Acupuncture News

Acupuncture for Stroke Victims

In the abstract by Li X and Wang Q., “…clinical trials revealed that acupuncture shows positive effect in stroke, not only as a complementary and alternative medicine for poststroke rehabilitation but also as a preventive strategy which could induce cerebral ischemic tolerance, especially when combined with modern electrotherapy. Acupuncture has some unique characteristics, which include acupoint specificity and parameter-dependent effect. It also involves complicated mechanism to exert the beneficial effect on stroke. Series of clinical trials have shown that acupuncture primarily regulates the release of neurochemicals, hemorheology, cerebral microcirculation, metabolism, neuronal activity, and the function of specific brain region.”

The study can be seen at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24215922.

Reporting on Migraine Treatment Through Acupuncture

CNN reported on this story in February of 2017, which was an announcement of a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association regarding research into migraine headaches. The research study, conducted by Ling Zhao, PhD, Jiao Chen, PhDD, and Ying Li, PhD, through the cooperation of Chengdu University in Sichuan, China, West China Hospital at Sichuan University, Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chongqing Medical University, and Ningxia Medical University, showed considerable efficacy in the use of acupuncture for the relief of migraine pain.

CNN is quoted in saying: “Researchers in China found that properly administered acupuncture therapy may reduce the frequency of the most common types of migraines. The research, which builds on a body of knowledge from smaller studies, looked at how true acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture in reducing migraine attacks and symptoms in those who have been battling the condition for at least a year.
“All treatments were administered by trained and licensed acupuncturists who trained for at least five years and had four or more years of clinical experience. Recipients of ‘true acupuncture’ were treated in four acupoints chosen by clinical experts. The four points used for the ‘sham’ group were chosen to avoid migraine relief.”

The 24-week, randomized clinical trial included 249 patients with migraine without aura. Without aura is a description of what is also known as common migraine. WebMD states, “A migraine without aura is the most common type of migraine headache. They account for about 60% to 80% of all migraines. It doesn’t have the early symptoms, called an aura, that some people have before a migraine begins, like vision changes, dizziness, confusion, feeling prickling skin, and weakness.”

Migraine sufferers know how debilitating migraines can be. That these clinical trials stand on the documented success of acupuncture should give hope to migraine sufferers everywhere that seek to avoid pharmaceutical remedies.

Please see the full story at CNN, and the published study at JAMA.

How Acupuncture Can Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

According to a published study conducted in 1997, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, affects 22 percent of the population of the UK and is the most common gastroenterological complaint. It’s symptoms are wide, from cramping to bloating, diarrhea to constipation, and caused by a wide range of factors from stress to diet.

How acupuncture can alleviate symptoms of IBS is as broad a spectrum as the causes and effects. In an article by Acupuncture.org.uk, not only can acupuncture provide pain relief and regulate the motility of the digestive tract, it has also shown success in increasing parasympathetic tone. Beyond the immediate remedies, acupuncture has shown to be effective in countering the anxiety caused by IBS sypmtoms.

Please see the full story at https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs.html

Acupuncture and IVF

According to IVF1.com, “In vitro fertilization (IVF) is not a complex procedure to understand. Broken down into its most basic parts, IVF has five main steps:

1) Stimulate the growth and development of multiple eggs within the ovaries
2) Removal of the eggs (Egg Retrieval)
3) Fertilization of the eggs
4) Embryo culture (allowing the fertilized eggs to grow and develop in the laboratory)
5) Placement of the embryos into the uterus

“Each of these five steps can be performed in a slightly different manner based on the preferences of the physician. At IVF1, we use an evidence based approach to determine the protocols for IVF. Below is a more detailed explanation of the IVF process.”

What people don’t usually know is that acupuncture can be a beneficial aid in the success of implementing the IVF procedure. How beneficial exactly has been the major point of discussion.

The article suggested here at IVF1.com suggests the efficacy of the treatment can be substantial in some circumstances and analyzes credible studies over the past 15 years of research.

According to one study examined in their article, “IVF patients who had acupuncture had a 42% pregnancy rate. IVF patients who did not have acupuncture had a 26% rate.”

