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Acupuncture and Cancer: complementing medical treatment and side-effects |

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We explore how acupuncture can help at every stage of cancer treatment


Acupuncture and Cancer

If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with cancer, or you find yourself facing the dreaded chemo, we're taking a look at the ways in which acupuncture can really help you along as an alternative, holistic treatment.

Here, acupuncturist Hannah O'Connell explains how it all works.

In short, Acupuncture supports Vital qi (energy) which enhances the immune system, allowing the body to withstand disease. It regulates Yin and Yang and factors in the internal and external elements and emotional health while helping to prevent, correct or reduce iatrogenic pain due to surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

In my private practice and in my clinic at ARC Cancer support centre, I would see patients at various stages of treatment from diagnosis right through to recovery, treating a variety of symptoms and conditions associated with cancer and the side effects of various treatments.


A cancer diagnosis can send you into a state of shock and create anxiety that would previously never have been present. It can cause sleepless nights, mental exhaustion and appetite loss, none of which are the best start to cancer treatment. Acupuncture can help here by calming the mind, restoring sleep and appetite and boosting energy, creating a more balanced state from which to begin treatment.


Like any surgery, you can be left inflamed and in pain. In acupuncture terms, pain is seen as an interruption of qi, blood or even phlegm in the channels or meridians. In many cases this pain is quite significant and long lasting, causing sleep disturbance and fatigue. Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for managing the pain that surgery, tumors, inflammation, chemotherapy and radiation cause. Research shows, the use of acupuncture activates the spinal chord, midbrain and the hypothalamic-pituitary centres, activating the release of endorphins, enkephalins, monoamines and cortisol to block the pain messages therefore inducing an analgesic effect. Unlike the pain medications often prescribed, that can cause nausea, constipation and fatigue in the patient, acupuncture is side effect free.

Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy

Acupuncture is known to be very effective in relieving the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy treatment, in fact it's been well documented in many studies.

Again, it's also very valuable in terms of the exhaustion and fatigue associated with chemo and radiotherapy. Fatigue is the most common symptom experienced by patients with cancer, which is also one of the most common adverse effects that occur during and after cancer treatment. Cancer treatment-related fatigue generally improves after treatment ends, but some degree of fatigue may persist for months or even years. Fatigue affects multiple aspects of life– physical, mental, and emotional – and has a significant negative impact on patients’ physical functioning and overall quality of life. In TCM terms, any chronic disease process depletes the energy level in the organism. Such depletion can be relieved, at least temporarily, by tonification, a process of imparting energy into the system via acupuncture. This is deemed necessary for more durable, successful pain control. It can also add to the patients' sense of well being and decrease the malaise associated with any chronic disease, especially cancer.

Hormone therapy

Breast cancer patients and prostate cancer patients suffer while undergoing hormonal treatment. Hot flashes can disrupt sleep, cause distress and discomfort and be quite overwhelming. Studies suggest that acupuncture may be as effective as Effexor (an anti depressant used as a treatment for hot flashes) at reducing the frequency of hot flashes in breast cancer patients treated with hormonal therapy, minus the side effects. In prostate cancer patients, a study using acupuncture showed results of reduction in symptoms of 89.2% after 6 weeks of treatment.


The war is over and you’re now cancer-free, business as usual, right? Wrong. Not only has the cancer taken its toll on the body’s processes but the treatment has really knocked it for six. You may feel exhausted and emotionally dazed after the whole ordeal. At this point regardless of whether you’ve had no acupuncture or have been attending regularly, acupuncture can be invaluable now at getting you back on track to enjoying life! It will boost energy, promote smooth flow of emotions, aid sleep and create the well deserved sense of well being after what may have been a lengthy and trying experience.

One thing I am often asked in clinic is “Should I wait until after my radiotherapy/chemotherapy to begin acupuncture?” Absolutely not, acupuncture is entirely safe throughout your treatment, it does not interfere with the medications in any way. It simply supports you physically and mentally throughout the process, shortening recovery time so you can feel like you again.

When considering acupuncture, always check the Acupuncture Council of Ireland website for a fully trained and registered acupuncturist in your area. in the UK

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Acupuncture combined with antidepressants can improve the treatment of depression, study finds | PsyPost

Acupuncture treatment combined with antidepressants can improve the treatment of depression, according to a study published online this July in NeuroImage:
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Letter of Recommendation: Acupuncture

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Acupuncture Reverses High Cholesterol Cell Fat

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aAcupuncture prevents and reverses dangerous cellular accumulations of fatty materials in cases of high cholesterol thereby preventing atherosclerotic plaques and heart disease. New laboratory research confirms that needling a specific acupuncture point located on the lower leg prevents and reverses the formation of foam cells. This type of cell forms at the site of fatty streaks and is the beginning of atherosclerotic plaque formation in blood vessels. The presence of foam cells is indicative of an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Based on the research, the investigators note that acupuncture could “play an essential role in treating hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol and triglycerides) and stopping it from developing into a further level.”

Oxidized LDL cholesterol creates inflammation within blood vessels. As a result, immune system cells called macrophages are attracted to the site of inflammation and consume the LDL cholesterol. Ordinarily, macrophages defend against bacteria and other pathogens. However, macrophages can become engulfed in fatty materials when attempting to eliminate excess cholesterol. Under a microscope, one can see that the macrophages become overrun with cholesterol and other fatty materials. The damaged macrophages take on a foamy appearance, hence the name foam cell. Foam cells indicate that dangerous plaques are beginning to form within the vessels. The researchers conclude that electroacupuncture at acupuncture point ST40 (Fenglong) “prevents and reverse(s) the formation of foam cell(s).” In this way, acupuncture helps to fight hyperlipidemia and prevent heart disease.

The research proves that ST40 electroacupuncture “significantly prohibits the transformation of macrophage(s) into foam cell(s).” The research measured sharp reductions in foam cells through the application of acupuncture. Stimulation of acupoint ST40 was shown to decrease the cholesterol content of macrophages. Cells can accomplish this in two ways. The first way is to convert cholesterol into cholesterol esters. This method is limited because it may overrun cells with esters and consequent toxicity.

Needling acupuncture point ST40 accomplishes cholesterol reduction by another method that is completely non-toxic. ST40 stimulation increases the rate of cholesterol efflux from macrophages. Cholesterol efflux is a process of eliminating cholesterol from cells that is regulated by intracellular transporters including ATP proteins A1, G1 and B1. Unlike the cholesterol ester process, the efflux process has a virtually unlimited capacity to reduce cholesterol because there is no danger of building up excess cellular cholesterol esters. Needling ST40 with electroacupuncture activates an important, safe and powerful method for cells to reduce excess cholesterol content. 

Getting To The Point
ST40 is located on the lower leg and is midway between the popliteal crease and the lateral malleolus, two finger-breadths lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia. This is approximately the midpoint between the knee and the ankle on the lateral portion of the lower leg. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this point stimulates the transformation of phlegm and dampness. This TCM function is consistent with the new research. ST40 reduces excess cholesterol accumulations from cells. Lipids are categorized as a form of dampness in TCM. In this way, ST40’s ability to engage cholesterol efflux is a biological correlate for the TCM function of transforming dampness.

ST40 is also ascribed the function of benefitting the chest in the TCM system. This too is consistent with the new research in that ST40’s ability to increase cholesterol efflux helps to prevent heart disease. The TCM system also documents that ST40 calms the spirit and is indicated for the treatment of , vertigo, coughs, excess sputum, chest pain and swelling of the lower limbs. ST40 (Fenglong, Abundant Bulge) is an important acupuncture point in the TCM system because it is a Luo-connecting point to the Spleen Leg-Taiyin channel. 

