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  • Chinese found joint needling method is best for primary trigeminal neuralgia treatment.

    To observe the clinical efficacy on primary trigeminal neuralgia treated with joint needling method at the trigger point,Chinese Changzhou municipal hospital has done a research about this. Their One hundred and three cases of primary trigeminal neuralgia were divided into a joint needling group (53 cases) and a conventional needling group (50 cases) according to the visit sequence. In the joint needling group, the joint needling method was used at the trigger point in the mandibular joint [the positive point near to Xiaguan (ST 7)]; the conventional needling was used at Hegu (LI 4), Waiguan (TE 5), Taichong (LR 3) and Neiting (ST 44). In the conventional needling group, Xiaguan (ST 7) and Fengchi (GB 20) were used and the supplementary acupoints were selected according to the involved branches of trigeminal nerve. The conventional needling method was used. The Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and the score of trigeminal neuralgia were adopted to assess the pain severity and the comprehensive symptoms before treatment and after the 1st and 2nd sessions of treatment separately. The efficacy was assessed.

    They found that the joint needling method at the trigger point achieves the significant efficacy on primary trigeminal neuralgia, which is superior to that with the conventional needling method.

    -----Herbal medicine can also be used together with the above acupuncture protocol to enhance the effect. An often used Chinese Herbal Formula for TN patients is known as xue fu zhu yu tang. This combination of 11 Chinese herbs includes peach kernel (Persicae Semen), safflower petals (Carthami Flos), Szechuan lovage root (Chuanxiong Rhizoma), and Chinese angelica root (Angelicae sinensis Radix) as the first 4 herbs. These herbs are considered in the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory to have a strong invigorating or circulating quality, and serve the role of alleviating pain by eliminating blockages or stagnations in the body
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    Reference:Chen ZM, Wu XT.Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2012 Jun;32(6):499-502. Chinese.

  • Can acupuncture help with sex-associated headaches?

    Sex headaches are brought on by sexual activity — especially an orgasm. You may notice a dull ache in your head and neck that builds up as sexual excitement increases. Or, more commonly, you may experience a sudden, severe headache just before or during orgasm.As for treatment, a doctor may recommend reducing heavy sexual activity and masturbation for a short period of time ranging from a few days to a few weeks. In addition, doctors may recommend medications such as propranolol  that can be taken in advance of sexual activity to prevent such headaches.

    Can acupuncture help with it?

    There are haven't high quality research prove that acupuncture can help with sex-associate headache. Some clinical reports from China only.


  • What is Jin Shin Jyutsu? Same idea as acupuncture?

    According to Sciencedaily, A new study by the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center shows that patients reported significant improvement in side effects of cancer treatment following just one Jin Shin Jyutsu session. Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient form of touch therapy similar to acupuncture in philosophy.

    So, What is Jin Shin Jyutsu?

    Jin Shin Jyutsu, physio-philosophy, brings balance to the body's energies, which promotes optimal health and well-being, and facilitates our own profound healing capacity. It is a valuable complement to conventional healing methods, inducing relaxation and reducing the effects of stress.

    Jin Shin Jyutsu employs twenty-six "safety energy locks" along energy pathways that feed life into our bodies. When one or more of the paths becomes blocked, the resulting stagnation can disrupt the local area and eventually disharmonise the complete path of energy flow. Holding these energy locks in combination can bring balance to mind, body, and spirit.

    Learning Jin Shin Jyutsu engages one in self study, self help. Through the process of "Now Know Myself" we recognise the wisdom of the body, and we learn to interpret the messages provided and utilise them to restore balance.

    During a Jin Shin Jyutsu session, patients receive light touches on 52 specific energetic points called Safety Energy Locks as well as fingers, toes, and midpoints on the upper arm, upper calf and lower leg in predetermined orders known as "flows." Patients remained clothed except for shoes and all hand placements are done over clothing.

    Do you want to try?

  • Why do patient come to see you? Acupuncturist!

    Trust is a fundamental aspect of the patient-acupuncturist relationship.Even well-informed and knowledgeable patients have to rely on their physicians to provide them with appropriate information, keep personal information confidential, provide competent care, and act in their best interests.

    Why does your patient trust you?

    Accoding to research, patient who trust their feelings are more likely to make choices based on what "feels right" even when feelings are irrelevant to their decision.

