• 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!

    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.

  • For osteoarthritis,acupuncture is associated with significant reductions in pain intensity, improvement in functional mobility and quality of life

    According to research from BMC website

    Acupuncture for osteoarthritis ,some people have found acupuncture helpful for their osteoarthritis pain, and the NIH has found it useful as a treatment for low back pain and many other conditions including osteoarthritis. So, what is truth?

    Two reviewers independently identified randomized controlled trials (up to May 2014) from multiple electronic sources (including PubMed/Medline, EMBASE, and CENTRAL) and reference lists of relevant articles, extracted data and assessed risk of bias (Cochrane's Risk of Bias tool). Pooled data are expressed as mean differences (MD), with 95% confidence intervals (CI) (random-effects model).

    They found that the use of acupuncture is associated with significant reductions in pain intensity, improvement in functional mobility and quality of life. While the differences are not as great as shown by other reviews, current evidence supports the use of acupuncture as an alternative for traditional analgesics in patients with osteoarthritis.

    Reference :BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014, 14:312

  • Can acupuncture help treat muscle wasting that can occur as a result of kidney and other diseases?

    According to a study of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).

    Muscle atrophy is when muscles waste away. The main reason for muscle wasting is a lack of physical activity. This can happen when a disease or injury makes it difficult or impossible for you to move an arm or leg.there are no simple and effective treatments.

    Can acupuncture help?

    Xiaonan Wang, MD, Li Hu, MD (Emory University), and their colleagues looked to see if electrical stimulation delivered through acupuncture might lessen muscle atrophy associated with CKD (Chronic kidney disease).

    The researchers found that the treatment improved muscle regeneration in mice by activating M2 macrophages, which are specialized immune cells that stimulate an anti-inflammatory response. Activation of M2 macrophages stimulates the insulin-like growth factor-1 signaling pathway, which promotes increased muscle protein synthesis and new muscle cell growth.

    The researchers noted that more work is needed to determine the optimal timing and intensity of LFES as a possible treatment for muscle atrophy.

    Of course. Almost every acupuncture research have same problem.

  • Can acupuncture help with sixth nerves palsy?

    Sixth cranial nerve palsy is weakness of the nerve that innervates the lateral rectus muscle. The lateral rectus muscle pulls the eye away from the nose and when the lateral rectus muscle is weak, the eye crosses inward toward the nose (esotropia). The esotropia is larger on distance fixation and on gaze to the same side as the affected lateral rectus muscle.

    Can acupuncture help?

    Do A report a patient whose abducens palsy resolved with four acupuncture treatments.

    The patient, a 58-year-old Vietnamese man with diabetes mellitus, presented to their institution's ophthalmology department with sudden onset of double vision. Ophthalmologic examination resulted in diagnosis of isolated left abducens palsy. The patient received a temporary prism for symptomatic relief. With no improvement after 2 months, he presented to our integrative medicine program inquiring about acupuncture. He received four acupuncture treatments over 11 weeks with complete resolution of his diplopia.

    This case is suggestive that acupuncture may be helpful treatment of patients with abducens palsy.

    Reference: Glob Adv Health Med. 2014 Jul;3(4):32-34 Authors: Do A, Wahner-Roedler DL, Bauer BA

  • Debate : Acupuncture isn't magical treatment, is it real science?

    We have been told that :the principles of acupuncture are firmly grounded in science, and you don't need Chinese philosophy either to make it work, or to practise it, says a leading medically trained acupuncturist. Dr Adrian White, who is editor in chief of the scientific journal Acupuncture in Medicine. But, the scientific literature is replete with the failure of acupuncture to help some diseases. Yet, the acupuncture business is booming and poorly studied research that make unsubstantiated acupuncture magical claims.

    Professor David Colquhoun said : “Acupuncture is an interesting case, because it seems to have achieved greater credibility than other forms of alternative medicine, despite its basis being just as bizarre as all the others. As a consequence, a lot more research has been done on acupuncture than on any other form of alternative medicine, and some of it has been of quite high quality. The outcome of all this research is that acupuncture has no effects that are big enough to be of noticeable benefit to patients, and it is, in all probablity, just a theatrical placebo."

    Patients and acupuncturist desperately want to believe in a magical solution to disease that reveals itself in the form of a naturally traditional treatment. There are those who take advantage of this need by presenting acupuncture based on no proper double-blinded randomized controlled prospective studies published in peer reviewed journals. There is bad science which does not look at hard outcomes , but aims to correct laboratory abnormalities which do not necessarily correlate with intuitive outcomes.So many "high quality acupuncture research came out.

    We need good science and good sense. There is no magic but proper nutrition, proper exercise and properly studied medicines which save lives, not those which cosmetically correct laboratory abnormalities. Steven Novella says: "Saying that a acupuncture treatment has “potentially significant benefits” is unjustified opinion, and is especially odd coming from a scientist who just published a completely negative study showing the treatment is ineffective. In fact there have been several thousand acupuncture studies over decades. After all of this clinical research, acupuncture has not been clearly demonstrated to be effective for any indication. In short, acupuncture does not work. It is too late to talk about acupuncture’s “potential,” as if we just need to study it more. It has been studied. It doesn’t work."

    What's your opinion about " scientific acupuncture"

  • Another shocking case report : Spinal epidural abscess formation following acupuncture.

    The formation of spinal epidural abscess following acupuncture is very rare. But, it does't mean you never have chance to learn the case.

    According to new published case study : A case of a 54-year-old woman who presented with progressive low back pain and fever with a root sign. She underwent surgical decompression, with an immediate improvement of the low back pain. A culture of the epidural abscess grew Serratia marcescens. Serratia marcescens are Gram-negative bacteria which fall under the tribe Klebsielleae and the large family Enterobacteriaceae. One year postoperatively, MRI revealed the almost complete eradication of the abscess.

