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  • London-based osteopath Stephen Sacks help tension headaches patients by Kinesio taping

    The story from Dailymail

    London-based osteopath Stephen Sacks, who charges £65 for a 30-minute Kinesio treatment, believes that the tape – used in conjunction with other treatments such as osteopathy and acupuncture – is highly beneficial on patients suffering from tension headaches.

    The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.

    Dr Mark Weatherall, a consultant neurologist at Charing Cross Hospital, advises caution, however, saying: ‘I’m sure some people get a good response from the treatment, but the underlying causes of headaches are usually more complicated than simply misalignment of the neck or poor posture.’

    Patients with tension‐type headache suffer from episodes of pain which is typically bilateral (affects both sides of the head), pressing or tightening in quality, mild to moderate in intensity, and which does not worsen with routine physical activity. In most patients tension‐type headache occurs infrequently and there is no need for further treatment beyond over‐the‐counter pain killers. In some patients, however, tension‐type headache occurs on several days per month or even daily. Acupuncture is a therapy in which thin needles are inserted into the skin at defined points; it originates from China. Acupuncture is used in many countries for tension‐type headache prophylaxis ‐ that is, to reduce the frequency and intensity of tension‐type headaches.

    There are several different types of headache. The main types are:

    Tension headaches (also called stress headaches, muscular headaches) - a mild to moderate headache that may last minutes or days and tends to recur. The pain is fairly constant and felt in both sides of the head and neck as a pressure or tension.

    Migraine - ssymptoms can be variable, and there are several different types of migraine , but this is usually a moderate to severe one-sided headache that pulsates or throbs.

    Cluster headaches - frequent, short-lived (less than an hour), one-sided headaches across the temple or around the eye and occurring once or more a day, and often disrupting sleep. Headaches recur for several weeks then subside, although another cluster may develop months later.

    Chronic daily headaches - these may be of any of the above types, and occur for at least 15 days a month for at least three months.

    What's your experience?

    Want to know acupuncture for headache?

  • No one yet knows if acupuncture can really make a difference in IVF success--Doctor says

    According to Reuters Health - Acupuncture may help some women conceive through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), a new analysis of past research concludes. But the true benefit in the real world, if any, remains unclear.

    Dr. Frederick Licciardi, who heads the New York University Fertility Center's mind/body program said: No one yet knows if acupuncture can really make a difference in IVF success. But if a woman wants to try it simply to feel better or de-stress, there would be little harm.

    "If acupuncture helps you feel well, if it helps you get through the IVF (process), then great," Licciardi said.

    As for why acupuncture would help a woman get pregnant with IVF, no one is sure of that either.

    What's your experience?

    Half of infertile women find their GP unsympathetic about their situation or ignorant about their condition and what services are available that might help them fulfil their desire to have a child, a survey has shown.The leader of Britain's family doctors said the findings were "surprising and worrying" and the profession should do more to help patients who were suffering what she called "a hidden pain"

    Acupuncture doesn’t seem to help with the desired outcome of pregnancy, so imbuing women with a false sense of hope seems the wrong way to go about reducing stress. There are wonderful mind-body techniques to lower anxiety and so infertility providers are better off steering patients to more evidence based (and less expensive) practices than jumping on the we-offer-acupuncture-so-come-to-our-clinic bandwagon.

    Current medical evidence suggests acupuncture does not improve pregnancy rates. Offering it outside of a well-designed, prospective, large clinical trial seems unjustified and women seeking infertility therapy could probably use the money and hope they were planning to spend on acupuncture elsewhere.

    Here is interesting research from China:A 2010 study from China concurs. This study of one hundred and eighty two women undergoing IVF-ET (all under 38 years of age) were assessed for endometrial thickness, echo pattern and blood flow by ultrasonography eight hours before hCG administration. The women were divided into three groups: those with undetectable endometrial blood flow (A=10); those with sub-endometrial blood flow (B=82); and those with both endometrial and sub-endometrial blood flow (C=90). The women with evidence of both endometrial and sub-endometrial blood flow (group C) as identified by ultrasound had a far higher pregnancy and live fetus rate (62.2%) than group A which had no detectable endometrial blood flow (0%) and group B which had sub-endometrial blood flow only (17.1%). Group C also had a much higher implantation rate (33.2%) compared to group A (0%) and group B (19.9%). The researchers conclude that: "...patients with detectable endometrial blood flow had higher clinical pregnancy rates and implantation rates."

