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Nonverbal doctor-patient rapport relieved pain during acupuncture treatment
When 22 acupuncture clinicians and 23 patients seeking pain relief mirrored each other's facial expressions during acupuncture treatment, patients experienced less pain, according to a new study. Additionally, brain activity involved in representing the mental state of others, which is key for empathy and compassion, became more aligned after the doctor and (2020-10-21)

Acupuncture before surgery means less pain, significantly fewer opioids for Veterans
Veterans who have acupuncture before surgery report less pain and need far fewer opioids to manage their discomfort, according to a randomized, controlled study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting. Veterans who received acupuncture also reported they were more satisfied with their pain control than those who did not. (2020-10-05)

Evidence in mice that electroacupuncture reduces inflammation via specific neural pathways
Stimulating the nervous system using small electric current by acupuncture could tamp down systemic inflammation in the body, suggests new research in mice from a team of neuroscientists in the US and China. The research, publishing August 12 in the journal Neuron, helps to map the neuroanatomical underpinnings of this ancient medical practice. (2020-08-12)

Quieting the storm
Experiments show acupuncture modulates inflammation in mice. Findings reveal site, intensity and timing of acupuncture affect disease course. Results can inform efforts to use acupuncture for treatment of human diseases marked by aberrant inflammation. (2020-08-12)

Acupuncture can reduce migraine headaches
Acupuncture can reduce migraine headaches compared to both sham (placebo) acupuncture and usual care, finds a new trial from China published by The BMJ today. (2020-03-25)

Minimally-invasive hydrogen therapy of cancer based on in-vivo electrochemistry
The green and conceptually new in-vivo H2 generation electrochemotherapy of tumor has been reported by combined use of Chinese acupuncture Fe needle electrode and in vivo electrochemistry. Taking advantages of puncture positioning, gas diffusion effect and self-protection mechanism of H2-generation provides strong selectivity and targeting to effectively and precisely kill tumors. The effectiveness of the method has been demonstrated by in-vivo treatment of glioma and breast cancers. H2-ECT is very promising for potential clinic applications. (2020-02-07)

Evaluating clinical evidence of acupuncture, acupressure for improving cancer pain?
This study (called a systematic review and meta-analysis) combined results from 14 randomized clinical trials to evaluate evidence of an association between acupuncture and acupressure for reducing pain in patients with cancer. Previous studies have had inconsistent findings. (2019-12-19)

Study supports long-term benefits of non-drug therapies for pain
A new study finds that non-drug therapies given to service members with chronic pain may reduce the risk of long-term adverse outcomes, such as alcohol and drug disorder and self-induced injuries, including suicide attempts. (2019-12-11)

Acupuncture reduces radiation-induced dry mouth for cancer patients
After receiving acupuncture treatment three days a week during the course of radiation treatment, head and neck cancer patients experienced less dry mouth, according to study results from researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. (2019-12-06)

NIH study reports more than half of US office-based physicians recommend CHA
A new study has shown that more than half (53.1%) of office-based physicians in the US, across specialty areas, recommended at least one complementary health approach (CHA) to their patients during the previous 12 months, with female physicians (63.2%) more likely to recommend a CHA than male physicians (49.3%). (2019-12-02)

Addressing challenges in inter-rater reliability in traditional chinese medicine
Diagnostic agreement between practitioners is an ongoing challenge in the evaluation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and other healthcare systems that rely on constitutional types. (2019-11-20)

Complementary and alternative therapies to treat colic
A review of the evidence on the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies to treat babies with colic has shown some that some treatments -- including probiotics, fennel extract and spinal manipulation -- do appear to help, but that overall the evidence on the use of these therapies is limited so should be treated with caution. (2019-11-12)

Depression, anxiety linked to opioid use and reduced survival in women with breast cancer
The findings should encourage doctors to better manage mental health in patients with breast cancer and spur care providers to consider alternative pain management such as physical therapy, massage and acupuncture, the researchers say. (2019-08-26)

Lower back pain? Self-administered acupressure could help
A recent study found that people with chronic lower back pain who performed self-administered acupressure experienced improvement in pain and fatigue symptoms. (2019-08-21)

Clinical trial in China on acupuncture as added treatment for chronic stable angina
This randomized clinical trial with about 400 adults conducted in China investigated acupuncture as an added treatment to antianginal therapies in reducing the frequency of angina attacks in patients with chronic stable angina. (2019-07-29)

Group medical visit innovations improve access & advance integrative heath equity
Group medical visits are exceptional methods delivering critical components of integrative health care for treating and reducing the risk of a wide variety of chronic diseases, particularly in underserved populations. (2019-07-25)

Acupuncture equals disease prevention say new studies
Well-recognized for its therapeutic effects, acupuncture is increasingly being appreciated for its ability to promote wellness and contribute to the prevention of a broad range of conditions. (2019-04-23)

Lots of patients with cancer, cancer survivors use but don't report complementary/alternative medicine therapies
This study used data from a nationwide survey to estimate how many patients with cancer and cancer survivors use complementary and alternative medicines (CAMS) in addition to or instead of conventional therapies, and how many don't disclose that to their physicians. (2019-04-11)

One-third of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine
A stunning one-third of people with a cancer diagnosis use complementary and alternative medicines such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and supplements. (2019-04-11)

