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July 29, 2005

Acupuncture News Bonanza!

All the major news agencies are scooping stories on Acupuncture left and right this week, and all of them mostly positive.

Acupuncture May Improve Sperm Quality - Fertility and Sterility is posting an article claiming that men treated with "standard" Acupuncture points showed marked improved in sperm count and quality. The news orgs are all short coming in details about the study.

Acupuncture May Relieve Tension Headaches - German researchers have basically replicated the previous migraine study for use with tension headaches. They found identical findings. Acupuncture dramatically decreased the severity and frequency of headaches with long standing results. However, their sham group, also did very well. What kills me is that the sham group used similar points but only inserted the needles just under the skin. How that qualifies as sham I have no freaking idea.

Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of AIDS Drugs - One of my old intern locations, the Aids Care Project/Pathways to Wellness in Boston studied HIV positive and AIDS patient's reported side effects. The study showed that not only did Acupuncture decrease known adverse events from the meds, but also promoted compliance with the medications. Interesting design by using a 3 week course of focused Acupuncture, then 3 weeks of non-standard to see if there was a difference. This was presented to the International Aids Society.

Posted by Admin at July 29, 2005 10:49 AM


Maybe it would be of interest, to have a link to www.gerac.de, a big german acupuncture study

Posted by: J. Schmidt at August 6, 2005 08:42 AM