Jamie Gisby

Acupuncture halts cluster headaches

A small Italian is the first to suggest that acupuncture can interrupt cluster headaches. Cluster headaches are excruciating attacks of pain in one side of the head, often felt behind the eye.  Sufferers often call them ‘suicidal headaches’ because they’re so severe. Study design and protocol. Four patients with cluster headaches were treated with acupuncture Continue reading »

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 Continue reading »

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 »