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Acupuncture and dry needling seem to many patients to be the same therapy, however they are fundamentally different both for patient safety and clinical effectiveness.

I found an article from an American Acupuncturist that decided to get “Dry Needling” certification to see the difference in person. The important safety aspects become very clear very quickly. Scary reading but an important message for all prospective patients considering receiving dry needling.

What you must know before you try dry needling

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Martin

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Common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty waking in the morning
  • Need caffeine to get going
  • Feeling overwhelmed by everyday tasks
  • Pronounced fatigue in the afternoon between 2-5pm
  • Feel better in the evening and more alert around 10-11pm
  • Waking between 2-3am with busy or anxious thoughts
  • Eyes over-sensitive to bright light
  • Weakness or dizziness if you don’t eat frequently
  • Anxiety over things that didn’t bother you before
  • Increased irritability
  • Mild depression

If you have four or more of the above symptoms then you may have adrenal fatigue. This is a complaint we commonly treat at the clinic. A saliva test can assess your cortisol and DHEA levels and a combination of therapies are used to best address your individual needs. For further details call the clinic or PM me.

A study published in the British Medical Journal indicates that the use of acupuncture to combat pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women is an effective pain relief strategy. Pelvic girdle pain is a common complaint among pregnant women, but there is no cure for the condition.

Researchers found that women receiving acupuncture in addition to standard treatments for pelvic girdle pain (such as pelvic belts and exercise programs) showed less pain than the group not receiving acupuncture. The study also found that the use of stabilizing exercises to improve mobility and strength also led to a reduction of pain, but not as much as the acupuncture.

Study Details

  • Acupuncture and strengthening exercises help relieve pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy and are effective complements to standard treatment, finds a study published online by the BMJ.
  • Pelvic girdle pain is a common complaint among pregnant women worldwide.
  • Researchers in Sweden identified 386 pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain.
  • Women were randomly divided into three groups; one received standard treatment (a pelvic belt and a home exercise programme), another received standard treatment plus acupuncture, and the third received standard treatment plus stabilising exercises to improve mobility and strength.
  • Pain levels were recorded every morning and evening using a recognised scale and all womenwere assessed by an independent examiner at the end of the treatment period.
  • After treatment, both the acupuncture group and the stabilising exercise group had less pain than the standard group in the morning and in the evening.
  • Reduction of pelvic girdle pain as assessed by the independent examiner was greatest in the acupuncture group.
  • Acupuncture or stabilising exercises as an adjunct to standard treatment offers clear clinical advantages over standard treatment alone for reduction of pain inpregnant womenwith pelvic girdle pain, say the authors.
  • Acupuncture was superior to stabilising exercises in this study, they conclude.

So why suffer from pelvic girdle pain when relief is available. To find out how acupuncture can help you, contact us today.
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Acupuncture can reduce the likelihood of vomiting 24 hours after chemotherapy, according to a new review of recent studies – in which participants also took anti-vomiting medication.

Acupuncture is a 2,000-year-old Chinese medical procedure used to treat a variety of ailments by stimulating certain anatomical points on the body, usually with very thin needles that penetrate the skin.

Electroacupuncture, in which a small electrical current is passed through the inserted needle, was the only technique that reduced the incidence of vomiting directly after chemotherapy, Jeanette Ezzo, Ph.D., of James P. Swyers Enterprises and colleagues found.

However, the electroacupuncture studies were also the only studies that did not use state-of-the-art anti-vomiting drugs such as Zofran and Anzemet that have become recommended treatment for chemotherapy-related nausea.

“All trials also gave anti-vomiting drugs, but the drugs used in the electroacupuncture trials were not the most modern drugs, so it is not known if electroacupuncture adds anything to modern drugs,” Ezzo said.

Their view appears in the current issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on a topic.

Information pooled from nine studies found that 22 percent of patients(155 of 714 patients) who received acupuncture had acute vomiting the first day after chemotherapy, compared with 33 percent (154 of 500 patients) of those who did not receive acupuncture.

