Scan Pinpoints Gold Threads Inserted During Acupunture Into Woman’s Arthritic Knee

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Gold in them there knees… Gold threads were purposely left in a woman’s knee after acupuncture treatments. Picture: New England Journal of Medicine WHEN a 65-year-old woman went to have scans on her arthritic knees, doctors saw signs of the disease and dozens of gold needles. The South Korean woman had received pain-relieving injections and anti-inflammatory drugs for her condition but was still suffering from pain, researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine . Furthermore, the treatments were causing her gastrointestinal discomfort, the researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Chonbuk National University in South Korea wrote. So, she turned to a form of acupuncture in which gold threads are purposely left inside a person’s body. The woman went for the treatment once a week, leading to the large amount of fibres in her legs. The researchers explained: “It has been hypothesised that gold thread implanted at the acupuncture points acts as a continuous acupuncture stimulation. The insertion of small pieces of sterile gold thread around the joint by means of acupuncture needles has been used commonly in the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in Asian countries.” But, as can be seen here, they said it can complicate matters when medical scans are needed.
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When pain relievers and anti-inflammatories didn’t help the pain, she tried acupuncture. Acupuncture is a practice where needles are used to stimulate certain points on the body, to alleviate pain or to treat various diseases. In the woman’s acupuncture treatment, the needles, made of gold were intentionally left in her tissue for continued stimulation. Dr. Ali Guermazi, from Boston University wasn’t involved with the case tells LiveScience that leaving objects in the body can lead to inflammation, abscesses and infection. He says, “The human body wants to get rid of the foreign object. It starts with some mechanism of defense, for example inflammation and forming [fibrous tissue] around the object.” According to a survey by the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in the massage therapy clinic north york United States, an estimated 3.1million U.S. adults and 150,000 children were treated with acupuncture in 2007.
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The South Korean woman complained of severe joint pain and when X-ray was carried out gold acupuncture needles showed in her knees. Treating arthritis by inserting gold needles around the joint is quite common in Asian countries. The woman has shared that she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and had tried a number of medicines to lessen the pain. But when nothing worked for her, she tried acupuncture. It is a practice in which needles are used to stimulate certain points of body. Many people claim that acupuncture offers pain relief. In the case of woman, needles were intentionally left in her tissues, so that she can get continued stimulation. She felt a lot of pain in her joints and then it was found that gold needles are present in her knee tissues. “The human body wants to get rid of the foreign object. It starts with some mechanism of defense, for example inflammation and forming fibrous tissuearound the object, said Dr. Ali Guermazi from Boston University and was not involved in the study.
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X-ray reveals hundreds of acupuncture needles left in woman’s knees

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I learned how to shift the stress of gravity from one side of your body to the other to correct problems up and down your whole body and I learned how this can correct terrible health problems like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus and rheumatoid by strengthening the postural muscles and reducing spinal cord and brainstem, cranial nerve, and cerebellar irritation.” David Dow, DC, LAC has been in practice in the Madison, WI area for over 19 years. He has provided close to 50,000 individual treatments to help sick people get well. He graduated from the prestigious Northwestern College of Chiropractic in November 1993. He practices mainly Pettibon Chiropractic technique but also has training in Diversified, Gonstead, Chiropractic Biophysics, Applied Spinal Biomechanical Engineering, Drop table, Arthro-Stim, Flexion distraction, Spinal Rehabilitation, Clinical Nutrition and many more. He is currently working on a diplomat in Chiropractic Neurology. He believes it is important to focus on correcting the posture situation by strengthening your postural muscles, getting the chiropractic adjustment and reduce the spinal subluxation to restore function to the spine and it is important to do it gently with the least amount of force necessary. No potentially dangerous lateral neck adjustments so as not to strain the muscles of the back or stretch the supporting ligaments. Our adjustments are mainly traction based and decrease the damage caused by gravity on the spinal joints. After the adjustment, he believes it is essential to do specific, advanced, cutting edge, therapies to strengthen the spine and postural musculature or the posture and spinal condition will continue to degenerate. Dr. Dow graduated from the Midwest College for the study of Oriental Medicine in 1996. He practices a combination of Chinese and Japanese styles of Acupuncture. He believes it is important for the patient to feel the sensation of the energy that comes after the needle insertion but it is also very important that the patient feel very relaxed and comfortable and not be in any pain from the needles.
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Tiny Gold Acupuncture Needles Found in South Korean Woman’s Knees

Email | Twitter | Google+ Massages and acupuncture are now being offered to patients who get treated for cancer by UC Health. The cost might not be covered by insurance, but research indicates such treatments can reduce pain and anxiety, ease nausea caused by chemotherapy and help patients quit smoking tobacco. The family members of cancer patients also can pay for massage therapy ($85 for 60 minutes) or acupuncture ($120 an hour for first treatment; $100 an hour subsequently), as can the general public. Employees of UC Health and the University of Cincinnati get a 15 percent discount. A form is provided so patients can submit the expenses for possible reimbursement through a health savings account, flexible spending account or an insurance company. Also offered are reflexology (pressure applied to the feet, hands or ears, $85 for 60 minutes), auricular acupuncture (also known as ear acupuncture, $70 for 45 minutes) and acupressure (focusing on the same pressure points as acupuncture but without using needles, $85 for 60 minutes). In addition to improving patients coping, we hope to assist caregivers and employees and staff, as these roles can also be very stressful, said Sian Cotton , director of UC Health Integrative Medicine. Its important for everyone to take care of themselves so that they can, in turn, provide the best care for their loved ones or the patients they care for. UC Health Integrative Medicine will hold a free open house to demonstrate the services to the public on Jan. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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He, J. L. Wang, and Y. Wang. “[Treatment of knee osteoarthritis with acupuncture and moxibustion: a randomized controlled trial].” Zhongguo zhen jiu= Chinese acupuncture & moxibustion 33, no. 10 (2013): 871-876. Saudi Med J. 2012 May;33(5):526-32. Needle acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee. A systematic review and updated meta-analysis. Cao L, Zhang XL, Gao YS, Jiang Y. The effect of acupuncture (vs. different types of controls) on knee paina literature review.
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