For patients with chronic low back pain, clinicians and patients should initially select nonpharmacologic treatment with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction (moderate-quality evidence)
Women who got a daily acupuncture session for six months showed the same improvements in male hormone levels, cholesterol levels, glucose and insulin markers, and weight as women who took prescription metformin pills three times a day, says a study in the latest issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Women have normalised their pain and other symptoms. But [severe period pain] is not normal and not something they need to suffer.
Endometriosis is a multifactorial, oestrogen-dependent, inflammatory, gynaecological condition that can result in long-lasting visceral pelvic pain and infertility. Acupuncture could be an effective treatment for endometriosis and may relieve pain.
Researchers find acupuncture and herbal medicine effective for alleviating peri-menopausal symptoms. Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine researchers find acupuncture and herbs a potent combination for relieving insomnia, hot flashes, mood swings, and fatigue in perimenopause patients
Acupuncture enjoys moderate to strong evidence of effectiveness in the treatment of 46 conditions and is considered safe in the hands of properly trained practitioners. Acupuncture is also considered cost-effective for a number of conditions where evidence is available. Comparatively, for many conditions it enjoys greater evidence than many conventional treatments and is relatively safer. Patients, medical professionals, and healthcare administrators can be confident that the recommendation of acupuncture for many patients is a safe, cost-effective, and evidence-based recommendation.
Infants experiencing colic—crying time more than three hours a day, for a minimum of three days a week— showed fewer symptoms after receiving minimal acupuncture treatment compared to the standard treatment.
According to the philosophy of traditional acupuncture, energy circulates in 'meridians' located throughout the body. Pain or ill health happens when something occurs to cause this meridian energy circulation to be blocked. The way to restore health is to stimulate the appropriate combination of acupuncture points in the body by inserting very thin needles.
A Cochrane Systematic review published June 2016 concluded the available evidence suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatment sessions can be a valuable option for people with migraine. The available evidence suggests that adding acupuncture to symptomatic treatment of attacks reduces the frequency of headaches.
A Cochrane Review reports that there is moderate-quality evidence for pain relief and improved functionality with acupuncture for low back and pelvic pain in pregnancy.