Tag: acupuncture and pain

Conditions & Treatment

Treating Pain with Acupuncture in Alternative Medicine

“I can’t see a better solution to long-term chronic pain. There is no question in my mind that acupuncture is safer than surgery or drugs.”* – Dr Bruce Pomeranz, Neurosurgeon, University of Toronto *results, as with all aspects of medicine, vary from patient to patient No one should have to live with pain. But deciding…

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Medical Research

Reduced tactile acuity in chronic low back pain is linked with structural neuroplasticity in primary somatosensory cortex and is modulated by acupuncture therapy

This new article by friend of blog Vitaly Napadow shows improved tactile acuity after treatment with acupuncture for Low Back Pain.  This is significant because “Previous neuroimaging studies have shown that other chronic pain disorders also demonstrate altered brain structure in S1, as well as other pain-related brain areas (As-Sanie et al., 2012, Kong et al.,…

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Medical Research

Pain modulation in patients with fibromyalgia undergoing acupuncture treatment is associated with fluctuations in serum neuropeptide Y levels.

This is not a particularly new paper.  I’ve somehow missed the data on Neuropeptide Y and its possible connection to acupuncture pain relief. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28598785 Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2017 May-Jun;35 Suppl 105(3):81-85. Epub 2017 May 31. Pain modulation in patients with fibromyalgia undergoing acupuncture treatment is associated with fluctuations in serum neuropeptide Y levels. Iannuccelli C1,…

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Medical Research

Electroacupuncture and HRV in Fibromyalgia Patients

This article challenges many of my hypotheses and assumptions.  What they found when measuring HRV in the morning on 22 fibromyalgia patients after receiving weeks of acupuncture was increased sympathetic tone. They then attribute this increase in sympathetic tone to positive clinical benefit because of a relative decrease in sympathetic tone in the morning usually. …

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Medical Research

Islet-cell autoantigen 69 mediates the antihyperalgesic effects of electroacupuncture on inflammatory pain by regulating spinal glutamate receptor subunit 2 phosphorylation through protein interacting with C-kinase 1 in mice.

Inflammation research is everywhere.  Since inflammation is now linked to even cancer and heart disease, inflammatory pain studies are ever more salient. Pain. 2019 Mar;160(3):712-723. Islet-cell autoantigen 69 mediates the antihyperalgesic effects of electroacupuncture on inflammatory pain by regulating spinal glutamate receptor subunit 2 phosphorylation through protein interacting with C-kinase 1 in mice. Han K1,…

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Ethics in Medicine

Tiger Woods Won the Back Surgery Lottery

That is the actual title of this very important discussion of spinal fusion surgery.  Go the acupuncture route.  Safer, cheaper, no opioids involved. Reading through this article, I want to copy almost the entire thing.  This is information that is crucial and to call it “under-reported” is the understatement of the decade. An outcome like…

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Acupuncture for Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand

This article shows that verum manual acupuncture improves pain, swelling and quality of life in rheumatoid arthritis patients.  Control acupuncture points do not have the same effect, and the control group without treatment got worse. Effectiveness of Acupuncture on Pain, Functional Disability, and Quality of Life in Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand: Results of a…

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Case Studies

Acupuncture, Stress Levels and Chronic Intractable Migraine: Af.Es. editioin

This data is from a relatively new patient who has severe, chronic migraine.  He is on multiple medications.  He takes daily medications, anti-anxiety medications, and tryptans for attacks.  The first priority is to try to stabilize his system with acupuncture and avoiding tryptans whenever possible.  He is unable to work, so the disability he is…

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Medical Research

Brain Scans Show Real Effect of Acupuncture

A report from The Guardian discussing recent findings showing that acupuncture works in a way distinct from any placebo. “Placebo acupuncture can ease short-term pain but the real thing might help to reverse the underlying pathology of a disease.” ” “I was completely floored,” he says. Whatever the acupuncture was doing, it wasn’t working as…

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Medical Research

Evoked Pressure Pain Sensitivity Is Associated with Differential Analgesic Response to Verum and Sham Acupuncture in Fibromyalgia

This is an important observation and conclusion, that not all patients are alike in their response to needling.  Some patients prefer, if not require light needling.  I did a poster presentation on this very topic in Stockholm.  The more general take away, is that there is definitely a role for “precision medicine”  in acupuncture; better…

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