While there are numerous variables in the study of acupuncture and IVF, and that the need for further research continues, patients looking into acupuncture for the assistance in achieving success in IVF would do well to review this story.

For the complete article, please see https://www.ivf1.com/acupuncture-ivf/.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Treatment of Gout

Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Treatment of Gout

JBBardot.com is a web site that promotes simple, cost-effective solutions to common problems. They recently published a report on the effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine on the treatment of gout.

Gout is an inflammatory, painful condition affecting joints by the build-up of uric acid crystals. By the use of herbal remedies, gout sufferers can find relief with the very low risk of side effects or costly invasive procedures.

To see the full story, please visit https://www.jbbardot.com/chinese-herbs-and-traditional-chinese-medicine-cure-gout-studies/.

Herbal Remedies, Supplements & Acupuncture for Arthritis

Herbal Remedies, Supplements & Acupuncture for Arthritis

Rheumatology.org brings attention to traditional Chinese medicine for the help it provides to arthritis sufferers

Rheumatology.org has published a comprehensive story on arthritis that we would love to bring your attention to. “Herbal Remedies, Supplements & Acupuncture for Arthritis” is a great explanation of the current public thought on TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Among their fast facts are items such as: “Acupuncture is safe and may provide pain relief for some patients with osteoarthritis.”

Please see the other fast facts and the full story at https://www.rheumatology.org/i-am-a/patient-caregiver/treatments/herbal-remedies-supplements-acupuncture-for-arthritis.

Mainstream Media Acknowledges Acupuncture as Alternative to Opioids

Mainstream Media Acknowledges Acupuncture as Alternative to Opioids/

In the wake of the opioid crisis, acupuncture proves to be a welcome option for the avoidance of chemical dependency

A recent story on acupuncture and its welcome alternative to the nation’s growing opioid addiction was published recently by the Associated Press and carried on the front pages of notable news sites such as the DrudgeReport.

The mainstream media attention to this non-addictive remedy to chronic pain makes acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine acceptable to more and more people who may not have considered it before. According to the article quoting Dr. Mary Applegate, medical director for Ohio’s Medicaid department. “If it’s proven to be effective, we don’t want to have barriers in the way of what could work.”

For the full story, please see https://apnews.com/248ad68b545a4cc690883988965e9445/Stuck-in-an-opioids-crisis.

Knee Arthritis Finds Relief with Acupuncture

Knee Arthritis Finds Relief with Acupuncture

According to a story published by the Cleveland Clinic, knee arthritis sufferers are finding relief through acupuncture.

The story also points out how acupuncture can be a promising solution to another national ailment: opioids.

States author Jamie Starkey, “Across the country, doctors are striving to avoid prescribing medication, particularly opioids, for chronic pain. Research shows acupuncture to be a cost-effective way to treat pain with very little risk for the patient.

In fact, acupuncture is one of the treatments now recommended as a first line of defense against pain in national guidelines for physicians.”

The full study can be read at https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/07/knee-arthritis-got-you-down-acupuncture-can-bring-relief/.

Reducing Nausea During Chemotherapy Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases

A study published by Oxford University Press found acupuncture combined with ondansetron treatment to be successful in reducing the nausea caused by chemotherapy treatment for rheumatoid sufferers. The study was conducted by A. Josefson, from the Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation Research, at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden.and M. Kreuter, and published in 2003.

For the complete report, please see https://academic.oup.com/rheumatology/article/42/10/1149/1784503.

Treating Anxiety and Depression in Women

In June of 2013, the National Institute of Health published a review of the efficacy of acupuncture for treating anxiety and depression in women. The results were sufficient to recommend its use as a viable modality. The report, written by David P. Sniezek, DC, MD, MBA, FAAMA and Imran J. Siddiqui, MD, represents a milestone in acupuncture’s acceptance as a medicinal practice, especially in the application to pregnant women who prefer alternatives to medications.

The report, Acupuncture for Treating Anxiety and Depression in Women: A Clinical Systematic Review, can be accessed online at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3689180/.