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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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Acupuncture May Aid In Vitro Fertilization
Women undergoing in vitro fertilization can increase their chances of becoming pregnant by up to 65 percent if they also have acupuncture, a preliminary study suggests. About 10 percent to 15 percent of couples have difficulty conceiving, and many opt for in vitro fertilization, in which a woman s egg is fertilized in a laboratory and then transferred into her womb. There had been some evidence that acupuncture can increase the success rate of this procedu ...
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Ear Acupuncture May Hold Promise for Weight Loss
Placing five acupuncture needles in the outer ear may help people lose that spare tire, researchers report. Ear acupuncture therapy is based on the theory that the outer ear represents all parts of the body. One type uses one needle inserted into the area that is linked to hunger and appetite, while the other involves inserting five needles at different key points in the ear. If the trend we found is supported by other studies, the hunger acupuncture point ...
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Needling Away Wrinkles
Scott Peres, a 42-year-old sales representative from New York City, was bothered by a chronically sore shoulder, so he decided to give acupuncture a try for pain relief. His acupuncturist, Shellie Goldstein, who practices in New York City and tony East Hampton, N.Y., gently inserted some needles in the area around the shoulder, and soon the pain began to ease. While chatting, Goldstein also mentioned that something called facial acupuncture could reduce th ...
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Acupuncture May Ease Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Patients
Acupuncture can help alleviate the often-debilitating hot flashes that afflict many breast cancer patients, new Italian research says. Noting that hot flashes are a fact of life for many women with breast cancer, the investigators found that pairing lifestyle advice with weekly acupuncture sessions dramatically improved the women s quality of life. Acupuncture together with enhanced self-care for three months is effective in reducing hot flashes in women w ...
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Acupuncture May Ease Neck Pain Over Long Term
Two alternative therapies -- acupuncture and the Alexander technique -- appear equally beneficial for the long-term relief of chronic neck pain, new research reports. Both therapies involve educating patients in ways to relieve stress, as well as improve posture and balance. These techniques appeared to help reduce neck pain in the 12 months following treatment compared with drugs and traditional physical therapy, the British researchers said. In general, ...
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Acupuncture May Take Edge Off Menopause Symptoms
Acupuncture may help reduce the severity of hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, according to a small study. The research included 53 postmenopausal women, with about half receiving traditional Chinese acupuncture twice a week and the others given sham acupuncture treatments. After 10 weeks, the women in the traditional acupuncture group had significantly less severe hot flashes and mood swings than those who d gotten the fake treatment. There were ...
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Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Fear of the dentist keeps many people from getting the dental care they need, but new research suggests that an ancient Chinese treatment -- acupuncture -- may provide quick relief. One in 20 people suffer from odontophobia -- severe anxiety about dentistry -- and a third of all people say they have moderate anxiety when seeing the dentist, the researchers said. We can offer patients a safe, fast and cheap treatment for their odontophobia, said lead resear ...
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