We have repeated below a 'nested' response (two responses, one inside the other) which we gave some time ago;
We tend to be a little tentative in offering advice on conditions like Parkinsons which are often chronic and degenerative. A typical response that we have given in the past reads:
From the perspective of research studies alone it would be difficult to give any firm recommendations for acupuncture as a treatment of Parkinson's Disease. There are a number of studies, some undertaken in the US but the vast majority in China, which show some positive signs, but not of sufficient change in a significant number of patients under study to draw any firm conclusions. You can see some of the studies if you google 'ncbi acupuncture parkinson's disease' - the National Centre for Biotechnical Information in the States is a convenient way to find many of the the more significant papers. There is also a Cochrane Review of a protocol for assessing the value of acupuncture, but as far as we are aware this has not been put into action yet.With all chronic degenerative conditions the extent to which acupuncture can help has to be carefully explained. It is often, as one rather ironic patient said, a case of 'getting worse slower', and this is extremely difficult to quantify in a condition like Parkinson's where the disease progression is neither smooth nor predictable. Anecdotally there are many accounts of patients finding that treatment helps with some of the manifestations of the disease, such as the periods of rigidity and freezing, and a general sense of well-being, but these are not documented sufficiently well to be able to claim any undisputed levels of efficacy.The best course of action is to see whether a BAcC member local to you will give you an honest assessment from an eastern perspective of what they might be able to achieve for your own unique patterns. There may be elements of how the condition manifests which they may feel that they can help.As you can see, we are very cautious in our choice of words. The shaking of the arm with Parkinsons has been tested in some small studies, as in this onehttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12210879and there is some optimism in the write-up but it is a very small study.From a Chinese medicine perspective there are a number of syndromes which describe the shaking of the limbs, and which provide explanations of them in the terms which we use as practitioners. This can sometimes cause a little confusion because it gives an impression that a symptom which is treatable in Chinese medicine may mean that the same symptom might be easily treatable from a western perspective. Where there is a physical change in the brain, however, it would be unwise to get too excited about the possibilities.In any situation like this, though, we find that it does not help to be negative because there may be multiple reasons why someone's tremor might be quite bad, not least in the fact that stress itself can make the symptoms of Parkinsons more noticeable. We have found in clinical practice that reducing stress can sometimes make the frequency and severity of symptoms reduce, and it would certainly be worthwhile talking to a BAcC member local you you about what may be possible.We are not quite sure why we did not refer to our factsheethttps://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/parkinsons-disease.htmlwhich has some quite encouraging information under the 'evidence' button.We always add the observation that we often find that once someone has a 'headline' condition everything in their overall healthcare picture is assumed to be a secondary symptom of it. This expert has a patient with Parkinsons in whom several minor symptoms which have been declared to be a consequence of the disease have disappeared. It may be that from a Chinese medicine perspective there are a number of your problems which are not directly related to the Parkinsons. We are not in the business of giving people false hope, simply recording what we have seen over the years.We also always check the current research, and since our factsheet was assembled there has been another very comprehensive systematic review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5279085/which while not conclusive certainly would encourage us to say that while we could not guarantee results the available evidence for amelioration of some of the symptoms is certainly stacking up.As always, a brief visit to a local BAcC member is worthwhile to discuss how acupuncture treatment might help your specific presentation.