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    Certain individuals have a stronger belief that their feelings will generally point them in the right direction. These individual differences in trust in feelings are not fixed personality traits, but rather recurring tendencies that arise from the person's history of success or failure in reliance on feelings, as well as from surrounding social and cultural norms," write authors Tamar Avnet (Yeshiva University), Michel Tuan Pham (Columbia University), and Andrew T. Stephen (University of Pittsburgh).

    High trust in feelings encourages choices that 'feel right' even in the presence of compelling information that favors an opposite response.

    Patient want to find an acupuncturist that they click with. If patient like and trust their practitioner, their encounter with acupuncture will be more positive.

    Do your patient trust you? Why not?

    According to new research,Acupuncturists' communication of optimism about treatment effectiveness contributed to pain and function outcomes indirectly through its effect on satisfaction during treatment. Future research should model pathways through which clinician-patient communication affects mediating variables that in turn lead to improved health outcomes.(Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Jul 31)

    Understanding that it is the unfamiliarity of the medicine that is scary rather than the needles is important. It is important to make potential patients trust, that as a practitioner, we understand what we are doing and that they don't have know everything. Acupuncture has become more mainstream, but there are still thousands of people who can be helped who won't try acupuncture because it's too scary. The fear isn't about the needles, but in the unknown and the unfamiliar. The needles, however, are an easy familiar frame of reference to be afraid of.Acupuncturists shouldn't always take themselves so seriously. Heart centered, loving healing is important. Remember, laughter is about the heart. Being open means being able to laugh with our patients and connect with them as they go through their healing process. Our openness lets us touch the patient's spirit as they make the first steps down a journey towards better health, no matter how afraid they are.

  • Acupuncturist Directory--Acupuncture clinic listing by acupuncture blogger

    Every year, millions of healthcare consumers will visit a acupuncturist for the first time. There are over 6000 acupuncturists currently practicing in the UK

    If you, a friend, a colleague or family member are interested in a non-invasive approach to better health, let Acupuncturist directory help you in your search for alternatives.

    Acupuncturist directory--a free information Web site dedicated to helping people who are interested in acupuncture care find and understand the appropriate options and treatments that are available. Unlike a general acupuncturist directory, Acupuncturist Directory is a acupuncturist network, matching people with a acupuncturist or acupuncture clinic in their community.

    We are dedicated to maintaining the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding Acupuncturists and the acupuncture profession.

    Acupuncturist directory serves as a resource for individuals seeking a acupuncturist in their area. We provide details about each acupuncturist we list including their acupuncture methods and practices, their education, and contact information to their clinic.

    To find an acupuncturist physician in your area, you have two options. You may enter your location details under the "Search " title on the top right of page. Or, if you would like to browse through specific cities or directly click on the city to find them

    Over hundred acupuncturists listed.
    Acupuncture methods and practices detailed.
    Acupuncturist contact information provided.
    Profiled acupuncturist.

  • Electro-acupuncture increase the therapeutic effect of fluoxetine (Prozac)--Study

    Researchers conducted the study to determine if a type of electro-acupuncture called DCEAS (dense cranial electroacupuncture stimulation) could enhance antidepressant effects during the early phase of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) treatment for major depressive disorder.

    The researchers note that this style of acupuncture has been proven effective in the treatment of refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), major depressive disorder, post-stroke depression, and depression-related insomnia.

    Fluoxetine was chosen as the study’s medication because it is a widely prescribed SSRI for the treatment of major depression.

    Patients in the acupuncture group were treated three times per week along with fluoxetine treatment. The acupuncture points used in the study were: Baihui, Yintang, Sishencong, Toulinqi, Shuaigu, Taiyang and Touwei. Needles were inserted at a slant or in a horizontal fashion at a depth of 10-30mm.

    They conclude that electro-acupuncture is effective in increasing the antidepressant effects of fluoxetine for the treatment of moderate and severe depression.

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    Electroacupuncture should apply to acupuncture points: Baihui (DU20), Yintang (EX-HN3), Sishencong (EX-HN1), Toulinqi (GB15), Shuaigu (GB8), Taiyang (EX-HN5), Touwei (ST8).

    Another research about electro acupuncture.

    Chronic musculoskeletal pain is common and has been increasingly managed by opioid medications, of which the long-term efficacy is unknown. Furthermore, there is evidence that long-term use of opioids is associated with reduced pain control and declining physical function and quality of life, and could hinder the goals of integrated pain management. Electroacupuncture (EA) has been shown to be effective in reducing postoperative opioid consumption. Limited evidence suggests that acupuncture could assist patients with chronic pain to reduce their requirements for opioids.

