New Alzheimer's treatment restores full memory function!

Alzheimer's disease

New Alzheimer's treatment restores full memory function!

Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. By using a gentle form of treatment, they have managed to restore memory and cognitive function. Exciting! In the animal study performed with the new treatment, 75 percent of the mice regained their memory function.


- Treatment of plaque in the brain with ultrasound

Researchers have found a non-invasive ultrasound treatment method that cleanses the brain amyloid plaque - a neurotoxic substance consisting of aluminum silicate and amyloid peptides. This plaque builds up around nerve cells in the brain and can eventually lead to classic symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, such as lost memory, memory function og impaired cognitive function. This type of plaque (also called senile plaque) can accumulate in between neurons and end up as lumps of beta-amyloid molecules - which is the protein itself that forms the plaque.


- Treats plaque, but not neurofibrillary accumulations

The second cause of Alzheimer's disease is neurofibrillary collections. The latter is caused by defective rope proteins in neurons inside the brain. Like amyloid plaque, these also accumulate and form an insoluble mass. This leads to damage to structures called microtubules and causes them to become malformed, which in turn results in reduced transport of essential nutrients. Think of it as if you were twisting and pulling on the vacuum cleaner hose - then it would be harder to pull things and pliers. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this part of Alzheimer's, but it seems that big things are about to happen.



- No previous treatment for Alzheimer's

The common disease Alzheimer's affects around 50 million people in the world. Previously, there has been no good treatment for the disease, but now it seems that things are about to happen. As mentioned, Alzheimer's disease is caused by two things:

  • Amyloid plaque
  • Neurofibrillary collections

And now it seems that one can treat the former in people in a short time. We have to remember that the study that was conducted was on mice, like most pre-stages of other treatment, but it looks really promising.


Alzheimer's treatment - before and after ultrasound

- Focused therapeutic ultrasound treatment

The study was published in Science Translational Medicine and in the study, the researchers describe how they used a special type of ultrasound called focused therapeutic ultrasound - where Non-invasive sound waves are transmitted to damaged brain tissue. Through super-fast oscillation, the sound waves can help to gently open the blood-brain barrier (a layer that protects the brain against bacteria and the like) and stimulate activity in the brain. microglial. The latter are, to put it simply, waste removal cells - and by activating these, the study showed that the harmful beta-amyloid molecules were purified (see illustration above), and as we remember, these are the cause of the worst symptoms. on Alzheimer's disease.


- 75 percent of those treated were completely healthy

The study reported complete improvement in 75 percent of the mice they used the treatment on - without any side effects or damage to nearby brain tissue. Progress was measured via three tests: 1. Labyrinth 2. Recognition of new objects 3. Memory of places that should be avoided.

Rat in the maze

- Treatment without medication

A treatment for Alzheimer's disease without medication, which in many cases can have a high proportion of side effects, is very exciting.


- Human Studies in 2017

In a press release, Jürgen Götz, one of the researchers, said that they are in the process of starting new animal studies - including on sheep. And that they hope to start studies on humans already in 2017-2018 if everything goes according to plan.


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Relevant literature:
«On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's« is a strong depiction of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and living with it without giving up. The book is written by the journalist, Greg O'Brien, who through excellent descriptions and personal experiences takes you through the gradual fall further and further into Alzheimer's disease.


Leinenga, G. & Götz, J. Scanning ultrasound removes amyloid-β and restores memory in an Alzheimer's disease mouse model. Sscience Translational Medicine  Mar 11, 2015: Vol. 7, Issue 278.

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Acupuncture Can Relieve Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture Can Relieve Fibromyalgia

Good news for those affected fibromyalgia. A major study published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) has shown that acupuncture (needle therapy) can provide pain relief and functional improvement for those affected by this soft tissue rheumatic disorder. Another research study (1) also supported that intramuscular acupuncture can relieve pain for those with fibromyalgia - and that it can help curb the use of painkillers. Otherwise, it is also important to mention that the acupuncture form used in the study we refer to here is not the same as the more alternative Chinese acupuncture form.


