Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia   In a recent study researchers have found that acupuncture can reduce pain, improve sleep and generally boosts health for sufferers of fibromyalgia. This study did not report statistical changes in fatigue. Fibromyalgia, sadly, is not well understood. It is a complex constellation of conditions that is tricky to treat. As a result sufferers can be left to seek alternatives. As a complex condition I find it essential to have a broad [...]

Acupuncture for breathlessness in advanced diseases

Acupuncture for breathlessness   A recent study has concluded that, 'acupuncture improve[s] breathlessness severity in patients with advanced diseases.' This is really interesting to see as it furthers the case for acupuncture as an alternative in yet another area. To move acupuncture away from the, 'it is only good from pain' narrative is so important for the future of the practice and time and time again research is beginning to see that it has the [...]

Acupuncture For Cognitive Impairment

Acupuncture for cognitive impairment Recent research concluded in China has shown promise for those with cognitive impairment, the precursor for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and vascular dementia. Researchers compared a specific acupuncture technique, famed for its use in post-stroke rehabilitation, called Xing Nao Kai Qiao (Waking the Brain and Opening the Orifices) with citicoline a drug for easing cognitive disturbances associated with cognitive impairment. The study compared 216 patients, randomly splitting them into a [...]

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 |2019-11-09T16:29:02+00:00August 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 |2019-11-09T16:28:33+00:00August 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 |2019-11-09T16:24:51+00:00June 10th, 2019|Chinese Herbal Medicine, Research|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 |2019-11-09T16:23:41+00:00August 31st, 2018|Acupuncture, Awareness, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Huge new study shows acupuncture treats irritable bowel syndrome

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 the most effective treatment for diarrohea predominante IBS. The next best treatment, interestingly, was sham acupuncture. Pinaverium bromide did have statistically significant benefits, though less that acupuncture. The remaining medicines did not show [...]

By |2019-11-09T16:27:03+00:00August 17th, 2018|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

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 |2019-11-14T14:00:52+00:00May 18th, 2018|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments