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Oct 31, 2018

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Oct 18, 2018

Perception of Therapeutic Qi, a Nonmechanical, Nonpsychological Factor in Acupuncture That Originates from the Therapist

An interesting study indicates that people who have experience receiving acupuncture can distinguish between purely mechanical needling (no human contact with the needle) and human contact with the needle in a blinded condition, suggesting that the practitioner's vitality (known as "qi" in Chinese medicine) may play a role in the therapeutic effect of acupuncture.

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Oct 18, 2018

Chinese herbal medicine improves circulation and reduces cold hands and feet

Tangkuei Decoction for Frigid Extrimities Plus Evodia and Fresh Ginger is a traditional Chinese medicine for cold hands and feet. In Japanese it is called Tokishigyakukagoshuyushokyoto. This study from the BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine Journal confirms its effectiveness.

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Nov 08, 2017

The Best Diet for Weight Loss, Health and Fitness

What's the best diet for weight loss, health and fitness? Let's find out.

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Apr 03, 2017

Study: Acupuncture Improves Healing of Shingles

Health Care Medicine Institute reports:

"Acupuncture relieves pain due to shingles, reduces the need for painkillers, speeds the healing of herpes zoster lesions, and reduces the incidence of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Tianjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers combined acupuncture with standard drug therapy. Patients receiving both drug therapy and acupuncture in a combined treatment protocol had superior patient outcomes compared with patients using only drug therapy."

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Mar 27, 2017

Study: Acuuncture may reduce frequency of migraine attacks

I have had good results helping people reduce migraine attacks using acupuncture. Generally 2 treatments a week for 20 weeks has greatly reduced the severity and frequency of migraines in patients I have treated. Now a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine has found similar results. Read a report about it through the link below.

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Mar 27, 2017

Study: Acuuncture may reduce frequency of migraine attacks

I have had good results helping people reduce migraine attacks using acupuncture. Generally 2 treatments a week for 20 weeks has greatly reduced the severity and frequency of migraines in patients I have treated. Now a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine has found similar results. Read a report about it through the link below.

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Mar 23, 2017

Acupuncture Reduces Risk for Coronary Heart Disease in Fibromyalgia Patients

Pain Medicine News online reports:

"Acupuncture can help reduce the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) in patients with fibromyalgia, a new study suggests (Arthritis Res Ther 2017;19:37).

Researchers from China Medical University, in Taiwan, evaluated data from the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database to assess whether acupuncture decreases the risk for CHD in fibromyalgia patients. The investigators initially identified 189,512 patients with a new fibromyalgia diagnosis between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2010. "

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Mar 23, 2017

Acupuncture Reduces Risk for Coronary Heart Disease in Fibromyalgia Patients

Pain Medicine News online reports:

"Acupuncture can help reduce the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) in patients with fibromyalgia, a new study suggests (Arthritis Res Ther 2017;19:37).

Researchers from China Medical University, in Taiwan, evaluated data from the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database to assess whether acupuncture decreases the risk for CHD in fibromyalgia patients. The investigators initially identified 189,512 patients with a new fibromyalgia diagnosis between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2010. "

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Mar 05, 2017

American College of Physicians Recommends Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

On February 14, 2017 the American College of Physicians published guideline clinical recommendations for treatment of both acute and chronic low back pain. They strongly recommend that clinicians and patients choose acupuncture to treat either acute, subacute, or chronic back pain.

The guideline for acute or subacute low back pain states:

"Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select nonpharmacologic treatment with superficial heat (moderate-quality evidence), massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation (low-quality evidence)." The AAP made this a strong recommendation.

The guideline for chronic low back pain states:

"For patients with chronic low back pain, clinicians and patients should initially select nonpharmacologic treatment with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction (moderate-quality evidence), tai chi, yoga, motor control exercise, progressive relaxation, electromyography biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, operant therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or spinal manipulation (low-quality evidence). (Grade: strong recommendation)"

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Mar 03, 2017

Acupuncture Benefits for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

From Healio:

"Acupuncture improved symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome that were statistically superior to standard of care through 1 year, but ceased to be significantly superior at 2 years, according to the results of a randomized controlled trial.

