Category Archives: Acupunture

Acupuncture is Just as Effective Without Needles

NeedlesAcupuncture works, but it appears to work equally well with or without needle penetration. This conclusion was drawn from a treatment study involving cancer patients suffering from nausea during radiotherapy.

In a series of acupuncture studies that involved more than 200 patients who were undergoing radiation treatment, roughly half received traditional acupuncture with needles penetrating the skin in particular points, while the others received simulated acupuncture instead, with a telescopic, blunt placebo needle that merely touched their skin.

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Afterwards, 95 percent of the patients in both groups felt that the treatment had helped relieve nausea, and 67 percent had experienced other positive effects such as improved sleep, brighter mood, and less pain. Both groups felt considerably better than a separate control group that received no acupuncture of any kind.

The acupuncture was performed by physiotherapists two or three times a week during the five week long period of their radiation treatment.

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Acupuncture Beats Drug to Treat Hot Flashes

acupunctureAcupuncture works as well as Effexor, a drug commonly used to combat hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms that can accompany breast cancer treatment.

In fact, the benefits of acupuncture last longer than the effects of Effexor, and without any bad side effects. After 12 weeks of treatment, symptoms were reduced for 15 additional weeks for women who had undergone acupuncture, compared with just two weeks for those who had taken Effexor.

Not only were no bad side effects associated with acupuncture, women who underwent the treatment reported increased energy and overall sense of well-being. Those taking Effexor reported side effects including nausea, headache, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, increased blood pressure, fatigue and anxiety.

Sources:
  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology Meeting September 21-25, 2008 Boston, MA
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Acupuncture Can Give You a Lift Without Facing the Knife

A face full of needles may not be your idea of spa heaven. Yet as more and more of us seek natural alternatives to lasers and Botox, cosmetic acupuncture could well become the new “facelift” of choice.

They are tiny needles, and Most people really don’t feel them go in at all.

The treatment begins with cleansing. Then the needles go in: first a couple in the legs, which stings a little, then one on the belly. Still manageable. Then the face. This feels like red ant bites along the jaw, brows, smile lines and crow’s feet. Ouch. Jimenez, calm and efficient, expresses surprise at your low pain threshold and – perhaps because you are beginning to beg for mercy – the acupunture specialist stops at 12 needles (normally you would get about 14 in the face). Once in, they are, indeed, painless.


Point of the exercise: a half-hour relaxing with up to 14 needles in your face can help boost your skin tone and make you look younger

Cosmetic acupunture


The pros

# Not a syringe, scalpel or laser in sight.
# Relaxing and holistic: your overall health really matters.
# Nurturing: Gemma Jimenez is sympathetic and kind DResults: it really does seem to make a short-term difference.

The cons

# Time consuming: initially you need sessions two to three times a week, then once every three weeks for maintenance.
# Ouch: the needles can smart.
# Pricey: over a lifetime, on a purely cost basis, you might be better off with a scalpel.

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Sources: Telegraph.co.uk

Acupuncture

Old Chinese medical chart on acupuncture meridians
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Acupuncture has been practised in China for over 2,500 years but it took until the 1970s, when it was used for surgical anaesthesia, to bring the technique into mainstream western medicine.

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Traditional Chinese medicine states that health is dependent on energy, known as qi, moving smoothly through meridians, or channels, beneath the skin. If this energy flow is disrupted by infection, pain or anxiety then physical symptoms are triggered. By inserting fine, solid needles into these channels, the flow of energy – and the patient’s health – is restored.

As these channels are not mappable according to conventional western ideas of anatomy, acupuncture is sometimes considered unscientific. However, studies show it can trigger the release of endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers – as well as stimulate some nerve fibres that block pain. In skilled hands, acupuncture is safe and relatively painless. Most practitioners recommend six to eight treatments. Western medicine accepts its benefits for relief of pain-related conditions, such back problems and migraines, but it is also commonly used for other ailments, such as sinus and bladder conditions. A practitioner should be registered with the local health authority.

There are specific points best avoided in pregnancy although acupuncture is effective for morning sickness. It is often cited as helping people to quit smoking, and though there is little consistent evidence, withdrawal symptoms from other harder drugs may be lessened. More controversially, a report earlier this year in the British Medical Journal reported that women treated with acupuncture could increase IVF success by 65%.

TAKING IT FURTHER

www.acupuncture.org.uk
The British Acupuncture Council, the country’s main regulatory body of traditional acupuncture, can help you locate a local practitioner

www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk
The British Medical Acupuncture Society is a group of doctors and health professionals that encourages the use of acupuncture within more mainstream medicine. Its site contains useful information for patients and professionals alike

tinyurl.com/6apx7w
NHS Direct has a good page on acupuncture that provides an overview of how it works

ESSENTIAL GEAR FOR ACUPUNCTURE

Electric Acupuncture Pen Plus
£20 from www.betterlifehealthcare.com
This pen gives electric acupuncture stimulation without piercing the skin. Its three modes aim to improve blood circulation, muscle stimulation and pain relief, and an accompanying booklet shows the body’s main acupuncture points.

