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Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
After surgery for a ruptured disk two years ago, Nelly s legs remained extremely weak. She could barely move, became lethargic and lost her appetite. Things were looking grim, but then a concerned friend took the 10-year-old to an acupuncturist, who treated her three times in half-hour sessions. Almost immediately after the first treatment, Nelly s energy went from zero to 100, recalled that friend, Annie Washburn, who works as a community organizer in New ...
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Acupuncture Offers Short-term Osteoarthritis Relief
Acupuncture can offer short-term pain relief and improved joint functioning for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, a new study finds. To date, there is only limited scientific evidence that acupuncture actually works. But many osteoarthritis sufferers are turning to the ancient Chinese treatment as an alternative to pain medications, some of which have recently been linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Some of the most powerful of thes ...
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Even Sham Acupuncture Eases Migraine
Acupuncture -- even sham acupuncture -- is as effective as standard drug therapy in preventing migraine, German researchers report. The multi-center study found the number of days that patients suffered from migraine was significantly reduced after they were treated with either acupuncture or drugs. This was true whether patients received verum acupuncture -- using obligatory needling points and additional points selected by doctors on the basis of traditi ...
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Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
When used to treat pain, acupuncture offers only limited relief that may not be clinically relevant. So say Danish researchers who examined data from 13 acupuncture pain studies that included more than 3,000 patients. The studies compared real acupuncture, placebo acupuncture and no acupuncture for a wide range of painful conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, migraine, low back pain and postoperative pain. Compared to placebo acupuncture, real acupunctur ...
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Study Questions Value of Acupuncture for Migraines
Migraine headache sufferers who use acupuncture get no more pain relief than those who undergo a sham treatment. But they do get relief. That is the result of a randomized, multi-center trial, one of the largest and most rigorous studies yet to examine acupuncture s effectiveness for migraine, the study s German authors report. Both treatments reduced the number of days that patients experienced moderate to severe pain, with more than half of each treatmen ...
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Acupuncture Can Ease Headaches
Acupuncture treatments cut the frequency of tension headaches in half in individuals prone to the ailment, a new study found. But the researchers also point out that minimal acupuncture -- defined as superficial needling at non-acupuncture points and considered a sham treatment -- was just as effective, according to a German study appearing in this week s issue of the British Medical Journal . Based on the results of our trial, as well as of yet-unpublishe ...
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Acupuncture Effective for Fibromyalgia
A brief regimen of acupuncture appears to offer more than a month of relief from some of the most debilitating symptoms of moderate-to-severe fibromyalgia, a new study suggests. The findings are to be presented Thursday by Mayo Clinic researchers at the 11th World Congress on Pain, the meeting of the International Association for the Study of Pain, in Sydney, Australia. The scientists cautioned that while acupuncture seems to alleviate some of the pain, ch ...
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Acupuncture May Not Help Chronic Knee Pain, Study Finds
Acupuncture doesn t improve knee pain any more than sham acupuncture, according to a new study. Among patients older than 50 years with moderate to severe chronic knee pain, neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function, the study authors wrote. Our findings do not support acupuncture for these patients. Sham acupuncture is any form of fake acupuncture, used so that researchers can test whether benefits from the trad ...
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Acupuncture Safe for Children, Review Finds
When done by well-trained professionals, acupuncture can be a safe treatment for children, new research suggests. In an analysis of 37 studies or case reports, Canadian researchers found that in over 1,400 children treated with acupuncture, just 168 experienced a mild adverse reaction, such as crying or pain. The investigators found 25 reports of serious adverse events. In trained hands, acupuncture seems safe in children, said the study s senior author, D ...
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Acupuncture May Boost Pregnancy Success Rates
When a couple is trying to have a baby and can t, it can be emotionally and financially draining. But help may be available in an unexpected form acupuncture. Medical experts believe that this ancient therapy from China, which involves placing numerous thin needles at certain points in the body, can help improve fertility in both men and women. Acupuncture has been around for almost 3,000 years. It s safe and there are no bad side effects from it, explaine ...
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Acupuncture May Relieve Heartburn In Pregnancy
Acupuncture relieves the indigestion and heartburn that bother many women as their pregnancy progresses, a new Brazilian study shows. Indigestion is common during pregnancy, with up to 80 percent of moms-to-be suffering heartburn, stomach pain or discomfort, reflux, belching and bloating. Symptoms tend to worsen over time, and women who avoid taking medicine for fear of harming the developing fetus might welcome an alternative treatment. Although small, th ...
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Acupuncture, Turmeric May Help Ease Arthritis
Acupuncture and an extract of turmeric -- the spice that gives curry its kick -- may both offer significant pain relief to some arthritis patients, two new studies suggest. Reporting in the November issue of Arthritis amp Rheumatism , a German team says a combination of acupuncture and conventional medicine can boost quality of life for patients suffering from osteoarthritis. And in a second study in the same issue, American researchers say the ingestion o ...
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