Effect of Acupuncture at Tender Points for the Management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Case Series

Abstract Background Affecting more women than men, fibromyalgia (FMS) is a rheumatic syndrome characterized by chronic, diffuse and widespread musculoskeletal pain, and its pathogenesis is still unknown. Among the recommended treatments, acupuncture (for its analgesic effects) is an effective option for reducing the pain sensitivity and improving quality of life. Therefore, this study aimed to […]

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Acupuncture for the Treatment of Hot Flashes in Patients with Breast Cancer Receiving Anti-estrogen Therapy: A Pilot Study in Korean Women.

Abstract Objectives:  Anti-estrogen therapy can cause vasomotor symptoms similar to those occurring during menopause, including hot flashes. Recent studies suggest that acupuncture is effective in reducing vasomotor symptoms in patients with breast cancer receiving tamoxifen. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility and safety of acupuncture for treatment of hot flashes in […]

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Acupuncture Research: Knee Pain & Knee Osteoarthritis

Acupuncture and other physical treatments for the relief of pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee: network meta-analysis. Corbett MS, Rice SJ, Madurasinghe V, Slack R, Fayter DA, Harden M, Sutton AJ, Macpherson H, Woolacott NF; University of York, UK. Electronic address: mark.corbett@york.ac.uk. Abstract Objective:  To compare the effectiveness of acupuncture with other relevant physical treatments […]

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The Promise and Problem of Placebo

Placebo is Latin for “I Shall Please” and involves a phenomenon of particular interest to much of Chinese medical research, especially Acupuncture – whose complex clinical physical and emotional interactions largely escape the neat and tidy gold standard for (pharmaceutical) evidencing: the double-blind-randomized-controlled study, and as such deserves special attention.  Many long ago cast and […]

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Acupuncture for post-traumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled pilot trial.

ABSTRACT The purpose of the study was to evaluate the potential efficacy and acceptability of acupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People diagnosed with PTSD were randomized to either an empirically developed acupuncture treatment (ACU), a group cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), or a wait-list control (WLC). The primary outcome measure was self-reported PTSD symptoms at baseline, […]

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The Effect of T’ai Chi Exercise on Immunity and Infections: A Systematic Review of Controlled Trials

ABSTRACT: Purpose:  The aim of this review is to summarize and assess critically clinical trial evidence of the effect of t’ai chi(TC) exercise on immunity and TC efficacy for treating infectious diseases. Methods:  Fourteen databases were searched from their respective inceptions through January 2011. No language restrictions were imposed. Quality and validity of the included clinical trials […]

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Effect of Acute Acupuncture Treatment 
on Exercise Performance and Postexercise Recovery: A Systematic Review

Abstract Background: Preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture applied proximally during a single bout of exercise can enhance exercise performance and/or expedite post-exercise recovery. The purpose of this investigation was to review trials, systematically and critically, that have investigated such hypotheses and delineate areas for future research. Methods:  A systematic review using computerized databases was performed. […]

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New Brazilian Study Shows Promise of Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis

Impact of electroacupuncture on quality of life for patients with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis under treatment with immunomodulators:  A randomized study. Juan G Quispe-Cabanillas, Alfredo Damasceno, Felipe Glehn, Carlos O Brandão, Benito P Damasceno, Wanderley D Silveira and Leonilda M Santos. METHODS 31 adult patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) were randomly and blindly (to patients […]

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The Importance of “Zheng” – diagnostic pattern differentiation – in clinical trials of Chinese medicine

Efficacy and side effects of Chinese Herbal Medicine for menopausal symptoms: a critical review.  Lian-wei XU, Jia Man, Roland Salchow, Michael Kentsch, Xue-jun Cui, Hong-yong Deng, Zhuo-jun Sun, and Lan Kluwe “Chinese herbal medicine may be effective for at least some menopausal symptoms while side effects are less likely than with hormone therapy. However, all these findings need to be confirmed in further […]

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