NHS spends £25million on acupuncture each year

Doctors should stop recommending acupuncture for pain because there is ‘insufficient evidence it is clinically worthwhile’, two scientists wrote in the British Medical Journal.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Authors: Cai C, Gong Y, Dong D, Xue J, Zheng X, Zhong Z, Shao J, Mi D Abstract Lumbar intervertebral disc herniation is a kind of syndrome caused by stimulation or pressure of nerve root and cauda equina due to intervertebral disc disorder, fibrous ring rupture, and pulpiform nucleus protrusion. Application of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) including acupuncture therapy and cupping therapy is unique and effective treatment for lumbar intervertebral disc herniation in China. Hence, we try to investigate the combined clinical efficacy of modified Taiyi miraculous moxa roll and cupping therapy on patients with lum...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Conditions:   Acupuncture, Ear;   Episiotomy; Complications;   Pain, Labor Interventions:   Procedure: Ear acupuncture;   Drug: Analgesics Sponsor:   University Hospital  " Sestre  Milosrdnice " Completed
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
The objective of this study was to determine whether application of laser beam on acupuncture points has a positive effect on the rehabilitation of patients with a diagnosis of distal radius fracture (1.5 inches proximal to distal articular surface of the radius) when applied with active conventional physical therapy exercises. Patients with a distal radius fracture treated with closed reduction, percutaneous pinning, and a short cast for six weeks was included and were assigned to one of two study groups. The control group was given simulated laser acupuncture with the laser off, while the experimental group received lase...
Source: Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Acupunct Electrother Res Source Type: research
Conclusions Pharmacopuncture, both as a sole intervention and as an add-on treatment, was found to decrease pain in patients with cervical spondylosis. These results, however, should be interpreted with caution as the quality of evidence was found to be low.
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
A new meta-analysis published in theJournal of Pain has found that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, which may have implications for the way family physicians treat patients with this condition.
Source: AAFP News - Category: Primary Care Source Type: news
AbstractLow back pain is one of the most common causes for seeking medical treatment and it is estimated that one in two people will experience low back pain at some point during their lifetimes. Management of low back pain includes pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. Non-pharmaceutical treatments include interventions such as acupuncture, spinal manipulation, and psychotherapy. The latter is especially important as patients who suffer from low back pain often have impaired quality of life and also suffer from depression. Depressive symptoms can appear because back pain limits patients ’ ability to wo...
Source: Pain and Therapy - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
Conditions:   Opioid Use;   Pain, Postoperative;   SLAP Lesion;   Bankart Lesion;   Subacromial Impingement Syndrome;   Rotator Cuff Tear;   Glenohumeral Dislocation;   Glenohumeral Subluxation;   Hill Sach Lesion;   Bony Bankart Lesion;   Acromioclavicular Separation Interventions:   Device: Battlefield Acupuncture;   Procedure: Post-surgical shoulder protocol Sponsor:   Keller Army Community Hospital Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
CONCLUSIONS: The evidence does not support one particular method or technique over another in providing effective conscious sedation and analgesia for pain relief during and after oocyte retrieval. Simultaneous use of sedation combined with analgesia such as the opiates, further enhanced by paracervical block or acupuncture techniques, resulted in better pain relief than occurred with one modality alone. Evidence was insufficient to show conclusively whether any of the interventions influenced pregnancy rates. All techniques reviewed were associated with a high degree of patient satisfaction. Women's preferences and resour...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
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