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Help with Parkinson's Disease symptoms


Last updated 10/20/2021 at 9:47am

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is acupuncture a possible therapy to relieve back pain and stiffness associated with Parkinson’s disease? – R.G.

ANSWER: There have been many trials that show acupuncture is superior to no treatment for various symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. This is true especially for fatigue, but also in a composite score that includes stiffness. A systematic review of published studies found that “acupuncture has significant positive effects.”

Other studies have shown that sham acupuncture, where random areas of the body were needled, was also effective in treating symptoms. T...

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