone density

Several scientific studies reviewing the use of Acupuncture in treating Osteopenia and Osteoporosis have been published since 2002. IN 2013, an article was published in the Journal of Evidence Based Complimentary Medicine,Effects of Laser Acupuncture on Longitudinal Bone Growth in Adolescent Rats that showed increase bone density as a result of acupuncture treatments. If you wish to read that article, just click Acupuncture Osteoporosis

And there are earlier studies about Acupuncture Osteoporosis treatments: In 2008, researchers at Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine published a study that showed the positive "Effects of acupuncture on bone metabolism and serum estradiol level in ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis rats". Another study published in February 2006, concluded: "Acupuncture plus acupoint sticking of Migudan has definite therapeutic effect on primary osteoporosis". A study from 2004 indicated that Acupuncture Osteoporosis treatment worked like a number of well known prescription drugs since the treatment focuses on inhibiting Osteoclasts, the cells that remove bone. The study concluded that it "decreases the number of myelogenic osteoclasts " and it inhibits the bone removal phase of bone resorption.

There are a specific set of points that are 'treated' when using Acupuncture Osteoporosis,Osteopenia treatments. C. Norman Shealy, MD. Ph.D. calls these the RING of EARTH points. They are K1, B 54, B 60, L 16, St. 9, LI 16, GV 20. That is, Kidney 1, Bladder 54 and 60 on both sides of the body, Liver 16, Stomach 9, Large Intestine 16 and Governing Vessel 20. Shealy has found that stimulating these points with a SheLiTENS unit, "increases calcitonin levels within one hour" of treatment. Calcitonin is a hormone produced by the thyroid gland and it inhibits bone resorption [removal of bone] AND it enhances or produces recalcification of osteopenic bone. It also has a beneficial effect of lowering bone pain. Some of you may be taking Calcitonin as a prescription drug. It is prescribed for bone loss or bone pain! Stimulating these special energy points can do the same thing. The stimulation of the 13 RING of EARTH acupuncture points "can raise Calcitonin to 80 percent" as long as the person does not have low thyroid function. TCM offers a effective non-drug Accupuncture Osteoporosis and Osteopenia treatment.

Note: You should know that A theology doctoral student at Holos University, a place where C. Norman Shealy, MD. Ph.D has taught, did her dissertation on the Ring of Earth and found no correlation with increased Calcitonin. To read her dissertation just copy and past this url into your browser: (It is the first link on the site.)

To read more Natural Treatments for Osteopenia and Osteoporosis go to: Natural Treatments Osteopenia and Osteoporosis

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