01. October 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Stroke

Acupuncture in combination with rehabilitation may have greater benefits for the treatment of acute and subacute stroke sequelae in comparison with rehabilitation alone. In a systematic review Chinese and Brazilian authors assessed 17 trials, of which five were rated to be good quality. Fourteen of the trials produced results favourable to acupuncture combined with rehabilitation, compared with conventional rehabilitation treatment alone. (Effectiveness of acupuncture combined with rehabilitation for treatment of acute or subacute stroke: a systematic review. Acupunct Med. 2015 Mar 31. pii: acupmed-2014-010705).

01. October 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Labour, Moxibustion, Pregnancy

Moxibustion at acupuncture point Zhiyin BL-67 can correct non-vertex presentation, reduce the number of caesarean sections performed and achieve cost savings for the healthcare system, compared with conventional treatment. Analysis by Spanish researchers showed that moxibustion prevents 8.92% of deliveries with non-vertex presentation compared with conventional treatment, resulting in an average cost saving of €107.11 per delivery (mainly due to the costs saved by avoiding the need for caesarean section). Analysis also showed an incremental cost per delivery ranging from €68 for moxibustion versus €640 for conventional treatment. (Cost effectiveness of using moxibustion to correct non-vertex presentation. Acupunct Med. 2015 Apr;33(2):136-41).

01. October 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Restless Leg Syndrome

Acupuncture can improve abnormal leg activity in patients with ‘restless leg syndrome’ (RLS), according to a team of researchers from China and Japan. A pilot study enrolled 38 patients with RLS. Patients were treated with either standardised traditional acupuncture or sham acupuncture at randomised non¬acupoints for six weeks. Acupuncturists were able to modify the standardised acupuncture point prescription based on each patient’s location of discomfort. A total of 12 acupoints (bilateral Shenshu BL-23, Mingmen DU-4, unilateral Xuehai SP-10, bilateral Chenshan BL-57, bilateral Taichong LIV-3, unilateral Zusanli ST-36, bilateral Sanyinjiao SP-6 and bilateral Taixi KID-3) were used in patients in the standard acupuncture group. In the randomised acupuncture group, 12 randomised non-acupoints, which included sites distal to any zone of discomfort, and which avoided any acupoints orlocal ashi points, were selected. The effects of treatment were evaluated using an actigraph unit, which monitors subjects’ rest/activity cycles in a non¬invasive manner. Standard acupuncture was shown to reduce abnormal nocturnal leg activity significantly compared with baseline, while sham acupuncture did not result in such improvements. (Actigraph evaluation of acupuncture for treating restless legs syndrome. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:343201. Epub 2015 Feb 11).

01. October 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Vulvodynia

A small study carried out by investigators in the USA has found that acupuncture appears to reduce pain and dyspareunia, while increasing sexual function, for women with vulvodynia (a chronic pain syndrome affecting the vulvar area without an identifiable cause). Thirty-six women with vulvodynia were randomly assigned either to an acupuncture group or a wait-list control group. Subjects assigned to the acupuncture group received acupuncture twice a week for five weeks. Reports of vulvar pain and dyspareunia were significantly reduced, while changes in scores on the Female Sexual Function Index suggested significant improvement in sexual function in those receiving ‘acupuncture compared with those who did not. However, acupuncture did not significantly increase sexual desire, sexual arousal, lubrication, ability to orgasm or sexual satisfaction in women with vulvodynia. (Acupuncture for the treatment of vulvodynia: a randomized wait-list controlled pilot study. J Sex Med. 2015 Apr;12(4):1019-27).

01. October 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Anxiety

A UK pilot study suggests that acupuncture may be a promising intervention for patients with chronic anxiety symptoms that resistant to other forms of treatment. Forty participants from a psychiatry waiting list were randomised into one of two groups. One group received 10 weeks of acupuncture at Neiguan PC-6, Shenmen HT-7 and Taichong LIV-3, while the other group acted as a waiting list control group. The waiting list group then received acupuncture. Both groups were followed up for 10 weeks after treatment. State anxiety scores in the acupuncture group were found to decrease from 57.7 to 38.8, while scores in the waiting list control group decreased from 61.5 to 60.6. This difference was highly statistically significant. Similar changes were seen for trait anxiety scores. The control group showed similar statistically significant improvements when they received acupuncture. These improvements were maintained after 10 weeks of follow-up in each group. (Randomised controlled trial on the use of acupuncture in adults with chronic, non-responding anxiety symptoms. Acupunct Med. 2015 Apr;33(2):98-102).

01. October 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Dental Pain, Pain

Stimulation of Hegu L.I.-4 can reduce pain in children during dental anaesthetic injection. Children scheduled for dental treatment using local anaesthesia received bilateral acupuncture at Hegu L.I.-4 (using intradermal needles). During the dental treatment, the patients’ parents stimulated the needles with massage. Two different treatment regimes were compared: standardised local anaesthetic (LA) injection given five minutes after acupuncture, and LA injection without acupuncture. The order of treatment was randomised, with the two treatments performed in a crossover manner on different days. Data were obtained from 49 patients. Patients reported less pain when acupuncture was used (mean pain score 2.3 versus 3.9). In addition, the heart rate of patients who received acupuncture remained low throughout dental treatment compared to treatment without acupuncture, indicating that they experienced less autonomic distress. Acupuncture was also found to increase satisfaction levels in both the patients and their parents compared to LA injection alone. (Acupuncture Reduces Pain and Autonomic Distress During Injection of Local Anesthetic in Children – A Pragmatic Crossover Investigation. Clin J Pain. 2015 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print]).