Acupuncture has an IMMEDIATE effect on hand grip strength

Brazilian researchers looked at the speed with which acupuncture could affect the grip strength of patients. They reported that a session of the traditional Chinese medicinal therapy was able to improve the strength of the treated muscles in a short amount of time.

The study was supported by the IBRATE Technology College. Its findings were published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines.

  • The participants consisted of 73 volunteers who were healthy but not athletic. They were divided into three groups: Acupuncture, sham acupuncture, and control.
  • For the acupuncture group, 0.25-by-40 millimeter needles were used to stimulate the TE5 (Waiguan), ST36 (Zusanli) and GB34 (Yanglingquan) acupoints. Meanwhile, light needling was applied to non-acupoint spots on the members of the sham acupuncture group.
  • All groups underwent the handgrip test before and after the interventions. Both hands of each participant were graded according to their strength with a mechanical manual dynamometer. The average measures of the test were used in statistical analyses.
  • Participants who received acupuncture treatment demonstrated a considerable increase (4.78 kilogram-force) in strength. Furthermore, the muscle strength of these participants increased immediately after the session.
  • In comparison, the volunteers who underwent sham acupuncture only experienced a much smaller gain in strength. Meanwhile, the untreated control group a small decrease in strength.

Based on the results of the experiment, a single acupuncture treatment session could greatly improve the strength of the gripping muscles of the hand almost instantly, making it a good form of physical therapy.

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Journal Reference:

Silvério-Lopes S, Mota MPGD. IMMEDIATE RESPONSE GAIN IN HANDGRIP STRENGTH WITH ACUPUNCTURE: AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative medicines. 23 February 2018;15(2):51. DOI: 10.21010/ajtcamv15i2.7.

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