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Can acupuncture lower creatinine?

I am a 37 year old male and I have high creatinine. Can acupuncture lower creatinine?

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this is a complex issue and I need more information to give you an answer. I encourage you to book a session with your practitioner of choice to get help with relief.
My guess would be yes. But it is hard to say for sure.
Yes. Acupuncture treatment can regulate your metabolic rate, improve kidney and liver function, and reduce inflammation. It can lower creatinine through multiple mechanisms.
A creatinine test is a measure of how well your kidneys are performing their job of filtering waste from your blood. You should see your family doctor to figure out why you creatinine test abnormal.
Acupuncture is most notably known for its beneficial effects on pain & anxiety/insomnia. But it has also been found to be very beneficial for influencing the organs.
Considering what can cause high creatinine levels this is something you
should work with your doctor on.
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Yes, acupuncture can help regulate creatinine levels by supporting kidney function.
Do you have any issues with your kidneys? Eat a high protein diet? Or do strenuous exercise regularly? There are many causes to high creatinine, acupuncture can help especially when they have a strong foundation in nutrition and supplements. I have worked with a lot of this and dietary changes are going to make the greatest difference.
Yes, acupuncture plus Chinese herbs can lower creatinine. First of all, have to treat the kidney.
Creatinine is removed from the body by the kidneys. If your creatinine is high, I would suggest drinking more water to help flush it out of your body. Acupuncture can help support your kidneys to make them more efficient.
Yes acupuncture improves the function of organs in the body will inherently know when a certain hormone, mineral, heavy-metal or the like is in excess. So once you begin treatments, it should begin to improve.
Only knowing you have high creatinine without also knowing your eGFR doesn't really give me enough information to adequately answer this question.

Creatinine is a metabolic waste product of protein metabolism and is filtered out of the blood by the kidney. Typically, when creatinine is high eGFR is low, which is an indication of some form of kidney disease. So, the question isn't really 'can acupuncture lower serum creatinine? The question is, "can acupuncture help with kidney disease?" The answer is: it depends. How high is high creatinine? If your eGFR is low, how low is it? What other health issues or symptoms are you experiencing? What other health issues have you experienced in the recent past? What sort of health issues run in your family? What's your diet/lifestyle like? The diagnostic system under which acupuncture functions is looking at your entire system in an integrated way, and I'd need a decent chunk of that information to provide anything like an accurate or useful answer. If you're interested in trying Chinese medicine, I have three suggestions:

1. Do not abandon conventional medicine for Chinese medicine. This is not an either/or proposition. Given your question and the body systems involved, you could potentially be looking at kidney failure. If that's the case, it could be life threatening for you to abandon conventional medicine for a total Chinese medicine/acupuncture treatment approach.

2. There are some studies showing acupuncture improves eGFR and lowers serum creatinine. In a few of these studies, moxibustion was involved. I've personally gotten good results for people with low eGFR/high serum creatinine due to diabetic impact on kidney function. So, yes, it's possible acupuncture could help in this case. However, you need to make sure you're seeing an actual nationally board certified, state licensed acupuncturist and not a chiropractor or physical therapist who likely has little to no training in acupuncture and no training in the Chinese diagnostic methods.

3. To find a properly credentialed provider in your area, go to and use their "Find a Practitioner" lookup.