Researchers from the Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion at Hubei University of Chinese Medicine in Wuhan China recently conducted an animal acupuncture study to better understand how acupuncture aids diabetes. As we have seen through clinical usage and other studies acupuncture appears to benefit insulin resistance in diabetic patients. What we do not yet understand is how this happens. This team of researchers used electroacupuncture on mice to better understand the metabolic effects on obese and type II diabetes.
In this study treatment was performed five times a week for eight consecutive weeks. The effects were far reaching in that they found:
Together these results indicate beneficial effects of acupuncture with the biochemical reasoning being at least in part due to stimulation of SIRT1/PCG-1α which improves the insulin signal.
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