Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Acupuncture for Memory Loss?

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 12:02 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: How should memory loss in an 84-year-old man be treated? His daughter wants him to have a series of acupuncture treatments. What do you think?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

No reliable evidence to support memory correction through acupuncture treatment has been reported. I recommend seeking medical consultation to see if any deficiency or disease states exist that may be corrected or at least slowed.

Many memory issues can relate to mental health and well-being. Because of that, acupuncture may have a useful role related to behavior modification in selected cases. First, have organic disease and physical, emotional, dietary, and environmental conditions and deficiencies correctly evaluated and managed, then look at the ancillary and supportive treatments available and recommended by the man’s neurologist and private physician.

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