Research: AROXA and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

AROXA and COLLEAGUES, 1. Academic of Medicine graduation of Federal University of Pernambuco - Recife, Pernambuco (PE), Brazil; 2. Pro-Parkinson Program of Clinical Hospital of Federal University of Pernambuco - Recife (PE), Brazil; 3. Clinical Medicine Department of Federal University Pernambuco - Recife (PE), Brazil. Electronic address: nadjaasano@gmail.com conducted a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effects of acupuncture on sleep disturbs of 22 patients with diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson disease.

Background

There are few studies which attest the efficacy of acupuncture on treatment of sleep disturbs in Parkinson disease.

Methodology

The aim of this randomized clinical trial was to evaluate the effects of acupuncture on sleep disturbs of 22 patients with diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson disease (Hoehn-Yahr 1 to 3) who have assistance on the Pro-Parkinson Program of Clinical Hospital at Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil. All participants were evaluated by Parkinson Disease Sleep Scale (PDSS) before and after 8 weeks. The experimental group was submitted to 8 sections (once a week) which had duration of 30 minutes. The control group had no intervention. The intervention was executed using the acupuncture points LR3 (Taichong), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), LI4 (Hegu), TE5 (Wai-Guan), HT7 (Shenmen), PC6 (Neiguan), LI11 (Quchi), GB20 (Fengchi). Paired analyses were obtained by Wilcoxon test and independent analyses were made according to Mann-Whitney test.

Results

This study presented a potential therapeutic benefit of acupuncture on sleep disturbs of Parkinson's disease patients. This study showed a possible therapeutic benefit through acupuncture in sleep disorders in patients with PD.

Conclusion

However, we propose new studies related to the effects of acupuncture on the clinical symptoms and evolution of the disease.

References

Aroxa FH1, Gondim IT2, Santos EL2, Coriolano MD2, Asano AG2, Asano NM3. Acupuncture as Adjuvant Therapy for Sleep Disorders in Parkinson's Disease. J Acupunct Meridian Stud.; 10(1):33-38. Jan 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2016.12.007. Epub Jan 11 2017.

Comment

The above research argues for further research analyzing the effects of acupuncture upon Parkinson’s disease.

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