Scientists Seek Clues for Acupuncture’s Success
But other experts said that the findings do not mean that acupuncture offers nothing more than a “placebo effect” for migraine sufferers. For the study, Li’s team recruited 480 adults who had migraines at least twice a month. They randomly assigned people to one of four groups: In three, patients were given one of three different types of acupuncture that focused on traditional points, with electrical stimulation added to the needling; the fourth group received a sham version. In the sham group, needles were inserted in the skin at non-traditional sites, with electrical stimulation. But the needles were not manipulated to create a so-called “de qi” sensation. Patients in all four groups were offered 20 acupuncture sessions over four weeks. In the month after treatment ended, migraine sufferers in all four groups were reporting fewer headache days, Li’s team found. On average, they had migraine pain on about three days out of the month — down from around six days at the study’s start. In the third month after treatment, the “real” acupuncture groups were doing slightly better, while the sham group held steady at around three headache days. But the advantage was “clinically minor,” according to Li’s team, who did not respond to requests for comment. ‘SHAM’ MAY HAVE REAL EFFECTS So does that mean acupuncture’s benefits are all in your head? No, according to Dr.
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Comings & Goings: Inner Harmony Acupuncture in Aurora
Teckenbrock was born and raised in Plano. Teckenbrock frequents estate sales, auctions, garage sales and more to fill the store. He is also a book collector, so the store has several rare and unique books. There is something for everybody in here, Doblinger said. Thriftique Shoppe is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Find Thriftique Shoppe on Facebook or call 815-570-2440.
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WebMD Feature Archive By Jeanie Lerche Davis WebMD Feature It’s a mystery and a miracle: An acupuncture needle inserted in the pinkie toe changes a breech baby’s position in the womb. How is this possible? Ever since the 1970s, when this ancient Chinese tradition debuted in the U.S., Western researchers have sought to understand the phenomenon of acupuncture. But the American public hasn’t waited for the scientific answers. Growing numbers have sought out acupuncturists for chronic health problems — when conventional medicine either hasn’t worked nor has answers. According to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 8.2 million American adults have used acupuncture — an impressive number considering only an estimated 2.1 million American adults had used acupuncture in the year before. Acupuncture is used as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative to treat an ever-growing list of disorders: addiction, stroke, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow , fibromyalgia , osteoarthritis , low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, infertility , pregnancy problems , dental pain, and side effects from cancer treatment. “The applications for acupuncture are endless … people use it for sports injuries, for their emotional well-being, for everything,” Peter Wayne, PhD, director of research at the New England School of Acupuncture, tells WebMD. Recent advances in technology have helped unlock the biological mysteries of this 2,000-year-old medical practice. Researchers are closer to understanding how an acupuncture needle can subtly adjust the body’s tissues, nerves, and hormones. The NIH and World Health Organization have both given formal approval of certain uses of acupuncture. It helps to have an exploring, open mindset when considering acupuncture.
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Acupuncture checks excess weight gain
Diagnosed in early 2010, she said her body became completely numb after an initial five-day course of hormone therapy, the only modern medicine she has taken to address her MS. “My doctor couldn’t explain the numbness,” she said, recalling the early treatment in her native Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. “Doctors also advised me to take interferon beta, but it’s very expensive and only works to prolong the time before I’m confined to a wheelchair. I don’t want to take it every other day for the rest of my life.” By the end of download 2010, Liu said she was unable to walk, so she decided to try Wang’s clinic. “I went every day for two months for bee acupuncture, injections and transfusions before I was able to walk again,” she said. Liu is still unable to stand, sit or walk for long, but credits the therapy with enabling her to take care of herself. “I can still do things on my own, like buying groceries, cooking and cleaning,” she said. Wang said venom from a live bee can boost the body’s immune system and activate other bodily functions, as well as bioplasma, which is “similar to stem cells and can help repair a damaged nervous system”. But many medical experts remain skeptical, as no clinical trial has been carried out to prove the theory. Guo Yi, a neurosurgeon at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, urged caution. “A clinical trial should be assessed by a professional third party,” he said. “Any treatment needs to be verified by different medical institutes before it’s deemed effective.” As well as MS patients, clinic owner Wang said people, including new mothers, are also turning to bee acupuncture to cure aching joints, back pain and rheumatic ailments, while some have used it to try to reduce tumors.
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Ouch … bee therapy causes a real buzz
The doctor explains, “When the blood sugar level is normal, there is no unhealthy increase in appetite. Acupuncture achieves this by enabling one to eat less by reducing requirement of food while enhancing the body’s ability to effectively utilise the energy obtained from food consumed. This means that though appetite and food requirement decrease, one feels highly energetic and refreshed at all times.” Metabolism boost The basal metabolic rate (BMR) of the body can be upped with the help of acupuncture. “So, while appetite decreases, energy is replenished and the body’s metabolism actually increases. This creates back pain clinic toronto a negative caloric balance and the weight gets yanked down,” says Dr Patil. More effective digestion Acupuncture enables the digestive system to process food effectively. Hormone regulation Acupuncture regulates ghrelin and leptin, hormones associated with being overweight and obese. Stress-buster Being overweight causes stress, leading to wrong choices that lead to weight gain. Acupuncture releases endorphins (‘happiness hormones’) present in the body, resulting in a calming, tranquilising effect that brings about a feeling of well-being and positive mood elevation. Aids liver function It promotes functioning of liver to its optimal level. The liver is an organ that doesn’t just aid metabolism but also is imperative to glycogen storage, decomposition of red bloof cells, plasma proteing synthesis, hormone production and detoxification.
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