Publication Title: 
Age and Ageing

This guidance document reviews the epidemiology and management of pain in older people via a literature review of published research. The aim of this document is to inform health professionals in any care setting who work with older adults on best practice for the management of pain and to identify where there are gaps in the evidence that require further research.

Abdulla, Aza
Adams, Nicola
Bone, Margaret
Elliott, Alison M.
Gaffin, Jean
Jones, Derek
Knaggs, Roger
Martin, Denis
Sampson, Liz
Schofield, Pat
British Geriatric Society
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BACKGROUND: Current treatments for lymphedema after breast cancer treatment are expensive and require ongoing intervention. Clinical experience and our preliminary published results suggest that acupuncture is safe and potentially useful. This study evaluates the safety and potential efficacy of acupuncture on upper-limb circumference in women with lymphedema. METHODS: Women with a clinical diagnosis of breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) for 0.5-5 years and with affected arm circumference ≥2 cm larger than unaffected arm received acupuncture treatment twice weekly for 4 weeks.

Cassileth, Barrie R.
Van Zee, Kimberly J.
Yeung, K. Simon
Coleton, Marci I.
Cohen, Sara
Chan, Yi H.
Vickers, Andrew J.
Sjoberg, Daniel D.
Hudis, Clifford A.
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PloS One

PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), postvoid residual urine (PVR), and maximum urinary flow rate (Qmax), and explore the difference between EA at acupoints and non-acupoints in patients with moderate to severe benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Men with BPH and IPSS ≥8 were enrolled. Participants were randomly allocated to receive EA at acupoint (treatment group, n = 50) and EA at non-acupoint (control group, n = 50).

Wang, Yang
Liu, Baoyan
Yu, Jinna
Wu, Jiani
Wang, Jing
Liu, Zhishun
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Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the therapeutic effect of scalp electroacupuncture for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in the early stage. METHODS: Two hundred and thirty three MCI patients were randomly divided into three groups: the drug group, the scalp electroacupuncture group, and the syndrome differentiation group. For the scalp electroacupuncture group, the points of Baihui (DU 20), Sishecong (EX-HN1), Fengchi (GB 20), and Shenting (DU 24) were selected.

Zhang, Hong
Zhao, Ling
Yang, Sha
Chen, Zhigang
Li, Yingkun
Peng, Xiaohong
Yang, Yulong
Zhu, Manjia
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Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To explore the short and long-term efficacy of combining Fuzhengliqi mixture (FLM) with acupuncture in treating functional constipation (FC). METHODS: The 560 patients with confirmed diagnosis of FC were randomly assigned to four groups: FLM group, acupuncture group, combined therapy group, and control group. There were 140 cases in each group.

Zhang, Chaoxian
Guo, Like
Guo, Xiaofeng
Li, Guangyan
Guo, Xiaohe
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The New England Journal of Medicine
Wu, Jashin J.
Caperton, Caroline
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BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Like any other form of healthcare, acupuncture takes place in a particular context which can enhance or diminish treatment outcomes (i.e. can produce contextual effects). Patients' expectations of acupuncture might be an important component of contextual effects, but we know relatively little about the origins and nature of patients' expectations or wider preconceptions about acupuncture. Our aim was to identify the processes the underpin patients' decisions to try acupuncture and thus begin to tease out the origins and nature of patients' preconceptions.

Bishop, Felicity L.
Lewith, George T.
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Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica

The efficacy of acupuncture and moxibustion treatment was examined on eight female patients with refractory interstitial cystitis (IC) who had been treated conservatively with hydrodistension, intravesical instillation of dimethyl sulfoxide, or oral medication. These patients had received hydrodistension on an average of 2.3±1.8 times. Moxa needles were applied to Ciliao in bladder meridian 32 and Xialiao in bladder meridian 34, and electroacupuncture was performed on Zhongliao in bladder meridian 33 at 3 Hz for 20 min once a week.

Katayama, Yuichi
Nakahara, Kozue
Shitamura, Takahiro
Mukai, Shoichiro
Wakeda, Hironobu
Yamashita, Yasuhiro
Inoue, Katsumi
Nose, Kiyotaka
Kamoto, Toshiyuki
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BACKGROUND: Lateral epicondylitis is the most frequent cause of pain around the elbow joint. It causes pain in the region of the elbow joint and results in dysfunction of the elbow and deterioration of the quality of life. The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of ipsilateral acupuncture, contralateral acupuncture and sham acupuncture on lateral epicondylitis. METHODS/DESIGN: Forty-five subjects with lateral epicondylitis will be randomized into three groups: the ipsilateral acupuncture group, contralateral acupuncture group and the sham acupuncture group.

Shin, Kyung-Min
Kim, Joo-Hee
Lee, Seunghoon
Shin, Mi-Suk
Kim, Tae-Hun
Park, Hyo-Ju
Lee, Min-Hee
Hong, Kwon-Eui
Lee, Seungdeok
Choi, Sun-Mi
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Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVES: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology was used to study changes to the resting state blood flow in the brains of patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) before and after treatment with moxibustion at the acupoint of the left Dubi (ST 35) and to probe the cerebral mechanism underlying the effect of moxibustion. METHODS: The resting state brain function of 30 patients with left KOA was scanned with fMRI before and after treatment with moxibustion.

Xie, Hongwu
Xu, Fangming
Chen, Rixin
Luo, Tianyou
Chen, Mingren
Fang, Weidong
Lü, Fajin
Wu, Fei
Song, Yune
Xiong, Jun


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