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Acupuncture Helps A-Fib: Specific Acupuncture Sites Identified
Acupunture pressure sites for A-Fib
by Steve S. Ryan, PhD
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?
References for this Article
¤ Larsen, H. The AFIB Report. “Paroxysmal (Lone) Atrial Fibrillation Frequently Asked Questions, Q: Are there different types of LAF? http://www.afibbers.org/faq.htm
¤ Lomuscio, A et al. “Efficacy of acupuncture in preventing atrial fibrillation recurrences after electrical cardioversion.” Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, August 30, 2010 (Epub ahead of print) Last accessed Jan 10, 2013 URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312232/
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