Online Acupuncture Continuing Education
Acupuncture, Chinese medicine dietetics and herbal medicine are all part of the TCM system for the treatment of high cholesterol and high triglycerides. Visit the acupuncture CEU (continuing education unit) web page to learn more about online continuing education courses for the treatment of high cholesterol and triglycerides with TCM. Licensed acupuncturists receive state and nationally approved acupuncture continuing education CEUs, NCCAOM Diplomate PDAs, CAEs and CEs for HealthCMi online courses.

Macrophage Research
The recent foam cell research on the beneficial effects of acupuncture on macrophages comes at a time when other remarkable research has emerged. Recently, an investigation published in Molecular Neurobiology reveals that acupuncture reduces inflammation and muscle pain by downregulating M1 macrophages (pro-inflammatory cells) and upregulating M2 macrophages (anti-inflammatory cells). The study measured responses in muscle tissues and confirms that M1 to M2 macrophage phenotype switching is triggered by acupuncture stimulation. Acupuncture stimulates biological actions wherein inflammatory responses are reduced and cellular healing responses are engaged.

Chen, Y. F., J. Y. Tian, Y. Xiao, H. Wu, H. Huang, and H. X. Zhang. "Effects of electroacupuncture at" Fenglong"(ST 40) on formation of macrophage-derived foam cell and efflux of cholesterol in hyperlipidemia rats." Zhongguo zhen jiu= Chinese acupuncture & moxibustion 34, no. 5 (2014): 475.

Low H1, Hoang A, Sviridov D. Cholesterol efflux assay. J Vis Exp. 2012 Mar 6;(61):e3810. doi: 10.3791/3810.

da Silva, Morgana D., Franciane Bobinski, Karina L. Sato, Sandra J. Kolker, Kathleen A. Sluka, and Adair RS Santos. "IL-10 Cytokine Released from M2 Macrophages Is Crucial for Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory Effects of Acupuncture in a Model of Inflammatory Muscle Pain." Molecular Neurobiology (2014): 1-13

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR VULVAR PAIN - Portland Acupuncture Studio

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In addition to my work with reproductive medicine, I also use acupuncture for vulvar pain and chronic pelvic pain conditions. I wrote a guest post about a vulvar pain condition that affects one in four women: chronic vulvar pain.

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Traditional Chinese medicine for pressure ulcer: a meta-analysis. - PubMed - NCBI

Traditional Chinese medicine for pressure ulcer: a meta-analysis. - PubMed - NCBI | Acupuncture News |

Int Wound J. 2013 Apr;10(2):221-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-481X.2012.00969.x. Epub 2012 Apr 18. Comparative Study; Meta-Analysis; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review


Int Wound J. 2013 Apr;10(2):221-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-481X.2012.00969.x. Epub 2012 Apr 18.Traditional Chinese medicine for pressure ulcer: a meta-analysis.Zhang QH1, Sun ZR, Yue JH, Ren X, Qiu LB, Lv XL, Du W.Author information Abstract

To assess the effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) [Chinese herbal medicine ointment (CHMO), acupuncture and moxibustion] on pressure ulcer. In this study, we searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTER, CBM, CNKI, WAN FANG and VIP for articles published from database inception up to 4 April 2011. We included randomised controlled trials (RCTs), which compared the effects of TCM with other interventions. We assessed the methodological quality of these trials using Cochrane risk of bias criteria. Ten of 565 potentially relevant trails that enrolled a total of 893 patients met our inclusion criteria. All the included RCTs only used CHMO intervention, because acupuncture and moxibustion trials failed to meet the inclusive criteria. A meta-analysis showed beneficial effects of CHMO for pressure ulcer compared with other treatments on the total effective rate [risk ratio (RR): 1·28; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1·20-1·36; P = 0·53; I(2) = 0%), curative ratio (RR: 2·02; 95% CI: 1·73-2·35; P = 0·11; I(2) = 37%) and inefficiency rate (RR: 0·16; 95% CI: 0·02-0·80; P = 0·84; I(2) = 0%). However, the funnel plot indicated that there was publication bias in this study. The evidence that CHMO is effective for pressure ulcer is encouraging, but due to several caveats, not conclusive. Therefore, more rigorous studies seem warranted.

© 2012 The Authors. International Wound Journal © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and Inc.

PMID: 22512889 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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I have been informed of sports acupuncture whereby acupuncture is used to stimulate body healing | Ask an expert | Health onformation | AXA PPP healthcare

I have been informed of sports acupuncture whereby acupuncture is used to stimulate body healing | Ask an expert | Health onformation | AXA PPP healthcare | Acupuncture News |

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It is unclear exactly how acupuncture needling works but there is evidence that in many cases it can be an effective addition in the treatment of sports injuries. Acupuncture has historically been used for the treatment of pain which is often a hindrance to functional recovery and confidence following a sports injury.  The techniques used in sports acupuncture are similar to those of recognised Western and Chinese acupuncture disciplines. The difference is that the treatments are administered by practitioners with an interest in sports injuries and with a focus specifically on rehabilitation of injuries usually occurring within the sport setting. Other standard therapies such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic treatments can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to ensure maximal beneficial effect.

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Acupuncture: an up and coming treatment for pets

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A group of doctors at Oklahoma State University are advocating for acupuncture. But not for people. For their pets.


Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2015 6:48 pm | Updated: 8:47 pm, Sun Feb 22, 2015.

Nuria Martinez-Keel Staff Reporter

A group of doctors at Oklahoma State University are advocating for acupuncture. But not for people. For their pets.

Lara Sypniewski is one of these doctors. She primarily works in pain management at the Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital on the OSU campus finding ways to dull the aches, pinches and throbs of all her animal patients. The best part of her job is doing acupuncture. 

“Most of our patients go running out of here like they’re new animals,” Sypniewski said.

Poking needles into an animal might seem like an unconventional form of veterinary treatment, but it’s become so popular that Sypniewski said she hardly has enough time to meet with all of her patients. 

Older dogs, cats, horses and cows — Sypniewski has done acupuncture on them all — especially appreciate the treatments because they help soothe their chronic pains.

Acupuncture needles stimulate acute pain, which then relieves chronic pain, Sypniewski said. 

Both human and animal bodies are quick to respond to acute pain by sending dopamine and serotonin to the spot that is hurting to alleviate it. That’s why when a person cuts their finger, the initial acute pain lasts only a short time. 

Chronic pain is different, and the body isn’t good at stopping it, which is why it’s long-lasting. Acupuncture helps by causing acute pinches in chronically pained areas, and the body sends soothing dopamine and serotonin to those places. 

Both the acute and the chronic pain are killed, and the result is sweet, sweet pain relief.

“My patients get very addicted to it,” Sypniewski said. “They feel high. They feel good. They have relief from their pain.” 

The dogs especially love the baby food they can lick out of a jar during their treatments, not to mention the doggie treat they get before they go home.

One regular customer is Arthur, a 12-year-old labrador-shepherd mix, who comes every two weeks for acupuncture. Sypniewski calls him a “miracle story.” 

Arthur could hardly move or walk after he had neck surgery last year because of pain and muscle spasms. Then, Sypniewski started acupuncture and physical therapy treatments on Arthur, and it changed the dog’s life. 

The acupuncture reduces his pain to a manageable level so he can now walk. His treatments and therapy are so effective, in fact, that he loves to run and play again. Rather than lying around and not moving, Arthur feels healthier and happier. 

“When he comes in he’s achy and stiff, and he kind of walks like the tin man,” Sypniewski said. “When he leaves he’s like the tin man on oil.”

However, not all of Sypniewski’s patients have a dramatic story like Arthur. Keltsy, a 9-year-old border collie mix, comes in every two to four weeks for acupuncture just to get a tune up. 

