Study finds pain relief from acupuncture is real

Tender-Point Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Study finds pain relief from acupuncture is real A review of more than 18,000 cases finds the effectiveness rate of acupuncture high enough to warrant further treatment. Wed, Sep 12 2012 at 6:03 AM Related Topics: Photo: ~ggvic~ / Acupuncture, or the process of inserting needles into the body in specific locations or “meridians” to treat various ailments, has always had a somewhat dubious reputation in the U.S. Skeptics believe that if it works at all, it is only via a placebo effect. But a new study has found that for sufferers of chronic pain, acupuncture provides real relief. And even if it’s only in their heads, the results are strong enough to support continued treatment. The study, published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine analyzed data from over two dozen clinical trials dating back to the 1990s. All combined, the trials evaluated more than 18,000 people with chronic pain stemming from arthritis, headaches, or back and neck problems. In each study, pain relief from acupuncture was compared with traditional treatment methods such as medication and exercises, and fake acupuncture a phony version of the treatment in which needles are inserted unsystematically. The study found that the effectiveness rates for real acupuncture was 50 percent in other words, it was found relieve a patient’s pain from say 60 to 30 go!! on a 100-point scale. The effectiveness rate for sham acupuncture was 43 percent and that for traditional treatment was 30 percent. The conclusion? The pain relief derived from acupuncture is real, or real enough to warrant further treatment. The results “provide the most robust evidence to date that acupuncture is a reasonable referral option,” wrote the study’s authors, researchers with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and several universities in England and Germany.
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Community Acupuncture Works offers lower-cost group sessions in Garberville

The tender points are 18 specific points on the body that doctors may use to diagnose fibromyalgia. Pain in at least 11 of them indicates the widespread pain and tenderness needed for the diagnosis. Previous studies have shown that acupuncture is effective at reducing pain sensitivity and quality of life. In this study, researchers looked specifically at the effect of a two-month course of acupuncture in the tender points. They found improvements in pain threshold (the point at which sensation becomes pain,) pain sensitivity, anxiety, depression, and quality of life. Learn more about this form of treatment: Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia . I consider acupuncture to be one of the most important components of my treatment regimen. Have you tried it? Did it work for you?
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Acupuncture: the scientific evidence

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As her opening day special, Tobin is offering free sessions, time and space allowing, for today only. Tobin joined the staff at Redwoods Rural Health a year ago, and she plans to continue seeing clients for regular one-on-one sessions on Wednesdays, but on Tuesdays and Thursdays shell be at her new business, called Community Acupuncture Works. “The business model is different from a traditional model in which a patient is seen in a private room and charged $60 or more for the service,” Tobin explained. “In a community clinic, patients are seen in a group setting and charged a fee of $15-$40 sliding scale, which allows people of all income brackets to get the frequency of care they need without compromising quality. “This business model is based on the way acupuncture is practiced in China. Community acupuncture is gaining much recognition in the United States and most cities offer a community clinic option,” she said. When clients come to Community Acupuncture Works for a treatment, Tobin will see them briefly in a private room to discuss their condition and check their vital signs. Then they will go to the community room, take one of six chairs, and Tobin will begin the treatment. As each client completes a treatment, he or she leaves and the chair becomes available for the next person. Clients are asked not to talk to each other during the treatment, since an important part of the healing process is the atmosphere of quiet, relaxation and tranquility. People Tobin has not previously worked with will need to schedule an initial one-on-one appointment so that she can talk with them in detail about what they need and want from acupuncture. After the initial appointment, they are welcome to come to Community Acupuncture.
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Equine acupuncture: An ancient art in a modern world

How a medical acupuncturist treats nausea: A practitioner will typically place a needle on the P6 point site web – an acupressure point found on the inside of the wrist. However, this is just one of several points that can be used. Other practitioners may insert a needle into the middle of the stomach or just below the knee joint. How long the treatment lasts often depends on which type of nausea is being treated. For the treatment of morning sickness, a medical acupuncturist in a GP’s surgery or hospital may insert a needle for several minutes. Cancer patients hoping for relief of nausea from chemotherapy may be treated for 20-30 minutes. __________________________________________ DENTAL PAIN The evidence: A scientific review of 16 clinical trials found acupuncture to be effective against dental pain. One study in 1995 showed that pain relief after dental surgery doubled compared to patients receiving placebo or false acupuncture. Other studies in 1999 and 2000 found similar results. How a medical acupuncturist treats dental pain: When treating dental pain, a practitioner will insert tiny needles into a combination of points including the jaw area and above the eye. Treatment usually lasts from several minutes to 20 minutes depending on the practitioner.
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What conditions can be treated with acupuncture? A wide range of conditions have been documented to have been treated by acupuncture. However, the technique has particular value in the treatment of chronic pain associated with muscle pain (myofascial pain) or arthritis. I have had consistently good results in the treatment of back and neck pain. How does acupuncture work? There are two principle explanations as to how it works. These are either as part of Tradititional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or a scientific approach. The Chinese approach to disease is holistic. Emotional, hereditary and environmental factors are considered important elements of disease patterns. The philosophy and aim of TCM is to restore equilibrium between physical, emotional and spiritual factors, thus restoring and maintaining health. Treatment involves using needles in specific acupuncture points, often in conjunction with herbal therapy, to address imbalances in Yin and Yang as well as improving the flow of Qi (life energy) and blood. Scientific research into acupuncture has made enormous progress over the last 40 years.
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