Are you or someone you know tired of feeling tired? Acupuncture for fatigue is a great solution. One of the most significant therapies traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has delivered to Western culture is acupuncture. Acupuncture acts as a healing force and can treat a wide range of conditions. Additionally, acupuncture can rejuvenate muscles and improve mobility.
Findings of a recent study indicate that acupuncture affects skeletal muscle at the molecular level. Cellular changes that cause muscle loss can be effectively reversed by acupuncture. This has implications for improving health among older adults and patients who have weakened muscles.
Loss of muscle mass has an effect on the ability of many people to participate in physical activity. Interventions for the prevention of muscle atrophy include exercise training and improved nutrition. But exercise can be challenging for those who are frail or have medical conditions. Older adults experiencing this health issue may find that acupuncture can be helpful by mitigating skeletal muscle loss and improving mobility through muscle rejuvenation.
“Our findings could identify acupuncture as the primary non-pharmacological treatment to prevent skeletal muscle atrophy in the future,” says Akiko Onda, an acupuncturist and graduate student at Waseda University School of Sport Sciences, who has been conducting a series of studies on muscle atrophy.
The new study shows that acupuncture, a TCM therapy, affects changes in the mRNA expression levels of muscle-specific atrophic genes, resulting in protection against muscle loss. “Our results have uncovered one molecular mechanism responsible for the efficacy of acupuncture treatment and clarified its usefulness in preventing skeletal muscle atrophy,” says Onda.
Acupuncture treats a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions as well, including:
- Neck and back pain.
- Muscle sprains and strains.
For more information about traditional Chinese medicine, call the Acupuncture and Massage College, at (305) 595-9500.