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Harvard Researchers Propose Systems Connection in Acupuncture

Harvard University's renown fascia researcher Helene Langevin, MD, and co-author Rosa Schnyer, PhD, LAc propose that elements of classical acupuncture "are related to important 21st century advances in physiology and medicine, including systems biology, cross-system integration, matrix biology and mechanotherapeutics."

http://www.sciencenewsline.com/news/2017042816490031.html

When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes

Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment.

https://www.propublica.org/article/when-evidence-says-no-but-doctors-say-yes

FDA proposes that doctors learn about acupuncture for pain management

The Food and Drug Administration released proposed changes Wednesday to its blueprint on educating health care providers about treating pain. The guidelines now recommend that doctors get information about chiropractic care and acupuncture as therapies that might help patients avoid prescription opioids.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/fda-proposes-doctors-learn-acupuncture-pain-management/

Presence of caffeine reversibly interferes with efficacy of acupuncture-induced analgesia

Patients have heard me advise against caffeine for a variety of reasons, such as it alters their pulse which can diminish treatment accuracy. Now we have a physiological explanation as to how caffeine interferes with the biological mechanisms and efficacy of acupuncture! It's best to cut out caffeine altogether but barring that, try to avoid it 48hrs before and at least 24hrs after an acupuncture treatment for optimal results.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-03542-x

Knee Arthritis Got You Down? Acupuncture Can Bring Relief

Across the country, doctors are striving to avoid prescribing medication, particularly opioids, for chronic pain. Research shows acupuncture to be a cost-effective way to treat pain with very little risk for the patient.

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/07/knee-arthritis-got-you-down-acupuncture-can-bring-relief/

Acupuncture for the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis

A systematic review just published in the BMJ's Acupuncture in Medicine found that acupuncture helps patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, reducing symptoms, relapse and improving quality of life.
http://aim.bmj.com/content/early/2017/07/07/acupmed-2016-011205

Acupuncture punctures period pain: study

"Our pilot study found that using manual stimulation of the needles, rather than an electrical pulse, commonly used in many Chinese studies for period pain, resulted in reduced need for pain-relieving medication and improvement in secondary symptoms such as headaches and nausea," said Dr Mike Armour, a postdoctoral research fellow at Western Sydney University's National Institute of Complementary Medicine.
https://nz.news.yahoo.com/acupuncture-punctures-period-pain-study-214932539--spt.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb

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