Muscle loss can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, leading to decreased mobility and strength. A study published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies offers evidence that acupuncture may stimulate muscle regeneration and preserve muscle health, thus serving as a potentially non-invasive solution to muscle atrophy.
The study of 60 patients with sarcopenia, a disorder involving accelerated muscle loss, was conducted at Nanjing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. The control group was given nutritional treatments and the study group was given the same nutritional treatments plus 24 sessions of electro-acupuncture over the study’s 12-week period. The needle retention time was 30 minutes. While both groups experienced improvements, the acupuncture group experienced more significant improvements in skeletal muscle mass and grip strength, as well as the ability to complete a 20-foot walk over one minute quicker. The acupuncture group also exhibited a greater drop in body fat and a greater body moisture rate than the control group.