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Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Acupressure wristbands might help cancer patients experience almost a 25 percent less nausea during radiation treatments, a new study says. The finding, published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management , also discounted the common belief that such non-Western medical treatments act more as a placebo than an actual pain reliever. We know the placebo effect exists the problem is that we don t know how to measure it very well, corresponding author Jose ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
About 25 percent of practicing clinicians in the United States aren t aware of two major federal government-funded clinical trials of complementary and alternative CAM therapies, a new survey has found. The survey, which included 1,561 acupuncturists, naturopaths, internists and rheumatologists, also found that many clinicians aren t fully confident in their ability to interpret research results. CAM therapies are widely used in the United States, but it s ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
Acupuncture reduces severe dry mouth xerostomia among patients receiving radiation for head and neck cancer, a small pilot study suggests. The quality of life in patients with radiation-induced xerostomia is profoundly impaired, study senior author Mark S. Chambers, a professor in the dental oncology department at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, said in a news release from the center. Symptoms can include altered taste acuity, dental d ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
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 ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Acupuncture and exercise may bring some relief to the one in 10 women of childbearing age who suffer from a common endocrine disease called polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS . Women with the condition have elevated levels of androgen hormones -- including testosterone -- and often develop ovarian cysts, irregular menstrual cycles and infertility. A key feature of the disease is an increase in the high muscle sympathetic nerve activity. This regular constric ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Many Kids Outgrow Chronic Headaches
For most children who suffer from chronic daily headaches in their early teens, a new study has good news -- about 88 percent will outgrow them before their early 20s. For the remaining 12 percent, however, those headaches may persist into adulthood. And, the study, published in the July 15 online issue of Neurology , found that teens who experienced migraines were more likely to continue having headaches as they got older. This long-term community-based s ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Americans Spend Billions on Alternative Medicine
Americans spent 33.9 billion out-of-pocket on complementary and alternative medicine in 2007 alone, U.S. health officials report. CAM includes medical practices and products, such as herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic and acupuncture, which are not part of conventional medicine. The bottom line is that Americans spend a lot of money on CAM products, classes or materials or practitioner visits, Dr. Josephine P. Briggs, director of the U.S. Nationa ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
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 ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Acupuncture and exercise may help women better handle the symptoms and risks that come with hormone imbalances caused by certain ovarian cysts, Swedish researchers report. About one in 10 women of reproductive age have polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that can start in the teen years and cause irregular menstrual cycles and infertility. Small immature cysts on the ovaries disrupt hormone production, causing excessive secretion of testosterone, the ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Cut Hot Flashes, Boost Sex Drive in Breast Cancer Patients
Acupuncture is just as good as standard medication to ease hot flashes and other uncomfortable symptoms in women undergoing breast cancer treatment. And as an added bonus, the needle treatment may boost the patient s sex drive and contribute to clearer thinking. I think the data shows you that acupuncture is a good option for these patients [and] it has no side effects, added Dr. Eleanor Walker, division director of breast services in the department of rad ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Medical Students Supportive of Alternative Medicine
A new national survey finds that most medical students think that knowledge of complementary and alternative medicine could help Western doctors do a better job. Complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, includes such therapies as acupuncture, yoga, massage and herbal treatments. Even with the high prevalence of CAM use today, most physicians still know little about nonconventional forms of medicine, Michael S. Goldstein, senior research scientist at ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Women who experience depression during pregnancy may have another treatment option, new research suggests. The study found that women treated with depression-specific acupuncture had a 63 percent response rate compared to a 44 percent response rate in women treated with control acupuncture or massage. We tested acupuncture as a standalone treatment, and the results are very positive, said study author Rachel Manber, a professor at the Stanford University S ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17