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Opioid tapering in patients with prescription opioid use disorder: A retrospective study
Conclusions With comprehensive treatments, 27.9% of patients had successful opioid tapering with opioid abstinence for over a year. The use of mirtazepine, topiramate, or likely bupropion was associated with successful opioid tapering in the medication assisted treatment with temporary use of methadone. Opioid tapering may be a practical option and should be considered for managing prescription OUD. Implications For patients with OUD, indefinite opioid maintenance treatment may not be necessary. Considering the ethical values of autonomy, nonmaleficence, and beneficence, clinicians should provide patients with OUD the opti...
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Pain - December 15, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research

Lateral Medullary Infarction Caused by Oriental Acupuncture
Eur Neurol 2018;79:63 (Source: European Neurology)
Source: European Neurology - December 14, 2017 Category: Neurology Source Type: research

Acupuncture in cancer study reignites debate about controversial technique
Nature 552, 7684 (2017). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/d41586-017-08309-y Author: Jo Marchant Large study suggests acupuncture could help women stick with unpleasant cancer treatments. (Source: Nature)
Source: Nature - December 13, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Jo Marchant Tags: News Source Type: research

Acupuncture's Increasing Credibility in Research and Clinical Settings
Alternative and Complementary Therapies , Vol. 0, No. 0. (Source: Alternative and Complementary Therapies)
Source: Alternative and Complementary Therapies - December 12, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Jamie Starkey Source Type: research

Management of pain in end ‐stage renal disease patients: Short review
Abstract Pain management in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients is a complex and challenging task to accomplish, and effective pain and symptom control improves quality of life. Pain is prevalent in more than 50% of hemodialysis patients and up to 75% of these patients are treated ineffectively due to its poor recognition by providers. A good history for PQRST factors and intensity assessment using visual analog scale are the initial steps in the management of pain followed by involvement of palliative care, patient and family counseling, discussion of treatment options, and correction of reversible causes. First line ...
Source: Hemodialysis International - December 11, 2017 Category: Hematology Authors: Rupesh Raina, Vinod Krishnappa, Mona Gupta Tags: Review Article Source Type: research

Effect of acupuncture on Lipopolysaccharide-induced anxiety-like behavioral changes: involvement of serotonin system in dorsal Raphe nucleus
Acupuncture has been used as a common therapeutic tool in many disorders including anxiety and depression. Serotonin transporter (SERT) plays an important role in the pathology of anxiety and other mood disord... (Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - December 11, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tae Young Yang, Eun Young Jang, Yeonhee Ryu, Gyu Won Lee, Eun Byeol Lee, Suchan Chang, Jong Han Lee, Jin Suk Koo, Chae Ha Yang and Hee Young Kim Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Early Results of a Pragmatic Trial: Report to a State Agency on Acupuncture for the Underserved Amid the Opioid Crisis
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Vol. 0, No. 0. (Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine)
Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine - December 11, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: John Weeks Source Type: research

Acupuncture in cancer study reignites debate about controversial technique
Acupuncture in cancer study reignites debate about controversial technique, Published online: 11 December 2017; doi:10.1038/d41586-017-08309-yLarge study suggests acupuncture could help women stick with unpleasant cancer treatments. (Source: Nature AOP)
Source: Nature AOP - December 11, 2017 Category: Research Authors: Jo Marchant Source Type: research

A scoping review of the evidence for efficacy of acupuncture in companion animals.
Abstract Acupuncture has become increasingly popular in veterinary medicine. Within the scientific literature there is debate regarding its efficacy. Due to the complex nature of acupuncture, a scoping review was undertaken to identify and categorize the evidence related to acupuncture in companion animals (dogs, cats, and horses). Our search identified 843 relevant citations. Narrative reviews represented the largest proportion of studies (43%). We identified 179 experimental studies and 175 case reports/case series that examined the efficacy of acupuncture. Dogs were the most common subjects in the experimental ...
Source: Animal Health Research Reviews - December 11, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Rose WJ, Sargeant JM, Hanna WJB, Kelton D, Wolfe DM, Wisener LV Tags: Anim Health Res Rev Source Type: research