Ezzo and colleagues also evaluated acupressure, in which acupuncture points are stimulated by gentle pressure from the fingers or a studded wristband, as well as mild electrical stimulation at the acupuncture points from electrodes placed on the skin.

Acupressure was the only technique among all acupuncture treatments reviewed to reduce the likelihood of nausea the day after chemotherapy, although it did not affect vomiting.

“If our finding is correct, then acupressure offers a no-cost, convenient, self-administered intervention for chemotherapy patients to reduce acute nausea,” Ezzo said, while acknowledging that the placebo effects of all nausea treatments “can be substantial.”

Electrical stimulation did not affect either nausea or vomiting. None of the acupuncture studies had enough data to determine whether any anti-nausea or anti-vomiting effects lasted beyond the first 24 hours after chemotherapy.

Despite a growing number of acupuncture studies, researchers are still not exactly sure how the technique affects the body. In the Chinesetradition, acupuncture aids the flow of “qi” or vital energy along pathways called meridians that run throughout the body. According to Tong Joo Gan, M.D., a clinical anesthesia researcher at Duke University Medical Center, acupuncture may work by stimulating the release of hormones or the body’s natural painkillers.

Ezzo and colleagues are unsure why electroacupuncture reduced vomiting while needles-only acupuncture did not. Differences existed in how many acupuncture points were stimulated and how long the stimulation lasted among the largest studies, which may have affected the results, the Cochrane reviewers say.

Gan has studied the effects of electroacupuncture for postoperative nausea and vomiting in breast cancer patients. He says electroacupuncture, which he uses in the operating room, “enhances or heightens the effects of traditional acupuncture.”

Since all the acupuncture studies in the Cochrane review also used anti-vomiting medication, the research doesn’t offer a clear answer as to whether acupuncture would be helpful for patients who get no relief from the drugs, Ezzo said.

“The clinician can relay what is known and leave it to the patient to decide,” she said.

James P. Swyers Enterprises, Ezzo’s employer, is a Baltimore company that develops complementary and alternative medicines. The review was supported in part by the Danish Cancer Society and ViFab of Denmark, the National Cancer Institute and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

 

Acupuncture as an Chinese Medicine therapy for natural migraine relief not only is effective, but also comes without the side effects of conventional drug treatments. If you suffer from migraines, then you know conventional treatments offer little more than a band aid and are often not effective in completely relieving the pain, nausea and sensitivity to noise and light that can accompany a migraine. The risk of side effects from drug therapy is of great concern for many people, which makes acupuncture an even more attractive alternative because it is considered quite safe.

Acupuncture implements a technique from ancient Chinese medicine that uses thin metallic needles to stimulate specific points on the body. It is typically a painless and relaxing therapy. Acupuncture works to relieve and prevent migraines by stimulating blood flow into tissues that need better circulation. It can also help to relieve tension that may be the root cause of your migraines.

Science confirms that acupuncture is an effective therapy for migraines. A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2004 examined more than 400 adults who experienced regular headaches or migraines. During the three-month study, one group of participants received twelve acupuncture sessions to determine whether or not this alternative treatment could help reduce or prevent their head pain. The other group received only standard conventional care.

The results of this study are compelling. The participants in the acupuncture group experienced fewer overall headaches. They were also able to use less medication and made fewer visits to their doctor. Those who received acupuncture treatment reported being able to take fewer sick days off from work as well.

Reviews appearing in The Cochrane Library show similarly positive results. Studies that compared acupuncture to drug treatments found that acupuncture was effective at reducing the number of headache days participants experienced. The intensity of the pain they experienced was also reduced.

These reviews also looked at studies which examined whether or not the relief felt from acupuncture is merely a placebo effect. These studies compared genuine acupuncture to “sham” acupuncture, and they found that migraine sufferers experienced significantly more relief when given genuine acupuncture therapy.

The safety and effectiveness of acupuncture migraine therapy make it a viable alternative to conventional treatments. By decreasing the number of headaches you experience and the intensity of the pain, acupuncture has the ability to restore your productivity and may allow you to avoid taking unnecessary drugs. Be sure to only have acupuncture performed by a qualified and certified acupuncturist who will be able to give you appropriate therapy for your migraine headaches.