    Someone said:Lots of stories about acupuncture working almost miracles yet the reality is it does not work. There have been very extensive trial and they have proved beyond doubt it does not work
    You can give placebos to some people and they think it has helped them
    It may help a woman get pregnant but that because it is all in the mind. After having needles stuck in them they want to believe it will work and are more relaxed when they do the deed or then again it can just be luck
    There was that model recently that could not get pregnant and adopted a child. Shortly after she got pregnant probably because she was no longer worrying about trying to get pregnant

  • Medical experts believe that acupuncture can help improve fertility in both men and women.

    Dr. Jamie Grifo, director of the New York University Fertility Center and director of the division of reproductive endocrinology at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said that "it's not a panacea, but acupuncture does help some patients have better success."according to Medicinenet

    Two studies -- one in Acupuncture in Medicine and the other in the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation -- found a benefit when acupuncture was used on the day an embryo was transferred into a woman's uterus.

    The study from the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation also found that women with polycystic ovary syndrome and men who had infertility issues with no known cause also benefitted from acupuncture.

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    SOURCES: Lisa Lilienfield, M.D., family practice and pain management specialist, Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, McLean, Va., and clinical assistant professor, community and family medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; Jamie Grifo, M.D., director, division of reproductive endocrinology, and director, NYU Fertility Center, New York City; April 2011, Journal of Endocrinological Investigation; December 2010, Acupuncture in Medicine

    Researchers found that women who actively took part in stress management therapy, including visualisation techniques like imagining being on a beach, significantly increased their chances of pregnancy.In a small study of Israeli women undergoing IVF, 88 per cent of those who committed to a ‘talking cure’ therapy programme became pregnant, compared to just 60 per cent who were not on it.

    Acupuncture help you relax.......

    The acupuncture for fertility clinical application includes: 1) dilivery processing, 2) lumbo-sacrodynia, 3) dilivery pain, 4) pregnancy problems, 5) problems of post-dilivery, 6) conversion of fetal breech presentation, 7) nausea and vomitting during early pregnancy, 8) safety, 9) depression during pregnancy, and 10) blood supply of fetus.

    How to you know your egg quality is good or not?

    It is difficult to know your egg quality until IVF through which eggs can be seen. There are many factors that help estimate egg quality:
    ovarian reserve tests including AMH, antral follicle count and FSH test, higher AMH and antral follicle count show good ovarian reserve. FSH from blood test less than 10 iu/l is good.
    factors related to your menstrual cycles including cycle length, premenstrual spotting, ovulation day, peak estradiol and peak progesterone. Shorter cycles, spotting and low estradiol and progesterone indicate egg quality may not be good enough.
    women’s age: most women under age 35 would have good quality of eggs.
    pregnancy loss followed by difficulty to conceive again; This indicates that your egg quality is deteriorating.
    IVF results which tests egg quality.

    What you can do to help improve your egg quality?
    Life style changes would help which include going to bed on time to get sufficient sleep, stopping smoking, cutting down caffeine and alcohol, losing excessive weight.
    Acupuncture with or without TCM. Minimum 3 month acupuncture could improve egg quality.
    Taking some supplements may help which include CoEnzyme Q10, Omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin C and E etc.

    According to Acupuncturist ,the inability to conceive sometimes springs from something so simple that it has been overlooked. Acupuncturist cites busy, urban couples who simply don't have enough sex and stressed, dehydrated women whose bodies mimic menopausal symptoms. Most cases of infertility, however, pose bigger challenges, including polycystic ovary syndrome (POS), endometriosis, repeat miscarriages and men with poor sperm counts or quality.

    Many practitioners don't like acupuncture success stories to appear too miraculous.

    Considering the research, couples can determine whether acupuncture should be integrated as part of the methods used to try and conceive a child. Researchers have indicated that women using acupuncture treatments together with in-vitro fertilization have an increase possibility of conceiving, as well as decrease the instances of miscarriage and reduce in the instances of ectopic pregnancies that are experienced.

    How often should the acupuncture treatments be completed and should the treatments be carried out at specific points in the cycle? Treatments are recommended to be completed one or two times weekly through the cycle to establish the balance in the human body. Depending on the phase of the menstrual cycle, patients will frequently receive different treatments to boost fertility.

    Once the treatments have already been underway for a length of time, the patient and acupuncturist can determine the optimum time from the cycle to perform acupuncture treatments to improve ovulation, boost egg production and increase the chances of conceiving.

  • Research: Acupuncture and Parkinson's disease

    Dr. Benzi Kluger, assistant professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Colorado Hospital has been leading the study, which began in November 2010. The study is being conducted as a double-blind study to find whether acupuncture has a significant effect on Parkinson's patients living with fatigue in their daily lives.

    Kluger's acupuncture study has a total of 22 patients participating right now. The goal is to have 90-100 patients by the study's end date in 2013.

