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February 29, 2008

Acupuncture Cost-Effectively Relieves Menstrual Cramping

A study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that patients (649 women, 201 randomized) given fifteen treatments over three months had a significant decrease in average pain intensity during their menstrual cycle as compared to the control group. The costs were slightly higher, but the pain was successfully treated, making the treatment cost-effective.

Interestingly enough, this study was funded by a group of German health insurance companies.

A summary of the study can be found here.

Posted by mpence at 01:35 PM

February 22, 2008

Acupuncture in the Mainstream from USA to Russia

A follow-up editorial to a study published last September about back pain and acupuncture treatments. News travels slow sometimes even on the internet, but it does travel and find its way to small and large towns around the world.

A regular small town news group is commenting on the benefits of acupuncture treatments. So alternative medicine therapies are making their way into mainstream America.

A great editorial about acupuncture was even written in the Moscow News as "reluctant converts" are starting to accept and embrace Traditional Chinese Medicine in Russia's changing culture.

Posted by mpence at 01:28 PM

February 15, 2008

Facial Rejuvenation Alternatives

According to a story published in the U.K., the Northern College of Acupuncture, in Micklegate, York, will begin offering acupuncture treatments to patients to alleviate symptoms of facial aging. The story references an International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture article that claims a 90% result after just one treatment.

The article is here.

Similar beneficial facial acupuncture results were also described in a 2005 Aesthetic Surgery Journal article.

Posted by mpence at 11:56 AM

February 08, 2008

In Vitro Fertilization Success Rate Given a Boost with Acupuncture

A meta-analysis of seven research trials published in the British Medical Journal by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the VU University Amsterdam finds a 65% increase in in vitro Fertilization compared to sham acupuncture or no treatment. All the women in the studies received acupuncture immediately before or immediately after the embryo transfer.

The acupuncture treatment is thought to affect the autonomic nervous system, which is involved in the control of muscles and glands. The treatment may make the lining of the uterus more receptive to receiving an embryo.

The researchers concluded: "Current preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture given with embryo transfer improves rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF)."

View the British Medical Journal news release for all the details.

20080308 - Information provided by a non-profit statistics organization, has clarified that the information in this study should be better clarified. According to Stats.org, the increase in fertilization success should be about 10%, or 1 increased successful fertilization for every 10 treated with acupuncture, according to the statistic methods used. Thanks to Stats.org for taking the time to clarify this.

Posted by mpence at 12:19 PM