Home > Natural Health > News 20 May 2013 Acupuncture relieves indigestion A new wireless device that stimulates acupuncture points with electrical waves on the surface of the skin has been found to relieve indigestion symptoms in diabetic patients. 0 iStock Related Acupuncture may relieve seasonal allergies Acupuncture may improve back pain 10 foods that cause bloating Assess Ask the natural health expert » Learn Natural therapies to try » Quiz Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Test yourself: How flexible are you? » A quick guide to The Atkins Diet This medicinal plant that only grows in the Western Cape could replace antibiotics one day A study from Texas Tech University, El Paso, and the University of Mississippi, Oxford, holds promising results for diabetic patients suffering from indigestion symptoms like nausea, vomiting, bloating and heartburn. The study tested a new method of therapy using a custom-made wireless device to stimulate acupuncture points with electrical waves on the surface of the skin rather than needles. "Treatment options for this patient group are severely limited," said Richard McCallum, MD, professor and founding chair of the division of gastroenterology, department of medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. "This is a novel approach to symptom relief that overcomes the shortcomings of other therapies."Fear of needlesBecause of the limited pharmacological treatment options available, many patients build up a tolerance to prescribed medicine. Additionally, traditional acupuncture requires patients to make repeat appointments and a fear of needles may make it undesirable for many patients. The wireless, needleless device tested in the study was designed by Jiande Chen, PhD, professor at the University of Texas' Medical Branch at Galveston, and allows clinicians to tailor the frequency and amplitude of the electrical waves used to stimulate acupuncture points. Funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, patients were instructed to spend 240 minutes each day using the device on designated spots on the body. They kept a detailed diary tracking specific gastroparesis symptoms and the number of heartburn episodes per day. Reduced vomiting, nausea and bloatingDr McCallum worked with fellow Texas Tech professor Irene Sarosiek, MD, senior author of this project, to analyse results of a four-week period of use of the device. Compared to the placebo group, the device significantly improved five out of nine gastroparesis symptoms — vomiting was reduced by 39%, nausea by 30% and bloating by 21% . The number of heartburn episodes decreased significantly when patients utilised active stimulation."These exciting initial results have great potential for patients," Dr. McCallum said. "With the customisable features of the device, we can explore fine-tuning the therapy to directly target specific symptoms." EurekAlert NEXT ON HEALTH24X Here's how stress can cause diabetes 2017-11-14 10:00 More: Natural HealthNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle Would you ride a motorcycle knowing these shocking facts? Lifestyle Man with new face meets donor's widow Lifestyle 5 period symptoms that might signal a serious health problem Partner Content Bringing life-changing tech to SA healthcare countrywide Medical 'Fountain of youth' gene discovered in Amish community Mental health "I was trapped in a car hanging off a cliff" - panic after crash on R44 From our sponsors Discover treatments that can help reduce acne Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Fill in our quick and easy survey and stand a chance of winning a R2000 voucher! What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.