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Giles Gyer, Jimmy Michael, James Inklebarger
Hand injury is the second most common work-related musculoskeletal injury among physical therapists (PTs) and other manual therapy professionals such as osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists. However, the nature and extent of this problem have not been fully explored yet. Therefore, the objective of this study was to review the existing literature published on the prevalence, risk factors, consequences, and prevention of hand injuries among PTs and similar healthcare professionals...
March 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Lu Yang, Wenbo Peng, Jon Adams, David William Sibbritt
INTRODUCTION: Emerging evidence has shown that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a positive effect on arthritis. This research provides the first critical, systematic examination of TCM practitioners' perceptions of TCM use for people with arthritis. METHODS: An online survey was distributed to all TCM professionals including acupuncturists and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners registered with the Practitioner Research and Collaborate Initiative (PRACI) practitioner database...
March 8, 2018: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Rebecca J Beese, Deborah Ringdahl
BACKGROUND: Addressing spirituality in health care is important as it improves health outcomes; however, several provider barriers exist to providing spiritually based care. Local problem: A chart audit at a multidisciplinary wellness center serving a population with chronic mental health problems identified a need to improve the number of spiritually based interventions provided to clients by the nurse practitioner. DESIGN: A quasi-experimental design and pre- and post-test questionnaire were used to measure outcomes including the number of spiritually based interventions and provider attitudes...
February 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Yiyi Cai, Claire Shuiqing Zhang, Wenwei Ouyang, Jianmin Li, Wenheng Nong, Anthony Lin Zhang, Charlie Changli Xue, Zehuai Wen
INTRODUCTION: Spasticity is a common complication of stroke. Current therapies for poststroke spasticity (PSS) have been reported to be associated with high costs, lack of long-term benefit and unwanted adverse events (AEs). Electroacupuncture (EA) has been used for PSS, however, its efficacy and safety is yet to be confirmed by high-quality clinical studies. This study is designed to evaluate the add-on effects and safety profile of EA when used in combination with usual care (UC). METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This study is a parallel group randomised controlled trial...
February 27, 2018: BMJ Open
Elizabeth Soliday, Debra Betts
INTRODUCTION: Clinic-based acupuncturists, midwives, and physiotherapists have reported using acupuncture to treat lumbopelvic pain in pregnancy, a common condition that may affect functioning and quality of life. To contribute to the emerging evidence on treatment outcomes, we collected patient-reported pain reduction data from women treated during pregnancy in a no-pay, hospital-based acupuncture service in New Zealand. METHODS: Observational study of patient-reported symptom reduction...
February 2018: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Roy Lauterbach, Cara Ferrer Sokolovski, Jenia Rozenberg, Amir Weissman
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The aims of the present study were to evaluate acupuncture as an alternative treatment to an indwelling catheter for women with postpartum urinary retention, and to evaluate the accuracy of sonographic estimation of bladder volume by portable bedside equipment in women postpartum. STUDY BACKGROUND: Post-partum urinary retention is a common obstetric complication. The accepted method for diagnosing post void residual bladder volume is by ultrasound or catheterization...
January 31, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Elizabeth Chuang, Noa Hashai, Michele Buonora, Jonathan Gabison, Benjamin Kligler, M Diane McKee
OBJECTIVES: Chronic pain is prevalent, burdensome, and costly, and there are ethnic and racial disparities in treatment. Acupuncture is effective and safe, but access is limited. Group acupuncture can decrease cost and increase capacity by decreasing clinic space needs and increasing patient volume per acupuncturist; however, the effectiveness and patient acceptability of group and individual session acupuncture have never been directly compared. DESIGN: The Acupuncture Approaches to Decrease Disparities in Pain Treatment (AADDOPT-2) study is a randomized comparative effectiveness trial of acupuncture for chronic pain...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Elizabeth B Stuyt, Claudia A Voyles, Sara Bursac
Background: The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol, a simple standardized auricular treatment has the potential to provide vast public health relief on issues currently challenging our world. This includes but is not limited to addiction, such as the opioid epidemic, but also encompasses mental health, trauma, PTSD, chronic stress, and the symptoms associated with these conditions. Simple accessible tools that improve outcomes can make profound differences. We assert that the NADA protocol can have greatest impact when broadly applied by behavioral health professionals, Auricular Detoxification Specialists (ADSes)...