  • Chinese found electro-acupuncture at Sanyinjiao (SP 6) could shorten the labor duration

    As we know,One of the most commonly used acupuncture points used for gynecological, fertility, digestive, urinary, sexual and emotional disorders is SanYinJiao, or Spleen 6. Its name translates into English as Three Yin Intersection, reflective of it being a meeting point of the three yin channels of the leg (Spleen, Liver and Kidney). One needle; three meridians.SanYinJiao is classified as one of the “forbidden points”, since it is contra-indicated to use during pregnancy because of its influence on the musculature of the uterus.

    To observe the impacts of electroacupuncture (EA) at Sanyinjiao (SP 6) on labor and assess its safety,Chinese beijing Meitan General Hospital has done a research about this.The random and single-blind method was adopted to divide 111 cases of the puerperas of natural delivery into an EA group (38 cases), a sham-acupuncture group (37 cases) and a blank control group (36 cases).

    Their conclusion is that electro-acupuncture EA at Sanyinjiao (SP 6) can shorten the duration of the active phase of the 1st labor stage. It is safe for either the puerpera or the fetus and can assist the parturition quality in clinic.
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    Reference:Liu YL, Jin ZG .Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2012 May;32(5):409-12.

  • Do complementary and alternative medicine really help with rheumatoid arthritis.

    Several complementary therapies may play a useful role in the treatment of RA, although the safety and effectiveness of most of these therapies are still uncertain. Thus, people with RA who are considering complementary therapies should discuss these therapies with their healthcare provider first. Furthermore, therapies that have proven benefits should only be used to complement, not replace, conventional medical treatment.

    Managing rheumatoid arthritis in an older person requires balancing the need for aggressive treatment to control the disease and maintain a good quality of life with multiple comorbidities and increasing frailty, experts say.

    To critically review the evidence on the effectiveness of complementary therapies for patients with RA,UK scientists have done a review about those treatment.They found that eleven eligible trials were identified covering seven therapies. Three trials that compared acupuncture with sham acupuncture reported no significant difference in pain reduction between the groups but one out of two reported an improvement in patient global assessment. Except for reduction in physician's global assessment of treatment and disease activity reported in one trial, no other comparative benefit of acupuncture was seen. There were two studies on meditation and one each on autogenic training, healing therapy, progressive muscle relaxation, static magnets and tai chi. None of these trials reported positive comparative effects on pain but some positive effects on patient global assessment were noted at individual time points in the healing therapy and magnet therapy studies. A small number of other outcomes showed comparative improvement in individual trials. There were no reports of major adverse events.

    Two studies of low to medium quality were reviewed and provide the best evidence we have today. The studies tested 84 people who had rheumatoid arthritis. The studies compared acupuncture to a placebo (fake therapy) or a steroid injection. Improvement was measured after one treatment or after five treatments given once per week.

    Although previous research has suggested a connection between exposure to air pollution and the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a large new study of nurses finds no link._

    New research showed:People with rheumatoid arthritis have three times a higher risk of suffering potentially fatal leg and lung blood clots, research suggests.
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    Reference:Macfarlane GJ, Paudyal P, Doherty M, Ernst E, Lewith G, Macpherson H, Sim J, Jones GT Rheumatology (Oxford). 2012 Jun 1

    Drinking more than three alcoholic beverages a week for at least 10 years may halve a woman's risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to a large new study from Sweden

    It was already known that a proportion of rheumatoid arthritis patients test positive for autoantibodies, whilst about 30% remain sero-negative. In this study, the researchers have better defined the genetic distinction between these two disease subtypes: sero-positive and sero-negative rheumatoid arthritis.

  • A dairy ingredient in junk food may be responsible for rising rates of IBS,can acupuncture help?

    According to Dailymail today,Scientists believe milk fat upsets the gut ecosystem, causing an influx of potentially harmful bacteria.In certain individuals, this can trigger an extreme immune reaction, leading to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.The discovery may explain why once-rare immune disorders have become so common in the West over the past 50 years, US researchers said.

    Can acupuncture help with IBS?

    To observe the clinical efficacy of the needling depth recorded in Lingshu (Miraculous Pivot) for irritable bowel syndrome of diarrhea (IBS-D),Chinese Xiyuan Hospital of China researcher has done a new research about this.21 cases of IBSD were treated with acupuncture at Zhangmen(lR 13), Zhongwan(CV 12), Tianshu (ST 25), Guanyuan(CV 4), Qimen (LR 14), Quchi (LI 11), Hegu (LI 4), Yinlingquan(SP 9), Zusanli (ST 36) and Taichong (LR 3), 0. 1-0. 6 cun (2-12 mm) in depth.

