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Auricular acupuncture

Patricia Hinton Walker, Arnyce Pock, Catherine G Ling, Kyung Nancy Kwon, Megan Vaughan
Battlefield acupuncture is a unique auricular acupuncture procedure which is being used in a number of military medical facilities throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). It has been used with anecdotal published positive impact with warriors experiencing polytrauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury. It has also been effectively used to treat warriors with muscle and back pain from carrying heavy combat equipment in austere environments. This article highlights the history within the DoD related to the need for nonpharmacologic/opioid pain management across the continuum of care from combat situations, during evacuation, and throughout recovery and rehabilitation...
September 2016: Nursing Outlook
Hélio Sampaio-Filho, Juliane Sotto-Ramos, Erika Horácio Pinto, Marcia Regina Cabral, Priscila Larcher Longo, Isabel Peixoto Tortamano, Rodrigo Labat Marcos, Daniela Fátima Teixeira Silva, Christine Pavani, Anna Carolina Ratto Tempestini Horliana
BACKGROUND: A comfortable postoperative return to daily activities has increased the need to control inflammation after third molar surgery. Anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics are not exempt from adverse effects such as allergies and chronic gastritis, and they are not without cost. The association between low-level laser and auricular acupuncture can be an alternative when conventional drugs are contraindicated. Among its advantages, we can mention the low risk of side effects, low cost and simplicity of application...
2016: Trials
Lukas de Lorent, Agorastos Agorastos, Alexander Yassouridis, Michael Kellner, Christoph Muhtz
Although acupuncture treatment is increasingly in demand among psychiatric patients, to date no studies have investigated the effectiveness of auricular acupuncture (AA) in treating anxiety disorders or major depressive disorder. Thus, this study aimed to compare the effectiveness of AA versus progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), a standardized and accepted relaxation method. We examined 162 patients with a primary diagnosis of anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder, and each patient chose between treatment with AA, executed according to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol, and treatment with PMR...
August 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
W Huang, S N Halpin, M M Perkins
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate clinical effects of auricular acupuncture treatments for pain based on a revised auricular mapping and diagnostic paradigm (RAMP-uP). DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. SETTING: A major US Veterans Affairs Medical Centre located in the Southeaster United States. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Pain and efficacy rating scores based on visual analogue scales during each clinical visit. Duration of acupuncture treatment effects based on clinic notes documentation...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Wayne B Jonas, Dawn M Bellanti, Charmagne F Paat, Courtney C Boyd, Alaine Duncan, Ashley Price, Weimin Zhang, Louis M French, Heechin Chae
Background: Headaches are prevalent among Service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI); 80% report chronic or recurrent headache. Evidence for nonpharmacologic treatments, such as acupuncture, are needed. Objective: The aim of this research was to determine if two types of acupuncture (auricular acupuncture [AA] and traditional Chinese acupuncture [TCA]) were feasible and more effective than usual care (UC) alone for TBI-related headache. Materials and Methods: Design: This was a three-armed, parallel, randomized exploratory study...
June 1, 2016: Medical Acupuncture
Linda L D Zhong, Wai Kun, Tsz Fung Lam, Shi Ping Zhang, Jun Jun Yang, Tat Chi Ziea, Bacon Ng, Zhao Xiang Bian
BACKGROUND: Obesity is an increasingly prevalent chronic condition that is associated with serious morbidity and mortality. Excess body weight is a risk factor contributing to diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, hypercholesterolaemia, diabetes mellitus, cerebrovascular disease, gall bladder disease, and some types of cancer. Almost all the Western anti-obesity drugs have adverse effects or body weight is regained upon cessation of therapy. Recent studies have found that acupuncture had a similar efficacy as the Western anti-obesity drugs with fewer reported adverse effects...
2016: Trials
Rickard Ahlberg, Kurt Skårberg, Ole Brus, Lars Kjellin
BACKGROUND: A common alternative treatment for substance abuse is auricular acupuncture. The aim of the study was to evaluate the short and long-term effect of auricular acupuncture on anxiety, sleep, drug use and addiction treatment utilization in adults with substance abuse. METHOD: Of the patients included, 280 adults with substance abuse and psychiatric comorbidity, 80 were randomly assigned to auricular acupuncture according to the NADA protocol, 80 to auricular acupuncture according to a local protocol (LP), and 120 to relaxation (controls)...
2016: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
Donna LaPaglia, Katurah Bryant, Kelly Serafini
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate patients' satisfaction with National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) acupuncture services in two community mental health settings. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, mixed-methods study. Participants who had participated in acupuncture services were given a survey that contained both quantitative and qualitative items. SETTINGS: Participants were recruited from two community mental health centers in the New England area...
September 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Kaiyue Wang, Zhicheng Liu, Bin Xu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the efficacy on obesity of spleen deficiency and damp blockage pattern and hyperlipemia treated with warm needling therapy and auricular acupuncture and the effect mechanism of the combined treatment. METHODS: One hundred and ten patients of obesity of spleen deficiency and damp blockage pattern and hyperlipemia were randomized into an observation group and a control group, 55 cases in each one. Additionally, a healthy group (52 cases) was set up as the control...
