Can Acupuncture help an Alzheimer’s Patient?

Alzheimer'sSometimes a break during the day can be a really good thing. My first inclination is usually one of disappointment, as I am in the most fortunate position of really loving the work I do! However, today during my ‘downtime’ I came across an article published by HealthCMi, dated 6/11/2015 titled ACUPUNCTURE BENEFITS ALZHEIMER DISEASE PATIENTS. It was a perfect article for the day, as I’d just learned an hour earlier that a patient I’m quite fond of has just been diagnosed with this dreaded disease!

The article cited a large study that proved how acupuncture improved the effectiveness of the drug donepezil, one of the most common drugs prescribed. The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores improved significantly when adding acupuncture to the drug treatment regime.

There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. It is certainly promising to learn of new, safe methods are available that can enhance the effectiveness of the medication currently available.

Before becoming an Acupuncture Physician, I was an RN for many years. I was Certified as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse. In this capacity, I had the chance to work with many patients and families afflicted by this horrific disease and on more than one occasion I would sit in my car weeping at the end of a shift. There are over five million Americans currently suffering with this dreaded disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association by the year 2050 that s number will triple! These numbers are astounding!

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed, please learn more about how acupuncture can help. Contact me for a personal consultation.