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Acupuncture treats sexual side-effects of antidepressants - The Journal of Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture has a potential role in treating the sexual side-effects of antidepressant medications, suggest researchers from Canada who carried out a...

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Migraine relief possible from acupuncture

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Acupuncture may provide lasting relief from the pain of chronic headaches, such as migraines, according to a new study.

 

Acupuncture may provide lasting relief from the pain of chronic headaches, such as migraines, according to a new study.

Researchers found that compared with standard medical care, acupuncture offers substantial benefits in preventing headaches and improving the quality of life for people who suffer from frequent headaches, especially migraines.

Acupuncture is commonly used to treat other types of chronic pain, but researchers say this is the first large-scale study to examine the effectiveness of acupuncture under real-life conditions. They say the results indicate that health insurance coverage of acupuncture services should be expanded to include the treatment of chronic headaches and migraine. 


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Olympic gold medallist, Jessia Ennis, had acupuncture after training injuries

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Jessica Ennis had acupuncture after training injuries, just to get deep into the muscle.  It works really well.

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More and more top athletes are turning to traditional therapies.

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Acupuncture (PDQ®)

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Effect of Acupuncture on Immune Function At least seven human studies have evaluated the effect of acupuncture on immune system function in patients with cancer (see table at end of this section).[ 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ] These studies were all conducted...

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Acupuncture for patients with chronic neck pain. [Pain. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

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Journal of Pain.  

Treatment with acupuncture added to routine care in patients with chronic neck pain was associated with improvements in neck pain and disability compared to treatment with routine care alone.


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Pain in the Neck?

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Shaftesbury Clinic's curator insight, May 16, 2013 2:45 PM

Acupuncture is popular with patients experiencing neck, shoulder and back pain, and is well-recognised in these areas as being helpful.

This research adds weight to showing acupuncture's efficacy.

Pain relief in the nack areamay be due to acupuncture relaxing the muscles, releaging endorphines (the body's natural painkillers), and improving blood flow through the area.

Shaftesbury Clinic's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:01 PM

Acupuncture is well recognised with a good evidence base for the relief of many types of pain, neck pain included.

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Study shows acupuncture's effectiveness

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From the healthcare innovations supplement in Saturday 21st September 2013 issue of the guardian - a piece on recent studies from University of York....

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Acupuncture Is Slowly Entering The Mainstream Medicine

Acupuncture, as an alternative medical procedure, is now gaining ground in the Western world. It is now recognized as a drug-free treatment and method of stress relief. Practiced in China for more than 2,000 years, acupuncture is a therapeutic system that uses sterilized needles for the purpose of bringing back the body's equilibrium. The needles are put in on specific vital points that correspond to a specific internal organ. The light insertion of the needle into a critical point is supposed to release the flow of internal energy or "chi." According to Chinese medical theory, any obstruction in the flow of chi in the body's "energy streams" or meridians can an imbalance in the body-- leading to an illness. The natural flow of chi guarantees a person's general state of health. The focus of acupuncture is on reviving harmony in the flow of the chi throughout the body and, at the same time, balancing the metaphysical concepts of yin and yang. Acupuncture is used to treat a broad range of ailments like nausea, sinusitis, migraine headaches, lower back pain, knee pain, and chronic pain. Ancient Chinese documents also claim that the acupuncture may be used to treat minor mental and emotional problem such as anxiety disorder. Because of this, some even compare the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of acupuncture to the Western medical discipline of psychology. Both are viewed as similar disciplines or therapy methods that have beneficial effect on the mental health of patients. The real benefits of acupuncture are found in its efficacy as a non-invasive, drug-free means of minimizing a number of physical ailments. It is also used together with traditional Chinese herbal cures that are viewed to be as effective as present day pills and medication. Acupuncture is concerned not only with providing cure to specific ailments. It is also used to find out the causes of physical discomforts and illnesses. Acupuncture practitioners utilize body charts that show the meridians or channels where internal energy flows to different parts of the body. These meridians represent the Western medicine layout of the central nervous system and circulatory system. Medical studies are still being made by Western doctors and other experts to determine the effectiveness of this Eastern alternative form of healing. Even though acupuncture already accepted in different parts of the world as an alternative healing method, some groups are still sceptical about its long-term effects. Even though there are still no research findings that make the restorative claims about acupuncture absolutely undisputable, it is intriguing to note the depth of understanding that the Chinese had about the internal workings of the human body hundreds of years before the formal organization and practice of Western medicine. Perhaps, someday, scientists will ultimately prove that the contrasts between Eastern and Western medicine is found mostly in culture and terminology; and also both systems are actually alike in relations to philosophy and theory in the use of the needle as a tool for healing.


