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Acupuncture's Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost- Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a Primary, Non-Pharmacologic Method for Pain Relief and Management- White Paper 2017.

Posted by Peng Zhang on Thursday, November 8, 2018, In : Nervous system 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29103410

Abstract
The United States (U.S.) is facing a national opioid epidemic, and medical systems are in need of non-pharmacologic strategies that can be employed to decrease the public's opioid dependence. Acupuncture has emerged as a powerful, evidence-based, safe, cost-effective, and available treatment modality suitable to meeting this need. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for the management of numerous types of pain conditions, and mechanis...

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Acupuncture For Bedwetting

Posted by Peng Zhang on Friday, September 22, 2017, In : Nervous system 

Recently, a patient who sees me regularly told me that her seven-year-old daughter Annie had developed bedwetting for a while. She was wet every night and got quite embarrassed. The mum wondered if it was to do with stress, as Annie had started getting homework from school and she is the kind of child who wants to do her best. I told her that it's hard to pinpoint what causes this quite common condition, but according to my experience, acupuncture can be very effective in treating it. A few h...


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Acupuncture for Parkinson's Disease: a review of clinical, animal, and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging studies.

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, August 21, 2017, In : Nervous system 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26742319 
J Tradit Chin Med. 2015 Dec;35(6):709-17 
By Xiao D. 

Abstract

Acupuncture has been commonly used as an adjuvant therapy or monotherapy in the treatment of Parkinson's disease in China and in other countries. Animal studies have consistently show that this treatment is both neuroprotective, protecting dopaminergic neurons from degeneration and also restorative, restoring tyrosine hydroxylase positive dopaminergic terminals in striatum, resulting in imp...

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Rewiring the primary somatosensory cortex in carpal tunnel syndrome with acupuncture

Posted by Peng Zhang on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, In : Nervous system 
Brain. 2017 Mar 2. doi: 10.1093/brain/awx015.
By Maeda Y, Kim H, Kettner N, Kim J, Cina S, Malatesta C, Gerber J, et al.,

Abstract
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common entrapment neuropathy affecting the median nerve at the wrist. Acupuncture is a minimally invasive and conservative therapeutic option, and while rooted in a complex practice ritual, acupuncture overlaps significantly with many conventional peripherally-focused neuromodulatory thera...

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Acupuncture For Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, February 13, 2017, In : Nervous system 
43-year-old Linda had been suffering from a pain in her left shoulder and chest for a month. The pain was excruciating and radiating down into her left arm. It had come on gradually over a few days without any clear incident associated with symptoms. Linda could only think of a fall about 10 days before the pain started, in which she fell on her left wrist. The doctor gave her pain killers which hadn't help at all. Then she tried a few sessions of sports massage but couldn't get any relief. T...

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Acupuncture for Headaches (Occipital Neuralgia)

Posted by Peng Zhang on Friday, January 20, 2017, In : Nervous system 
68-year-old Patricia has had headaches for a week. The pain begins in the left side of her upper neck and back of the head and sometimes radiates forward toward the left eye. It is an intense stabbing pain, and the bouts of pain are quite frequent. Since she had benefited a lot from my acupuncture treatments in the past, Patricia decided to see me again for this problem. According to the character of the pain, I believed this condition was occipital neuralgia, which is caused by damage to the...

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Acupuncture for Cluster Headaches

Posted by Peng Zhang on Thursday, September 29, 2016, In : Nervous system 
David started having headaches 25 years ago. Although he just suffers from them every 3-4 years, the headaches are severe and normally linger for 2-3 months. The attacks start from the inside corner spread to the back of his right eye. They can come at anytime and last 10 minutes to 3 hours. The pain can be so strong that it makes him want to bang his head. After  trying various medications for 10 years without any effect, David was sent to see a consultant, who believed the headaches was cau...

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Acupuncture Accelerates Recovery After General Anesthesia: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, March 21, 2016, In : Nervous system 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25797640 J Integr Med. 2015; 13 (2): 99-104 By Gemma M 

Abstract 

BACKGROUND: Acupuncture anesthesia was created in the 1950's in China and continues to be used there today during most major surgeries. It is widely used in China for such complex operations as brain, heart, and abdominal surgery. It is popular in China because it is economical, practical, and beneficial to the patients. With acupuncture anesthesia there is less bleeding during surgery and there...

