Acupuncture Works, One Way Or Another

Acupuncture as good as counseling for depression, study finds

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Health.com: Surprising ways to fight headache pain “Most clinicians and patients would say a 50% success rate versus a 30% success rate for something like intractable chronic pain is actually pretty good,” says lead author Andrew J. Vickers, a statistician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in massage toronto New York. Acupuncture, which originated in China, involves placing needles in specific locations or “meridians” of the body in order to treat various ailments, especially pain. Acupuncture practitioners claim the technique relieves pain by modifying energy flow through the body. “Acupuncturists talk about concepts coming from outside traditional biomedicine,” Vickers explains. “Doctors will say, ‘I didn’t learn about energy flow in Physiology 101.'” Health.com: Natural remedies for arthritis The energy-flow theory has met with a great deal of skepticism in the United States and other Western nations, and researchers have failed to identify other, biological underpinnings for the treatment. Dozens of clinical trials have sought to prove that acupuncture is more than a placebo by comparing the real thing with sham treatments, which in addition to misplaced needles can include electrical or laser stimulation designed to mimic pinpricks. The new study bolsters the evidence for acupuncture but doesn’t quite put to rest the idea that patients are largely responding to the placebo effect, says Dr. Andrew L. Avins, an epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco and a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente, a large nonprofit health plan based in Oakland, California. Although genuine acupuncture clearly benefited the study participants, Avins says, the fact that the effectiveness rate was much higher than treatment as usual but only slightly higher than the sham treatment suggests that most of the benefit associated with acupuncture is indeed attributable to the placebo effect. Health.com: Get headaches? Smart ways to deal What’s more, he adds, the modest difference between genuine and sham acupuncture may not be meaningful for the average real-world patient.
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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. After three months, people assigned to the acupuncture group had an average score of about 9 – on the higher end of the mild depression category. Scores fell to 11 among members of the counseling group and about 13 in the usual care group, both considered moderate depression. Participants who received acupuncture or counseling saw larger improvements over three months than those who had neither treatment. Those benefits remained for an additional three months after the treatments stopped.
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A new study has found that acupuncture may improve breathing problems in people with COPD, making it easier for them to complete physical tasks and minimizing the feeling of breathlessness that often accompanies exertion. The study, conducted in Japan and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine ,followed patients who had received three months of acupuncture. Researchers found the benefits from the alternative treatment were equal to, or better than, what’s been reported for conventional drugs and exercises. COPD a disease categorization that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis is irreversible lung damage that is often caused by smoking. The primary symptom of the condition is shortness of breath. At present, the disease is typically treated with medications such as steroids and inhalers as well as breathing exercises. For this study, doctors followed 68 COPD patients, half of whom were given weekly acupuncture sessions, while the other half received “fake” acupuncture sessions with needles that don’t actually pierce the skin. Prior to the treatment and at the end of the 12-week trial period, patients performed a standard six-minute walking test during which researchers measured the distance walked and shortness of breath during walking (on a scale of 1 to 10.) In the real acupuncture group, shortness of breath was initially rated at 5.5 out of 10 after walking. After 12 weeks of treatment, that fell to 1.9. The average distance those patients were able to walk in six minutes also improved, from about 370 meters to 440 meters. The comparison group did not see these improvements.
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Acupuncture as good as counseling for depression: study

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. “What this says is if you don’t get completely better, there are other options,” added Dr. Philip Muskin, a psychiatrist from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York who was not involved in the study, to Reuters.
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Acupuncture proven just as good as counseling for treating depression

Elmo Ave., Suite R, Chattanooga, Tn. 37409 (second floor of the St. Elmo Town Center above Pasha Coffeehouse). Lifepoint AOM is joining other practitioners across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in celebrating Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day by sponsoring a free evening of talks, acupuncture and demonstrations. During the lunch hour there will be a community acupuncture and guided meditation session for $10. Throughout the evening, she is offering free herbals teas, Chinese food energetics, and chair massage. Drop in during any of the days scheduled events north york chiropractor to enter a raffle for a free 90 minutes consultation and treatment and to schedule a reduced-cost appointment. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, officially observed on Oct. 24, is part of an effort to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is supported through a unique international partnership of organizations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The partnership includes professional associations, research organizations and educational institutions. Lisa Michele Holt is board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She holds licenses as a Diplomate in Acupuncture& Oriental Medicine in Tennessee, Florida, and South Carolina. Additionally, she maintains licenses as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee and Florida.
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Study: Acupuncture may relieve symptoms of COPD

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“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. After three months, people assigned to the acupuncture group had an average score of about 9 – on the higher end of the mild depression category. Scores fell to 11 among members of the counseling group and about 13 in the usual care group, both considered moderate depression. Participants who received acupuncture or counseling saw larger improvements over three months than those who had neither treatment. Those benefits remained for an additional three months after the treatments stopped. However, any differences between acupuncture and counseling could have been due to chance, the researchers reported Tuesday in PLOS Medicine. They found doctors would need to treat seven people using acupuncture and 10 people with counseling for one person to no longer be depressed.
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