RTOG 0537 shows acupuncture-like ENS may provide relief for radiation-induced dry mouth
(American Society for Radiation Oncology) Phase III results of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group 0537 indicate that acupuncture-like, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may be equally effective as pilocarpine, the current prescription medication in a pill, to treat radiation-induced dry mouth, according to a study published in the June 1, 2015 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 28, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Yoga, acupuncture helps ease veterans' stress
Meditation, breathing and Eastern medicine -- all these tools are now used by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The goal is to heal PTSD and the invisible wounds of war. Chip Reid reports on veterans who hope more of their fellow warriors will take a seat and join the zen. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statistical analysis of 4 types of neck whiplash injuries based on classical meridian theory - Chen Y, Zhao Y, Xue X, Li H, Wu X, Zhang Q, Zheng X, Wang T.
As one component of the Chinese medicine meridian system, the meridian sinew (Jingjin, (see text), tendino-musculo) is specially described as being for acupuncture treatment of the musculoskeletal system because of its dynamic attributes and tender point c... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Complementary and Integrative Approaches for Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Side Effects
Many people who have been diagnosed with cancer use complementary health approaches. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which included a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health approaches by Americans, 65 percent of respondents who had ever been diagnosed with cancer had used complementary approaches. Those who had been diagnosed with cancer were more likely than others to have used complementary approaches for general wellness, immune enhancement, and pain management. A substantial amount of evidence suggests that some complementary health approaches, such as acup...
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - May 19, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCAM Source Type: news

When You Have Cancer And Can't Sleep
By Anna Medaris Miller for U.S. News Traci Gordon never had a problem falling asleep or staying asleep. In fact, she has a sleep disorder that causes her to sleep too much. “I could sleep through a whole weekend,” Gordon says. That all changed when Gordon, a 47-year-old administrative assistant in New York, began chemotherapy for breast cancer about seven years ago. The treatment threw her body into an artificial state of menopause, which caused unrelenting night sweats. “My memory of it was waking up five, six, seven times a night, absolutely dripping,” Gordon says. Each time, she would change h...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New study on acupuncture to reduce pain and inflammation in children with acute appendicitis
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Acupuncture was shown to lessen pain and reduce the underlying inflammation in pediatric patients with a diagnosis of acute appendicitis, according to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 13, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Auricular acupuncture for sleep disturbance in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder: a feasibility study - King HC, Spence DL, Hickey AH, Sargent P, Elesh R, Connelly CD.
The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility and acceptability of an auricular acupuncture (AA) insomnia regimen among Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and sleep disturbance. Se... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 11, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Pilates class at UpRise features a tower of power
If you tell people you do Pilates, they often ask whether you do mat or "reformer" exercises, the latter being a bed-like contraption with weights and pulleys and straps for hands and feet. But at UpRise Pilates and Acupuncture in Santa Monica, owner Sheena Jongeneel also uses a third option, called... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - May 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Monday's Housecall
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Acupuncture Are you having trouble controlling pain with conventional methods? Since acupuncture has few side effects, it may be worth a try. Hypnosis Hypnosis can help you cope with a number of conditions, including stress, anxiety and pain. It can also help treat obesity, smoking, insomnia and more. EXPERT ANSWERS Acai [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 4, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Guillain-barré syndrome following bee venom acupuncture - Lee HJ, Park IS, Lee JI, Kim JS.
Bee venom acupuncture has been widely used in Oriental medicine with limited evidence of effectiveness. Most of the complications due to bee venom acupuncture are local or systemic allergic reactions. However, serious medical and neurological complications... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Acupuncture for back pain?
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Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - April 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Ancient Fix For Backache
Too many doctors refuse to think outside the narrow confines of the mainstream medical establishment – especially when it comes to chronic back pain. Back pain is one of the most common reasons Americans go to the doctor, which explains why it’s also one of America’s biggest businesses. But I never cease to be astounded when patients come to my wellness clinic with back pain and tell me they’ve already had a barrage of dangerous Big Pharma prescriptions pushed at them. These drugs include highly addictive opiates like Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin. Meanwhile, big bucks are also made when doctors p...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - April 7, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Wellness center opens in Indian Land
Integra Wellness Center has opened a 17,500-square-foot location in Indian Land. It will hold a grand opening April 18 featuring tours from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. The multidisciplinary center, located at 1040 Edgewater Corporate Parkway, integrates science-based and holistic approaches to health. Services include medical care, neurology, pain rehabilitation, integrative psychiatry, chiropractic, physical and occupational therapy, along with the complementary practices of acupuncture, yoga therapy… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - March 26, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Jennifer Thomas Source Type: news

Combining Alternative and Conventional...
Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and guided imagery, are increasingly becoming integrated into a successful cancer treatment plan. (Source: About.com Lung Cancer)
Source: About.com Lung Cancer - March 11, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: lungcancer.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

