Acupuncture and herbs are effective for the treatment of sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL). China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (Wangjing Hospital) researchers determined that acupuncture combined with herbs restores hearing capabilities. In a two-arm investigation, acupuncture plus herbs outperformed alprostadil combined with mecobalamin for the treatment of SSHL.
Blood viscosity, packed cell volume, and other hematological parameters were examined after the end of the acupuncture treatments. The researchers concluded that acupuncture “decreases blood viscosity and increases the deformability of red blood cells, thus preventing local ischemia and hypoxia while promoting local blood circulation and cell recovery for patients with SSHL.” This is important because red blood cell deformability is the capacity for RBCs to get through narrow vascular pathways by deformation in the flow of blood. This research provides both objective and subjective data supporting the use of acupuncture for the treatment of sudden hearing loss.
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