Posts

Study Finds Acupuncture Effective for Arthritis Pain

The largest medical acupuncture study to date has shown that of the 570 people with osteoarthritis of the knee who were aged 50 or older, those who received acupuncture had a 40% decrease in pain and a nearly 40% improvement in function compared to baseline assessments. Modern medical studies are showing that acupuncture is an effective therapy for arthritis, osteoarthritis, knee pain, joint pain and a host of other health problems.

I treat patients regularly for knee pain at my acupuncture office in Downingtown PA. Read this research article I reviewed that demonstrates acupuncture’s effectiveness for osteoarthritis of the knee joint.

Read more

Acupuncture for Osteoarthritic Knee Pain

Recently, a very large study of knee pain treatment with acupuncture – involving almost 4000 participants – showed acupuncture was far more effective in relieving knee pain caused by osteoarthritis than alternative methods. This conclusion came as a result of 14 different trials in clinical settings supporting various similar studies conducted in the mid 2000’s.

Read more

Acupuncture and Foot Pain

Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving certain types of foot pain. A study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine found acupuncture to be effective in relieving otherwise unresponsive chronic foot pain. Another study found that stimulation of acupuncture points on the feet could increase blood flow to the foot and lower leg. Many anecdotal reports exist of individual acupuncturists using a variety of acupuncture techniques to relieve pain associated with the ankle, heel, and ball of the foot. Read more

Acupuncture Reduces Cancer Pain

Research shows acupuncture reduces cancer pain. An estimated 70 percent of cancer patients fail to receive treatments that provide adequate pain relief. A May 2011 study shows how acupuncture treatments reduce pain for cancer patients.

Read more

Acupuncture Stops Menstrual Pain

In this study, researchers found that menstrual pain was significantly relieved with acupuncture, most specifically a point on the inside of the lower leg called SP6. In TCM style acupuncture this point is well known for dealing with all issues of menstruation. Dr. Tan style acupuncture recognizes SP6 as an image for the lower abdomen. ‘Imaging’ body parts to acupuncture points is similar to how reflexology points of the foot represent various parts of the body. Using the ‘imaging’ concept to treat pain is unique to Dr. Tan/Master Tung style acupuncture, resulting in quicker, more effective pain relief.

Read more

Acupuncture does combat pain, study finds

Neuroscientists find that acupuncture has a measurable effect on the brain and could provide a possible mechanism to explain how acupuncture can relieve pain. The study found that acupuncture can turn off parts of the brain involved in pain, which could explain how the practice works as an anaesthetic.

Read more

Acupuncture for Back Pain – Watch WebMD Video

This 1.5 minute  WebMD video features the personal experience of Stephanie Judge, a woman with severe low back pain and sciatic nerve pain that radiated down her leg. When pain medication and physical therapy did not relieve her pain, Stephanie tried acupuncture. Within 5 treatments her pain was reduced by 50% and her daily function improved.

Scientific studies are featured that show acupuncture as an effective treatment for chronic low back pain. A study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in conjunction with 33 other acupuncture studies on low back pain show acupuncture’s promise for long term back pain relief.

Read more

Acupuncture May Help Knee Arthritis

A year long study at Berlin’s Institute of Social Medicine has shown the acupuncture effectively helps people suffering from knee osteoarthritis. Patients getting real acupuncture had bigger improvements in knee pain and function than the other two groups (fake acupuncutre and no acupuncture) and reported significantly lower scores on pain and disability. Half of the real acupuncture group had improved their scores by at least 50%.  The same level of improvement was reported by 28% of those getting fake acupuncture and 3% of those on the waitlist (no acupuncture).  As more studies are being done, science continues to prove that acupuncture is an effective alternative medicine therapy for pain relief and arthritis.
Read more

Scientists Seek Clues for Acupuncture’s Success

For over 2,000 years Acupuncture has been used as a successful form of medicine in China, Japan, India, and other Asian countries. However in America, scientists are just now beginning to understand why acupuncture is such an effective therapy for nearly any health condition.  This article features modern studies showing acupuncture to be a successful therapy for different health conditions including pain, depression, and the side effects of cancer drugs. Learn the scientific reasons behind acupuncture’s success as a natural health therapy. Read more

Acupuncture does work as it stimulates a natural pain killer, scientists find

Dr Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester, New York, said: “Acupuncture has been a mainstay of medical treatment in certain parts of the world for 4,000 years, but because it has not been understood completely, many people have remained sceptical.

“In this work, we provide information about one physical mechanism through which acupuncture reduces pain in the body.
“What we found is that adenosine, a natural pain killer, is released during acupuncture and that adenosine may be the primary way acupuncture reduces pain.

“The most important observation is that acupuncture worked almost three times as long if we gave a drug that slow down the removal of adenosine.”

Read more