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Acupuncture Might Ease Fatigue Linked to Breast Cancer
Offering breast cancer patients a relatively short regimen of acupuncture alongside standard treatment can help alleviate some of the crippling fatigue that often accompanies the disease, according to a new study. The magnitude of help that patients undergoing acupuncture experienced was deemed by the study team to be both statistically and clinically important. I am quite excited with these results, said study lead author Alex Molassiotis, a professor of ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
A Guide to Smoking-Cessation Options
People who want to quit smoking cigarettes no longer have to suffer through cold-turkey withdrawal. A number of options now exist, and though most have some side effects, experts generally believe that the benefits of quitting smoking far exceed the risks posed by side effects. Current options include Nicotine replacement therapy A variety of nicotine replacement products have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They include the nicotin ...
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Acupuncture May Help Ease Hay Fever
Hay fever sufferers may find some relief with acupuncture, a new study suggests, though the therapy s appeal in the real world is yet to be seen. The study, of 422 people with grass and pollen allergies, found that those randomly assigned to a dozen acupuncture sessions fared better than patients who did not receive the procedure. On average, they reported greater symptom improvements and were able to use less antihistamine medication over eight weeks. The ...
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Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Lifesaving treatments for breast cancer come at a cost -- many women experience hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats and more. Now new research suggests that acupuncture may help ease some of these side effects, and it may be more effective than antidepressants for relieving hot flashes and more. This study compared the effectiveness of acupuncture to drug therapy, and we found acupuncture was just as effective and had no side effects, said study author Dr. ...
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Prevention of Acupuncture Infection Needs More Focus
More needs to be done to prevent a rising tide of infections related to acupuncture, researchers from the University of Hong Kong say. In a commentary, published online March 19 in BMJ , Patrick Woo and his colleagues stressed that to prevent infections transmitted by acupuncture, infection control measures should be implemented, such as use of disposable needles, skin disinfection procedures, and aseptic techniques. Stricter regulation and accreditation r ...
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Power of Acupuncture to Ease Migraines Questioned in Study
Sham acupuncture worked almost as well on migraine patients as three types of traditional acupuncture, a new study says. Randomly assigning 480 patients to one of four groups at nine Chinese hospitals -- one sham acupuncture group and three receiving accepted types -- an international team of researchers, including Dr. Fan-rong Liang at Chengdu University in China, found that between 50 percent and 75 percent of those with migraines felt better after sham ...
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Acupuncture Really Does Help Relieve Pain: Study
Acupuncture alters the way that the brain perceives and processes pain, a finding that suggests the traditional Chinese treatment can effectively relieve pain, according to a new study. German researchers used functional MRI scans to measure brain activity in 18 people who received painful electrical currents from a device fitted to their left ankle. The researchers then placed acupuncture needles on the participants right side -- including between the toe ...
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Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
The needle pricks involved in acupuncture may help relieve pain by triggering a natural painkilling chemical called adenosine, a new study has found. The researchers also believe they can enhance acupuncture s effectiveness by coupling the process with a well-known cancer drug -- deoxycoformycin -- that maintains adenosine levels longer than usual. Acupuncture has been a mainstay of medical treatment in certain parts of the world for 4,000 years, but becau ...
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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, ...
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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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