    Kluger said in the spring, his team is going to try to shell out a paper on the sham acupuncture after spending a lot of time learning how to remove the sham needles to create a really good placebo procedure.

    For detail, Please visit Acupuncturetoday.com

    The foundation, which was established in 2000 by actor Michael J. Fox, is the largest funder of Parkinson's research in the world. The organization has funded over $270 million in targeted Parkinson's research to date including the latest study on acupuncture.

    Eating strawberries, blue- berries, blackcurrants and blackberries could help to protect against Parkinson’s disease, researchers suggest.Men who ate the fruits along with other foods rich in flavonoids were found to be 40 per cent less likely to develop the brain disease.And those who ate berries at least once a week could cut their risk of developing the disease by a quarter compared with those who never ate them, the study by British and U.S. experts also found.
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    New research--

    30/05/2012 - Effectiveness of acupuncture and bee venom acupuncture in idiopathic Parkinson's disease.
    Country: Korea

    Institute: Department of Cardiovascular and Neurologic Diseases, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

    Author(s): Cho SY, Shim SR, Rhee HY, Park HJ, Jung WS, Moon SK, Park JM, Ko CN, Cho KH, Park SU.

    Journal: Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2012 May 24.

    Abstract:

    This study aimed to explore the effectiveness of both acupuncture and bee venom acupuncture as adjuvant therapies for idiopathic Parkinson's disease.

    We recruited 43 adults with idiopathic Parkinson's disease who had been on a stable dose of antiparkinsonian medication for at least 1 month. They were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: acupuncture, bee venom acupuncture, or control.

    All participants were assessed using the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale, the Parkinson's Disease Quality of Life Questionnaire, the Beck Depression Inventory, the Berg Balance Scale, and the time and number of steps required to walk 30 m. Treatment groups underwent stimulation of 10 acupuncture points using acupuncture or bee venom acupuncture twice a week for 8 weeks. The initial assessment was repeated at the completion of treatment. The control group did not receive any treatment.

    Participants in the bee venom acupuncture group showed significant improvement on the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (total score, as well as parts II and III individually), the Berg Balance Scale, and the 30 m walking time. When compared to the control group, the bee venom acupuncture group experienced significantly greater improvement on the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale. In the acupuncture group, the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (part III and total scores) and the Beck Depression Inventory showed significant improvement. The control group showed no significant changes in any outcome after 8 weeks.

    In this pilot study, both acupuncture and bee venom acupuncture showed promising results as adjuvant therapies for Parkinson's disease.

    Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • What is Apos Therapy? Does it really work for knee arthritis?

    Apos Therapy--AposTherapy is a clinically proven drug-free and non-surgical treatment for knee osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders. The therapy was developed by orthopaedic doctors, founded on established medical principles and incorporates cutting-edge biomechanical technology. A fully personalised care programme re-designs the way you walk by aligning the body and re-educating the muscles around your joint. AposTherapy fits seamlessly into your daily routine, delivering lasting pain relief so you can move with confidence and Be yourself again.

    This is from their website

    Does it really works? Let find out from Pubmed

    We found an article form Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2010 Nov;25(9):920-5.

    Their forty six patients with bilateral knee osteoarthritis were analyzed with 12 treatments....they found that their results suggest an overall improvement in the gait patterns, level of pain and level of function of patients with knee osteoarthritis following 12 weeks of treatment with the novel biomechanical device.

    Another research--The Effect of AposTherapy on the Level of Pain, Function and Quality of Life in Patients With Neuro-muscular and Neurological Disorders.Study results? --No Results Available

  • Can acupuncture help with Flat warts?

    Flat warts are generally found on the face and forehead. They are common in children, less common in teens, and rare in adults.Warts are small, usually painless growths on the skin caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). They are generally harmless. However, warts can be disfiguring and embarrassing, and occasionally they itch or hurt.Most warts can be diagnosed by location and appearance. Your doctor may want to cut into a wart to confirm that it is not a corn, callus, or other similar appearing growth. Rarely will your doctor have to order laboratory tests, however, sonography may be considered as reliable support for plantar wart diagnosis. If you have genital warts, your provider will want to check inside your anus and (in women) vagina.

    To offset the possibilities of hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and scar formation, the method of auricular acupuncture was used by Chinese Fudan University.

    Chinese scientisits findings suggest that auricular acupuncture may be a viable alternative for the treatment of flat warts. Larger randomized studies are needed to fully evaluate auricular acupuncture against more conventional treatments, and these are planned.
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    Reference:Ning S, Li F, Qian L, Xu D, Huang Y, Xiao M, Duan G, Li Y.
    25.Int J Dermatol. 2012 Feb;51(2):211-5.

