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Recent clinical research indicates that scalp acupuncture has a positive curative effect on patients suffering from stroke.
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Acupuncture Regulates Sex Hormones in PCOS - HealthCMi

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New research finds acupuncture benefits the ovaries by regulating sex hormones. PCOS is successfully regulated including androgen regulation with acupuncture.
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IgA Nephritis and GFR 37 New Breakthrough of Chinese Medicine Treatment - Kidney Disease Treatment

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When people with IgA Nephritis and GFR 37 do not get satisfactory curative effects from conventional symptomatic therapy, they will try to find new hope in Chinese medicine. (IgA Nephritis and GFR 37 New Breakthrough of Chinese Medicine Treatment...
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Research Proves the Benefits of Acupuncture for Infertility Citing the Role of SeaPoint Acupuncture

25th January 2014-Dublin, Ireland- Research suggests that acupuncture therapy helps cure infertility among women, while alleviating pregnancy symptoms and associated problems such as morning sickness, nausea and back pain.In a study conducted on...
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Acupuncture May Ease Menopausal Symptoms in Cancer Patients

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Recent study among cancer patients shows that acupuncture significantly eases menopausal symptoms, including joint and muscle pain.
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Acupuncture for Breast Cancer Side Effects - New Study - HealthCMI

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A new study finds acupuncture effective for the treatment of breast cancer drug treatment side effects.
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Acupuncture Practice Expands The Brain - New Discovery - HealthCMI

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The study and practice of acupuncture by licensed acupuncturists causes functional and structural changes to their brains.
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New Research: Acupuncture Plus Usual Care Reduces Depression

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A large study conducted in England suggests that acupuncture or counseling, in addition to usual care, could be very beneficial to people with depression. The results were published in PLOS Medicine this September.
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Briefing paper: Migraine and Acupuncture The evidence for effectiveness

Conclusion:All the uncontrolled trials demonstrated that acupuncture is highly effective, often helping over 80% of patients. This is considerably more effective than a likely placebo response which has been estimated to be from around 30% to as high as 50% (Tavola et al 1992). In all the controlled studies, treatment was shown to be more effective in at least one measure( i.e. pain intensity or frequency of attacks), with statistical significance reached in two studies(Vincent 1989, Tavola et al 1992). In the comparative study (Hesse et al 1994), acupuncture performed as well as the standard therapy with the added benefit of a lower incidence of side effects. Overall the evidence supports the hypothesis that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of migraine


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Bedford Acupuncture's curator insight, November 19, 2013 12:08 PM
Conclusion:All the uncontrolled trials demonstrated that acupuncture is highly effective, often helping over 80% of patients. This is considerably more effective than a likely placebo response which has been estimated to be from around 30% to as high as 50% (Tavola et al 1992). In all the controlled studies, treatment was shown to be more effective in at least one measure( i.e. pain intensity or frequency of attacks), with statistical significance reached in two studies(Vincent 1989, Tavola et al 1992). In the comparative study (Hesse et al 1994), acupuncture performed as well as the standard therapy with the added benefit of a lower incidence of side effects. Overall the evidence supports the hypothesis that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of migraine
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Acupuncture for tinnitus - The Cochrane Library Intervention protocol

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How the intervention might work

According to the TCM theory of channels and collaterals, five regular channels connect the ear directly and the other six channels connect to it by their divergent channels, muscle regions and collaterals. In TCM the pathology of tinnitus is based on the idea of an 'obstruction' or 'malnutrition' of the ear orifice. Acupuncture will treat tinnitus by stimulating acupuncture points on the related channels and collaterals. In Western terms it can be understood to work by increasing the excitability of the nerve, promoting regeneration of the nerve fibres and formation of collateral branches, enhancing muscle contraction and blood circulation, and accelerating metabolism and recovery of body functions (Cheng 1990; Gao 2008; He 1995; Qi 2005; Ren 1994).

 

Why it is important to do this review

Acupuncture is widely used to treat tinnitus in a clinic setting (Li 2006; Tan 2007; Zhang 2002), but evidence is required as to its effectiveness on tinnitus symptoms. A systematic review of acupuncture for tinnitus was published in 2000, the conclusion of which was that insufficient randomised controlled trial (RCT) evidence was available to demonstrate that acupuncture was effective as a treatment for tinnitus (Park 2000). Since then a number of new trials have been performed and an up-to-date review is therefore warranted.


