Medical News Today: Acupuncture is effective for relieving period pain

Manual acupuncture is effective in treating period pain and associated symptoms, such as nausea and headaches, according to the results of new research.
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It is easy to ridicule a 2000-year-old treatment that can seem closer to magic than to science. Indeed, from the 1970s to around 2005, the skeptic’s point of view was understandable, because the scientific evidence to show that acupuncture worked, and why, was weak, and clinical trials were small and of poor quality. But things have changed since then. A lot. Thanks to the development of valid placebo controls (for example, a retractable “sham” device that looks like an acupuncture needle but does not penetrate the skin), and the publication of several large and well-designed clinical trials in the last d...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Headache Health Pain Management Source Type: blogs
This article offers a brief critical review of integrative medical therapies used to treat chronic pain, including nutritional supplements, yoga, relaxation, tai chi, massage, spinal manipulation, and acupuncture. The goal of this article is to identify those treatments that show evidence of efficacy and to identify gaps in the literature where additional studies and controlled trials are needed. An electronic search of the databases of PubMed, The Cochrane Library, EMBASE, PsycINFO, and Science Citation Index Expanded was conducted. Overall, weak positive evidence was found for yoga, relaxation, tai chi, massage, and mani...
Source: Anesthesia and Analgesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Anesth Analg Source Type: research
For whatever reason, acupuncturists and acupuncture believers think that acupuncture can be useful in emergency situations. They even do studies purporting to show that. This is yet another of such a clinical trial, albeit larger than usual. Guess what? It doesn't really show what it's advertised to show.
Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking acupuncture ankle sprain emergency room low back pain migraine quackademic medicine Source Type: blogs
Acupuncture is a treatment that dates back to around 100 BC in China. It is based on traditional Chinese concepts such as qi (pronounced “chee” and considered life force energy) and meridians (paths through which qi flows). Multiple studies have failed to demonstrate any scientific evidence supporting such principles. Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin at multiple, varying locations based on the patient’s symptoms. Once inserted, some acupuncturists hand turn the needles for added therapeutic benefit. Although there are many uses for acupuncture in traditional Chinese medicin...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Headache Health Pain Management Source Type: blogs
According to this article: * Acupuncture, yoga, and other complementary approaches to health care may be helpful in treating certain types of chronic pain, including back pain, osteoarthritis, and headaches. * No serious adverse effects were found with any of the complementary approaches studied.
Source: AJN - Category: Nursing Tags: Journal Watch Source Type: research
The nation's crisis in pain treatment and need to reduce opioid dependence has lifted a powerful chorus of voices to change insurance practices. The American Medical Association is among the organizations urging payers to cover non-pharmacological approaches. Many specifically extend this call to integrative treatments. The statements were discovered by representatives of the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF) and the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) among comments submitted to the USA Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC had a public comment period prior to its March 2016 issuance of its Guidelines ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Conclusion. EA pretreatment exerts antinociceptive effects in a rat model of recurrent migraine, possibly via modulation of the serotonin system. PMID: 27843474 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling The 2016 summer Olympics had its share of exciting performances, upsets, and photo finishes. But for days after Michael Phelps’s first appearance at the games, it seemed all anyone could talk about was “cupping.” It’s an ancient therapy that left multiple circular discolorations on his skin. During “dry cupping,” suction is applied to the skin for several minutes; sometimes it is combined with massage, acupuncture, or other alternative therapies. (“Wet cupping” is similar except that blood is removed by making small cuts in the skin.) Cuppin...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Source Type: blogs
Commentary on: Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, et al.. Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2016;4:CD007587 . Context Episodic or chronic tension-type headache (TTH) is a common type of headache characterised by a bilaterally pressing or tightening quality of pain, not aggravated by activity and usually without autonomic symptoms.1 Acupuncture originated in China about 2500 years ago involving the insertion of thin needles into the skin at specific points.2 Several randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have shown that different kinds of acupuncture may have various effects ...
Source: Evidence-Based Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Rehabilitation medicine, Clinical trials (epidemiology), Open access, Headache (including migraine), Pain (neurology), Pain (palliative care), Complementary medicine, Drugs: musculoskeletal and joint diseases, Sports and exercise medicine Therapeutics/P Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 10 September 2016 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Syed Mohammad Mazhar Uddin, Aatera Haq, Haris Sheikh The field of medicine has remained an extensive ground for major advancements over recent decades with the primary purpose of reducing the suffering of humanity and improving the course of life. However, despite these modern advancements, the popularity of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has increased. The use of CAM in many developed and developing countries is considerable. One such example of CAM is Hijama, which literally means sucking (cup...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
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