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Acupuncture Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials
Consent for Acupuncture - An Information Leaflet Developed by Consensus
Acupuncture in Medicine 2001; 19 (2) Dec:
This 7 page Adobe Acrobat (PDF) article contains an informed consent
page at the end.
Tunnel Syndrome Pain Treated with Low-level Laser and Microamperes
Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation: A Controlled Study
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2002; 83 (7) Jul: 978988
Significant decreases in MPQ score, median nerve sensory latency,
and Phalen and Tinel signs after the real treatment series but not
after the sham treatment series. Patients could perform their previous
work (computer typist, handyman) and were stable for 1 to 3 years.
as Complementary Therapy for Back Pain
Holist Nurs Pract 2001; 15 (3) Apr: 3544
Research has demonstrated that acupuncture may benefit those who suffer
from back pain when they have failed to respond to previous treatment
by drugs, bed rest, epidural injection, physiotherapy, osteopathy,
chiropractics, and surgery. Acupuncture is a powerful and complementary
therapy for back pain.
Treatment During Labour: A Randomised Controlled Trial
BJOG 2002; 109
(6) Jun: 637644
Acupuncture treatment during labour significantly reduced the need
of epidural analgesia . Parturients who received acupuncture assessed
a significantly better degree of relaxation compared with the control
group. No negative effects of acupuncture given during labour were
found in relation to delivery outcome.
Superior to Drug Therapy for Migraines
In one of the largest studies of its kind to date, a team of investigators
in Italy examined the effectiveness of acupuncture versus a variety
of pharmacological therapies in treating migraines. Their results,
published in a recent issue of the Journal of Traditional Chinese
Medicine, revealed that patients given acupuncture experienced fewer
migraine episodes, missed fewer days from work, and suffered no side
effects compared to patients on conventional drug therapy. They also
found acupuncture to be more costefficient, estimating a savings
of hundreds of millions of dollars in private and social health expenditures
if it were used to treat headaches alone instead of drugs.
and Stroke Recovery
Johansson et al (1993) investigated the effectiveness of acupuncture
as a supplement to physical therapy in recovery from stroke. Pang
(1994) investigated two particular scalp acupuncture techniques in
order to compare their effectiveness in treating apoplexy following
and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Two recent studies compare acupuncture with "sham" and demonstrate
significant improvements in asthma symptons.
and Raynaud's Disease
A recent study indicates that acupuncture surpasses drug treatment
for Raynaud's disease, a vascular disorder that causes the small arteries
of the hands and, less commonly, the feet to spasm during exposure
to cold or stress. The appendages go white and sometimes hurt due
to insufficient blood flow.
and CrackCocaine Addiction
Lipton et al (1994) investigated ear acupuncture in treatment of cocaine
dependency over a onemonth period. 150 patients were randomly
assigned to an experimental group and a placebocontrol group.
Konefal, Duncan and Clemence (1994) found a 57% reduction in the time
it took to achieve a negative urine test with acupuncture.
Endorphins in Acupuncture Analgesia: The Science Behind the Art
In the last 20 years much has been written about acupuncture and its
efficiency in relieving pain. The ancient Chinese clinicians practised
acupuncture based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles
using well established guidelines. Their reasoning were based on empirical
responses rather than scientific principles. This discussion hopes
to bring to highlight some recent research findings.
Twelve Primary Qi Channels
reviews the twelve primary Qi (or Meridian) channels.
Diseases Can Be Helped by Acupuncture?
excerpted sections from Lewith's "Acupuncture: It's Place in
Western Medical Science"