Acupuncture May Prevent Muscle Wasting

A study by¬†Akiko Onda et al.¬†published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications has concluded that “acupuncture can partially prevent skeletal muscle atrophy”. It helps recover skeletal muscle mass and cross-sectional area possibly by increasing protein synthesis and decreasing protein degradation. Although the experiment was performed on mice, it was hypothesised that acupuncture could be used to prevent muscle wasting in the elderly and in patients with “severe conditions”.