Keltsy doesn’t deal with chronic pain like Arthur does, but she still enjoys coming in for her treatments. Similarly to how people visit chiropractors or massage therapists to fix any minor discomforts, animals can get acupuncture to eliminate small aches and pains or tight muscles. 

Also, if a more serious problem arises, the doctor can catch it early because the animal comes in to the hospital regularly. 

For Sypniewski, it’s all about improving her patients’ quality of life. Whether they are in full health or are on the tail end of their lives, every year in an animal’s life is precious. Rather than spending their time in pain, acupuncture helps them to feel good and be active. 

“If it does no harm and it has the potential to have really positive effects, then why not give it a shot?” Sypniewski said. 

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Poked pets: Veterinary acupuncture grows in popularity

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Poked pets: Veterinary acupuncture grows in popularityFebruary 01, 12:30 PM By Margret Aldrich


Would you consider taking Fido or Fluffy to the vet for acupuncture?

According to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) the use of acupuncture in treating animals is on the rise. Cats, dogs – even rabbits – can benefit from the practice that has been used on humans for centuries, IVAS says.

A video from CBS News tells the story of a dachshund named Samson who underwent acupuncture as a follow-up to surgery – after a run-in with another dog left him with nerve damage.

“A lot of people come for acupuncture because they’ve exhausted a lot of the traditional western medicine routes, whether it’s medication or surgery,” veterinarian Dr. Marc Seibert told CBS News.

The healing art of acupuncture, which some believe originated in China thousands of years ago, is thought to work by unblocking the body’s energy channels, or “meridians,” with ultra-fine needles.

Most reassuring to pet owners: Being poked doesn’t seem to phase their beloved companions. Animals may, in fact, enter a relaxed state during acupuncture, says the Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.

What can acupuncture do for my pet?

PetMD and IVAS claim the following benefits of acupuncture for pets:

Pain relief: Acupuncture releases endorphins that can ease the pain of arthritis or traumatic nerve injury.

Inflammation reduction: Natural anti-inflammatory substances are also released during veterinary acupuncture, which may ease allergies and asthma, among other health problems.

Detoxification: Acupuncture results in better circulation, which can improve blood flow and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins.

Digestive issues: Acupuncture treatments may help gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea.

Reproductive issues: Acupuncture is used by some veterinarians to treat selected reproductive problems.

Injury treatment: Acupuncture is sometimes used to treat sports injuries in animals involved in competitions like racing, jumping and showing.

When choosing an acupuncturist for your pet, be sure that they are a licensed vet with formal training in veterinary acupuncture, IVAS stresses.

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Scans reveal previously unseen tattoos Ötzi the iceman ribcage

Scans reveal previously unseen tattoos Ötzi the iceman ribcage | Acupuncture News |
Experts from the European Academy of Bozen, Italy used multispectral imaging to map the mummy’s tattoos (pictured). They discovered a group of unseen tattoos on Ötzi’s lower right rib cage.


Ötzi the iceman's hidden tattoos uncovered: Scans reveal previously unseen inkings on 5,300-year-old mummy's ribcageIceman's tattoos are largely seen on body parts that endured wear-and-tearIn total, 61 tattoos have been found grouped across 19 of Ötzi’s body partsExperts used a modified camera to scan the ancient hunter's bodyThey found a group of tattoos on the lower right of Ötzi's thoracic This is the first markings found on the front of the 5,300-year-old's torso Experts previous thought etchings were a primitive form of acupuncture But the latest tattoo casts doubt on this because it is not situated by a joint


PUBLISHED: 09:54, 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:56, 26 January 2015




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It’s been almost 24 years since the body of Ötzi the iceman was unearthed, yet scientists are still discovering secrets about the 5,300-year-old mummy.

Using a modified camera, designed to capture a range of wavelengths, experts have spotted a previously unseen tattoo on the ancient specimen.

The markings were spotted near the ribcage on the lower right side of the body, and they are the first etchings found on the front of the torso.

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Experts used multispectral imaging, including ultraviolet, visible and infrared wavelengths, to photograph the 5,300-year-old mummy’s body. After processing the images, the researchers found unseen tattoos on Ötzi’s lower right rib cage that are invisible to the naked eye (original markings pictured left, scans shown right)

In total, the ancient hunter has 61 tattoos grouped across 19 body parts, which the archaeologists previously thought were used as a primitive form of acupuncture.

However, they claim the new tattoo may contradict this theory.

The team have mapped these tattoos in the Elsevier Journal of Culture Heritage. 

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The recent scans of Ötzi’s body were taken by Marco Samadelli, Marcello Melis, Matteo Miccoli, Eduard Vigl, and Albert Zink from the European Academy of Bozen Institute for Mummies and the Iceman and the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.

They used a 36MP Nikon D800 camera fitted with filters that captured wavelengths, including ultraviolet, visible and infrared.

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In total, the hunter has 61 tattoos grouped across 19 body parts. The archaeologists previously thought these markings were a primitive form of acupuncture. However, they now think the new tattoo may contradict this theory because it wasn't found near a joint. The team have mapped these tattoo groups (pictured)


This table shows the location and shape of the tattoo groups. They range from 1mm (0.03 inches) and 3mm (0.1 inches) thick and 7mm (0.2 inches) and 40mm (1.5 inches) long. The majority consist of lines running parallel to each other, but in two locations, including the right knee and left ankle, these lines form a cross

Using this camera, they found linear ink markings across the body, ranging from between 1mm (0.03 inches) and 3mm (0.1 inches) thick and between 7mm (0.2 inches) and 40mm (1.5 inches) long.

The majority of the tattoos consist of lines running parallel to each other, between 2mm (0.07 inches) and 8mm (0.3 inches) apart.

In two locations, however, including the right knee and left ankle, these lines form a cross.


The recent scans of Ötzi’s body were taken by Marco Samadelli, Marcello Melis, Matteo Miccoli, Eduard Vigl, and Albert Zink from the European Academy of Bozen Institute for Mummies and the Iceman and the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.

They used a 36MP Nikon D800 camera fitted with filters that captured wavelengths including ultraviolet, visible and infrared.

Using this camera, they found linear ink markings, ranging from between 1mm (0.03 inches) and 3mm (0.1 inches) thick and between 7mm (0.2 inches) and 40mm (1.5 inches) long.

The majority of the tattoos consist of lines running parallel to each other, between 2mm (0.07 inches) and 8mm (0.3 inches) apart.

In two locations, however, including the right knee and left ankle, these lines form a cross.

The right leg has seven groups of tattoos, the left leg has four, and visible tattoos are also found on the back of the lumbar region.

The longest tattoos are around the wrist of the left hand, and many of these have been documented previously.

However, using the modified camera, the researchers found a previously unseen group of tattoos that is barely visible. 

This tattoo was found in the lower thoracic, and shows four parallel lines varying from 20mm (0.7 inches) to 25 mm (0.9 inches).

The right leg has seven groups of tattoos, the left leg has four, and visible tattoos are also found on the back of the lumbar region.

The longest tattoos are around the wrist of the left hand, and many of these have been documented before.

However, using the modified camera, the researchers also found a previously unseen group of tattoos that is barely visible to the naked eye.

This tattoo was found in the right lower thoracic, and shows four parallel lines of length varying from 20mm (0.7 inches) to 25 mm (0.9 inches).

‘This is of particular interest, as this represents the first tattoo that was detected on the iceman's frontal part of the torso,’ explained the researchers.

The ice man's tattoos are largely seen on parts of the body that endured wear-and-tear, causing archaeologists to liken the practice to acupuncture.

Radiological images of the tattooed areas of the mummy show degenerative areas under the tattoos that could have caused pain.

