How can Acupuncture help your vocal chords?
Are you a singer, speaker or suffer from throat problems? Then it may surprise you to know that acupuncture could help you.
The throat can be subject to a number of infections and disorders such as irritation, vocal chord polyps and nodules as well as hoarseness or even cancer. There are certain acupuncture points that can be affected when some of these problems arise to help mitigate the symptoms that arise. Some of the points at the back of the neck and some that pass through the throat on their channels or meridians have been shown to be particularly useful in helping patients regain their voice. For example some local points such as ST9 and LI18 can be used however other points such as LU9 or even ST36 can not only help promote circulation through the throat area but can also help the qi move around the body thus stopping any stagnation happening thus preventing the disorders in the first place. By moving qi around the throat area may help keep your voice strong and reduce any irritation or disorder.
In addition to acupuncture, licorice and rhubarb have been found to be beneficial for the the throat, as well as green tea. There are also a wide range of Chinese herbs that can help with throat disorders.
If you suffer from a throat disorder or just want help with keeping your voice strong and healthy then maybe acupuncture can help?
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If you are interested you may find the attached study quite pertinent.
A Randomized Treatment-Placebo Study of the Effectiveness of Acupuncture
for Benign Vocal Pathologies
*Edwin Yiu, †Jie Jie Xu, ‡Tom Murry, §William I. Wei, †Ming Yu, *Estella Ma, †Wei Huang, and *Elaine Yee-lan Kwong
*§Hong Kong and †Nanjing, China, and ‡New York, New York
Summary: Acupuncture is a widely accepted treatment option for many medical ailments in China. Some reports claim that acupuncture is effective for treating dysphonia associated with benign pathological tissue changes. However, many of these reports are based on anecdotal evidence that lacks a scientific experimental design. The objective of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of intensive acupuncture therapy for dysphonias associated with benign pathological changes with a randomized, control design. Twenty- four subjects aged between 19 and 51 years were randomly assigned to either an experimental group or a placebo group. The experimental group received acupuncture on acupoints Renyin (Stomach Channel 9), Lieque (Lung Channel 7), and Zhaohai (Kidney Channel 6), which are all related to improving throat problems and vocal function, whereas the placebo group received acupuncture on acupoints Houxi (Small Intestine Channel 3) and Kunlun (Bladder Channel 60), which are not related to voicing. All subjects