14. February 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Back Pain

Evidence identified by a systematic literature review by UK authors suggests that acupuncture represents a cost-effective non-pharmacological treatment option for low back pain (LBP). Analysis of four studies investigating acupuncture for LBP showed that although it was associated with slightly increased costs, incremental cost-effectiveness ratios remained below the commonly cited threshold value of £20,000 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY), suggesting that it represents a cost-effective treatment option.
Cost-Effectiveness of Non-Invasive and Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Low Back Pain: a Systematic Literature Review. Appl Health Econ Health Policy. 2016 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print].

14. February 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Breast Cancer, Hot Flushes
14. February 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Insomnia

Australian and Chinese authors reviewing the evidence for acupuncture for insomnia have concluded that it is superior to both placebo and drug therapy. A total of 30 studies (2363) participants were included in their systematic review. Acupuncture point combinations for insomnia included the use of the points Shenmen HE-7, Baihui DU-20, Sanyinjiao SP-6. Meta-analysis showed small but statistically significant effects of acupuncture compared to sham/placebo and pharmacotherapy (benzodiazepines). Further high quality research is needed to confirm these results.
A systematic review of acupuncture for sleep quality in people with insomnia. Complement Ther Med. 2016 Jun;26:11-20.