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Penn Medicine Study Demonstrates Benefit of Acupuncture for Easing Joint Pain ... - HealthCanal.com

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Effects of electro-acupuncture on anovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. [Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2000] - PubMed - NCBI

Effects of electro-acupuncture on anovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. [Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2000] - PubMed - NCBI | Acupuncture Research | Scoop.it

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2000 Mar;79(3):180-8.

 

Effects of electro-acupuncture on anovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

 

Stener-Victorin E, Waldenström U, Tägnfors U, Lundeberg T, Lindstedt G, Janson PO.

 

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Göteborg University, Sweden.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The present study was designed to evaluate if electro-acupuncture (EA) could affect oligo-/anovulation and related endocrine and neuroendocrine parameters in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

METHODS:

Twenty-four women (between the ages of 24 and 40 years) with PCOS and oligo-/amenorrhea were included in this non-randomized, longitudinal, prospective study. The study period was defined as the period extending from 3 months before the first EA treatment, to 3 months after the last EA treatment (10-14 treatments), in total 8-9 months. The menstrual and ovulation patterns were confirmed by recording of vaginal bleedings and by daily registrations of the basal body temperature (BBT). Blood samples were collected within a week before the first EA, within a week after the last EA and 3 months after EA.

RESULTS:

Nine women (38%) experienced a good effect. They displayed a mean of 0.66 ovulations/woman and month in the period during and after the EA period compared to a mean of 0.15 before the EA period (p=0.004). Before EA, women with a good effect had a significantly lower body-mass index (BMI) (p<0.001), waist-to-hip circumference ratio (WHR) (p=0.0058), serum testosterone concentration (p=0.0098), serum testosterone/sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) ratio (p=0.011) and serum basal insulin concentration (p=0.0054), and a significantly higher concentration of serum SHBG (p=0.040) than did those women with no effect.

CONCLUSION:

Repeated EA treatments induce regular ovulations in more than one third of the women with PCOS. The group of women with good effect had a less androgenic hormonal profile before treatment and a less pronounced metabolic disturbance compared with the group with no effect. For this selected group EA offers an alternative to pharmacological ovulation induction.

 

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Bedford Acupuncture's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:21 PM

Interesting study on acupuncture in Polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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Acupuncture Improves Eyesight for Retinitis Pigmentosa - New Study - HealthCMI

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A new pilot study finds acupuncture effective in significantly improving eyesight for patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP).
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Acupuncture Causes Brain Repair After Stroke - New Research

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New research examines the role of acupuncture in nerve regeneration of the brain following a stroke due to cerebral ischemia.
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Acupuncture Heals Facial Paralysis - New Study - HealthCMI

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Acupuncture is widely used in the treatment for peripheral facial paralysis (FP).
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Acupuncture benefits for IVF fertility

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Fertility rates during embryo transfer can be doubled with the use of acupuncture, a new study has found.
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Test Reveals Acupuncture Controls Hormones To Reduce Stress - HealthCMI

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In other research, acupuncture point specificity has been confirmed.
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Acupuncture Provides Effective Fertility Treatments - New Research [1200] | Acupuncture Continuing Education News | Acupuncture News

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Researchers conclude that acupuncture is successful for the treatment of infertility for cases of anovulation.
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Acupuncture Studied for Chronic Low Back Pain - Natural Standard ...

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In a new study, researchers randomly assigned 143 patients with chronic low back pain to participate in a standard rehabilitation program plus two acupuncture treatments weekly, or to participate in the rehabilitation program ...
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In my clinical experience acupuncture is highly beneficial for lower back pain and I have had very good results.

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Auricular Acupuncture Weight Loss Found Effective - HealthCMI

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Auricular acupuncture successfully treats obesity.
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Although it must be stressed that acupuncture alone will not miraculously shed any pounds. Treatment will help with cravings, resolve, confidence and the ability to feel comfortable in 'one's self'. However, it will take commitment on the part of the individual concerned to apply lifestyle changes such as exercise and dietary changes to reach the desired effect.