  • Can acupuncture help with dyspepsia?

    Dyspepsia also known as upset stomach or indigestion, refers to a condition of impaired digestion. It is a medical condition characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen, upper abdominal fullness and feeling full earlier than expected when eating.Acupuncture is widely used in China to treat dyspepsia. However, its effectiveness in the treatment of dyspepsia, and whether specific acupoints exist, are controversial. Several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have suggested that acupuncture is an effective treatment for dyspepsia, particularly with regards to dyspeptic symptoms, belching and anorexia . However, it has been difficult to draw firm conclusions from the results of these RCTS due to the poor quality of the studies and the small sample sizes.

    Chinese First Affiliated Hospital of Xinxiang Medical College has done a research about this treatment.Their three hundreds and twenty patients with confirmed diagnosis as functional dyspepsia were randomly divided into 4 groups: an electroacupuncture group, a Zhizhu Kuanzhong capsule group, a combined therapy group and a western medication group, 80 cases in each group. In electroacupuncture group, acupuncture was applied to Zusanli (ST 36), Zhongwan (CV 12), Neiguan (PC 6), Taichong (LR 3) and Gongsun (SP 4), twice per day, continuously for 5 days each week......They found that electroacupuncture and Zhizhu Kuanzhong capsule all up-regulate plasma motilin and electrogastrographic frequency, promote gastric emptying, alleviate the symptom of functional dyspepsia and improve NDLQI. But the combined medication achieves much better efficacy and presents better safety and long-term therapeutic effect.

    The outcomes included the patients’ response, symptoms improvement measured using the Symptom Index of Dyspepsia, and quality-of-life improvement based on Nepean Dyspepsia index
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    Reference:Guo LK, Zhang CX, Guo XF.Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2011 Dec;31(12):1071-7

    New research__Acupuncture and sham acupuncture have relatively different clinical efficacy and brain responses. Acupuncture treatment more significantly improves the symptoms and quality of life of FD patients

  • International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics--TCM improves fertility treatment

    Researchers in Israel have found traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can improve western fertility treatment.

    Cellular biologist Dr Shahar Lev-Ari and TCM practitioner Keren Sela of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Tel Aviv Medical Center tested 123 women having problems conceiving, who were between the ages of 28 and 46.

    All of the participants were receiving intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment, but 29 of them were also being given Chinese herbs such as Chuanxiong and PeoniaAlbae alongside weekly acupuncture sessions.

    The group provided with TCM as well as western medicine had a 65.5 per cent success rate when it came to conception compared with 39.4 per cent of the control group.

    It was described by the authors as an even more surprising result, considering the average age of the women receiving alternative therapies was higher than that of the participants who had only IUI.

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    About FIGO
    The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) is the only worldwide organisation that groups obstetricians and gynecologists. It has member associations in 124 countries/territories. Its Secretariat is based in London, the UK.
    FIGO’s mission is to promote the wellbeing of women and to raise the standards of practice in obstetrics and gynecology.

    Another important reason ---infection.

    In traditional Chinese medicine, the infectious diseases of women's reproductive system are discussed and treated under the categories of genital itching and leukorrhoea. The etiology and pathology of genital itching and leukorrhea dysfunction of Liver, Kidney and Spleen. In Chinese medicine pathology, Liver meridian surrounds the reproductive system and stores the Blood. The Kidney meridian controls the reproduction and opens to the anus and genitals. The Spleen is responsible for regulating the fluid metabolism through the absorption and transportation of body fluids and the removal of excessive water. Chinese medicine pathology believes that Liver Stagnation or Spleen deficiency produces Damp Heat, Damp Heat moves downward and accumulated around the reproductive system. Chinese medicine pathology also claims that the Liver or Kidney deficiency results in Blood deficiency, which turns to skin dryness in the genital area. The nutrients could not supply the genital area. In both cases, itching in the genital area, abnormal vaginal discharge, or ruptured abscesses in severe cases results. Two patterns, Damp Heat Pattern and Chronic Deficiency Pattern, are universally discussed and treated for reproductive system infections in Chinese medicine gynaecology. The key differences between these two pattern are excessive vs. deficient, and acute vs. chronic.

