Medical News Daily reports that a new study of outcomes combining Western and Chinese studies shows that acupuncture may improve memory in patients suffering Dementia.
For those not familiar with its practice, Acupuncture is an alternative medicine practice involving small needles being inserted into specific parts of the body usually to relieve muscle tension and pain. acupuncture
Fox News reported “Neurologists analyzed two types of studies including one that compared acupuncture directly to nimopipine, which is a calcium blocker that treats a gene mutation associated with dementia, and another that measured the effect of acupuncture when combined with nimodipine.” Studies showed that acupuncture had significant positive effects on Mini-Mental State Exams showing improved scores. Nothing has been shown to stop the development of Dementia but it seems that the combination of medication and acupuncture can help patients retain a greater amount of memory capabilities. Dr. Sam Gandy, director of the Center for Cognitive Health at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City says that “I tend to believe some holistic interventions when properly executed.”

He thinks that there may be potential for increased alertness and mental state from acupuncture but without independently replicating these studies than he cannot say whether it is any better for patients than meditation.

AT THE MANE CENTER ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN JAIRO KAJIMOTO TREATS PATIENTS WITH CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE TECHNIQUES AND HERBAL MEDICINES TO PROMOTE BOTH MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH.
sources cited:
“Can Acupuncture Improve Dementia Symptoms? | Fox News.” Fox News. FOX News Network, 05 Aug. 2016. Web. 09 Aug. 2016.
“Acupuncture May Slow Pre-Dementia Memory Loss: Study.” Consumer HealthDay. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Aug. 2016.