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Old 07-20-2008, 08:40 PM
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Default Acupuncture May Improve "Dry Mouth"

In a randomized, controlled, subject-blinded trial involving 20 healthy subjects, treatment with acupuncture was found to be associated with increases in saliva production.

Patients were randomly assigned to receive either real acupuncture (at unilateral LI-2, a point commonly used in clinical practice to treat xerostomia) or a sham acupuncture treatment.

Functional MRI was used to evaluate which cortical regions of the brain were activated or de-activated during the treatment.

Results found that treatment with acupuncture was associated with bilateral activation of the insula and adjacent operculum as well as saliva production, while the sham treatment did not activate nor deactivate these regions.

These results suggest that acupuncture may be a safe and effective therapy for the treatment of dry mouth (xerostomia).
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