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    Electro-Acupuncture - Huh?

    http://www.healthcmi.com/index.php/a...injuryresearch

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    "A new study has measured the effects of electro-acupuncture on the regeneration of the spinal cord following injury. The experiment was performed on rats with spinal cords that were demyelinated in the thoracic vertebrae region at T10. The research conducted by the Division of Neuroscience at Sun Yat-Sen University demonstrated that electro-acupuncture stimulated spinal cord repair."

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    I've had electroacupuncture several times, and it ratcheted up my neuropathy (which already feels like my arms are plugged into an electrical outlet) considerably. I tolerated the technique through a series of treatments because I wanted to give it every opportunity to help me, but that never happened. Fortunately, the ill effects were temporary. Maybe my discomfort was caused by the same mechanism by which electroacupuncture seemed to stimulate spinal cord repair in the research you cite - I, too, would be most interested to hear Dr. Young's views on the subject.

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    Topperf and Bonnette,

    I don't know. Many scientists have reported that electrical currents stimulate axonal growth in vivo and in vitro. It seems that some electrical stimulation increases cAMP levels and that promotes regeneration. In fact, Purdue developed such a device to apply alternating currently toi

    I have spoken to top Chinese alternative medicine experts and they all agree that acupuncture may have effects on neuropathic and spasticity. However, most would say that they have not seen recovery of function that they could attributable to the acupuncture.

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    Thank you, Dr. Young. It sounds as if this might be a viable avenue of research, but not something to count on at this point. Acupuncture without electricity has sometimes helped my neuropathy for brief periods of time (hours-to-days), but probably at a rate no greater than chance. I'm sure that outcomes vary considerably, depending on the practitioner's level of expertise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    Thank you, Dr. Young. It sounds as if this might be a viable avenue of research, but not something to count on at this point. Acupuncture without electricity has sometimes helped my neuropathy for brief periods of time (hours-to-days), but probably at a rate no greater than chance. I'm sure that outcomes vary considerably, depending on the practitioner's level of expertise.
    Yes, that is the point. It is naive and premature to trumpet about cures, but this is an avenue of research that deserves some consideration.
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    For Sale one Electro Acuscope machine hardly used , paid $ 10 000 will sell for less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lurch View Post
    For Sale one Electro Acuscope machine hardly used , paid $ 10 000 will sell for less.
    Did it work??
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    Well no . Maybe I didn't use it for long enough or correctly but I am still a pretty much complete para.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lurch View Post
    Well no . Maybe I didn't use it for long enough or correctly but I am still a pretty much complete para.
    This idea is not new, and I believe it bears examination. I have some experience of electro-neuro stimulation and can say that it definitely enhances neurogenic pain! I think 10K was a bit steep.

    Overall I think there is potential in this, but no one can claim that it is really there yet.
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