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Acupuncture could ease women's vulvar pain

(University of Illinois at Chicago) Acupuncture has been successfully used to treat such ailments as back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and headaches. Judith Schlaeger is working to discover whether it can help the up to 14 million American women who experience genital pain.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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Abstract: There is uncertainty regarding how long the effects of acupuncture treatment persist after a course of treatment. We aimed to determine the trajectory of pain scores over time after acupuncture, using a large individual patient data set from high-quality randomized trials of acupuncture for chronic pain. The available individual patient data set included 29 trials and 17,922 patients. The chronic pain conditions included musculoskeletal pain (low back, neck, and shoulder), osteoarthritis of the knee, and headache/migraine. We used meta-analytic techniques to determine the trajectory of posttreatment pain scores. ...
Source: Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Research Paper Source Type: research
(NaturalNews) Acupuncture is an age-old traditional Chinese practice in which practitioners stimulate specific trigger points on the body by inserting thin needles through the skin. In Asia, acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat back, knee, and neck pain, osteoarthritis, headaches, and many other medical conditions. Today researchers are slowly unraveling what benefits acupuncture can have...
Source: NaturalNews.com - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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
This article examines the clinical trial evidence for the efficacy and safety of several specific approaches —acupuncture, manipulation, massage therapy, relaxation techniques including meditation, selected natural product supplements (chondroitin, glucosamine, methylsulfonylmethane, S-adenosylmethionine), tai chi, and yoga—as used to manage chronic pain and related disability associated with back pain , fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neck pain, and severe headaches or migraines.
Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Symposium on pain medicine Source Type: research
Authors: Tantivesruangdet N Abstract Acupuncture is an ancient medical treatment that is increasingly attracting the interest of the public. It is a complementary therapy that is widely used for management of pain, especially chronic discomfort caused by migraine, low-back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee(¹⁻³). The evidence base for the effectiveness of acupuncture and its clinical applications is controversial, and although its efficacy and safety in the management of acute pain have been demonstrated, the quality of this modality is still questionable. The present study reports a case of acute ankl...
Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - Category: Journals (General) Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research
Authors: Muñoz-Ortego J, Solans-Domènech M, Carrion C, en representación del ABE Working Group Abstract Acupuncture is a medical procedure with a very wide range of indications according to the WHO. However the indications require robust scientific evidence to support them. We have conducted a systematic review (2010-2015) in order to define in which pathologies acupuncture can be an effective strategy, STRICTA criteria that aim to set up acupuncture clinical trials standard criteria were defined in 2010. Only systematic reviews and meta-analyses of good or very good methodological quality acco...
Source: Medicina Clinica - Category: Journals (General) Tags: Med Clin (Barc) Source Type: research
Our study aimed to identify patient-provider clusters with different patterns of expectations for treatment outcomes. All patients (n= 885) received acupuncture treatment from physicians for their migraine, headache, osteoarthritis, or chronic low back pain. We identified six robust patient-provider expectation clusters (PPECs) (inter-classification reliability> 0.89) showing differences between patients and providers in their expected treatment responses (e.g., unrealistic optimists, optimistic doubters).
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Acupuncture was used by more than half of internal medicine patients. Prevalence and rated helpfulness of acupuncture use was associated with the patients' medical condition, sociodemography, and health locus of control. PMID: 26051578 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
Acupuncture has been prescribed by half of Britain's doctors, but after 3,000 clinical trials its efficacy remains unproven. So is the NHS making a grave error in supporting this ancient treatment?• Are vitamin pills a sham? Q&A with Dr. Paul OffitYou can't get crystal healing on the NHS. The Department of Health doesn't fund faith healing. And most doctors believe magnets are best stuck on fridges, not patients. But ask for a treatment in which an expert examines your tongue, smells your skin and tries to unblock the flow of life force running through your body with needles and the NHS will be happy to oblige.The gov...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Science and scepticism Alternative medicine Health Culture NHS Acupuncture Source Type: news
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