experiment on laboratory mice have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.According to the authors, the results prove that the beneficial effect of traditional Eastern techniques of treatment can not be explained only by the placebo effect.
The cause of Parkinson's disease is a violation of the production of dopamine in the brain.In a study conducted by experts at Seoul Kyung Hee University (Kyung Hee), with a standard biological model of the disease - the mouse, which was introduced a drug that kills dopamine brain cells.
experiment started immediately after the injection.Parts of the experimental mice acupuncture performed on the surface of the foot and on the back surface of the knee - the points similar to those that undergo acupuncture effects in humans.Other mice, the same procedures were carried out in areas that are not used in acupuncture.A third group of animals was not carried out acupuncture at all.
the end of the first week of the experiment
study's lead author, Dr. Sabina Lim acknowledges that the mechanisms for identifying the beneficial effects of acupuncture remains unknown.At the same time, Lim does not exclude that it can be associated with this technique attributed the ability to prevent inflammation of the brain, which aggravate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Previously, a team led by Lim conducted clinical trials of acupuncture method of treatment of Parkinson's disease exposure.Then, because of the small number of study participants, evidence of any significant effectiveness of such treatment could be obtained.However, according to the researchers, their findings showed at least that, combined with the generally recognized acupuncture treatments may extend the drug and increase the life expectancy of patients with Parkinson's.