Exciting Acupuncture Research

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My experience using acupuncture for endometriosis A very common ailment I treat in my acupuncture practice is endometriosis. Sometimes women come in with an actual diagnosis based on a laparoscopy; other times it’s just suspected based on their severe pain which might be just around their period, or in bad cases commonly causes various symptoms throughout their cycle. It’s a condition for which unfortunately western medicine just doesn’t have great treatment options. I’ve seen women...

An acupuncture study in Australia confirmed what I see clinically with so many of my patients: that acupuncture is very beneficial for menstrual/period pain. They found that acupuncture was “effective for reducing both pain intensity levels and the duration of menstrual cramping and pain. In addition, the researchers document that acupuncture reduces secondary symptoms including back pain, headaches, and nausea.” There are so many things I love about this report: First: it reflected what I...

Acupuncture helps Stress…but HOW? I’ve known since I started practicing acupuncture that it is amazing at helping people with their stress levels.  Not only do many patients report feeling “euphoria” during and right after acupuncture, but many also report that these feelings last for days after their treatments.  We have many explanations for how acupuncture helps stress from a Chinese perspective, but as more and more scientific studies are done, the research is revealing what...

It’s finally proven: Acupuncture helps stress I just got back from my regular acupuncture treatment with a colleague in town with whom I do trades.As usual, about 10 minutes into the treatment I found myself riding on those notorious waves of euphoria that acupuncture is so well known for while the stress just dissolved.As my body sunk deeper and deeper into the treatment table and I felt the relaxation that I can somehow only ever...

I promised in my last post on the Wood element that I would write on the cellular affects of meditation, and why it is such an important practice for all of us to be doing. Especially as we begin to head into wood element season — the element notorious for, shall we say, being a little temperamental – it’s even more important that we have some tools to counteract the heightened stress that may happen...

It seems that science has finally been able to “see” and therefore acknowledge the existence of acupuncture points! In some exciting studies that were recently done, researchers used CT scans on the body to measure the difference between acupuncture and non-acupuncture points. The resulting images showed that there are marked differences between the locations that acupuncturists mapped out long ago—and which are now used in acupuncture treatment—and non acupuncture points. Further, it was noted that...

It seems that almost every day, new studies are showing the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, both of which are components of Chinese medicine. This latest study is good news for any woman (and those around her, for that matter!) who suffers monthly from PMS. Acupuncture for PMS An analysis of 8 acupuncture studies and 11 herbal studies showed success in the reduction of PMS and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), to the point that...

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain: It works! According to a Meta-Analysis published by JAMA, a respected medical journal, acupuncture has been shown to be effective for chronic pain. In this study, they compared acupuncture to sham- acupuncture, and found statistically relevant differences in treatment outcomes comparing the two groups. What is wonderful about this particular analysis is that the sheer number of cases studied was enormous—in all the individual studies that were analyzed, there...

While we in the field of acupuncture know that it works because we see the results every day and have extensively studied the archives dating back thousands of years of Chinese medicine, it is always cool when a new study demonstrates not only that, but how,  acupuncture works. This study is citing the affects of a common acupuncture point on the outer ankle, Urinary Bladder (UB) 60, for improving vision. This study compared the results...

Using Acupuncture for pain as a substitute for drugs like morphine A study recently released by UCSF school of medicine showed that acupuncture is as effective as morphine for treating pain. That means that patients can feel confident that using acupuncture for pain will likely be a safe, drug-free way to manage their pain. Another study recently published in JAMA, formerly Archives of Internal Medicine and a widely respected peer reviewed medical journal, showed that...

Acupuncture for Migraines more effective than medications Once again, a study is showing that acupuncture is more effective for treating migraines than one of the common migraine medications that is regularly prescribed.100 people participated in the study, and participants either received 20 acupuncture treatments, or the drug Depakote at the standard dosage.   Both groups were given the option of 10 mg of Rizatriptan for acute migraine attacks. The study results showed that the patients who...

New studies being reported on by Acufinder.com show that acupuncture (and other treatments also commonly administered during acupuncture sessions) has a dramatic and beneficial effect on symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). From their article, “Patients ranging in age from 28-54 received sliding cupping treatments twice a week for a total of 12 treatments.   The results showed there was vast improvement in fatigue levels, insomnia, poor memory, spontaneous sweating, sore throat, profuse dreams, poor...

