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Acupuncture improves menopause symptoms.

Taiwanese researchers have conducted a meta-analysis and concluded that acupuncture improves menopause symptoms. Effects of acupuncture on menopause -related symptoms and quality of life in women on natural menopause. The researchers conducted a meta-analysis  to evaluate the effects of acupuncture on hot flash frequency and severity, menopause-related symptoms, and quality of life in women in…

Learning How to Learn Chinese

Learning How to Learn. I’ve been doing a wonderful course entitled , ‘Learning How to Learn – Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects’ by by Dr. Terrence Sejnowski and Dr. Barbara Oakley.  The course is a MOOC (massive open online course) offered by coursera.  I’ve never done one of these courses but…

Research shows acupuncture effective for sciatica

Is acupuncture effective for sciatica? New research from the UK shows that acupuncture should be considered as a treatment option for patients suffering from sciatica.  The study was a systematic review and network meta-analysis comparing the clinical effectiveness of different treatment strategies for sciatica.  A network meta-analysis can provide estimates of relative efficacy between many…

Acupuncture best for depression with pain.

Acupuncture, counselling or usual care for depression and comorbid pain. A new study has examined whether acupuncture or depression have benefits in treating depressed patients with pain compared to the usual care for depression – and concluded acupuncture is the best intervention for depression and pain. Around 50 – 66% of depressed patients also report…

Acupuncture most effective CAM for musculoskeletal problems.

[social_share style=”bar” align=”horizontal” heading_align=”inline” facebook=”1″ twitter=”1″ google_plus=”1″ linkedin=”1″ pinterest=”1″ /]New report shows acupuncture to be the most effective effective complementary therapy for musculoskeletal problems. Medical research charity Arthritis Research UK published it’s evidence-based report into practitioner provided complementary therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and back pain.  Whilst no research was found amongst these therapies…

Acupuncture is significantly superior to all controls for chronic pain

Acupuncture is significantly superior to all controls. Controls and Trials Researchers studying the effects of acupuncture want to assess the benefit of acupuncture against that of a control.  This is done to mitigate the effects of placebo – the tendency for people to get better when they are given any sort of treatment. A secondary…

Acupuncture – funny ad by popular demand.

Acupuncture – funny ad. So many of you missed this recent funny ad by Halfords, so I’ve tracked it down on Youtube and posted it below.  After having her car fixed by her neighbour, how could she refuse the request to allow him to give her a free acupuncture treatment, after he’d just qualified.  There’s…

Acupuncture for a new Start?

Acupuncture for a new start? The New Year marks a time for fresh starts which often involve looking at health needs, including treatment alternatives for existing conditions. Traditional acupuncture has become a popular choice, both as a stand alone treatment, and in combination with Western biomedicine. The growing popularity of acupuncture has gained a boost…

How many acupuncture needles do you use in a session?

How many acupuncture needles? I remember back to my first session of acupuncture.  I didn’t have a clue how many acupuncture needles my acupuncturist would use or whether they would hurt.  I was nervous then so I understand now that prospective patients can be nervous about their first session.  I generally use around 8 to…

Win 6 free acupuncture treatments.

Facebook competition to win 6 free acupuncture treatments. The British Acupuncture Council is running a facebook competition giving you the chance to win 6 free acupuncture treatments.  The closing date is the 17th October and the winner will be notified by the 18th October.  The sessions will be provided by a local practitioner.  I’m assuming…

New hope for women suffering from recurrent miscarriage

Study gives new hope for women suffering from recurrent miscarriage A team of researchers, led by the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), have published new data that could prove vital for advances in care for women who suffer from recurrent miscarriage. The recurrent loss of pregnancy through miscarriage…

Battlefield acupuncture research?

Battlefield acupuncture. Battlefield acupunture research?  “Really?”  I hear you ask?  With acupuncture slowly gaining acceptance within the medical community I still think it’s surprising to hear that the American military are researching the use of acupuncture on the front-line. Ear Acupuncture. Acupuncture contains many ‘micro-systems’ of which ear acupuncture is arguably the most popular.  A…