• 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 ‘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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  • 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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