Acupuncture for Cough

August 17, 2018
34-year-old Sharon had a bad cough for over 2 months. She'd actually had a similar sinario 2 years ago, which lasted 4 months. This time, after a cold, it kept on and on again, bothering her day and night. It was a dry cough, which could be triggered by change of temperature, speaking or unknown reason. Sometimes it could be a paroxysmal spasmodic fit. It was her physiotherapist who noticed her stubborn problem then recommended she come to see me. At the time, I wasn't feeling too confident about this case - in my experience, cough is often hard to treat. Anyway, I selected some points in her arms and back and did acupuncture. She came back a week later and said her cough had reduced significantly during the night and become shallower in daytime. We did another session and her cough got better again. After 3 sessions, she said there was "almost nothing" left. Also, she was feeling better in general and more energetic than before. After the 4th session, she was confident to take a long break from the treatment.   
 

Effect of Acupuncture on Postoperative Ileus after Distal Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer

July 11, 2018
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5362830/ J Gastric Cancer. 2017 Mar;17(1):11-20. doi: 10.5230/jgc.2017.17.e2. 
By Jung SY, Chae HD, Kang UR, Kwak MA, Kim IH. 

Abstract 

PURPOSE: Acupuncture has recently been accepted as a treatment option for managing postoperative ileus (POI) and various functional gastrointestinal disorders. Therefore, we conducted a prospective randomized study to evaluate the effect of acupuncture on POI and other surgical outcomes in patients who underwent gast...

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Acupuncture for Trigger Finger

May 25, 2018
71-year-old musician Christine had developed a trigger finger from enthusiastic violin practising. The ring finger on her left hand was hurting and got stuck in a very bent position. She couldn't straighten it even with the help from the other hand. Her elbow and shoulder hurt as well. On physical exam I found tension in her neck and shoulder. So I did acupuncture and moxabustion in her neck, shoulder and forearm. When came back a week later, she was so amazed that her finger was already stra...

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Acupuncture for IBS

April 4, 2018

33-year-old Vicki had suffered from tummy aches for many years. She was diagnosed with IBS when she was 18. Quite often, especially when she felt anxious or stressed, there was a crampy ache in her abdomen mostly on the left side. Her stools could be either loose or dry. She would feel lethargic. She also had cold hands and feet. Since none of the medicines could help, she decided to try acupuncture. In the first session, I used some points in her tummy and legs. Moxabustion was combined with...


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Acupuncture in Patients with Allergic Asthma: A Randomized Pragmatic Trial

February 7, 2018
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28287818 J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Mar 13. doi: 10.1089/acm.2016.0357. 
By Brinkhaus B, Roll S, Jena S, Icke K, Adam D, Binting S, Lotz F, et al., 

Abstract
 
BACKGROUND: 
Although the available evidence is insufficient, acupuncture is used in patients suffering from chronic asthma. The aim of this pragmatic study was to investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture in addition to routine care in patients with allergic asthma compared to treatment with routin...

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Acupuncture in cancer study reignites debate about controversial technique

December 15, 2017
Large study suggests acupuncture could help women stick with unpleasant cancer treatments.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08309-y

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