[Acupuncture covered by statutory health insurance in Germany : An observational study based on claims data].
t JF Abstract BACKGROUND: The coverage for acupuncture for chronic lower back or knee pain by the statutory health insurance was introduced in 2007. The aim of this study was to investigate characteristics of patients and providers of acupuncture and temporal and regional trends in the utilization of acupuncture. METHODS: This retrospective observational study used anonymized statutory health insurance claims data from a sample of roughly four million subjects. The sample is representative of the German population regarding age and gender in 2013. RESULTS: Lower back pain was the most common coded i...
Source: Schmerz - December 11, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Hickstein L, Kiel S, Raus C, Heß S, Walker J, Chenot JF Tags: Schmerz Source Type: research

Acupuncture with or without combined auricular acupuncture for insomnia: a randomised, waitlist-controlled trial.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Few high-quality, large-scale, controlled trials comparing the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture,auricular acupuncture and combined acupuncture treatment for insomnia are available. OBJECTIVE: To carry out a randomised, assessor-blinded, waitlist-controlled trial to test the superiority of combination treatment. METHODS: After in-person and polysomnography screening, 224 subjects (mean age 53.4 years; 75.4% female) with DSM-5 insomnia disorder, who were free from major psychiatric disorders and with sleep-diary-derived sleep efficiency averaged over 1 week of
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - December 11, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Chung KF, Yeung WF, Yu BY, Leung FC, Zhang SP, Zhang ZJ, Ng RM, Yiu GC Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Potential role for acupuncture in the treatment of food addiction and obesity.
Abstract Addressing the global obesity epidemic requires innovative approaches that are also acceptable to affected individuals. There is growing evidence suggesting that food addiction, one contributor to obesity, bears many similarities to drug and alcohol addiction, presenting a potential role for addiction-focused acupuncture as a novel treatment modality. In this perspective article, we begin by briefly reviewing the evidence linking food and drug/alcohol addiction. We then describe the development of an acupuncture-based protocol for treating opioid addiction in Hong Kong in the 1970s and discuss the evidenc...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - December 9, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Chen JA, Chen JA, Lee S, Mullin G Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture, ACC and the Medicines Act.
This study searched New Zealand acupuncturists' websites for therapeutic claims that may breach Section 58(1)(a) of the Medicines Act. A search of acupuncturists' websites shows that many claim to be able to treat a wide range of conditions, despite a lack of evidence showing the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of those conditions. Practitioners and owners of websites likely to be in breach of the Medicines Act include many committee members from acupuncture's professional bodies. PMID: 29197903 [PubMed - in process] (Source: New Zealand Medical Journal)
Source: New Zealand Medical Journal - December 6, 2017 Category: General Medicine Tags: N Z Med J Source Type: research

Ear acupuncture for anxiety in patients with COPD attending pulmonary rehabilitation: a feasibility study
Conclusion: Ear acupuncture was a feasible adjunctive treatment option for this sample of patients with COPD, attending PR. A larger trial is needed to confirm efficacy. (Source: European Respiratory Journal)
Source: European Respiratory Journal - December 6, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Gibson, D., Bruton, A., White, P. Tags: Physiotherapists Source Type: research

Large Edematous Purpuric Plaques after Lipolysis Acupuncture.
Authors: Cho YM, Lee JS, Koo DW, Jung KE PMID: 29200780 [PubMed] (Source: Annals of Dermatology)
Source: Annals of Dermatology - December 5, 2017 Category: Dermatology Tags: Ann Dermatol Source Type: research

Acupuncture for neuropathic pain in adults.
CONCLUSIONS: Due to the limited data available, there is insufficient evidence to support or refute the use of acupuncture for neuropathic pain in general, or for any specific neuropathic pain condition when compared with sham acupuncture or other active therapies. Five studies are still ongoing and seven studies are awaiting classification due to the unclear treatment duration, and the results of these studies may influence the current findings. PMID: 29197180 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews)
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - December 2, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Ju ZY, Wang K, Cui HS, Yao Y, Liu SM, Zhou J, Chen TY, Xia J Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research

Using Integrative Medicine in Pain Management: An Evaluation of Current Evidence.
This article offers a brief critical review of integrative medical therapies used to treat chronic pain, including nutritional supplements, yoga, relaxation, tai chi, massage, spinal manipulation, and acupuncture. The goal of this article is to identify those treatments that show evidence of efficacy and to identify gaps in the literature where additional studies and controlled trials are needed. An electronic search of the databases of PubMed, The Cochrane Library, EMBASE, PsycINFO, and Science Citation Index Expanded was conducted. Overall, weak positive evidence was found for yoga, relaxation, tai chi, massage, and mani...
Source: Anesthesia and Analgesia - December 1, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Lin YC, Wan L, Jamison RN Tags: Anesth Analg Source Type: research

