SinusitisA new pilot study suggests: alternative therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure and dietary changes may spell significant relief for patients battling chronic sinusitis. Reported by USNews.

"Our study was small, looking at a handful of patients who were not benefiting that well from standard treatment," acknowledged study author Dr. Jeffrey Suh, an assistant professor of rhinology and skull base surgery in the department of head and neck surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles.

"And my take on alternative treatments is that Western medicine is effective for the majority of patients," he added. "But for those who don't get complete relief, adding in a more holistic Eastern approach that includes exercise, improved sleep, a better diet, and acupuncture and self-administered acupressure seems to provide an alternative that can have great benefit."


Read more about Alternative Medicine May Help Ease Chronic Sinusitis.

electro acupunctureResearchers from the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, recently noted that a hemodynamic study of acupoint P6 showed that this acupuncture point “decreased heart rate and increased the high-frequency HRV index of cardiac vagal modulation….”

In the report, it also concluded "Recent evidence shows that stimulation of different points on the body causes distinct responses in hemodynamic, fMRI and central neural electrophysiological responses. Brain imaging studies have shown that stimulation of different points elicits unique brain patterns that also are disease-specific. While fMRI studies show that different regions of the brain are activated, these studies do not show the pathways through which these changes occur. Laboratory studies of point specificity have demonstrated that stimulation of underlying neural pathways connecting variably to regions of the brain leads to differential physiological and clinical responses. However, because of our limited knowledge of the mechanisms underlying point specificity, further studies in this area are warranted."

Download: MRI Acupuncture Research on Point Specificity

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dysmenorrheaIt is estimated that one in six women are affected by CPP which can be defined as intermittent or constant pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis for over six months and many will use some form of complementary medicine to help their symptoms.

Two small trials included in a recent Cochrane review found that acupuncture treatment significantly reduced menstrual symptoms compared to standard non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. However more research is needed in this area.

In conclusion, the authors of the paper say that while there is no compelling evidence that acupuncture or CHM are effective in the treatment of CPP, they may have roles to play in the treatment of dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis, IBS and pelvic inflammatory disease.

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Source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

xerostomiaLorenzo Cohen, PhD, professor in the Department of General Oncology and in the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and coworkers randomized 86 patients to receive either acupuncture or conventional treatment involving oral hygiene measures during their 7-week course of radiotherapy.

Conclusion: Acupuncture Shows Potential for Xerostomia

Acupuncture is a potentially useful complementary treatment modality that may provide sustainable adjunctive effect to refractive correction for anisometropic amblyopia in young children. Further large-scale studies seem warranted.

Not until 2002, a study in Germany was the first to report that traditional needle acupuncture seemed to improve pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF. Recently, the researchers, led by Rong Zhang of the Peking University Health Science Center, divided their 309 IVF patients into three groups.

Researchers in this study stated "if acupuncture, or its electrode version, do affect IVF outcomes, it's not clear how". There are other researches have suggested electro-acupuncture may improve uterine blood flow.

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