• Cupping used by Olympians

    | Published on 08 Aug | Posted in Feature | Comments (0) |

    Cupping used by 2016 Olympians to ease aches and pains and help with recovery...

    Why are some Olympians using it?

    Athletes say they are using it to ease aches and pains, and to help with recovery from the physical toil of constant training and competing.

    There are plenty of other recovery techniques competitors use - ncluding sports massage, sauna, ice baths and compression garments - but US gymnast Alex Naddour told USA Today that cupping was “better than any money I’ve spent on anything else…That’s been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy,” Naddour told the paper, adding that it had saved him from “a lot of pain”.


    Read the complete article on the BBC Website.

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  • Trust Me I’m A Doctor

    | Published on 20 Oct | Posted in General | Comments (0) |

    BBC Trust Me I'm a Doctor: "If your doctor suggests using acupuncture for back pain, I would consider it."

    BBC2 series ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’ (8pm, 15/10/14) showed Dr Hugh McPherson’s study on MRI scans and acupuncture treatments. McPherson’s studies are trying to discover what effects acupuncture has on the brain in relation to pain relief. Consistent MRI brain scan results show that the ‘pain matrix’ in the brain has a decrease in blood flow to it when the patient has acupuncture. Less blood flow here may explain why acupuncture helps with pain relief.  Dr Salehya Ashan concluded….“Acupuncture can have a measureable effect on pain levels…If your doctor suggests using acupuncture for back pain, I would consider it.”

    For more information on the series, check out the Open University website.

    And Hugh McPherson’s website.

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  • Zone Acupuncture in Alderley Edge

    | Published on 23 Jul | Posted in General | Comments (0) |

    As well as Didsbury in Manchester, Zone Acupuncture is now available in Alderley Edge, Cheshire...

    Zone acupuncture is extending its reach into Cheshire!  You can now come for acupuncture and massage at The Alderley Clinic, 48 South Street, Alderley Edge, SK9 7ES. Phone Pauline Moffatt on 07801 542 669 directly or call the landline 01625 586 229. 

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  • Acupuncture helps arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

    ‘Few complementary therapies help arthritis’
    By Michelle Roberts, Health editor, BBC News online

    Few complementary therapies appear to help musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis, say experts who have looked at the available trial evidence. Most alternative treatments have either not been scientifically tested or subjected to limited investigations, says Arthritis Research UK. Of 25 therapies, only a handful were judged to have enough medical evidence to support their use. These included acupuncture, massage, tai chi and yoga…

    ...For arthritis, they found 53 trials of 14 different therapies among nearly 6,000 patients. Only tai chi and acupuncture appeared to work. For fibromyalgia there were 50 trials of 17 different therapies in more than 3,000 patients. Acupuncture and massage came out top, closely followed by tai chi and relaxation therapy. For sore backs, yoga and acupuncture appeared the most effective, and there was some evidence to also support the use of osteopathy and relaxation therapy as well as the Alexander technique which focuses on posture and movement.

    You can read the full article on the BBC News website.

     

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  • New NICE guidelines recommend acupuncture for migraines and tension headaches.

    NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) have recently published guidelines suggest that GPs recommend acupuncture to patients suffering from chronic headaches. The guidelines suggest that GPs: “Consider a course of up to 10 sessions of acupuncture over 5-8 weeks for the prophylactic treatment of chronic tension-type headache.”

    Prof Martin Underwood said:“We would expect that to lead to more people getting acupuncture, but given there is good evidence to show this is effective for the prevention of both tension-type and migraine-type headaches then that is a good thing because people are getting access to an effective treatment.”

    Read the full article on the BBC News website, or read the
    NICE report headache guidelines.

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  • Acupuncture ‘could save knee ops’

    | Published on 28 Aug | Posted in General | Comments (0) |

    Acupuncture 'could save knee ops'

    MedWire - 21/08/12
    Nurse-led group acupuncture clinics for patients with knee osteoarthritis offer a cost-effective alternative to surgery, say researchers. The approach could save commissioning groups 100,000 pounds a year, claims the team.

    Having previously offered NHS acupuncture services, in 2008 St Albans and Harpenden practice-based commissioning group set up two acupuncture clinics specifically for knee pain, with nurses providing the treatment to groups of patients to save costs.

