August 2014

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
From the study, “The use of acupuncture is associated with significant reductions in pain intensity, improvement in functional mobility and quality of life. While the differences are not as great as shown by other reviews, current evidence supports the use of acupuncture as an alternative for traditional analgesics in patients with osteoarthritis.”
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September 10, 2012
Acupuncture Does Help for Chronic Pain
By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Acupuncture provides more relief from various types of chronic pain than does usual care and should be considered a valid therapeutic option, the authors of a meta-analysis concluded.

For back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic headache, pain scores among patients treated with acupuncture were 0.23 , 0.16 and 0.15 standard deviations below the scores for patients receiving sham acupuncture, according to Andrew J. Vickers, DPhil, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and colleagues.

But effect sizes were even larger when acupuncture was compared with no acupuncture, with scores of 0.55 , 0.57, and 0.42 standard deviations lower, the researchers reported online in Archives of Internal Medicine.
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June 22, 2012
Influence of Acupuncture on Weight Regulation
Reference: “Influence of acupuncture on leptin, ghrelin, insulin and cholecystokinin in obese women: a randomised, sham-controlled preliminary trial,” Gucel F, Bahar B, et al, Acupunct Med, 2012 Jun 22.; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Burak Bahar, Department of Medical Biochemistry, Etlik Zubeyde Hanim Obstetrics and Gynecology Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey. E-mail: ).

Summary: A clinical study involving 40 obese women found that a brief course of acupuncture treatment (10 treatments in 5 weeks) may help to regulate weight due to its beneficial effects on hormones. Subjects received either true acupuncture or a sham (non-penetrating) treatment at acupuncture points: LI4, HT7, ST36, ST44 and SP6, bilaterally. Both groups had two sessions of 20 min/week for a total of 10 sessions. Serum insulin, leptin, plasma ghrelin and CCK levels were measured. Subjects in the acupuncture group experienced decreases in levels of insulin and leptin, increases in plasma ghrelin and CCK levels, decreases in BMI, and weight loss. These findings suggest that acupuncture may help to regulate weight due to its beneficial effects on hormones.

June 1, 2012
Dr. Broussard’s acupuncture practice featured on Fox34News with Brittany Price

May 15, 2012
Japanese scientists say that acupuncture can relieve an important symptom of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).

In a small randomized trial, patients treated with acupuncture had less shortness of breath during exercise compared with those who received a placebo treatment, according to Masao Suzuki, PhD, of Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan, and colleagues.

As a consequence, they also improved their ability to tolerate exercise on a standard test, Suzuki and colleagues reported online in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
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August 3, 2011
Acupuncture for Anisometropic Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) in Children Aged 7 to 12 Years
Archives of Ophthamology
In this study, lazy eye was resolved in 17 children in the acupuncture group (41.5%) and only 7 (16.7%) in the patching group.

The authors conclude, “Acupuncture produced equivalent treatment effect for anisometropic amblyopia, compared with patching, and was statistically superior…..Acupuncture could potentially become an alternative treatment to occlusion th erapy for amblyopia.”

Archives of Ophthamology Volume 128 (No. 12), December 2010.

April 18, 2011
Acupuncture Reduces Pain after Whiplash Injury
Reference: “A Randomized Trial Comparing Acupuncture and Simulated Acupuncture, for Sub-acute and Chronic Whiplash,” Cameron ID, Wang E, et al, Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 2011 April 7; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia).

Summary: In a randomized, controlled study involving 124 patients between the ages of 18 and 65 years, with chronic (85%) or subacute whiplash-associated disorder (WAD, grade I or II), treatment with acupuncture (specifically electro-acupuncture, 12 treatments over the course of 6 weeks) was found to be associated with significantly greater reduction in pain intensity at 3 and 6 months follow-up, as compared to subjects who received a simulated but not real acupuncture treatment. The authors conclude, “Real electro-acupuncture was associated with a significant reduction in pain intensity over at least 6 months.”

March 28, 2011
Acupuncture May Benefit Patients with Open Angle Glaucoma

Reference: “Short-term effects of acupuncture on open-angle glaucoma in retrobulbar circulation: additional therapy to standard medication,” Takayama S, Seki T, et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2011 March 7; [Epub ahead of print].

Summary: In a study involving 11 patients with open angle glaucoma (20 eyes with OAG) who were treated with topical anti-glaucoma medications for at least 3 months prior to enrollment in the study, acupuncture at bilateral acupuncture points: BL2, M-HN9, ST-2, ST-36, SP-6, KI-3, LR-3, GB-20, BL-18, and BL-23, was found to be associated with significant improvements in retrobulbuar circulation and intraocular pressure (IOP). The authors conclude, “Acupuncture can improve the retrobulbar circulation and IOP, which may indicate the efficacy of acupuncture for OAG.”

March 7, 2011
Acupuncture May Ease Hot Flashes
Study Shows Acupuncture May Be Helpful for Symptoms of Menopause
By Bill Hendrick
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

March 7, 2011 — Traditional Chinese acupuncture may be useful in reducing the severity of hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, a new study suggests.

