Archive for the ‘Acupuncture’ Category

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.

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.”

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.”

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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

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:

Acupuncture for Stress

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

 Stress is a natural part of life.  It can inspire, motive, and help us rise to meet life’s challenges.  Normal life changes such as a new job, a growing family, going back to school, relationship turmoil, and the death of a loved one can be quite stressful.

Stress can also be caused by internal factors such as: chronic worry, a pessimistic attitude, and having unrealistic expectations.

And on top of these things there are stressful aspects that come with living in a modern and complex world, and in Bay area: keeping up with US/world news & politics, new technology, a new health care system, and an uncertain economy…stress can easily build up over time!

Long term stress can cause or contribute to serious health problems such as: weight gain, depression, and heart disease.  It is easier to manage less stress NOW than address these complicated conditions later.

Here are 5 easy signs to detect if you are feeling overly stressed:

1. Irritability: quick temper, heightened emotions, quickly going from 0 to 100, snapping at others for little or no reason.

2. Teeth Grinding & Jaw Clenching: unexplained headaches, waking with a tight jaw.  Dentists can prescribe night guards in order to help preserve your teeth from night grinding, but acupuncture can address the root cause of your stress, helping to relax your masseter muscles, along with your entire body.

3. Back Pain or Neck Pain.  your body isn’t able to relax and over time your aches and pains worsen, leading to interrupted sleep and a cranky morning attitude.

4. Sleep Problems: trouble turning off your brain and falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, and not waking with enough energy for your day.

5. Digestion Issues: If highly stressed you may lose your appetite altogether or develop an insatiable sweet tooth.  You may have constant nausea or vomiting, knots in your stomach, acid reflux, or loose stools.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms acupuncture can help bring you relief.
Acupuncture treatments are relaxing because the needles  remind your body’s nervous system that it does not need to be in “fight-or-flight” mode.  And once your body has relaxed, it is free to utilize its natural healing abilities to remedy the negative effects of your stress.

Seasonal Acupuncture Treatments

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

One of Chinese Medicine’s strengths is it’s use as a preventative method of health care.  That is why here at Paeonia we recommend a seasonal acupuncture treatment, four times a year.  Getting a treatment when the seasons change can bring the body’s inner environment back into harmony with the outside environment, thus boosting the body’s immune system.

While we in the West usually only consider going to the doctor when we are very sick or are unable to go to work, Chinese medicine recommends utilizing acupuncture to support your health all year long.  This is similar to the regular maintenance recommended for cars: an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, regular tune ups, special maintenance at 100,000 miles, etc.

Getting acupuncture treatments preventatively can also help address symptoms of chronic illness such as allergies and asthma, as well as prevent acute illness such as colds by boosting the immune system.

Just as you do special cleaning in the Spring, pack your sweaters away for the summer, and put extra blankets on your bed in the winter, it is a good idea to lend a helping hand to the natural, seasonal adaptation process of your body’s inner environment.