Acupuncture Works, One Way Or Another

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. “Acupuncture does appear to have some very small benefit above and beyond placebo acupuncture or sham acupuncture,” says Avins, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study.
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Acupuncture could help in the dentist’s chair

People who cannot help their gag reflex may unintentionally deprive themselves of the best dental care, write Giuseppa Bilello and Antonella Fregapane, both from the University of Palermo in Sicily. Acupuncture may be one strategy to solve that problem, the pair suggests. “It is a small study, and that is one weakness,” Dr. Palle Rosted told Reuters Health. “But it is a good start.” Rosted is a consultant acupuncturist with Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield, England. He was not involved with the current study. The researchers recruited 20 people with a history of gag reflex in the dental chair to have upper and lower teeth impressions taken under normal circumstances and then immediately after acupuncture. Participants ranged in age from 19 to 80. For the first round of upper teeth impressions, they reported an average gag reflex score of 7 on a 0-10 scale, with 10 representing the maximum nausea sensation. During the second round, the researchers applied acupuncture needles about 30 seconds before taking impressions and left the needles in until the procedure ended.
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Free Acupuncture Clinic Draws Seniors To Wise & Healthy Aging

Palle Rosted told Reuters Health. “But it is a good start.” Rosted is a consultant acupuncturist with Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield, England. He was not involved with the current study. The researchers recruited 20 people with a history of gag reflex in the dental chair to have upper and lower teeth impressions taken under normal circumstances and then immediately after acupuncture. Participants ranged in age from 19 to 80. For the first round of upper teeth impressions, they reported an average gag reflex score of 7 on a 0-10 scale, with 10 representing the maximum nausea sensation. During the second round, the researchers applied acupuncture needles about 30 seconds before taking impressions and left the needles in until the procedure ended. On average, gag reflex scores dropped to just 1. The pattern was similar for gag reflex scores during lower teeth impressions done with and without acupuncture, according to findings published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine. The researchers point out that they can’t be sure the improvements were due to the acupuncture needles themselves – in part because there was no comparison group that didn’t get acupuncture. Another possibility is that gag reflex scores improved because participants were more used to the impressions the second time around. Still, “It has certainly given us some more evidence that acupuncture may be effective,” Rosted said. The study’s positive result “is something that we doctors definitely need exposure to and to keep in mind as a possible option,” Dr.
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Heavily pregnant Gwen Stefani pops into acupuncture clinic with husband Gavin and their two boys in tow

The very pregnant rocker, 44, was spotted going into an acupuncture clinic in the Korea Town neighborhood of Los Angeles on Friday. Husband Gavin Rossdale joined her for the trip with their boys Kingston, seven, and five-year-old Zuma. The 48-year-old also carried the family’s tiny Pomeranian pooch. Me and the boys: Heavily pregnant Gwen Stefani went to an acupuncture clinic on Friday with her two boys, Kingston, seven, and five-year-old Zuma in tow The blonde continued bayviewwellness her pregnancy fashion parade of the last few months, proving that a blossoming tummy is no bar to looking great. The stylish beauty rocked a black, thigh-length tunic over black, crisply-ironed trousers, rolled up at the ankles to show off a pair of high-top, chiropractic toronto black bayview village chiropractic toronto spikey-heeled boots that looked like they would be difficult to walk in even without the bump out front. She brightened up her ensemble with a colourful kimono-inspired jacket top for her relaxing appointment. Bumpsadaisy: The 44-year-old rocker showed off her blossoming tummy in a chic black ensemble teamed with a colourful kimono-style jacket with stylised flowers Gwen’s signature platinum-blonde hair was pulled back and teased up into a beehive, with a few tendrils falling around her perfectly made-up face. Her eyes were covered up behind orange-rimmed shades and her ruby lipstick matched her perfectly manicured nails. The boys in her life were more casually dressed. Kingston and Zuma both sported yellow and black Everlast boxing shirts teamed with knee-length baggy shorts. Leading him on: Gavin Rossdale, 48, was part of the family outing and handled dog walking duties Their Bush frontman dad teamed a white T-shirt with black jeans, a black vest, black trainers and a broad smile as he walked along.
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Many holes found in ear-acupuncture study

The Acupuncture Clinic has been in operation for a year and a half, said President and CEO Grace Cheng Braun, with WISE & Healthy Aging providing the space and administrative support, and Yo San University bringing the medical supervision and graduate students who provide the acupuncture treatments. Its a win-win for both organizations, Cheng Braun said. As well as for the students who complete valuable, specialized training and the seniors and caregivers who receive relief from chronic pain and feel increased energy as a result of the treatments.” With a goal of bringing affordable, subsidized acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine care to the Los Angeles Westside community it serves. Yo San University has many different community projects, including partnerships with the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles pain clinic, the Being Alive HIV/AIDS clinic. and the Venice Family Clinic, according to university Co-founder and Co-chancellor Daoshing Ni. But the clinic at WISE & Healthy Aging is the only outpatient Yo San program that works entirely with seniors, Dr. Dao said. Dr. Dao said working with seniors requires special sensitivity. You have to be gentle, as some are very frail, and some bruise easily,” Dr. Dao said. ” At the same time, seniors are pretty determined, pretty strong and very committed. If they want to get care, theyll be there.” In practical terms, this means that, especially at the beginning, an elderly patient may begin with as few as six or eight of the ultra-fine, sterilized acupuncture needles being applied, whereas a more aggressive treatment might utilize 30 or more, explained Lawrence Lau, the universitys dean of Academic and Clinical Affairs in charge of the masters degree program.
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Acupuncture could help in the dentist’s chair

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Responding to the research published online this month in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, experts not involved in the work said ear acupuncture is unreliable and probably a waste of money. It is hard to think of a treatment that is less plausible than ear acupuncture, said Edzard Ernst, a professor of complementary medicine at Britains University of Exeter. A summary of the study, conducted by Korean researchers, said it compared three approaches in a total of 91 people acupuncture on five points on the outer ear, acupuncture on one point and a sham treatment as a control. It said participants were asked to follow a restrictive diet, but not one designed to lead to weight loss, and not to take any extra exercise during eight weeks of treatment. Its results indicated significant differences were apparent after four weeks, with the acupuncture-treatment groups having lower body-mass-index scores compared with the sham treatment group, where there was no such reduction. Weight also differed significantly after four weeks in both active treatment groups compared with the sham group, the researchers reported. The journal said auricular acupuncture therapy is based on the understanding that the outer ear represents all parts of the body. It was first used in France in 1956 by a doctor who noticed that a patients back-ache was cured after a burn on the ear. But external experts said the latest research and its conclusions should be viewed with caution. While its good to see attempts to evaluate so-called alternative treatments using the same approach as is used for more conventional treatments, this study has several features that complicate the picture, said Kevin McConway, a professor of applied statistics at Open University in Great Britain.
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