Stick-on mini-moxa
£5 for 200 from www.acupuncturedirect.co.uk
Acupuncturists burn a herb called moxa to create heat to stimulate acupoints. Moxa comes in various forms, such as cones or sticks, but these stick-on moxa capsules can be used at home.

Sea-Band wristband
£8 from www.sea-band.co.uk
By stimulating the body’s acupuncture points via a plastic stud, this washable, elasticated wristband, which is available in child and adult sizes, claims to reduce symptoms of travel sickness.

Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial
£10.20 from www.amazon.co.uk
Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst’s recently published book, which is both credible and readable, examines the benefits of more than 30 popular complementary medicine treatments, including acupuncture.

Sources:TIMESONLINE:11Th. May”08

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Acupuncture ‘Boosts IVF Chances’

Acupuncture may increase the success rates of fertility treatment, according to a study.

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……………………………..Researchers studied more than 1,300 women

.The Dutch and US research, published in the British Medical Journal, found for every 10 IVF cycles with acupuncture, there would be one extra pregnancy.

However, the study, which looked at more than 1,300 women, hinted that patients at European clinics might not benefit as strongly.

A UK alternative medicine expert said he was not convinced by the results.

Approximately 10% to 15% of British couples have difficulty conceiving at some point in their lives and look for specialist fertility treatment.

IVF involves fertilising the egg with sperm outside the woman’s body then putting the resulting embryo back into the womb.

Some couples face repeated expensive attempts to achieve a pregnancy.

Acupuncture has been used for centuries in China to regulate female fertility, and in recent years, scientists have been looking at whether it could boost IVF chances.

Studies have been mixed, with some showing benefits, and some even showing a reduced chance of conceiving.

The latest research, from the VU University in Amsterdam and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, combined the results of seven trials involving 1,366 women in an attempt to provide a clearer picture of the benefits.

They found that, looking at all the research together, women who underwent acupuncture were 65% more likely to have a successful embryo transfer compared with those who underwent a “sham” version of the treatment, or no extra treatment at all.

In real terms, this would mean that for every 10 women receiving acupuncture, there would be one extra successful embryo transfer.

European doubt

However, many of the studies were conducted in Chinese clinics which had a lower pregnancy rate than the average European clinic.

When only the three studies reaching this average – success in 28% of IVF cycles – were included, a different picture emerged.

Here, there was no evidence of any extra benefit from acupuncture, suggesting that offering the treatment in Europe might not offer as great, or any, increases in success rates.

In addition, a leading researcher into alternative treatments, Professor Edzard Ernst, from the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth said he was dubious about the reliability of the acupuncture trials

He said: “On the face of it, these results sound fantastic. I would, however, be very cautious as much of the observed effect could be due to a placebo response.

“IVF may not seem to be “placebo-prone” but it probably is: if women expect it to be helpful they are more relaxed which, in turn, would affect pregnancy rates.”


Sources:
BBC NEWS,8Th.Feb,’08

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Acupuncture Helps Back Pain

CHICAGO: Acupuncture provided twice as many patients relief from lower back pain as did conventional drug and exercise therapy, which German researchers said on Monday might point to a “superplacebo” effect.

In a study of 1,162 adults with chronic lower back pain, 48% of those in a group who underwent between 10 and 15 treatments with traditional Chinese “verum” acupuncture reported at least one-third less pain and an improvement in functional ability, with lasting benefits.

That compared to 27% of those reporting relief in the group undergoing drug and exercise therapy.

In verum acupuncture, 14 to 20 needles are inserted up to 1-1/2 inches deep at “medians” and other prescribed locations until the patient is said to experience a numbing sensation, called Qi.

A third group of patients underwent ‘sham’ acupuncture, where needles are inserted randomly and less deeply around the painful area while avoiding medians. Of these, 44% reported relief from their back pain — more patients than conventional therapy and only slightly fewer than traditional acupuncture. Between 70% and 85% of people complain of back pain at some point in their lives, according to the study

Source:The Times Of India

Acupunture

Acupunture is a traditional Chinise medicine. This treatment is sometimes verymuch fruitful for treating certain diseas, but in many cases it doesnot work.Once during 1975 I took this treatment for 2 months from an Acupunturist Doctor (well known Doctor in this field in Kolkata at that time) for the recovery of my right hand wrist- drop due to radial nurve depression. The then it was a painful treatment. They used to prick several very thin long niddles on diferrent places on my hand and let me lie for few minutes on the bed and then take out them.I didnot get any improvement in this.

According to me this treatment is suitable for temporary healing of pains of different places mainly due to Arthrities kind of diseas.
.But this treatment may help some diseas