Harvard scientists ask 'what is the point?' in challenge to acupuncture researchers

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) The effectiveness of acupuncture compared to standard treatments has led to its growing inclusion in pain guidelines and in delivery organizations like the US military and Veterans Administration, yet many continue to believe acupuncture lacks scientific credibility.
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(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Acupuncture is an increasingly important and effective component of chronic pain management and other areas of care in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
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Acupuncture has been widely applied in the clinic to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. Diffuse noxious inhibitory control (DNIC) is deficient in patients with ...
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(Natural News) When you feel pain, what do you do? If it’s minor, you might ignore it and hope it goes away on its own. If you’re still feeling it after some time has passed, perhaps you’ll alternate heat and ice or get some OTC pain pills. If it’s chronic pain, you might turn to...
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Publication date: October 2018Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine, Volume 23Author(s): Ebru YilmazAbstractIntroductionBecause of no consensus on the best treatment for management of lateral epicondylitis, other alternative treatment options need to be explored for pain relief and cure of the condition. Local steroid injection mostly diminishes pain but with increased recurrence rate long-term, although steroid injection is very effective short-term. However, there is limited data for skin complications related to local steroid injection (depigmentation, skin atrophy). Neural therapy provides healing by applyin...
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Authors: Cavalli L, Briscese L, Cavalli T, Andre P, Carboncini MC Abstract Acupuncture therapy has been used to treat several disorders in Asian countries and its use is increasing in Western countries as well. Current literature assessed the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in the acute management and rehabilitation of patients with neurologic disorders. In this paper, the role of acupuncture in the treatment of acute severe acquired brain injuries is described, acting on neuroinflammation, intracranial oedema, oxidative stress, and neuronal regeneration. Moreover, beneficial effects of acupuncture on subacute p...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
This study evaluates two different acupuncture strategies for the treatment of vulvodynia and aims to evaluate whether either of the acupuncture protocols reduce vulvar pain, pain duration or pain with intercourse. The study also examines how long the effect of acupuncture lasts in women with vulvodynia.Methods/designThe study is designed as a randomized controlled trial, focused on two acupuncture protocols. Fifty-one patients who have had vulvodynia for more than 3 months will be recruited. Among them, 34 patients will be randomized into Groups 1a and 1b; those who are unwilling to receive acupuncture will be recruited i...
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Authors: Cheng L, Chang S, Qian L, Wang Y, Yang M Abstract BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to explore the efficacy of 16 weeks of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in athletes with patellar tendinopathy. METHODS: Athletes with patellar tendinopathy were matched for age, height and body weight and assigned to the experimental group (n=26) or control group (n=25). Subjects in the experimental group received 16 rounds (once per week) of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (2,000 single shocks; strength, 1.5 to 3.0 bar; shock frequency, 9 to 12 Hz). Subjects in the control group received physical treatments, such...
Source: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness - Category: Sports Medicine Tags: J Sports Med Phys Fitness Source Type: research
In this study, we conducted a cross-sectional survey among 419 acupuncturists nation-wide to investigate the top 10 and top 99 acupuncture indications in private clinics in the United States. We found the top 10 indications to be: lower back pain, depression, anxiety, headache, arthritis, allergies, general pain, female infertility, insomnia, neck pain and frozen shoulder. Among the top 99 indications, pain represents the largest category; and mental health management, especially for mood disorders, is in greatest demand. The following popular groups are: immune system dysfunctions, gastrointestinal diseases, gynecology an...
Source: The American Journal of Chinese Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Am J Chin Med Source Type: research
In conclusion, acupuncture is proved to be beneficial for CKD patients. More research, however, is needed to verify the potential mechanisms. PMID: 30286626 [PubMed - in process]
Source: The American Journal of Chinese Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Am J Chin Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The short- and intermediate-term beneficial effect of BFA on chronic pain is clinically meaningful. The large proportion of patients reporting decreased pain even 30 days after treatment suggests that the long-term effect of BFA merits further investigation. PMID: 30285269 [PubMed - in process]
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