Effects of Acupuncture Treatment on Fibromyalgia Symptoms, Serotonin, and Substance P Levels: A Randomized Sham and Placebo - Controlled Clinical Trial

April 29, 2019
Pain Med. 2018 Mar 1;19(3):615-628. 


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of acupuncture treatment on serum levels of serotonin and substance P (SP) as well as on clinical parameters in patients with fibromyalgia (FM).

This is a randomized controlled clinical trial. Seventy-five women with FM were randomized into one of three kinds of acupuncture treatment: real acupuncture group (AcG), sham acupuncture group (ShG), and simulated acupuncture group (SiG). Treatments were applied semiweekly for four weeks. The serum levels of serotonin and SP were evaluated before and after the eight sessions. Patients were clinically assessed by visual analog scale (VAS), the number of tender points (NTP), Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and Nottingham Health Profile (NHP) at baseline, after the last treatment, and one and three months after completion of all treatments.

Serum serotonin values increased significantly after treatment in AcG and ShG (P < 0.001 and P < 0.01, respectively). The increase in the AcG was also different from both of the other groups (P < 0.01). While SP levels decreased in the AcG, they increased in the SiG (P = 0.001). In the AcG, significant improvements were found in almost all clinical outcomes after treatment. These usually continued for three months. In the ShG, there were also significant changes on the NTP, VAS, FIQ, and BDI scores after treatment. Improvements on the NTP and FIQ scores lasted for three months. In the SiG, significant improvements were found only in the NTP, VAS, and BDI scores after treatment.

Acupuncture, rather than sham or placebo acupuncture, may lead to long-term improvements on clinical outcomes and pain neuromediator values. Changes in serum serotonin and SP levels may be a valuable explanation for acupuncture mechanisms in FM treatment.


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Acupuncture for Diarrhoea

January 14, 2019
Jacob, a 25-year-old sports therapist had suffered from diarrhoea for 10  
months. He woke up in the morning with a abdominal ache and had to go to  
the toilet 6-7 times then go again 1-2 times in the evening. He  
also got diarrhoea after doing exercise or drinking water. His tummy  
ache seemed to start from the right lower part of his abdomen and travel  
to the left side, where the urgency of going to toilet was triggered.  He suffered from chronic lower back pain in the past and it was aggra...

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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.

November 8, 2018

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 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 a...
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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. 


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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