Background Acupuncture is a useful modality in the treatment of xerostomia in head and neck cancer patients. It is also useful in xerophthalmia secondary to Sjogren’s syndrome and other pathological circumstances.
Objectives To describe patients receiving acupuncture for xerophthalmia, and to establish a technique that is reproducible for practitioners.
Design Acupuncture techniques and case reports.
Main Outcome Measure Increase in tear fi
Studies show that, when used in conjunction with other modalities, acupuncture can provide effective relief for many MS symptoms.
Because MS damages myelin in the central nervous system, the disease interferes with messages between the body and the brain. Acupuncture can mediate the effects of this disease because it releases endorphins and peptides in the brain, which modulate sensory information between the brain and body.
In a survey conducted
In a single blind controlled trial of 51 patients with mild to moderately active Crohn's disease, 27 were randomly assigned to receive traditional acupuncture, and 24 to receive sham acupuncture at non-points. The true acupuncture group showed significantly greater improvements in the Crohn's disease activity index than the sham group, and significantly greater wellbeing scores. Serum markers of inflammation decreased in the traditional acupuncture group but not in the sham group.
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Abstract Purpose To observe the curative effect of acupuncture on ulcerative colitis.Methods and Results Sixty-two patients with ulcerative colitis were treated mainly by needle-warming moxibustion at Lower He-Sea points and Front-mu points, with the cooperation of syndomic differentiation-based selection of acupoints and oral administration of patent Chinese medicine. After treatment the total effective rate was 91.94% and T cell subgroups returned nearly to normal.Conclusion This tr
For most Americans, pain is becoming a way of life. A survey released by the Merck Corporation this April, for example, revealed that as many as nine out of 10 Americans suffer some sort of pain on a monthly or more frequent basis.1
One of the most interesting statistics to come from the Merck survey revealed that seven percent of American adults suffer from abdominal pain on a daily or near-daily basis.
In order to observe the therapeutic effects of acupuncture on diabetic gastroparesis, 80 cases were divided randomly into 3 groups. In addition to the routine treatment for diabetes, 35 cases in the treatment group were additionally treated with acupuncture, and 25 cases in the control group 1 with domperidone, while 20 cases in the control group 2 with nothing. The three groups were all observed for 25 days. The results turned out to be that the total effective rate in the treatment group reach
Background: Gastroparesis is a digestive disorder in which the motility of the stomach is either abnormal or absent. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, a feeling of fullness after only a few bites of food, bloating, excessive belching, and nausea. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used to treat a wide variety of visceral disorders.
Objective: To evaluate the clinical efficacy of TCM in treating patients with gastroparesis.
Design, Setting, and Patient: Single case (a 61-ye
Two small studies may shed some light on whether acupuncture, the ancient art of traditional Chinese medicine in which needles are used in pressure points on the body, may help alleviate heartburn. An Australian study of 14 heartburn-free volunteers found that electrical stimulation of an acupuncture point on the wrist reduced the number of times the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle relaxed. This may keep stomach acids from rising up in the esophagus (the cause of heartburn.) Normal
Although the cause of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is still unknown, there are treatments available on the market to help with the symptoms and perhaps even repair some of the tissue damage. The problem is one of side effects and limited effectiveness for all the current treatments.
A 2005 Taiwanese study reported in the American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology opened eyes by pointing to the effectiveness of electrical acupoint stimulation in reduc
Study Highlights the "Exceptional Usefulness" of Treatment
According to the National Headache Foundation, as many as 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches each year.1 Migraines can be caused by a variety of physical and environmental factors, including diet, stress, allergens, menstruation, and changes in the weather.