Researchers in Turkey conducted experiments with 53 postmenopausal women. Half of them received traditional acupuncture treatment. The rest were treated with “sham” acupuncture needles that were blunted and did not penetrate the skin……
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February 21, 2011
Acupuncture Reduces Frequency and Severity of Primary Raynaud’s Phenomenon
Reference: “Auricular electroacupuncture reduces frequency and severity of Raynaud attacks,” Schlager O, E Gschwandtner M, et al, Wien Klin Wochenschr, 2011 Feb 17; [Epub ahead of print].

Summary: In a study involving 26 patients with primary Raynaud’s phenomenon (PRP), who received 6 weekly treatments with auricular electroacupuncture (a form of acupuncture involving treatment of points on the ears with acupuncture needles attached to an electrical stimulator), significant reductions in attack frequency and attack associated pain were found after 3 and 6 weeks of auricular electroacupuncture treatment. Furthermore, these improvements sustained post-treatment, including up to 24 weeks when they were re-assessed. Skin temperature and skin perfusion did not change significantly throughout the study period. The authors conclude, “Auricular EA reduces symptoms by means of frequency and severity of attacks in PRP but has no influence on skin perfusion and skin temperature.”

Acupuncture Goes Mainstream
Why doctors are increasingly turning to acupuncture to help their patients.
By Matt McMillen
WebMD the Magazine

Tara McElroy, MD, is sticking more needles in her patients than ever before. Three years ago, the Cleveland Clinic OB/GYN completed a physician’s course in acupuncture. With it, she says, she has had increased success in treating problems that often resist Western medicine, such as female sexual dysfunction and compulsive overeating. “Physicians feel helpless in these areas,” McElroy says. “I needed something more for my patients.”
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January 17, 2011
Moxibustion – a traditional Chinese medicine technique associated with Acupuncture – Effective in Reducing Uterine Contraction Pain during Labor
Reference: “Effect on moxibustion at Sanyinjiao (SP 6) for uterine contraction pain in labor: a randomized controlled trial,” Ma SX, Wu FW, et al, Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, 2010 Aug; 30(8): 623-6. (Address: TCM Department, North China Coal Medical University, Tangshan 063000, China).

Summary: In a single-blind study involving 174 cases of singleton pregnancy and cephalic presentation primipara, treatment with moxibustion – a heat therapy associated with acupuncture – applied to an acupuncture point (SP-6) for a period of 30 minutes when the uterus cervix was opening at 3 cm – was found to reduce uterine contraction pain significantly, as compared to a placebo and control group. The effective rate of labor analgesia was 69.5% in the active group versus 45.6% in the placebo group. In addition, postpartum hemorrhage was less in the active group versus the placebo group. The authors conclude, “Moxibustion at Sanyinjiao (SP 6) can relieve the uterine contraction pain, and has no side effect to mother and infant, it is one of the safe, effective and simple non-drug analgesia methods.”

January 10, 2011
Acupuncture Effectively Treats Chronic Neck Pain
Reference: “Assessment of a traditional acupuncture therapy for chronic neck pain: A pilot randomised controlled study,” Liang Z, Zhu X, et al, Complement Ther Med, 2011 Jan; 19S1: S26-S32, [Epub 2010 Dec 23].

Summary: In a two-arm, single-blinded, randomized, controlled study involving 178 patients with chronic neck pain, treatment with acupuncture was found to “relieve pain intensity and improve the quality of daily life with a relative long-term clinical efficacy in patients with chronic neck pain.” Results of statistical analysis using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) v13, found that patients who received acupuncture were found to have significantly greater scores on the Northwick Park Neck Pain Questionnaire (NPQ), the visual analogue scale, and the short form (36) health survey (SF-36), suggesting that treatment with acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for chronic neck pain.

September 29th, 2010
Acupuncture Benefits Women Seeking Fertility Support
Reference: “An exploratory study of the effect of acupuncture on self-efficacy for women seeking fertility support,” Kovarova P, Smith CA, et al, Explore (NY), 2010 Sept-Oct; 6(5): 330-4. (Address: School of Psychology, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia).

Summary: In a study involving 13 women between the ages of 18 and 45 years, receiving acupuncture to aid in the process of conception, either naturally or as an adjunct to assisted reproductive technology, treatment with acupuncture (4 treatments) was found to significantly increase self-efficacy and psychological coping scores. The authors state, “Further rigorous research is needed to examine the overall therapeutic effect from acupuncture to support women while undergoing the stressful repetitive process of assisted reproductive technology or natural fertility, and to examine the role of outcome and self-efficacy expectations.”

July 28th, 2010
Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain
Brian M. Berman, M.D., Helene H. Langevin, M.D., Claudia M. Witt, M.D., M.B.A. and Ronald Dubner, D.D.S., Ph.D.
N Engl J Med 2010; 363:454-461 July 29, 2010

July 28, 2010 — Recent evidence and management principles concerning the use of acupuncture for chronic low back pain are reviewed in an article published in the July 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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