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ACUPUNCTURE FOR CANCER-RELATED PAIN IN ADULTS

Up to 70% of patients with cancer-related pain do not receive adequate pain relief and this reduces their quality of life. Acupuncture may have a role to play in relieving cancer-related pain. This review evaluated evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing pain associated with cancer or its treatment, or both. We found three … Continue reading

A systematic review on use of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for treatment of obesity.

Abstract Obesity is a major health hazard and despite lifestyle modification, many patients frequently regain any lost body weight. The use of western anti-obesity drugs has been limited by side effects including mood changes, suicidal thoughts, and gastrointestinal or cardiovascular complications. The effectiveness and safety of traditional Chinese medicine including Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) and … Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE AND ASSISTED CONCEPTION

The data from this meta-analysis suggests that acupuncture does increase the live birth rate with in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment when performed around the time of embryo transfer. However, this could be attributed to placebo effect and the small number of trials included in the review. Larger studies are necessary to confirm the results. Acupuncture … Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE AND DRY NEEDLING FOR LOW BACK PAIN

Thirty-five RCTs covering 2861 patients were included in this systematic review. There is insufficient evidence to make any recommendations about acupuncture or dry-needling for acute low-back pain. For chronic low-back pain, results show that acupuncture is more effective for pain relief than no treatment or sham treatment, in measurements taken up to three months. The … Continue reading

NON-HORMONAL INTERVENTIONS FOR REDUCING HOT FLUSHES IN WOMEN WITH A HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is one of the most frequent cancers worldwide and its treatment can produce disturbing symptoms including hot flushes, the sudden feeling of heat in the face, neck and chest. Hormonal treatments are used to control such symptoms in postmenopausal women but for women with a history of breast cancer these are not recommended … Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE FOR DEPRESSION

Depression is widely experienced in our communities. In clinical depression, people report a lack of interest in life and activities which they otherwise normally enjoy. This can be accompanied by other symptoms including weight loss, over-eating, feelings of uselessness, sleep disturbance, self neglect and social withdrawal, insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much), loss of energy, … Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE FOR MIGRAINE PROFILAXIS

Migraine patients suffer from recurrent attacks of mostly one-sided, severe headache. Acupuncture is a therapy in which thin needles are inserted into the skin at defined points; it originates from China. Acupuncture is used in many countries for migraine prophylaxis – that is, to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. We reviewed 22 … Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE FOR TENSION-TYPE HEADACHE

Patients with tension-type headache suffer from episodes of pain which is typically bilateral (affects both sides of the head), pressing or tightening in quality, mild to moderate in intensity, and which does not worsen with routine physical activity. In most patients tension-type headache occurs infrequently and there is no need for further treatment beyond over-the-counter … Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE FOR INSOMNIA

Although conventional non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments for insomnia are effective in many people, alternative therapies such as acupuncture are still widely practiced. Acupuncture is mainly evaluated in observational and uncontrolled studies, and randomised controlled trials are scarce and of poor methodological quality. This review was conducted to examine the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating insomnia. … Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE FOR ELBOW PAIN

Acupuncture might be able to provide short-term relief from tennis elbow, but more research is needed. —Cochrane 2008