    This case is the first case of Serratia marcescens-associated spinal epidural abscess formation secondary to acupuncture. The characteristics of spinal epidural abscess that develop after acupuncture and how to prevent such complications are also discussed.

    Reference:Intern Med. 2014;53(15):1665-8. Epub 2014 Aug 1.

  • Research Reveals Acupuncture May possibly Reduce Chronic Lymphedema following Breast Cancer Treatment

    A report from Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers indicates that acupuncture might help reduce lymphedema of the arm, a inflammation that typically comes after breast cancer therapy.

    The Report, conducted by Barrie R. Cassileth, head of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service, along with Clifford A. Hudis, head of the Breast Cancer Medicine Program, had been revealed April 10 within the journal Cancer.

    “We have demonstrated that acupuncture being a remedy for lymphedema is safe to use and also well tolerated,” said Dr Cassileth. “In addition, this research shown reductions in lymphedema for that patient treated, offering solid impetus to the randomized managed test that is now under way to demonstrate how the impact is actually genuine.”

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    Several breast cancer sufferers require lymph nodes to be surgically taken out, sometimes because cancers spread to them or even because the lymph nodes have already been harmed through radiotherapy.

    Typically, lymph nodes help filter and take away water through the body. Once the lymph nodes are usually taken out, the water may gather in the affected arm or leg as well as cause very painful inflammation.

    Lymphedema is most often noticed in the arms of breast cancer sufferers who may have had lymph nodes taken out within their armpits, but could also appear in the hip and legs of sufferers whose pelvic area lymph nodes had been taken out. The problem leads to pain and also limits flexibility and can result in bacterial infections needing a hospital stay.

    Individuals impacted by lymphedema of the arm usually get frequent and extensive physical rehabilitation to reduce the level of lymphatic liquid. Additionally they might need to wear restrictive tights on their own arms to stop the liquid from recollecting. The actual treatment options will be time-consuming, high-priced, as well as unpleasant, plus they do not reduce arm circumference in an sustained way.

    “This is a problem by which currently there are no real treatment plans,” Dr Cassileth says. “There is really a demanding need to produce more-effective methods to deal with this issue.”

    Assessing Acupuncture
    In this early-stage research, Memorial Sloan Kettering research workers focused to evaluate the safety as well as possible effectiveness with this method as a remedy for lymphedema within the upper arm.

    Research members received acupuncture from Memorial Sloan Kettering two times every week for one month, by using a program put together by the Integrative Medication Service. For every treatment, acupuncturists placed 14 fine needles at sites around the impacted area and untouched legs, torso, and arms.

    The study assessed the participants’ upper-arm area both before and after the actual treatments. They found out that between the 33 sufferers who received acupuncture, 11 experienced a considerable decrease in swelling and the other 18 had more than a smaller reduction. When called a few weeks later regarding responses, individuals noted long lasting improvement in swelling reduction.

    Additionally, the research demonstrated that acupuncture brought on absolutely no serious unwanted side effects.

    Even though the research workers caution that it's hard to draw firm results from a modest review, they are really motivated from the final results. “I believe that it is totally worth checking out for sufferers that are experiencing this kind of tough condition,” Dr Cassileth says.

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  • Chinese research found that warm acupuncture help shoulder-hand syndrome of stroke patients.

    The shoulder‐hand syndrome generally develops as a reflex dystrophy with accompanying causalgia, characterized by pain in the shoulder. This is also associated with swelling and pain in the hand, on the involved side. Changes in the shoulder joint are identical with those seen in the frozen shoulder syndrome. It is thought by some to be a manifestation of reflex sympathetic dystrophy that may follow any painful shoulder lesion, but it has also been noted to arise as incidental sequelae of myocardial infarction, pleurisy, various kinds of painful intrathoracic lesions, cerebrovascular accidents, trauma, rupture of a cervical disc, or cervical arthritis.

    Can acupuncture help?

    Chinese researchers have done research about this . Their sixty stroke patients with shoulder-hand syndrome were equally randomized into control group and warm acupuncture group. Patients of the warm acupuncture group were treated by warm acupuncture stimulation of the affected TE 5 in combination with routine acupuncture stimulation of Jianyu (LI 15), Jianjing (GB 21), Quchi (LI 11), Wangu (SI 4), Yangchi (TE 4) and Hegu (LI 4), and rehabilitation training (passive and active upper-limb motion exercise for 30 min, once daily), and patients of the control group treated with routine acupuncture stimulation of the same acupoints mentioned above, and rehabilitation training. The treatment was conducted once daily, 5 times per week for two weeks.

    After the treatment, the results suggesting an improvement of the shoulder-hand syndrome after two weeks' treatment. The effect of warm acupuncture group was superior to that of the control group

    Chinese researchers have concluded that warm acupuncture combined with routine acupuncture and rehabilitation training is effective in improving shoulder pain, hand edema and limb motor function in stroke patients with shoulder-hand syndrome .

    Reference:Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2014 Jun;39(3):228-31, 251 Authors: Meng FY, Wen J

  • 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. It’s easy to be fooled by an acupuncturists' website. It’s 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 don’t 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 isn’t very helpful in determining quality. Your friend maybe not medicine professional .Its hard for them to give you accurate idea.

    So, if a friend can’t 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 don’t. 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 hasn’t been much impact of twitter on acupuncture. And twitter in acupuncture has downsides as well. The medium is used to “hype” 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 — especially special treatment( infertility) — 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 can’t 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!

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