One of the modern developments of Chinese Medicine has been in the field of scalp acupuncture. This is essentially a combination of traditional needling techniques with contemporary knowledge of cerebral cortex and brain function. Scalp acupuncture is used for such conditions as stroke recovery, Parkinson’s Disease and acute cerebral infarction.
Here’s a great article demonstrating the clash between the ancient practice of acupuncture, modern scientific research and everyone trying to make sense of it! The full article can be read here.
Here’s a great article demonstrating the clash between the ancient practice of acupuncture, modern scientific research and everyone trying to make sense of it! The full article can be read here:
The general public is unaware of the broad range of possible conditions that may benefit from acupuncture treatment. A study by Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers combined acupuncture with general health care and rehabilitation exercises into an integrated treatment protocol. They conclude that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of post-stroke dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing).
In this preliminary study acupuncture was shown to be of value as a therapeutic intervention for insomnia in anxious subjects and may therefore represent an alternative to pharmaceutical therapy for some categories of patients. https://neuro.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/jnp.16.1.19?platform=hootsuite&
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have shown how a complex mix of plant compounds derived from ancient clinical practice in China – a Traditional Chinese Medicine – works to kill cancer cells.
A comprehensive assessment of previous systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials has found that women who received acupuncture had less frequent and less severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause than women who did not have acupuncture. The women who had acupuncture also reported improved health-related quality of life, as shown in the evidence reported in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
This study compared acupuncture with morphine to treat Emergency Department patients with acute onset moderate to severe pain. The researchers concluded that acupuncture was associated with more effective and faster analgesia with better tolerance.
In a controlled trial (Zhang et al.), acupuncture was compared with the therapeutic benefits of physical therapy. The MRIs demonstrate that acupuncture improves cartilage in the knee region. Physical therapy did not stimulate cartilage repair. Pain, stiffness, and physical functioning improved with both therapies. However, acupuncture significantly outperformed physical therapy across all three WOMAC indices (pain, stiffness, and physical functioning).
A study has found that acupuncture lowers hypertension by activating natural opioids.
Researchers have concluded that acupuncture and herbal medicine provide relief for patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis characterized by inflammation of the spine, joints, tendons, or ligaments. Long-term, AS can lead to ankylosis, which is stiffening and often immobility caused by fusion of bones.
Doctors have confirmed that acupuncture can reduce hot flushes and night sweats in women going through menopause,. Researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre tested 209 menopausal women all of whom were experiencing at least four episodes of hot flushing and/or sweating per night. The results showed a reduction in symptoms of around 36 per cent, and the benefits continue for up to six months after treatment has stopped.
Current Korean researchers now believe the primo-vascular system is in fact the physical component of the Acupuncture Meridian System. And it has also been suggested that this system is involved in channelling the flow of energy and information relayed by biophotons (electromagnetic waves of light) and DNA.