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Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicineA whole medical system that originated in China. It is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. Practices such as herbs, meditation, massage, and acupuncture seek to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang balance and the flow of qi (TCM), acupunctureA family of procedures that originated in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body by a variety of techniques, including the insertion of thin metal needles though the skin. It is intended to remove blockages in the flow of qi and restore and maintain health. aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicineA group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, and alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. (CAM).
Acupuncture protects brain neurons against injury in rats following heroin relapse

Acupuncture protects brain neurons against injury in rats following heroin relapse

Heroin abuse can damage many brain areas, including the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus of the midbrain, the ventral tegmental area, and nucleus accumbens. Persistent use of heroin induced irreversible damage to the nervous system. [More]
New nonsurgical approach to treat chronic pain and stiffness linked with knee osteoarthritis

New nonsurgical approach to treat chronic pain and stiffness linked with knee osteoarthritis

A new nonsurgical approach to treating chronic pain and stiffness associated with knee osteoarthritis has demonstrated significant, lasting improvement in knee pain, function, and stiffness. [More]
Seroxat in combination with acupuncture produces significant effect in patients with unipolar depression

Seroxat in combination with acupuncture produces significant effect in patients with unipolar depression

Acupuncture is more effective than oral antidepressants in improving depressive symptoms, and produces fewer side effects than tricyclic antidepressants. [More]
Study links carbohydrate calorie-rich diets to greater risk for brain shrinkage, dementia and AD

Study links carbohydrate calorie-rich diets to greater risk for brain shrinkage, dementia and AD

​Even small increases in blood sugar caused by a diet high in carbohydrates can be detrimental to brain health. Recent reports in medical literature link carbohydrate calorie-rich diets to a greater risk for brain shrinkage, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, impaired cognition, and other disorders. [More]
New research finds direct connection between acupuncture and processes that alleviate sepsis

New research finds direct connection between acupuncture and processes that alleviate sepsis

When acupuncture first became popular in the western hemisphere it had its doubters. It still does. But over time, through detailed observation, scientists have produced real evidence that ancient Chinese practitioners of the medical arts were onto something. [More]

Researchers examine quality of needles used in acupuncture

The quality of needles used in acupuncture worldwide is high but needs to be universally improved to increase safety and avoid potential problems such as pain and allergic reactions, RMIT University researchers have found. [More]
Daily antibiotic use is effective for preventing recurrent urinary tract infections in women

Daily antibiotic use is effective for preventing recurrent urinary tract infections in women

While daily antibiotic use is the most effective method for preventing recurrent urinary tract infections in women, daily cranberry pills, daily estrogen therapy and monthly acupuncture treatments also have benefits that may be preferable for some patients, according to a new study by researchers at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. [More]

Contralateral needling at unblocked collaterals can promote recovery of affected limb in stroke patients

Hemiplegia caused by stroke indicates the dysfunctions of the neurological network between the brain and limbs. Under this condition, conventional acupuncture at the acupoints on the affected side can not transmit stimulus signal to the brain. [More]
Acupuncture treatments may help alleviate side effects of breast cancer drugs

Acupuncture treatments may help alleviate side effects of breast cancer drugs

A new analysis has found that both real and sham acupuncture treatments may help alleviate side effects of drugs commonly used to treat breast cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may help clinicians improve care for cancer patients. The results also raise the question of whether sham acupuncture is truly inert or may, like real acupuncture, have beneficial effects. [More]

Breast cancer patients experience fewer side effects on using aromatase inhibitor with sham acupuncture

​Breast cancer patients experience fewer side effects while being treated with a widely used drug called an aromatase inhibitor when they get acupuncture - either the real treatment or a "sham" procedure, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. [More]

Real and sham weekly acupuncture treatments ease hot flashes of anticancer drug treatment

Both real and sham weekly acupuncture treatments eased hot flashes and other side effects of anticancer drug treatment in a small, preliminary study of breast cancer patients, Baltimore researchers have found. [More]

Orthogonal design to sift optimal parameter of Neiguan acupuncture

The individual difference and non-repeatability in acupuncture have not only restricted the development of acupuncture, but have also affected the specificity of acupoints. [More]

Central analgesic mechanism of acupuncture for treating migraine remains poorly understood

The central analgesic mechanism of acupuncture for migraine remains poorly understood. Acupuncture has been shown to become a recommended treatment for migraine sufferers. [More]

Combination of preventive and therapeutic moxibustion has beneficial effect for Alzheimer's disease

An increasing number of clinical and animal studies have confirmed that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Moxibustion is reported to be more effective than electro-acupuncture for improving space-recognizing memory ability in aged mice, suggesting that moxibustion is another alternative or complementary therapy used to treat Alzheimer's disease. [More]

Radiofrequency neurotomy may be successful alternative treatment for knee osteoarthritis

Chronic knee osteoarthritis is the deterioration of articular cartilage and is one of the most common diseases of aging. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis. OA often results in pain, restricted movement, sleep disturbance, and functional disability. [More]

Molecular mechanisms underlying effects of acupuncture on neuropathic pain

Peripheral or central nerve injury often leads to neuropathic pain, a chronic condition that can manifest behaviorally as spontaneous pain, hyperalgesia and allodynia, and which also results in neurological dysfunction. [More]
Study finds no evidence that stem cell therapy improves vision for children with ONH

Study finds no evidence that stem cell therapy improves vision for children with ONH

A study performed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles found no evidence that stem cell therapy improves vision for children with optic nerve hypoplasia. Their results are reported in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. [More]

Combining acupuncture or counselling with usual care may benefit patients with depression

Acupuncture or counselling, provided alongside usual care, could benefit patients with depression, according to a study by researchers at the University of York. [More]
IFHF dedicates new $11 million centre to provide crucial treatment of TBI and PTS to returning veterans

IFHF dedicates new $11 million centre to provide crucial treatment of TBI and PTS to returning veterans

Since September 11, 2001, more than 2.5 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and hundreds of thousands of service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, due to IEDs, combat related incidents and training activities. [More]

Electroacupuncture treatment improves visceral hypersensitivity in irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome patients extensively suffer from chronic visceral hypersensitivity, with involvement of all levels of the brain-gut axis, as well as various neurotransmitters. [More]