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Medical Acupuncture

Aris Oates, Kelly A Benedict, Karen Sun, Paul R Brakeman, Jessica Lim, Cynthia Kim
Evaluate laser acupuncture as an adjuvant therapy in pain management during percutaneous kidney biopsy procedure in children and adolescents. This prospective, double-blinded, randomized controlled trial enrolled patients aged 7-26 years admitted to a children's hospital for percutaneous kidney biopsy. Patients received laser acupuncture to treatment points (acupuncture group) or sham points (control group) prior to the procedure. Laser delivered a dose of 42 J/cm over 10 acupoints. Patients and parents rated the pain during and after the biopsy, and change in pain scores were calculated for each patient...
September 29, 2016: Pain
Mohammad M Zarshenas, Arman Zargaran, Michael Blaschke
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are of major causes of death worldwide. Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are considered as new sources to find preventive and treatment approaches with mostly a historical perspective. Chinese medicine (CM), Persian medicine (PM), Ayurveda and homeopathy are as most popular traditional systems of medicine among various CAM methods. In this survey, we aimed to review most relevant and approved treatment by current investigations on these CAM systems in the field of CVD to present best traditional remedies and treatment approaches...
October 10, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Jehan Alsharnoubi, Adly A Sabbour, Ahmed I Shoukry, Amany M Abdelazeem
Nocturnal enuresis (NE) is intermittent involuntary voiding during sleep in a child aged 5 years or more. The study was conducted to compare the effect of using laser acupuncture and medication for the treatment of children with nocturnal enuresis (NE) and evaluation of urodynamic parameter after treatment. A randomized study included 45 children ranged from 5 to 15 years presenting with NE. They were randomized into three equal groups-group A, managed with desmopressin acetate; group B, managed with laser acupuncture; and group C, managed with a combination of laser acupuncture and desmopressin-all groups received behavioral therapy...
October 15, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
Jae-Young Han, Jae-Hong Kim, Ju-Hyung Park, Min-Yeong Song, Min-Keun Song, Dong-Joo Kim, Young-Nim You, Gwang-Cheon Park, Jin-Bong Choi, Myung-Rae Cho, Jeong-Cheol Shin, Ji-Hyun Cho
BACKGROUND: Scalp acupuncture (SA) and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) are effective for treating cerebral infarction. This study aims to examine the efficacy and safety of SA and electromagnetic convergence stimulation (SAEM-CS), which was developed through collaboration between conventional medical physicians and doctors who practice traditional Korean medicine. SAEM-CS was designed to improve function in patients with cerebral infarction, compared to the improvement after conventional stroke rehabilitation, SA, and rTMS therapeutic approaches...
October 11, 2016: Trials
Debra Betts, Caroline A Smith, Hannah G Dahlen
BACKGROUND: Threatened miscarriage is a common complication of early pregnancy increasing the risk of miscarriage or premature labour. Currently there is limited evidence to recommend any biomedical pharmacological or self-care management, resulting in a 'watchful waiting' approach. The objective of this study was to examine the feasibility of offering acupuncture as a therapeutic treatment for women presenting with threatened miscarriage. METHODS: A mixed methods study involving a randomised controlled trial and semi structured interviews...
October 7, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Jill Brook Hervik, Trine Stub
PURPOSE: To access frequency and severity of adverse effects (AE) of non-hormonal drugs (NHD) for hot flashes in breast cancer survivors compared to controls and analyze adverse-effect risk by reviewing published randomized trials. METHODS: Cochrane Central Register for Controlled Trials, Embase, Medline, PsycINFO and PubMed databases were searched. Trials were included where participants were survivors of breast cancer suffering from hot flashes, treatment included self-administered venlafaxine, gabapentin or clonidine, and AE were reported...
