Auriculotherapy to Fight Parkinson’s Disease

· March 2, 2019
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).

It’s well known that the drugs that we use to treat Parkinson’s disease aren’t curative. In addition, their dosages have to be increased at some point in the patient’s life. Unfortunately, this typically doesn’t translate into a better quality of life for patients. Parkinson’s disease has no cure. However, some new treatments have emerged. One of these treatments is auriculotherapy.

The Discovery of Auriculotherapy

Discovered in Germany in 2001, this therapy is suitable to treat Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. These include multiple sclerosis, restless legs syndrome, vascular dementia, Pick’s disease, and Alzheimer’s, among others.

What does it consist of?

Well, it consists of the implantation of titanium micro implants in the cartilage of the ear. In other words, after an assessment of the patient’s health, the professional proceeds to implant small and fine titanium needles in the cartilage of the ear.

Overall, it’s a completely painless procedure that has no side effects. Remarkably, it has already improved the quality of life of more than 5,000 people worldwide.

Auriculotherapy Treatment

First, to understand just how important this achievement is, you have to remember how Parkinson’s manifests itself. This disease occurs when the neurons don’t produce enough dopamine as the result of the deterioration of the substantia nigra of the brain, among other factors.

Thus, this results in a motor impairment that gradually manifests in movements. In short, this means that people affected by Parkinson’s disease become slower and lose flexibility, coordination, and balance.

This is why the starting point of this particular treatment is the auricular cartilage. This has numerous nerve endings. Doctors insert needles under the skin by a pressure system to activate the body’s own mechanisms that had been paralyzed. In addition, this helps to regulate the production of dopamine and/or other neurotransmitters.

This technique is also known as auricular therapy, ear acupuncture, or auriculoacupuncture.

Patient applying auriculotherapy.

Amazingly, auricular implantology leads to a permanent, natural stimulus that can reduce symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.

Overall, doctors take several main factors into account before the implantation. These include the patient’s symptoms, psychological state, severity of the illness, and the drugs they’ve taken so far.

Evolution of the Treatment

Professionals have developed uriculotherapy systematically over the years. Today, it offers a much wider spectrum of microimplantation points, depending on each patient’s symptoms. Thus, now it’s possible to provide more personalized treatment.

Unlike traditional acupuncture, this treatment allows you to insert many more needles in a single session. Also, the professionals implant the titanium needles permanently. Thus, the patients don’t have to replace them. However, they do have to follow up.

No matter what, it’s essential to analyze the patient to determine the number of needles they need.

Patient Testimonies

Patients with Parkinson's disease.

Patients with Parkinson’s disease who have already received auriculotherapy say that they have experienced the following benefits (among others):

  • Anxiety relief
  • Easier displacement
  • Decreased muscle stiffness
  • Relief of pain and other physical discomforts
  • Improved balance (thanks to the strengthening of the paravertebral muscles)
  • Lower dosages of medication and increased wellness.

Overall, the Center for Regenerative Medicine has been treating patients worldwide in a fully personalized way for fifteen years. The center is always carrying out cutting-edge quality research.

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