When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is
to be alive, to breathe,
to think, to enjoy,
- Marcus Aurelius
This research study included 27 female patients who applied for medical treatment of arthralgias and myalgias. They were found to have elevated levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone in conjunction with the normal concentrations of thyroid hormones.
The therapeutic procedures included corporal and auricular acupuncture, introduction of needles into the reflexogenic scalp and wrist zones (depending on clinical symptoms) and into the thyroid gland projection zones on the skin, massage of paravertebral regions of the cervical and thoracic spine using a bone scraper (the Gua Sha healing technique).
Twenty of the 27 patients completed two therapeutic courses with a 3-4 month interval between them.
The acupuncture treatment resulted in a significant decrease of the number and severity of the initial clinical symptoms; the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone fell down to the physiological values, characteristics of the quality of life became comparable with those of healthy subjects.
It is concluded that acupuncture may be regarded as an alternative to substitution therapy of subclinical hypothyroidism.
Luzina KÉ, Luzina LL, Vasilenko AM.
Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2011 Sep-Oct;(5):29-33.
PMID: 22165143 [Indexed for MEDLINE]