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Toothpicks Match Needles for Acupuncture

Posted May 12, 2009

A sham form of acupuncture using toothpicks that don’t penetrate the skin works as well as traditional needle acupuncture for relieving back pain, researchers report in the May 11 Archives of Internal Medicine. Both procedures outperformed non-acupuncture alternatives, such as medication alone.


Can acupuncture cure my migraine?

Monday, 4 September 2006

Migraine affects up to 15% of the UK population - around two thirds of sufferers are women.

To mark Migraine Awareness week, Jane Elliott, a health reporter at BBC News, talks about a lifetime with the condition and how acupuncture is offering a respite.

Even as a tiny baby, I am told, I used to hold my head, go pale, and vomit.

As I grew older the migraines started to follow a more defined pattern.


Acupuncture: A complementary medicine for today’s ways

By Scott Nicholson

Acupuncture is getting its point across to more people who want to complement their health care approaches.

Edward Elliott, who has acupuncture practices in Watauga and Ashe counties under the name Hiddenknoll Acupuncture Clinic, said the perception of the ancient treatment, as well as other approaches to health care besides the regular visits to a family doctor, is changing.


<b>Acupuncture 'provides twice the pain relief of standard medicine'<b>


25th September 2007

Acupuncture is twice as effective at reducing lower back pain than conventional medicines, according to researchers.

But pretend acupuncture, where the needles are inserted less deeply, has also been found to have a similar effect, suggesting that the pain relief could be psychological.


Singapore zoo heals animals with herbs, acupuncture

Fri May 18, 2007

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Acupuncture for a limping elephant? Herbal tea for a constipated orangutan? The Singapore Zoo has tried it all, and it works.

Around 200 animals, including giraffes, elephants, horses, pythons and sea lions, have successfully been treated with acupuncture and traditional herb-based Chinese medicine in the past decade, although Western medicine remains the first line of treatment in the zoo.