How effective is acupuncture in treating dystonia?

Although published information is limited, anecdotal accounts suggest that acupuncture may help relieve pain in people with dystonia. The benefits of acupuncture are usually cumulative and require more than one visit to the practitioner before becoming apparent. Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with traditional medications without negative interactions.

If you are interested in finding an acupuncture practitioner, learn as much as you can about the practice. Laws vary from state to state; learn which credentials are required for people who practice acupuncture. A practitioner who is not a traditional doctor should have a diploma from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

This content originally appeared on the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation website at

Continue Learning about Dystonia


When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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