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adriasgc's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:39 PM

Acupuncture, as an alternative medical procedure, is now gaining ground in the Western world. It is now recognized as a drug-free treatment and method of stress relief. Practiced in China for more than 2,000 years, acupuncture is a therapeutic system that uses sterilized needles for the purpose of bringing back the body's equilibrium. The needles are put in on specific vital points that correspond to a specific internal organ. The light insertion of the needle into a critical point is supposed to release the flow of internal energy or "chi." According to Chinese medical theory, any obstruction in the flow of chi in the body's "energy streams" or meridians can an imbalance in the body-- leading to an illness. The natural flow of chi guarantees a person's general state of health. The focus of acupuncture is on reviving harmony in the flow of the chi throughout the body and, at the same time, balancing the metaphysical concepts of yin and yang. Acupuncture is used to treat a broad range of ailments like nausea, sinusitis, migraine headaches, lower back pain, knee pain, and chronic pain. Ancient Chinese documents also claim that the acupuncture may be used to treat minor mental and emotional problem such as anxiety disorder. Because of this, some even compare the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of acupuncture to the Western medical discipline of psychology. Both are viewed as similar disciplines or therapy methods that have beneficial effect on the mental health of patients. The real benefits of acupuncture are found in its efficacy as a non-invasive, drug-free means of minimizing a number of physical ailments. It is also used together with traditional Chinese herbal cures that are viewed to be as effective as present day pills and medication. Acupuncture is concerned not only with providing cure to specific ailments. It is also used to find out the causes of physical discomforts and illnesses. Acupuncture practitioners utilize body charts that show the meridians or channels where internal energy flows to different parts of the body. These meridians represent the Western medicine layout of the central nervous system and circulatory system. Medical studies are still being made by Western doctors and other experts to determine the effectiveness of this Eastern alternative form of healing. Even though acupuncture already accepted in different parts of the world as an alternative healing method, some groups are still sceptical about its long-term effects. Even though there are still no research findings that make the restorative claims about acupuncture absolutely undisputable, it is intriguing to note the depth of understanding that the Chinese had about the internal workings of the human body hundreds of years before the formal organization and practice of Western medicine. Perhaps, someday, scientists will ultimately prove that the contrasts between Eastern and Western medicine is found mostly in culture and terminology; and also both systems are actually alike in relations to philosophy and theory in the use of the needle as a tool for healing.

Brompton Acupuncture's curator insight, September 6, 2013 6:45 AM

Acupuncture can be So beneficial and it is about time that it enters the mainstream.

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Acupuncture Fertility Success with IVF Revealed - HealthCMI

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Researchers have discovered that acupuncture increases live birth rates and pregnancy rates for women receiving in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments for infertility.
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Chinese Medicine | Abstract | Effects of acupuncture for cancer pain and quality of life -- a case series

Effects of acupuncture for cancer pain and quality of life -- a case series

Sivarama Prasad Vinjamury, Ju-Tzu Li, Eric Hsiao, Calen Huang, Cheryl Hawk, Judith Miller and Yuhong Huang

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Chinese Medicine 2013, 8:15 doi:10.1186/1749-8546-8-15

Published: 30 July 2013Abstract (provisional)Background

Many cancer patients seek complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) including acupuncture to manage their cancer-related symptoms or side effects of treatments. Acupuncture is used to manage cancer pain and improve quality of life (QoL). This study aimed to conduct a preliminary study on a case series to evaluate the feasibility of acupuncture for treating cancer pain and to collect preliminary data on the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating cancer pain and improving QoL.

Methods

A semi-standardized acupuncture treatment comprising one to three treatment sessions (20--30 minutes per session) per week for 8 weeks was provided by four licensed acupuncturists, who had more than 5 years of clinical experience, at the University Health Center. The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C3) and a visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain rating were used as the outcome measures to assess pain and QoL. Data were collected at baseline, immediately after 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of treatment and at 4 weeks after treatment completion (week 12).

Results

Two males and five females with a median age of 66 years (range: 44--71 years) completed the study. For the VAS, the percentage of improvement ranged between 18% and 95%. The baseline mean raw score was reduced from 51 mm to 36 mm at the end of week 8 and to 23 mm at the end of week 12. The percentage of overall QoL improvement ranged between 20% and 100%. The mean raw score for QoL improved with time. The baseline score was increased from 55 to 69 at the end of treatment (week 8) and to 73 after the follow-up (week 12).

Conclusions

This pilot study on a case series showed that acupuncture might be beneficial for reducing pain and improving QoL in cancer patients.


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Bedford Acupuncture's curator insight, July 31, 2013 12:18 PM

Promising study to add to some of the other resent research in this area.