Posts Tagged "chronic pain"

Department of Defense to Study Acupuncture

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 in Acupuncture, Research Articles

$1.2 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to Study Acupuncture By: New England School of Acupuncture NEWTON, MA (June 23, 2010) – The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) is the recipient of a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Defense grant to fund a first-of-its-kind clinical trial: the Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Gulf War Illness (GWI). In the first treatment trial ever performed to research the effectiveness of acupuncture on GWI, NESA’s researchers will study how acupuncture affects sufferers of this complex syndrome, which is characterized by many symptoms, including fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, headaches, dizziness, memory problems, indigestion, skin problems, shortness of breath, and mood disorders. More than 100,000 of the 700,000 Gulf War veterans report chronic multi-symptom illnesses which persist for years after seeking treatment. “Many veterans have received treatment directed towards their symptoms, but reports from five- and 10-year follow-ups show that symptoms remain, including some which are severe and disabling,” says Lisa Conboy MA, MS, ScD, Co-director of the Research Department and Chair of the Biomedical Department at NESA, and Principal Investigator for NESA’s upcoming clinical trial. Conboy continues, “Clearly, an effective treatment for these conditions could be of great benefit to those suffering from Gulf War Illness.” The trial’s participants will include 120 veterans from the Boston/New England area suffering from GWI. They will be treated by licensed acupuncturists, who have a master’s degree in acupuncture, and who have at least five years of clinical experience as well as extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of the symptoms of GWI. Veterans will receive care directed specifically to their most distressing symptom. Although the specific etiology of GWI is unknown, previous research suggests that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of many of the symptoms of GWI. Acupuncture is already commonly used in the West and preliminary evidence from clinical research supports its use for many of the symptoms associated with this syndrome including fatigue and depression. Acupuncture has also demonstrated efficacy for a variety of painful musculoskeletal disorders, and as a treatment for both acute and chronic pain after amputation in military contexts. Further, there is evidence that acupuncture treatments may affect important mechanisms of healing such as stress mediation....

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Acupuncture & Pain

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 in Health and Wellness

Most of us experience pain in our lives which can range from mildly annoying to severely debilitating.  It may originate from injury, illness, trauma or an unknown cause.  Pain is our body’s call to us to pay attention and make an adjustment.  Ignoring the message can have far reaching consequences.  Medicating our pain without inquiring into it’s cause is a dangerous practice and yet that is exactly what most people do.  If your pain persists more than a short period of time without a clear cause ie muscle pain following a vigorous workout seek the advice of your health care provider or doctor. What can you do?  Living with chronic pain is often unnecessary when there are effective treatments such as Acupuncture, Massage, heat and cold therapies which can give relief and aid the body in it’s recovery process. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years successfully to eliminate the cause of pain and restore health and well being.  Acupuncture theory states that if there is a blockage in the body’s vital energy known as Chi (chee) that pain will result.  When the normal flow of this energy is restored the Chi and the blood can circulate properly healing and nourishing the muscles, bones, tissues and promoting cellular regeneration. The World Health Organization and National Institute of Health recommend Acupuncture for over 50 conditions.  If you have pain try Acupuncture...

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