Number of veterans affairs facilities offering acupuncture growing rapidly

(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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This study was a first of its kind. It involved a head-to-head comparison of acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy, enrolled patients with many different types of cancer and included nearly 30% minority participants. Previous studies focused solely on breast cancer and included 90% white participants. Limitations of the previous research make it difficult to determine if the results are applicable to patients with other cancers and people of diverse backgrounds. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acupuncture Are Effective Acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy treatments produced clinically meaningful reduction...
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Conclusion: Following acupuncture treatment, improvements of subjective symptoms: chronic indigestion, reflux, abdominal pain, and excessive diarrhea, were observed. CHM provided immediate relief of indigestion, reflux, and abdominal pain. TCM may be a potential therapeutic strategy to manage clinical symptoms of CD, if this is proven useful in future RCT studies.
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewFibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain syndrome that can have debilitating consequences for affected patients. When compared to the general population, patients with fibromyalgia experience lowered mechanical and thermal pain thresholds, altered temporal summation of painful stimuli, and higher than normal pain ratings for known noxious stimuli.Recent FindingsThere is no definitive cure for fibromyalgia and treatment primarily focuses on both symptom management and improving patient quality of life. This treatment strategy involves a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach consisting of lifestyle ...
Source: Current Rheumatology Reports - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
Pain is a very common problem in U.S. adults, especially in adults more than 65 years old. 40-80% of nursing home. Headache is one of the most frequent complaints in older people. Chronic headache is defined as having a headache on at least half the days for 3 months or more; it affects 3-4% of the general population, and there is no data regarding nursing home residents. Chronic daily headache is challenging to manage, especially in older, frail nursing home residents. Current headache management is medication based.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Case Report Source Type: research
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AbstractPurpose of ReviewChronic pain is a prevalent, disabling, and expensive pediatric condition. Specific treatment options have limited evidence and are often extrapolated from adult care. This review evaluates pain outcome measures, psychological treatment, pharmacologic management, multidisciplinary treatment models, and emerging topics in pediatric pain medicine.Recent FindingsMultimodal cognitive behavioral therapy and intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment have the strongest evidence for improving pain and function while decreasing healthcare utilization. There is emerging evidence that parental involvement in...
Source: Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports - Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research
Pain is a complex multidimensional issue compromised of physical, biochemical, neurological, nutritional, and psychosocial-spiritual components. Primary medical treatments to date habitually treat pain with pharmacologic management as first line of care, yet chronic pain management metrics have not improved. As opioid medications have recently come under intense scrutiny, certain integrative therapies such as acupuncture are now being recognized as effective for many chronic non-malignant pain syndromes, such as chronic headache and chronic low back pain.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
This technical assistance VideoCast is designed to aid potential grantees for RFA-AT-19-005: HEAL: Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Management of Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults (UG3/UH3). This FOA encourages UG3/UH3 phased cooperative research applications to conduct an efficient, large-scale pragmatic trial to evaluate the impact of, and strategies to best implement, acupuncture treatment of older adults (65 years and older) with chronic low back pain. This FOA requires that the intervention under study be embedded into multiple health care delivery systems, “ real world ” settin...
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This article reviews nonpharmacologic therapies including pelvic floor physical therapy, dietary modifications, psychotherapy, and acupuncture. These interventions are low risk and should be incorporated into treatment for chronic pelvic pain, as they show promise for successful symptom relief in many overlapping chronic pain conditions. Common nonopioid medications for pelvic are also reviewed, including analgesics, hormone modulating agents, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants. Guidelines for cautious and responsible opioid use are also summarized. While data specific to chronic pelvic pain management remain limited, ev...
Source: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
Funding Opportunity RFA-AT-19-005 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages UG3/UH3 phased cooperative research applications to conduct an efficient, large-scale pragmatic trial or implementation science study to evaluate the impact of and how best to implement acupuncture treatment for chronic low back pain into health care delivery. Awards made under this FOA will initially support a one-year milestone-driven planning phase (UG3), with possible transition to an implementation phase (UH3). UG3 projects that have met the scientific milestone and feasibility require...
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