Research: Acupuncture Improves Memory and Cognitive Function -- Alzheimer's Help
The study quoted here sheds new light on the efficacy of this Chinese medical theory that has been used in acupuncture treatment for thousands of years. Using MRI technology, the research confirms that memory centers of the brain are activated by acupuncture, which is why acupuncture benefits Alzheimer disease patients and/or other patients with mild cognitive impairment. The fascinating thing is that the two points used in the study, Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4, are a pair of points whose primary function is to stimulate the free flow of energy. And sure enough, MRI shows that they successfully activate regions of the cerebrum responsible for memory and cognition, meaning that energy is now able to reach the head and brain, in specific areas that are pathologically deactivated in these patients.
The researchers “speculate that acupuncture may have a great effect on patients such as AD (Alzheimer’s disease) and MCI (mild cognitive impairment) through modulating special brain network(s) or brain regional activity.”
Wang Z, Nie B, Li D, Zhao Z, Han Y, et al. (2012) Effect of Acupuncture in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer Disease: A Functional MRI Study. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42730. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042730