29. March 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Dementia

Adding acupuncture to routine care can improve cognitive status and daily living of patients with vascular dementia (VaD). A total of 68 patients received either acupuncture or usual care alone. The main acupoints used were: Baihui DU-20, Sishencong M-HN1, Shenting DU-24, Shanzhong REN-17, Neiguan P-6, Zhongwan REN-12, Qihai REN-6, Xuehai SP-10 and Zusanli ST-36, with Fengchi GB-20, Fenglong ST-40, Taichong LIV-3, Sanyinjiao SP-6 and Tianshu ST-25 included as auxiliary acupoints. Acupuncture point prescriptions were individualised to each patient at the discretion of the acupuncturist. Patients received up to 21 acupuncture sessions during a period of six weeks plus routine care. Cognitive scores at the end of the six week treatment period and at four week follow-up showed that those who had received acupuncture did better than controls on tests of cognitive function, and reported less interference from dementia with their daily living activities.

Acupuncture for Vascular Dementia: A Pragmatic Randomized Clinical Trial. ScientificWorldJournal. 2015;2015:161439.

15. March 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, IVF, Pregnancy, TEAS
03. March 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Cancer

Acupuncture appears to be effective for reducing pain and other symptoms in cancer patients, according to an open clinical trial carried out by clinicians in the USA. Fifty-seven cancer patients who reported significant pain levels were seen in an open treatment program. A semi-structured acupuncture protocol was designed to target pain, as well as anxiety, depression, fatigue and nausea. Twenty-five patients were considered to have completed treatment after receiving nine or more acupuncture sessions of acupuncture. Pain severity was found to decrease by 32% from baseline to the last session, and pain interference with daily living decreased by 40%. Symptoms of pain, nausea and fatigue decreased by 50%, while anxiety dropped by 44%. All changes in symptom scores except for nausea were found to be significant.
Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Pain: An Open Clinical Trial. Medical Acupuncture. June 2015, 27(3): 188-193.
Acupuncture can help with cancer-related symptoms in people receiving outpatient cancer treatment, according to American investigators. A retrospective study was carried out using data from 50 patients having acupuncture in a group setting at an integrative oncology programme. At the time of their fourth treatment, participants were found to have significantly less pain, numbness and digestive problems compared with baseline.
Evaluation of Group Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Symptoms: A Retrospective Analysis. J Palliat Med. 2015 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print].

03. March 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Depression

A pilot study from Japan shows that acupuncture can significantly improve depression and autonomic function in patients with medication-resistant depression. Thirty in-patients received either press-needle (PN) acupuncture or sham PN acupuncture (with a blunt press-needle) at eight acupoints for three days. The points used were bilateral Ximen P-4, Shousanli L.I.-10, Yinlingquan SP-9 and Sanyinjiao SP-6. Following PN acupuncture, participants showed significant improvement in depression scores, blood pressure and measures of vagal function, compared to sham PN. The authors suggest that improvement in vagal nerve function by acupuncture may be associated with its therapeutic mechanism in depression.
Acupuncture-induced changes of vagal function in patients with depression: A preliminary sham-controlled study with press needles. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2015 Aug;21(3):193-200.

03. March 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acne, skin

Acupuncture shows promise as a treatment modality for dermatological conditions, according to a systematic review by authors from the USA. Twenty-four studies met their inclusion criteria, of which 16 were randomised controlled trials. In 17 of 24 studies, acupuncture showed statistically significant improvements in outcome measurements compared with placebo acupuncture, alternative treatment options and no intervention. Acupuncture was found to improve outcome measures in the treatment of dermatitis, chloasma, pruritus, urticaria, hyperhidrosis and facial elasticity.
Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality in Dermatology: A Systematic Review. J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Sep;21(9):520-9.

03. March 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Blood Pressure

Acupuncture is effective as an adjunctive therapy to medication for treating hypertension, a Chinese systematic review concludes. Twenty-three RCTs involving 1788 patients were included. Compared with sham acupuncture plus medication, meta-analysis revealed that acupuncture as an adjunct to medication was more effective for reducing blood pressure than medication alone. Acupuncture alone showed no significant effect on blood pressure after intervention.
Is Acupuncture Effective for Hypertension? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS One. 2015 Jul 24;10(7):e0127019.

03. March 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Cancer

Authors from Hong Kong have produced a comprehensive overview of the current evidence available from systematic reviews of the effectiveness of acupuncture for palliative cancer care. Their analysis synthesised the results from 23 systematic reviews involving 248 primary studies that included 17,392 participants with any type of cancer. They concluded that acupuncture and related therapies clearly demonstrate favourable therapeutic effects in the management of cancer-related fatigue, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and leucopenia in patients with cancer. Current evidence regarding the treatment of cancer-related pain, hot flushes, hiccups and improving patients’ quality of life, was judged to be conflicting, while the available evidence to support or refute the potential of acupuncture in the management of xerostomia, dyspnoea, lymphoedema and the improvement of psychological well-being was found to be insufficient. None of the trials studied reported any serious adverse effects, and, because of this safety profile, the authors suggest that acupuncture could be considered as a complementary form of palliative care for cancer, especially for clinical problems for which conventional care options are limited.
Effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies for palliative care of cancer: overview of systematic reviews. Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 26;5:16776. doi: 10.1038/srep16776.