acupuncture

Acupuncture increases ovulation frequency in PCOS.

Acupuncture has been demonstrated to improve menstrual frequency and to decrease circulating testosterone in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  Now new research shows that acupuncture increases ovulation frequency in PCOS. Researchers from the university of Goteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden chose to investigate whether acupuncture affects ovulation frequency and to understand the underlying mechanisms of any…

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Acupuncture improves pregnancy rates after IVF failure

Acupuncture improves pregnancy rates after IVF failure. Brazilian researchers have found that acupuncture improves pregnancy rates after IVF failure.  They claim that this is the first study of the use of acupuncture specifically when embryo implantation has failed. The research. Brazilian researchers carried out a prospective randomised controlled trial with 84 patients who had experienced…

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Stress gives a double punch to fertility

Researchers show how stress gives a double punch to fertility. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have found a critical missing piece of the puzzle about how stress causes sexual dysfunction and infertility.  The research, to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows how stress gives a double punch…

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How acupuncture relieves stress.

New research suggests a mechanism for how acupuncture relieves stress. New research published in the Journal of Endocrinology has shown how acupuncture relieves stress.  Whilst it has long been believed that acupuncture relieves stress the mechanism of how it does this was unknown: “Many practitioners of acupuncture have observed that this ancient practice can reduce…

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Miranda does acupuncture!

Miranda does acupuncture!  But what is acupuncture really like? I find that many patients come to their first session feeling quite apprehensive.  But is acupuncture really as bad as shown in this video? I’d like to point out that I’m not nearly as scary as the character played by Miranda in this super clip from…

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Acupuncture documentary

This is a BBC 2 acupuncture documentary that was released a few years ago.  I watched it when it was first released and I think it is probably the best feature on acupuncture that has ever been on television.  It runs for around an hour so watch it when you’ve got time to put your…

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Anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture in allergic asthma.

The anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture in allergic asthma has been demonstrated by a  team of Chinese investigators. They have shown that acupuncture has regulatory effects on mucosal and cellular immunity in patients with allergic asthma. What is interesting in this study is that as well as showing an effect for acupuncture in the treatment of…

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Does acupuncture improve cardiac coherence?

Researchers suggest acupuncture promotes cardiac coherence. A key determinant of overall health is cardiac coherence.  This is a measure of coherent heart rate variability (HRV).  According to the HeartMath organisation: “HeartMath researchers have conducted numerous studies tracking people’s coherence levels by observing their heart-rhythm patterns. The research shows that the greater an individual’s level of…

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Acupuncture helps knees.

Acupuncture helps knees – research shows acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment for osteo-arthritis of the knee. Two new studies suggest acupuncture may be an effective aid to osteo-arthritis of the knee and  a credible alternative to knee replacement. Acupuncture has benefits for knee osteoarthritis. A three-armed randomised controlled trial carried out by Greek investigators has…

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Acupuncture effective for chronic pain.

Major new study concludes acupuncture effective for chronic pain. The first systematic review of acupuncture to use individual patient data to conduct a meta-analysis has found acupuncture effective for chronic pain.  The Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration analysed raw individual patient data, which was available for 17,922 participants enrolled in 29 high-quality, randomised trials of acupuncture for…

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Increase in Gloucestershire paid IVF cycles.

NHS announces an increase in Gloucestershire paid IVF cycles. Since 2004 NICE has been recommending up to three cycles of IVF for qualifying couples.  Now Gloucestershire NHS, which previously allowed just one cycle, has announced an increase in Gloucestershire paid IVF cycles. This will be for couples fulfilling certain criteria, including the woman being aged…

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NICE recommend acupuncture for migraines and tension headaches.

NICE recommend acupuncture for migraines and tension headaches. Widely reported in the media this week is a story that painkillers ‘are the cause’ of millions of headaches. It has long been known that overuse of painkillers can cause headaches and migraines that feel identical to patient’s normal pain.  This can lead to a vicious circle…

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