Acupuncture, Counseling Could Help People With Depression
As effective as antidepressant medications are, in some studies up to 60% of patients dont report adequate relief of their mood symptoms, and another 30% stop taking their drugs as prescribed. So researchers from the University of York in the UK compared the effects of adding either acupunctureor counseling to usual primary care monitoring for depression that included treatment with antidepressants. Among more than 750 patients who had discussed depressive symptoms with their primary care physicians in the past five years, one group were provided with 12 weeklyacupuncturesessions on top of their usual care, while another group received12 weeklysessionsof counseling combined with their usual care, and the remainder continued with their existing care. (MORE: Acupuncture May Offer Real Relief for Chronic Pain ) During the first three months of the study, both the acupunctureand counseling groups showed a greater reduction in depression symptoms compared to the patients onlyreceiving usual care. However, as the study went on, there were no noticeable differences between the three forms of care at nine and 12 months. That suggests that antidepressant treatments may take time to balance mood, and that acupuncture and counseling may need to continue for extended periods of time to counter depressive symptoms. So for the short term, as the medications start to rebalance mood, adding the non-drug therapies may help patients feel better sooner than they would on the drugs alone. The study is published in the journalPLOS Medicine.
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Acupuncture proven just as good as counseling for treating depression
“For people who have depression, who have tried various medical options, who are still not getting the benefit they want, they should try acupuncture or counseling as options that are now known to be clinically effective,” said Hugh MacPherson, the study’s lead author from the University of York in the UK. Previous studies looking at whether acupuncture helps ease depression have been inconclusive. Those studies were also small and didn’t compare acupuncture to other treatment options. “What’s more important for the patient is does it work in practice and that is the question we were asking,” MacPherson said. For their study, he and his colleagues recruited 755 people with moderate or severe depression. The researchers split participants into three groups: 302 were randomly assigned to receive 12 weekly acupuncture sessions, another 302 received weekly counseling sessions and 151 received usual care only. About 70 percent of people had taken antidepressants in the three months before the study and about half reported taking pain medications. People did not have to stop taking their medicine to participate in the study. At the outset, participants had an average depression score of 16 on a scale from 0 to 27, with higher scores symbolizing more severe depression. A 16 is considered moderately severe depression.
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Study: Acupuncture Eases Low Back Pain
According to Reuters, 302 of these patients were randomly assigned to a group that received 12 weekly acupuncture sessions, while another 302 were assigned to 12 weekly counseling sessions. The remaining 151 patients received usual care, which presumably included antidepressants and other pharmaceuticals. At the beginning of the study, the average depression score among all patients was 16 on a scale from 0 to 27, with 27 representing extreme depression. A 16, according to reports, is considered to be moderately severe depression. But at the end of three months, patients in the acupuncture group experienced a significant drop on the scale from an average of 16 down to nine, which is considered to be the higher end of the mild depression category. The average depression score also dropped in the counseling group, to an average of 11, while the typical care group only dropped to about 13. Even better was the fact that the benefits of these treatments persisted, lasting an additional three months following the study’s conclusion. In other words, even after the study was over, patients in the acupuncture and counseling groups continued to experience the benefits of these treatments. “For people who have depression, who have tried various medical options, who are still not getting the benefit they want, they should try acupuncture or counseling as options that are now known to be clinically effective,” stated MacPherson about the incredible results. “What’s more important for the patient is does it work in practice and that is the question we were asking.” Growing body of research points to acupuncture as viable alternative to psychiatric meds The study admittedly had its limitations, as roughly 70 percent of all patients had taken antidepressants in the three months before the study. Some of them also continued taking these medications during the study , and the authors did not specify which patients these were from each group. Still, the results help reinforce the notion that other treatments besides just drugs can provide formidable benefits without eliciting harmful side effects.
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Acupuncture as good as counseling for depression, study finds
While your acupuncturist will likely provide a gown, Dr. Fitzgerald suggests wearing loose-fitting clothing for comfort. Flickr photo by nicolasnova 4. Be On The Record Both Fitzgerald and Moores recommend bringing medical records, even if you think they are unrelated to your treatment. “The acupuncturist will spend a lot of time asking questions that might not even seem related to your condition,” Fitzgerald says. He or she may ask about digestion, sleep paterns, gynecological history, mental health issues and more. Chinese medicine looks at all conditions as “interrelated,” even if there’s no obvious connection in the Western view. Moores agrees: “If you have a history of medications, diagnostic tests, MRIs, always bring them; when you have any diagnostic test, blood test or anything, you should keep a copy. Those results can help us.” Flickr photo by breahn 5. Speak Up Even if you’re a rookie to this old practice, make sure you’re understanding everything that’s happening.
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It is often called wear-and-tear arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones, which serve to cushion the ends of the bones, wears down over time. Cartilage is the firm and slippery tissue which allows smooth joint motion. In osteoarthritis, the surface of the cartilage becomes rough, and with time, if the cartilage wears down completely, bone begins to rub against bone. Osteoarthritis can damage any joint in the body. It primarily affects the joints in the hands, neck, lower back, knees and hips. While the condition has no cure, treatment can slow its progression, relieve pain and improve joint function. Symptoms Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include: Pain during or after movement Tenderness Stiffness, especially in the morning or after a period of inactivity Loss of flexibility Grating sensation when the joint is in motion Bone spurs – these extra bits of bone, which feel like hard lumps, may form around the affected joint Acupuncture Acupuncture treatments can be administered to reduce pain, tenderness and stiffness in the affected joint and improve range of motion and joint strength. Typically, acupuncture points are selected which circle the affected joint, along with other acupuncture points on the arms or legs which assist in relief of joint specific symptoms. Once the very thin acupuncture needles have been inserted in the selected points, a mild electrical charge is usually applied to the needles to enhance the stimulation at the acupuncture point and the effectiveness of the treatment.
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Acupuncture for osteoarthritis
Patients who received conventional treatments had a similar number of total treatments, which included exercise, pain medication, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The acupuncture groups were allowed to use medication for acute episodes of back pain only. This consisted of NSAID use no more than two days a week during the treatment period. Traditional acupuncture involved inserting needles at fixed points and depths on the body and manipulating the needles in accordance with ancient Chinese practice. With the sham treatment, needles were inserted in the lower back at shallower depths at non-acupuncture points and the needles were not manipulated. Patients who got the traditional and sham acupuncture treatments were almost twice as likely to report treatment-related responses six months later as patients who did not have acupuncture. Responses were defined as a 33% improvement in pain or a 12% improvement in functional ability. “Because acupuncture has a low risk of side effects and few contraindications, it should be added to the catalogue of treatments recommended for acute and chronic back pain, even though — just as for any other form of treatment — there will always be some patients who do not respond,” Endres says. Sham Acupuncture Works Several earlier studies involving patients with chronic pain have shown similar benefits for traditional and sham acupuncture.
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Veterinary Acupuncture Helps Heal Injured Animals
39 No. 33 | View PDF Dr. Jacobs gives Bella a shot to alleviate her pain. Dr. Jacobs of the Interlaken Centre, Waconia, MN was at Williston Saddlery mid August treating a Great Dane and a barrel racing horse using the ancient practice of acupuncture. The Interlaken Centre is probably the oldest veterinary practice devoted solely to acupuncture according to Dr. Jacobs. It was opened in 1983 by Dr. Ralph Johnson, a pioneer in animal acupuncture.
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