Saturday, June 11, 2016

Acupuncture with TCM Benefits Muscular Dystrophy Patients

While groundbreaking discoveries rooted in the laboratory are making progress in treating children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also hold potential to help alleviate symptoms and enhance muscle function. A team of researchers combined a number of alternative therapies along with drug therapy to create a treatment regimen for DMD patients. During the study, the regimen resulted in a significant improvement in physical function and reduced inflammation in the patients’ bodies.

The research team enrolled 60 pediatric DMD patients at the Neurology and Rehabilitation Department at Zhengzhou Children’s Hospital. Upon enrollment, patients were divided into treatment and drug-only groups. The treatment group received acupuncture, far infrared therapy, TCM tuina massage, herbal medicine, and drug therapy, while the drug-only group received drug therapy alone. Treatment lasted for a total of two years.


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