Acupuncture for Trigeminal Neuralgia - Case 2

February 27, 2020

Jean, 80-year-old farmer's wife, suddenly started getting a terrible pain on the right side of her face. She had unpredictable attacks of intense, electric shock-like pain, which would last from a few seconds to a few minutes. Sometimes a light touch on the right side of her nose could trigger the pain. Her doctor believed it was trigeminal neuralgia, which could be related with her long standing condition of multiple sclerosis (MS). In MS, trigeminal neuralgia is most often caused by damage to the trigeminal nerve. Jean was given pain killers but they didn't seem to help. Then her daughter brought her to me to try acupuncture. I examined her and applied a combination of needling, moxabustion and acupressure. She had a relief for a few days. As she had difficulty of movement due to the MS, she only came to see me when the pain got bad. The pain-free period was getting longer and longer, from a few days to a few weeks. After the fifth session she said she was going to a skiing resort in Austria with her family. I got quite worried that the journey and coldness could trigger her facial pain. But she was fine for the whole holiday. Now it's two months after they got back and she is still fine.    


 

Clinical Evidence for Association of Acupuncture and Acupressure With Improved Cancer Pain - A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

December 21, 2019
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/fullarticle/2757396

Abstract

Importance  Research into acupuncture and acupressure and their application for cancer pain has been growing, but the findings have been inconsistent.

Objective  To evaluate the existing randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for evidence of the association of acupuncture and acupressure with reduction in cancer pain.

Data Sources  Three English-language databases (PubMed, Embase, and CINAHL) and 4 Chinese-language biomedical d...


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Acupuncture for Coccyx Pain - Case 2

October 11, 2019
76-year-old Iris suffered from a pain in her coccyx for over 20 years. It all started after a fall. The pain was mainly felt in sitting position and sometimes spread to her right buttock. Recently it got worse and even hurt in the night. Following a friend's advice, she came to see me for acupuncture. On physical exam, her lower back and right buttock were tight and tender. So I used local points for electro-acupuncture. On the second visit she said her coccyx had been pain free but the right...
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Effects of acupuncture on nutritional state of patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): re-analysis of COPD acupuncture trial, a randomized controlled trial

July 23, 2019
Masao Suzuki,corresponding author1,3 Shigeo Muro,2 Motonari Fukui,3 Naoto Ishizaki,4 Susumu Sato,5 Tetsuhiro Shiota,6 Kazuo Endo,7 Tomoko Suzuki,1
Tadamichi Mitsuma,1 Michiaki Mishima,8 and Toyohiro Hirai5


Abstract

Background
There are an increasing number of evidences that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a systemic illness and that bodyweight loss is its prominent
manifestation. We focused on the nutritional outcomes to find out the effec...

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Acupuncture for Loss of Smell

May 22, 2019
58-year-old Mr Kanp is from Germany. He was on holiday in our area and staying with a friend. When he complained about his loss of sense of smell, his friend recommended he come to see me. He told me that five months ago he had a very bad cold and took antibiotics for it. After that he lost part of sense of smell. He could only sense a strange, unfamiliar smell when some odours were very strong. His throat felt uncomfortable and his taste was also affected. Doctors were not sure what caused t...
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Effects of Acupuncture Treatment on Fibromyalgia Symptoms, Serotonin, and Substance P Levels: A Randomized Sham and Placebo - Controlled Clinical Trial

April 29, 2019
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29220534
Pain Med. 2018 Mar 1;19(3):615-628. 

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:
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).


METHODS:
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 (Sh...

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