Does Acupuncture Help Stem Cell Therapy?

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acupunctureIn Los Angeles, acupuncture has proven to be a valuable adjunct after stem cell therapy to increase blood flow and circulation to the treated area. This provides increased oxygenation and glucose to the injured area, allowing for improved stem cell function, differentiation and survival.

At the Stem Cell Institute of California with work closely with acupuncturist and Alternative Medicine providers in Los Angeles to boost the effects of stem cell therapy and facilitate recovery. Dr. Fishman and Younai have constructed a comprehensive wellness and rehabilitation program which incorporates traditional Chinese medicine with the latest advents of Adipose-derived stem cell therapy to deliver an effective alternative to major joint replacement surgery.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been a part of the healthcare system in Asia for at least 2,500 years. It has been introduced in the United States, and practiced widely as an alternative medicine. Many studies have shown the beneficial effects of acupuncture on tissue perfusion. There are substantial numbers of trials that demonstrate the peripheral vasomotor effect of acupuncture.

How Acupuncture helps Healing:

In 2014 An Y et al, documented that blood perfusion rates of the hands were markedly increased immediately after acupuncture.

In 2013 several important medical studies were published documenting the vasodilatory effect of acupuncture. Lundeberg T, documented the effects of nitric oxide synthase inhibition on cutaneous vasodilation in response to acupuncture stimulation in humans. Kimura K et al, indicated that their medical data suggested that cutaneous vasodilation in response to acupuncture stimulation may not occur through an axon reflex as previous reported, but rather a nitrous oxide mechanism which appeared to contribute to the vasodilator response. Hsiu H et al, concluded that acupuncture stimulation not only improves local blood supply, but decreases the micro circulatory blood flow variability.

acupunctureIn 2007, Tsuchiya M et al, concluded that acupuncture increases the nitric oxide level in the treated regions and thereby increases local circulation. It was thought that these regulatory effects might also contribute to the pain relief provided by acupuncture.

As far back as 2002/2003, published studies have documented the increased blood flow effects of acupuncture. Sandberg M et al, documented that skin and muscle blood flow significantly increased following both Mu and DeQi for 20 minutes, with the latter being more pronounced for the initial five minutes. Litscher G et al, performed a randomized placebo-controlled crossover study documenting significant differences (p < or = 0.001) in the immediate skin blood perfusion response when needling is performed in an acupuncture point versus a placebo point.

In the treatment of lumbar spine/sciatic nerve involvement, a 2015 a study by Skorupska E et al, documented the presence of dry needling-related vasodilation in the area of referred sciatic pain. In 2008, Inoue M et al, indicated that in addition to its influence on pain inhibitory systems, acupuncture participates in causing a transient change in sciatic nerve blood flow, including circulation to the cauda equina and nerve root.

Detailed references for the above published medical studies are as follows:

An Y, Jeon JW, Kwon K, and Choi C. Application of dynamic indocyanine green perfusion imaging for evaluation of vasoactive effect of acupuncture: a preliminary follow-up study on normal healthy volunteers. Med Devices (Auckl) 2014 Feb 20;7:17-21.

Lundeberg T. Acupuncture mechanisms in tissue healing: contribution of NO and CGRP. Acupunct Med. 2013 Mar;31(1):7-8.

Kimura K, Takeuchi H, Yuri K, Wakayama I. Effects of nitric oxide synthase inhibition on cutaneous vasodilation in response to acupuncture stimulation in humans. Acupunct Med. 2013 Mar;31 (1 ):74-80.

Hsiu H, Hsu WC, Hsu CL, Bau JG, Chen CT, and Liu YS. Complexity analysis of the microcirculatory-blood-flow response following acupuncture stimulation. Microvasc Res. 2013 Sep;89:34-9.

Tsuchiya M, Sato EF, Inoue M, and Asada A. Acupuncture enhances generation of nitric oxide and increases local circulation. Anesth Anala. 2007 Feb;104(2):301-7.

Sandberg M, Lundeberg T, Lindberg LG, and Gerdle B. Effects of acupuncture on skin and muscle blood flow in healthy subjects. Eur J AppI Physiol. 2003 Sep;90(1-2):114-9.

Litscher G, Wang L, Huber E, and Nilsson G. Changed skin blood perfusion in the fingertip following acupuncture needle introduction as evaluated by laser Doppler perfusion imaging. Lasers Med Sci. 2002:17(1):19-25.

Skorupska E, Rychlik M, and Samborski W. Intensive vasodilatation in the sciatic pain area after dry needling. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Mar 20;15:72.

Inoue M, Kitakoji H, Yano T, Ishizaki N, Itoi M, and Katsumi Y. Acupuncture Treatment for Low Back Pain and Lower Limb Symptoms-The Relation between Acupuncture or Electroacupuncture Stimulation and Sciatic Nerve Blood Flow. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2008 Jun:5(2):133-43.