‘In previous work on the tattoos of the iceman it was mainly believed that their application was done as a kind of treatment or diagnosis of health problems, in particular lower back pain and degenerative joint disease of his knees, ankle and wrist,’ continued the experts.

‘The conclusion was drawn because basically all tattoos were located in morphological areas close to the underlying spine and joints, where degenerations have been identified based on earlier radiological studies.’

But, the newly identified tattoo is not located close to a joint, which has led them to question this theory.

When the mummy was first studied, experts were shocked at Ötzi's tattooed skin as they had never seen real examples of Copper Age tattoos before.

They were also surprised as it is popularly thought that acupuncture was invented more than 2,000 years later in Asia.


The ice man's tattoos (pictured) are largely seen on parts of the body that endured wear-and-tear, causing archaeologists to liken the practice to acupuncture - an ancient treatment for joint distress. Radiological images of the tattooed areas also show degenerative areas under the tattoos that could have caused pain


Ötzi, (artist's impression) was 46 when he died, and measured 5ft 2 inches. He had brown eyes, and tests have revealed he was lactose intolerant

The 5,300-year-old 'ice mummy' known as Ötzi suffered from the world's first-known case of Lyme disease, a bacterial parasite spread by ticks, according to DNA analysis.

Ötzi, who was 46 at the time of his death and measured 5ft 2inches, had brown eyes, relatives in Sardinia, and was lactose intolerant.

Ötzi was also predisposed to heart disease.

Recent research focused on the DNA in the nuclei of Ötzi's cells, and it could yield further insights into the famous ice mummy's life.

Ötzi was unearthed in September 1991 by German tourists trekking through the Oetz Valley, after which he was named. 

Researchers examining the contents of his stomach worked out that his final meal consisted of venison and ibex meat.

Archaeologists believe Ötzi, who was carrying a bow, a quiver of arrows and a copper axe, may have been a hunter or warrior killed in a skirmish with a rival tribe.

Researchers say he was about 159cm tall (5ft 2.5in), 46 years old, arthritic and infested with whipworm - an intestinal parasite.

His perfectly preserved body is stored in his own specially designed cold storage chamber at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Italy at a constant temperature of -6°C. Visitors can view the mummy through a small window.

Alongside his remains is a new Ötzi model created using 3D images of the corpse and forensic technology by two Dutch artists - Alfons and Adrie Kennis.


The right leg has seven groups of tattoos, the left leg has four, and visible tattoos are also found on the back of the lumbar region. The longest tattoos are around the wrist of the left hand (pictured)

Ötzi got his tattoos by enduring a series of small incisions in his skin, which were then rubbed with charcoal to make the marks.

Professor Frank Rühli, head of the Centre for Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich, told MailOnline the tattoos were probably a combination of decorative art and therapy.

Archaeologists believe that judging by the clothing, tools and weapons found with the mummy frozen in the Alps on the Austrian, Italian border two decades ago, Ötzi was a herder or a chieftain in Copper Age Europe.


Ötzi's tattoos are the only known examples of real-life ancient tattoos, as all other examples are found in artwork at the time, and reveal how the marks were made in Copper Age Europe. Ötzi (pictured) got his tattoos by enduring a series of small incisions in his skin, which were then rubbed with charcoal to make the marks

Professor Rühli said that while there might be a connection to suggest the tattoos functioned as a form of ancient acupuncture, it is difficult to see which ailments the mummy suffered from, so an indication of the marks being therapeutic is 'likely' but cannot be proven as there are not a number of similar bodies to study, found in the same location that are the same age.

But, the Italian researchers aren’t ruling out that the new tattoo may have been used to treat pain as well.

‘It is known from previous studies that the iceman suffered from other pathological conditions that could have also caused pain in the chest area, such as gallbladder stones, whipworms in his colon and atherosclerosis.

‘Therefore, it cannot be ruled out that the iceman's tattoos were indeed applied as a therapeutic treatment.’

The researchers now want to carry out further research into this tattoo and its relation to acupuncture points. 

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VA explores alternative therapies

VA explores alternative therapies | Acupuncture News |

Posted: Sunday, January 4, 2015 10:30 pm


The acupuncturist gently leaned over the burly and bearded Army Special Operations officer who was stretched across a bed in the “zen den” at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The air was sweet with eucalyptus and peppermint aromatherapy. The lighting was warm, fluttering with the golden hue of battery-operated candles. The retired lieutenant colonel, who had been injured in a combat plane crash, inhaled and exhaled as the doctor pressed needles into his knees.

Like hundreds of veterans from across the country who have come to this local VA hospital for treatment of chronic pain, panic attacks, traumatic injuries and other ailments, he said he was so fed up with taking heavy-duty painkillers that he was willing to try anything.

The alternative-therapy programs mark a dramatic departure in the treatment offered to troops who are returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and seeking relief from pain.

Among the options: Equine therapy. Alpha stimulation. Qigong. Guided imagery. Life coaching. Yoga and Pilates. Hypnosis. Aqua therapy. Botox.

The Richmond center and three other pilot programs offering these therapies are part of an effort by the Veterans Health Administration to reduce the dependence of tens of thousands on opiate painkillers. While doctors say the highly addictive drugs can help in the short term, they also can be harmful and often require another round of prescription pills to counteract side effects that can include insomnia, constipation, bone pain, anxiety and depression.

“I used to take a half a dozen painkillers a day, maybe more, and wash ’em down with Scotch,” moaned the lieutenant colonel, who worked in intelligence and asked not to be named. “If you told me I’d be doing this sort of ‘wives’ tale’ type stuff even a few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it.”

The scientific basis for these alternative therapies is mixed, and much of the research is preliminary.

In September, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the launch of a five-year, $21.7 million initiative to study the effectiveness of alternative treatments. The undertaking includes 13 research projects.

On a crisp fall morning, a group of veterans at the local hospital met in the courtyard flower garden for a session of tai chi. Native American flute music hummed from a CD player.

Retired Staff Sgt. Cedric McAfee, 43, a combat veteran in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he initially dreaded trying tai chi. He felt embarrassed. But he realized the “grocery bag full of pills were making it all worse.”

The turning point came when his teenage son invited him to his football game. McAfee couldn’t go, afraid he would have a panic attack because of the crowds. Along with post-traumatic stress disorder, McAfee suffers from a traumatic brain injury, hypervigilance — “I freak out if my kids don’t come back after 10 minutes” — and a shattered knee, which requires a brace.

So he spread his feet shoulders apart. He bent his knees slightly. He made his hand into an energy ball, shifted into a running back position and reached his arms in front of him.

“My mother always told us that pills aren’t the answer,” McAfee said after the class. “I take a pain pill and get drowsy, then they give you a pill to bring you up again, then you take another pill to come down because you can’t sleep.”

He said he was willing to try anything to end the pain. “I sit at home and think I’m big and tough, but you know, I really wanted to give this stuff a try,” he said.

Doctors at the Pentagon and VA say the use of painkillers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone contributes to job loss, family strife, homelessness and even suicide among veterans. By sedating those who take them, the pills also can lead to health problems such as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. More than 600,000 veterans are taking opioid painkillers, VA officials said.

“Even in 2004, it was like, ‘Here’s your morphine,’ ‘Here’s your oxy,’ ” said Dr. Ajit Pai, chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation at McGuire. “It was the choice treatment back then. The patients really didn’t like it. I think we really realize now that we decreased their pain, but we also decreased their function.”

The effectiveness of some alternative treatments — such as Qigong, a traditional Chinese practice that combines meditation and martial arts to balance “life energy,” and the use of bright morning light to help manage chronic lower back pain — remains uncertain.

But medical experts say some of the alternative treatments are proving effective. The Food and Drug Administration, for instance, in 2010 approved Botox to prevent headaches and treat neck pain in adults. Insurance companies are increasingly covering acupuncture for treating four chronic pain conditions.

