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 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

Is Western medicine evidence based?

The British Medical Journal has been reviewing the evidence base of 3000 therapies carried out on the NHS. Here is a simple graph of their findings. http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/x/set/static/cms/efficacy-categorisations.html It is quite startling to say the least. The more you look at it the more paradigm shattering it is. Western medicine loves to hold the narrative high ground that it is evidence based. It is the best medicine in the land. And don’t get me [...]

By |2018-03-28T10:38:15+00:00March 28th, 2018|Awareness, Public Health, Research|0 Comments

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine for fertility

Fertility is becoming a concern for many people, with complications becoming common for women and men. We are seeing a concurrent rise in endometriosis, polycystic ovaries and other women’s health issues as well as lower sperm counts and lowered quality and motility of said sperm (Morassutto et al., 2016, Ganie and Kalra, 2011, Levine et al., 2017). With less natural and more unhealthy lifestyles as well as couples trying for children later in life we [...]

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 [...]

Is acupuncture better or worse than we think it is?

Is acupuncture better or worse than we think it is? For years acupuncturists have been vying for acceptance within the standard medical model and thus have aimed to prove the validity of our clinical experience, which tends to be positive. We have struggled against the establishment, forced to use their methods and terminology to be accepted into the medical mainstream. And now we are getting a strong research base, proving that we can be evidenced [...]

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 [...]