November 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Ola A Dabbous, Mona M Soliman, Nagwa H Mohamed, Magda Y Elseify, Mai S Elsheikh, Asmaa A A Alsharkawy, Manal M Abd Al Aziz
Variable therapy of asthma is not sufficient yet to achieve good asthma control. Therapy decision requires serial investigations. Low-level laser acupuncture is a suitable non-invasive modality of complementary medicine. The exhaled breath condensate (EBC) is easy and useful to evaluate the efficacy of drugs or novel therapy. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of low-level laser biostimulation of acupuncture points on asthma improvement in children. Forty-eight asthmatic children were subdivided into case (laser) group, which received 12 direct contact low-power laser acupuncture sessions (three sessions/week) on specific traditional Chinese acupuncture points for bronchial asthma, and control asthmatic group, which received sham laser acupuncture on the same acupoints and number of sessions of the case (laser) group...
October 5, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
Vojtěch Mornstein, Jiří Beneš, Zdeněk Mrozek, Štěpán Svačina
This article gives information on selected alternative medicine methods (AMM) under conditions of the Czech health care system. They can be defined as contemporaneous diagnostic and therapeutic methods which differ in their theoretical fundaments as well as practices from the evidence based medicine. This definition is controversial because these methods are an intrinsically incompatible aggregate of modalities acting as a placebo above all. We can encounter many "therapeutic" and "examination" methods which are practiced namely by healers without formal medical education, and connected closely with esotericism...
2016: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
Jae-Young Shin, Jun-Hwan Lee, Boncho Ku, Jang Han Bae, Min-Ho Un, Jaeuk U Kim, Tae-Hun Kim
INTRODUCTION: This study aims to investigate the effects of acupuncture stimulation on the radial artery's pressure pulse wave, along with various hemodynamic parameters, and to explore the possible underlying mechanism of pulse diagnosis in healthy participants in their twenties. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This study is a prospective, single-arm, exploratory clinical study. A total of 25 healthy participants, without regard to gender, in their twenties will be recruited by physicians...
September 2016: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Darija Mahović, Fanika Mrsić
Dear Editor, the practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine described psoriasis some 2000 years ago (1). Psoriasis vulgaris is a common, chronic inflammatory skin disease whose worldwide prevalence ranges from 0.1-3% (2,3). Understanding the role of the immune system in psoriasis and the interplay between the innate and adaptive immune system has helped to manage this complex disease, which affects patients far beyond the skin changes themselves (2). In addition to the usual and widely accepted methods of treatment of psoriasis, including topical therapies, phototherapy, and conventional and biological systemic therapies, data can be found in the literature that suggest a favorable effect of acupuncture on the course of psoriasis (4,5)...
August 2016: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
Jun Matsumoto-Miyazaki, Yoshitaka Asano, Shingo Yonezawa, Yuichi Nomura, Yuka Ikegame, Tatsuki Aki, Shunsuke Takenaka, Jun Shinoda
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the immediate effect of acupuncture on cortico spinal tract (CST) activity in patients with chronic disorders of consciousness (DOC) after traumatic brain injury (TBI) by measuring motor-evoked potential (MEP) using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). DESIGN: Changes in several variables in the acupuncture session were compared with those in the control session without acupuncture in the same patients. SETTING: Chubu Medical Center for Prolonged Traumatic Brain Dysfunction, Gifu, Japan...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Byeongsang Oh, Thomas Eade, Andrew Kneebone, Nick Pavlakis, Stephen Clarke, Guy Eslick, Jo River, Michael Back
OBJECTIVE: To explore the factors associated with utilisation of an acupuncture service in a tertiary oncology setting in an Australian public hospital. METHOD: Cancer patients attending oncology clinics at a university teaching hospital were invited to participate in the evaluation of acupuncture services from June 2014 to May 2015. Patients had a prior diagnosis of cancer (albeit at different stages) and were planning to receive, or were already receiving, systemic and/or radiation cancer treatment...
