Acupuncture shown to treat chronic pelvic pain by the most respected research institution; The Cochrane Collaboration

The most prestigious research group in the world, indeed the final say on medical interventions, has just completed an updated review into the effects of various non-drug treatments for chronic pelvic pain. They compared 38 studies, that included 3290 men, for a variety of treatments, including; Acupuncture Lifestyle modification Increased physical activity Massage Extracorporeal shockwave therapy Transrectal thermotherapy They discovered that acupuncture leads to a clinically significant reduction in symptoms. They also noted that, 'Acupuncture [...]

By |2018-08-31T13:30:20+00:00August 31st, 2018|Acupuncture, Awareness, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Huge new study shows acupuncture treats irritable bowel syndrome better than drugs

A huge meta-analysis was recently published in the peer reviewed journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. It compared 29 studies with 9369 patients for the effectiveness of acupuncture, sham acupuncture, pinaverium bromide, alosetron/eluxadoline, ramosetron, and rifaximin. The researchers discovered that acupuncture was by far the most effective treatment for diarrohea predominante IBS. The next best treatment, interestingly, was sham acupuncture. Pinaverium bromide did have statistically significant benefits, though much less that acupuncture. The remaining medicines [...]

By |2018-08-17T10:54:03+00:00August 17th, 2018|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine for hay fever

I have been meeting and talking to quite a few people recently of are suffering from hay fever, one of the most annoying and common allergies. Just as the weather is getting better and you want to go outside, you can't! It is particularly bad in Oxford as we live in a valley, meaning the pollen collects, doesn't blow away and so triggers all of the familiar and unpleasant symptoms even more intensely. Preventing hay [...]

Acupuncture better than medicine for lumbar disc herniation

A recently published systematic review and meta-analysis has shown that acupuncture is more effective for lumbar disc herniation than a variety of current medical practices. The study, carried out by Tang et. al., identified 30 high quality trials which gave a sample size of 3503 patients. They compared acupuncture to lumbar traction, ibuprofen, diclofenac sodium, meloxicam, mannitol plus dexamethasone and mecobalamin, fugui gutong capsule plus ibuprofen, mannitol plus dexamethasone, loxoprofen and huoxue zhitong decoction. In [...]

By |2018-06-18T10:47:11+00:00May 18th, 2018|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Acupuncture is the best and safest treatment for osteoarthritic knee pain and, arguably, all pain

Below is a table comparing the differing effect sizes of a variety of treatment strategies for osteoarthritic knee pain (OANP). Effect Size Comparisons for Several Interventions on Osteoarthritis Intervention Effect size, 95% confidence Patient education, self-management vs. pragmatic comparator 0.06 (0.02–0.10) Weight loss vs. pragmatic comparator 0.20 (0.00–0.39) Acetaminophen vs. placebo   0.14 (0.05–0.23) 0.21 (0.02–0.41) NSAIDs vs. placebo 0.29 (0.22–0.35) 0.37 (0.26–0.49) COX-2 inhibitors vs. placebo 0.44 (0.33–0.55) Topical NSAIDs vs. placebo 0.40 (0.16–0.66) [...]

By |2018-04-11T11:47:54+00:00April 11th, 2018|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Chinese medicine for cancer

This has always been a bit of a delicate subject. Cancer has been turned into the bogey man of medicine. It has also been so medicalized, or at least been such a target for the medical establishment that they have monopolized treatment, knowledge, and research on the area. Anyone that tries to go near it will be labelled a quack almost instantly. However, one researcher from the field of Chinese medicine has managed to do [...]

Acupuncture for sciatica

What is sciatica Sciatica is a condition involving inflammation or impingement of the nerve root in the lower back. It causes unilateral leg pain that can descend to the knee or even foot and is often shooting in nature. It can also cause numbness and weakness in the leg in extreme cases. It is estimated that sciatica can affect up to 40% of the population and is more prevalent in 40-60 year olds. Treatment of [...]

Acupuncture for chronic pain – update

A huge acupuncture study into chronic pain was published in April last year. It used nearly 18,000 patient’s data to address the question of whether or not acupuncture was beneficial for a variety of pain conditions, including back pain, osteoarthritis, knee pain and headache. It found, overwhelmingly that acupuncture was better than sham, more than placebo and better than standard medical treatment for all of the above conditions. It was also found to be safe [...]

Research proves acupuncture reduces pain

About chronic pain   Join our mailing list for free diet and lifestyle advice on how to reduce pain!      Chronic pain is a huge problem in the UK, affecting at least 15% of the population at any one time. Over 70% of adults will suffer from back pain during their lifetime. Chronic pain can lead to depression in 22% of people. 25% of those with chronic pain will lose their jobs and nearly [...]

My hopes and predictions for acupuncture for 2018

As you will of seen from my other blogs acupuncture has been getting more and more acceptance, more and more research and more and more understanding, which is great! However, there is still a long way to go. While acupuncture is being recommended for more conditions, by more health institutions and being added to more national health services and health insurance policies, it is still rarely available on the NHS. I don’t imagine there will [...]