Research indicates that acupuncture is an effective treatment modality for skeletal muscle atrophy. According to the research, common protocols involve the application of acupoints on the Yangming stomach meridian for this condition. In addition, researchers demonstrate that electroacupuncture repairs and regenerates muscle fibers by activating the IGF-1/PI3K/AKT signaling pathway.
In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body's homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the 'analytical' brain, which is responsible for anxiety.
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