September 22, 2016: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Changsop Yang, Eunyoung Lee, Eui-Hyoung Hwang, Ojin Kwon, Jun-Hwan Lee
The purpose of this study was to report the current state of Korean medicine (KM) treatment on sports injury by implementing survey with volleyball team medical doctors participating in 2013-2014 season. Six KM doctors completed a questionnaire that includes injury parameters: type, location, situation, and pain scores. We collected 166 injury cases from 94 Korean male and female national volleyball players. Knee (25.9%), low back (13.3%), elbow, and ankle (8.4%) injuries were most common. Joint (41.6%) and muscle (30...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Molly J Mallory, Alexander Do, Sara E Bublitz, Susan J Veleber, Brent A Bauer, Anjali Bhagra
Acupuncture is a widely practiced system of medicine that has been in place for thousands of years. Consumer interest and use of acupuncture are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, as it is used to treat a multitude of symptoms and disease processes as well as to maintain health and prevent illness. A growing body of evidence increasingly validates the practice of acupuncture. Further developing scientific data will play an important role in the future of acupuncture and other complementary and alternative medicines in public health...
September 2016: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Yu Xiang, Xing Wu, Chuanjian Lu, Kaiyi Wang
Psoriasis is a chronic, proliferative, and inflammatory skin disease which affects around 2-3% of the global population. Current pharmacotherapy is effective, however medication with safe and long-lasting therapeutic effects is needed. Acupuncture for psoriasis is widely used in China as well as other Asian countries, and is gradually becoming accepted globally. To determine the characteristics and advantages of acupuncture treatment for psoriasis, and to improve the clinical outcomes of this disease in the future, this review summarizes literature on acupuncture treatment for psoriasis published between 2009 and 2014...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
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
Richard L Nahin, Robin Boineau, Partap S Khalsa, Barbara J Stussman, Wendy J Weber
Although most pain is acute and resolves within a few days or weeks, millions of Americans have persistent or recurring pain that may become chronic and debilitating. Medications may provide only partial relief from this chronic pain and can be associated with unwanted effects. As a result, many individuals turn to complementary health approaches as part of their pain management strategy. This article examines the clinical trial evidence for the efficacy and safety of several specific approaches-acupuncture, manipulation, massage therapy, relaxation techniques including meditation, selected natural product supplements (chondroitin, glucosamine, methylsulfonylmethane, S-adenosylmethionine), tai chi, and yoga-as used to manage chronic pain and related disability associated with back pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neck pain, and severe headaches or migraines...
September 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Tierney Lorenz, Jordan Rullo, Stephanie Faubion
Because 1 in 6 women in the United States takes antidepressants and a substantial proportion of patients report some disturbance of sexual function while taking these medications, it is a near certainty that the practicing clinician will need to know how to assess and manage antidepressant-related female sexual dysfunction. Adverse sexual effects can be complex because there are several potentially overlapping etiologies, including sexual dysfunction associated with the underlying mood disorder. As such, careful assessment of sexual function at the premedication visit followed by monitoring at subsequent visits is critical...
September 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Yuhai Zhang, Rami Al-Aref, Haixia Fu, Yunxue Yang, Yugong Feng, Chao Zhao, Jun Dong, Guoqing Sun
AIM: To identify whether neuronavigation-assisted aspiration (NA) combined with electro-acupuncture (EA) provides better motor recovery in events of Hypertensive Putaminal Hematoma (HPH) sized 30 to 50 ml. This study aims to examine whether NA and EA have additional value to cerebral hemorrhage motor rehabilitation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 240 patients with HPH sized 30 to 50 ml were admitted within 6 to 10 hours after stroke ictus were included in this study. All the cases were divided into 4 groups and each group contains 60 cases equally...
January 25, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
Bu-Ping Liu, Yun-Ting Wang, Si-da Chen
OBJECTIVES: To systematically review the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). METHODS: PubMed, Cochrane library Central, Web of Science, Wang-fang Database, and CNKI were searched from their inception to June 30, 2016. Data of acupuncture for CP/CPPS following randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was included. The data were analyzed using the Cochrane Collaboration Review Manager. The primary data were the National Institute of Health-Chronic Prostatitis Index (NIH-CPSI) score at the end of follow-up...
September 2, 2016: International Urology and Nephrology
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