New research shows that patients with fibromyalgia are likely to seek acupuncture treatment and other forms of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). Published by the University of Montana, the research focused on whether or not pain motivated patients to seek CAM therapies such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, yoga, Tai Chi and cognitive behavior therapy. The results showed that over 70% of patients with fibromyalgia sought CAM therapies. The research concluded that “interference in daily activities from pain increases the use of CAM….” Continue reading
New research demonstrates that acupuncture reduces the incidence of cocaine related seizures and death. Seizures occur at a rate of approximately 2-10% of cocaine users. High doses of cocaine are lethal. In addition, cocaine use is linked to cardiac arrhythmias and cerebral hemorrhages. Continue reading
Acupuncture and moxibustion increase pregnancy rates for women undergoing IVF, in vitro fertilisation. New research examined the effects of acupuncture and moxibustion on 84 infertile patients who had a minimum of 2 unsuccessful IVF fertility procedures. The participants were randomly divided into a control group, a sham (simulated) acupuncture group and a true acupuncture group. The acupuncture group showed a much higher clinical success rate for enhancing the IVF procedure than both the sham and control groups. The acupuncture group had a 35.7% success rate whereas the sham group had a 10.7% success rate and the control group had a 7.1% success rate. Continue reading
Researchers have discovered that acupuncture relieves prostate disorders. A clinical trial of 100 patients discovered that electro-acupuncture applied to a specific acupuncture point improved International Prostate Symptom Scores (IPSS). The IPSS score measures improvements in issues associated with incomplete urination bladder emptying, frequent urination, intermittent interruptions in the urinary stream, urgent urination, weakness of the urine stream, straining during urination and the need to get up and urinate in the night. It was found that acupuncture improves these conditions significantly for patients with moderate or severe benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate becomes enlarged. As a result, the researchers conclude that acupuncture is effective and improves the quality of life for patients. Continue reading
A 45-year-old man presented with phantom limb pain and phantom limb sensation 12 weeks after an above-elbow amputation of his right arm. He underwent seven sessions of acupuncture at weekly intervals carried out by his general practitioner on his intact left arm, with complete relief of the phantom limb pain and considerable improvement of the phantom limb sensation of his right arm. This case demonstrates the possible benefits from the use of short acupuncture sessions for a potentially chronic condition undertaken within the constraints of a busy general medical practice.
This case report details the successful use of acupuncture of an intact left arm to treat phantom limb pain (PLP) and phantom limb sensation (PLS) following amputation of a patient’s right arm. The treatment took place in a community-based general medical practice, with the acupuncture sessions included within the normal surgery sessions of a general practitioner (GP) with an interest in acupuncture.
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A new study finds acupuncture more effective than clomifene for the treatment of infertility. Clomifene, trademarked as Clomid and Omifin, is the most widely prescribed fertility drug on the market. It is an estrogen receptor modulator that induces ovulation. In this study, 65 women with infertility due to dysfunction of ovulation were divided into two randomly chosen groups. Group 1 received electroacupuncture and group 2 received 50mg per day of clomifene citrate tablets. After 6 months of treatment, the acupuncture group had a cure rate of 76.3% and the clomifene group had a 48.1% cure rate.
New research reveals that acupuncture increases ovulation frequency and regulates hormone levels in women with PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome. The researchers also discovered that acupuncture helps to down regulate testosterone and other masculinizing hormones such as dehydroepiandrosterone in women with PCOS. Excess amounts of male hormones are responsible for hirsutism, acne, insulin resistance and infertility in women with PCOS. Acupuncture was proven to successfully regulate endogenous sex steroids in the ovaries and in the blood. Continue reading
A new study confirms that acupuncture enhances antidepressant drug therapy. Researchers discovered that acupuncture combined with paroxetine (Paxil, Sereupin, Aropax) is more effective than paroxetine alone. Researchers found that acupuncture accelerates clinical responses to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class of drugs used for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Further, the researchers concluded that acupuncture prevents the aggravation of depression. Continue reading
Singer Carnie Wilson revealed that she is suffering from Bell’s Palsy, a nerve disorder that paralyzes muscles on one side of the face but is usually temporary. Wilson is reportedly treating her Bell’s palsy with acupuncture.
Carnie Wilson has a disorder, Bell’s palsy, that has paralyzed one side of her face. The singer is treating the condition with acupuncture.
Carnie Wilson, 44 years old, made her announcement about the disorder on her Twitter several days ago:
“Just wanted you all 2 know that I have Bell’s Palsy on lf side of face right now. Scary, unfortunate, but it goes away. A challenge!
Love u.” Continue reading
Acupuncture for Headache
Mark Bovey is an acupuncture practitioner, research manager for the British Acupuncture Council and coordinator of the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre. He is the author of a number of acupuncture research articles and has been co-investigator on studies with fertility and Parkinson’s Disease.
Acupuncture has a long history as part of Chinese medicine. In Western countries it is now one of the major complementary therapies, with lifetime use in adult populations as high as 34%.1Headache is one of the more common presenting conditions in acupuncture general practice2 and use of the therapy by headache sufferers in tertiary care has been reported at 58% in German and Austrian out-patient clinics.3 Continue reading