Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia: What is it? Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is one of the most common diagnoses encountered in any general medicine clinic.  The Mayo Clinic defines it as: Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful…

Acupuncture Study on Heart Rate Variability Proves True Acupuncture Better Than Sham

Real Acupuncture Better Than Sham Longtime followers of my blog will note that I have one basic underlying theme covering a good portion of the posts. Namely, that scientific evidence shows the difference between needling in true acupuncture points as opposed to non acupuncture points; and that needling produces different…

Acupuncture Effects Not Just Psychological

Acupuncture Effects – just in your mind? One of the knocks against acupuncture is that it’s effect is merely “psychological”.  The patient thinks he or she will get benefits from it, and therefore gets some form of the placebo effect and receives some therapeutic benefit.  Previous blog entries of mine…

Acupuncture for Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease Australia’s Centre for Digestive Diseases (link) defines Crohn’s as: Crohn’s Disease causes inflammation of the bowel. It most commonly affects the lower small intestine (ileum) and the large intestine (colon), but may involve any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus. The inflammation extends…

Acupuncture for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient stops breathing while sleeping.  Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common kind of sleep apnea.  WebMD has the following explanation: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — also called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome — occurs when there are repeated episodes of…

Acupuncture Improves Sleep in Postmenopausal Women

The Holy Grail in medical clinical research is the double-blind, placebo controlled study.  This is the one thing that skeptics claim acupuncture lacks.  Unfortunately for them this is not the case, as this abstract of an article published in the journal Climacteric shows: Climacteric. 2012 Sep 3. [Epub ahead of…

Research Shows Which Nerve Fibers Get the Point – Reposting

Another of my favorite posts from my previous blog, dated May 3, 2010.  (http://qi-spot.com/2010/05/03/research-shows-which-nerve-fibers-get-the-point/) Let the good times roll. Another study, as reported in various articles online, shows evidence that acupuncture works. Ho hum, what’s new? The difference is the method of evaluating the effect. Instead of asking patients, hey…