    Links information :Kidney: kidney is connected to reproductive system directly through its meridian. Kidney also connects to reproductive system through three extra meridians including conception, governor and thoroughfare vessels. Kidney is origin of principle Qi and it governs reproduction.
    Liver: Liver is connected to reproductive system through three extra meridians conception, governor and thoroughfare vessels. Liver stores and regulates blood. It is known as sea of blood. Liver regulates reproductive function.
    Spleen: Spleen is connected to reproductive system through two extra meridians including thoroughfare and conception meridians. Spleen generates blood and controls blood.
    Stomach: Stomach is connected to reproductive system also through two extra meridians including thoroughfare and conception vessels. Stomach digests food and provides nutrition for reproduction.
    Heart: Heart is connected to reproductive system directly through its meridian. Heart control mind and vessels and regulates reproductive function.
    Lung: Lung is connected to reproductive system through two extra meridians including governor and conception vessels. It provides essential nutrition for reproduction.

    The function of the two vessels could be damaged, if some other organs are not functioning well. For example, if there is kidney qi deficiency, it causes blockage of thoroughfare and conception vessels. As a result, it could cause infertility, irregular period, miscarriage etc. If there is liver qi deficiency and blood is stagnated, thoroughfare and conception vessels could be blocked. Blood provides essential nutrition for reproduction. Cold, heat, damp could cause blood deficiency or blood stagnation. Blood deficiency and blood stagnation could cause thoroughfare and conception vessels injury. This could cause gynaecological disorders including infertility. Cold, heat, damp could directly damage uterus and then cause thoroughfare and conception vessel blockage.

  • Beijing health bureau convened its first meeting on micro-blogging by doctors and hospitals

    In China,many experts worry about the potential risks and challenges surrounding doctors' blogging, and they urge proper guidance and management.

    "Privacy is one major concern. Another is that doctors may use the mass communication tools to promote certain medicines and hospitals," said Ding Junjie, a professor with the Communication University of China.

    According to a US survey published in 2009 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 60 percent of the medical school deans polled reported incidents by their students involving unprofessional postings on various social networking sites.Some 13 percent admitted to incidents that violated patient privacy.

    But,in another hand, doctors who fail to embrace social media risk becoming irrelevant, as more patients flock to the web as a source of health information, rather than endure the inconvenience of a doctor’s office.

    Unprofessional conduct such as breaching patient privacy and making a diagnosis will be prohibited on micro blogs in China

  • Pregnant women with depression--Antidepressants or acupuncture

    Many women stop antidepressant medication due to concerns about potential harm to their developing fetus,even 7% women are depressed outside the perinatal period. - this underlies high depression rates of relapse in pregnancy.But,Is it right?The new research found--Pregnant women who use certain popular antidepressants may have a twofold increased risk for delivering babies with a rare but serious lung disorder.

    How severe this rare lung disorder? Persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN) is a respiratory disorder in which the arteries leading to the lungs remain constricted after birth, limiting blood flow and oxygen.

    “Depression should not be taken lightly, and women who are pregnant should never stop taking antidepressants without talking to their doctors,” Clinical psychiatrist Alan Manevitz says. “But there are alternatives to drugs that work well in many patients.”

    Can acupuncture help?

    At moment, there is just not enough evidence in favor of acupuncture's effectiveness for them to make a recommendation for its use.The Australian-first research, conducted at the University of NSW found that acupuncture could prompt changes in the "mood regulation" area of the brain, pointing to a possible and potent treatment for depression.

    One of the major stumbling blocks to conducting a gold-standard randomised, double-blinded and placebo-controlled trial was that it was very difficult to administer a "sham" version of acupuncture,according to smh.com.au.A latest study concludes that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of major depressive disorder. The Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital located in Boston, Massachusetts demonstrated that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of clinical depression for patients who are non-responsive to conventional pharmaceutical antidepressant therapies.

    Acupuncture is a generally safe treatment with few to no side effects. If you choose to try acupuncture to help with your depression, it's important to remember that it's still important to work with your doctor to ensure that you are getting the standard treatment that you will need.

    With depression, an estimated 30% to 45% of patients—or even more, in some studies—will respond to a placebo, according to a review published in December in Clinical Therapeutics. An additional 5% of patients were helped by an antidepressant in cases of mild depression, and an additional 16% in cases of severe depression. (The clinically meaningful cutoff for additional benefit was 11%.)

    The womenshealth.gov website offers these suggestions for pregnant women who are prone to migraines:
    Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant and have been taking migraine medication.
    Talk to your doctor about what over-the-counter drugs are recommended and safe for pregnant women.
    Try relaxation techniques to help ease migraine pain.
    Apply a cold pack to your head when a migraine strikes.

  • University of York research give you real picture about acupuncture in UK

    Acupuncture provides a substantial contribution to the healthcare of the UK, with an estimated 4 million sessions provided annually,according to new research.

    Yes,4 million sessions/ a year.