How The World Sleeps
Every country has its own unique and distinguishable customs. Traveling from place to place is a chance to see new sights, learn different histories and taste exotic cuisine. Despite geographical and cultural differences, sleep remains universal to us all. While we all sleep, different nations approach bedtime with individual routines and traditional practices handed down from previous generations. We’ve partnered with British Airways to journey through time zones as bedtime arrives to these eight different countries -- one for every hour of sleep the Mayo Clinic recommends we get each night -- and explore the many...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Donna Air: 'Acupuncture helps me to beat stress'
The model and actress tells why she is a fan of this ancient Chinese treatment (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Belief in Acupuncture Key to Effect on Back Pain, Study Suggests
Title: Belief in Acupuncture Key to Effect on Back Pain, Study SuggestsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/27/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/2/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - March 2, 2015 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Belief in Acupuncture Key to Effect on Back Pain, Study Suggests
Doctor says finding illustrates power of placebo effect Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Acupuncture, Back Pain (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acupuncture Less Effective for Skeptics
Title: Acupuncture Less Effective for SkepticsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/18/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/18/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - February 18, 2015 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Acupuncture Less Effective for Skeptics
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - February 18, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Acupuncture Less Effective for Skeptics
People with back pain who think it's unlikely that acupuncture will help get less benefit from it than those who believe it will work, according to new research. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Psychological factors play a part in acupuncture treatment of back pain
(University of Southampton) People with back pain who have low expectations of acupuncture before they start a course of treatment will gain less benefit than those people who believe it will work, according to new research from the University of Southampton. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

NCCIH Working Group Recommends Collaborative Pain Research in Military
A working group of our Center’s Advisory Council issued a report last week recommending large-scale research studies on nondrug approaches for pain management. The report received the enthusiastic approval of the entire Council. The report proposes expanded collaboration between NCCIH and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to test approaches to pain management that integrate complementary treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and meditation with conventional models of care.   (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - February 11, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Josephine P. Briggs, M.D. Source Type: news

Thursday consumer health tips
Acupuncture Choosing a birth control pill Glucose levels can fluctuate for variety of reasons Dislocation: First aid Bipolar medications and weight gain (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - January 29, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Acupuncture isn't just for humans
Pets as well as people are getting pain relief through the ancient method of acupuncture, a technique using tiny needles that's a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Strange New Tattoo Discovered On 'Ötzi The Iceman' Mummy
Researchers in Italy announced this week that they had discovered a strange new tattoo on the ribcage of the 5,300-year-old mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman. The find raises to 61 the number of Ötzi's known tattoos, and it came as a big surprise. "We didn't expect to find a tattoo on the thoracic, as all the other tattoos are mainly close to joints and on his lower back and legs," Dr. Albert Zink, director of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano and one of the scientists behind the discovery, told The Huffington Post in an email. (Story continues below image.) Ötzi's newly discove...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 26, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Report highlights the dangers of opioid painkillers
Whenever I read or write about the overuse of so-called opioid painkillers it is with mixed feelings. As a lifelong back-pain patient who once depended on them for pain relief, I appreciate the challenge posed by opioids to people in pain and their doctors. People in agonizing pain want it to stop, but opioids are often a poor long-term solution. Doctors want to help their patients, so they may prescribe opioids for extended periods despite well-founded reservations. At the same time, the epidemic of abuse of these painkillers has led to numerous deaths. Like many Americans, I know people whose lives were destroyed—w...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Daniel Pendick Tags: Addiction Drugs and Supplements Pain Management hydrocodone opioids oxycodone Source Type: news

There's No Back Pain Surgery Can't Make Worse
Surgery is much less science-based than the rest of medicine. It is almost impossible to subject it to studies that are double-blind and placebo-controlled. Surgical guidelines are therefore necessarily much more anecdotal than based on evidence. Lots of elective surgery is probably unnecessary, and back operations are the most notorious example. Back pain is an inevitable and fairly ubiquitous complication of the human condition, arising from our incomplete postural adaptation to bipedal locomotion and the fact that we now live much longer than our backs are adapted for. Back surgery is performed when the patient has a ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Comparing analgesic effect of manual vs laser acupuncture for lateral epicondylalgia
Comparing the analgesic effect of laser acupuncture and manual acupuncture for treating lateral epicondylalgia, applying manual acupuncture on lateral epicondylalgia produced stronger evidence of analgesic effect than laser acupuncture did in meta-analysis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 29, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Comparing analgesic effect of manual vs laser acupuncture for lateral epicondylalgia
(World Scientific) Comparing the analgesic effect of laser acupuncture and manual acupuncture for treating lateral epicondylalgia, applying manual acupuncture on lateral epicondylalgia produced stronger evidence of analgesic effect than laser acupuncture did in meta-analysis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 28, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Searching for Stress Relief
Like the Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz I sought an expert to provide me with what I already held. Over a decade in corporate America led this Type A into physical distress. I was fatigued and irritable. My muscles were tight and painful. My digestion and reproductive systems were broken causing intense issues and discomfort. I was a wreck. Visiting doctor after doctor I was told there was nothing wrong. No illness. No disease. Prescriptions of all sorts were recommended -- none of them really worked. After more than three years, I was frustrated, tired and desperate. Turning to alternative practice...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An autopsy case of vagus nerve stimulation following acupuncture - Watanabe M, Unuma K, Fujii Y, Noritake K, Uemura K.
Acupuncture is one of the most popular oriental medical techniques in China, Korea and Japan. This technique is also popular as alternative therapy in the Western World. Serious adverse events are rare following acupuncture, and fatal cases have been rarel... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - December 11, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Breast Cancer History, Please Don't Repeat
I don't have breast cancer. I've waited to hear those words for nearly six months, after a suspicious mammogram led to a host of other tests and procedures. Each round of results revealed more about what was causing the abnormalities. Ultimately I discovered that I have two conditions that generate atypical cells and put me at increased risk for breast cancer. Genetically I'm already predisposed, since my mom died from it at age 46. Because of her early death, I had my first mammogram at age 29. I've long paid close attention to the health of my breasts. For years I figured my small size meant I couldn't possibly face ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Can CAM Do for Anxiety?What Can CAM Do for Anxiety?
From acupuncture to kava kava, a variety of CAM modalities have been suggested for management of anxiety. But what does the evidence say? Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - December 3, 2014 Category: Primary Care Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Clinical Case Source Type: news