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Study suggests ear acupuncture could boost weight loss - HealthCentral.com

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Acupuncture has been used as a natural healing treatment for centuries. Now, a study from Korea suggests that acupuncture in the ear may actually help obese people lose weight.
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As well as helping with the supression of appetite acupuncture works on a deep constitutional level and will strengthen the individual's resolve and will power as they become stronger and more at peace with themselves during the course of treatment and their sense of overall wellbeing improves. Acupuncture is no quick fix and will not suddenly help you drop lots of weight but if the patient is willing to make life style changes, adjust their diet and commit to a course of treatments it it will undoubtedly support the patients goals and needs. 

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Acupuncture and assisted conception. [Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008] - PubMed - NCBI

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MAIN RESULTS:

 

There is evidence of benefit when acupuncture is performed on the day of embryo transfer (ET) on the live birth rate (OR 1.89, 95% CI 1.29 to 2.77) but not when it is performed two to three days after ET (OR 1.79, 95% CI 0.93 to 3.44). There is no evidence of benefit on pregnancy outcomes when acupuncture is performed around the time of oocyte retrieval.

 

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Acupuncture found to be effective for fatigue in patients with breast cancer

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Acupuncture is effective in treating breast cancer patients for fatigue. This has been shown for the first time in a clinical trial, researchers say.

“Abstract

PURPOSE
We aimed to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for cancer-related fatigue (CRF) in patients with breast cancer.

 

PATIENTS AND METHODS
We conducted a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial comparing acupuncture with enhanced usual care. Three hundred two outpatients with breast cancer participated. We randomly assigned 75 patients to usual care and 227 patients to acupuncture plus usual care (random assignment of 1:3 respectively).  Treatment was delivered by acupuncturists once a week for 6 weeks through needling three pairs of acupoints. Primary outcome was general fatigue at 6 weeks, measured with the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory (MFI).

 

RESULTS
Two hundred forty-six of 302 patients randomly assigned provided complete data at 6 weeks. The difference in the mean General Fatigue score, between those who received the intervention and those who did not, was -3.11 (95% CI, -3.97 to -2.25; P < .001).

 

CONCLUSION
Acupuncture is an effective intervention for managing the symptom of CRF and improving patients’ quality of life.”

 

Source:

Molassiotis A, Bardy J, Finnegan-John J, Mackereth P, Ryder DW, Filshie J, Ream E, Richardson A. Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Patients With Breast Cancer: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Oct 29.


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Acupuncture relieves stroke symptoms as concluded by a new study. ("#Acupuncture relieves #stroke symptoms as concluded by a new #study".
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York Study Maps Effects of Acupuncture on the Brain

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Important new research about the effects of acupuncture on the brain may provide an understanding of the complex mechanisms of acupuncture, a finding based on research by York Clinic's acupuncturist Hugh MacPherson, and could lead to a wider acceptability of the treatment.

The study, by researchers from both the University of York and the Hull York Medical School and published in Brain Research, indicates that acupuncture has a significant effect on specific neural structures.

When a patient receives acupuncture treatment, a sensation called deqi  can be obtained; scientific analysis shows that this deactivates areas within the brain that are associated with the processing of pain.

Dr Hugh MacPherson, who works at both the York Clinic and the Complementary Medicine Research Group at the University's Department of Health Sciences, says: "These results provide objective scientific evidence that acupuncture has specific effects within the brain which hopefully will lead to a better understanding of how acupuncture works."

Neuroscientist Dr Aziz Asghar, of the York Neuroimaging Centre and the Hull York Medical School, adds: "The results are fascinating. Whether such brain deactivations constitute a mechanism which underlies or contributes to the therapeutic effect of acupuncture is an intriguing possibility which requires further research."

Last summer, following research conducted in York, acupuncture was recommended for the first time by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a treatment option for NHS patients with lower back pain. NICE guidelines now state that GPs should 'consider offering a course of acupuncture comprising a maximum of 10 sessions over a period of up to 12 weeks' for patients with this common condition.

Current clinical trials led by Hugh MacPherson at the University of York are investigating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and for depression. Recent studies in the US have also shown that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for migraines and osteoarthritis of the knee.

Read more at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2009.12.019

- See more at: http://www.yorkclinic.com/news/york-study-maps-the-effects-of-acupuncture-on-the-brain4th-february-2010.aspx#sthash.NnrDgnw6.dpuf


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Good news that York university and Hull Medical School are conducting these studies. It is fascinating to learn the science behind acupuncture and understand the effect it has on the brain. 

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