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Acupuncture benefits patients suffering from unilateral paralysis after a stroke

Researchers from Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Banjul compared daily exercise mono therapy with acupuncture and just daily exercises….patient outcomes were consistently superior in the combined therapy group, demonstrating that the addition of acupuncture to the daily exercise treatment regimen improves clinical outcomes. The researchers conclude that acupuncture plus rehabilitation exercises improve motor function and cerebral blood flow, making it an effective intervention for post-stroke hemiplegia.
Blood flow changes in the brain were measured with transcranial Doppler device. This was used to monitor the movement of blood in the anterior, middle and posterior cerebral arteries. Both groups showed marked improvements but improvements in the combined therapy group (with acupuncture) were significantly greater (p<0.05). The measurements demonstrate that the addition of acupuncture to the treatment protocol enhances recuperation within the human brain. Total of 70 patients with hemiplegia were recruited. Patients were randomly assigned to two groups. Both groups received standard physical rehabilitation exercises and one group received acupuncture. Acupuncture was performed on the side of the body affected by hemiplegia. Points on the upper limb included LI11 (Quchi), LI4 (Hegu), LI 10 (Shousanli), and SI3 (Houxi). Points on the lower limb included ST36 (Zusanli), GB30 (Huantiao), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), and LV3 (Taichong). Filiform needles 40-75mm in length were used to needle the points and were manually manipulated to obtain Deqi. The needles were retained for 20minutes per acupuncture session. Treatment was administered once daily, with 10 treatments comprising one course. A total of 10 courses of treatment were administered consecutively.

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Acupuncture speeds the healing of shingles

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.

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Acupuncture treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome

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)

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Acupuncture outperforms drug for Insomnia

Recently published research by Zhejiang Chinese Medical University finds Acupuncture more effective than a powerful drug for improving sleep duration, quality, latency, efficiency, and daytime functioning. Acupuncture achieved a 92.9% total effective rate and the drug zopiclone achieved a 67.9% total effective rate.
Zopiclone is a central nervous system depressant used for helping patients fall asleep and maintaining sleep throughout the night. The Zhejiang Chinese Medical University research indicates acupuncture is more effective than zopiclone for improving these sleep parameters. Zopiclone is limited to short term use because patients develop dependence, risking possibility of addiction. Consequently, withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of benzodiazepines. The research indicates that acupuncture is an effective alternative without the adverse effects associated with drug intake.
A total of 112patients with primary insomnia were randomised into an acupuncture group and a zopiclone group.
Zopiclone was administered in 7.5mg doses, once per day for 30 days. Acupuncture had the following points inserted with 0.25mm diameter, 40mm length filiform acupuncture needles:
Primary points were Baihui (GV20), Sishencong (EX-HN1), Anmian (extra point of GB-20 and Yiming. Secondary acupuncture points were added based on diagnostic considerations.
Extract from an article published by healthcmi.com

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Can Acupuncture make us feel and look younger?

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.

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Can Acupuncture help with Chronic fatigue syndrome?

