This small study of 33 patients compares acupuncture treatment to the conventional pharmaceteucical drug, zolpidem (Ambien) for the treatment of insomnia.
This study was carried out at a teaching hospital in southern Taiwan. 19 patients had regular acupuncture treatment once a week for four weeks, the remaining 14 patients took zolpidem (10mg) very night for [...]
Hot flashes and night sweats are common symptoms for women taking tamoxifen following breast cancer. This study investigates the possibility of traditional Chinese acupuncture being used to help manage these symptoms and thus improve quality of life.
Fifty participants with early breast cancer completed a course of eight weekly acupuncture treatments. All of [...]
This small study (30 patients) compares conventional treatment of long-standing plantar fasciitis to another group who had conventional treatment combined with electro-acupuncture.
The thirty patients were randomly assigned to the two groups. Conventional treatment consisted of five weeks of stretching exercises, shoe modification and pain-relief analgesics.
The electro-acupuncture group had the conventional treatment programme, but [...]
This Belgium study (of 39 patients) investigated the effect of acupuncture with chronic whiplash associated disorders.
The randomized trial was mainly looking to see if acupuncture treatments could influence the ‘process of central sensitization’. Central sensitization refers to a condition whereby nerves in the spinal cord become sensitized by inflammation or tissue damage in [...]
This Iranian acupuncture study was carried out in two hospitals during 2010-2011.
The patients selected had no known ear structural abnormalities that caused their tinnitus. They were split into two groups (27 patients each group). One group received real acupuncture, and the other group received ‘fake’ acupuncture. ‘Fake’ acupuncture gives the sensation of an [...]Continue Reading →
Acupuncture has many roles in aiding fertility. It is well known that having acupuncture before and after embryo transfer can significantly increase pregnancy rates (see article on Paulus Protocol).
What is less well researched, and is an area of debate, is what influence acupuncture can have during [...]
Post-operative care has always been an area that I feel acupuncture could play a more prominent role in the NHS in the UK.
This study from the Chinese University of Hong Kong involves 165 patients who were undergoing surgery for colonic and upper rectal cancer. The aim of this study was to identify if [...]Continue Reading →
This Chinese study involved 160 patients divided into three groups. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of combining acupuncture with the antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil).
The patients were randomly assigned to one of three groups. One group only received the antidepressant paroxetine. Another group received acupuncture + paroxetine, and the final [...]Continue Reading →
This randomized control UK based research study involved 302 patients with breast cancer. The aim of the study was to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for cancer-related fatigue in patients with breast cancer.
75 patients had usual outpatient care, and the remaining 227 patients had usual outpatient care plus acupuncture treatment. Treatment was given weekly [...]Continue Reading →
Dry mouth (medically known as xerostomia) can be caused by background radiation of head and neck cancer and can markedly impair quality of life. A multi-centre trial carried out in the UK has concluded that acupuncture can provide significant symptom relief of this condition.
145 patients with long-standing xerostomia were involved in this randomised crossover [...]Continue Reading →
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