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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…

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…

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…

Nutritional Ketosis – an advantaged metabolic state.

Nutritional Ketosis Peter Attia MD describes his own n=1 experiment in nutritional ketosis.  In ‘An Advantaged Metabolic State: Human Performance, Resilience & Health’, Peter describes how he overcame his state of metabolic syndrome by using a low-carbohydrate diet.  Peter describes his objectives in the talk as: Share my health and performance journey Provide you with…

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…

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…

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…

Does evolution explain the placebo effect?

Placebo The placebo effect is the observation in scientific clinical studies that in any given trial a proportion of subjects will show health improvements when they are given a dummy drug – such as a sugar pill. Does evolution explain the placebo effect? Up until now, the placebo effect has seemed to make no sense…if…

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…

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…

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…