Acupuncture Treatment Osteoporosis

Acupuncture Treatment Osteoporosis, Osteopenia. Many who have been told they have Ostepenia or Osteoporosis want to know  ways to build stronger bones that do not just depend on prescription drugs. This web site offers you many such methods.  One of them, Acupuncture, comes from the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). And there are scientific studies showing that it works! 

Increasing bone density without drugs. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) aims to keep  and restore our 'balance of Ying - Yang energy'. Restoring this balance is believed to be achieved through diet. And in the case of illness Chinese practitioners of prescribe specific herbs. The other major method for retaining and restoring the Ying-Yang balance is through specific movements. Unlike Western medicine 'TCM movement' is not high intensity. Rather it is slow, rhythmic and follows specific patterns.

Why?  Traditional Chinese Medicine views the human body  as having lines of energy (meridians) that run through out and the goal is to keep or restore balance to this energy because when 'Chi', energy, is in balance, the body will be healthy.

Acupuncture treatment Osteoporosis and other TCM methods

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 with no obstructions. Free flowing 'chi' is the key to good health.

How does acupuncture treatment osteoporosis work? If you go to a practitioner of Traditional Chines medicine she/he will assess your energy balance by checking your pulse in several places. If your body is in harmony, your pulse will be equal at each place. But if you are ill or have Osteopenia or Osteoporosis  there will be imbalances.  When an imbalance or energy block is found, the practitioner may use very thin sterilized needles and insert them at certain points along your meridians. ( I found that the insertion of needles does not hurt. Sometimes it itches or tickles but it never hurt.)

To Westerners these energy points seem a bit mysterious. But if you want to experiment, you can probably locate some meridian points on your body right now. (See 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.

Here are some acupuncture points:

  • There is a point on the indentation at the top of your breast bone.
  • Others are located every few inches down from there - down the center of your body.
  • Your ears  contain many acupuncture points. 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 of about 8 turns for several days in a row 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. You can to the Products page.  Type Acupuncture in the Amazon search box and several books will show up.                                                                                                                                                           Still the question you probably want answered is: can acupuncture treatment osteoporosis really increase bone density?

Scientific studies of Acupuncture Treatment Osteoporosis

Several  studies about the use of Acupuncture treatment Osteoporosis, Osteopenia  have been published 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 Accupuncture Osteoporosis, Osteopenia can help.

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