Acupuncture Osteoporosis

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

Increasing bone density without drugs. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on a notion of keeping your energy (Chi) balanced. The aim of TCM is the keeping and restoring 'balance of Ying - Yang energy'. Restoring this balance is believed to be achieved through diet and movement. In the case of illness herbs are often used too.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine 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.

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. The purpose of Tai Chis is to keep energy flowing through the body - without obstruction. 

How does it work? If you go to a TCM practitioner s/he will assess your energy balance by checking your pulse in several places. Then, if an imbalance or block of energy is found, very thin sterilized needles will be inserted at certain points along your meridians. ( I found that the insertion of needles did not hurt. Sometimes it itched or tickled but it never hurt.)

If you want to experiment a bit, you can probably locate some meridian points on your body right now. Apply moderate pressure with your finger. 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  simplistic explanation and if acupuncture TCM interests you, I suggest that you read more about it. Go to the Products page and type Acupuncture in the Amazon search box and several books will show up.                                            But the question you probably want answered is: Does this treatment really increase bone density?

Scientific studies Acupuncture Osteoporosis

Several scientific studies about the use of Acupuncture in treating Osteopenia and Osteoporosis have been published since 2002.

1. In September of 2016 a Systematic review of Acupuncture Osteoporosis published

2.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. You can read the article by clicking: Acupuncture Osteoporosis

3.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".   

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

4. And a study from 2004 indicated that Acupuncture Osteoporosis treatment 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.

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