    Chinese researcher concluded that the better clinical efficacy has been achieved for IBS-D treated with needling depth recorded in Lingshu (Miraculous Pivot) in Germany. The longer session of treatment is, the better efficacy is obtained.

    IBS-D (IBS diarrhea), where patients suffer more from diarrhea than from constipation, is the most common form of IBS, with a huge number of people suffering. It can be particularly difficult to deal with because of the need to always stay close to a bathroom, which restricts patient's lives considerably.Sufferers often have to deal with incontinence, which itself is very distressing and can lead to anxiety about leaving home or traveling. They may also have to cope with unsympathetic responses to their problems, including some idiots who think it's fun to laugh at people when they are in terrible pain.
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    Reference:Lu YH, Tang XD.Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2011 Nov;31(11):975-7.

  • Is acupuncture really beneficial in the acute treatment and rehabilitation of Traumatic brain injury?

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States.  Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Recent data shows that, on average, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually.

    A number of studies conducted and published in China have suggested that acupuncture may be beneficial in the acute treatment and rehabilitation of TBI. To determine the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in the acute management or rehabilitation (or both) of patients with a TBI, including cognitive, neurological, motor, communication, emotional, or behavioral complications, or a combination of such complications,The university of hong kong has done research about this.They searched the Cochrane Injuries Group Specialised Register, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials 2008, Issue 2 (The Cochrane Library), MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, AMED, PsycINFO and others. We also searched the Chinese Acupuncture Studies Register, the Studies Register of the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, NCCAM, and NIH Clinical Studies Database. Three major Mainland Chinese academic literature databases (CNKI, VIP and Wang Fang Data) were also searched using keywords in simplified Chinese.

    They found that the low methodological quality of the included studies does not allow us to make conclusive judgments on the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in either the acute treatment and/or rehabilitation of TBI. Its beneficial role for these indications remains uncertain. Further research with high quality trials is required.
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    Reference:Wong V, Cheuk DK, Lee S, Chu V. J Phys Rehabil Med. 2012 Mar;48(1):71-86.

  • New research--no benefit of acupuncture on IBS

    Dr Eric Manheimer and colleagues from Maryland, USA conducted a new systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to estimate the effects of acupuncture for treating IBS.The team searched MEDLINE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, EMBASE, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health, and the Chinese databases Sino-Med, CNKI, and VIP were searched through 2011,according to Astudy in this month's issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

    The team found no difference between acupuncture and Bifidobacterium or between acupuncture and psychotherapy.
    Acupuncture as an adjuvant to another Chinese medicine treatment was statistically significantly better than the other treatment alone, in trials with a high risk of bias.Dr Manheimer's team concludes, "Sham-controlled randomized controlled trials have found no benefits of acupuncture relative to a credible sham acupuncture control on IBS symptom severity or IBS-related quality of life."
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    Reference:Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    Eric Manheimer MS1, L Susan Wieland PhD1, Ke Cheng PhD, LAc2, Shih Min Li MD, PhD3, Xueyong Shen MD2, Brian M Berman MD1 and Lixing Lao PhD, LAc1

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, costly, and difficult to treat disorder that impairs health‐related quality of life and work productivity. Evidence‐based treatment guidelines have been unable to provide guidance on the effects of acupuncture for IBS because the only previous systematic review included only small, heterogeneous and methodologically unsound trials.
    For psychological treatment options, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, gut-directed hypnotherapy, and psychodynamic therapy, the evidence supporting their use in IBS patients is strong, but the availability limits their use in clinical practice. Dietary interventions are commonly included in the management of IBS patients, but these are primarily based on studies assessing physiological function in relation to dietary components, and to a lesser degree upon research examining the role of dietary components in the therapeutic management of IBS. Several probiotic products improve a range of symptoms in IBS patients. Physical activity is of benefit for health in general and recent data implicates its usefulness also for IBS patients. Acupuncture does not seem to have an effect beyond placebo in IBS. A beneficial effect of some herbal treatments has been reported. source:Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2012 Jun 4

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    About placebo of acupuncture

    Cues and associations given to people affected their responses to placebos and active treatments in a crossover trial, suggesting that the placebo effect depends more on "state" than "trait," researchers said.

