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Archive for the 'Acupuncture/ pressure' Category

Electroacupuncture and health-related quality of life and heart rate in fibromyalgia

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Fibromyalgia affects 2% of Mexicans, of which 80% to 90% are women. This study examined the effects of electroacupuncture on health-related quality of life and heart rate variability in women with fibromyalgia.

First, the details

Twenty women with fibromyalgia received a 10-weeks of electroacupuncture. Primary outcome measures were the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the Short Form 36 Health Survey Questionnaire, and heart rate variability.

 

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Ah shi acupuncture to treat acne

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Researchers at East-West Neo Medical Center, in Seoul, Korea, treated people with moderately severe acne vulgaris. (more…)

Review: Acupuncture for women undergoing in vitro fertilization

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

nude-pregnancyResearchers at the Center for Integrative Medicine, at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, reviewed the effects of acupuncture on pregnancy success rates when added to in vitro fertilization. (more…)

Evidence for acupuncture to treat cancer-related fatigue

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

acupunctureMan1111-150x150Researchers at the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, South Korea, reviewed the evidence for treatment.

And, researchers from the University of Manchester, in the UK reviewed the response to self-needling maintenance treatments. (more…)

Pain sensitivity as a predictor of response to sham acupuncture

Friday, April 19th, 2013

acupunctureMan111Studies of acupuncture to treat chronic pain have largely failed to demonstrate an advantage of traditional acupuncture over sham acupuncture.

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Harvard Medical School studied whether the degree of enhanced sensitivity to experimental-pressure pain (hyperalgesia) may be a factor in determining whether a patient responds to sham acupuncture treatment. (more…)

Self-acupuncture among people with beast cancer

Monday, February 25th, 2013

acupunctureMan11Maintenance acupuncture is recommended following successful clinic-based acupuncture.

Researchers at the University of Manchester, UK, assessed the effectiveness of self-maintenance acupuncture in the management of cancer-related fatigue (CRF). (more…)

Acupuncture for people with seasonal allergic rhinitis

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

acupunctureMan1Researchers from the US, Germany, and China studied the proposed benefits.

The results offer an opportunity to compare acupuncture to other treatment options. (more…)

Results of nonpharmacological approaches to treating pain

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Researchers at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, in Chicago evaluated the effectiveness of an inpatient integrative medicine consult service for pain management. (more…)

Acupuncture: Effective to treat chronic pain

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Although it’s widely used for chronic pain, there’s controversy as to its value.

Now, researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, reviewed the evidence in 4 chronic pain conditions. (more…)

SIT and the co-disciplinary pain clinic

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Clinicians in California described their clinical practice, which uses the simultaneous interview technique (SIT). (more…)

Smart acupuncture

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Fast Company reports that a new system links to a readout and shows how much electrical activity the needles are stimulating in a patient’s muscles. (more…)

Improvement in symptoms with acupuncture treatment of COPD

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Last year, the Canadian Thoracic Society clinical practice guidelines, advised there was insufficient evidence to support the routine use of acupuncture to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Since then, 2 more studies have been published. (more…)

CAM use in the Manitoba IBD Cohort Study

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Researchers in Winnipeg, Manitoba surveyed the prevalence of CAM use in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. (more…)

Complementary treatments for osteoarthritis

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Former Medical Director, of the Rosenthal Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City, Dr. James Dillard, reviewed the evidence.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Review: CAM options for carpel tunnel syndrome

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Aside from surgery, splinting, exercises, and other alternative therapies have been used.

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Does acupuncture relieve pain?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Acupuncture is commonly used for pain control, but doubts about its effectiveness and safety remain.

Prof. Ernst and colleagues reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Acupuncture in Ob/Gyn

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Acupuncture is often recommended for obstetrical and gynecological (Ob/Gyn) conditions.

Prof. Ernst has reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Risk of cardiac tamponade with acupuncture

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Cardiac tamponade (aka pericardial tamponade) is an emergency condition in which fluid accumulates in the pericardium (the sac in which the heart is enclosed).

Prof. Ernst and colleague reviewed the evidence. (more…)

CAM treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Standard therapies are of limited value for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology, in Australia, reviewed the value of CAM, self-help techniques, and lifestyle interventions. (more…)

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy treated with acupuncture

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy can produce severe neurological deficits and neuropathic pain.

Researchers at the University Medical Center, in Hamburg, Germany, evaluated the response to acupuncture. (more…)