Type and frequency of side effects during PC6 acupuncture: observations from therapists and patients participating in clinical efficacy trials of acupuncture.
CONCLUSIONS: Few side effects occurred and those that did were mild. Nearly 90% found PC6 acupuncture to be not painful or only mildly painful. Healthcare professionals may consider the observed levels of side effects when informing patients about side effects of PC6 acupuncture. PMID: 29222203 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society)
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - December 1, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Enblom A, Johnsson A Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Is acupuncture actually not effective for polycystic ovary syndrome?
AbstractIn recent years, acupuncture has been applied to treat more and more patients suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). On June 27, 2017 a paper titled “Effect of acupuncture and clomiphene in Chinese women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized clinical trial” was published inJournal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The results did not support acupuncture as an effective therapy for improving the live births in PCOS. The aim of this article was to analyze the therapeutic regimen and design of the clinical trial. The primary outcome and the conclusion of the paper were discussed ...
Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine - December 1, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research

Pilot experience of acupuncture in ameliorating the gag reflex in posterior tongue and oropharyngeal biopsies
Introduction/Aims: The use of acupuncture to control the gag reflex in dental procedures is widely reported in the literature. Fiske and Dickinson (2001) described the use of acupuncture to assist in a biopsy of the tongue. Despite this, there are very few reports of the use of acupuncture to reduce the gag reflex in oral biopsies. (Source: The British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
Source: The British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - December 1, 2017 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mohamed Imran Suida, Michael Ho Tags: 18 Source Type: research

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Update of an Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis
- Acupuncture has a clinically relevant effect on chronic pain that persists over time- The effect of acupuncture cannot be explained only by placebo effects- Factors in addition to the specific effects of needling are important contributors- Referral for acupuncture treatment is a reasonable option for chronic pain patients (Source: The Journal of Pain)
Source: The Journal of Pain - November 30, 2017 Category: Materials Science Authors: Andrew J. Vickers, Emily A. Vertosick, George Lewith, Hugh MacPherson, Nadine E. Foster, Karen J. Sherman, Dominik Irnich, Claudia M. Witt, Klaus Linde, on behalf of the Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration Tags: Critical Review Source Type: research

Efficacy and safety of the “Xingnao Kaiqiao” acupuncture technique via intradermal needling to treat postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction of laparoscopic surgery: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Xingnao Kaiqiao acupuncture involves needling of the Neiguan (PC6), Renzhong (DU26), and Sanyinjiao (SP6) acupoints. The technique has a significant clinical effect in many neurologica... (Source: Trials)
Source: Trials - November 28, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Wenli Zhao, Jinting Li, Yuling Wang, Jing Liu, Ying Chen, Guang Zhao, Ye Zhao, Huaien Bu, Yiider Tseng and Xuemin Shi Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Reporting characteristics of case reports of acupuncture therapy with CARE guidelines
ConclusionsThe reporting quality of case reports of acupuncture therapy is rather low. The reason might be a lack of awareness among authors and the poor dissemination of information regarding CARE guidelines in China. More evaluation studies are needed to promote and improve adherence to CARE guidelines. Moreover, an extended version of CARE guidelines should be developed for cases reports of special interventions such as acupuncture or adverse events caused by interventions. (Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 28, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research

Efficacy and safety of acupuncture combined with Madopar for Parkinson's disease: a systematic review with meta-analysis.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture combined with Madopar for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD), compared to the use of Madopar alone. METHODS: A systematic search was carried out for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture and Madopar for the treatment of PD published between April 1995 and April 2015. The primary outcome was total effectiveness rates and secondary outcomes included Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) scores. Data were pooled and analysed with RevMan 5.3. Results were expressed as relative ratio (RR) or with 95% confiden...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - November 27, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Liu H, Chen L, Zhang Z, Geng G, Chen W, Dong H, Chen L, Zhan S, Li T Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Efficacy of Acupuncture is Non-Inferior To NRT for Tobacco Cessation: Results of A Prospective, Randomized, Active-Controlled Open-Label Trial.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: We designed and conducted this multicenter randomized active-controlled open-label trial to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture, auricular point pressing and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) on tobacco cessation in Chinese population. METHODS: This RCT was conducted at 7 hospitals in China between October of 2013 to February of 2016. Eligible participants were recruited and randomly assigned to receive acupuncture or auricular point pressing or NRT via a central randomization system with a 1:1:1 ratio. All treatment was given for totally 8 weeks and follow-up visit was 16 weeks. The pri...
Source: Chest - November 23, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Wang YY, Liu Z, Wu Y, Yang L, Guo LT, Zhang HB, Yang JS, Chinese Acupuncture for Tobacco Cessation Research Team Tags: Chest Source Type: research

