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Why journalists should take greater care when reporting on alternative health treatments

A couple of recent headlines dealing with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) caught our attention: “Acupuncture may be effective painkiller in the ER” — HealthDay News “New study shows promise of yoga in treating back pain” — CBSNews.com When it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. When we reviewed these stories, we […]

Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients: Study

The world's largest randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients. The study found acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing long-term relief for patients who came to emergency in considerable pain. Show More Summary

HKBU's clinical trial acupuncture proves effectiveness for weight control

(Hong Kong Bapstist University) The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University recently completed a clinical trial on the use of acupuncture for weight control. After an eight-week treatment, the participants' average...Show More Summary

Acupuncture beneficial for incontinence, not for infertility: Study

2 months agoHealth : Bel Marra Health

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that involves thin needles being inserted into the skin at specific points to promote healing. Studies on the benefits of acupuncture have yielded mixed results. In a recent study, researchers...Show More Summary

'As Good As Medication': Australian Scientists Prove Acupuncture Relieves Pain

The world's largest randomised controlled trial of the use of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients. Led by RMIT University, the study...Show More Summary

Medical News Today: Can daith piercings help with a migraine? What the experts say

What is a migraine, what is a daith piercing, and could one help with migraines? Learn about alternative treatments for migraines including acupuncture.

Acupuncture: A point in the right direction, or a stab in the dark?

Though some people surely benefit from acupuncture for the treatment of pain, its drawbacks (cost, length of treatment sessions, short duration of relief) mean that it may be a less effective choice than physical therapy or a medication. The post Acupuncture: A point in the right direction, or a stab in the dark? appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

How Acupuncture Can Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis

As well as conventional medications and therapies, many people with multiple sclerosis are turning to complementary and alternative treatments to find relief from their symptoms. MORE: Read our three tips for patients who have been recently...Show More Summary

Holistic Healing: Treating the Roots of Imbalance with Acupuncture

by Sophia Hartell, Acupuncturist At Mountainside, we believe in helping our clients heal mind, body, spirit. To that end, we combine traditional therapies with evidence-based, holistic treatments. In this new “Holistic Healing” column, we will highlight the many effective alternative modalities we use to care for our clients. People often ask me what got me … Continued

Making Some Valid Points About Acupuncture and MS

Have you ever used acupuncture?  I have a number of times and would do so more often if it were a medical service covered by my insurance. Unfortunately, for now, most complementary treatments we have available to help with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis are not covered by commercial insurance. Show More Summary

Electroacupuncture found to be highly effective for tinnitus treatment

5 months agoHealth : Bel Marra Health

Researchers in Sichuan, China have found that the use of acupuncture was effective for the treatment of tinnitus (ringing in the ears). The team found a significant positive improvement in patients by employing the use of electricalShow More Summary

Do patients want complementary and alternative treatments and will they pay cash for them?

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) While complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy are usually offered in outpatient settings, a new study has shown that the majority of hospitalized patients perceived such integrative services to be helpful.

Acupuncture might help prevent migraines

6 months agoHealth : Reuters: Health

(Reuters Health) - For people with a certain type of migraine headache, regular acupuncture treatments may help reduce the frequency of these debilitating attacks, a recent study from China suggests.

New Guidelines Recommend A Change In Treatment Of Low Back Pain

The American College of Physicians issued a new guideline for managing patients with low back pain this week, recommending nonpharmacologic approaches such as heat, massage and acupuncture as first-line treatment. This represents a change from their previous guideline published in 2007.

Acupuncture boosts effectiveness of standard medical care for chronic pain and depression

(University of York) Health specialists at the University of York have found than acupuncture treatment can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care, lessening the severity of chronic pain and depression.

Acupuncture boosts effectiveness of standard medical care for chronic pain, depression

Acupuncture treatment can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care, lessening the severity of chronic pain and depression, health specialists have found.

Federal center pays good money for suspect medicine

Feds dole out millions of dollars for questionable studies on treatments ranging from energy healing to acupuncture

Acupuncture lowers hypertension: Study

7 months agoHealth : Bel Marra Health

Research from the University of California, Irvine has shown that regular electroacupuncture treatments may help to lower high blood pressure, or hypertension. This acupuncture treatment works by increasing the number of opioids known...Show More Summary

Acupuncture may alleviate babies' excessive crying (infantile colic)

(BMJ) Acupuncture may be an effective treatment option for babies with infantile colic -- those who cry for more than three hours a day on three or more days of the week -- reveals research published online in Acupuncture in Medicin...

Will colicky babies benefit from acupuncture?

7 months agoHealth : Reuters: Health

(Reuters Health) - Colicky babies may cry less after treatment with a scaled-back version of acupuncture, according to a new study - but the results are controversial. Not everyone is convinced the needle therapy is beneficial for babies.

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