 

 

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A study of more than 125,000 regular users of non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), published this week in the prestigious Archives of Internal Medicine, has shown that taking these drugs increases the risk of kidney cancer by 51 per cent.The US researchers at the Harvard Medical School found that patients who took anti-inflammatory drugs – used to treat conditions such as arthritis – for between 4 and 10 years had a 36 per cent increased risk of developing kidney cancer. But for people taking these drugs for 10 years or more, the risk triples.If you’re taking anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen, to ease the debilitating pain of arthritis, then it might seem that you’re in a ‘no win’ situation. Do you stop taking the drugs and suffer excruciating pain – or keep taking them and risk damaging your health in other ways?
Help is at hand with Acupuncture as a recent German study has shown. A study by researchers at Charite University of Medicine in Berlin has found that acupuncture can ease the pain and disability associated with arthritis.The study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, looked at 712 patients split into two groups; one group of 357 were given immediate acupuncture treatment and the remaining 355 started treatment three months later. The benefits were measured on the widely used WOMAC osteoarthritis index, which measures the severity of pain, stiffness and joint performance. Traditional arthritis treatments consisting of anti-inflammatory drugs were continued alongside the acupuncture in all cases.All patients scored about 50 on the scale at the beginning of thetreatment. At the three-month stage, the group that had undergone 15 acupuncture sessions scored about 30 — a 36 percent improvement after other factors were considered — while the untreated group’s scores remained around 50. Six months later, the formerly untreated group showed the same level of improvement after a three-month treatment.The scientists maintain the study results evidenced the usefulness of acupuncture, justifying its use as a pain treatment. The German Ministry of Health is now considering a recommendation from a federal committee of doctors and health insurers to include acupuncture in medical coverage, a move partly inspired by the study results.

With the current nuclear reactor event in Japan people are running to the stores to fill up on potassium iodine. Many other options are available to avoid radiation contamination and detox the body. Unlike iodine, which can cause some adverse conditions if taken in doses too large or too long, there are other alternatives.

Vitamin C has many valuable attributes as a powerful antioxidant. Not only has it been shown to increase the ability of the immune system to fend off disease, but it also has a very positive effect for eradicating radiation from the body. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin with over 300 metabolic functions and is non-toxic in mega doses. Whatever the body does not utilize is excreted in the urine. The half life of vitamin C is approximately a half hour so it is in and out of your system rather quickly. Therefore to treat with vitamin C it must be taken relatively often over the course of the day to maintain saturation. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy have utilized mega doses of vitamin C for years in order to counter and protect themselves from radiation.

Vitamin C is one of the best defenses against the effects of cell damaging free radicals. Radiation causes proliferation of free radicals by breaking or damaging chemical bonds in DNA, leading to cell death. Dr Levy has a book titled, Vitamin C, Infections Diseases, & Toxins. In this book he indicates radiation toxicity can cause mutations, cancer, birth defects and bone marrow suppression and can negatively affect all the tissues of the body due to the increase in free radicals. He indicates mega doses of vitamin C are potent enough to cope with this threat to the body. Vitamin C has been shown to help the immune system sweep the body of free radicals and in doing so protect the body from the damaging effects associated with them. The recommended daily dose on average is anywhere from 1000mg-3000mg; however, many utilize a mega dose of up to 20,000mg a day. Linus Pauling indicated 20,000mg a day was the most his patients could tolerate orally. Intravenous vitamin C has been used at doses 10 times that level with no problems.

Vitamin C does more than protect against radiation, it also repairs damage from previous exposure. For example, researchers at Harvard Medical School indicated: “Our experiment showed that vitamin C can prevent damage from radiation…it somehow keeps the radiation from killing the cells.” Their experiment showed a dosage of 10grams (10,000mg) for humans exposed to extensive radiation had beneficial results protecting the body.

