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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

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Acupuncture can reduce Hypertension

Recent study has demonstrated that acupuncture treatment can reduce hypertension….The University of California School of Medicine researchers have proven that acupuncture produces long-lasting lowering of blood pressure in subjects with hypertension. Acupuncture regulates sympathetic nervous system responses resulting in lower blood pressure in cardiovascular related centres of the brain and “specific neurotransmitter systems”. In addition, their cross-over double blinded research identifies specific acupuncture points and procedures that are especially effective for lowering blood pressure.
The researchers note that electroacupuncture is effective “at two sets of standartized acupoints known to provide input to brain stem regions that regulate sympathetic outflow lowers blood pressure…”
First electroacupuncture is administered once per week for 30min acupuncture sessions over period of 8weeks. Monthly acupuncture maintenance treatments maintain healthy low blood pressure for at least 6months.
The University of California School of Medicine researchers find acupuncture a mediator of the autonomic nervous system. This mechanism resulted in a lowering of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in subjects with hypertension. Furthermore, the researchers successfully differentiated acupuncture points that were effective from those that were not. Using 24/7 ambulatory blood pressure monitoring equipment, electroacupuncture applied to PC5-PC6 and St36-St37 was effective for reducing peak and average systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The results were published in the Journal of Intensive and Critical Care.
The researchers have also discovered that manual acupuncture and electroacupuncture produce similar results at PC5 and PC6. Low frequency acupuncture proved more effective than higher frequencies. Two Hz electroacupuncture activated more somatic afferents than 10 or 20 Hz electroacupuncture……

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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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Recently we have received an enquiry about the use of electroacupuncture, and whether it is applied in our clinic. Yes, patients can receive electroacupuncture treatments in our clinic.

Electroacupuncture, is a combination of traditional acupuncture and modern electronic technology. It is a therapeutic method performed by applying electric current from the electroacupuncture machine through the acupuncture needles to the acupoints. In our clinic we use “Meyer model 501” manufactured in Australia. Advantages of electroacupuncture: electroacupuncture may produce better therapeutic results in some diseases, because the electric current can produce many other physiological and therapeutic effects besides the effects produced by acupuncture alone. The electroacupuncture can give a stimulation over a longer period of time with an electric wave of uniform or varied pattern and a constant or fluctuated intensity, the stimulating intensity can be adjusted at any time.

Biophysical basis of function of electroacupuncture; from the viewpoint of physics, the human body is a complicated conductor with different conductivity in different tissues of the body. For example the conductivity of fatty, bony and nervous tissues is lower than that of the muscle with plentiful blood supply. In addition, the conductivity of different parts of the body at different depth of tissues is also varied….In general, the electric conductivity of the muscle tissue is higher. The deep insertion of a needle may produce stronger needling sensation like soreness, numbness, distension and heaviness and stimulating intensity at the acupoints is higher and the therapeutic effect of electroacupuncture at the acupoints is better, because there are many free nerve endings and capillary vessels distributed beneath the acupoints.

Clinical application of electroacupuncture in practice; the following is a list of  some common diseases treated with electroacupuncture:

Facial paralysis, Trigeminal neuralgia, sequelae of Stroke, chronic gastritis, ptosis of stomach, GI neurosis, postoperative abdominal distention, postoperative retention of urine, chronic lumbago, stiff neck, labour induction, prolonged labour, postpartum retention of urine etc.




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Can Acupuncture help with lower back pain characterised by leg length discrepancy?

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… 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

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Acupuncture proves effective for chronic pain

“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

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Are antidepressants working for our children and teens?

A significant review of antidepressant use has found that they are mostly ineffective and could even harm children and teens.
Study published in The Lancet, the review led by researchers at Oxford University, assessed the evidence for 14 different antidepressants commonly prescribed for young people. The 34 trials reviewed encompassed over 5000 participants aged 9 to 18.
Incredibly, only one antidepressant- Prozac (fluoxetine) was seen to be more effective than placebo treatment. On the other end of scale, the antidepressant venlafaxine was shown to increase suicidal thoughts.
Clearly the findings are disturbing – particularly for parents of teens or children with depression.
The report recommended “children and adolescents taking antidepressants be carefully monitored closely, regardless of the antidepressants chosen, particularly at the beginning of the treatment.”
Other research highlights that avoiding treatment for depression can also be dangerous. So what can parents do? Arm themselves with information, speak to variety of health and allied health professionals and work out best possible strategy for their specific need.
One of the alternatives is Acupuncture and counselling.
Some Chinese herbs can also be used.
Extract from Natural Therapy pages news letter, March 2017

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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, March 2, 2017

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Science proves that acupuncture meridians exist

Scientists at Seoul National University recently confirmed the existence of meridians,which they refer to as the “primo-vascular systems”. They say that this system is a crucial part of cardiovascular system. Previously, North Korean scientist Kim Bong-Han proposed that he had found meridians Read More

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