Brain Science Advances


acupuncture, neuronal activity, Parkinson’s disease, neuroimaging


Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder commonly observed in middle-aged and elderly. Currently, its etiology and pathogenesis are still not completely understood. It is associated with many symptoms that severely affect patients’ health and quality of life. At present, the PD clinical treatment mainly aimed to alleviate symptoms, and both medicinal and surgical treatments have side effects and treatment blind spots. The use of acupuncture for the treatment of PD is relatively widespread, and its safety and efficacy have been gradually accepted by the public and medical professions. However, the efficacy of acupuncture in experimental studies remains controversial. Therefore, this paper reviews imaging studies on the use of acupuncture for the treatment of PD. From the study, it shows that acupuncture can improve the neuronal activity, activate the neuronal activity in damaged brain regions, affect relevant neural networks and brain circulation, improve cerebral metabolism, and cause structural changes in related brain regions. Intuitive and visible imaging studies provide objective bases on the use of acupuncture for the treatment of PD.


Tsinghua University Press