Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
A Cochrane Database systematic review has summarised the current evidence for the use of acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Nine trials (395 participants) were included in the review. The authors conclude that there is low to moderate-level evidence that, compared with no treatment and standard therapy, acupuncture improves pain and stiffness in people with fibromyalgia. In addition, they found moderate-level evidence that the effect of acupuncture does not differ from sham acupuncture in reducing pain or fatigue, or improving sleep or global well-being. Electro-acupuncture (EA) was found to be better than manual acupuncture (MA) for pain and stiffness reduction and improvement of global well-being, sleep and fatigue. The effect of acupuncture was found to last up to one month, but is not maintained at six months follow-up. (Acupuncture for treating fibromyalgia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 May 31;5:CD007070).
Categories: Fibromyaigia, Miscellaneous
Read more at Article source: http://www.jcm.co.uk/research-archive/article/acupuncture-for-fibromyalgia-2413/
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
A multi-centre RCT carried out in China has found that adding acupuncture to conventional treatment does not result in any additional benefit for patients with subacute stroke. One hundred eighty-eight patients with subacute stroke were randomised into an acupuncture group and a conventional rehabilitation group. A combination of body and scalp acupuncture was used for three months in the acupuncture group. All patients underwent conventional stroke rehabilitation. Significant improvements were found in both groups following treatment, however, no statistically significant differences were found between the groups at one, three, or six months. (Acupuncture in Subacute Stroke: No Benefits Detected. Phys Ther. 2013 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print]).
Read more at Article source: http://www.jcm.co.uk/research-archive/article/acupuncture-provides-no-additional-benefit-in-subacute-stroke-2395/
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
A retrospective cohort study from a Taiwanese research group suggests that acupuncture treatment results in reduced use of medical services by patients who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI). Of 66,026 new-onset TBI patients, 3495 had received at least 12 acupuncture treatments. Compared with TBI patients who received no acupuncture, those who received acupuncture treatment had fewer visits to, and lower expenditure for, emergency care and hospitalisation in the first year post TBI. Acupuncture treatment was associated with a 38% reduction in risk for medical visits in the post-injury year. (Reduced use of emergency care and hospitalization in patients with traumatic brain injury receiving acupuncture treatment. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:262039).
Categories: Miscellaneous disorders, Neurological
Read more at Article source: http://www.jcm.co.uk/research-archive/article/acupuncture-reduces-medical-costs-of-brain-injury-2398/
Sunday, December 1st, 2013
A Cochrane Database systematic review has concluded that current evidence supports acupuncture as a treatment for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy. The authors included 26 randomised trials examining 4093 pregnant women in their review. Moderate-quality evidence suggested that both acupuncture and exercise tailored to the stage of pregnancy can significantly reduce evening pelvic pain and lumbo-pelvic pain compared to usual care alone. In addition acupuncture was found to be significantly more effective than exercise for reducing evening pelvic pain, and was also more effective than physiotherapy at relieving evening lumbo-pelvic pain and disability and improving pain and function, although the effects were small. (Interventions for preventing and treating pelvic and back pain in pregnancy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Aug 1;8:CD001139).
Categories: Gynaecology, Pregnancy labour, Back, Gynaecological, Pelvic
Read more at Article source: http://www.jcm.co.uk/research-archive/article/acupuncture-for-back-and-pelvic-pain-during-pregnancy-2401/
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Acupuncture has a potential role in treating the sexual side-effects of antidepressant medications, suggest researchers from Canada who carried out a pilot study. Antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), are known to cause sexual dysfunction symptoms including impotence, loss of libido and inability to orgasm, with prevalence rates as high as 50% to 90%. Patients experiencing adverse sexual events because of their antidepressant medication received a traditional Chinese medicine assessment and followed an acupuncture treatment protocol for 12 consecutive weeks. The acupuncture points used were Taixi KID-3, Mingmen DU-4, Shenshu BL-23, Shenmen HE-7 and Neiguan P-6. Significant improvement was reported in all areas of sexual functioning among male participants, as well as in both anxiety and depressive symptoms. Female participants reported a significant improvement in libido and vaginal lubrication and a non-significant trend toward improvement in several other areas of function. (Efficacy of Acupuncture Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction Secondary to Antidepressants. J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Jun 21. doi:10.1089/acm.2012.0751 [Epub ahead of print]).
Categories: Psychological / emotional
Read more at Article source: http://www.jcm.co.uk/research-archive/article/acupuncture-treats-sexual-side-effects-of-antidepressants-2386/