Caring for Christopher’s Crohn’s disease close to home
Growing up, Christopher Padilha was a perfectly healthy child. He ate regularly, and even though he was a bit on the smaller side, his health and growth were typical. But one Friday night, at the age of 5, that changed. “Friday is pizza day at Christopher’s school and that’s what he had for lunch that afternoon,” remembers his mother, Palmira. “But that night he got violently sick, woke up in pain and had terrible diarrhea. It was frightening.” The next day Palmira took Christopher to see his pediatrician. The doctor suspected Christopher might have been suffering from an acute reaction ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 21, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tripp Underwood Tags: All posts Source Type: news

“I’m Just In the Band”
Discussion Instrumental music, either as an avocation or profession, provides great pleasure for those performing and listening. Unfortunately it can also cause health problems. Many of the problems are musculoskeletal or neurological in etiology due to overuse and the musician may experience pain. Prelude to pain can include stiffness or tingling or other skin sensations. Musicians may experience weakness, loss of function, control (accuracy) and ability (speed) as well as problems with tone. “The most prevent problems involve overuse of muscles resulting from repetitive movements of playing, often in combination w...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 17, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Simple Cure for Cat Constipation
The most common cause of constipation in a kitty is inadequate fluid intake. Cats are by nature infrequent and inefficient water drinkers. They depend on their diet for the majority of their water intake, which is how nature intended things to work. But herein lies the problem. Many cats are fed dry food, which isn't the food they are designed to eat. Cats are obligate carnivores designed to hunt mice. Mice, as it turns out, provide the perfect balance of fiber (their fur), protein and moisture in one tiny package. Mice are 70 percent water, which provides kitties with exactly the amount they need for their bodies to rem...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Treatment-related discomfort, swelling helped by the approaches, studies find (Source: Cancercompass News: Breast Cancer)
Source: Cancercompass News: Breast Cancer - November 14, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Treatment-related discomfort, swelling helped by the approaches, studies find (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - November 13, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Family Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Sports Medicine, Alternative Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Treatment-related discomfort, swelling helped by the approaches, studies find (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Treatment-related discomfort, swelling helped by the approaches, studies find Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Acupuncture, Breast Cancer, Exercise and Physical Fitness (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Title: Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer PatientsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/13/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/13/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - November 13, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Breast Cancer, Exercise and Acupuncture
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Acupuncture, Breast Cancer, Exercise and Physical Fitness (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Studies show exercise therapy, acupuncture benefit breast cancer survivors
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Two new studies from the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania offer hope for breast cancer survivors struggling with cancer-related pain and swelling, and point to ways to enhance muscular strength and body image. The studies appear in a first of its kind monograph from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs focusing on integrative oncology, which combines a variety of therapies, some non-traditional, for maximum benefit to cancer patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 4, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Acupuncture for Hot Flashes: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, how one woman found relief from her hot flashes through acupuncture. To listen, click the link below. Acupuncture for Hot Flashes (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 30, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Why You Should Never Ask 'Have You Tried...?'
(Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should first responders use acupuncture & integrative medicine in natural disasters & battle zones?
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Delivering traditional emergency medical care at ground zero of natural disasters and military conflicts is challenging. First responders trained in simple integrative medicine approaches such as acupuncture, hypnosis, or biofeedback can provide adjunctive treatment to help relieve patients' pain and stress. How to teach and utilize modified techniques and their potential benefit are described in a Review article in Medical Acupuncture. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This weeks topics include the impact of contraception on teen pregnancy, mechanical versus tissue heart valves, acupuncture for knee pain, and early gluten introduction and celiac disease. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - October 4, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Doctors discover Chinese man's pains due to acupuncture needle lodged in gut
Xu Long, 60, from China's Jiangxi Province, had gone to his doctor complaining of chest and back pains. The only time he'd ever had acupuncture was in 1974. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news