    Compared with no treatment, healthy volunteers who received placebo pills or genuine acupuncture both showed significantly increased pain thresholds in average, whereas sham acupuncture did not, according to Jian Kong, MD, MPH, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues.

    But sham acupuncture -- and not placebo pills -- correlated significantly with responses to genuine acupuncture, the researchers reported in PLoS ONE.

    With placebo responses, "trait" may take a backseat to "state" in a clinical setting, they suggested, with patients' expectations as conditioned by circumstances of the particular pain-relief intervention dictating their responses.

    The study involved 71 healthy, acupuncture-naïve individuals, ages 21 to 37, recruited for two experiments.

  • Experts debate the evidence The Independent’s headline, ‘Warning over “quack” osteopaths’, is misguided?

    According NHS Choice:

    The news comes after experts debated the safety and effectiveness of spinal manipulation for neck pain in the pages of the British Medical Journal. The debate featured academics, some of whom said that spinal manipulation should be abandoned as a treatment for neck pain, and some who disagreed saying that it is a valid treatment that patients like.

    The media predominantly covered the argument against spinal manipulation. Academics argued that the procedure carries a small risk of a very rare, but catastrophic, type of stroke, which results from a bleed at the base of the brain. They considered that when these safety concerns are coupled with the fact that it is not superior to other treatments, spinal manipulation is unnecessary and inadvisable.

    However, the academics who defended spinal manipulation considered it a valuable addition to patient care. They argued that while there are benefits and harms with all treatments - including medications, exercise, mobilisation and manipulation for neck pain - there is “no clear winner” when it comes to the effect on patients’ overall quality of life.

    Why are so many people not happy for media repot? Obviously they are .... ..........

  • Neck ‘cracking’ and manipulations could trigger ‘catastrophic’ health problems such as strokes

    According to a study analysis by international medical review body Cochrane, neck manipulation as a stand-alone treatment gives only moderate short-term pain relief compared with dummy manipulations or muscle relaxant drugs.

    The potential for catastrophic events and clear absence of unique benefit lead to the inevitable conclusion that manipulation of the cervical spine should be abandoned.

    According to Dailymail today {09/06/2012}~The British Chiropractic Association said the technique is at least as effective as other medical treatments and safer than drugs. A spokesman added: ‘The term chiropractic is often mis-used for treatment carried out by non-chiropractors.

    So ,Neck ‘cracking’ and manipulations carried out by REAL chiropractors could NOT trigger ‘catastrophic’ health problems such as strokes?

    I still don't understand.

    What's your opinion?

  • Overdiagnosing? Look this paper from BMJ

    According to BMJ.,The lists the common conditions that the authors claim are being overdiagnosed:

    Breast cancer – a systematic review suggests that a third of breast cancers detected by screening might not cause harm or early death.

    Thyroid cancer – detecting thyroid abnormalities is common, but risk low.

    Gestational diabetes – an expanded definition means one in five pregnant women are diagnosed inappropriately.

    Chronic kidney disease – an expanded definition means 10% of Americans are classified as having the disease but fewer than 1 in 1000 will develop end-stage kidney disease.

    Asthma – asthma is often underdiagnosed, but a third of those being treated may not have the condition.

    Pulmonary embolism – potentially fatal but new, sensitive tests detect smaller clots that may not require treatment.

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – a widened definition of this condition has led to overdiagnosis

    Osteoporosis – expanded definitions means many women being treated even if at low risk of fractures.

    Prostate cancer – Prostate specific antigen (PSA) may lead to overdiagnosis in more than 60% of men.

    High blood pressure – authors suggest “substantial overdiagnosis” of high blood pressure.

    High cholesterol – almost 4 in ever 5 people treated for high cholesterol may actually have near-normal cholesterol levels.

    What is your opinion ?

    Compensation paid to people whose illnesses were not spotted or were detected too late soared from £56 million in 2009-10 to more than £98 million in 2010-11.
    Nearly one in ten of the 1,204 successful cases brought against NHS trusts last year related to health staff failing to diagnose cancer, figures released by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) in response to a Freedom of Information request show.

  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor could play a role in living a longer

    Researchers found that having a positive attitude and a sense of humor could play a role in living a longer, healthier life,according to yahoo health.

    They developed a questionnaire designed to identify certain genetically-based personality traits and used it to assess 243 Ashkenazi Jewish adults between 95 and 107 years of age. The investigators chose this population because their genetic similarity would make it easier to account for genetic differences in personality.

