Posts Tagged "pain"

Shoulder and Hand Syndrome Relief with Acupuncture

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Research Articles

Acupuncture treatment good for shoulder-hand syndrome Source: Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy for shoulder-hand syndrome. METHODS: According to the requirements of evidence-based medicine, papers of randomized controlled clinical trials for shoulder-hand syndrome published in China from 2005 to 2010 collected by databases VIP, Wanfang, CNKI, collections of papers of academic conferences, etc. were retrieved by using key words of shoulder-hand syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, acupuncture, moxibustion. Then the collected documents were given with Jadad score, and analyed by using software Manager 5. 0 Review Cochrane. RESULTS: A total of 100 papers were retrieved. Among them, 29 papers that met our inclusion criteria were given with Jadad scores (2 points for 2 papers, 1 point for the rest 27 papers, being low in quality). Twenty-one papers were brought into Meta analysis. These papers contain 1 768 cases of patients who were divided into three sets of groups according to the used intervention measures. Meta-analysis showed that simple acupuncture therapy is significantly superior to acupoint block therapy for relieving shoulder-hand syndrome [odds ratio (OR, 95% CI) 4.80 (2.02 to 11.41), P < 0.05]; electroacupuncture therapy is markedly more effective than simple acupuncture therapy [OR (95% CI) 4.60 (2.08 to 10. 17), P < 0.05]; and acu-moxibustion combined with other therapies is significantly more effective than simple acupuncture therapy [OR (95% CI) 3.31 (2. 30 to 4.77), P < 0.05]. The other 8 papers were not brought into Meta-analysis due to being different to the 21 papers in the intervention measures. CONCLUSION: Acupuncture can effectively relieve shoulder-hand syndrome in pain, wrist- and shoulder-joint motor, etc. But, larger size of samples and high quality randomized clinical trials are needed for providing more reliable conclusive evidence.     Goldlake Acupuncture...

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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 vs Pain

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 in Health and Wellness

Acupuncture vs. Pain The ancient practice is standing up well to modern research. Would it help you? By Susan Ince   True believers will unhesitatingly tell you: There’s hardly a health problem — from headaches to toe pain — that can’t be helped by acupuncture. But until recently, it’s been hard to determine one way or the other if having needles stuck in strategic points on the skin has truly been responsible for the relief patients claim. Now new research is providing answers. German studies have shown that something is definitely going on, neurologically speaking, when acupuncture needles are in place: In a series of imaging experiments involving short electric zaps to the ankle, researchers found that when acupuncture needles were inserted before the zap, the pain centers in volunteers’ brains were significantly calmer. Of course, in real life people are more likely to consider acupuncture after suffering troubling symptoms — “usually when they haven’t gotten relief from traditional medical treatment,” says Karen Sherman, Ph.D., senior scientific investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. Here, too, recent research from Germany has been positive, showing that adding acupuncture to standard medical treatment helps people with a wide variety of ailments. In these studies, involving thousands of patients, everybody got first-rate regular care — whatever their doctors recommended. Then some patients were randomly chosen to also receive up to 15 sessions of acupuncture. After three months and an average of 10 acupuncture treatments, patients were evaluated to see whether their symptoms and ability to function were substantially improved. The chart below shows how well acupuncture worked for common health woes. To Try It Yourself Look for a state-licensed acupuncturist experienced in treating your condition. One good source is the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (; most states use that organization’s testing program for licensing. Before signing on, ask how many appointments it’ll likely take until you know if the acupuncture will help. You probably won’t be able to tell after one visit, but you don’t want to “wait 20 sessions,” says Karen Sherman, without some relief. The Acupuncture Advantage For these ailments, adding acupuncture to a regimen of regular care boosted the relief patients felt, with most benefits lasting at least three months after treatment Menstrual Cramps Runny Noseallergic) Migraine Headaches Arthritis of Knee or Hip Low Back Pain Asthma Neck Pain   Improved with regular care only* 21% 24% 20% 8% 13% 12% 7%   Improved with added acupuncture* 59% 56% 45% 38% 35% 34% 24% *Improvement defined as being at least 50%...

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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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Acupuncture Benefits Cancer Patients

Posted on May 27, 2011 in Health and Wellness

Treating the Side Effects of Chemotherapy in Cancer Patients Alaina Speraw, L. Ac., Dipl. Ac., B. A. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ; so I thought it might be timely to share some of my clinical experience and passion for treating Cancer patients at the Virginia G Piper Cancer Center. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery present enormous challenges and suffering for most people hoping for those magic words “cancer free”. However, the journey is full of potential pitfalls such as nausea, vomiting, hot flashes, joint pain, fatigue, insomnia, neuropathy, infections, lymphedema, cellulitis, nerve damage, xerostomia (dry mouth) and local pain. There is a growing body of research on the potential benefits of using Acupuncture to help alleviate some of the side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation. A recent 12 week study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit of 47 breast cancer patients showed that Acupuncture relieved hot flashes, night sweats and increased energy and sex drive when compared with a group given Effexor (an anti-depressant). NIC recently gave MD Anderson a $2.8 million grant to study TCM and Cancer with Fudan University Cancer Hospital in Shanghai. Early in my Acupuncture career I had several positive outcomes in treating the side effects and wondered why Acupuncture was not part of the treatment model and protocol for cancer patients. Recognizing that many cancer patients are unaware of the benefits of Acupuncture I wanted to make it available in a conventional care setting. In recent years respectable institutions such as MD Anderson, John Hopkins, Sloan Kettering and Cancer Centers of America have made Acupuncture available to their patients. Many of the side effects can be seen through the lens of TCM as toxic heat in the liver depleting the liver and kidney yin with liver energy stagnation and heat invading the spleen-stomach. I have found that a combination points such as of Liver 2, 3, Large Intestine 3, 4, Per 6, Sp 4, K3, 7 and Yintang or Du 23 to be effective in addressing nausea, vomiting, night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia and joint pain in breast cancer patients. I recommend treatment the day of or within 24 hours of chemotherapy infusion or other drug therapy such as herceptin. When a patient reports back that their nausea, joint pain or headache is gone after the Acupuncture treatment, it is the ultimate Qi exchange and one knows in the deepest place why we do what we...

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