A recent study show a positive correlation in bone metabolism through acupuncture and massage. The reasearch, conducted by the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences is promising, showing another avenue where we can help prevent osteoporosis.
Researchers compared 64 subjects divided into 2 groups.
Group 1 was administered vitamin D and calcium for a period of 12 weeks. Vitamin D is an essential component for the proper absorption of calcium.
Group 2 received acupuncture combined with massage on the lower back. Acupuncture was administered a total of 30 times over a period of 12 weeks.
Both groups showed improvement in the biochemical indices of bone metabolism related to osteoporosis.
Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2012 Jan;32(1):13-6. Observation on influence of bone metabolism biochemical indices of senile osteoporosis treated with distant acupuncture and nearby tuina]. Wang T, Pang L, Huang H, Wang WY. Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China.