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  • Sticky Zak acupuncture for chronic lower back pain case | Acupuncture for Infertility London

    About back pain ,experts say that thanks to all those studies we know much more about what we don't know than about what we do know!

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    Low back pain is on the rise and causes more global disability than any other condition, according to two studies from Australia.We were actually amazed when we typed ?causes of lower back pain? into the Google search box. Over 3,770,000 search results exist!The problem already costs the UK economy £12.3 billion a year, with more than four million working days lost each year as a result of people taking time off with bad backs. Despite spending more than 86 billion dollars a year on treatment for back pain in the United States, Americans continue to struggle with this problem. It has become a national epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, prominent medical doctors called for new ways to diagnose back pain and measure outcomes of treatment. Today, very little has changed. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that Americans with spine problems are worse than ever before.By just glancing at the articles that pop up on the first page yields an enormous amount of facts and figures.but,the treatments aren't always effective. Acupuncture is without question one of the most powerful pain-altering modalities in the world. Its reputation for pain relief is known and respected internationally. It may be practiced successfully with a variety of procedures other than needles, including lasers, electronic and noninvasive stimulation devices for those who are needle-phobic and would not consider acupuncture otherwise. This 58-year-old female patient presented in February 2008, with severe pain of her lower back, right buttock, leg, and foot.The patient's pain began in February 2007, when she slipped on a cleaning in her home,after that,she has been many different treatment including phsiotherapy,osteopathy,chiropracitc,etc,but nothing worked,She also received hydrocodone bitartrate/acetaminophen, which provided minor relief but caused nausea.She described the pain as "cramping, burning, radiating, and squeezing." She said the pain was constant, with an intense ache in her lower back. Pain radiated hot across her hip and buttock, down the posterolateral aspect of her leg to the sole and top of her foot.She was unable to work because of intolerable pain. On physical examination, it was noted that flexion, extension and lateral movements of the spine were all completely normal. However, on palpation of the L4,L5 facet joint there was extreme tenderness, on the right more than the left, examination also showed decreased ankle reflex on the right side. After presentation at my clinic the patient enrolled in zak acupuncture,after first time treatment,patient was with little result. She carried on treatment and received deep and intensive acupuncture in lower back area for approximately 2 months,almost 10 acupuncture sessions in which she had a lot of thick needles put over the tender facet joints,and some regional acupuncture points. On the eleventh session, it was difficult to elicit the previous area of tenderness and the patient felt that the pain had completely resolved. Most low back pain is triggered by some combination of overuse, muscle strain, and injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the spine. Many experts believe that over time muscle strain can lead to an overall imbalance in the spinal structure. This leads to a constant tension on the muscles, ligaments, bones, and discs, making the back more prone to injury or reinjury.(readmore)Acupuncture is best solution for back pain relief as it is best for decrease inflammation and built up circulation to injuried tissue.

    In contrast to most acupuncturist, I focus first on trying to find a effective option for my patients. Most of the patients I see have a problem that I can solve with a special acupuncture technique.I spend a significant amount of time practicing about new and exciting technologies that have made modern acupuncture technique,one of the fastest growing and most technologically advanced areas in all of Chinese medicine. Although I am sorry that you have to come see me because of your chronic and difficult back pain, take comfort in the fact that I have so much more to offer you to solve your pain successfully than any other time in history. --Zak, MB(1985) MATCM(UK) Please have a look around my website. I hope it helps you learn more about my practice and understand more about your spine.

  • How do you really know if your acupuncturist is good one?

    Are your acupuncturist fantastic ? Really?

    Patients have to realise how little information they really have about their acupuncturists' performance. Itís easy to be fooled by an acupuncturists' website. Itís very difficult to assess an acupuncturists' true skill or performance.

    Of course, there are some indicators of an acupuncturists. Training ,work experience ,reputation....However, few of us are searching for an acupuncturist who simply meets basic levels of competency. if we want to understand the quality of their outcomes, level of clinical expertise,general surveys donít do the job.As you know, acupunctuist-patient relationship is important. But what most patients care about is whether their acupuncturists' clinical results are better or worse than others. How to know this?

