Acupuncture may help relieve fatigue in women who've had breast cancer, a new UK study suggests.
Acupuncture provides more relief from various types of chronic pain than does usual care and should be considered a valid therapeutic option, the authors of a meta-analysis concluded.
Acupuncture is generally recognized as having certain physiologic effects that can contribute to pain relief, but no plausible mechanism has yet been identified that support claims as to its long-term benefits for chronic pain.
A recent study conducted by Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan revealed that acupuncture has even more benefits than previously thought for patients with breast cancer.
A sham form of acupuncture using toothpicks that dont 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.
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.
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.
By SIMON CABLE
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.
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.