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December 27, 2008

Acupuncture and Sham Provide Relief for Pregnancy Pelvic Pain

A recently published study examined the effects of acupuncture in addition to traditional treatment for pelvic girdle pain (PGP) during pregnancy. Both sham and needle acupuncture assisted in the decrease of pain and increased ability of daily activity after 8 weeks of treatment.

Abstract: International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology December, 2008

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December 14, 2008

Acupuncture Has An Effect Beyond Placebo

A study recently conducted by Harvard researches shows that acupuncture has an effect beyond just a placebo.

The effect of traditionally applied acupuncture in 12 "acupuncture-naive" subjects (6 male, 6 female) was observed by monitoring fMRI and PET of the brain. The use of real acupuncture versus sham applied acupuncture showed an alteration in the opioid systems in the brain, suggesting that acupuncture as actually have a real affect on pain sensory and relief systems.

Abstract: Behavioral Brain Research November, 2008

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December 09, 2008

Acupuncture More Effective Than Drugs for Chronic Headaches

Duke University researchers report that acupuncture works better than drugs (like aspirin) to reduce severity and frequency of chronic headaches.

The Duke team analyzed data from 30 studies which included 4,000 patients. The results of the meta-study were that 62% reported relief with the treatment of acupuncture, while with drugs only 45% reported relief.

The Duke team, led by anesthesiologist Tong Joo Gan, said data demonstrates clearly the efficacy of acupuncture.

"Acupuncture is becoming a favorable option for a variety of purposes ranging from enhancing fertility to decreasing post-operative pain because people experience significantly fewer side effects and it can be less expensive than other options," Gan told Duke University News Service. "This analysis reinforces that acupuncture also is a successful source of relief from chronic headaches."

Abstract: Analgesia and Anesthesia December, 2008

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