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October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
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October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Benjamin Kligler, Richard C Niemtzow, David F Drake, Stephen C Ezeji-Okoye, Roberta A Lee, Juli Olson, Kavitha P Reddy
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October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Kavitha P Reddy, David Drake, Benjamin Kligler
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October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Richard C Niemtzow
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October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Xiangrong Shao, Michael Corcoran, Michael O'Bryan
Background: Botulinum toxin type A injection is a common and safe procedure used for the treatment of overactive muscles through local injection. This toxin inhibits the release of acetylcholine in the neuromuscular junction. The benefits usually last only 3-6 months; thus, repeated injections are often required. The procedure, however, can be difficult if a patient's spasticity and pain prevents access to the muscles for injection or if a patient is anxious. Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA), a technique developed by Richard C...
October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Mohamed M Abdelfatah, Michelle C Beacham, Michael Freedman, Hans L Tillmann
Background: Currently, patients undergoing colonoscopy receive sedation, but pain management with acupuncture could be a safer alternative. Cases: This article describes 3 cases for which Battlefield Acupuncture was applied during colonoscopy to avoid using opioids for sedation. One case was a patient with a life-threating morphine allergy, and 2 other cases avoided sedation completely. Results: Pain was reduced in all 3 cases to allow completion of colonoscopies without sedation. In Case 2, the patient also gained relief of preexisting mild joint pain...
October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Daniel Glenn Federman, Steven B Zeliadt, Eva R Thomas, Gennaro F Carbone, Stephanie L Taylor
Objective: The Department of Veterans Affairs trained primary-care providers to deliver Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA), a subset of auricular acupuncture, to patients. However, little is known about BFA effectiveness in group or individual sessions or repeated administrations versus singular use. The aim of this study was to examine the use and effectiveness of BFA for back pain and four pain-comorbid conditions in group and individual sessions at a large Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted at the West Haven VA Medical Center, in West Haven CT...
October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Betty K Garner, Susan G Hopkinson, Ann K Ketz, Carol A Landis, Lori L Trego
Objective: In the United States, ∼1.6 million adults use complementary and alternative or integrative medicine for treating pain and insomnia. However, very few studies have tested the use of auricular acupuncture using a standard protocol for chronic pain and insomnia. The aims of this research were to assess the feasibility and credibility of auricular acupuncture, and to evaluate the effects of auricular acupuncture on pain severity and interference scores, and on insomnia severity over an 8-day study period...
October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Stephanie L Taylor, Karleen Giannitrapani, Princess E Ackland, Jesse Holliday, Kavitha P Reddy, David F Drake, Daniel G Federman, Benjamin Kligler
Objective: Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) is an auricular needling protocol for pain. More than 1300 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) clinicians have been trained in BFA delivery. However, little is known about how well BFA has been implemented at the VHA. The aim of this research was to identify the challenges providers experience in implementing BFA and to look for any successful strategies used to overcome these challenges. Materials and Methods: Semistructured telephone interviews were conducted from June 2017 to January 2018, using an interview guide informed by the integrated Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services framework to address several implementation domains: knowledge and attitudes about BFA; professional roles and training in BFA; organization of BFA delivery and resources to provide BFA; and implementation challenges and strategies to address challenges...
October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Juli L Olson
This article introduces changes occurring in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) with respect to the delivery of acupuncture. The VHA has published a new occupation code and job qualification standard allowing licensed acupuncturists to practice at the VHA medical centers. This policy shift comes at a time of great need for complementary and integrative health (CIH) options for veterans as identified by the advancing research, policies, and legislation that support CIH. The VHA initiatives include fostering an understanding of the distinct profession of licensed acupuncturists, developing an appreciation of the emerging evidence for acupuncture, and creating the cultural shift to support a wider view of CIH services...
October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Cathaleen Madsen, Tracey Koehlmoos
This research brief describes the use of acupuncture as a mechanism for the development of crossagency knowledge translation and evidence-based practices in order to ensure the best possible care for the nation's veterans.
October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Michael Freedman, Patricia A Bierwirth
Introduction: There is a need for nonopioid alternatives for treating pain. Acupuncture is one such modality. However, institutional resistance to the use of acupuncture is common in the Veterans Administration. Objective: The goal of this article is to lay out the reasoning for integrating acupuncture within the VA as well as in general practice so as to be able to relieve patients' pain quickly. Conclusions: Among the medical specialties, neurology is particularly suited to lead the way in incorporating acupuncture into daily practice...
October 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Vladislav Korostyshevskiy
Background: Various types of headache comprise a widespread health problem. Among the possible treatment options, acupuncture is one of the most effective, with the least number of adverse effects. While the locations of acupuncture points have long been established, slight and specific modifications in point locations, as well as needling angles and depths in each individual case, can increase the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for some types of headaches. Cases: Two typical "cases," which are composites of several similar cases, are discussed...
August 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Danny Bega, Kelley Park, Ania Grimone, Fang Lin, Melinda Ring
Objectives: There are no curative treatments for cervical dystonia (CD), therefore conventional management is aimed at pain relief and muscle relaxation. Many patients with CD use complementary and integrative medicine interventions to manage symptoms, yet there are limited data on the use of acupuncture for CD. The aim of the current study was to determine the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of adjuvant acupuncture. Materials and Methods: A pilot open-label study was conducted on acupuncture treatments as add-on therapy to botulinum-toxin injection sessions (3 months apart) in 5 subjects with chronic idiopathic CD...
August 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Yong Il Kim, Sung Sik Kim, Ryong Sik Sin, Yong Jin Pu, Gon Ri, Kwang Su Rim
Background: Many studies to clarify the influences of acupuncture at different acupoints of various meridians on cerebral blood flow (CBF) were conducted in the past. However, the influences of acupuncture at the points of the Governor Vessel on CBF have not yet been studied tangibly. Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influences of acupuncture at individual acupoints of the Governor Vessel on cerebral hemodynamic indices. Materials and Methods: Two hundred and seventy-nine patients with chronic cerebral circulation insufficiency (CCCI) were observed, using a cerebrovascular disease diagnosis system (CVD 3000, KCC, Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea)...
August 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Alexandra Dimitrova, Charles Murchison, Barry Oken
Objectives: This work follows-up on a systematic review, published in 2017, of acupuncture for the treatment of mono- and polyneuropathy and associated symptoms. Previously reviewed trials of acupuncture for neuropathy primarily used acupuncture points in close proximity to underlying nerves. Further exploration of point selection for the treatment of each neuropathic condition is needed to assess the anatomical relationships between acupuncture points and peripheral nerves with respect to the treatment of neuropathy...
August 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Christopher R Chase
Background: The 5-Phase theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine has been an integral part of medical acupuncture for 2000 years. The research of John R. Cross PhD, PhDAc, has resulted in a further evolution of the 5-Phase theory to include the Ayurvedic chakra energy centers. By using chakras, a clinician can appreciate the integration of human organ systems, the neuroendocrine system, and personality attributes (both positive and negative) associated with each chakra. Objective: To create personality archetypes from chakras that have practical clinical value...
August 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
Rodney Choon Huat Lim
Objective: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in healthcare is based on the holistic concept of smooth energy flow. The energy helps maintain the circulation of Blood and bodily processes. An efficient supply of consistent energy and good circulation helps support the body's homeostasis. In therapeutics, low-level laser energy can be transferred to the body (via the auricle) to activate or maintain homeostasis through specifically appropriate auricular sites. The goal of this research was to track the effects of painless laser acupuncture (PLA) on a group of highly motivated patients who wanted to quit smoking...
June 1, 2018: Medical Acupuncture
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