Acupuncture Osteoporosis Osteopenia

Acupuncture Osteoporosis Osteopenia. Some who have been diagnosed with bone loss want to find ways to increase our bone density in addition to (or instead of) using prescription drugs.  This web site offers you many effective non-prescription methods for building strong bones.     

This page reviews one of these natural treatments. Acupuncture Osteoporosis Osteopenia treatment which is often used in China and it is often available outside China by practitioners of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)  What may be surprising to some readers is that there are scientific studies that show TCM treatments work for building strong bones! 

Increasing bone density with acupuncture.  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a different focus from Western (allopathic) medicine. TCM holds that disease comes when the balance (Ying-Yang) of our energy becomes disturbed. The whole goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine  is to restore and keep our  (Ying - Yang) energy in balance. Restoring this balance is achieved by right diet so in the case of illness Chinese practitioners often prescribe specific herbs to bring the body back into balance. Another method for retaining and restoring  Ying-Yang balance is to practice specific movements that have been shown to restore the body energy balance. Unlike many Western exercises, 'TCM movement' is not high intensity. Rather it is slow, rhythmic and it always follows specific patterns.

 Acupuncture Osteoporosis Osteopenia. Traditional Chinese Medicine views the human body as having energy lines (meridians) that run throughout the body. If our energy (Chi) gets blocked in some way, there is a disturbance and illness results. So the goal of TCM is to keep or restore energy balance to because when 'Chi', energy, is in balance, the body is healthy.

TCM for Strong bones: Acupuncture Osteoporosis Osteopenia treatment

You have probably seen TV or videos of people in China, Taiwan or Hong Kong practicing stylized movements of Tai Chi Exercises. The purpose of Tai Chi, like that of acupuncture, is to keep energy flowing through the body. This follows the basic principle of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM ): that free flowing 'chi' (energy) is the key to good health.

How is Acupuncture Osteoporosis Osteopenia treatment done? If you go to a practitioner of Traditional Chines medicine the first thing s/he will do is to check your pulse at several places so as assess your energy balance.

Why? If your body is in harmony, your pulse will be equal at each spot. But if you are not in good health, as when you have Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, there will be imbalances in your pulse.  When the practitioner finds an imbalance or energy block, the TCM practitioner may insert some very thin sterilized needles and insert them at certain points along your meridians. Why? Acupuncture Osteoporosis Osteopenia has the aim of unblocking the energy flow in your body. ( I have found that the insertion of needles does not hurt. Sometimes it itches or tickles but it never hurts.) 

To many Westerners these Acupuncture Osteoporosis Osteopenia energy points seem a bit mysterious. But if you want to try a simple experiment, you can probably locate some meridian points on your body right now. (See the list below.). Apply moderate pressure to a point with your index finger or thumb.  If you experience any pain, TCM would say that your energy is blocked at that point. So it might be worth massaging that point lightly. (Note the term, 'lightly') Doing this on a regular basis is may unblock your own energy (Chi) just as formal Osteoporosis Osteopenia treatment would unblock it.

Here are some easy to find points for your own Acupuncture Osteoporosis Osteopenia treatment:

  • There is a point on the indentation at the top of your breast bone.
  • There are others every few inches down from that point - just follow them down the center of your body.
  • Your ears contain many acupuncture points. You can find them by starting at the top of your ear lobe. Press/squeeze you ear along the edges right down to your ear lobe.
  • If putting pressure on any of the points results in pain, that may signal blocked energy. To remedy it, make a circular motion with moderate pressure of about 8 turns on the blocked point. Do this for several days because it can 'unblock' the energy and the point will no longer be painful.                                              (That is a simplistic explanation of how TCM acupuncture works. But if the subject interests you, you can read more about it. Go to this site's  Products page.  Type Acupuncture into the Amazon search box and titles of several books will show.                                                                                                                             Still the question you may have is: Can Acupuncture Osteoporosis Osteopenia treatment really increase  bone density?

Scientific studies: Acupuncture Osteoporosis Osteopenia Treatment

Studies about the use of Acupuncture treatment Osteoporosis Osteopenia have been published in scientific/medical journals since 2002. Here are links to some of them. 

1. Acupuncture for Primary Osteoporosis: Evidence, Potential Treatment Prescriptions, and Mechanisms was published in 2019 in Evidence Based Complimentary Alternative Medicine.

2. In 2018 Acupuncture Medicine published:" Warm needle acupuncture in primary osteoporosis management: a systematic review and meta-analysis " 

3. In September of 2016 a Systematic review of Acupuncture Osteoporosis was published

4.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". It that bone density increased a result of acupuncture treatments. If you want you can read the whole article by clicking: Acupuncture Osteoporosis

5.In 2008, researchers at Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine published a study that showed positive "Effects of acupuncture on bone metabolism and serum estradiol level in ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis rats".   

6. Another study published in February 2006, concluded: "Acupuncture plus acupoint sticking of Migudan has definite therapeutic effect on primary osteoporosis".

7. And a study from 2004 indicated that Acupuncture treatment Osteoporosis worked like a number of prescription drugs since the treatment focuses on inhibiting Osteoclasts, the cells that remove bone. This study concluded that acupuncture treatment  "decreases the number of myelogenic osteoclasts " and so it inhibits the bone removal phase of bone resorption.

So we see that Acupuncture Osteoporosis, Osteopenia treatment can help restore bone density.

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