“There’s always that question of stigma and what’s voodoo and what’s not,” Pai said. “But we’re seeing that they work and without the crushing side effects.”

The veterans and current service members here for treatment say the new generation of leaders and doctors in the military and VA hospitals are far more open to these kinds of treatments.

Marine Cpl. Parker Harbold, 23, said that before he began treatment in Richmond, he said he took 15 pills a day to treat traumatic brain injury and foot and knee pain he suffered after falling off a truck in Afghanistan.

“Nothing was helping; the pills made me even more of a mess,” he said.

At Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, he started using an iPod-size alpha-stimulation device. Such devices, which are FDA-approved to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression and pain, emit small amounts of electricity and can be applied with small probes through ear clips. He uses the device at least once a day for an hour and often when he feels a panic attack coming on.

“It’s been so rough trying to get the right help, and I know so many guys who are just addicted to the painkillers and they are suicidal over it,” he said.

What he likes about alpha-stim, he said, is that he is alert afterward rather than “totally drugged and out of it and unable to function.”

When he came to McGuire, he also enrolled in guided imagery, which involves evoking images, and equine therapy, in which veterans spend time with horses on a nearby farm. Like many young veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injury, he speaks slowly, struggling to remember words, and often grows increasingly nervous because of his memory loss.

“I’m from Texas,” he said, “so the smell of the horses really calmed me down.”

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Natural Cures for Pregnancy Pains - includes acupuncture

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Pain during pregnancy is no news. If medication is not your idea, try these natural ways to cure them. Simple, effortless and effective! Pick your best option.





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Acupuncture for nausea, current trials Complementary and alternative therapy research : Cancer Research UK : CancerHelp UK

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Acupressure for nausea

Results from a recent study looking at acupressure to help relieve sickness due to chemotherapyshowed that overall acupressure did not help. The research team were able to analyse the results of 372 out of the 500 people who took part. Everyone who took part had standard care to relieve sickness. Some people also wore an acupressure wrist band or a dummy wrist band (placebo). The people who wore either wrist band did feel less sick than those who didn't wear a wrist band, but the difference between the groups could have happened by chance (they were not statistically significant). When looking at how many people had been sick or felt anxious and how they rated theirquality of life, the researchers found no difference between the groups. Although the researchers couldn't recommend the use of acupressure wrist bands to help with sickness after chemotherapy, they felt that some people may benefit from them and this would be useful to look at in other trials.

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Just What Is Acupuncture All About? What Should I Expect?

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You may be depressed if you are not enjoying optimum health. How can you able to get help when your family doctor isn’t able to help? What can you do if the solutions presented are worse than the condition with which you present?

Do not expect immediate results from acupuncture. Some see drastic changes after a single appointment, while others require multiple treatments to experience relief. Don’t worry if after that first appointment doesn’t result in much of anything. Exercise patience and let things take effect.

You don’t need to fear acupuncture because the needles used are not painful. This means that pain worry for you.

Make a list of prescription medications with you when you go for an acupuncture treatment. This will allow them a better idea of how to personalize your treatment.

Have the patience and try to stick with your acupuncture plan. Your loved ones may try to convince you from the possible benefits. The popularity of pharmaceuticals downplays ancient techniques valid. Stay with it to remain brave and committed to your body’s healing powers.

Never give up on your acupuncture treatment in the middle of a program. Just as with prescription drugs, you can’t stop half-way. You might not see the expected results at the end, even if you’re feeling pretty good before it’s over.

Acupuncture is different for everyone, but you aren’t going to know that until you have some done.Everyone differs in their approach and opinion, so don’t think that what worked for someone else will work for you. Talk with your acupuncturist if you’re in more pain than you feel there’s more pain than there should be.

Take time out of your busy schedule to rest and relax before and after each session. Try sleeping 8 hours of sleep the night after your session.

If your health insurance plan doesn’t cover acupuncture, start a bit of lobbying. If some of your coworkers are also interested in acupuncture, have them write the HR department of your company. It may be that the company will prompt them to add coverage.

Ask about the likely duration of your first visit before scheduling the appointment. You need to remain relaxed following your appointment. See how long it’ll take so you can schedule accordingly.

Give seasonal treatments of acupuncture treatment a try. For example, fall is usually cold, a treatment focusing on the lungs and respiratory wellness is in order. Fall treatment would focus on the lungs. Ask what your acupuncturist can recommend anything or add such treatments to your session.

If you have trouble moving around, you should ask the acupuncturist of your choice to do a house call. A lot of acupuncturists will travel to a client’s home for clients with mobility concerns. You may get charged extra since they have to drive there, but it might be worth it to you.

Make sure to eat healthy meals after your treatment session. Acupuncture brings out toxins from your body and a healthy diet will aid with that. If you indulge in unhealthy foods following your visit, you have accomplished nothing.

Speak to others who have visited an acupuncturist. Find out about their experiences and what they were feeling afterwards. Ask them about how it has affected their well-being. Keep your mind open and ask all the questions you may have.

By using natural remedies for treating pain, we need not worry about harmful side effects. By combining acupuncture with physical exercise and a healthy diet, you can renew your body and spirit. Use the information from this article to help you get the most out of your acupuncture sessions.


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#Tennis star Serena Williams on #cupping; "it's part of #acupuncture. I love getting it; it makes me relax."

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- 11:35 p.m. Serena Williams has used the cupping therapy that drew so much attention during the Olympics when Michael Phelps won gold with purple circles dotting his shoulder and back. But the 22-time major champion says it's been for relaxation, not recovery. After her first-round win at the U.S. Open on Tuesday, Williams said: "If I go to my lady in Palm Beach, it's part of acupuncture. I love getting it; it makes me relax." She adds: "I was like, 'Wow, you can do that for recovery?'" She says she has never done it away from home before but maybe she'll start. Williams says: "I'm always learning new things. I definitely would love to try it on the road because I love the way it feels." 
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Acupuncture & Herbs Cut Childhood Emergency Asthma

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Children with asthma receiving a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine and conventional medications have superior patient outcomes, less visits to emergency rooms, and fewer hospitalizations than children receiving only conventional medications. Researchers investigated 12,580 children receiving asthma medical care across 15 multi-hospitals in a five year study. Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese Tuina massage, herbal pastes) was combined with pharmaceutical drugs including inhaled bronchodilators and steroids in the study protocol. The integrative medicine approach, TCM plus conventional drugs, produced an astonishing result. Not a single child receiving integrative medicine during the study required an emergency room (ER) visit or hospitalization. The superior clinical outcomes and reduction of medical emergencies suggests that integrating TCM into conventional protocols benefits children with asthma.

Single-Payer Investigation
The Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI) of Taiwan established a single-payer healthcare system in 1995 called the Taiwan National Health Insurance (NHI). Under this system, an examination of 1 million patient records yielded a sample size of 12,580 asthmatic children for investigation. The BNHI paid for all of the medical visits and examined the cost-effectiveness of combining TCM therapies (acupuncture, herbs, Tuina massage) and conventional pharmaceutical care. It was found that there is an additional upfront cost to provide TCM therapies but there is a savings on the backend in reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations. The findings demonstrate that adding acupuncture, herbal medicine and other TCM procedures to conventional protocols provides a cost-effective approach for asthmatic children while producing superior patient outcomes.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment combined with conventional treatment provided additional benefits. There was a reduction in school absenteeism. The children’s parents had less disruption of their work schedules. There was less of a burden on families to provide caregivers. The government shouldered lower overall costs and responsibilities associated with asthmatic care. The study demonstrates that combining TCM with conventional medicine for asthmatic children “may have a substantial impact” in reducing the severity of asthma, frequency of emergency services, hospitalizations and costs of providing care by parents.

