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Recent Progresses in Acupuncture Study

March 22, 2006
Lin Pan, CA Licensed Acupuncturist
Acupuncture Eases Headache Pain, Study Shows
The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture has proven to be an effective treatment for tension headache. It not only relieves pain, but also cuts rates of recurrence by almost half, indicates research published in the August 2005 issue of BMJ (British Medical Journal).
Acupuncture Lessens Pain of Knee Osteoarthritis, Improves Function
There is new, persuasive evidence that acupuncture, the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve health and well-being, is an effective complement to standard care for providing pain relief and functional improvement to people suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee. The positive findings are the result of a landmark study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), both components of the National Institutes of Health.
Acupuncture May Help Lower High Blood Pressure
"Electroacupuncture," a form of acupuncture that incorporates low levels of electrical stimulation, has been found to reduce elevations in blood pressure by as much as 50 percent, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Applied Physiology. "This study suggests that acupuncture can be an excellent complement to other medical treatments, especially for those treating the cardiac system," said Dr. John C. Longhurst, director of the Samueli Center and study leader.
Acupuncture Eases Recovery Following Breast Surgery
Duke University Medical Center researchers have found that acupuncture is more effective in reducing nausea than the leading medication prescribed for patients recovering from major breast surgery. The findings are based on a clinical trial said to be the first of its kind.
Acupuncture Superior to Ultrasound for Shoulder Impingement
The results of the study showed that while patients in both groups improved, patients who received acupuncture reported greater improvement than ultrasound patients, suggesting that acupuncture is "more efficacious," especially when applied along with home exercises. Physical Therapy 2005;85(6):490-501.
Acupuncture provides relief of Dry Mouth
"Typical treatment options for dry mouth have been short-term at best," according to Warren M. Morganstein, DDS, MPH, and associate dean at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland Dental School. "Studies have found that acupuncture was a viable option to successfully treat dry mouth pain in patients and provide long-term relief."


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