Needles and Coffee May Not Mix; Even a Low Dose of Caffeine Blocks Acupuncture ’s Pain Relief in Mice

Researchers find that even the small amounts of caffeine that remain in the body hours after drinking a cup of coffee could potentially reduce acupuncture ’s effect on pain. The study was supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
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Background: Increased access to complementary therapies such as acupuncture at academic medical centers has created new opportunities for management of cancer and cancer treatment related symptoms.Methods: Patients presenting for acupuncture treatment during calendar year 2016 at an outpatient integrative medicine clinic in a comprehensive cancer center were asked to complete a modified Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS; 16 symptoms, score 0-10, 10 worst possible) before and after each visit. ESAS subscales analyzed included global (GDS; score 0-90), physical (PHS, 0-60) and psychological distress (PSS, 0-20). ESAS s...
Source: Journal of Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Research Paper Source Type: research
RESUMO Objetivo: Avaliar a efetividade da acupuntura auricular na dor de pacientes oncol ógicos em tratamento quimioterápico e possíveis alterações no consumo de analgésicos após a aplicação da intervenção. Método: Ensaio clínico randomizado com portadores de câncer que apresentavam queixa de dor maior ou igual a quatro na Escala Numérica da Dor. Foram criados dois grupo s paralelos, um Experimental, o qual recebeu a aplicação da acupuntura auricular em pontos do equilíbrio energético e em pon...
Source: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP - Category: Nursing Source Type: research
ABSTRACT Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain condition caused by damage or dysfunction of the central or peripheral nervous system. Electroacupuncture (EA) has an antinociceptive effect on neuropathic pain, which is partially due to inhibiting astrocyte activation in the spinal cord. We found that an intrathecal injection of 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine (DPCPX), a selective adenosine A1 receptor antagonist, reversed the antinociceptive effects of EA in a chronic constriction injury-induced neuropathic pain model. The expression of GFAP in L4-L6 spinal cord was significantly upgraded, while DPCPX suppressed the effect ...
Source: Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
The future doctors were in the midst of a two-week “intersession” course on pain management and the role of opioids and alternative treatments, including massage, acupuncture and medical marijuana.
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - Category: Health Management Authors: Source Type: news
ConclusionsPrevious studies have shown that TEA could be an alternative treatment for shoulder pain. However, there is still a lack of scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of TEA for chronic rotator cuff disease. This study will provide useful evidence regarding the effectiveness and safety of TEA treatment. The findings will serve as important data for conducting additional acupuncture studies on chronic rotator cuff disease.
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is the most common chronic pain condition and is often resistant to conventional treatments. Acupuncture is a popular alternative for treating CLBP but its mechanisms of action rem...
Source: Trials - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research
ConclusionThis pilot study has provided basic data for a larger clinical trial to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of TEA for chronic LBP.Trial registrationClinical Research Information Service of the Korea National Institute of Health, ID:KCT0001819. Registered on 15 February 2016.
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Funding Opportunity RFA-AT-19-005 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages UG3/UH3 phased cooperative research applications to conduct an efficient, large-scale pragmatic trial or implementation science study to evaluate the impact of and how best to implement acupuncture treatment for chronic low back pain into health care delivery. Awards made under this FOA will initially support a one-year milestone-driven planning phase (UG3), with possible transition to an implementation phase (UH3). UG3 projects that have met the scientific milestone and feasibility require...
Source: NIH Funding Opportunities (Notices, PA, RFA) - Category: Research Source Type: funding
There are times when I look at the research on persistent pain and treatment, and I begin to wonder why I’m still so positive about this field! After all, it seems that although a biopsychosocial or multidimensional framework for pain has been around since the 1970’s, I’m still encountering reasonably recently-graduated clinicians who sincerely believe that whatever treatment they’ve learned is the Bee’s Knees, and Will Truly Fix All Pain. And people who firmly believe that All Pain Is X. Or Y. Or Z. And surely we should do what they say (pay the fee, get the certificate, perhaps even levels 3...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Back pain Pain conditions Professional topics Research Resilience/Health beliefs communication expectations goals listening Source Type: blogs
Authors: Li S, Xie P, Liang Z, Huang W, Huang Z, Ou J, Lin Z, Chai S Abstract The principal objective of this present study was to compare the effects of different acupuncture methods on pain, stiffness, and physical function for osteoarthritis of the knee by the pairwise and network meta-analysis (NMA). A network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was searched from three English databases and one Chinese database until January 2018. A pairwise meta-analysis was performed with a random effects model. Then we carried out the NMA within a Bayesian framework. Mean difference (MD) and its 95% confiden...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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