Graves' disease, also known as diffuse toxic goiter, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate metabolism, and in Graves' disease, these hormones are overproduced. As a result, symptoms such as weight loss, tremors, anxiety, and sweating are common. The standard treatments for Graves' disease include medications, surgery, and radiation therapy. However, some patients also use alternative therapies such as acupuncture to manage the symptoms of the disease.
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. The technique is believed to balance the flow of energy in the body and stimulate the body's natural healing process. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat various health conditions, including thyroid disorders.
Recent studies have explored the potential benefits of acupuncture for Graves' disease patients. One study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2019 found that acupuncture combined with medication led to significant improvements in hyperthyroidism symptoms compared to medication alone. The study involved 100 Graves' disease patients, half received acupuncture and medication, while the other half received only medication. The results showed that the acupuncture group had a significant decrease in hyperthyroidism symptoms, including heart palpitations, insomnia, and sweating.
Another study published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies in 2020 investigated the effects of electroacupuncture on Graves' ophthalmopathy, a condition that affects the eyes of patients with Graves' disease. The study involved 60 patients with Graves' ophthalmopathy, with half receiving electroacupuncture and medication, while the other half only received medication. The results showed that the electroacupuncture group significantly decreased their symptoms, including eye pain, redness, and decreased visual acuity.
While these studies suggest that acupuncture may be a promising treatment for Graves' disease, more research is needed to determine its long-term efficacy and safety. Acupuncture should not be used as a replacement for standard medical treatments, but rather as a complementary therapy to manage the symptoms of Graves' disease. Patients should always consult with their healthcare provider before starting any alternative therapy to ensure it is safe and appropriate for their condition.
Acupuncture has demonstrated potential benefits for Graves' disease patients in managing symptoms such as hyperthyroidism and Graves' ophthalmopathy. Acupuncture May be a complementary therapy to conventional medical treatment. It is essential to work with a licensed acupuncture practitioner and consult with a healthcare provider to ensure safety and efficacy in managing the symptoms of Graves' disease. Collaborating with Acute Acupuncture and other healthcare providers and integrating acupuncture into a comprehensive treatment plan may offer additional benefits to patients and enhance their overall well-being. 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 helps to answer most people's questions, and or please leave a comment below.