February 7, 2018: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
Cristina Frange, Carolina Vicente Banzoli, Ana Elisa Colombo, Marcele Siegler, Glaury Coelho, Andréia Gomes Bezerra, Marcelo Csermak, Maria Fernanda Naufel, Cristiana Cesar-Netto, Monica Levy Andersen, Manoel João Batista Castelo Girão, Sergio Tufik, Helena Hachul
The integrative care model is rooted in a biopsychosocial approach. Integrative is a term which refers to increasing the harmony and coherence of your whole being, and integrative care is therefore focused on the person, not on either the disease or a therapy. It is provided collaboratively by a health team comprising physicians, psychologists, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, and meditation, nutrition, and floral therapy. Previous studies have demonstrated that interventions based on the integrative care model improved womens lifestyle and quality of life...
October 2017: Sleep Science
Arthur Yin Fan, Sarah Faggert
In recent decades, acupuncture has been used more widely and extensively in the United States (U.S.). However, there have been no national surveys or analyses reported in academic journals on the number of practicing or licensed acupuncturists. This study was conducted to identify the approximate number of licensed acupuncturists active in 2015. The Board of Acupuncture or Board of Medicine in each state or U.S. territory was contacted to collect data. Online license information searching was also performed in order to get accurate numbers of licensed acupuncturists for those states in which a board was unable to be contacted...
January 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Molly J Mallory, Jennifer L Hauschulz, Alex Do, Niki E Dreyer, Brent A Bauer
Acupuncturists and massage therapists practicing within hospital and clinic settings is a relatively new, but growing phenomenon. Many clinical trials have documented the therapeutic roles these professionals can play in caring for patients. However, to our knowledge, little emphasis has been placed on their ability to aid in the diagnostic process. We report here our experience with these providers playing a critical role in contributing novel diagnostic information, both in the outpatient and inpatient settings...
December 21, 2017: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Jing Zhou, Likun Yang, Jinna Yu, Yang Wang, Zhishun Liu
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture may improve the menstrual frequency of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). However, more sufficient data are needed to improve the efficacy of acupuncture. METHODS: A total of 172 participants diagnosed with PCOS would be randomly assigned to either the acupuncture group or sham-acupuncture group, at a ratio of 1:1. Participants in both groups will receive treatment for 12 weeks, 3 times a week. The primary outcome will be the proportion of participants with at least a 50% increase from baseline in the monthly menstrual frequency from baseline after 12 weeks intervention, while secondary outcomes will be the difference in anthropometrics, serum hormone level, ovarian morphology, anxiety and depression, and quality of life from baseline to after 12 weeks intervention and to 12 weeks postintervention follow-up between groups...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yingru Chen, Jinsheng Yang, Liang Wang, Yuan Wu, Jianfeng Qu
The Evidence-based Guidelines of Clinical Practice with Acupuncture and Moxibustion: Periarthritis of Shoulder (Guidelines for short) was officially published as a standard of China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in 2015. From the purpose, methodology, scope, indication, recommended protocol, etc., this was explained to provide convenience for clinical use of acupuncturists. This Guidelines was developed based on Guidelines comprehensive search of literature regarding acupuncture for periarthritis of shoulder, the adoption of best evidence, expert experience, patient value across the world, methods of evidence quality and GRADE, references of clinical experience of famous acupuncturists in the ancient and modern time and expert consensus in the national level, which was hoped to provide solid evidence of acupuncture clinical treatment for periarthritis of shoulder to ensure the safety and effectiveness...
September 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Ting Bao, Qing Li, Janice L DeRito, Christina Seluzicki, Eun-Ok Im, Jun Mao
INTRODUCTION: Increasing evidence suggests that acupuncture may be helpful to manage common symptoms and treatment side effects among breast cancer (BC) survivors. Acupuncture usage among BC survivors remains low with little known about the barriers to its utilization. We evaluated perceived barriers to acupuncture use among BC survivors and explored the sociodemographic variations of such barriers. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis at an urban academic cancer center on 593 postmenopausal women with a history of stage I-III hormone receptor-positive BC who were taking or had taken an aromatase inhibitor...