Many people come to my acupuncture clinic with poor memory or brain fog, as a side issue to the other bigger issues that we’re addressing.  In Chinese Medicine, memory is often related to kidney function, and by nourishing and building up the kidneys, we will see improvement in memory.    However, there are also other issues which can cause brain fog or unclear thinking, such as when the “clear yang” can not reach up to...

Many people who work in hospitals work strange hours, long into the night and disrupting their Circadean sleep-wake rhythms.  Obesity is also a contributor to insomnia.  Obese hospital workers, therefore, were the perfect candidates for this study on the affects of acupuncture and sleep disorders. Acupuncture Sleep Study The study participants received two acupuncture treatment per week, for eight weeks, and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was used to measure their quality of sleep...

A research study has found that boosting the effect of acupuncture needles with small electric currents may be effective in treating depression.   Certainly I find every day that even acupuncture on its own can be very helpful as well.   In a study at the School of Chinese Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, researchers used electrical acupuncture to stimulate spots on the heads of 73 patients, all who had suffered from depression...

I hope you’ve all been staying warm and cozy through our first couple snow storms of the year! As the weather gets colder, many people come to me for a few seasonal “tune-up” treatments to prepare their body for winter and ward off illness. While Chinese medicine has its own theory for why acupuncture and herbs can be effective for raising immunity, even scientific studies are finding proven links between acupuncture and immune system improvement....

The latest study on hot flashes revealed that acupuncture dramatically improved hot flashes for the study participants. The women were either given real or sham acupuncture, and those who received real acupuncture reported dramatic improvement after receiving their acupuncture treatments. Participants received 2 acupuncture treatments per week for 10 weeks during the study period. See prime-time TV clip below: Acupuncture Relieves Hot Flashes: Study Results A huge chunk of my practice are women in the...

Each winter, I see an increase in my acupuncture practice in people coming in for Raynaud’s syndrome.  Raynaud’s affects mostly women, and causes some areas of your body – typically your fingers and toes – to feel numb and cool (often) in response to cold temperatures or stress. “During an attack of Raynaud’s, affected areas of your skin usually turn white at first. Then, the affected areas often turn blue, feel cold and numb, and...

It is absolutely unnecessary to be endlessly debilitated by Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia.  But as the days get colder and shorter as we progress into fall, I begin to see an increase in patients coming in for acupuncture with these symptoms. Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia in the Acupuncture Clinic A major increase in symptoms in the winter months can be explained by the fact that Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia is often due to depleted Qi, and according to Chinese...

I am writing about depression for this season’s research article because as you can see from reading the featured Fire/Summer piece, it is actually vital for our health–not a luxury– that we experience joy, connection, and fun.  Because I’ve experienced such good results with using Chinese medicine for emotional imbalances, I decided to go online and see what the research has to say about acupuncture and “the blues”. Although unfortunately it turns out not many...

Promising Acupuncture Study for Heart Failure I just found this new study posted on Pub.Med, one of the most credible sources of western medical information on the web.  It is a site of the National Institutes of Health and publishes only evidence based, peer reviewed studies. This study measured cardiac and lung function, walking distance, post exercise recovery, as well as quality of life; and conducted real (VA) and sham acupuncture treatments in order to...

How acupuncture eases pain Scientists have taken another important step toward understanding just how sticking needles into the body can ease pain. In a paper published online May 30 in Nature Neuroscience, a team at the University of Rochester Medical Center identifies the molecule adenosine as a central player in parlaying some of the effects of acupuncture in the body. Building on that knowledge, scientists were able to triple the beneficial effects of acupuncture in...

A scientific breakthrough has finally been able to prove how acupuncture works. What I love about this, is that it is no longer IF it works, but HOW it works. This is an enormous distinction to make, and a huge step forward for all of us who want and deserve safe, non-invasive, effective medicine. While research like this may seem somewhat silly to those of us who have been working with the medicine for many...

A recent study by the Mayo Clinic reported that acupuncture helps Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS). One month after this double-blind study was conducted, patients’ Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire revealed marked improvement. David Martin, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the acupuncture article and a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist, said, “The results of this study convince me that there is something more than the placebo effect to acupuncture.” He added, “It affirms a lot of clinical impressions that this complementary...