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Electroacupuncture for Fatigue, Sleep Disturbance and Psychological Distress in Breast Cancer Patients with Aromatase Inhibitor-related Arthralgia: A Randomized Trial

Posted by Peng Zhang on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, In : Nervous system 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25077452 Cancer 2014; 120 (23): 3744-51 By Mao JJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although fatigue, sleep disturbance, depression, and anxiety are associated with pain in breast cancer patients, it is unknown whether acupuncture can decrease these comorbid symptoms in cancer patients with pain. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on fatigue, sleep, and psychological distress in breast cancer survivors who experience joint p...

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Acupuncture on GB34 activates the precentral gyrus and prefrontal cortex in Parkinson's disease

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, In : Nervous system 
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/14/336/abstract BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Sep 15;14(1):336. By Sujung Yeo

BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is increasingly used as an additional treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).

METHODS: In this functional magnetic resonance imaging study, brain activation in response to acupuncture in a group of 12 patients with PD was compared with a group of 12 healthy participants. Acupuncture was conducted on a specific acupoint, the right GB 34 (Y...

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Acupuncture for Anxiety - Typical Case

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, In : Nervous system 
James is a 34-year-old farmer. He first came to see me in 2005, complaining that he often felt anxious especially in the morning after waking up. He didn't know where this feeling came from, and just couldn't calm down and relax. He also had stomach ache and tiredness, and worried about things very much. He had dry mouth and tended to drink lots of water. With the anxiety he felt life was quite miserable. His tongue looked pale, pulse was taut. According to what I saw, I believed his Liver qi...
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Acupuncture for Essential Tremor - Typical Case

Posted by Peng Zhang on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, In : Nervous system 
73-year-old Geoff was diagnosed with essential tremor 10 years ago. In the last year or so the symptoms got gradually worse - his upper body, especially his arms and hands, kept shaking badly so that writing, eating and fastening clothes' buttons became more and more difficult. His sleep was restless, memory was deteriorating and speech was getting slower. He also found difficult to concentrate. His blood pressure had been high for a number of years. His tongue had a tough texture with yellow...
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Acupuncture for Depression: Study

Posted by Peng Zhang on Thursday, October 10, 2013, In : Nervous system 
People with depression may benefit as much from acupuncture as they do from counseling, suggests a new study.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_140974.html

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Acupuncture for Testicle Pain

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, September 9, 2013, In : Nervous system 
56-year-old Mr F started having a pain in his right testicle 15 years ago. It came without any known reason and gradually got worse – the pain spread to his right groin and then to the lower abdomen and back. Over the years he had seen many doctors and had various examinations but no explanation could be given. None of the medications he had tried really worked. The latest treatment he had was given by a pain specialist, who did a lumber puncture and sent electrodes into the vertebral canal...

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Studies Show That Acupuncture Works for Fibromyalgia

Posted by Peng Zhang on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, In : Nervous system 
Please refer to the following modern studies.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23285415
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16770975

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Accupuncture for Morton's Neuroma

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, In : Nervous system 
45-year-old Tracy had suffered from a discomfort in her right foot for 8 months. There was a dull ache in the contiguous halves of the third and fourth toes. She had tried some specially made insoles from the chiropodist but didn't get any help. Recently she started having a hot feeling in the same place on her other foot. She went to see the doctor and was diagnosed with Morton's neuroma, which is a fibrous tissue formation around the intermetatarsal plantar nerve. Since the medication didn'...
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News: Acupuncture Is Effective in Treating Breast Cancer Patients for Fatigue

Posted by Peng Zhang on Friday, November 2, 2012, In : Nervous system 

A three-year trial showed acupuncture had across-the-board benefits, alleviating both mental and physical fatigue and improving overall quality of life in breast cancer patients.