March 2016: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Gerhard Litscher, Pei-Jing Rong
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2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Yuhua Tan, Ye Zhao, Tian He, Yueshen Ma, Wang Cai, Yandong Wang
BACKGROUND: Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine know that auricular point acupressure (APP) using vaccaria seeds on the large intestine point (CO7) has a significant effect on postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction. A standardized, clinical, research design will transform this clinical experience into scientific evidence, thus providing a basis to promote the wider use of this therapy. We aim to carry out a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the efficacy and safety of APP treatment for gastrointestinal dysfunction after laparoscopic cholecystectomy...
2016: Trials
Marco Romoli, Francesco Greco, Andrea Giommi
BACKGROUND: Auricular Acupuncture Diagnosis is a diagnostic method which is essential for the topographic identification on the auricle of the anatomical parts of the body carrying a particular ailment or dysfunction. OBJECTIVE: To identify the specific zones related to lumbar hernia in patients treated with a series of epidural infiltrations with corticosteroids. METHODS: In a consecutive group of thirty patients with lumbar hernia 2 diagnostic methods used in Auricular Acupuncture Diagnosis, Pain Pressure Test and Electric Skin Resistance Test, were applied before the first infiltration (T0), before the second and the third infiltration (T1, T2) and one week after the third infiltration (T3)...
June 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
L Bergdahl, J-E Broman, A H Berman, K Haglund, L von Knorring, A Markström
Objective. The most effective nonpharmacological treatment for insomnia disorder is cognitive behavioural therapy-insomnia (CBT-i). However CBT-i may not suit everyone. Auricular acupuncture (AA) is a complementary treatment. Studies show that it may alleviate insomnia symptoms. The aim of this randomised controlled study was to compare treatment effects of AA with CBT-i and evaluate symptoms of insomnia severity, anxiety, and depression. Method. Fifty-nine participants, mean age 60.5 years (SD 9.4), with insomnia disorder were randomised to group treatment with AA or CBT-i...
2016: Sleep Disorders
Vasanth Kattalai Kailasam, Preeti Anand, Zara Melyan
The use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain has increased dramatically in the past few decades making them one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the US. However, long-term use of opioids is limited by development of tolerance (decreased antinociceptive efficacy) and opioid-induced hyperalgesia - paradoxical sensitization to noxious (hyperalgesia) and non-noxious (allodynia) stimuli. Novel adjunctive therapies are needed to increase the efficacy and prolong the duration of action of opioids in chronic pain treatment...
June 15, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Janina Geib, Monika A Rieger, Stefanie Joos, Gerhard W Eschweiler, Florian G Metzger
BACKGROUND: The number of elderly patients with depression has steadily increased in recent years; therefore, new treatment options and therapy approaches are urgently needed to improve treatment in this patient group. The aim of this project was to evaluate the additional application of auricular acupuncture according to the NADA protocol in patients treated in a daytime ward in terms of acceptability and feasibility. METHODS: A total of 20 psychogeriatric patients from a daytime clinic suffering from major depression (ICD-10: F32-F33) received auricular acupuncture in addition to the standard treatment three times per week over a treatment course of 3 weeks...
May 4, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Danielle M Graff, Mark J McDonald
OBJECTIVES: Headache remains a frequent complaint for children presenting to a pediatric emergency department (ED). Typical treatments include oral or intravenous medications, but do not always relieve pain. An alternative intervention is auricular acupuncture. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of migraines in adults. The objective of this study was to evaluate the utility and adverse effects of auricular acupuncture in the treatment of pediatric migraines in the ED. METHODS: This was a prospective, interventional, cohort study of patients 8 to 18 years of age...
May 2, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Pei-Jing Rong, Jing-Jun Zhao, Lei Wang, Li-Qun Zhou
The international standardization of auricular acupuncture points (AAPs) is an important basis for auricular therapy or auricular diagnosis and treatment. The study on the international standardization of AAPs has gone through a long process, in which the location method is one of the key research projects. There are different points of view in the field of AAPs among experts from different countries or regions. By only analyzing the nine representative location methods, this paper tried to offer a proper location method to locate AAPs...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
E Viel, A Vanoli, A Melis, F Rocher, B Schipman, D Truong
OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to highlight the efficiency of auriculotherapy in the treatment of hot flushes, especially in cancer-related menopausal transition. METHODS: We used systematically collected data from patients in 2014 in a medical oncology practice. The treatment was made according to the guidelines of The Inter-University Diploma and the cartography of the World Health Organization; data on satisfaction were collected orally. RESULTS: In 2014, 49 patients, among whom 41 had cancer, were treated for hot flushes...
June 2016: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
Richard M Guthrie, Rita Chorba
PURPOSE: Chronic mechanical neck pain can have a complex clinical presentation and is often difficult to treat. This case study illustrates a successful physical therapy treatment approach using dry needling and auricular acupuncture techniques. CASE REPORT: A 51-year-old active-duty, male US Marine was treated by a physical therapist in a direct-access military clinic for chronic neck pain poorly responsive to previous physical therapy, pharmacologic, and surgical interventions...
2016: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Irene Estores, Kevin Chen, Brian Jackson, Lixing Lao, Peter H Gorman
OBJECTIVE: To obtain preliminary data on the effects of an auricular acupuncture protocol, Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA), on self-reported pain intensity in persons with chronic Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and neuropathic pain. DESIGN: Pilot randomized delayed entry single center crossover clinical trial at an outpatient rehabilitation and integrative medicine hospital center. METHODS: Chronic (> one year post injury) ASIA impairment scale A through D individuals with SCI with injury level from C3 through T12 and below level neuropathic pain with at least five on the Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) were recruited...
February 15, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
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