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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Sun Si Miao on Heaven and Earth

“Zhào-Lín had a malignant illness which physicians were unable to cure, so he went and asked Sī-Miǎo, “What principles do the famous physicians employ to cure illness?” Sī-Miǎo answered: “I have heard that if one is skilled at talking about Heaven, one must substantiate it in the human realm; if one is skilled at talking […]

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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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