    Always word of mouth?

    Actually. Just asking a friend about their experience isnít very helpful in determining quality. Your friend maybe not medicine professional .Its hard for them to give you accurate idea.

    So, if a friend canít provide objective, comparative information on the expertise of acupuncturist, what about asking your GPs for a recommendation? Asking a GP might work if all doctors really trust acupuncturist. But they donít. Your GP never directly observes the work of acupuncturist.

    So, where can we turn?

    The reality of this myth is that there is no simple way to assess an acupuncturists' skill or clinical outcomes.

    My suggestion is about everything: Facebook ,Twitter, Pinterest ,friend ,google .....spend more time to find out.....

    Over the next few years, different type of information will become increasingly available. Wise patients will pay greater attention to the data to increase their odds of obtaining the best possible acupuncture care.

  • There are lots of misleading information about acupuncture on twitter,so what you can do?

    As you know, I do engage in twitter in a couple of ways, primarily through my blogs. And notwithstanding the fact that twitter has become a standard communication format for many folks, especially the younger generation, I still wonder how we are going to harness this revolution to improve what people know about acupuncture, what we can do with that information and how we can raise awareness about acupuncture-related issues.

    The reality is that there hasnít been much impact of twitter on acupuncture. And twitter in acupuncture has downsides as well. The medium is used to ďhypeĒ stories that may not be based on fact or quality research.There are plenty misleading acupuncture information on twitter. Acupuncture clinics use twitter to increase awareness of their brands. There is no question that twitter is reworking the way we communicate and rewiring our brains in ways we never anticipated. So how does acupuncture ó especially special treatment( infertility) ó fit into this? I don't think so.

    Social media moves much faster than research: What is here today may be gone or less popular tomorrow. We certainly canít ignore the reach of twitter. The world of twitter is full of possibilities when it comes to improving health and particularly when it comes to acupuncture. The deck is no longer stacked against getting accurate information out to the public, information that can change health and change lives. The question is whether we are smart enough, flexible enough and inventive enough to take advantage of twitter --this genuinely huge opportunity.

    The benefits in acupuncture twitter

    1.Practices can benefit from a social media presence and offer information beyond the appointment.acupuncturists can provide added value to patients by posting relevant content to its website and disseminating this via social media channels.

    2,Raise acupuncturist profiles:Increasingly people are going online to find out more about their acupuncturist's background.

    3,Influence online search: Acupuncturists involved in social media have an advantage in terms of web search engines. The practice will rank better on Google, which is important for patients who are looking for a local medical practice.

    4,Marketing for acupuncture ciinics: For acupuncture clinic that face competition, social media can form part of the marketing . Platforms such as Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Twitter can be used both to disseminate information and updates to patients and to help acupuncturists connect with the community.

    Risk of acupuncture twitter

    Acupuncturist must maintain appropriate boundaries of the patient-acupuncturist relationship in accordance with professional ethical guidelines just as they would in any other context. When acupuncturist see content posted by colleagues that appears unprofessional they have a responsibility to bring that content first to the attention of the individual, so that he or she can remove it and/or take other appropriate actions. If the behavior significantly violates professional norms and the individual does not take appropriate action to resolve the situation, the acupuncturist should report the matter to appropriate authorities ,take care!

  • Sag Harbor acupuncturist charged with sexual abuse

    According to newsday

    Southampton Town police have charged a Sag Harbor acupuncturist with sexually abusing a patient during an appointment, police said.

    Mikal P. Gohring, 64, was charged with aggravated sexual abuse in the second degree, a class C felony. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Sunday in Southampton Justice Court.

    Gohring, in an interview Wednesday evening, denied the charges. "The allegations are totally without merit," he said. "I did not do this."

    There many dirty acupuncturists around world.

