Acupuncture Points

Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

One fundamental question that is still not resolved is whether acupuncture needles must be inserted in specific points to have their greatest effects. In the majority of large RCTs recently conducted in Germany, acupuncture was significantly more effective than doing nothing but not than sham acupuncture. Only for one study of chronic knee pain was acupuncture superior to sham. Brain imaging with functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) may be helpful but is still in its early stages.

Author(s): 
Campbell, Anthony
Publication Title: 
Oral Diseases

OBJECTIVE: The objective is to analyse the treatment procedures used in the individual studies to identify any similarities of therapeutic approaches and subsequently present recommendations for a standard acupuncture procedure for the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). MATERIALS: Literature searches performed by the Royal Society of Medicine and the University Library, Copenhagen were able to identify 74 publications regarding the use of acupuncture in dentistry. Among them 14 papers concerned the use of acupuncture in the treatment of TMD.

Author(s): 
Rosted, P.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVES: This survey was undertaken to learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturists' diagnose and treat patients with chronic low back pain in order to develop a standardized treatment for a clinical trial of that condition. DESIGN: We surveyed a randomly selected group of 56 acupuncturists in Washington State, USA about styles of acupuncture they used for treating chronic low back pain, diagnoses made, and key features of treatment for this condition.

Author(s): 
Sherman, K. J.
Hogeboom, C. J.
Cherkin, D. C.
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) are common complications following surgery and anaesthesia. Drug therapy to prevent PONV is only partially effective. An alternative approach is to stimulate a P6 acupoint on the wrist. Although there are many trials examining this technique, the results are conflicting. OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy and safety of P6 acupoint stimulation in preventing PONV.

Author(s): 
Lee, A.
Done, M. L.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: The United Kingdom has had a significant increase in addiction to and use of cocaine among 16-29-year olds from 6% in 1998 to 10% in 2000. In 2000, the United Kingdom had the highest recorded consumption of "recent use" cocaine in Europe, with 3.3% of young adults. Acupuncture is quick, inexpensive, and relatively safe, and may establish itself as an important addiction service in the future.

Author(s): 
D'Alberto, Attilio
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

Since the early 1970s, acupuncture has been the subject of multiple animal experiments and randomized clinical trials. Our understanding of acupuncture from both the clinical and mechanistic perspectives has, as a result, grown tremendously. Yet the final word on acupuncture as a therapy remains mixed, largely due to the contradictory nature of the evidence. With some exception, what clinical conditions would benefit and how acupuncture physiologically operates remains unclear.

Author(s): 
Ahn, Andrew C.
Kaptchuk, Ted J.
Publication Title: 
Zhongguo Zhen Jiu = Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion

In the present paper, the authors review the influences of time factor in single treatment session, duration of needle retention and needling sequence on acupuncture effects in literatures of recent 20 years. In the aspect of relation between the duration of needle retention and acupuncture effect, more is laid on the exploring the proper duration of needle retention for different diseases through clinical and experimental researches.

Author(s): 
Ma, Liang-Xiao
Zhu, Jiang
Publication Title: 
Zhongguo Zhen Jiu = Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the therapeutic effect and safety of acupoint sticking therapy for facial paralysis. METHODS: Search the literatures in the whole paper databank of China figure medical library (Jan. 1994-Dec. 2004) and China Biomedical Literature Disk Databank (Jan. 1995-Dec. 2004). Meta-analysis was conducted with RevMan 4. 2. 5 software. RESULTS: Sixteen controlled trials involving 2 157 patients were included. Meta-analysis indicated that there was high statistically difference between the acupoint sticking therapy and simple acupuncture therapy or Western medicine therapy.

Author(s): 
Zhou, Xian-Gang
Yang, Chuang
Yang, Li-Xia
Zhong, Qu
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: There have been recent advances in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting using 5-HT(3) inhibitors and dexamethasone. However, many still experience these symptoms, and expert panels encourage additional methods to reduce these symptoms. OBJECTIVES: The objective was to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture-point stimulation on acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in cancer patients.

Author(s): 
Ezzo, J. M.
Richardson, M. A.
Vickers, A.
Allen, C.
Dibble, S. L.
Issell, B. F.
Lao, L.
Pearl, M.
Ramirez, G.
Roscoe, Ja
Shen, J.
Shivnan, J. C.
Streitberger, K.
Treish, I.
Zhang, G.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: In 1998, the National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement on Acupuncture concluded that promising results have emerged showing the efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. The acupuncture point, P6 had been the point used in most of the trials. OBJECTIVES: To summarize Cochrane systematic reviews assessing P6 stimulation for nausea and vomiting. RESULTS: Reviews were found on postoperative sickness, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting.

Author(s): 
Ezzo, Jeanette
Streitberger, Konrad
Schneider, Antonius

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