Archive for June, 2014

Acute dental pain

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

A study aimed to evaluate the use of acupuncture in reducing the intensity of acute dental pain in pre-dental care patients waiting for emergency dental care was conducted at an After-Hours Emergency Dental Clinic in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

All patients underwent one session of acupuncture and three acupuncture points were used.  The study found that acupuncture for dental pain could be a technical adjunct to pain control in patients with acute dental pain.

 

Read the study here

Acupuncture can help you get rid of pain from an old injury

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Is an old injury still causing you pain?  Acupuncture can help.

Acupuncture needles can help relax tension in connective tissue.  When acupuncture needles are inserted and manipulated, connective tissue winds around the needles.  This causes the tissue to stretch and change shape.  The tissue will remain stretched as long as the needle is in the skin and the stretch is what will cause the tissue to relax.  This causes the tissue to restructure itself, releasing collagen build up and providing more movement and less pain.  This is usually a slower process and may take multiple treatments to feel results.

 

Here is a great article written by Helen Langevin about how acupuncture breaks up scar tissue.
http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/35301/title/The-Science-of-Stretch/

Here is a study published by the University of Vermont, Department of Neurology, which explored how acupuncture interacts with connective tissue: “Mechanical signaling through connective tissue: a mechanism for the therapeutic effect of acupuncture.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11641255

Acupuncture as effective as pharmaceuticals for pain

Friday, June 6th, 2014

“An acupuncture trial in four Melbourne emergency departments has found it is just as good as drugs in relieving lower-back pain and that from sprained ankles and migraines.

Acupuncture was equivalent to what we defined as conventional medicine standard care, which was strong oral analgesia, such as Endone, Panadeine Forte, Voltaren and Valium.

The director of emergency medicine at The Alfred hospital, De Villiers Smit, said although he was initially sceptical about acupuncture, the study convinced him it was safe and effective in improving pain management.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/acupuncture-as-effective-as-drugs-in-treating-pain-trial-shows-20140329-35qec.html#ixzz33oeeBF69

Acupuncture Offers Headache Relief Over Medication

Friday, June 6th, 2014

“Acupuncture is more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches, according to a new analysis conducted by Duke University Medical Center researchers.

In 17 studies comparing acupuncture to medication, the researchers found that 62 percent of the acupuncture patients reported headache relief compared to only 45 percent of people taking medication. These acupuncture patients also reported better physical well-being compared to the medication group. In 14 studies that compared real acupuncture to sham therapy, 53 percent of acupuncture patients responded to treatment compared to 45 percent receiving sham therapy.”

 

Read more here

http://corporate.dukemedicine.org/news_and_publications/news_office/news/acupuncture_offers_headache_relief_over_medication

Acupuncture Relieves Pain and Improves Function in Knee Osteoarthritis

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

“For the first time, a clinical trial with sufficient rigor, size, and duration has shown that acupuncture reduces the pain and functional impairment of osteoarthritis of the knee,” said Stephen E. Straus, M.D., NCCAM Director. “These results also indicate that acupuncture can serve as an effective addition to a standard regimen of care and improve quality of life for knee osteoarthritis sufferers. NCCAM has been building a portfolio of basic and clinical research that is now revealing the power and promise of applying stringent research methods to ancient practices like acupuncture.”

Read more at the National Institutes of Health Website:

http://nccam.nih.gov/news/2004/acu-osteo/pressrelease.htm