    Take care!

  • Good or bad? Acupuncture performed before and after embryo transfer

    Most of the clinical trials that demonstrated a significantly increased chance of pregnancy administered 2 acupuncture treatments, one before and one after the embryo transfer. However one of the trials did only one treatment and still showed a positive effect on pregnancy rates. What's real picture for this more and more common used treatment for IVF patients?

    To compare the clinical pregnancy rates in women who underwent fresh embryo transfer (ET) with and without one acupuncture session before and after the transfer using a modified Paulus protocol,Craig LB et al have done research about this treatment. Their physician-blinded study randomized 113 women to either no intervention or acupuncture performed off-site.Secondary outcomes were positive pregnancy test and live birth rates. Intent-to-treat analysis and per protocol analysis were performed.

    To your surprise. There are no difference in age and in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) parameters were detected. Compared to the control group, the treatment group had a LOWER pregnancy rate . More women in the control group had live births than did those in the acupuncture group. Generalized mixed models revealed that patients who received acupuncture had lower odds of clinical pregnancy than those who did not undergo acupuncture treatment.

    So, Their study found that acupuncture performed off-site on the day of ET was detrimental to the success of the transfer.

    Of course ,more research is needed.......

    What's your opinion about this research?
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    Reference:J Reprod Med. 2014 May-Jun;59(5-6):313-20.

  • New or Old? New knee-warmer treatment could help combat the pain of arthritis. Acupuncture warming therapy has long history for this treatment.

    In this Chinese medicine, doctors have to find the traditional meridian acupuncture points before puncturing the needles into them. Moxibustion is also an important part of the acupuncture remedy. Treatment by acupuncture can be classified roughly into two types - direct moxibustion and indirect moxibustion. Warm-needling acupuncture is classified under the method of indirect moxibustion.
    Warm needle acupuncture (WNA) therapy combines the effects of acupuncture and heat produced by moxibustion. This therapy has been widely used in Chinese traditional medicine to treat huge number of patients in China and other countries .

    The interesting thing is a "new treatment "come out,according to Dailymail.

    They said : "A needle is inserted into the joint to deliver radiofrequency - radio waves that produce heat.Normally the inside of the knee is 35c; this tiny probe heats it to 42c for ten minutes. It's thought this helps interfere with the pain signals being sent from the knee. A hundred people who have had knee pain as a result of osteoarthritis for at least three months are taking part in a trial of the device at Cukurova University in Turkey. Their pain and mobility will be assessed one, four and 12 weeks afterwards."

    Well, what's new, what's old. Acupuncture help anyway.

  • About cosmetic acupuncture,what knowledge you should know?

    As the number of people undergoing cosmetic rises, the number of people who get no results also increases. With more and more people choosing to undergo cosmetic acupuncture , it is a must for people eyeing cosmetic acupuncture to know the right questions to ask their acupuncturist before fully undergoing any procedure.

    1. Are you registered acupuncturist? One of the most important things you must ask your acupuncturist is if he or she is registered ? Your acupuncturist should be board certified by BAc or ATCM, sometime MAC ......This is a proof that your acupuncturist has gone through years of rigorous training and passed multiple examinations.

    2. How many years have you done this procedure? It is important to know how many years your acupuncturist has done the cosmetic acupuncture you prefer before. The ideal number should be more than 3 years.

    3. What are the risks and complications of cosmetic acupuncture? You should consult your acupuncturist regarding the risks and complications your cosmetic acupuncture. Ask how often such risks occur and how to handle them if they ever come your way. However, no acupuncture is risk-free. The most common risks are blues ( bleeding) , etc in the face. Your acupuncturist will help you overcome these risks.

    4. As patient, you need to understand that facial acupuncture is based upon the precepts of TCM and that the appearance of the face reflects the overall balance and health of the entire body. Facial acupuncture derives its impact from the patient's immersion in an organic process of change. Professional acupuncturist has advised against facial acupuncture practitioners guaranteeing results, as this, too, will establish unrealistic expectations on the part of the client. Likewise, this could provoke accusations of malpractice. So, you have to realise that facial acupuncture results are depending upon many thing. Of course,acupuncturists should provide them with optimum results.