The study documents several herbal formulas and acupuncture points found effective for the treatment of asthma by modern research. The herbal formula Xiao Qing Long Tang is effective for treating asthma with white sputum and a nocturnal cough. Additional research demonstrates Xiao Qing Long Tang’s ability to “attenuate allergic airway inflammation” and to “prevent asthma through neurotropin regulation.” The herbal formula Ding Chuan Tang demonstrates effectiveness for treating asthma with yellow sputum. Additional research shows that Ding Chuan Tang “may improve airway hyper-responsiveness in stabilized asthmatic children.”

Two important acupuncture points were highlighted in the research. LU10 (Yuji) and ST36 (Zusanli) were shown to “regulate cardiopulmonary function, Fas and Bcl-2 mRNA expression, and promote eosinophil apoptosis in the asthmatic state….” Chinese therapeutic massage, Tuina, at the DU and Bladder Foot-Taiyang channels on the back improved “key pulmonary functions in asthmatic children.” Herbal pastes applied to acupuncture points BL13 (Feishu), BL12 (Fengmen) and DU14 (Dazhui) demonstrated the ability to help asthmatics. The herbal pastes consisted of:

Bai Jie (Sinapis alba L., white mustard)
Xi Xin (Asarum heterotropoides, wild ginger)
Gan Sui (Euphorbia kansui)
Yanhusuo (Corydalis yanhusuo)
Bing Pian (Dryobalanops aromatica, borneol)
Gan Jiang (Zingiber officinale, dried ginger)

Two additional key observations were made. The incidence of children with asthma is increasing over time and those unresponsive to conventional therapies may benefit from adding Traditional Chinese Medicine to the regime of care. The researchers note, “Our findings suggest that asthmatic children at partly controlled level(s) under conventional therapy may benefit from adjuvant treatment with integrated TCM.” This study and its recommendations demonstrates the inherent impetus within a single-payer healthcare system to support improved patient outcomes and cost-effective care.

Hung, Yu-Chiang, I-Ling Hung, Mao-Feng Sun, Chih-Hsin Muo, Bei-Yu Wu, Ying-Jung Tseng, and Wen-Long Hu. "Integrated traditional Chinese medicine for childhood asthma in Taiwan: a Nationwide cohort study." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 14, no. 1 (2014): 389

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What You Need To Know About PCOS And Chinese Medicine

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What You Need To Know About PCOS And Chinese Medicine
 By Jennifer Dubowsky,| September 21, 2014
Last Updated: September 21, 2014 10:44 am


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that is estimated to affect five million American women every year. It often results in irregular or no menstruation and fertility difficulties due to the lack of regular ovulation. This condition got its name because most of the women with PCOS (but not all) have ovaries that look enlarged and contain numerous small cysts on the outer edge of each ovary. Besides infrequent periods and difficulty getting pregnant, women suffer other symptoms such as excess hair growth, acne and weight gain. Long term complications include type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. Not all women get the same symptoms or with the same severity which makes diagnosing PCOS difficult and often frustrating.

The cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome is still unknown. If a close female family member has it, you might have a higher chance of having it, too. There does seem to be a link between insulin resistance and PCOS. Insulin is a hormone that our pancreas secretes to help us metabolize sugar. When someone is insulin resistant they do not use the insulin as efficiently and the pancreas has to secrete more insulin to control the blood sugar causing an excess of insulin. It is believed that one possible cause of PCOS is that the extra insulin causes the ovaries to produce more male hormones (known as androgens). This is why symptoms can include excess facial hair and acne. Also one of the drugs,used to treat PCOS, Metformin, is a drug for type 2 diabetes that lowers insulin levels.


From the Western Medical perspective, there are many treatment options for PCOS. What type of treatment depends on the health concerns of that patient. Options include a variety of medications. Often birth control pills are prescribed to regulate the hormones and reduce androgen levels. As I mentioned above, Metformin is another choice because it lowers insulin levels and this can lead to a more regular cycle and ovulation. If you are trying to get pregnant, then Clomid is a common drug given to help ovulation. Surgery is another option, when other treatments have failed, and it is usually done laparoscopically.

Lifestyle choices can also make a difference. Eating a low carbohydrate diet, exercising and keeping your weight in check all help. Obesity increases insulin resistance as does eating a diet high in fat and simple carbohydrates.

Chinese Medicine is a highly effective treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Both acupuncture and herbs can help regulate your cycle and alleviate many of the other unpleasant symptoms. Traditional Chinese Medicine is also very good for improving fertility if PCOS is making getting pregnant more difficult. Treatment plans are unique to the patient, and it usually takes three to six months of regular treatment to obtain optimal results. I find the best outcomes occur when a woman uses both acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine together, though some patients prefer to do just one or the other. Once your period becomes more regular, I recommend the patient continue with herbs and get acupuncture once a month to maintain her cycle – especially if she is trying to conceive.

In March of this year, researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology in Sweden published the results of a new study in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism. Their study included thirty-two women with PCOS who were randomly chosen to receive either acupuncture with electrical stimulation or physical therapy. They were all treated twice a week for 10-13 weeks. Researchers found that the acupuncture group had significantly reduced ovarian and adrenal sex steroid serum levels. The levels returned to healthier numbers with no effect on the luteinizing hormone. They also concluded that repeated acupuncture treatments resulted in a higher ovulation frequency and was more effective than just physical therapy. This study provides further evidence that acupuncture may help control the PCOS symptoms due to its regulatory function on the endocrine system.

Another small study published in the same journal two years ago found that electro-acupuncture treatments led to more regular menstrual cycles and reduced testosterone levels.

You can also use Chinese Medicine in combination with your Western medical treatment. Sometimes the two together bring the best results.

PCOS is probably the most prevalent female hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age, and is a common cause of infertility but we are finding hope in a combination of Eastern and Western medicine. Consult your acupuncture specialist as well as your medical doctor to work out a treatment plan that is best for you.

Jennifer Dubowsky, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice in downtown Chicago, Illinois, since 2002. Dubowsky earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois in Chicago and her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. During her studies, she completed an internship at the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. Dubowsky has researched and written articles on Chinese medicine and has given talks on the topic. She maintains a popular blog about health and Chinese medicine at Acupuncture Blog Chicago. Adventures in Chinese Medicine is her first book. You can find her at

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Using traditional acupuncture for breast cancer-related hot flashes and night sweats. - PubMed - NCBI

Using traditional acupuncture for breast cancer-related hot flashes and night sweats. - PubMed - NCBI | Acupuncture News |

"results compare favourably "



J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Oct;16(10):1047-57. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0472. Clinical Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't




Women taking tamoxifen experience hot flashes and night sweats (HF&NS); acupuncture may offer a nonpharmaceutical method of management. This study explored whether traditional acupuncture (TA) could reduce HF&NS frequency, improve physical and emotional well-being, and improve perceptions of HF&NS. DESIGN/SETTINGS/LOCATION: This was a single-arm observational study using before and after measurements, located in a National Health Service cancer treatment center in southern England.


Fifty (50) participants with early breast cancer completed eight TA treatments. Eligible women were ≥ 35 years old, ≥ 6 months post active cancer treatment, taking tamoxifen ≥ 6 months, and self-reporting ≥ 4 HF&NS incidents/24 hours for ≥ 3 months.


Participants received weekly individualized TA treatment using a core standardized protocol for treating HF&NS in natural menopause.