    In the first year of operation, 90 (79%) out of a total of 114 patients with a clinical or radiological diagnosis of osteoarthritis accepted the offer of acupuncture rather than direct referral to an orthopaedic surgeon.

    After 1 year, 41 (46%) patients were still attending, while 31 (34%) were still doing so at 2 years of follow-up, by which time they had received 27 treatments each, report study authors Dr Adrian White (Plymouth University) and colleagues in Acupuncture in Medicine. Patients had clinically significant improvements in knee pain and functional capacity measures at 1 month, which were sustained at 6-monthly assessments up to 2 years.

    Patients’ well-being did not change, however, and the authors concede that overall the data are “somewhat limited by the smaller number of responses”. Also, they note that over time GPs began referring patients who did not want or were not fit for surgery, meaning some patients who did not fit the usual criteria were included.

    Despite the concern that patients may deteriorate if surgery is delayed, the researchers conclude that their study “shows the practicability of offering a low-cost acupuncture service as an alternative to knee surgery and its success in achieving long-term symptom relief in about a third of patients”.

    In a related study published in the same journal, Dr Anthea Asprey (University of Exeter) and team report that participants in group acupuncture were generally accepting of the approach. They suggest that the group environment “could encourage new patients to persist with acupuncture treatment”.

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  • Low back pain studies

    | Published on 28 Mar | Posted in | Comments (0) |

    There have been several studies on acupuncture for non-specific, persistent low back pain.

    In May 2009 NICE guidelines recommended acupuncture for early, persistent non-specific lower back pain within the NHS.

    Several large clinical trials have been carried out on acupuncture for non-specific, low back pain:

    In 2007 MacPherson compared ‘Acupuncture and GP care’ with ‘Usual GP care’ in 241 patients and found that the group who received acupuncture were ”...more likely to report fewer concerns about their back pain, less likely to report current use of analgesics for their pain, and more likely to report no pain for the past 12 months…”. You can read the entire York Acupuncture for Back Pain Trial article here.     

    You may also want to read the Acupuncture may ease back pain article on the NHS Choices website.

    And the following news articles:

    ‘Scott Henshall: I’m scared of needles but acupuncture works’ article by Adrian Lee on the Express.co.uk website 16/2/10

    How’s your back? BBC Radio 4 - Eddie Mair’s Blog 27/5/09

    Needles ‘are best for back pain’, BBC News Online, 25/9/07

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  • The BAcC fully supports NICE's decision that acupuncture be made available on the NHS for persistent non-specific low back pain.

    The British Acupuncture Council, the UK’s largest professional body for the practice of acupuncture, fully supports NICE’s (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) decision that acupuncture be made available on the NHS for chronic lower back pain.

    Traditional acupuncture has been used for over 2,000 years to alleviate back pain and British Acupuncture Council members have for many many years been successfully treating patients for this condition either in private practice or working within the NHS. In effect, therefore, these new guidelines are a rubber stamp of the positive work already being undertaken as well as an endorsement of the wealth of research evidence now available in this area.

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  • Acupuncture effective for headaches

    | Published on 19 Oct | Posted in Feature | Comments (0) |

    Acupuncture relieves headaches

    Migraine Action - Acupuncture in the news

    Posted 28/01/09

    New research into the benefits of acupuncture has been featured in many newspaper articles, on GMTV and national TV news programmes over the past couple of days.

    A review of 33 trials, involving nearly 7,000 people, showed that patients who underwent the alternative therapy did experience relief from headaches and migraines

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  • Acupuncture is a 'valuable treatment' for people who suffer from tension headaches .

    Acupuncture for headache - a review, published by The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health, 1/3/09.

    Dr Adrian White is a Clinical Research Fellow at Peninsula Medical School. In this article, he summarises the findings of recent research on acupuncture for different types of headaches .

    Headaches are common - in fact, the most common symptom experienced by the human race. There are various causes of headache, and of course careful conventional diagnosis is necessary in case the headache arises from some dangerous disorder - in which case acupuncture is not appropriate.

    Most headaches fall into two general categories - tension type headache and migraine. These problems can persist for years. The two types of headache are clearly different, and most research investigates one or other type. In individual patients, however, it may be difficult to decide which type they have, and indeed some people may have both types together.

    Acupuncture is widely used as a prevention for tensionheadaches, and generally involves a course of treatment sometimes with continuing top up appointments.

