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Is there any acupuncture treatment for connecive tissue disorder?

This question is difficult to answer succinctly because it is very broad in scope. There are many different forms of connective tissue disorders, many of which are linked to auto-immune problems, and such research as does exist is very patchy. There is no broad-ranging research into connective tissue disorders and acupuncture treatment because this would go against the grain of conventional research which aims to narrow the field of variables to a minimum.
 
We have from time to time had questions on specific connective tissue disorders, and here, for example, is what we replied when asked about Ehlers Danlos syndrome:
 

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is one of a number of genetic connective tissue disorders which manifest in a wide array of symptoms and as congenital degenerative conditions are not likely to change or improve. In these circumstances the best that one could hope to achieve with acupuncture would be to relieve some of the symptoms which are manifesting your particular case, and perhaps to slow down the progressive deterioration.

 

There have been attempts to use acupuncture as part of a package of measures to help people deal with the condition, but no research on the use of acupuncture with conventional treatment in contrast to conventional treatment alone which would allow us to make specfic claims. From a Chinese medicine perspective, however, there are a number of ways in which treatment is pitched at systemic problems rather than unique symptoms themselves, and sometimes ways of making sense of a collection of disparate symptoms in a way which Western medicine might not recognise. There may well be some merit in asking the advice of a practitioner local to you about whether the way in which EDS presents in your particular case makes sense from a different medical perspective.

 

One caution for possible treatment, however, would be the tendency to bruise and the effect on wound healing. Acupuncture is a remarkably gentle treatment, with especially fine needles being used at relatively shallow levels, and only in severe cases of blood thinning through illness and medication is it contra-indicated. Any practitioner worth their salt will always treat conservatively in cases like yours to gauge how well the body responds to the physical process of treatment.

 
In reviewing this answer several months on we would perhaps now emphasise the fact that traditional Chinese acupuncture treatment aims to address the system as a whole, and can on occasion offer possibilities for treatment, based on the concepts of Chinese medicine of the flow of energy and its balance, which would not make a great deal of sense within conventional medical thought. It is far from being a universal panacea, though; as we said above, the best one can often hope for in these situations is some relief from the symptoms. Anyone promising more than this should be treated with suspicion.
 
You may find it worthwhile to have a short chat with a BAcC near you to seek their advice on whether the specific presentation of connective tissue order about which you are concerned may be amenable to treatment.  
 
 
 

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