• 7 reasons why acupuncture is good for a migraine

acuandherbs• A systematic Cochrane review supports acupuncture for a migraine

A systematic review of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis, conducted by Cochrane in 2016, included 4,985 participants in 25 randomised controlled trials, firmly placing it among the most well-studied treatments.

The review found that adding acupuncture to symptomatic treatment of attacks reduces the frequency of headaches. Contrary to previous findings, the updated evidence also suggested that there is an effect on the sham, but this effect is small. Sham is simply a diluted form of acupuncture, not a placebo, so the difference would not be expected to be large.

It also showed that the available trials also suggested that acupuncture may be at least similarly effective as treatment with prophylactic drugs. Acupuncture can be considered an option for patients willing to undergo this treatment, the review concluded.

• 7 reasons why acupuncture is good for a migraine:

1, It provides pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Zhao 2008, Pomeranz, 2001)

2, It reduces inflammation- increasingly there is evidence that inflammation is associated with a migraine. Acupuncture promotes the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors that can counter this (Kim, 2008; Kavoussi, 2007; Zijlstra, 2003).

3, It reduces the degree of cortical spreading depression – This is an electrical wave in the brain associated with a migraine. (Shi, 2010). 

4, It reduces plasma levels of calcitonin gene-related peptide and substance – These are pain-signaling neuropeptides that may be implicated in the pathophysiology of a migraine. (Shi, 2010). 

5, It modulates extracranial and intracranial blood flow – changes in cranial blood flow don’t necessarily initiate migraine pain but may contribute to it. (Park, 2009)

6, It affects serotonin levels in the brain – serotonin may be linked both to the initiation of migraines and to the relief of acute attacks (through triptans, drugs that promote seretonin levels). (Zhong, 2007)

7, It increases local microcirculation – This aids the dispersal of swelling. (Komori, 2009)

 

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• Acupuncture work for menstrual cramps

Period pain is common and a normal part of your menstrual cycle. Up to 20% of women suffer from cramping severe enough to interfere with daily activities – and many menstruating women grimace through their pain in silence. For women who do speak up, their pain is often downplayed or ignored.

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A new study led by Australian researchers tests the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments in relieving period pain.  The study was conducted by Dr. Mike Armour, of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at Western Sydney University in Australia, and his colleagues from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland, also in Australia. Their findings were published in the journal PLOS One.

It was found that the women undergoing acupuncture more frequently experienced more significant improvements in period pain intensity and related symptoms, as well as in overall quality of life.

Twelve treatments were carried out either once or three times a week over three menstrual cycles.

The study found that using manual stimulation of the needles, rather than an electrical acupuncture resulted in reduced need for pain-relieving medication and improvement in secondary symptoms.

More than half the women undergoing manual acupuncture experienced a decrease in period pain and related symptoms of up to 50 percent. The women reported significant reductions in ‘peak pain’ during the first three days of their period and in “average pain” experienced over their entire period, with the effects sustained for 12 months.

The treatment was grounded in traditional Chinese medicine practices as well as the Zang Fu system, which identifies the unique attributes of each organ and the ways in which they relate to each other.

Although customisation of acupuncture points was applied according to TCM differential diagnostics, most commonly used acupuncture points are:

Sanyinjiao (SP6)
Zusanli (ST36)
Guanyuan (CV4)
Qihai (CV6)

Other Chinese medicine treatments such as: Chinese Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion, TuiNa massage are also very effective in treating Period Pain.

 


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• Could acupuncture cure YOUR hot flushes?

A new research suggests women could halve the number of hot flushes they endure by turning to acupuncture.

In the study, more than 200 women who had on average at least four hot flashes or night sweats a day were divided into two groups.

One group received 20 acupuncture treatments over a period of six months, while the other group received no acupuncture or any other alternative remedies.

Of the 170 women who received acupuncture, nearly half (47 per cent) reported a 47 per cent in frequency of hot flushes, within eight weeks.

And one in eight (12 per cent) reported an 85 per cent drop in the number they experienced. One in 25 (four per cent) claimed the ancient Chinese treatment cured them of the feverish flushes completely.

The study was published in the journal Menopause.


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• Study shows Chinese herbs helps patients with type 2 diabetes

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According to Diabetes.co.uk , more than 2.7 million people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the UK, whilst a further 750,000 people are believed to have the symptoms but are yet to be diagnosed with the disease. Uncontrolled diabetes increases your risk of long-term health problems,even death significantly. On top of it , diabetes increases the risk of conditions like heart attach, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney failure and blindness.

Daily mail reported early this year: A recent study revealed a mixture of up to 10 Chinese herbal medicine can help people with pre-diabetes delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.  Researchers claim that this mixture of Chinese herbs help patients by slowing the progression from pre-diabetes to an official diabetes diagnosis.

The study has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).

 


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• Chinese Herb 金银花 “Honeysuckle Flower” could fight flu

The Telegraph  reports on 7th Oct 2014 that Trials showed that Chinese Herbs , Honeysuckle Flower, could be effective against several variants of flu which have caused major public health scares in recent years .

According to the study held by Nanjing University ,drinking honeysuckle tea could help ward off flu. Boiled and drunk the Chinese herb helped suppress the effects of the influenza virus in mice, effectively acting as a “virological penicillin”, said the report in the Cell Research journal. Trials showed that it could be effective against several variants of flu which have caused major public health scares in recent years, including H1N1 “Spanish Flu” and H5N1 avian flu.

This result is the the first scientific evidence to support the old Chinese tradition of using honeysuckle to beat flu.

• Traditional Chinese herbal mixture could be ‘cure’ for eczema

shizhenDaily Mail reports:  Dermatologists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong found the mixture of Chinese herbs – which contained Japanese honeysuckle (金银花) , peppermint(薄荷), root bark of tree peony(牡丹皮), underground stem of the atractylodes herb(苍术) and bark from an Amur cork tree(黄柏) – had a dramatic improvement on eczema sufferers aged five to 21.

During the study, 85 patients were given either a tablet containing the herbs or a placebo.  Patients who took the Chinese herbal mixture felt their quality of life improved by a third, while those taking the placebo reported no improvement, the British Journal of Dermatology reports.

 


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• New Study – Acupuncture Works for Anxiety, Depression & PMS

New research showed that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of PMS, anxiety and depression.

Researchers from the Harvard Medical School (Boston, Massachusetts) and the Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation and Pain Center (Washington, DC) conclude that “there is high-level evidence to support the use of acupuncture for treating major depressive disorder in pregnancy.”

In an additional study, researchers from the School of Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Tuina (Beijing University of Chinese Medicine) conclude that acupuncture shows effectiveness in treating PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome).

 


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