http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2012/10/29/JCO.2012.41.6222.abstract?sid=b2784545-82ce-4c04-80dd-4bc7de3cb4f8
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Acupuncture for Headaches - Typical Case 2

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, October 8, 2012, In : Nervous system 
49-year-old June came to see me with a few aches and pains. One of them was headaches, which she'd had for many years, and it seemed to run in the family. She had heard some anecdotes about me for a few years but didn't make up her mind to come, because she couldn't believe sticking pins could work as a medical treatment. Recently may be due to menopause, her symptoms got worse. She started to have headaches almost every day, and her neck felt very stiff and achy. These made her feel tired al...
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Acupuncture for Headaches - Typical Case 1

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, October 1, 2012, In : Nervous system 
Lily, a 58 year-old psychotherapist, had suffered from headaches for 3 months and hadn't been able to work for 2 weeks. The pain was mainly in her temple area and gave her a heavy feeling on the top of her head. She was also having stiff neck and tingling sensation in both hands. Her sleep had been very bad and it made her feel tired all the time. Her doctor couldn't explain what caused it and prescribed some painkillers which didn't help much. For the acupuncture treatment, I used some point...
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Acupuncture for Panic Attack

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, In : Nervous system 

Mr S is a 72-year-old retired farmer. He came to see me in Jan 2012 with a very peculiar complaint which had lasted for several months – sometimes he suddenly felt a wave coming into his body, and it gave him an electric shock in the head and arms.  He could also hear a terrible noise in his ears and have a strong panic feeling as if he was going to die. This attack could happen at any time and would only last for a few seconds, but this was bad enough. When it came, he had to stop every...


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Acupuncture for Anus Pain

Posted by Peng Zhang on Friday, May 25, 2012, In : Nervous system 
Mr Place is a retired bricklayer. For the last 10 years he had been suffering from a very embarrassing problem - a sharp pain in his anus when he was in sitting position. None of the doctors he had seen could explain why he had it, but I thought it could be related with the strenuous physical work he had done in the past. As he was getting older, the symptom seemed to be gradually getting worse and he also felt really cold easily. For the acupuncture treatment, I used a few points in his lowe...
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Acupuncture for Trigeminal Neuralgia - Typical Case

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, In : Nervous system 
I met Mrs Howard when I was working in a GP's surgery in Carlisle in 2002. This 67-year-old lady had had trigeminal neuralgia for 3 months and been seeing her doctor at the surgery. She was having a sharp pain in her right jaw and it was so bad that any touch to the inside or outside of her mouth could trigger it. Eating, drinking, brushing teeth and washing face were all agony even cold wind could make it worse. As the strong pain killers prescribed by the doctor weren't helping much, she de...
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Acupuncture for Sciatica - Typical Case 2

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, In : Nervous system 
79 year-old Jean got out of bed one morning with a terrible pain from the right hip down to her right knee and shin. It came without any reason and was so intense that she could hardly move. She went to see the doctor and was asked to take 16 tablets each day. Unfortunately she felt sick, dizzy and sleepy after taking them, and the pain didn't get any better. She had been in agony for 3 weeks before coming to my clinic. It was her daughter who benefitted from my treatment in the past persuade...
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Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia - Typical Case

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, In : Nervous system 
44 year-old Annette is a cleaner. She had pain all over her body for 10 years. None of the various medications she'd tried could give her any relief. Two months ago she went to see a consultant and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The new medication she had been taking since then made her put 2 stones of weight on, which really upset her. She still had pain in the back, hips, arms and feet. She felt tired and cold, and had bad sleep. For over a year, her periods had been very irregular and ve...
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Acupuncture for Sciatic Pain - Typical Case 1

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, November 14, 2011, In : Nervous system 

Valery is a 58-year-old housewife. She had a sciatic pain on and off for about 12 years, and x-ray showed a slipped disc in her lower spine. A few months ago she had a fall, which made the pain a lot worse, even walking became a problem. The pain was from the lower back through the left thigh all the way down to her left foot. When she first came to my clinic, climbing up the stairs was a real struggle. After the first session of acupuncture, she could already walk better and climb up the sta...


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