Complementary and alternative therapies in dentistry and characteristics of dentists who recommend them.
g A Abstract OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to analyse whether dentists offer or recommend complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) remedies in their clinical routine, and how effective these are rated by proponents and opponents. A second aim of this study was to give a profile of the dentists endorsing CAM. DESIGN: A prospective, explorative, anonymised cross-sectional survey was spread among practicing dentists in Germany via congresses, dental periodicals and online (n=250, 55% male, 45% female; mean age 49.1±11.4years). RESULTS: Of a set of 31 predefined CAM modalities, the denti...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Baatsch B, Zimmer S, Rodrigues Recchia D, Büssing A Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research

Laser acupuncture treatment of neuropathic pain in a boy with brain tumour.
Abstract Neuropathic pain occurrence is associated with some cytostatic and antibiotics use. Pharmacological therapy for the treatment of neuropathic pain is sometimes unsuccessful, and complementary methods like acupuncture are included. In this case report, a 14-year-old boy with cerebral tumour and neuropathic pain in his feet after chemotherapy and linezolid use is presented. A complete cessation of neuropathic pain symptoms like hyperalgesia and allodynia was accomplished after laser acupuncture application. PMID: 29154067 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine)
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Butkovic D, Tot OK Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture and Kinesio Taping for the acute management of Bell's palsy: A case report.
CONCLUSION: Acupuncture and Kinesio Taping, in conjunction with physical therapy modalities, are safe and promising complementary therapies for the acute management of Bell's palsy. However, further large scale and randomized controlled studies are necessary to assess whether these complementary interventions have significant additive or synergistic effect for complete recovery of patients with Bell's palsy. PMID: 29154053 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine)
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - November 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Alptekin DÖ Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research

Non-pharmacological rehabilitation interventions for concussion in children: a scoping review.
CONCLUSIONS: The literature describing interventions following concussion in children is scarce. While both positive and negative results were obtained, there were methodological concerns in most studies limiting the ability to draw conclusions. Interventions incorporating aerobic exercise show promise as a concussion management strategy. Implications for rehabilitation Few studies have examined rehabilitation interventions for youth following concussion. Research ranging from rest to exercise highlights the uncertainty of the field. Low quality research limits the generalizability of results. The use of physical activity ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - November 20, 2017 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Dobney DM, Miller MB, Tufts E Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research

Has the Evidence on Acupuncture Been Held to a Fair Standard?
No abstract available (Source: The Back Letter)
Source: The Back Letter - November 17, 2017 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Articles Source Type: research

FDA Expands Indication of Electric Stimulation Device to Treat Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasapproved the use of an electric stimulation device to help to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, marking the first time a device has been indicated for withdrawal symptoms.The NSS-2 Bridge is a small device placed behind the patient ’s ear that emits electrical pulses to stimulate cranial nerves. These stimulations provide relief from common withdrawal symptoms during the first few days of drug abstinence; these include sweating, tremors, stomach problems, insomnia, and joint pain.“Given the scope of the epidemic of opioid addiction, we need to find innovative ne...
Source: Psychiatr News - November 17, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: electric stimulator FDA medication-assisted treatment NSS-2 Bridge opioid use disorder opioid withdrawal Source Type: research

The Characteristics of TCM Clinical Trials: A Systematic Review of ClinicalTrials.gov.
We examined all the trials registered within ClinicalTrials.gov up to 25 September 2015, focusing on study interventions to identify TCM-related trials, and extracted 1,270 TCM trials from the data set. Results: Overall, 691 (54.4%) trials were acupuncture, and 454 (35.8%) trials were herbal medicines. Differences in TCM trial intervention types were also evident among the specific therapeutic areas. Among all trials, 55.7% that were small studies enrolled
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Effect of Electro-Acupuncture and Moxibustion on Brain Connectivity in Patients with Crohn ’s Disease: A Resting-State fMRI Study
Chunhui Bao, Di Wang, Peng Liu, Yin Shi, Xiaoming Jin, Luyi Wu, Xiaoqing Zeng, Jianye Zhang, Huirong Liu, Huangan Wu (Source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience)
Source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience - November 17, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research

