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Acupuncture Cuts Need for Post-Op Painkillers
Powerful opioids taken after surgery can have powerful side effects, but new research finds that using acupuncture before and during an operation cuts a patient s need for the painkillers. From a pain perspective, you can reduce the amount of morphine that the patient uses and improve the quality of analgesia and pain control, said lead researcher Dr. Tong J. Gan, a professor and vice chairman of anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Acupuncture May Help Ease Symptoms of COPD
For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD , acupuncture may help relieve shortness of breath during activity, Japanese researchers suggest. COPD is a progressive lung condition that makes it hard to breathe it is commonly caused by smoking or exposure to other toxins. The effects of acupuncture are large, said Dr. George Lewith, from the University of Southampton in Hampshire, England, co-author of an editorial accompanying the study. Th ...
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Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
Certain traditional Chinese medicine, including tea and acupuncture, may safely and effectively help treat chronic eczema, a new report finds. Use of Erka Shizheng Herbal Tea, a bath additive, creams and acupuncture over eight months greatly reduced the severity of the itchy, red skin condition and improved the quality of life of 14 atopic dermatitis eczema patients studied by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The patients received the ...
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Even Sham Acupuncture Eases Low Back Pain
Six months of traditional Chinese or even sham acupuncture treatment appeared more effective than conventional treatment for low back pain, says a German study of almost 1,200 patients. Traditional verum acupuncture involves needling of fixed points and additional points on the body to a depth of 5 to 40 millimeters, while sham acupuncture involves needling to a depth of 1 to 3 millimeters into the lower back, avoiding known pressure points. Patients in th ...
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Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Traditional Chinese acupuncture, increasingly popular in the West for a variety of ills, eases pain by regulating key receptors in the brain, according to a new study. The study showed that acupuncture increases the binding availability of mu-opioid receptors in regions of the brain that process and weaken pain signals -- specifically the cingulate, insula, caudate, thalamus and amygdala. By directly stimulating these chemicals, acupuncture can affect the ...
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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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