    "The results indicated they had two things -- a positive attitude for life, meaning they are optimistic, easygoing, extraverted, laughed more and expressed emotions rather than bottling them up," said Dr. Nil Barzilai, a study co-author and director of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Institute for Aging Research.

    How to keep positive attitude ?

    Be careful what you watch on television. Watching the news all day can make you lose your positive attitude because most of the stories that they air either make you want to scream or cry. Try a comedy instead – you will feel better.
    Laugh often and keep a good sense of humor. We tend to be too serious and let even the slightest problem enrage and irritate us.
    Find a positive way to release some of the anger you may be holding in. Begin to journal or seek a counselor you can confide in. Start a regular exercise program where you can release some of your tension
    Every day write down a list of at least three positive things that happened that day. This will force you to think positively and will start to teach your brain to think in that direction.
    Find a hobby that you love. A hobby will help you set some time aside each week to focus solely on yourself. Be sure to choose something you really enjoy doing and that it makes you feel good about yourself when doing it.
    Use positive affirmation every day. This can be difficult if you are not used to thinking positively. You must try to catch yourself being negative and find a way to turn the situation into a positive.
    source:Lifesciencetraining
    A study, based on a survey of almost 8,000 men and women aged over 50, shows that regular users of social-networking sites are almost a third less likely to be diagnosed with depression compared with non-users.

  • Exercise does not lift depression,acupuncture does.

    Research published in the British Medical Journal suggests that adding a physical activity intervention to usual care did not reduce symptoms of depression more than usual care alone.

    The study, carried out by teams from the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, is the first large-scale, randomised controlled trial to establish the effects of exercise on depression.

    What you need to do? Acupuncture!

    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

    Dørmænen A. and colleagues from University of Tromsø in Norway conducted a study suggesting that acupuncture may help menopause-induced depression in postmenopausal women with hot flashes.

    Another research has shown that acupuncture treatment can help ameliorate the symptoms of depression. In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body's homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional wellbeing.Studies indicate that acupuncture can have a specific positive effect on depression by altering the brain's mood chemistry, increasing production of serotonin (Sprott et al, 1998) and endorphins (Han, 1986). Acupuncture may also benefit depression by acting through other neurochemical pathways, including those involving dopamine (Scott et al, 1997), noradrenaline (Han, 1986), cortisol (Han et al, 2004) and neuropeptide Y (Pohl & Nordin, 2002). Source:BAC

    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.

  • The American Journal of Medicine--Acupuncture and other healthy habits can prevent disease.

    According to ScienceDaily — Five new studies provide evidence to support simple steps we can take to prevent illness and improve our overall health. In the June issue of The American Journal of Medicine, researchers report on fish consumption to reduce the risk of colon cancer; the effectiveness ofhypnotherapy and acupuncture for smoking cessation; regular teeth cleaning to improve cardiovascular health; the effectiveness of primary care physicians in weight loss programs; and the use of low-dose aspirin to reduce cancer risk.

    Mark J. Eisenberg, MD, MPH, of McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, and colleagues report that the use of unconventional smoking cessation aids, including acupuncture and hypnotherapy, results in substantial increases of smoking cessation. A meta-analysis of 14 trials found that smokers who underwent hypnotherapy were 4.55 times more likely, and those who underwent acupuncture were 3.53 times more likely, to abstain from smoking than those who did not. Aversive smoking may also help smokers quit; however, there were no recent trials investigating this intervention

    There is reasonably good evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment for:
    chronic back pain
    dental pain
    pain and discomfort during gastrointestinal endoscopy
    headache
    nausea and vomiting after an operation
    pain and discomfort during oocyte retrieval (a procedure used during IVF)
    osteoarthritis of the knee.

    So, for your health, do acupuncture!

  • People who run marathons and cycle long distances risk long-term damage to their hearts,can acupuncture help?

    A review of research on endurance exercise conducted by a team at the respected Mayo Clinic in Rochester, America, found extreme endurance exercise such as marathons, iron man distance triathlons, and very long distance bicycle races may cause structural changes to the heart and large arteries.

    Can acupuncture do some help for your heart conditions?

