Acupuncture In The News

This week I’m bringing you some new acupuncture in the news studies that have been released.  These are all common conditions that affect millions of people everyday.

First up…

Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis

New research indicates acupuncture is an effective and safe treatment for heel pain.  Pain on the back of the heel often indicates achilles tendinitis and pain on the underside of the heel often indicates plantar fasciitis.  I have many people that come in with a history of plantar fasciitis.  And I know that I have always had a good track record in treating this condition.  Conventional Western therapy usually includes corticosteroid injections, can you say painful?!  My tiny needles are no comparison and have a great effect in this condition. (1)

Post-Surgical Shoulder Pain

Acupuncture found effective for post-surgical shoulder pain.  They differentiated between acupuncture and other pain reduction interventions by comparing patients taking analgesic medications and patients receiving only acupuncture treatments. They found that acupuncture demonstrated significant reductions in both local and whole body pain. (2)

Knee Osteoarthritis

A new study shows acupuncture relieves knee osteoarthritis.  Researchers conclude that acupuncture has a significant curative effect on patients with knee osteoarthritis. This condition often involves joint pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased range of motion and the formation of bone spurs. More than 27 million people in the U.S. have osteoarthritis with the knee being one of the most commonly affected areas. In this recent study, the researchers from a community hospital in Beijing treated 200 cases of knee osteoarthritis using acupuncture. The overall effective rate was 98%.  98% is a pretty effective rate of relief! (3)

Alzheimer’s Disease Benefits

MRI imaging reveals that acupuncture enhances brain activity in Alzheimer disease (AD) patients. Researchers investigated the effects of two important acupuncture points on the human brains of Alzheimer disease patients using fMRI imaging with a SIEMENS verio 3-Tesla scanner. The researchers discovered that acupuncture “can enhance the hippocampal connectivity in AD patients.”

The hippocampus is an area of the brain involved in processing emotions, memory and the autonomic nervous system. The researchers note that the MRI scans demonstrate that acupuncture “increased connectivity” in the hippocampus in patients with AD. Alzheimer’s disease damages the hippocampus resulting in memory loss, cognitive dysfunction, dementia and disorientation. The study suggests that acupuncture may provide important clinical benefits to AD patients.  (4)

Considering the escalating number of people affected by this disease, this is good news.

Infertility to Pregnancy with Acupuncture & Herbs

A new clinical study concludes that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have potent effects in reversing infertility. Several types of patients suffering from infertility participated in the study including those using IVF, IUI and those using no biomedical assistance.  All types showed significantly improved successful pregnancy rates.

The researchers cited prior investigations measuring the biological mechanisms by which acupuncture enhances fertility. The researchers note that beta-endorphins and related neurotransmitters stimulated by acupuncture causes the secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). This exerts a regulatory effect on the menstrual cycle and ovulation. Acupuncture has been shown to enhance the micro-circulation of blood in the uterus through the inhibition of excess sympathetic nerve activity in the uterus. The researchers also note that their research is consistent with another investigation finding acupuncture successful in improving IVF outcomes.  All types showed significantly improved successful pregnancy rates.  (5)

Acupuncture Proven to Reduce Pain

According the Journal of the American Medical Association, acupuncture effectively reduces pain.  Acupuncture groups had significantly greater reductions of pain than both non-treatment control groups and sham (imitation/placebo) control acupuncture groups in multiple high quality studies. Specifically, acupuncture was found effective for reducing pain associated with osteoarthritis, chronic headache, shoulder pain, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain, neck pain and back pain. (6)

For more information on these studies, see the links below.

1) Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis

(2) Shoulder Pain

(3)  Knee Osteoarthritis

(4) Alzheimer’s Disease

(5) Infertility & Pregnancy

(6) Pain Reduction




This entry was written by Dr. Shelly Masters , posted on Tuesday April 22 2014at 03:04 pm , filed under Acupuncture, Health News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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