Peer support, healing hands may curb prescription opioid misuse
A program offering group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may help prevent patients on prescription opioids from spiraling down to drug misuse, overdose and death, according to a study led by researchers at UCSF. (2019-02-20)

Acupuncture may ease troublesome menopausal symptoms
A brief course of acupuncture may help to ease troublesome menopausal symptoms, suggests a small study published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2019-02-19)

Patients with facial pain report most benefit from self-care techniques
While oral appliances such as splints and bite guards are the most common treatment for facial pain from temporomandibular disorders (TMD), patients rate them as less helpful than self-care treatments, such as jaw exercises or warm compresses, finds a new study by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry. (2019-02-04)

More adults using complementary and alternative medicine in England but access is unequal
Use of practitioner-led complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as acupuncture, massage, osteopathy and chiropractic treatment, rose from 12 per cent of the population in 2005 to 16 per cent of the population in 2015, according to a survey led by researchers at the University of Bristol. However, access to these treatments was unequal, with women, those who are better off and those in the south of England more likely to use CAM. (2018-11-13)

Number of veterans affairs facilities offering acupuncture growing rapidly
Acupuncture is an increasingly important and effective component of chronic pain management and other areas of care in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). (2018-10-16)

Health insurer policies may discourage use of non-opioid alternatives for lower back pain
Public and private health insurance policies in the US are missing important opportunities to encourage the use of physical therapy, psychological counseling and other non-drug alternatives to opioid medication for treating lower back pain, a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found. (2018-10-05)

Exploring the effects of integrative health in cancer
A Special Focus Issue on Integrative Oncology takes a wide-ranging view of the possible approaches and potential therapeutic benefits of complementary and integrative medicine in multiple age groups, nations, and special populations. (2018-09-24)

More women than men veterans with chronic pain use therapies like yoga and acupuncture
A major shift in practice by the VA means that therapies such as meditation and yoga are being offered to VA patients as non-drug approaches for pain management, says Elizabeth Evans of UMass Amherst, who studied their use by gender among veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain. (2018-09-17)

Poorest Americans most likely to have used prescription opioids
Among older Americans, the poorest are the most likely to have used prescription opioids, according to a University at Buffalo study providing new insights into unexplored contours of the opioid crisis. The study also raises important questions about access to pain management options for the disadvantaged in the current climate of the opioid epidemic. (2018-09-12)

Intractable hiccups may be more common than we think
Everyone gets hiccups, but some people suffer intractable hiccups that last longer than a month. Intractable hiccups can occur more often than we realize and present to multiple medical disciplines, Loyola Medicine neurologists reported in the journal Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports. (2018-07-24)

Can acupuncture reduce treatment-related pain for women with early-stage breast cancer?
Treatment for breast cancer with aromatase inhibitors often results in joint pain, which can contribute to treatment nonadherence. Several small studies have suggested that acupuncture may decrease aromatase inhibitor-related joint pain. (2018-07-10)

Cultural practices may cause dermatologic side effects and complications
Population diversity and widespread immigration predispose physicians to encounter patients with a variety of backgrounds and cultural practices. While many of these practices are commonly performed, there has been limited medical literature describing their potential for complications. (2018-07-05)

Mozart, meditation and a yoga mat: Oncologists welcome integrative therapies for breast cancer
A breast cancer patient dealing with anxiety, depression or mood swings could soon be encouraged by her oncologist to learn meditation techniques, join a yoga class or put music to therapeutic use. Today, The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), published its endorsement of integrative therapy guidelines recently established by the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO). (2018-06-11)

Traditional Chinese medicine is widely used for cardiovascular disease
In this Letter to the Editor, the authors comment on a review article which assesses the efficacy and safety of TCM for cardiovascular disease, as well as the pharmacological effects of active TCM ingredients on the cardiovascular system and potential mechanisms. (2018-05-16)

More choices for treating insomnia in cancer survivors: Acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-supported randomized clinical trial of cancer survivors showed that eight weeks of either acupuncture or cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) decreased the severity of insomnia among cancer survivors, though improvements were greatest among patients receiving cognitive behavioral therapy. (2018-05-16)

Does acupuncture increase the likelihood of a birth in women undergoing in vitro fertilization?
Acupuncture among women undergoing in vitro fertilization didn't affect live birth rates. (2018-05-15)

Fertility study finds acupuncture ineffective for IVF birth rates
A study of over 800 Australian and New Zealand women undergoing acupuncture treatment during their IVF (in vitro fertilization) cycle has confirmed no significant difference in live birth rates. The findings published today in JAMA support recent guidelines from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and two high-quality meta-analyses. (2018-05-15)

Acupuncture possible treatment for dental anxiety
Researchers have found evidence that acupuncture could help people who experience dental anxiety. (2018-05-01)

Harvard scientists ask 'what is the point?' in challenge to acupuncture researchers
The effectiveness of acupuncture compared to standard treatments has led to its growing inclusion in pain guidelines and in delivery organizations like the US military and Veterans Administration, yet many continue to believe acupuncture lacks scientific credibility. (2018-03-22)

Can acupuncture help alleviate menopausal symptoms?
An umbrella review from Duke Clinical Research Institute that was a comprehensive assessment of previous systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials has found that women who received acupuncture had less frequent and less severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause than women who did not have acupuncture. (2018-03-20)

Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?
Some see acupuncture as a safe alternative to drugs, while others argue there's no convincing evidence of clinical benefit and potential for harm. So should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today. (2018-03-07)

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