    New research from the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience shows that acupuncture controls the heart rate and increases the strength of cardiac autonomic function. This new research indicates that the use of specific acupuncture points may help to prevent heart attacks (myocardial infarctions) and arrhythmias. This new research shows that the application of acupuncture to CV17 increases the power of the high-frequency component of HRV and simultaneously is able to lower the heart rate. Since acupuncture at CV17 increases the cardiac vagal component of HRV (heart rate variability), it may be an important acupuncture point for patients recovering from MI.

    From Chinese medicine, Inflammatory conditions reflect an excess of qi ; however, dull pains on the chest are indicative of a deficiency of qi . This probably mirrors the evolution of coronary heart disease from an early stage when it is highly inflammatory to a chronic, late stage where there is more dull aching. The treatment of course has to be appropriate for each stage. So the clinician must examine you to determine the stage in order to use the appropriate acupuncture points. However, coronary heart disease can be helped.

    Does Acupuncture Affect Heart Rate Variability?Ancient Chinese physicians examined the pulse of the patient's radial artery as a part of their diagnostic procedure. Through interpretation of the pulse the physician could get access to knowledge, somehow tacit, in terms understood then as the primary disharmonies in patients.The researchers found that acupuncture caused a 41 percent reduction in the standard deviation of HRV. Furthermore, acupuncture reduced variability without altering either the heart rate or the low to high frequency ratio. According to the study authors, this suggests that acupuncture may alter the functioning of the human body.

    Chinese Hubei University of Chinese Medicine has done a research about this.Their study investigates the effects of EA on the signaling pathways of myocardial hypertrophy (MH) in rats.The myocardial hypertrophy indices (MHIs), electrocardiograph (ECG), ultrastructure observation, levels of plasma angiotensin II (Ang II) and endothelin (ET), as well as protein expression of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), and phosphorylation extracellular signal regulating kinase (p-ERK) in the left ventricular myocardial tissue were measured.Their results indicated that EA can improve cardiac function in MH rats by modulating upstream neuroendocrine cytokines that regulate the ERK signaling pathways.

    Research group at the department of cardiology at Heidelberg University Hospital has found Acupuncture have no improvement in cardiac ejection fraction or peak oxygen uptake was seen. But the six minute walk distance was ‘remarkably increased’ in the acupuncture group by 32m on average, compared to a drop of 1m in the placebo group.There are 17 patients with congestive heart failure with mild or marked limitation to their activity- all on optimised medication.They were randomised to receive acupuncture or placebo.

    Research for a safe treatment of coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the greatest challenges today, therefore recent news from the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston about testing the Absorb, a stent for coronary artery that dissolves within the body over time, or another from the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, that needling two specific acupuncture points causes significant improvements in patients with CHD, get worldwide attention. However, Dr. Allen’s Device for Heart Treatment is just what people need to improve the heart condition, protecting from ischemic cardiac disease development and progression, Fine Treatment reveals.

    So, acupuncture could help in many different way.

  • Chinese found acupuncture DAZHONG only could help supraspinal ligament injury

    Supraspinal ligament injury ,The supraspinal ligament (supraspinous ligament) is a strong fibrous cord, which connects together the apices of the spinous processes from the seventh cervical vertebra to the sacrum; at the points of attachment to the tips of the spinous processes fibrocartilage is developed in the ligament.The supraspinous ligament (SSL) runs along the middle of the back attaching to the dorsal spinous processes of the vertebrae. It may be damaged as the result of direct trauma. But in most cases, injury is thought to be due to overstretching of the ligament fibres, particularly in jumping horses.

    To compare the efficacy difference on the treatment of supraspinal ligament injury in deficiency syndrome between only-puncturing at Dazhong (KI 4) and routine acupuncture therapy and then explore an optimum process,Chinese Qin YG etc have done a research about this.Their hundred and twenty-six cases were randomly divided into a Dazhong group (63 cases) and a routine acupuncture group (63 cases). Based on the same treatment including TDP irradiation, cupping at Shenshu (BL 23), Dachangshu (BL 25), Mingmen (GV 4), Yaoyangguan (GV 3) and Ashi points, the patients in the Dazhong group received only-puncturing Dazhong (KI 4) with respiratory reinforcing method once daily or every other day, three times of which made a course of the treatment, with on interval of one day or without between different courses. For the routine acupuncture group, the same reinforcing method was applied at shenshu (BL 23) pointect, and the other requirements such as courses were also the same.

    They found that only-puncturing Dazhong (KI 4) method combined with cupping and TDP irradiation are simple and effective for supraspinal ligament injury in deficiency syndrome.
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    Reference:Qin YG, Wang F, Li M, Qin YH, Li L.Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2012 May;32(5):399-403

  • Can acupuncture help with urticaria?

