A new study has found that acupuncture, the ancient practice of using needles to stimulate bodily self healing, is more effective than intravenous morphine for pain. Source: Acupuncture Beats Injected Morphine for Pain: Groundbreaking Study © August 6th, 2016. GreenMedInfo LLC. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of GreenMedInfo LLC.
Acupuncture for Neck Pain: Does It Work?
Chronic neck pain is one of the most common pain issues faced by students and office workers. Oftentimes, spending hours at a desk each day, combined with poor postural habits, is the root cause of the pain. However, for some, sports injuries, whiplash, and the wrong bed mattress or pillow can set off the pain. Regardless of what caused the neck pain to begin, many people find relief with acupuncture when seemingly nothing else helped. Scientific researchers and clinicians have been conducting clinical trials on the use of acupuncture for neck pain since the 1980’s, and most of these studies have confirmed that acupuncture is safe and effective.
One recent pilot study (published October 30, 2013 in the British Medical Journal) conducted at the Kyunghee University Medical Center in Seoul, Korea found that acupuncture three times per week was as effective as 80 mg of NSAIDs taken daily for chronic neck pain.
A meta-analysis of studies including 17,922 patients, published in Complementary & Alternative Medicine, found acupuncture to be effective for the treatment of back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic headaches. Patients receiving acupuncture had remarkably better results than patients receiving “sham” acupuncture. Those patients who had the worst baseline mental status and worst baseline pain scores also experienced the most benefit from acupuncture. […]
Acupuncture Effective for Lower Back Pain!
Acupuncture provided relief and lasting benefit to nearly twice as many lower-back-pain patients as conventional pharmaceutical and exercise therapy, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Researchers divided 1,162 adults with chronic, lower back pain into three groups. One of these groups was treated with the standard drug and exercise therapy commonly used in Western medicine. A second group was treated with traditional Chinese acupuncture, with 14 to 20 needles inserted at specific, traditionally prescribed locations (“medians”) at a depth of up to 1.5 inches. A third group received sham acupuncture, with needles inserted less deeply at random spots around the pain area, with no needles inserted at the medians. […]
Abstract: Pain is an enormous and prevalent problem that troubles people of all ages worldwide. The effectiveness of acupuncture for pain management has been strongly verified by large randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and meta-analyses. Increasing numbers of patients with pain have accepted acupuncture treatment worldwide. However, some challenges exist in establishing evidence for the efficacy
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Every year nearly one in five Americans experience some form of migraine attack. One in 25 will have headaches lasting at least 15 days per month. Here’s what to do when a disabling migraine strikes you. As an acupuncturist I want to highlight what we do in our clinic. However, click on the link at
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Six Therapies You May Have Not Heard Of More than Needles: 6 TCM Therapies You May Never Have Heard of Most people know that one way to feel better is with acupuncture needles. You go to your acupuncturist feeling bad. I put in a few needles. You leave feeling lighter, energized, more pain-free. Using acupuncture
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Acupuncture plus cupping for treating insomnia is therapeutic in college students. – GreenMedInfo Summary Abstract Title: Acupuncture plus cupping for treating insomnia in college students. Abstract Source: Med Sci Monit. 2007 Dec;13(12):BR286-92. PMID: 21053624 Abstract Author(s): Yue-Feng Zhang, Gui-Fang Ren, Xiu-Chun Zhang Article Affiliation: Hospital of Liaocheng University, Liaocheng, Shandong 252059, China. Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To
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Acupuncture may offer effective treatment for frozen shoulder. – GreenMedInfo Summary Abstract Title: Acupuncture for frozen shoulder. Abstract Source: Hong Kong Med J. 2001 Dec;7(4):381-91 PMID: 11773673 Abstract Author(s): K O Sun, K C Chan, S L Lo, D Y Fong Abstract: This randomised controlled trial was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture as
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