Fatty liver disease, also known as hepatic steatosis, is a condition characterized by the accumulation of fat in the liver cells. This condition is becoming increasingly common, with approximately 25% of adults in the United States and Europe having this disease. Fatty liver disease can be caused by several factors, including obesity, diabetes, excessive alcohol or sugar consumption, and high cholesterol levels. If left untreated, it can lead to liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the skin to stimulate the flow of energy. It is believed that acupuncture can help treat various illnesses, including fatty liver disease. There have been several studies conducted on the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating fatty liver disease, and the findings have been positive.
One study conducted in 2017 involved a randomized controlled trial of 70 patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The patients were divided into two groups, one receiving acupuncture treatment, and the other receiving a placebo treatment. The study found that the group receiving acupuncture treatment had significant improvements in their liver function tests, insulin resistance, and liver fat content compared to the placebo group.
Another study conducted in 2019 involved a meta-analysis of eight studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating NAFLD. The analysis found that acupuncture can significantly reduce liver fat content, improve liver function, and lower insulin resistance.
Acupuncture is thought to work by regulating the sympathetic nervous system, which controls liver metabolism and inflammation. By stimulating certain acupuncture points, the flow of energy is believed to be restored, resulting in improved liver function and a reduction in liver fat content thus restoring homeostasis.
While acupuncture alone may not be enough to completely reverse fatty liver disease, it can be a useful complementary therapy. It is a low-risk treatment with very few adverse effects and can be used in conjunction with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise to help manage the condition.
Fatty liver disease is a growing concern, and acupuncture may be a helpful adjunct therapy for its treatment. While more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind acupuncture's impact on liver function, the studies conducted so far indicate that acupuncture can indeed lower liver fat content, improve liver function tests, and lower insulin resistance in patients with NAFLD. As always, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before undergoing any treatment or making significant changes to your lifestyle. After treatments, one may feel relaxed, energized, and rejuvenated. It is essential to communicate with your practitioner about your experience to ensure you receive the maximum benefits from these treatments. Click the button below and book a complementary 15-minute consultation at Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington. Let's discuss if acupuncture is the right thing for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post with others. If you have any questions or concerns check out Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find this help to answer most people's questions, and please leave a comment below.