According to a recent research at “Shenzhen Hospital of Chinese Medicine, researchers determined that acupuncture is safe and effective for the alleviation of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Subjective documentation of symptomatic improvements and objective measurements including (IgA and IgG levels) record a 90% total effective rate and a 50% total recovery rate. the researchers conclude, Acupuncture at the eight influential points has a definite therapeutic effect on CFS and improves the immune system functions in CFS patients….
Traditional Chinese medicine identifies multiple pattern differentiations responsible for CFS. The research treatment protocol for CFS was developed by using acupoints specified in the Huangdi Bashiyi Nanjing (The Huang Emperors Canon of 81 Difficult Issues). The researchers used a set of acupoints known as the Eight Influential Points. The following Eight Influential Points were applied with manual acupuncture techniques:
LV 13 (Zang organ point)
CV 12 (Fu organ point)
CV 17 (QI point)
BL 17 (Blood point)
GB 34 (Tendon point)
LU 9 (Pulse point)
BL 11 (Bone point)
GB 39 (Marrow point)
Patients rested in a supine position for acupuncture therapy. Needle length ranged from 25-40mm. Mild reinforcing and attenuating acupuncture techniques were applied. Needle retention time was 30minutes per acupuncture session. Moxibustion was applied to CV 12. The therapy was administered 1time per day and 10times comprised one course of care. The study encompassed 3courses of care per patient. A3 day break between courses of care was observed.
The 90% total effective rate and the 50% cure rate demonstrate that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of CFS…..Li et al. find that conventional acupuncture produces an 80.85% total effective rate and Qihuan acupuncture produces a 95.83% total effective rate. Qihuan acupuncture produced a 33% total recovery rate and standart acupuncture produced a 21.27% total recovery rate. The standart acupuncture group received needling at the following acupoints:
Pishuu (BL 20)
Ganshu (BL 18)
Shenshu (BL 23)
Shanzhong (CV 17)
Zusanli (St 36)
Guanyuan (CV 4)
Baihui (DU 20)
Supplementary acupuncture points were added based on differential diagnostic patterns. For Spleen Qi deficiency, (SP 3) and (SP 6) were added. For insomnia (HT 7) and (KD 6)were added. For loss of memory function, Yintang and (DU 26) were added. For liver Qi stagnation (LV 3) and (PC 6) were added….
Qihuan acupuncture is the application of eight acupuncture needles in a 0.5 inch radius around the navel at 45 degree angles forming way to visualise the acupoint locations is at 12,3,6, and 9 o’clock to CV 8 plus the areas halfway between each clock designation for a total of eight directions…acupuncture was administered in a same way as above…two courses of care were administered.
The studies confirm that acupuncture is safe and effective treatment of the CFS.”
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Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with Acupuncture

According to latest research, published in the journal “Brain”, a team of investigators based at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital sheds light on how …..
To get to the root of the question, Napadow and colleagues performed a sham-controlled acupuncture neuroimaging study of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a neuropathic pain disorder. Few chronic pain disorders have established biomarkers or measurable treatment outcomes. However, in CTS measurements taken at the wrist of the speed at which signals are transmitted along the median nerve are a well known and accepted biomarker. In addition the studies by Napadow and others have shown that the brain – particularly the primary sensory cortex, which receives signals related to the sense of touch – is remapped in CTS. Specifically, brain cells that usually respond to touch signals from specific fingers start to respond to signals from multiple fingers, which provides another measurable outcome.
Using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) before and after several months of therapy in three different groups of CTS patients – one receiving electroacupuncture at the affected hand, one receiving electroacupuncture at the ankle opposite the affected hand and the other receiving sham electroacupuncture with placebo needles near the affected hand – the researchers have found that both real and sham acupuncture improved patient – reported CTS symptoms. However, there were notable differences in physiologic measures.
Real acupuncture at the affected hand lead to measurable improvements in outcomes both at the affected wrist and in the brain….. while Acupuncture at the opposite ankle produced improvement at the wrist only.
Brain remapping immediately after real acupuncture was linked to long term improvement in CTS symptoms. No physiologic improvements resulted from Sham acupuncture.
“Extract from an article published by scienmag.com, March 2, 2017

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Acupuncture alleviates depression when combined with moxibustion

“Acupuncture successfully alleviates depression when combined with moxibustion. Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine researchers (Second Affiliated Hospital) determined that Acupuncture plus moxibustion provides both short and long-term benefits for patients suffering from depression. Read More

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Acupuncture backed by Science as the leader in natural pain relief options

“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

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Acupuncture treatment for Bell’s Palsy

Clinical manifestations / differentiations ¬†of Bell’s Palsy are as follows;

On the affected side incomplete closing of the eye, lacrimation, drooping of the angle of the mouth, salivation, and inability to frown, raise the eyebrow, close the eye, blow out the cheek…..or show the teeth. This disease is the same as peripheral facial paralysis.Read More

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