East Meets West, Through Research [Video}

There’s increasing scientific evidence to suggest that alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic care and mindfulness, provide more than a placebo response. Through cutting-edge translational research, scientists are providing data that expands our scientific understanding of human health, replacing what has been for centuries mostly anecdotal evidence. Subjecting alternative treatments to such rigorous scientific inquiry…

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Standardized Acupuncture Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy

In this paper published in Medical Acupuncture, Alexandra Dimitrova, MD, in the Department of Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University, used a standardized approach to treating 10 consecutive patients diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.  These patients reported reduced symptom intensity, and she found improvement in their clinical signs and symptoms as well after 6 sessions.  She recommended further…

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Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Highlights – Acupuncture has a clinically relevant effect on chronic pain that persists over time – The effect of acupuncture cannot be explained only by placebo effects – Factors in addition to the specific effects of needling are important contributors – Referral for acupuncture treatment is a reasonable option for chronic pain patients Abstract Despite…

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Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Unprecedented Advances

Pauline Anderson October 30, 2017 SAN DIEGO — The last two decades have seen “unprecedented advances” in the use of acupuncture to treat pain conditions, with a “rapid rise” in the number and quality of related published studies, according to a physician who is an experienced acupuncture practitioner. “Right now, we have a pretty solid…

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Tennis Elbow Responds When Acupuncture is Added To Treatment

In this article, they measured the thickness of the tendons before-and-after treatments using diagnostic ultrasound.  They found that after 10 acupuncture sessions, there was not only pain relief, but also reduced tendon thickness, which represents a reduction in the swelling. Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Acupuncture Effect on Common Extensor Tendon Thickness in Patients with Lateral Epicondylitis:…

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Acupuncture in the treatment of restless legs syndrome

This article showed that acupuncture added to low dose gabapentin (300 mg/day) is clinically useful for restless leg syndrome.  The acupuncture treatment was 3 times per week for a total of 10 sessions.  The treatment lasted at least 8 weeks after that. AUGUST 23, 2017 Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Raissi G, et al.…

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Reducing Pain Medications Using Acupuncture in the Military

In this study in Medical Acupuncture, the number of opioid prescriptions decreased and patients reported improved symptom control, ability to function, and sense of well-being after receiving courses of acupuncture by their primary care physicians.  This is good news, considering the opioid epidemic going on in America today.  Let’s help our veterans! Reduction in Pain…

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Are Non-Drug Treatments Effective Options for Chronic Back Pain?

In this article, they found out that if people change their lifestyles such as reduced smoking and alcohol and increased physical activity, they do better than people taking drugs only.  Coming in just behind medication was massages, heat application and acupuncture treatments. Is non-pharmacological treatment an effective option for chronic low back pain? Neuro Endocrinol…

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Acupuncture for the treatment of obesity in adults

Postgraduate Medical Journal — Zhang RQ, et al. | July 13, 2017 This investigation was carried out to gauge the clinical efficacy of acupuncture therapy for simple obesity. It also focused on yielding evidence–based medical data for treating obesity with acupuncture. The obtained findings displayed that acupuncture for simple obesity, appeared to be an effective…

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Acupuncture: Yes for Urinary Incontinence, No for PCOS Infertility

by Kristin Jenkins, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today June 27, 2017 Acupuncture in the lumbosacral region appears to be an effective treatment for women with stress urinary incontinence that rivals behavioral treatments such as pelvic floor muscle training, researchers found. In a randomized, participant-blinded, controlled clinical study, the mean decrease in urine leakage was 9.9 g at week…

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