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Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc
Another study was published this year that evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture for idiopathic restless legs syndrome (RLS).
This joint study between Japan and China used an Actigraph (a small non-invasive unit worn on the wrist), to monitor and record the rest / activity cycles of 38 patients, none of whom were taking any type of medication for RLS.
Researchers found that a standardized acupuncture point prescription significantly reduced abnormal leg activity, while "sham acupuncture" had no effect.
Based on my own clinical experience, I have had great success in treating RLS over the years. In some cases we weren't even treating RLS directly, instead, the positive results came indirectly as we were treating other conditions. Overall, the majority of the cases were completely resolved or activity was greatly reduced, and patients were overjoyed that they didn't have to suffer anymore sleepless nights.
For more information on acupuncture and RLS click here.
Pan W, Wang M, Li M, Wang Q, Kwak S, Jiang W, Yamamoto Y. Actigraph evaluation of acupuncture for treating restless legs syndrome. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:343201. doi: 10.1155/2015/343201. Epub 2015 Feb 11.
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