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Research: Acupuncture Treats Concussion

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for a wide variety of symptoms related to concussion recovery. Acupuncture is able to treat brain injuries by regulating brain function, reducing neural inflammation, and stabilizing mood swings. Acupuncture is used to reduce both healing time and decrease the symptoms of concussions. Acupuncture can help in both acute and chronic stages of recovery by:

  • Alleviating pain from severe headaches, neck pain, muscle spasms and tension

  • Alleviating nausea for various stages of concussion

  • Alleviating dizziness and vertigo

  • Regulating blood flow through several arteries supplying the brain

  • Reducing swelling around the brain

  • Reducing TNFα and the inflammatory response around the brain

  • Promoting nerve regeneration and slows degradation of brain cells

  • Alleviating anxiety, irritability, mood swings, insomnia

  • Improving sensory mapping by activating the parietal cortex

  • Increasing the amount of proprioceptive information traveling up the spinal cord to the brain



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