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A cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away.

Research suggests a cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away! Research presented at the Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea & Human Health shows that regular tea drinking can help with a host of potential health problems.  Regular tea drinking can help us burn more calories, help the body metabolize fat, regulate blood…

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…

Endometriosis linked to inflammatory bowel disease.

Endometriosis linked to inflammatory bowel disease. Endometriosis UK have just reported news of new research which shows that endometriosis is linked to inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s or colitis.  This supports the growing belief that endometriosis has inflammatory aspects and a disorder of the immune system.  Endometriosis also shows some signs of being an…

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…

New review supports acupuncture for migraine prevention.

New review supports acupuncture for migraine prevention. Earlier in the  year I was looking at the evidence base for the use of acupuncture for migraine prevention.  At that time the Cochrane review of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis, rather disappointingly, concluded that, ”  evidence in support of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis was considered promising but insufficient”. …

Does Acupuncture Work?

  Does Acupuncture Work? Watch this short Australian documentary and find out for yourself: An Australian doctor finds acupuncture works for his sprained knee.  He talks to scientists investigating the study of acupuncture using functional MRI where the effect of acupuncture on the brain is used using state of the art technology.  A young mother…

Acupuncture reduces stress of infertility

Acupuncture reduces stress of infertility, according to Australian researchers. In a pilot study, 32 women with a history of infertility received six sessions of acupuncture over eight weeks. At the end of the intervention, women in the acupuncture group described the impact of acupuncture as positive. Significant changes on scores relating to infertility stress, and…

Moxibustion for labour

It is well known amongst acupuncturists that one of the best points for helping induce labour and helping the process and pain of early labour is Sanyinjiao (Sp 6).  Now Taiwanese researchers have found that moxibustion at Sp 6 may be able to markedly shorten the active phase of the first stage of labour and…

Could acupuncture help the recovery of Olympic athletes?

Could acupuncture help the recovery of Olympic athletes?  I was just reading through the research news section on the Journal of Chinese Medicine site and came across the following piece of research: Auricular acupuncture (AA) can enhance athletes’ recovery after strenuous exercise, suggests the results of a Taiwanese study. Twenty-four elite male university basketball players…

In Search of the Perfect Human Diet.

In Search of the Perfect Human Diet A new documentary, “In Search of the Perfect Human Diet”,  will be available in the next few days on DVD, click here to go to the website Asking the question of how we can respond to the rapidly escalating epidemic of obesity and chronic ill health in developed…

Acupuncture trials changes treatment.

Taking part in acupuncture trials changes the treatment. In an earlier post I wrote about how the placebo effect of acupuncture can be improved by the behaviour of the acupuncturist(s).  I have now come across a study which shows that taking part in an acupuncture trial changes the expectations and behaviour of participants and influences…

Acupuncture Placebo

Acupuncture placebo – does acupuncture work?     As an acupuncturist I dread talking about it socially, at least with the uninitiated.  I get asked Does it hurt and, does it work. The answers to both are more complex than they might appear but my pat answer is that most people find it surprisingly comfortable…