Hot Flash Diaries recorded HF&NS frequency over 14-day periods; the Women's Health Questionnaire (WHQ) assessed physical and emotional well-being; the Hot Flashes and Night Sweats Questionnaire (HFNSQ) assessed HF&NS as a problem. Measurements taken at five points over 30 weeks included baseline, midtreatment, end of treatment (EOT), and 4 and 18 weeks after EOT. Results for the primary outcome: Mean frequency reduced by 49.8% (95% confidence interval 40.5-56.5, p < 0.0001, n = 48) at EOT over baseline. Trends indicated longer-term effects at 4 and 18 weeks after EOT. At EOT, seven WHQ domains showed significant statistical and clinical improvements, including Anxiety/Fears, Memory/Concentration, Menstrual Problems, Sexual Behavior, Sleep Problems, Somatic Symptoms, and Vasomotor Symptoms. Perceptions of HF&NS as a problem reduced by 2.2 points (standard deviation = 2.15, n = 48, t = 7.16, p < 0.0001).


These results compare favorably with other studies using acupuncture to manage HF&NS, as well as research on nonhormonal pharmaceutical treatments. In addition to reduced HF&NS frequency, women enjoyed improved physical and emotional well-being, and few side-effects were reported. Further research is warranted into this approach, which offers breast cancer survivors choice in managing a chronic condition.

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Celebrities that Use Acupuncture

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Celebrities that Use Acupuncture

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Celebrities are known for having access to the best services available, and many A-list actors, musicians, and superstar athletes claim that their secret health and beauty tip is receiving acupuncture regularly. This ancient form of Chinese medicine has been widely used in the East for more than two millennia, and is becoming increasingly popular in the West as an alternative to invasive medical treatments. Celebrities are not the only ones with an interest in acupuncture; many respected scientific organizations have studied acupuncture and have found it to be effective in preventing and treating a number of ailments.

So what are celebrities using acupuncture for? Stars have reported using acupuncture for a variety of conditions, as well as a preventative measure to maintain good health. Some celebs swear that their great looks are the result of acupuncture treatments, while others prefer to use acupuncture as a way to improve the inner workings of their bodies.

 Acupuncture Face Lift

It’s a well-known fact that youth and beauty are valuable commodities in Hollywood, especially for women. A number of high profile celebrities are turning to acupuncture “face-lifts” in order to maintain a youthful appearance, while also reducing the formation of the fine lines and wrinkles that come with aging. Famous fans of this procedure include Madonna, Cher, and Gwyneth Paltrow. These ladies reportedly visit their acupuncturists once a week for the procedure, which involves the insertion of super-fine needles into areas of the face that tend to form wrinkles, such as frown lines and crow’s feet around the eyes.

 Acupuncture for Weight Loss

The rich and famous care just as much about their bodies as they do their faces. Being in perfect shape is important in Hollywood, and the city’s residents are experts in all types of diet plans. Acupuncture has become a popular method for losing weight. Jennifer Lopez accredited a 15 pound weight-loss to an alternative medicine regime which included acupuncture, and Jessica Simpson has also received acupuncture in the past to assist her in reaching her weight loss goals. Many Eastern medicine weight loss programs combine acupuncture with the use of various herbs and teas for best results.

 Acupuncture for Infertility

Many stars also swear by acupuncture to assist in conceiving children and maintaining good health during pregnancy. After years of infertility Celine Dion combined acupuncture with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to successfully conceive twins. Dion passed this advice on to Mariah Carey, who attributes acupuncture in helping her conceive her twins in 2010 without having to resort to IVF. Actress Natalie Portman reportedly received acupuncture treatments throughout her pregnancy to reduce stress and promote physical well-being. It is said that “Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet relied on acupuncture to alleviate pain while she was giving birth.

 Acupuncture for Wellness

For a number of celebrities, acupuncture is a regular part of their health and wellness routine. Jim Carey has been quoted as saying that regular acupuncture treatments have “led to a marked change in my physical vitality and my general state of well-being.” Other fans of using acupuncture as a way to maintain health and energy levels include Lucy Lui, Sandra Bullock, and Matt Damon.

 Sports Acupuncture

The popularity of acupuncture is not confined to Hollywood. Many superstar athletes receive acupuncture treatments as a mean to recover faster from injuries.  The New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants both have acupuncturists on staff to treat players. Dwayne Wade, star NBA player, relies on acupuncture treatments to soothe knee pain. Pro athletes, who need their bodies to be in optimal condition, swear by acupuncture treatments. In fact, there are now acupuncturists on site at both the Winter and Summer Olympics.


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Holistic nursing is growing, in particular acupuncture

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19 hours ago  •  Kyle Robel For NursingMatters

Not so long ago anyone who had an ailment would go to a local hospital or clinic to have a few expensive tests, get a prescription, maybe have an operation and then a follow-up.

But some things are changing. Holistic nursing is founded in a belief that there needs to be balance in all things. When one part is not working it affects the whole. How the human body heals is a complex interrelated system that we are just starting to unfold.

Christine O’Leary was just out of a job and unable to stand on her feet more than a few minutes due to severe back pain. She tried massage therapy and acupuncture on a whim. She had such a positive experience she decided to start over and go to school to be a licensed massage therapist.

“If I had not made this last-ditch attempt to recover my health I don’t know where I would be today, but it wouldn’t be a good place,” she said.

Today more than ever patients are far more likely to receive an integrative approach to maladies. The approaches are many and varying – meditation, yoga, tai chi, massage therapy, reiki and acupuncture are being considered by patients. This trend is being noticed by nursing institutions that in turn place more importance on these holistic approaches in their curriculums so nurses are better prepared for their careers.

The Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice published by the American Holistic Nurses Association says, “the goal of the holistic nursing specialty is to treat and heal the whole person by recognizing the interconnectedness of body, mind, spirit and the environment.”

The problem with using holistic medicine as an umbrella term is that it is often connoted to include practices that haven’t been shown to be effective. The term holistic nursing could be a catch-all for different types of quackery, but there has been a movement by the American Holistic Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association to standardize what is considered holistic nursing. To be accepted, approaches need to be evidence-based. Evidence-based practices are dependent on the best available research in combination with a clinician’s expertise and the patients’ preferences and values, according to a scholarly article by Ellen Fineour-Overholt, Ph.D., RN.

“I think nurses are best positioned to help people choose how to heal and be healthiest by using complementary, alternative and traditional/allopathic approaches” said Dr. Mary Elizabeth Bathum, an associate professor at the Henry Predolin School of Nursing at Edgewood College in Madison.

Nursing students at colleges and universities today have exposure to these integrative approaches not only in the form of elective courses they can take but also in the form of their professor’s experiences and how they tint their lectures to align with current understandings of best practices. When a professor is talking about how to approach stress-related issues in a patient, he or she will cover the standard approaches that have passed the rigors of the medical community’s testing. But teachers can also infuse their lectures with holistic approaches considering the body, mind, spirit and emotion.

“Holistic medicine is global medicine; to have good medicine is to be balanced,” said Dr. Xiping Zhou, a practitioner of acupuncture and massage therapy in Madison and Milwaukee.

As the interest in alternative approaches continues to grow and the downfalls of illness-based methods are further studied, the specialty of holistic nursing is becoming more and more conventional. In the future, nursing institutions will need to embrace the changing tides of nursing.

Florence Nightingale’s founding idea of care focused on unity, wellness and the interrelationship of human beings, events and environment has led to holistic nursing. She would be honored.

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Mind, Body & Soul: The Benefits of Acupuncture For Singers | iSing Magazine

Mind, Body & Soul: The Benefits of Acupuncture For Singers | iSing Magazine | Acupuncture News |
The Benefits of Acupuncture For Singers February 8, 2015 iSing

Our voices are part of who we are so when we are out of balance, our voices also suffer. I believe our ability to express ourselves fully is a key part to our freedom in life.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective system of healing which has been practiced for thousands of years. It treats the whole person, addressing underlying weaknesses that in turn strengthen a person from the inside. It alleviates symptoms by stimulating the body’s own healing response, which helps to restore its natural balance. Acupuncture can be used to restore health not only from physical illness, but also when our minds and spirits are in need of repair.