Women ’s experiences of having depression during pregnancy and receiving acupuncture treatment—A qualitative study
Research indicates some women experiencing depression during pregnancy are dissatisfied with conventional depression treatments due to incomplete effectiveness, dislike of side effects, unsatisfactory experiences with providers and concerns regarding in-utero and breastfeeding safety. Consequently, many explore alternative options including acupuncture. To further understand women ’s views, preferences and motivations in this regard, as well as their experiences of receiving acupuncture as part of a three-armed pragmatic randomised controlled trial evaluating acupuncture for antenatal depression in Sydney, Australia,...
Source: Women and Birth - November 15, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Simone M. Ormsby, Hannah G. Dahlen, Caroline A. Smith Tags: Original Research - Qualitative Source Type: research

Women's experiences of having depression during pregnancy and receiving acupuncture treatment-A qualitative study.
CONCLUSIONS: The women in this study described gaining benefits from acupuncture that they felt enabled them to better manage their lives and the changes that pregnancy brings. These findings provide new understanding regarding the possible role acupuncture could provide as a supportive treatment for antenatal depression. PMID: 29153273 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - November 15, 2017 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ormsby SM, Dahlen HG, Smith CA Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Fast probing of glucose and fructose in plant tissues via plasmonic affinity sandwich assay with molecularly-imprinted extraction microprobes.
Abstract Determination of specific target compounds in agriculture food and natural plant products is essential for many purposes; however, it is often challenging due to the complexity of the sample matrices. Herein we present a new approach called plasmonic affinity sandwich assay for the facile and rapid probing of glucose and fructose in plant tissues. The approach mainly relies on molecularly imprinted plasmonic extraction microprobes, which were prepared on gold-coated acupuncture needles via boronate affinity controllable oriented surface imprinting with the target monosaccharide as the template molecules. ...
Source: Analytica Chimica Acta - November 13, 2017 Category: Chemistry Authors: Muhammad P, Liu J, Xing R, Wen Y, Wang Y, Liu Z Tags: Anal Chim Acta Source Type: research

Acupuncture for postprandial distress syndrome (APDS): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Postprandial distress syndrome (PDS) is referred to as meal-related functional dyspepsia (FD) and causes a reduced quality of life (QoL) for patients. Several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have suggested... (Source: Trials)
Source: Trials - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Jing-Wen Yang, Li-Wen Zhang, Guang-Xia Shi, Yi Du, Jun Wang, Jing-Jie Zhao, Yan Cao, Jian-Feng Tu, Shuai Zhang, Cheng Tan, San-San Chen and Cun-Zhi Liu Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Interventions for the reduction of prescribed opioid use in chronic non-cancer pain.
CONCLUSIONS: There is no evidence for the efficacy or safety of methods for reducing prescribed opioid use in chronic pain. There is a small number of randomised controlled trials investigating opioid reduction, which means our conclusions are limited regarding the benefit of psychological, pharmacological, or other types of interventions for people with chronic pain trying to reduce their opioid consumption. The findings to date are mixed: there were reductions in opioid consumption after intervention, and often in control groups too. PMID: 29130474 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews)
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Eccleston C, Fisher E, Thomas KH, Hearn L, Derry S, Stannard C, Knaggs R, Moore RA Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research

Self-efficacy and self-care-related outcomes following Alexander Technique lessons for people with chronic neck pain in the ATLAS randomised, controlled trial
Conclusions Alexander Technique lessons led to long-term improvements in the way participants lived their daily lives and managed their neck pain. Alexander lessons promote self-efficacy and self-care, with consequent reductions in chronic neck pain. (Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 12, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Analysis of Evidence-Based Autism Symptom  Enhancement by Acupuncture
In conclusion, the consensus is that both channels and points may have an important role in autism symptoms enhancement. Based on the on the present study, specific channels and point stimulation regimens need further investigation on regimens' efficacy and agree certain methods of stimulation. (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 12, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

69. Abdominal acupuncture reduces pain at the spinal cord level
Abdominal acupuncture (AA) reduces laser-evoked potentials (LEP) amplitude and laser pain perception in healthy subjects (Pazzaglia et al., 2014). The aim of the current study was to investigate the site of AA analgesic effect.We recorded LEPs in 10 healthy volunteers by using the 32 EEG scalp electrodes. The experimental protocol included 3 times: (1) baseline, in which LEPs to stimulation of the bilateral dorsal wrist and right foot were recorded before acupuncture; (2) acupuncture, in which LEPs were recorded during AA performed in the abdominal area corresponding to right wrist; and (3) rest, in which LEPs were recorde...
Source: Clinical Neurophysiology - November 11, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: M. Valeriani, S. Liguori, D. Coraci, C. Pecchioli, A. Liguori, L. Padua, C. Pazzaglia Source Type: research

