Rewiring the brain with acupuncture by Dr Mike Cummings (BMJ)

For some time, a group on the US east coast have been quietly scanning brains with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and related techniques to examine the effects of acupuncture. They hit the headlines in rather a dramatic manner in 2017.[1,2] At the beginning of the fMRI story we saw some extraordinary claims concerning point… Read more »

Battlefield Acupuncture

The ancient practice of acupuncture has gained traction in recent years, taking steps toward being legitimized among medical professionals. Now, the practice is being increasingly used among the Air Force’s health providers as a way to reduce pain in troops who have been wounded in battle. Battlefield Acupuncture – Red Orbit, 30 January 2009 Course of… Read more »

Acupuncture in Australia and the way forward

A number of clinical trials of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis, pain and women’s health were carried out in Australia. Recent developments of acupuncture in Australia indicate that through adequate and appropriate evaluation, acupuncture begins to integrate into mainstream health care in Australia. Chinese Medical Journal – 29 Apr 2009

Acupuncture May Help Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

A pilot study shows that acupuncture may help people with post-traumatic stress disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters,… Read more »

Low back pain: early management of persistent non-specific low back pain

A report by the NHS National Institute for Health and Excellence (NICE) suggests that Acupuncture can be used in the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain NICE – May 2009

Acupuncture improves quality of life for arthritis patients

Acupuncture significantly improves osteoarthritis symptoms and the quality of life of those suffering from the disease, according to a new German study. The researchers from the University Medical Centre in Berlin recruited 3,553 patients with chronic pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. Nursing Times – Sept 2009

Acupuncture could help period pain

Acupuncture may be an effective way of easing severe period pain, a South Korean review of 27 studies suggests. This latest review involved 27 studies – which included nearly 3,000 women.

Acupuncture for the induction of labour: a double-blind randomised controlled study

Dr Zeisler and Dr Husslein state that, ‘acupuncture in obstetrics is drug-free, clinically effective and cost-effective’. Furthermore, the recent conclusion by Dr Smith and Dr Cochrane4 justifies further studies on acupuncture. It states that, ‘evidence is beginning to consolidate that acupuncture may assist with the management of some complaints during pregnancy. However, definitive conclusions about its… Read more »

Acupuncture may help with sleep apnea

Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 122–123, June 2011