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 Your body is a temple. But there’s nothing wrong with a little graffiti 51 minutes ago Partner content 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 News Win R5 000 with the Health of the Nation Survey Medical How your Neanderthal genes may affect your health Medical Dagga can lead to smart kids making dumb choices Medical Headaches may precede strokes in kids Medical Chronic pain more prevalent among disadvantaged Lifestyle What sets skin peels apart? From our sponsors 10 facts about diabetes and insulin you need to know How to care for your vaginal flora JHB - Free Caregiver Workshop with TENA experts - 15 February JHB - Free home visit and assessment with a TENA nurse advisor Live healthier Hello? » SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss Earworms: Let it go Is it bad to sleep with earplugs all the time? SEE: Do women hear better than men? The reason why men often appear not to be listening could be because they actually can't hear you. Confident smile? » Acidic drinks can harm your kids' smiles The facts on bleaching your teeth Am I taking good care of my teeth? Why are my teeth stained? We know the rules – brush your teeth twice a day and floss to keep them healthy. But, have you ever wondered what causes those stains that sometimes appear?