Vitamin C is well studied. Although many specific studies have not been completed to determine all the benefits of mega dose treatment with vitamin C, plenty of case studies indicate its positive attributes. Most notable is the ability of vitamin C to help the body recover and to protect vital bodily functions when undergoing radiation during chemotherapy. Although the radiation released from Japan’s nuclear plant is well above the exposure limit of chemotherapy, the levels of radiation on American soil are minimal at this time. Vitamin C supplementation at the minimum dosage of 1000-3000mg would be a wise and cheap source of protection against the effects of radiation in the air, food and soil.

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A study just reported in the online issue of the journal Head and Neck adds to the growing body of evidence that the ancient healing technique known as acupuncture isn’t some kind of hocus pocus quackery that only works via the placebo effect. Researchers from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center found that weekly acupuncture treatments twice a week relieved symptoms of a condition called xerostomia — severe and debilitating dry mouth resulting from radiation treatments for head and neck cancer.

After repeated, cumulative doses of radiation used in high levels during cancer treatment, salivary glands are so injured they can shut down, becoming incapable of producing anything close to adequate and normal amounts of saliva. “The quality of life in patients with radiation-induced xerostomia is profoundly impaired,” Mark S. Chambers, M.S., D.M.D., a professor in the Department of Dental Oncology at M.D. Anderson, said in a statement to the media. “Symptoms can include altered taste acuity, dental decay, infections of the tissues of the mouth, and difficulty with speaking, eating and swallowing. Conventional treatments have been less than optimal, providing short-term response at best.”

Most worrisome is the fact a lack of saliva can rob cancer patients of the very thing they most need to fight their disease — good nutrition. M. Kay Garcia, LAc, Dr.P.H, a clinical nurse specialist and acupuncturist in M. D. Anderson’s Integrative Medicine Program and the study’s first author, stated in the press release that patients with xerostomia may develop nutritional deficits that become irreversible.

Dr. Chambers, the study’s senior author, pointed out that saliva substitutes, lozenges and chewing gum bring only temporary relief. While there’s a medication, pilocarpine, commonly prescribed for the condition, Dr. Chambers said it has only short-lived benefits and exposes patients to bothersome additional drug side effects.

Acupuncture therapy, based on the centuries-old Chinese practice of inserting and manipulating very thin needles at precise points on the body to relieve pain or restore health, is believed by Chinese medicine practitioners to improve the flow of vital energy throughout the body. Dr. Garcia, Dr. Chambers and their team of scientists conducted a study to find out if acupuncture might have an impact on xerostomia.

The M. D. Anderson study included 19 patients suffering from the dry mouth of xerostomia. All had completed radiation therapy at least a month earlier. They received two acupuncture treatments each week for four weeks with the acupuncturist concentrating on points located on the ears, chin, index finger, forearm and lateral surface of the leg. Each research subject was tested for the amount of their saliva and also asked to complete self-assessments and questionnaires about their symptoms and quality of life before the first treatment, after the four weeks of acupuncture was completed and after another four weeks passed.

The results? The twice-a-week acupuncture treatments produced highly statistically significant improvements in symptoms of dry mouth and related symptoms such as mouth and tongue discomfort, difficulty in speaking, eating and sleeping. What’s more, a quality-of-life assessment conducted at weeks five and eight showed significant improvements over the quality-of-life scores recorded when the study began.

“In this pilot study, patients with severe xerostomia who underwent acupuncture showed improvements in physical well-being and in subjective symptoms,” Dr. Chambers stated “Although the patient population was small, the positive results are encouraging and warrant a larger trial to assess patients over a longer period of time.”

The M.D. Anderson group is actively involved in more acupuncture research. “Recently, we completed a study at Fudan University Cancer Hospital in Shanghai, China that compared acupuncture to usual care to prevent xerostomia. We have now started a two-arm placebo-controlled pilot trial in Shanghai. In the prevention trials, acupuncture is performed on the same day as the radiation treatments,” Dr. Garcia said. She pointed out in the media statement that M. D. Anderson researchers want to find out whether acupuncture can actually prevent xerostomia in patients treated for head and neck cancer, and not just treat it after it develops.

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