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Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Meta Analysis

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not just “feeling tired”.  WebMD (link) defines it as: “..a condition that makes you feel so tired that you can’t do all of your normal, daily activities. There are other symptoms too, but being very tired is the main one.” “..Your tiredness is real. It’s not […]

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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 have enumerated various scientific journal […]

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Acupuncture For Bladder Control in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Spinal Cord Injury, Bladder and Bowel Control Spinal cord injury is truly a traumatic experience.  By traumatic I mean more than just the physical damage caused, but I also mean the added psychological burden on patients and their caregivers.  Not only must people deal with motor and sensory problems that prevent one from doing tasks […]

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Biased Journalism About Acupuncture Again

A Ridiculous Headline A recent study, which I myself blogged about (Acupuncture in Complementary Cancer Care: Easing Joint Pain From Breast Cancer Treatment, 25 November 2013, link) is making it’s rounds in the mainstream media news.  The study basically says that both real and sham acupuncture has noticeable effects.  Some news outlets reported the study […]

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Pre-Operative Acupuncture to Prevent Opioid-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

I have often mentioned to my medical students that the acupoint PC 6 Neiguan is among the acupuncture points most frequently studied in western medicine.  Here is a newer study from Korea entitled: Electroacupuncture on PC6 prevents opioid-induced nausea and vomiting after laparoscopic surgery. This is from the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine. Methods are as […]

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Pre-Op Jitters? Acupuncture Helps!

I recall the story of a famous surgeon. He was a reputed miracle worker whose talent with the scalpel was unparalleled. Countless lives were saved under his care in the operating room. Imagine my surprise, then, when he once told my father (who then obviously told me the story later on), that when the time […]

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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 print] Acupuncture improves sleep in […]

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Scientific Proof of Five Transporting Points Selection in Acupuncture

One of the things that has always bothered me as a practitioner trained in both western medicine and Chinese medicine is how to explain some of the less savory aspects of acupuncture theory to skeptics.  Previous research done in the 70s has shown the physiological effects of inserting an acupuncture needle per se into the […]

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