Effective anxiety treatment for Parkinson’s disease

An article in Healio News discusses and study reported in JAMA Network Open where acupuncture was shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Approximately 31% of patients with Parkinson’s disease have anxiety, which is generally untreated and often evident as patients may experience lack of concentration, continuous feelings of worry, muscle tension and increased severity of tremors. This randomized double-blind clinical trial found that acupuncture can effectively ameliorate the anxiety of Parkinson’s Disease patients. These findings suggest that acupuncture may improve overall motor functions and wellbeing of patients with Parkinson’s Disease by ameliorating the anxiety.

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