    Everything ready? Call your acupuncturist now.

  • Can acupuncture help with De Quervain's tenosynovitis?

    De Quervain tenosynovitis,also known as BlackBerry thumb, gamer's thumb, washerwoman's sprain, radial styloid tenosynovitis, is a tenosynovitis of the sheath or tunnel that surrounds two tendons that control movement of the thumb.There is no consensus on the management of De Quervain's tenosynovitis, but local corticosteroid injection is considered the mainstay of treatment.other conventional treatments include rest, immobilisation, oral anti-inflammatory drugs and even surgery, but none of these is established as clearly effective.

    Can acupuncture really help?Acupuncture is rarely mentioned and the points suggested are rather generalóregional, tender and ah shi points. From a TCM point of view, all sorts of focused tenosynovitis pains such as this represent blockages or interruptions in the flow of energy, called 'qi' in Chinese medicine, and the use of acupuncture restores the natural flow and with it addresses the pain which the blockage causes.

    A new study was performed to compare the efficacy of acupuncture versus corticosteroid injection for the treatment of this disease. Their thirty patients were consequently treated in two groups. The acupuncture group received five acupuncture sessions of 30 minutes duration on classic points of LI-5, LU-7, and LU-9 and on ahshi points. The injection group received one methylprednisolone acetate injection in the first dorsal compartment of the wrist.

    Researchists' conclusion : Although the success rate was somewhat higher with corticosteroid injection, acupuncture can be considered as an alternative option for treatment of De Quervain's tenosynovitis.
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    Reference:J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2014 Jun;7(3):115-121 Hadianfard M1, Ashraf A2, Fakheri M3, Nasiri A 1.

  • Can Chinese massage (Tuina) help with essential hypertension?

    Essential hypertension is high blood pressure that does not have a known cause.Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as your heart pumps blood through your body. Hypertension occurs when the force of blood is too strong.

    Chinese massage, named Tuina, is commonly used in China and potentially effective for essential hypertension (EH). However, there is no critically appraised evidence such as systematic reviews or meta-analyses on the effectiveness and safety of Tuina for EH. For that reason, Chinese researchers have done research about this.

    Chinese researchers have concluded that the findings from their review suggest that Tuina might be a beneficial adjuvant for patients with EH, although the results are of limited value due to the clinical heterogeneity and low methodological quality of the included studies. Future studies should adhere to high-quality RCTs with long follow-up for demonstrating the effectiveness of Tuina for inpatients with EH.

    Reference:Complement Ther Med. 2014 Jun;22(3):541-548 Authors: Yang X, Zhao H, Wang J

  • Is treatment by moxibustion with acupuncture effective in correcting breech presentation in the third trimester of pregnancy?

    In many Western countries breech presentation is an indication for elective Cesarean section. In order to correct fetal presentation, the stimulation of the acupoint BL67 by moxibustion, acupuncture or both has been proposed. Does it really work? To assess the efficacy of moxibustion (heating of the acupuncture needle with an igniting charcoal moxa stick) with acupuncture for version of breech presentations after 33 4/7 weeks of gestation to reduce their rate at 37 weeks of gestation and at delivery,Franch scientists have done a research about this.

    There was a randomized placebo-controlled single-blind trial including 328 pregnant women recruited in a university hospital center between 33 4/7 and 35 4/7 weeks of gestation. Moxibustion with acupuncture or inactivated laser (placebo) treatment was applied to point BL 67 for six sessions. The principal endpoint was the percentage of fetuses in breech presentation at 37 2/7 weeks of gestation.

    Their conclusion is that treatment by moxibustion with acupuncture was not effective in correcting breech presentation in the third trimester of pregnancy.
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    Reference :Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Jun 4.

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