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Source: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research

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This study aimed to investigate the use of traditional Chinese medicine and complementary and alternative medicine in stroke patients in Taiwan. Chinese herbal medicine, massage, acupuncture, natural products, and exercise were widely used among stroke patients. Integrating safe and effective traditional Chinese medicine and complementary and alternative medicine into conventional therapies is suggested.
Source: Holistic Nursing Practice - Category: Nursing Tags: Features Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: This is one of a series of reviews of methods of cervical ripening and labour induction. The use of complementary therapies is increasing. Women may look to complementary therapies during pregnancy and childbirth to be used alongside conventional medical practice. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points of the body. Acupressure is using the thumbs or fingers to apply pressure to specific points. The limited observational studies to date suggest acupuncture for induction of labour has no known adverse effects to the fetus, and may be effective. However, the ...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
To the Editor A randomized clinical trial of women with stress urinary incontinence found that electroacupuncture reduced urinary leakage compared with sham electroacupuncture. However, the electroacupuncture used in the study was not a typical acupuncture treatment. First, the authors did not make a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis to determine the reason for the urinary leakage. A traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis is important to decide the acupuncture points to be used. If participants had a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis of kidney deficiency or lung deficiency, more than 2 acupuncture points should h...
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
In Reply Dr Wang comments on the style of acupuncture, the lack of correlation between improvements in urinary leakage and urine pad use, and the quality control of acupuncture treatments in our study.
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
To the Editor In a trial of acupuncture and clomiphene in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Dr Wu and colleagues found that acupuncture compared with control acupuncture did not increase live births.
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
In Reply Ms Szmelskyj and Mr Szmelskyj question the rationale for increasing ovarian blood flow in women with PCOS, which conflicts with previous work. Electroacupuncture stimulation, independent of frequency, activates sympathetic nerve fibers innervating the ovaries during stimulation, an effect that is mediated via the central nervous system. The rationale for using low-frequency and not high-frequency electroacupuncture was because repeated low-frequency electroacupuncture treatment decreases sympathetic nerve activity and circulating testosterone and induces ovulation in women with PCOS.
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
To the Editor In their Editorial, Drs Briggs and Shurtleff cited the decision of the German health authorities and insurance companies to provide reimbursement for acupuncture treatment of low back pain as evidence for its efficacy. In fact, 2 of the trials cited (references 5 and 7) found no significant difference between traditional acupuncture and sham acupuncture controls. The decision to provide reimbursement for acupuncture treatments was apparently based on considerations other than efficacy, including a permissive attitude toward the use of placebos. In 2011 the German Medical Association issued a report on placebo...
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
In Reply As we noted in our Editorial, the German decision to support acupuncture for low back pain was based on the evidence for substantial benefit of sham and verum acupuncture compared with usual care. The decision was made, as Dr Marcus notes, despite the fact that verum acupuncture failed to show significant benefit compared with sham. However, results of a well-conducted meta-analysis have found significant differences between verum and sham acupuncture for some pain conditions. These differences, although modest, are similar to the effect size seen in some analyses of standard allopathic treatments for chronic pain...
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsElectroacupuncture activates 5‐HT 1A receptors in the spinal cord and inhibits p‐CaMKII to alleviate both allodynia and hyperalgesia. The data support acupuncture/EA as a complementary therapy for CIP. SignificanceElectroacupuncture (EA) activates spinal 5‐HT1A receptors to inhibit p‐CaMKII to alleviate paclitaxel‐induced pain. Acupuncture/EA may be used as a complementary therapy for CIP.
Source: European Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that in 2011, more than 100,000 American adults suffered from chronic pain. Some chronic pain sufferers turn to prescription opioid medication for relief. Dr Brent Bauer, director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, says alternative therapies such as acupuncture, meditation or yoga can be effective [...]
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news
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