Jamie Gisby

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 Continue reading »

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 Continue reading »

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 Continue reading »

Acupuncture most effective CAM for musculoskeletal problems.

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 for rheumatoid arthritis, acupuncture was the only therapy found Continue reading »

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 Continue reading »