    To characterise the conditions treated and by whom, to examine characteristics of the treatment and to explore trends over time,University of York has done a new research about this.Their 800 practitioners were selected by computer-generated randomisation sequences from the four major UK-based professional associations. Data collected on the practitioners included demographic details, association membership, statutorily regulated status, practice setting, style of acupuncture, diagnostic methods and needle response sought.They found in acupuncture practice:
    ---62% were women with median age of 48 years.
    ---The majority (68%) practiced in independent settings.
    ---Patients most commonly consulted for low back, neck, shoulder and knee pain, as well as headaches and migraine.
    ---Treatment for infertility by independent acupuncturists was found to have increased fivefold in 10 years

    Who are the users: TCM is hugely popular in Chinese communities around the world but less understood by non-Chinese although certain TCM therapies such as acupuncture have been gaining more recognition globally. By subjecting TCMs to clinical tests, Chinese scientists hope TCM will gain wider acceptance and use worldwide.According to the United States National Institutes of Health, a survey found 3.1 million U.S. adults had undergone acupuncture in 2006 and 17 percent of them had used herbs.

    People not only used acupuncture as a complementary and alternative approach to conventional treatment for a specific health condition, but also used it as a preventive means to promote general health. Effectiveness and safety appeared not to be the main predictors of acupuncture use; rather, awareness, cost, and insurance coverage played a bigger role in decision making.
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    Reference:Hopton AK, Curnoe S, Kanaan M, Macpherson H.BMJ Open. 2012 Jan 11;2(1)

  • Acupuncture is nothing more than an elaborate placebo----Professor Edzard Ernst blog

    Edzard Ernst

  • Great blog about acupuncture from Dr Elwood W. Hopkins, Neurologist

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    They never stop blame acupuncture----

    Acupuncture, the Navy, and Faulty Thinking

    Reported technology use during the last 6 months ranged from 80.6% using a portable device to access the internet to 12.9% writing a blog. The most consistent predictors of use were being male, being younger, and having teaching hospital privileges. Physician specialty, practice setting, years in practice, average number of patients treated per week, and number of physicians in practice were found to be inconsistently associated or unassociated with use of the technologies examined. Demographic characteristics, rather than practice-related characteristics, were more consistent predictors of physician use of seven internet-based communication technologies with varying levels of uptake.

  • Welcome!!! China stops unapproved stem cell treatments

    According to Reuters

    China has ordered a halt to all unapproved stem cell treatments and clinical trials, state media reported on Tuesday, as Beijing seeks to rein in the largely untested stem cell therapies now on offer across the country.

    According to patients, doctors and relatives of patients who spoke to Reuters earlier, patients have come away with little or no improvement and a number have died.

  • Do you really know which acupuncturist specializes in infertility treatment?

    At moment, More and more acupuncturists are deciding to advertise infertility treatment as part of their practice. Some acupuncture practitioners might have great personalities but have professional skills,some might have terrible bed side manners but excel in their medical knowledge. The truth is, most acupuncturists receive very minimal training in treating infertility. In other word,there are no "infertlity specialist" among acupuncturists. When practitioner receiving phone calls from patients who were asking if he/she treated infertility. their answer almost: “Sure, I do".Buy the truth is that they haven't enough professional training and experiences in infertility treatment.

    So you need a infertility acupuncturist. You go online and type--"acupuncture for infertility london" ,The results are seemingly endless. With so many options, how can you really choose the best acupuncturist for you?

    First of all, make sure you know your acupuncturist's education and background.These lines are blurring and many acupuncturists are practicing in infertility acupuncture in which they may have received very little to no actual training purely in response to economic pressures. Ask your potential acupuncturists what their TCM training was in and any additional infertility acupuncture training programs they may have participated in since. Next, ask to speak with their patients if you can find one.Ask your acupuncturist about their success rate but understand that this area may be difficult. Find out not only how they have maintained their level of acupuncture treatment but also if they themselves have participated in infertility Groups or if they are considered to be Key Leader in infertility specific area. Why not go to the person who is actually considered to be an Expert in infertility acupuncture area.

    And what about online reviews? Are they really valid and how much weight should you really be placing in them? In my opinion: none! Be wary of acupuncturists with all positive reviews. I really found some acupuncturists have huge positive reviews..... In a real world, you simply cannot please everyone. If there is a negative review, pay close attention to why the review was negative.

    When trying to chose a practitioner who can help you with your fertility ,you should be encouraged to ask questions and understand your treatment plan. and if practitioners who give you promises that sound too good to be true ,if practitioners who list unreasonably high success rates,you shoud knew that most of that are not professional research conclusion. Take care! Don't waste your time and money for nothing.

