Mechanisms of acupuncture: The nervous system

Acupunctures neurological mechanisms   In a recent study into the neurological mechanisms of acupuncture the authors open saying, 'Acupuncture treats nervous system diseases by increasing the brain-derived neurotrophic factor level and involves multiple signal pathways, including p38 MAPKs, Raf/MAPK/ERK 1/2, TLR4/ERK, PI3K/AKT, AC/cAMP/PKA, ASK1-JNK/p38, and downstream CREB, JNK, m-TOR, NF-κB, and Bcl-2/Bax balance. Acupuncture affects synaptic plasticity, causes an increase in neurotrophic factors, and results in neuroprotection, cell proliferation, antiapoptosis, antioxidant activity, anti-inflammation, and maintenance [...]

By |2019-08-13T09:49:47+01:00August 12th, 2019|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Acupuncture for diabetes

Acupuncture for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus   A recent systematic review and meta-analysis took a look at the effect of acupuncture on type 2 diabetes mellitus. After a systematic search of the literature, the researchers found 21 studies, comprising of 1943 participants. They found that blood glucose levels were reduced in those that used acupuncture alongside medical treatments. They also noted that blood lipids, blood pressure control and weight gain were all managed more effectively [...]

By |2019-08-08T11:32:31+01:00August 8th, 2019|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Acupuncture included in The National Institute of Clinical Excellence’s latest depression guidelines

The National Institue of Clinical Excellence is about to release updated guidelines for depression, and acupuncture is included!   The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), the group that advises the NHS on effective treatment strategies is updating it’s guidelines of depression and acupuncture has got a mention. The good news: NICE, ‘agreed that [acupuncture has] potentially promising results’. The less good news: No guidelines have been issues for acupuncture. This is a shame as [...]

Herbs and pills in psychiatry

I was recently shown an article under the title of, 'Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Psychopharmacology: Building Bridges'. Towards the start of the article it asserts; 'A review of contemporary pharmacologic studies of agents used in TCM for psychiatric indications reveals that virtually all of the active principles of drug action established in 20th century psychopharmacology were encountered empirically in Chinese herbal medicine over the past 2000 years.' So that was me hooked and curious, [...]

By |2019-07-29T20:52:59+01:00June 10th, 2019|Chinese Herbal Medicine, Research|0 Comments

The Community Clinic: in reviews

Affordable community acupuncture I started up the community clinics in February 2018 with the aim of making acupuncture as accessible as possible, both location-wise and price-wise. I started with an afternoon in Florence Park Community Centre, charging just £15 per session. Now there are three clinics across Oxfordshire; West Oxford Community Centre on Mondays, Florence Park Community Centre on Tuesdays, Abingdon Guildhall on Wednesdays and Florence Park Community Centre with Georgia on Thursdays. We've treated [...]

By |2019-08-16T09:33:19+01:00May 30th, 2019|Acupuncture|0 Comments

Acupuncture shown to treat chronic pelvic pain by the most respected research institution; The Cochrane Collaboration

The most prestigious research group in the world, indeed the final say on medical interventions, has just completed an updated review into the effects of various non-drug treatments for chronic pelvic pain. They compared 38 studies, that included 3290 men, for a variety of treatments, including; Acupuncture Lifestyle modification Increased physical activity Massage Extracorporeal shockwave therapy Transrectal thermotherapy They discovered that acupuncture leads to a clinically significant reduction in symptoms. They also noted that, 'Acupuncture [...]

By |2019-07-29T20:50:58+01:00August 31st, 2018|Acupuncture, Awareness, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Huge new study shows acupuncture treats irritable bowel syndrome better than drugs

A huge meta-analysis was recently published in the peer reviewed journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. It compared 29 studies with 9369 patients for the effectiveness of acupuncture, sham acupuncture, pinaverium bromide, alosetron/eluxadoline, ramosetron, and rifaximin. The researchers discovered that acupuncture was by far the most effective treatment for diarrohea predominante IBS. The next best treatment, interestingly, was sham acupuncture. Pinaverium bromide did have statistically significant benefits, though much less that acupuncture. The remaining medicines [...]

By |2019-07-29T20:54:28+01:00August 17th, 2018|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine for hay fever

I have been meeting and talking to quite a few people recently of are suffering from hay fever, one of the most annoying and common allergies. Just as the weather is getting better and you want to go outside, you can't! It is particularly bad in Oxford as we live in a valley, meaning the pollen collects, doesn't blow away and so triggers all of the familiar and unpleasant symptoms even more intensely. Preventing hay [...]

Acupuncture better than medicine for lumbar disc herniation

A recently published systematic review and meta-analysis has shown that acupuncture is more effective for lumbar disc herniation than a variety of current medical practices. The study, carried out by Tang et al., identified 30 high quality trials which gave a sample size of 3503 patients. They compared acupuncture to lumbar traction, ibuprofen, diclofenac sodium, meloxicam, mannitol plus dexamethasone and mecobalamin, fugui gutong capsule plus ibuprofen, mannitol plus dexamethasone, loxoprofen and huoxue zhitong decoction. In [...]

By |2019-07-29T20:44:09+01:00May 18th, 2018|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Acupuncture is the best and safest treatment for osteoarthritic knee pain and, arguably, all pain

Acupuncture for knee pain   Below is a table comparing the differing effect sizes of a variety of treatment strategies for osteoarthritic knee pain (OANP). Effect Size Comparisons for Several Interventions on Osteoarthritis Intervention Effect size, 95% confidence Patient education, self-management vs. pragmatic comparator 0.06 (0.02–0.10) Weight loss vs. pragmatic comparator 0.20 (0.00–0.39) Acetaminophen vs. placebo   0.14 (0.05–0.23) 0.21 (0.02–0.41) NSAIDs vs. placebo 0.29 (0.22–0.35) 0.37 (0.26–0.49) COX-2 inhibitors vs. placebo 0.44 (0.33–0.55) Topical [...]

By |2019-08-16T09:33:18+01:00April 11th, 2018|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments