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?
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/
Last updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014