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  • Acupuncture Aids Fertility Treatments

    | Published on 07 Oct | Posted in | Comments (0) |

    Acupuncture can help to raise success rate of IVF

    Acupuncture ‘helps women have babies’ Chinese treatment raises success rate of IVF
    Denis Campbell, Health Correspondent The Observer, Sunday 21 September 2008

    Women undergoing fertility treatment are far more likely to successfully give birth if they also have acupuncture, a major scientific study has concluded.

    The research found that women suffering with fertility problems who underwent the ancient Chinese treatment increased their chance of having a baby from one in five to one in three. Acupuncture involves inserting extremely fine needles into specific points on the body, along qi energy channels, to stimulate the body’s own healing system.

    The finding will offer hope to the 33,000 women a year who undertake IVF treatment, many of whom are willing to make any change to their lifestyle or health routine that might increase their chances of becoming a mother.

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  • NHS to promote acupuncture for back pain

    | Published on 16 Sep | Posted in Feature | Comments (0) |

    Millions of people who suffer from low back pain are to be given the right to ask for acupuncture on the NHS.

    GPs will be told to offer their patients the traditional Chinese practice, as well as other treatments like osteopathy and chiropracty, as an alternative to conventional remedies like exercise….

    Although some individual GPs currently refer patients for complementary treatments, the recommendation constitutes the first time the rationing body has encouraged its use. Its draft guidance says anyone whose pain persists for more than six weeks should be given a choice of several treatments, because the evidence about which works best is so uncertain…

    Paul Robin, chairman of the Acupuncture Society, a professional body representing practitioners, said the therapy worked “fantastically well” in relieving back pain.

    Read the full article and some of the controversy involved on the Telegraph website - NHS to promote acupuncture for back pain.

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  • Studies show that acupuncture can increase the production of seratonin in people with depression.

    British Acupuncture Council Factsheet on Depression by ARRC (Acupuncture Research Resource Centre).

    Depression is likely to result from a combination of genetic, biochemical, environmental, and psychological factors. It may be triggered by stressful events, such as bereavement, illness, relationship problems or financial difficulties.

    Research has shown that acupuncture treatment can help ameliorate the symptoms of depression. In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional wellbeing.

    Studies indicate that acupuncture can have a specific positive effect on depression by altering the brain’s mood chemistry, increasing production of serotonin (Sprott et al, 1998) and endorphins (Han, 1986). Acupuncture may also benefit depression by acting through other neurochemical pathways, including those involving dopamine (Scott et al, 1997), noradrenaline (Han, 1986), cortisol (Han et al, 2004) and neuropeptide Y (Pohl & Nordin, 2002).

    Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain which is responsible for anxiety and worry (Wu et al, 1999).

    Read the full article on recent acupuncture research for depression: British Acupuncture Council Factsheet on Depression by ARRC (Acupuncture Research Resource Centre).

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  • Acupuncture for sports injuries

    | Published on 21 Aug | Posted in | Comments (0) |

    Injured athletes who receive acupuncture are often able to return to training more quickly.

    British Acupuncture Council Factsheet on Sports Injuries by ARRC (Acupuncture Research Resource Centre).

    Injured athletes who receive acupuncture are often able to return to training more quickly than would otherwise be possible, and the treatment is therefore used by top sports people and athletes, including the British Rugby team, many Premiership football teams and the British Olympic team, to treat musculoskeletal problems. Since keeping the body in balance promotes more efficient training, acupuncture is also increasingly being used to enhance athletic performance.

    Research has shown that acupuncture treatment can promote resolution of injuries by:

    - providing pain relief (Pomeranz, 1987).

    - increasing local microcirculation (Komori et al, 2009) which aids dispersal of swelling and bruising.

    - suppression of the peripheral inflammatory response (Kim et al, 2008) and other anti-inflammatory mechanisms (Kavoussi & Ross, 2007, Zijlstra et al , 2003).

    - breaking down scar tissue - controlled microtrauma causes a local inflammatory response, which initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures.

    - promoting faster recovery after training sessions (Pan & Pan, 2007).

    Read the full article on recent acupuncture research for sports injuries -British Acupuncture Council Factsheet on Sports Injuries by ARRC (Acupuncture Research Resource Centre).

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