The beauty of acupuncture for performers is that it can work at all levels to address issues that restrict your ability to speak or sing.

Acupuncture is especially useful for the vocal performer, for several reasons. It often works immediately. When properly done, it has a very low complication rate. It can be repeated as necessary, and, over time, it has a cumulative benefit beyond its immediate effect. It can eliminate the need for prescription medications, many of which have unintended side effects.

For example, acupuncture treatment of pain can be dramatic and immediate, without the side effects of stomach irritation and potential vocal fold haemorrhage that may result from excessive use of aspirin or other analgesics. Nasal and sinus congestion can be effectively managed without using vocally drying antihistamines or decongestants. Lower back pain and menstrual cramps can significantly impair singing, and these conditions can often be relieved with one acupuncture session. Anxiety and tension can also be greatly reduced, without the sedating side effects of conventional medications.

Another benefit of acupuncture is that it focuses on function rather than just structure. This is a different paradigm from conventional medical treatment. Western medicine tends to emphasize the physical properties of things, such as appearance, size, and shape. But singing is not a body part; it is a process! Its components, such as breathing and muscle contraction, are also physiologic processes. Structure is, by and large, determined by function.

In fact, how things look is often just a reflection of how they function. An example is vocal nodules, which develop as a consequence of chronic voice abuse. The true “disease” is the process-excessive muscle tension and abnormal laryngeal posturing. The visual correlate–nodules–is in reality an indicator of this process, not the “disease“ itself. Removal of the nodules doesn’t address the true problem of abusive voice use, which, if untreated, continues with likely recurrence of the nodules.

Acupuncture, by dealing with the flow of energy, addresses abnormal function in a direct and immediate fashion.* 

Most importantly, acupuncture treats both the body and the mind. Every physical illness has an emotional component. The physical and emotional components can reinforce each other, resulting in a greater degree of disability. By treating only the physical problem, the physician leaves the emotional state still impaired, and complete recovery may be delayed. For example, laryngitis—a physical condition that leads to a cancelled performance or audition—can create anxiety that can lead to increased muscle tension in the larynx, neck, and shoulders; insomnia; and even some depression. When the physical problem resolves, lingering muscle tension can continue to cause discomfort or hoarseness. Acupuncture can treat both simultaneously, allowing for a more rapid and complete restitution of health.

* Acupuncture helps the body and its energy systems flow in a healthy way by either letting some air out, so to speak, when tension is creating a feeling of holding on or also by unblocking areas that seem to be stuck. This can happen very quickly and give direct relief.


6 Benefits of Acupuncture for Singers

Works immediatelyLow complication rateRepetition causes cumulative benefit beyond immediate effectEliminates need for side effect-laden prescription medicationFocuses on function instead of structureTreats body and mind




WHO IS SHE?  Anna Bernard is an acupuncturist, singer, and voice over artist. She practices acupuncture in Kilburn, Northwest London where she’s been treating a wide range of conditions for over 10 years.

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UAE: Alternative medicine on the rise in country, including #acupuncture

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Alternative medicine on the rise in country

(Wam) / 24 January 2015

TCAM therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy, ayurveda, hijama (cupping), chiropractic, osteopathy and naturopathy are recognised by the federal and local health authorities in the UAE. 

Abu Dhabi: There are more than 200 licensed Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) professionals practicing in the UAE. TCAM therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy, ayurveda, hijama (cupping), chiropractic, osteopathy and naturopathy are recognised by the federal and local health authorities in the UAE.

In 2014 alone, 21 practitioners passed the UAE Ministry of Health’s TCAM qualifying exams, including six homeopathy specialists, two ayurveda practitioners, two hijama specialists and three chiropractic specialists. Dr Sassan Behjat, founder and principal consultant, Medblend Homeopathic Consultancy and Research Services, California, US, said the UAE has been aligning its TCAM policies for the past 20 years in line with the World Health Organisation’s Global Strategy on Traditional and Complementary Medicine.

Dr Behjat is also the chair of the Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine Conference at the Arab Health Congress, the region’s largest healthcare exhibition and congress, which will be held between January 26-29 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“Many homeopathic remedies in the UAE are now coded by the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi and the Dubai Drug Code. These remedies are made more readily available for the general population. More doctors have registered and regulated natural medicinal products in the formulary of their clinics and hospitals.”

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Acupuncture modulates the neuro-endocrine-immune network. [QJM. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

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QJM. 2013 Oct 17. [Epub ahead of print]Acupuncture modulates the neuro-endocrine-immune network.Ding SS1, Hong SH, Wang C, Guo Y, Wang ZK, Xu Y.Author information 




As a nonspecific physical stimulation, the effect of acupuncture on diseases is produced by motivating the inherent regulatory system in the body, having the characteristics of whole regulation, dual directional regulation, etc. Modern scientific researches show that body's inherent regulatory system is neuro-endocrine-immune (NEI) network. Hence, we speculate that the regulatory effect of acupuncture may be produced through its regulation of NEI network. In this article, we reviewed the recent researches about acupuncture's effect on the NEI network, to find out the evidence of acupuncture adjusting NEI network and provide some evidences for revealing the mechanism of acupuncture.

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Gwen Stefani looks laid-back following acupuncture appointment in LA

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Gwen Stefani has been working hard as both a judge on NBC's hit show The Voice, and promoting her new single Spark the Fire.


Gwen Stefani has been working hard as both a judge on NBC's hit show The Voice, and promoting her new single Spark the Fire.

So on Wednesday the 45-year-old decided to treat herself to a relaxing day of acupuncture in Los Angeles.

She was spotted looking laid-back as she left the acupuncture appointment in a striped sweater, blue jeans, and red booties.

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Laid-back: Gwen Stefani looked casual sporting a striped grey sweater as she left an acupuncture appointment in Los Angeles on Wednesday 

Gwen wore a long-sleeved grey and black striped sweater, which was cropped to reveal a black T-shirt underneath.

She also sported dark wash denim jeans that seemed to be a bit baggy, along with a pair of red heeled booties. 

Gwen had a stripe of black in her platinum blonde locks, which were styled straight, and wore a green windbreaker tied around her waist.


Unique style: One section of Gwen's platinum blonde locks was dyed black as the singer stepped out on Wednesday

The previous night was a particularly thrilling episode of NBC's The Voice, as the final three was announced.

Unfortunately for Gwen, that top three did not include any of the members she had chosen for her team.

However, it was then announced that all of the previously eliminated contestants would return and compete for the wildcard spot to become part of the top 4.


Whirlwind: The last episode of Gwen's show, The Voice, proved to be particularly exciting and stressful

It's no wonder the Spark the Fire singer opted to grab an acupuncture appointment the following day after all of that excitement. 

And on Wednesday morning the Today Show announced which of the contestants America had voted to become the last member of The Voice's top four.

The winner was Team Adam's Damien Lawson, after his performance of Bruno Mars' Grenade on Tuesday night.


Treat yourself: Following the stress of the episode Gwen stopped off for an acupuncture appointment in Los Angeles


Wildcard: Damien Lawson of Team Adam won America's votes after his performance on The Voice on Tuesday and will be joining the top 4, as announced on the Today Show

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Fight fine lines and wrinkles with acupuncture

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The technique of acupuncture has been around for centuries, but you can use it to rejuvenate your skin

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This Is What Happens To Your Brain On Acupuncture [VIDEO]

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Acupuncture needles inserted in the body produce a rapid sedative effect that stimulates multiple regions of the brain.

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