January 1, 2018: Integrative Cancer Therapies
Kiyohide Tomooka, Isao Saito, Shinya Furukawa, Koutatsu Maruyama, Eri Eguchi, Hiroyasu Iso, Takeshi Tanigawa
BACKGROUND: Yellow tongue coating is one of the clinical signs for diabetes mellitus according to traditional East Asian medicine. Few reports have been available on the association between yellow tongue coating and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the general population. We examined that association among population samples of non-smoking men and women. METHODS: The study subjects were Japanese non-smoking men (n = 315) and women (n = 654) aged 30-79 years who resided in Toon city and participated in the Toon Health Study from July 2011 through November 2014...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
Yingying Deng, Jingshu Gao, Hongli Ma, Rong Wang, Xiuhua Chen, Hongxia Ma, Xiaofeng Xu, Juan Li, Xiaoke Wu
The design of research protocol and quality control are the key to ensure the quality of clinical trial. A randomized clinical trial regarding the effects of medication combined with acupuncture on live birth rate in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which was initially designed as a comparative effectiveness research, then added with an acupuncture control group and finally became a factorial analysis, is taken as an example to explain the protocol design and optimization process, demonstrating the high level of methodology design and international recognization...
May 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Zengfu Peng, Nenggui Xu, Zhaoxiang Bian, Canhui Li, Weidong Lu, Tao Huang, Shaobai Wang
We think that all the methods of puncturing into the skin to prevent and treat diseases are belong to acupuncture science. In spite of its basic theory of meridian and acupoint, anatomy and physiology have been important parts of modern acupuncture science. "Dry needling", however, is limited to trigger point theory. As for the positions, acupuncture is applied mainly at acupoints, involving in skin, muscles, tendons, vessels and nerves; while "dry needling" is used mostly at muscles. The needles of acupuncture are in various lengths and diameters and its manipulations are abundant, including the traditional skills and the achievements of modern science and technology research, such as electroacupuncture...
June 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Hongsheng Xue, Jin Zhang
As a famous acupuncturist in the world, professor ZHANG Jin believes the key of acupuncture technique is the use of force, and the understanding of the "concentrating the force into needle body" is essential to understand the essence of acupuncture technique. With deep study of Huangdi Neijing ( The Inner Canon of Huangdi ) and Zhenjiu Dacheng ( Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion ), the author further learned professor ZHANG Jin 's theory and operation specification of "concentrating force into needle body, so the force arriving before and together with needle"...
August 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Bingyan Cao, Shipeng Zhu, Tong Liu
Back-shu points were firstly discussed in Lingshu (the Miraculous Pivot ), and various location methods of back- shu points had been proposed by acupuncturists until conclusive method was made in Song dynasty. In this paper, the different location methods of back- shu points were reviewed; based on this, the reasons of divergences among each theory on location methods were discussed, and the theoretical background and reference of the original establishment of back- shu points were further explored. Therefore, it was proposed that the standardized location of back- shu points should be just considered as the center of possible distribution range, and adjustment should be made during clinical application according to the variability of individual combined with finger pressing...
August 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Yan Zhao, Lingyun Lu, Luqiang Sun, Shusen Zhang, Siyuan Zhou, Ying Li
Acupuncturists in all ages emphasize deqi ( qi arrival). We arranged and analyzed contents on deqi and qi arrival electronic texts in 1156 ancient medical books through Chinese Medical Code , the major electronic series of books on TCM, with medical classics as well as acupuncture-moxibustion and tuina parts as the emphasis. It is found that deqi is a standard for traditional acupuncture effect evaluation. Meanwhile, it acts on regulating body cold, heat, insufficiency and excess, guiding reinforce-reducing manipulation, determining needle depth, retaining and withdrawing, as well as prognosis, etc...
January 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
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