Acupuncture For Anxiety And Depression

Can Acupuncture Help With Pain And Addiction? From Dr. Oz (VIDEO)

(Samuels, 2008) Double-blind, placebo-controlled studies showed electroacupuncture to be as effective as amitriptyline for depressive symptoms. Patients in this study who were treated with acupuncture had better outcomes with respect to somatization and cognitive process disturbances than did those treated with medication. (Samuels, 2008) Also, In a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of 30 patients scheduled to undergo colonoscopy, found that treatment with acupuncture decreased patients’ demand for sedative drugs, reducing both discomfort and anxiety during the procedure. In [read] another randomized, blinded, controlled trial of 91 ambulatory surgery patients, found that patients treated with auricular acupuncture at relaxation points reported significantly lower levels of anxiety than did controls. (Samuels, 2008) One particular study followed the results of acupuncture in patients with neck and low back pain and divided them into three groups. One was given intramuscular acupuncture, one periosteal acupuncture, and one was a control group with no treatment. Intramuscular acupuncture or IMA involves inserting needles in traditional acupuncture points. Periosteal acupuncture or PA involves inserting needles in areas that are tender and not necessarily points of traditional acupuncture. The needles then prick the area two to four times per second for about ten seconds, and are finally left in the area for approximately 30 minutes without any stimulation. (Hansson, 2007) No differences were found between the groups during the trial, but both the IMA and PA groups showed positive long term results. In the IMA group, anxiety decreased for up to three months, the level of depression for up to one week, sleep and mood upon awakening improved for up to six months.
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Alligator gets acupuncture for pain

I dont discount qi, but when I describe it to people in Western medicine, I stick to descriptions of results, he said. Some of the strongest evidence for acupunctures usefulness in cancer patients has been in the area of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, according to the National Institutes of Health. Current practice guidelines recommend acupuncture for this use, the NIH reported, with the caution that there might be a placebo effect in some studies. Dr. Robert Gordon, a hematologist/oncologist with Andrews & Patel Associates in Hampden Township, said the placebo effect is generally present in one in four people who report a subjective illness. Acupuncture could be a placebo effect, but there is evidence that it might have an effect in blocking nerve impulses in the brain, Gordon said. I feel medically open enough that, since its not dangerous and has no adverse effects, if they want to pursue it and they can afford it, they have my blessing. Affording acupuncture can be a stumbling block since many insurances dont cover it and it can cost more than $150 per treatment. Derry Township resident Liz Reid paid about $500 out of pocket for acupuncture to help with severe side effects from the chemo she underwent for breast cancer in 2011. I was always a person who looked for alternatives to medicine, but I knew I had to embrace the chemotherapy treatment to get myself well, so I looked for alternative treatments to help, said Reid, 56, who had low white blood cell counts, nausea, brain fog, elevated liver enzymes and body aches. Acupuncture relieved her physical symptoms and her mental stress, she said. Because I had so many side effects, I had a certain amount of anxiety about going back for more chemo. Acupuncture was so relaxing and stress-relieving that I really felt I was in a healing environment. Although she dedicated a portion of her budget to acupuncture because she felt it worked well, there came a point five months later when she had to stop going because of the cost, she said.
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Black Friday

Since you will be working intimately with your accupuncturist, it is imperative to ensure you’re comfortable together. Even if the accupuncturist is well-regarded, if you don’t feel at ease, then Moores says “you are cutting yourself and your healthcare short.” Flickr photo by Kara Allyson 2. Come With An Open Mind In order to entirely reap the benefits of this treatment, try your best to come to the appointment with an open mind. Moores explains: “Acupuncture works whether you believe it in or not. However, people will say you have to believe in it to work.” Moores says that the shifts that occur from acupuncture are “subtle changes,” meaning that those who are more in touch with their bodies can more easily notice them, while those who are less in-tune may take a longer time to feel any differences. Flickr photo by James Qualtrough 3. Come Prepared Prepping for an acupuncture treatment consists of many different variables: it’s best to be conscious of when you arrive, what you eat and even how you smell! Food-wise, Moore suggests eating something light before your appointment. “If you don’t eat anything before, you can feel weak after the treatment because a lot of energy is moving around,” she says. It’s also best to stay away from caffeine for the day, if you can. And consider skipping the coffee before your visit, since it acts as a stimulant. Acupuncture shouldn’t be stressful (just the opposite — it is meant to relieve stress!).
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Study finds pain relief from acupuncture is real

Oz (VIDEO) Posted: 11/11/2013 10:08 am EST|Updated: 11/11/2013 10:08 am EST Subscribe Follow: Fitness and Exercise , Health , Relationships , Sex , Video , Natural Health , Acupuncture Treatment , Dr. Oz , Health After 50 , MarloThomas News Can acupuncture help for pain and addiction? According to Dr. Oz , Daytime Emmy Award winning host of ” The Dr. Oz Show, ” it absolutely does. Dr. Oz says he loves acupuncture and thinks it “makes a lot of sense.” After a recent trip to China, where Dr. Oz sat in on hospitals and even performed surgery, Dr. Oz says he walked away from the experience with a new understanding of acupuncture, herbal treatments and other Eastern-influenced medication. According to Dr. Oz, acupuncture taps into the so-called “energy meridian,” or the vertical channels of energy which course through the human body.
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Acupuncture helps cancer patients cope

Acupuncture on animals is becoming increasingly common around the world, the aquarium biologists say, especially with pets such as cats, dogs and horses. The use of acupuncture on animals began thousands of years ago in China. In the US, the number of vets who hold membership in the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture has jumped 50% in the last few years to 900 doctors, said Simon Flynn, executive director of the academy based in Glastonbury, Connecticut. “There are many zoo veterinarians who use acupuncture, a number of equine practitioners who treat race horses with acupuncture, it’s proven to be a useful treatment,” Mr Flynn said. “It’s common with dogs and it’s becoming increasingly common with cats. More veterinarians are seeing the worth of the treatment.” Typical ailments treated by acupuncture include neck and back issues, skin problems and pain in general, among other complaints. But Bino requires a few precautions not needed with your average house cat. Inserting the needles into his back requires the important first step of taping shut his lock-tight jaws full of razor-sharp teeth. Bino wrestles around a bit as the tape is applied, but soon calms down.
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Acupuncture as good as counseling for depression: study

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 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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Acupuncture, Counseling Could Help People With 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. “What this says is if you don’t get completely better, there are other options,” Dr. Philip Muskin, a psychiatrist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, told Reuters Health. “One option would be to take a different medication, but by this study these would be valid options,” said Muskin, who was not involved with the new research. He cautioned, however, that counseling and acupuncture are not replacements for medication. The majority of study participants were still taking antidepressants at the end of the three months. Muskin said the study also doesn’t show what types of patients respond best to acupuncture or counseling.
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