Acupuncture painkilling relief for shingles found;
Acupuncture relieves pain due to shingles, …speeds the healing of herpes zoster lesions and reduces incidence of postherpetic neuralgia. Tianjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers combined acupuncture with standard drug therapy. Patients receiving both drug therapy and acupuncture in a combined treatment protocol had superior patient outcomes compared with patients using only drug therapy.
Three month follow up examinations determined that the incident rate of postherpetic neuralgia plummeted to 3.33% in the group receiving acupuncture plus drug therapy. The group receiving only drug therapy had a PHN incident rate of 30%. The addition of acupuncture to the treatment protocol decreased the PHN rate by 26.67%. The Visual Analogue Scale scores in the acupuncture plus drugs group were significantly better. The addition of acupuncture to drug therapy decreased pain levels, patients required less painkillers and herpetic lesions healed faster. The researchers conclude that the combination of acupuncture plus drug therapy is safe and effective for the treatment of acute herpes zoster (shingles).
The study design was as follows; a total of 78patients were randomly distributed into a control group and treatment group, each consisting of 39cases. The control group received drug therapy. The treatment group received acupuncture plus the same drug therapy administered to control group. All patients were diagnosed with acute herpes zoster between June 2014 and December 2015. Patients from both groups consumed 0.5g of oral famciclovir tablets (3times per day, for 7 consecutive days) as well as 1-2tablets of oral tramadol (3times per day, for 10-12 consecutive days). Famciclovir is antiviral drug used for the treatment of herpes zoster…. Tramadol is an opioid pain reliever…. and Neurotropin is a drug made from inoculated, inflamed rabbit skin that is used for the treatment of neuropathic pain.
The primary acupoints were as follows:
LI4 (Hegu), Ashi (skin lesion areas), LI11 (Quchi), Jiaji.
Additional acupoints were administered based on differential diagnosis….; for hyperactivity of liver fire LV3 (Taichong), TB6 (Zhigou). For dampness and heat in the spleen & stomach SP6 (Sanyinjiao), SP10 (Xuehai). For Qi stagnation and blood stasis BL17 (Geshu).
References: Wang Y. Acupuncture Combined with Western Medication for the treatment of Acute Herpes Zoster and for the Prevention of Postherpetic Neuralgia: A clinical Study Tianjing University of TCM. Journal of China Prescription Drug, 2016,14(9):96-97.
Acupuncture painkilling relief for shingles found;
The carpal tunnel is a canal connecting the forearm and hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome pain and numbness is due to compression of the median nerve travelling through the canal. Researchers demonstrate that acupuncture benefits the median nerve thus successfully alleviating pain, inflammation and numbness. Early diagnosis and intervention is crucial in mitigating median nerve function. Acupuncture alleviates median nerve compression by reducing oedema and accelerating axonal regeneration. Local acupoint selections are commonly implemented to enhance the microcirculation of blood to the median nerve and carpal tunnel. Common acupuncture points recommend for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome are : PC-7, PC-6, LI-4, LI-5, TH-5
Researchers Wang Ye and Bai Yichen from Affiliated Hospital of Liaoning Traditional Chinese Medicine University find that acupuncture combined with herbal paraffin treatment was more effective than diclofenac, a non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug. In a 16 week clinical trial, two patient groups were compared. One group received acupuncture and herbal paraffin treatment, the other received topical diclofenac. The results highlight that acupuncture with herbal paraffin treatment produces greater pain relief and restoration of wrist function than a topical antiinflammatory.
(Extract from an article shared by AACMA Feb.2018)
According to a recently published article, there is much more to acupuncture than just helping with aches and pains….Regular acupuncture can make us feel more energetic and reduce the outward signs of ageing. Here are some of the ways acupuncture can turn back the hands of time.
First it can reduce stress; acupuncture releases stress-reducing, natural pain killing chemicals in the brain called endorphins.
Second it improves sleep, as it has the ability to calm the mind. It also reduces pain, boosts immune system and its most valuable long term effect is more energy and vitality.
Extract from an article published by AACMA.
Recently published article on the use of Acupuncture point of GB-20 in cases of lower back pain with leg length discrepancy has shown an improvement in lower back pain by restoring leg length equality.
“Correcting leg length discrepancy may improve conditions such as lumbar scoliosis, posture deformation, gait symmetry…..as well as prevent further degeneration and misalignment of the spine. There is a limited evidence available for the use of acupuncture in the leg length discrepancy, however a similar case study of adult degenerative scoliosis characterised by leg length discrepancy treated with acupuncture, found that acupuncture was associated with a reduction of the degree of curvature…. and played an important role in pain management.”
Extract from an article by R.Davis MHlthSc (Acup), AdvDipAcup, BIntSt, Dr S.Cochrane PHD,BSW,DTCM,BAS
Published in ajacm 2016 Volume 10, Issue 2
“A recent study, Acupuncture for Chronic pain: individual Patient Data Meta-analysis, has provided significant evidence that acupuncture not only provides greater pain relief than both sham and no acupuncture, it also goes above and beyond a placebo effect.
The results come from a meta-analysis of 29high quality studies, looking at 17992 cases of raw individual patient data.
Lead researcher Andrew Vickers and colleagues set out to determine the effect size of acupuncture for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache and shoulder pain. In an interview with ABC’s AM program, Vickers was quoted saying the results showed a large difference between true acupuncture and sham acupuncture and no acupuncture at all, a smaller difference between true and sham acupuncture, but one that is certainly statistically significant. These findings suggest that acupuncture is a clinically significant method of pain relief.” Ref: Vickers A, Cronin A M, Maschino A C, Lewith G, Macpherson….et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual Patient data Met-analysis. Arch Intern Med. Published online Sept10.2012
“A recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings evaluated several complementary approaches for pain relief. Acupuncture has come up as the first option scientifically proven to help with relief, according to the report.Read More
Stiffness in upper back, neck and shoulders may be caused by several different factors. Acupuncture treatment is, regardless of the cause, almost invariably effective in relieving stiffness and pain.
Study conducted at the Northern Hospital Emergency department in Melbourne, Australia. The objective was to evaluate the feasibility of delivering acupuncture in an emergency department to patients presenting with pain and/or nausea.
A recent study, “Acupuncture for chronic pain: Individual patient data Meta-analysis”, has provided significant evidence that acupuncture not only provides greater pain relief than both sham and no acupuncture, it also goes above and beyond a placebo effect.