"'This trial evidence shows that acupuncture reduces the symptoms of IBS, and not just the colonic symptoms of abdominal pain — constipation and diarrhea — but also the non-colonic symptoms such as tiredness,' Hugh MacPherson, PhD, professor of acupuncture research in the department of health sciences at University of York, U.K., told Healio Gastroenterology. 'These benefits were also shown to continue over time such that they were still statistically significant at 12 months follow-up.'"

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Mar 01, 2017

Acupuncture Matches Drug For High Blood Pressure

From the Healthcare Medicine Institute:

"Researchers find acupuncture equally effective for the treatment of hypertension as the drug nifedipine, a pharmaceutical medication used for the treatment of high blood pressure and angina. Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker that relaxes the heart muscles and blood vessels. Researchers at the Jiaozuo Tongren Hospital compared the effects of acupuncture therapy with the administration of nifedipine for the immediate reduction of high blood pressure levels in patients with primary hypertension. In the Jiaozuo Tongren Hospital randomized-controlled clinical trial, both acupuncture and nifedipine successfully reduced blood pressure by 30 – 40 mmHg."

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Feb 27, 2017

Acupuncture Lessens Migraine Attacks

From MedPage Today:

"Acupuncture may be helpful for migraine prevention, according to a randomized controlled trial from China.

"The trial included both real and sham acupuncture, as well as a wait-list control group. Over 16 weeks, real acupuncture treatment was associated with a greater reduction in migraine attacks without aura than sham acupuncture and the wait-list control (3.2 attacks versus 2.1 attacks and 1.4 attacks), according to Fanrong Liang, MD, of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Sichuan in China, and colleagues.

'Acupuncture should be considered as one option for migraine prophylaxis in light of our findings,' they wrote online in JAMA Internal Medicine."

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Feb 25, 2017

Acupuncture Found Effective in Reduction of Body Fat

Researchers from Iran report that use of either body or ear acupuncture in combination with a reduced calorie diet improves the rate of body fat loss.

Eighty men were all assigned to a low calorie diet, then randomly assigned to one of four groups: A) real body acupuncture, B)sham body acupuncture, C) real auricular acupuncture, D) sham auricular acupuncture.

The real body acupuncture group received acupuncture at eight acupuncture points on the abdomen, including Tianshu ( ST-25), Weidao (GB-28), Zhongwan (REN-12), Shuifen (REN-9) Guanyuan (REN-4) and Sanyinjiao (SP-6). Those who were diagnosed with an excess phlegm and dampness condition received additional points Quchi ( LI-11) and Fenlong (ST- 40), and those who were diagnosed with Spleen and Stomach Qi vacuity received treatment at Qihai (REN-6) and Yinlingquan (SP-9).

The real ear acupuncture group received ear pressing seeds at Shenmen (TF4), stomach (CO4), hungry point, mouth (CO1), center of ear (HX1), and Sanjiao (CO17). The patients were asked to stimulate the points before eating. Seeds were retained in ears for 3 days at a time.

All patients were treated twice weekly for 6 weeks.

Patients who received real body or ear acupuncture lost significantly more body fat mass, and had greater decreases in BMI, waist circumference, and hip circumference, than patients who had sham acupuncture.

Based on published research, the authors speculate that acupuncture helps to reduce appetite by improving mood and reducing stress that may lead to overeating.

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Feb 23, 2017

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Effective For Sensorineural Deafness

A review of research reports that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may be effective in treatment of nerve deafness.

In published studies, acupuncture alone was found significantly better than conventional medical treatment alone. Acupuncture alone was also found significantly more effective than herbal medicine alone. Acupuncture plus conventional therapy was found in 3 studies to be more effective than conventional therapy alone. Finally, acupuncture in combination with Chinese herbal medicine was superior to Chinese herbal medicine alone in the number of cured patients and the level of hearing improvement.

Taken together, the published research suggests acupuncture may be beneficial for nerve deafness, although more and higher quality research is needed to confirm this.

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