  • Can acupuncture help with Intrauterine insemination (IUI) infertility treatment?

    Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves a laboratory procedure to separate fast moving sperm from more sluggish or non-moving sperm.The fast moving sperm are then placed into the woman’s womb close to the time of ovulation when the egg is released from the ovary in the middle of the monthly cycle.

    Can acupuncture help with Intrauterine insemination (IUI) infertility treatment?

    In the first study that measures the effectiveness of both herbs and acupuncture in combination with IUI infertility treatment, Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari and Keren Sela of TAU's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Tel Aviv Medical Center say that the results, which have been published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine, show a significant increase in fertility when the therapies are administered side-by-side.

    It is a cheaper and less invasive procedure compared to the more complicated in vitro fertilization (IVF). In the procedure, the sperm is first “washed” and treated to ensure that only quality sperm is introduced into the uterus as well as to reduce the chances of infectious diseases transmitted by unhealthy sperm cells. Success rates for intrauterine insemination can be around 15% to 20% depending on the cause of infertility and the condition of the patient.
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    Reference:http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-01-traditional-chinese-medicine-fertility-treatments.html

  • CAMJ new research--the "real" acupuncture were doing slightly better than "Sham"acupuncture for migraine

    To asses the efficacy of acupuncture at migraine-specific acupuncture points compared with other acupuncture points and sham acupuncture,Ying Li,et al has done a new research about this.

    They performed a multicentre, single-blind randomized controlled trial. In total, 480 patients with migraine were randomly assigned to one of four groups (Shaoyang-specific acupuncture, Shaoyang-nonspecific acupuncture, Yangming-specific acupuncture or sham acupuncture [control]). All groups received 20 treatments.

    They found that acupuncture tested appeared to have a clinically minor effect on migraine prophylaxis compared with sham acupuncture.

    "I think this study showed that there is a difference between real and sham acupuncture, but the difference is clinically minor," corresponding authors Fan-rong Liang, MD, professor and vice president of the Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine

    Dr. Gayatri Devi, an attending neurologist in the department of medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "I think it makes a difference, and while people really don't understand how it works, the fact is that it does work. It doesn't seem to matter how you put in the needles . . . I think as a treatment for pain, acupuncture should be embraced."

    It has been suggested that the positive results reported for acupuncture can be explained by placebo effects and publication bias and researchers have pointed out the difficulty in designing an adequate scientific control for any placebo effect acupuncture might have due to its invasiveness. The development and inclusion of retracting needles as a form of placebo control has resulted in a much larger number of studies concluding acupuncture's effects are due to placebo.The problem is that sham acupuncture is not a true placebo -- and may have real physiological effects.

    Results of the study may be difficult to generalize to Western populations. UK patients may not be keen on receiving 20 acupuncture treatments within a 4-week period
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    Reference:Ying Li,et al.CMAJ January 9, 2012 First published January 9, 2012

    A new study shows that women who have migraines are about 40% more likely to develop depression than women who have never had migraines.

    Another MRI research demonstrates that acupuncture “induce(s) different cerebral glucose metabolism changes in pain-related brain regions and reduce(s) intensity of pain” for patients with migraines.

    Efficacy of Acupuncture for Acute Migraine Attack: A Multicenter Single Blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial

  • Dr Karine Nohr blog---Chinese medicine and infertility

    This interesing article form professional website "Pulse"--How Chinese medicine could help with ibfertility
    Dr Karine Nohr

  • New research found home exercise more effective than spinal manipulation for neck pain relief

    Many studies have consistently reported beneficial responses to spinal manipulation, such as that performed by a doctor of chiropractic.Strong evidence supports spinal manipulation increasing function and reducing symptoms of acute and subacute lower back pain.Just note,it is acute ,NOT chronic. What about this treatment for neck pain? There isn't much evidence for treating neck pain with spinal manipulation

    Neck pain is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives.Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by numerous other spinal problems. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back, or pinching of the nerves emanating from the cervical vertebrae. Joint disruption in the neck creates pain, as does joint disruption in the upper back.

    The study are published in the Jan. 3 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine found:

    At week 12, of people receiving spinal manipulation, 32 percent reported feeling a 100 percent reduction in pain, compared with 13 percent on medications and 30 percent doing home exercises.

    At one year, 27 percent of those receiving spinal manipulation said they felt a 100 percent reduction in pain versus 17 percent of those on medications and 37 percent of those doing home exercises.

    So, for long term. Home exercise seems more effective than spinal manipulation.Of course,it's not surprised that medications had worst performing.

