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Parkinson's Disease

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Acupuncture and Acupressure

Acupuncture

According to some studies by acupuncturists, Parkinson's disease may be accompanied by an imbalance of energy along one or more meridians. The muscle stiffness, soreness, and imbalance of Parkinson's may be alleviated by a series of treatments by encouraging the flow of energy or by addressing the tremors and the hardening of the muscles directly.

GV 14, K 3, LIV 3, SP 6, LIV 2, UB 18.

Ear Points: Brain stem, Shen-men, Occiput, Subcortex, Liver.

For Parkinson's Paralysis Agitans:

GV 20, GV 21, GB 20, CV 23

Acupressure

This treatment otherwise known as pressure-point massage, is used to reduce symptoms such as nausea, excessive salivation, anxiety, or muscle pain. Acupressure is also used to impart vital energy.

Four Gates relaxes the muscles.

Stomach 36 improves the absorption of nutrients and strengthens the overall well-being.

Acupressure may be of some use as a short-term, supportive attempt to treat concomitant symptoms. Some case reports and field studies claim efficacy; however, success is probably seen in only a small proportion of patients.

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