Acupuncture more effective for knee osteoarthritis

New research shows that Acupuncture is one of the most effective treatments for the short-term alleviation of knee pain from osteoarthritis.  The new meta-analysis of a range of trials shows that acupuncture was found to have a statistically signification reduction in pain compared with the standard care.  It also shows that Acupuncture was more beneficial then Sham Acupuncture, however Sham acupuncture has its own set of problems relating to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory as it is not an inert comparison like a placebo pill and in some instances still fits in within the TCM framework making studies compare Acupuncture and Acupuncture, not Acupuncture and Sham.  Click the Read More button to see the excerpt of this latest study.

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Rupert Sheldrake and The Extended Mind Google Talk.

Here is a fascinating Google Talk by Rupert Sheldrake.  He is the author of numerous books including his latest The Science Delusion.  He has an excellent background in science and biology and has recently caused a stir amongst the TED talk pages with his latest TEDx talk being unfairly banned.

This talk was presented to Google and focuses on The Extended Mind or how the mind possibly extends beyond the body and his theories of Morphic Resonance.  After the 45 minute talk Rupert Sheldrake has a Q&A session with the audience from Google and addresses some interesting topics ranging from the Randi Million Dollar prise to other interesting questions posed by the audience.

If you have the time to spare Rupert Sheldrake makes some interesting points, his hypothesis seems reproducible and is a fascinating direction biology may be heading in the future.  It is definitely something that requires more research and thought, without being bogged down by any dogma that may be floating around in some scientific circles.

 

Acupuncture and Hay Fever.

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Allergic Rhinitis, or Hay fever, is a common occurrence (especially this time of the year in the Southern Hemisphere) with the weather clearing up and grass and other pollens increasing in the air.  Hay Fever sufferers will often have a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing.  The common solution is to take an antihistamine tablet to relieve the symptoms, however Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a extremely viable solution for individuals who for whatever reason has chosen not to take antihistamine style tablets.  Acupuncture in combination with Chinese Herbal Medicine can give relief for Hay Fever with the best option for a sufferer to come in before seasonal hay fever begins to build up a resistance or tolerance to the pollens in the air.

Read the full article at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/256667.php

Acupuncture Relieves Hay Fever Symptoms

Hay fever sufferers who underwent 12 acupuncture sessions experienced fewer symptoms and required less antihistamine medication compared to a control group, researchers from Charite-University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany, reported in Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Needling GB-21 helps with inflamed Gallbladder!

A study in China has helped patients with an inflamed gall bladder (cholecystitis) using the traditional point Gallbladder-21 which is located on the top / in the center of the trapezius muscle.  Scientists used an ultrasound scanner to detect and measure the gall bladder before needle insertion, during the initial acupuncture session and up to 30 minutes after the withdrawal of the needles.  The apparent link between this point and its influence over regulating the physical gall bladder can now be clearly demonstrated through ultrasound imagery.  It also demonstrates the regulatory effect of acupuncture on the body with patients that had deflated gall bladders or expanded gall bladders experiencing the gall bladder increasing or decreasing in volume accordingly.

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Acupuncture at Yintang helps with Anxiety.

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Here is some interesting research that showed how using a single acupuncture point (YinTang) was used to reduce anxiety in patients.   Yintang is a commonly used acupuncture point located between the eyebrows and is often needled as a part of a traditional acupuncture session.  Yintang is often used to calm the mind and spirit, and this would result in alleviating anxiety in an individual.

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Wikipedia Proves Acupuncture is Mere Smoke and Mirrors!

Wikipedia is an interesting beast..

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I’ve recently become aware of the *ahem* un-biased opinion of acupuncture according to Wikipedia.  It seems as though the writer has exercised some leniency with his/her objective “findings”.

Since I’m an acupuncturist, you can assume that I am a non-biased party.  Although I try to be as unbiased as possible when it comes to medicine, not everything can be put “on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst…” as Western medicine must try to quantify…with everything. It makes life a series of 1’s and 0’s…you know, very “scientific”.

So, let’s break down some of the ideas in Wikipedia:

1.  The idea that evidence based medicine is superior to any other form of medicine.  Well, it isn’t.  Just because there is evidence to prove something is valid, does not make it worthwhile.  Let me chime in here with a list of pharmaceuticals that were approved for sale…

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Moxa safe and effective for turning breech babies

A large study carried out in Spain has shown that moxibustion at Zhiyin BL-67 is an effective and safe way to correct non-vertex presentation when used between 33 and 35 weeks of gestation. In a multi-centre randomised controlled trial, 406 low-risk pregnant women showing breech presentation at 33-35 weeks gestation were assigned to one of three interventions: moxibustion at Zhiyin BL-67 plus usual care (true moxibustion); moxibustion at Yinbai SP-1 plus usual care (sham moxibustion); or usual care alone. In the true moxibustion group, 58.1% of the full-term presentations were cephalic compared with 43.4% in the sham moxibustion group and 44.8% of those in the usual care group. No severe adverse effects were seen. (Using moxibustion in primary healthcare to correct non-vertex presentation: a multicentre randomised controlled trial. Acupunct Med. 2012 Dec 18.

For further reading please see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23249535