    The therapist will guide individual patients through an exercise program specific to that person. It's not a good idea to just jump into an exercise routine and go full tilt ahead. The neck is especially a sensitive and delicate area that can be easily over stretched and flared up. The author provides the therapist with some reminders and guidelines for progressing exercise intensity, volume, and frequency.Other areas must be assessed and addressed, too. For example, shoulder and trunk muscles might be involved requiring attention. Weakness in the muscles of these structures can contribute to neck pain. In some cases, the patient holds his or her head at an angle without even realizing it. They may have lost the natural function referred to as head/neck repositioning acuity. There are exercises to improve these deficits as well.

    Zak acupuncture is for most people with neck pain, but not all. This is because neck pain, according to zak and others, is generally due to overstretching of soft tissue (particularly ligaments), which is something his program addresses. Zakt presents a short list of symptoms that indicate the need for medical attention. For example, if you have radiculopathy (pain and other symptoms going down one arm), you should see your doctor before attempting the exercises in the book.In fact, Zak recommends that the first time you get neck pain you have it checked by your doctor. A doctor, he says, will examine your neck from a number of medical angles. After you understand your problem, you can then fit the program in with your other treatment activities.

    The Problem from Zak's Perspective: Zak says that overstretching of soft tissue precedes tissue damage. This may lead to problems ranging from forward head posture to bulging and herniating discs. Again, if you have a disc problem you should work with your doctor to establish the best treatment for you.One of the main neck issues addressed in this book is the protruded or forward head posture. Zak says it is a result of the events that occur in the spine during sitting. The neck muscles that hold your head up on top of your spine get tired, and the neck gradually protrudes forward. In this way, support for your neck is lost.

    Recommed insometric neck exercise :

    By its very nature, isometric exercise does not involve movement. Instead, you’ll contract your neck muscles statically. You should hold each isometric muscle contraction for between 5 and 45 seconds. And although you’ll be holding your head in a static position, you should not hold your breath. Got that? Good. Let’s begin.
    Establish your start position. Even though this is a neck exercise, you should still sit with good posture. Take a moment to check that your head is in a straight vertical line from your pelvis. It should not be forward of your trunk.
    Isometric Neck Strengthening Exercise for Muscles in Back. Interlace your fingers and place your clasped hands behind your head. They should be placed at the bottom of your skull where it starts to curve down. With your hands, pull your head forward, but resist that force by pulling back with your head. If you started with good alignment, the opposite forces of the hands and your head should keep your head in good alignment. You should be able to feel your neck muscle in back working.
    Isometric Neck Strengthening Exercise for Muscles On The Right Side. Next, place just your right hand on your right temple, which is above your right ear. Again, it’s important that you start with good alignment of your head and neck. Push your head to the left with your hand while resisting the push with your head. The simultaneous and opposing forces between your hand and head should keep your head in good alignment and work your neck muscles.
    Isometric Neck Strengthening Exercise for Muscles In Front. Place the heel of one hand on your forehead. Push your hand toward the back while resisting with your head. The opposing forces should work the neck muscles in front.
    Isometric Neck Strengthening Exercise for Muscles On The Left Side. Next, place just your left hand on your left temple, which is over your left ear. Again, it’s important that you start with good alignment of your head and neck. Push your head to the right with your hand while resisting the push with your head. The simultaneous and opposing forces between your hand and head should keep your head in good alignment and work your neck muscles.

  • No complementary degree in most UK universities any more

    Degrees in complementary medical therapies ( Including reflexology, aromatherapy, acupuncture and homoeopathy)are being cut from universities,according to Telegraph.

    In a shrinking job market, There are no jobs for that complementary medicine students.

    Only the medicines and therapies that are backed by some form of clinical evidence of efficacy, albeit controversial, remain in any number as degree-level subjects, most notably acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

    Are this closures partly the result of a campaign led by Dr David Colquhoun, professor of pharmacology at University College London?

    No,I don't think so. In my opinion, the main reason of that closures is that people misunderstand complementary medicine......They thought that complementary medicine isn't real medicine and anyone who have very little training could practice. No,absolutely not. Actually, complementary medicine therapies still are medicine, it only could be practised by medical person.Practitioners should be trained by medical degree at least.

    So,poor training practitioners, lack of clinical experiences ,no effective outcome and absolutely wrong concept of complementary medicine.... all of them could lead to bad name clinically.

    Complementary medicine, it is real medicine and right medicine.Sometime it may be practised by wrong hands.

    Just complementary medicine field? Look this

    Junior doctors are out of their depth with up to one in five being asked to carry out operations and procedures which are beyond their capabilties, a study has found

    What's wrong in this world?

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