    Urticaria--(also known as hives, welts or nettle rash) is a raised, itchy rash that appears on the skin. The rash can be limited to one part of the body or spread across large areas of the body.The affected area of skin will typically change within 24 hours, and usually the rash will settle within a few days. If it clears completely within six weeks, it is known as acute urticaria.

    Can acupuncture help?

    To describe the use of acupuncture and a gluten-free diet (GFD) for urticaria and severe eczema in a patient with undiagnosed dermatitis herpetiformis and atypical or extraintestinal celiac disease,Ohlsen BA has done a research about this.

    The patient received 3 acupuncture treatments a week for 12 weeks. The patient's symptoms began in March 2008. She began using topical and oral steroids and felt that her symptoms were not responding. Acupuncture began in July 2008. At the end of the first 12 treatments, during which she was using topical and oral steroids, the urticaria and constipation resolved completely; and she had temporary relief from the heartburn. It is thought that the urticaria and constipation resolved because of the acupuncture as that was the only change. At the end of the second 12 treatments, during which time she had started Optifast, a GFD, the heartburn, headache, and eczema resolved. At the end of the third 12 treatments, all her symptoms remained resolved. Steroid treatment was discontinued after the first 12 treatments.

    Ohlsen concluded that acupuncture and diet changes appeared to provide relief from the urticaria and eczema of dermatitis herpetiformis beyond that obtained by traditional treatment of a GFD alone.
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    Reference:Ohlsen BA.J Chiropr Med. 2011 Dec;10(4):294-300.

  • Alcohol May Trigger Serious Palpitations in Heart Patients.can acupuncture help?

    According to ScienceDaily (June 1, 2012) — New research from UCSF builds on that finding, establishing a stronger causal link between alcohol consumption and serious palpitations in patients with atrial fibrillation, the most common form of arrhythmia.

    First of all,About alcohol.Hospital of Korean Medicine did a research about acupuncture and alcohol dependence.Their results of the included studies were equivocal, and the poor methodological quality and the limited number of the trials do not allow any conclusion about the efficacy of acupuncture for treatment of alcohol dependence. More research and well-designed, rigorous, and large clinical trials are necessary to address these issues.

    Alcohol and drug addiction pose serious medical, social, and economic problems in the United States. However, finding effective treatments for addiction is challenging. Many people relapse due to intense cravings and/or painful withdrawal symptoms. Electroacupuncture (acupuncture combined with electrical stimulation) is currently being studied as a possible treatment option, and preliminary evidence suggests that electroacupuncture can counteract addiction by affecting related chemicals (opiates) in the brain.

    Heart patients’ mental state and thinking abilities may help predict whether costly and potentially dangerous early hospital readmission will follow their release after treatment, according to the results of a significant new study.

    Can acupuncture help with atrial fibrillation??

    To evaluated whether acupuncture might exert an antiarrhythmic effect on patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). Two sets of data are reviewed by university of MIlan.shenmen and Xinshu spots. In patients with persistent AF,

    Finally, Italian scientist's conclusion: acupuncture of the Neiguan spot was associated with an antiarrhythmic effect, which was evident in patients with both persistent and paroxysmal AF. These preliminary data, observed in 2 small groups of AF patients, need to be validated in a larger population but strongly suggest that acupuncture may be an effective non-invasive and safe antiarrhythmic tool in the management of these patients.
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    Reference: Lombardi F et al.World J Cardiol. 2012 Mar 26;4(3):60-5.

  • Dr Robert Hadman : I completely opposed to the industrial action

    I found doctor's letter from newspaper(guardian), I'd like to share with you,,,,,,,

    I am a junior doctor completely opposed to the industrial action scheduled for 21 June (Report, 31 May). While I agree with the BMA that the proposed changes to pensions are technically unfair, I doubt the public will see it that way, when most doctors will continue to enjoy a retirement income that is double the average working wage. Had doctors decided to strike against Andrew Lansley's health reforms, they would have been perceived as acting in their patients' best interests and may even have landed a devastating blow against a bill that will ensure the dismantling of the NHS within a generation. They will lose this fight and tarnish their reputation.
    Dr Robert Hadman
    Oldham, Lancashire

    Good doctor! Put your patients first, well done.

    Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, is to write to the British Medical Assocation urging doctors not to put patients at risk when they embark on their first industrial action since 1975.

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