Acupuncture Helps A-Fib: Specific Acupuncture Sites Identified
by Steve S. Ryan, PhD, Updated March 2013
Hans Larson, in his 2010 October The AFIB Report, states that Italian researchers found acupuncture effective in preventing A-Fib in persistent A-Fib patients who had just undergone successful cardioversion. The acupuncture points used in the Italian clinical trial were:
1. Neiguan (PC-6)
2. Shenmen (HT-7)
3. Xinshu (BL-15)
Acupuncture at the Neiguan and Xinshu points help modulate and stabilize the autonomic nervous system. Stimulation of the Shenmen point has a calming and sedative effect on cardiac excitability. Patients received 10 weekly acupuncture sessions. The article also includes two stories of patients whose A-Fib was eliminated primarily by acupuncture:
Editor’s Comment: As Hans Larson points out, now that we know the exact points to be stimulated, why not use acupuncture for Paroxysmal A-Fib as well?