Akupunktur minskar inflammatoriska markörer i reumatoid artrit
(Acupuncture decreases inflammatory markers in rheumatoid arthritis)
Chinese scientists have found that acupuncture can lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the blood and synovial fluid of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Sixty-three RA patients were assigned to receive either EA or manual acupuncture (‘simple’ needling – SN).
Points were selected mainly from yang meridians and local ashi points. EA or SN was applied every other day for a course of 10 treatments and each patient received a total of three courses of treatment. Blood and synovial fluid levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) were reduced significantly after treatment in both groups.
The lowering of VEGF after treatment was more significant in the EA group than that in the SN group. (Effect of electro-acupuncture on tumor necrosis factor-α and vascular endothelial growth factor in peripheral blood and joint synovia of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Chin J Integr Med. 2011 Jul;17(7):505-9).