A curious oversight in acupuncture research
This article describes the main features overlooked and suggests how these might be investigated in future acupuncture research. (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 10, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Effect of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on subacute stroke outcomes: a single-centre randomised controlled trial.
CONCLUSION: This trial, evaluating a treatment protocol commonly used in clinical practice, demonstrates that comprehensive rehabilitation including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may comprehensively improve subacute stroke outcomes. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: ChiCTR-TRC-12001972. PMID: 29127079 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society)
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - November 10, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Fang J, Keeler CL, Chen L, Ma R, Wang C, Xu S Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Effectiveness of Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture for Chronic Neck Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Abstract The aim of this systematic review was to assess evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture and electroacupuncture in patients with chronic neck pain. We searched nine databases including Chinese, Japanese and Korean databases through 30 July 2016. The participants were adults with chronic neck pain and were treated with acupuncture or electroacupuncture. Eligible trials were those with intervention groups receiving acupuncture and electroacupuncture with or without active control, and control groups receiving other conventional treatments such as physi...
Source: The American Journal of Chinese Medicine - November 9, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Seo SY, Lee KB, Shin JS, Lee J, Kim MR, Ha IH, Ko Y, Lee YJ Tags: Am J Chin Med Source Type: research

Acupuncture's Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost-Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a Primary, Non-Pharmacologic Method for Pain Relief and Management –White Paper 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Integrative Medicine, Volume 15, Issue 6 Author(s): Arthur Yin Fan, David W. Miller, Bonnie Bolash, Matthew Bauer, John McDonald, Sarah Faggert, Hongjian He, Yong Ming Li, Amy Matecki, Lindy Camardella, Mel Hopper Koppelman, Jennifer A.M. Stone, Lindsay Meade, John Pang The United States (U.S.) is facing a national opioid epidemic, and medical systems are in need of non-pharmacologic strategies that can be employed to decrease the public's opioid dependence. Acupuncture has emerged as a powerful, evidence-based, safe, cost-effective, and available treatment modality suitab...
Source: Journal of Integrative Medicine - November 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Lung Mycobacterium avium developed after removing an acupuncture needle from the lung
We present a case of lung Mycobacterium avium that developed after removing a broken acupuncture needle from the lung. (Source: Respirology Case Reports)
Source: Respirology Case Reports - November 8, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Mikihito Saito, Hajime Kasai, Kengo Shimazu, Takashi Urushibara, Tomohiko Iida, Toshihide Shinozaki Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

Gold Thread Acupuncture for Rheumatoid Arthritis
New England Journal of Medicine,Volume 377, Issue 19, November 2017. (Source: New England Journal of Medicine)
Source: New England Journal of Medicine - November 8, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Young-Bin Joo Kyung-Su Park Source Type: research

Updated systematic review and meta-analysis of acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
CONCLUSION: From this systematic review, we conclude that acupuncture may be effective at relieving CKP 12 weeks after acupuncture administration, based on the current evidence and our protocol. However, given the heterogeneity and methodological limitations of the included trials, we are currently unable to draw any strong conclusions regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic knee pain. In addition, we found that acupuncture appears to have a satisfactory safety profile, although further studies with larger numbers of participants are needed to confirm the safety of this technique. STRENGTHS: Systematic ...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - November 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Zhang Q, Yue J, Golianu B, Sun Z, Lu Y Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

Simulation In Cupping Training: An Innovation Method
Publication date: Available online 6 November 2017 Source:Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Author(s): Tamer Aboushanab, Saud M. AlSanad (Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies)
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - November 7, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Acupressure for respiratory allergic diseases: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials.
CONCLUSIONS: No reliable conclusions regarding the effects of acupressure on AR and asthma could be drawn by this review due to the small number of available trials with significant heterogeneity of study design and high/unclear risk of bias. Further, more rigorously designed RCTs are needed.Acupressure seems safe for symptomatic relief of AR and asthma, although larger studies are required to be able to robustly confirm its safety. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: ACTRN12617001106325; Pre-results. PMID: 29113981 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society)
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - November 7, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Liang Y, Lenon GB, Yang AWH Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research