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Month: June 2015

Acupuncture shows beneficial effect for insomnia

The exact physiological or biochemical mechanisms by which acupuncture might improve sleep are not completely understood. However, many studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can cause multiple biological responses (Ulett 1998). A review article has summarised how the nervous system, neurotransmitters and endogenous substances could respond to needling stimulation and electroacupuncture, thereby mediating pain relief and other therapeutics (Ma 2004). Acupuncture causes stimulation of the opiodergic neurons in rats resulting in increased concentrations of beta-endorphin which might have a sleep promoting effect (Cheng 2009). Acupuncture is also found to increase melatonin… Read more Acupuncture shows beneficial effect for insomnia

Acupuncture for Xerostomia in Patients with Cancer: An Update

Background: Xerostomia (dry mouth) is a common side-effect of cancer treatment following radiotherapy, especially in patients with head-and-neck (HN) cancer. Objective: The purpose of this review was to evaluate evidence related to acupuncture for xerostomia in patients with HN cancer. Materials and Methods: Embase, Medline, Cochrane (all databases), PubMed, and Scopus were searched from inception through December 2014 for studies published in English that were randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating acupuncture to treat and/or prevent xerostomia in patients with cancer. A usual-care and/or placebo comparison group was required for inclusion.… Read more Acupuncture for Xerostomia in Patients with Cancer: An Update