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Fibromyalgia is a medical, rheumatic disease that is characterized by chronic, widespread pain and increased pressure sensitivity in the skin and muscles. Fibromyalgia is a highly functional diagnosis that involves chronic pain. It is also very common for the person to suffer from fatigue, sleep problems, fibrous mist and memory problems. Symptoms can vary greatly, but characteristic symptoms are significant pain and burning pain in the muscles, muscle attachments and around the joints. It is classified as one rheumatic disorder.


What causes fibromyalgia?

The cause of fibromyalgia is still not completely known. It is believed that there may be hereditary factors in combination with epigenetic influences behind the diagnosis. Possible causes such as infections, trauma and post-traumatic stress have also been mentioned as possibilities.


The connection between fibromyalgia and injuries or infections is also being investigated. Among other things, it is claimed that neck slump is a factor that can be triggering for fibromyalgia pain. Other options mentioned are Arnold-Chiari, cervical stenosis, larynx, mycoplasma, lupus, Epstein Barr virus and respiratory tract infections.


Study: Significant Improvement after 10 Weeks of Treatment

The study compared real acupuncture treatment (where needles were actually inserted) with 'placebo needle treatment' (where no needles were inserted, but only plastic tubes were used instead) - there were a total of 153 participants in the two groups. The patient groups received 1x treatment a week for 9 weeks. In the group that received needle treatment, a 41% improvement was noted after 10 weeks - this effect also remained quite good even 12 months after the end of treatment and a long-term improvement of 20% was reported - one year after the last treatment. This is the first, large study that has measured such a good effect - and the researchers themselves believe that this is due to a good mapping and treatment plan. In other words - very good news for those affected by this disorder.


But it is also important to note that one must be patient with the treatment when one has fibromyalgia - and that it took nine treatments to achieve the improvement they refer to.


How Does Muscular Needle Treatment Work For Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia leads to central sensitization and an increase in nerve signals. This means, among other things, that pain is overreported in the brain and that even minor discomfort and pain can be experienced as very painful. By using muscular needle treatment for hypersensitive muscles, one can experience several physiological effects - including:

  • Desensitization of Pain Signals
  • Less Muscle Spasms and Efficacy
  • Degradation of Injured Tissue and Increased Healing

It is believed that the decrease in pain is partly due to a decrease in the electrical activity inside the muscles - and thus less pain signals that are sent to the brain.


Conclusion: Useful Tool in Fighting Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture and acupuncture are performed by a number of health clinicians, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, physiotherapists and manual therapists - but we think it is important that you find the right therapist and thus help you find one of our recommended therapists in your area if desired.


Needle therapy can relieve pain and help you loosen dysfunctional muscles and soft tissues - which is often a major contributor to fibromyalgia pain. However, we recommend that it be combined with several treatment techniques that are known to have an effect on fibromyalgia - such as physical therapy, joint mobilization and laser therapy.


Self-treatment: What can I do even for fibromyalgia pain?

There are few things that make doorstep miles as high and long as fibromyalgia. On bad days, even getting out of bed can feel like a workout. We recommend that you listen to your body, but that you always try to get some movement and some exercises during the day - your muscles will thank you for it in the long run. Many people experience relief with home exercises adapted to those with fibromyalgia (see video here or below). Others feel that training in hot water pool, yoga or pilates have a positive effect on their tormentors. One can also make use of trigger point / massage balls on a daily basis or acupressure mat (see below). Alternatively, you can also use one combination hot / cold gasket.


Tip 1: acupressure mat (The link opens in a new window)

Fibromyalgia is linked to increased muscle tension and extensive myalgias in the body. The neck and shoulders in particular are often hard hit. We often give tips on the use of acupressure mat as a good self-measure against significant muscle tension. The mat and the included headrest can also work well for relaxation when the body is oversensitive. Click on the image or here to read more about it.



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Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia

Is it dangerous to get acupuncture when you have fibromyalgia?

No, as long as you receive needle treatment from a publicly authorized clinician, this is considered a very safe form of treatment. The most common is that intramuscular acupuncture is performed by a publicly authorized clinician - such as a modern chiropractor. But one must keep in mind that fibromyalgia causes significantly higher muscle activity - and that one can thus become quite numb and tender after treatment.