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Category: Acupuncture

Treatment involves use of manual/ traditional acupuncture

Acupuncture helps recover menstrual cycles in women with PCOS

Acupuncture is useful treatment to use for menstrual problems and I recommend it with herbs and supplements when treating PCOS. Here is a meta-analysis of several studies that concludes acupuncture does help treat PCOS. Abstract Introduction A systematic review and meta-analysis was carried out to assess the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture in treating polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Methods RCTs that compared either acupuncture with no/sham (placebo) acupuncture or a certain therapy with acupuncture added in the treatment of PCOS were included in the review. Measures of treatment effectiveness were the… Read more Acupuncture helps recover menstrual cycles in women with PCOS

Acupuncture shows effectiveness in Dermatology

Objectives: Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used to treat a broad range of medical conditions, including dermatologic disorders. This systematic review aims to synthesize the evidence on the use of acupuncture as a primary treatment modality for dermatologic conditions. Methods: A systematic search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register was performed. Studies were limited to clinical trials, controlled studies, case reports, comparative studies, and systematic reviews published in the English language. Studies involving moxibustion, electroacupuncture, or blood-letting were excluded. Results: Twenty-four studies met inclusion criteria.… Read more Acupuncture shows effectiveness in Dermatology

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

Chinese Herbs help relieve IBS

Objective: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common problem, but treatment is unsatisfactory. Although Chinese herbal medicines have been tried, there are limited data to support their usage. The authors set out to systematically review the effectiveness of the Chinese herbal medicine TongXieYaoFang (TXYF) and TXYF with different Chinese herbal additions (TXYF-A) in the management of IBS in order to make evidence-based recommendations.   Methods: The authors searched the literature to identify randomized trials of TXYF or TXYF-A for patients with IBS by using MEDLINE,® EMBASE, the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (CCTR), the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Fields Specialized Register… Read more Chinese Herbs help relieve IBS

Can Acupuncture improve IVF outcomes?

In Vitro Fertilisation  and Acupuncture Statistically you have a 25% chance of falling pregnant and staying pregnant with first cycle of IVF. It’s no wonder that women and couples turn to acupuncture to try to increase chances of conception and full-term pregnancy. Women and men can receive acupuncture prior to IVF. On the day of embryonic transfer the women may have acupuncture within an hour after the procedure. A woman may continue having acupuncture through the first trimester and until the risk of miscarriage is very low. Outcome measures: This… Read more Can Acupuncture improve IVF outcomes?

Can Acupuncture Treat Tinnitus?

Source: Long-Term Effect of Acupuncture for Treatment of Tinnitus” A Randomized , Patient and Assessor Blind, Sham-Acupuncture-Controlled, Pilot Trial. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Vol 18, No 7, 2012 pp.693-699 Medical Condition Tinnitus is a perception of noise within the person’s ears. Some patients describe it as  “beeping” or “hissing” noises, others a buzzing sound ‘like  swarm of bees”.  The severity and type of noise varies amongst sufferers. With this constant internal noise a suffers hearing can be impaired. We are yet to understand the patho-physiology of this… Read more Can Acupuncture Treat Tinnitus?

TCM and Non-acute bronchial Asthma complicated with gastroesophageal reflux

A review of effectiveness and safety of TCM treatments for bronchial asthma and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) Study: Zhao Yu-Hao, LIU Zhao-hua, JIANG Sheng-hua, SHI Cheng-he: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials of traditional Chinese medicine treatment of non-acute bronchial asthma complicated by gastroesophageal reflux. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine: 32(1):12-18 Location of trials: All trials in this review were conducted in China Treatment This review looked at  randomized, controlled trials that compared TCM treatments to western medical treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs, bronchodialators for asthma and drugs to inhibit gastric acid production and promote… Read more TCM and Non-acute bronchial Asthma complicated with gastroesophageal reflux