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Acupuncture more effective than drugs for disc herniation of the back

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Auto Injuries, Conditions and Symptoms, Degenerative Disk Disorders, General Pain, Orthopedic Conditions, Sports Injuries, Work Injuries | 0 comments

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapeutic techniques are effective treatments for lower back pain due to lumbar disc herniations. A new randomized, controlled clinical trial demonstrates that acupuncture and TCM therapy reduces back pain and restores motor functionality for patients with herniated lumbar discs. A sample size of 408 patients receiving a traditional combination of TCM therapies were examined in comparison to a control group receiving health education, pain medications and physical therapy. The...

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Acupuncture and Herbs for Acne

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Conditions and Symptoms, Skin Conditions | 0 comments

Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of acne. A meta-analysis of 43 acupuncture acne trials with approximately 3,500 patients was reviewed. Several types of acne were investigated: vulgaris, papulopustular, inflammatory, adolescent and polymorphic. The researchers discovered that when acupuncture is added to a therapeutic regime, it synergistically enhances the medicinal benefits of the treatment protocol and leads to superior patient outcomes. Acupuncture combined with herbal medicine yields better results than herbal medicine as a...

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Acupuncture reduces both depression and anxiety in women with PCOS

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Anxiety, Conditions and Symptoms, Depression, Infertility | 0 comments

New research demonstrates that acupuncture reduces both depression and anxiety in women with PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome.     The researchers hailed from State University of New York, University of Gothenburg and the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine. The findings show that acupuncture helps with the emotional component of PCOS. Overall, the researchers note that acupuncture improved the health related quality of life for the patients. Scores for social functioning, energy and vitality, and general health improved...

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Acupuncture Protects Brain Cells from Stroke

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Conditions and Symptoms, Stroke and Paralysis | 0 comments

New research demonstrates that acupuncture stimulates brain cell proliferation in the cerebrum. The researchers note that electroacupuncture “exerts a neuroprotective effect in ischemic stroke.” The researchers also successfully measured the biochemical pathway by which acupuncture exerts this medical benefit to the brain. Stimulation of two acupuncture points was shown to activate the extracellular signal-related kinase (ERK) pathway, an important protein communication pathway involved in cell proliferation. The experiment measured the...

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New study finds acupuncture effective for relieving menstrual pain

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Conditions and Symptoms, Menstrual Irregularities | 0 comments

A new study finds acupuncture effective for relieving menstrual pain. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, periodic pelvic pain associated with dysmenorrhea is related to several differential diagnoses including cold stasis in the lower abdomen. In this investigation, researchers measured skin temperatures on the lower abdomen after the application of the warming needle technique to see if there is a relationship between warmth and comfort levels. The investigators made some important discoveries. At the onset of the...

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Acupuncture relieves the adverse effects of antidepressant meds on sex drive and function

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Conditions and Symptoms, Depression, Tension and Stress | 0 comments

Researchers have discovered that acupuncture successfully relieves the adverse effects of antidepressant medications on sex drive and function. Men showed overall improvement in sexual function across a broad spectrum of health concerns. Acupuncture also enhanced relief from both anxiety and depression in the male group. Women benefitted from a more targeted response to acupuncture therapy rather than the broad spectrum of relief experienced by the men. Specifically, women benefitted from increased libido and vaginal lubrication as a result of...

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Acupuncture is an effective treatment for hot flashes: New Research

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Conditions and Symptoms, Menopause | 0 comments

New research demonstrates that acupuncture is an effective treatment for hot flashes in breast cancer survivors.  The research demonstrates that acupuncture reduces both the frequency and intensity of hot flashes while at the same time improving the overall quality of sleep. The researchers examined feedback and found that the acupuncture treatments were described as relaxing by most participants. The researchers also noted that the results show that acupuncture is cost effective, safe and does not exhibit the adverse affects caused by...

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Qi Gong Lowers Blood Pressure: New Research

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Thrive Acupuncture Boyertown | 0 comments

A recent study confirms that Qi Gong helps to reduce cases of high blood pressure in patients with pre-hypertension and mild hypertension. Qi Gong is a type of Chinese movement art used to heal the body. Qi Gong encompasses many styles and forms within each style, many of which are traditionally used to benefit specific bodily systems. The researchers concluded that Qi Gong is safe and has a “positive effect on blood pressure and health status in pre and mild hypertension patients.” Based on these findings, the researchers suggest...

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Acupuncture for Cerebral Palsy: New Research

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Cerebral Palsy, Conditions and Symptoms | 0 comments

New research reveals that adding acupuncture treatments to conventional rehabilitative training significantly improves the efficacy of treatment for children with cerebral palsy.   A special approach to the acupuncture treatment involved the application of the clearing the governing vessel technique and the refreshing the mind technique. The addition of these two acupuncture protocols to conventional rehabilitative training increased the effective rate of medical care from 55% for children receiving only rehabilitative training to 87%...

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Acupuncture more effective than medications for the treatment of a sty

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Conditions and Symptoms, Skin Conditions | 0 comments

New research finds acupuncture more effective than medications for the treatment of a sty (hordeolum), a red lump near the edge of the eyelid   .    A total of 102 sty patients participated in the study. They were randomized into two separate groups. Group 1 received acupuncture and group 2 was given local applications of the antibiotics levofloxacin and erythromycin. Both groups also received the application of a warm compress to the affected eyelid. Comparisons were made in pain reduction and swelling size reduction. All...

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