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Fire needling and bloodletting at cleft points in treatment of 35 patients with acute gouty arthritis

Conclusion Fire needling and bloodletting at cleft points is an effective method in treatment of acute gouty arthritis with significant analgesic effect, efficacy of reducing serum UA, high cure rate and low recurrence rate, which is worth of being generalized clinically.
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

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Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Meds Pain Management Primary Care Source Type: blogs
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Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
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Publication date: December 2016 Source:World Journal of Acupuncture - Moxibustion, Volume 26, Issue 4 Author(s): Fu-qiang MA, Zong-bao YANG, Ya-dong WANG, Jiao-long CHEN, Hong WANG The patient was diagnosed as knee osteoarthritis. She was treated with eye acupuncture at both kidneys, bladder, and lower jiao combined with body acupuncture bilateral Xīyăn ( EX-LE 5), Yánglíngquán ( GB 34), Yīnlíngquán ( SP 9), Zúsānlľ ( ST 36) and Hèdľng ( EX-LE 2). The patient was cured after 10 times of treatment and pain was not found during follow-up visit for one month. The combina...
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusion. Based on the findings of our study, we cautiously suggest that acupuncture is an effective and safe therapy for patients with gouty arthritis. However, the potential beneficial effect of acupuncture might be overstated due to the methodological deficiency of included studies. High quality RCTs with larger scale are encouraged. PMID: 27847529 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Moderate-quality evidence suggests that acupuncture relieves pain better than sham acupuncture, as measured at completion of treatment and at short-term follow-up, and that those who received acupuncture report less pain and disability at short-term follow-up than those on a wait-list. Moderate-quality evidence also indicates that acupuncture is more effective than inactive treatment for relieving pain at short-term follow-up. PMID: 27852100 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
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