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June 23, 2005

Study shows efficacy of Acupuncture for treating Dry Mouth

A study printed in the June issue of General Dentistry showed that weekly Acupuncture can greatly reduce long-term symptoms of Xerostomia (med-speak for dry mouth). You can actually download the article from the link above.

The most interesting part is the treatment protocol. Only 3 points in the ear and 1 point in the hand were used. In the ear, they needled Shen Men, Pt Zero, and Salivary Gland 2, as well as LI 1. Notice the odd location of Large Intestine 1 in the images.

Update: Found the original study related to this from 2001 that seems to first layout the protocol used in the AGD study: Link.

It is still unclear where they come up with the idea. A correction, LI2 is the actual point, not LI1.

Posted by Admin at June 23, 2005 04:12 PM


Is it me or does every study out there that is ear based includes Shen Men as part of the point prescription. I tried to look up the past article mentioned in this stufy where they came up with the protocol but to no avail.

Does anyone know how they came up with this? And where is Salivary Gland 2?


Posted by: Jackie Rondal at June 22, 2005 08:34 AM

I have been trying to find out where this "Salivary Gland" point is and for the life of me I can't find anything.

Anybody have any clues out there? If I don't get an answer I can always email the study coordinator and see if they'll give us the info.

People like to be crazy with their ear acu nomenclature. For the German IVF study it took 150 emails and Acupuncture Today making phone calls for Wolfgang Paulus to reveal what freaking points he used.

Posted by: Steve at June 24, 2005 09:46 AM

A massage therapy client of mine has severe xerostomia due to radiation therpy for a cancer condition of the throat. That client became aware of Richard Niemtzow MD whose web site suggests he is the originator of the protocal described in the General Denistry article. Dr Niemtzow treated my client over one weekend but there were no lasting improvements. The client had extensive tissue damage from the radiation with little to no salivation or taste sensation.

An 2002 article by Johnstone, Niemtzow and Riffenburgh was sighted by the Morganstein report. Dr Niemtzow's web site is: www.n5ev.com.

Posted by: Mark Fitzpatrick RMT at June 24, 2005 06:13 PM