Acupuncture Little Better Than “sham” For Migraine

Boulder acupuncturist launching clinic on bus

But often, “true” acupuncture has worked no better than “sham” acupuncture — where the needles are inserted only to a superficial depth in the skin, or into sites that are not considered acupuncture points in traditional medicine. That raises the question of whether acupuncture works by “non-specific” effects, according to the researchers on the new study, led by Dr. Ying Li of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. That is, some people might feel better because they expect to, or because of the personal attention from the acupuncturist. 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. massage therapy north york 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.
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Acupuncture Happy Hour

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. “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.
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Acupuncture as good as counseling for depression: study

He’s also raised close to $5,000 in pledges through an Indiegogo.com crowdfunding campaign in which he’s seeking to raise a total of $15,000. Goldstein flew to Seattle last week and purchased his RV for $12,500. He’s working with a contractor to have the inside refinished with wood floors, walls, planters and lighting. He’s having the exterior painted and wrapped with his logo. There have also been tasks such as purchasing business insurance, which he said has been tricky because of the uniqueness of what he’s doing. For now, the business is a one-man show. But Goldstein said he’s hoping to be able to hire another acupuncturist to work with him within three to six months after launch. “It’s been really exciting for me to get to engage in this other part of myself that isn’t just acupuncture,” he said of the entrepreneurial aspect. Goldstein said he’s hoping eventually to franchise the operation or sell business plans to other operators around the state and nation. “I feel like if I start to franchise it I might become a business person and not an acupuncturist,” Goldstein said.
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Join Hardin Acupuncture and Embody Natural Health for a different kind of happy hour. One that will leave you feeling restored and rejuvenated. Acupuncture Happy Hour includes a community style acupuncture treatment, guided meditation, and a 12 oz raw organic juice. Relieve stress. Lessen cravings. Gently detox. You’ll receive a gentle acupuncture treatment – 5 tiny needles in each ear – while sitting in a group in chairs. This particular treatment has been used to help with stress, addiction, cravings, PTSD, anxiety. It’s deeply calming and grounding. Your acupuncturist, Debbie, will then guide you in a simple meditation. Please arrive at Embody around 5:15 so you can have your juice while you fill out the consent form.
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Acupuncture and Physical Therapy Programs Team Up in San Antonio

aI am really proud of our latest accomplishment. We will offer the first acupuncture program in San Antonio,a says Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, E.M.B.A., President and Chief Executive Officer. President Lin continues, aOur administrative staff has worked hard to reach this new milestone in our strategic initiative to serve a new generation of students in the San Antonio area, to establish a new generation of licensed acupuncturists, which serve the South Central region of our State, and to build upon our partnership of collaboration with UIW.a Texas Health and Science University is a comprehensive, for-profit educational institution advised by a volunteer Board of Governors. The University was formerly the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the first school of Acupuncture in the State of Texas, established in 1990. The school offers Bacheloras, Masteras and Doctoral degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The University has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) since 1996. It is also the first institution in the nation to be awarded an initial grant of accreditation for the Masteras degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the 100-year-old Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The University offers a 70-Hour Acudetox Training Program for licensed health care professionals approved by the Texas Medical Board. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, the University offers Dual Degree http://bayviewwellness.com/acupuncture/ programs at both the masteras and doctoral levels with Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, and has sister school relationships with eight institutions in Taiwan and China. The University recently expanded its program offerings with the development of the College of Business Sciences, which offers the new Master of Business Administration degree and MBA in Healthcare Management programs.
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