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February 15, 2009

Acupuncture, Even Sham, May Alleviate Headache?

A meta-analysis published by the Cochrane Collaboration explains the similarities and differences between 11 studies with 2317 participants. Studies corroborated on statistically significant short-term benefits. Small but statistically significant benefits of acupuncture over sham were found for response as well as for several other outcomes.

A very similar meta-analysis study published by different authors to the British Medical Journal that reviews 13 trials with 3025 participants explains similar results, although stops short of clearly attributing pain relief due to acupuncture or sham.

Abstract: Cochrane Review, January 21 2009

Abstract: British Medical Journal, January 27, 2009

These reviews are definitely stimulating more discussions about study methodology and future studies - BMJ Rapid Response

Posted by mpence at 10:23 PM

February 05, 2009

2009 Nuherbs Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

200902051312.jpgBack in 2000, this site helped me win the Nuherbs scholarship while I was still a student at NESA. It went on hiatus from 2001-2007, but have since revived it and have now even expanded it. If you're a student at an accredited or candidate school, you qualify.

Scholarship Application

From Nuherbs:

The 2009 nuherbs Scholarship Program is offering three Chinese medicine and Acupuncture scholarships to aid three Acupuncture students in their studies.

1) nuherbs Scholarship: $2,000.00

2) Herbal Times Scholarship: $1,500.00

3) Jade Dragon Scholarship: $1000.00

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

1) A current student with a minimum cumulative G.PA. of 3.0

2) Attend a participating ACAOM accredited acupuncture school.

3) Submit a completed application, including an essay to your school´s financial aid office by April 6, 2009.

Posted by Admin at 01:10 PM | Comments (0)

February 01, 2009

Meta-analysis Completed on Obesity

The International Journal of Obesity published a review of 31 studies on the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of obesity. 3013 individual cases where acupuncture was used to reduce body weight were analyzed.

Significant reduction of average body weight ( 95% confidence interval, CI ) of 1.72 kg ( 0.50–2.93 kg ) and was associated with an improvement in obesity ( relative risk=2.57; 95% CI, 1.98–3.34 ). Acupuncture significantly reduced a body weight of 1.56 kg ( 0.74–2.38 kg ), on average, compared to placebo or sham treatments. Acupuncture also showed more improved outcomes for body weight ( mean difference=1.90 kg; 1.66–2.13 kg ), as well as for obesity ( relative risk=1.13; 1.04–1.22 ), than conventional medication.

Abstract: International Journal of Obesity, January 13 2009

Posted by mpence at 09:15 AM