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MATSUMOTO and TERASAWA, Department of Geriatric Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Meiji University of Oriental Medicine, Japan examined the effect of acupuncture and moxibustion on the quality of life of 35 elderly subjects .



Inpatients in nursing homes and elderly care homes were treated with acupuncture and moxibustion at points chosen according to symptoms. Changes in pain, body condition, appetite, sleep, bowel movement and activity of daily living were evaluated by questionnaires.


A high rate of improvement was seen in pain and stiffness, with 86% improvement in low back pain, 84% improvement in knee pain and 82% improvement in shoulder stiffness . Decrease of fatigue, increase in relaxation, improvements of appetite, sleep and bowel movements were observed. Gait and activities of daily living were also improved.


Acupuncture and moxibustion are useful to improve the quality of life in the elderly.


Matsumoto T, Terasawa S. Influence of acupuncture and moxibustion on QOL of the elderly living in nursing home and care house. Nippon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi 38 (2):205-11, Mar 2001.


The above clinical results indicate that acupuncture and Chinese Medicine were able to significantly alleviate pain and quality of life, for elderly people. What is even more encouraging is that these studies were carried out in entirely different parts of the world – Northern Ireland and Japan.

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