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By Pamela Howard, L.Ac. Acupuncturist in Richmond, VA. Http://
Eric Manheimer, Daniëlle van der Windt, Ke Cheng, Kristen Stafford, Jianping Liu, Jayne Tierney, Lixing Lao, Brian M Berman, Patricia Langenberg, Lex M Bouter
BACKGROUND Recent systematic reviews of adjuvant acupuncture for IVF have pooled heterogeneous trials, without examining variables that might explain the heterogeneity. The aims of our meta-analysis were to quantify the overall pooled effects of adjuvant acupuncture on IVF clinical pregnancy success rates, and evaluate whether study design-, treatment- and population-related factors influence effect estimates. METHODS We included randomized controlled trials that compared needle acupuncture administered within 1 day of embryo transfer, versus sham acupuncture or no adjuvant treatment...
November 2013: Human Reproduction Update
Alexander Molassiotis, Joy Bardy, Jennifer Finnegan-John, Peter Mackereth, David W Ryder, Jacqueline Filshie, Emma Ream, Alison Richardson
PURPOSE: We aimed to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for cancer-related fatigue (CRF) in patients with breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial comparing acupuncture with enhanced usual care. Three hundred two outpatients with breast cancer participated. We randomly assigned 75 patients to usual care and 227 patients to acupuncture plus usual care (random assignment of 1:3 respectively) with minimization controlling for baseline general fatigue and maintenance treatment...
December 20, 2012: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Rana S Hinman, Paul McCrory, Marie Pirotta, Ian Relf, Andrew Forbes, Kay M Crossley, Elizabeth Williamson, Mary Kyriakides, Kitty Novy, Ben R Metcalf, Anthony Harris, Prasuna Reddy, Philip G Conaghan, Kim L Bennell
IMPORTANCE: There is debate about benefits of acupuncture for knee pain. OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of laser and needle acupuncture for chronic knee pain. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Zelen-design clinical trial (randomization occurred before informed consent), in Victoria, Australia (February 2010-December 2012). Community volunteers (282 patients aged ≥50 years with chronic knee pain) were treated by family physician acupuncturists...
October 1, 2014: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Andrew J Vickers, Klaus Linde
CLINICAL QUESTION: Is acupuncture associated with reduced pain outcomes for patients with chronic pain compared with sham-acupuncture (placebo) or no-acupuncture control? BOTTOM LINE: Acupuncture is associated with improved pain outcomes compared with sham-acupuncture and no-acupuncture control, with response rates of approximately 30% for no acupuncture, 42.5% for sham acupuncture, and 50% for acupuncture.
March 5, 2014: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Hugh MacPherson, Alexandra C Maschino, George Lewith, Nadine E Foster, Claudia M Witt, Claudia Witt, Andrew J Vickers
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence shows that acupuncture is effective for chronic pain. However we do not know whether there are characteristics of acupuncture or acupuncturists that are associated with better or worse outcomes. METHODS: An existing dataset, developed by the Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration, included 29 trials of acupuncture for chronic pain with individual data involving 17,922 patients. The available data on characteristics of acupuncture included style of acupuncture, point prescription, location of needles, use of electrical stimulation and moxibustion, number, frequency and duration of sessions, number of needles used and acupuncturist experience...
2013: PloS One
Benno Brinkhaus, Miriam Ortiz, Claudia M Witt, Stephanie Roll, Klaus Linde, Florian Pfab, Bodo Niggemann, Josef Hummelsberger, András Treszl, Johannes Ring, Torsten Zuberbier, Karl Wegscheider, Stefan N Willich
UNLABELLED: Chinese translation BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is frequently used to treat seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) despite limited scientific evidence. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of acupuncture in patients with SAR. DESIGN: Randomized, controlled multicenter trial. ( NCT00610584) SETTING: 46 specialized physicians in 6 hospital clinics and 32 private outpatient clinics...
February 19, 2013: Annals of Internal Medicine
Eric Manheimer, L Susan Wieland, Ke Cheng, Shih Min Li, Xueyong Shen, Brian M Berman, Lixing Lao
OBJECTIVES: Evidence-based treatment guidelines have been unable to provide evidence-based guidance on the effects of acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because the only previous systematic review included only small, heterogeneous, and methodologically unsound trials. We conducted a new systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to estimate the effects of acupuncture for treating IBS. METHODS: MEDLINE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, EMBASE, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health, and the Chinese databases Sino-Med, CNKI, and VIP were searched through November 2011...
June 2012: American Journal of Gastroenterology
A White, S Hayhoe, A Hart, E Ernst
Acupuncture is increasingly used, so it is important to establish whether its benefits outweigh its risks. Numerous case reports of adverse events show that acupuncture is not free of risk, but accurate data from prospective investigations is scarce. A prospective survey was undertaken using intensive event monitoring. Forms were developed for reporting minor events each month and significant events as they occurred. The sample size was calculated to identify any adverse events that occurred more frequently than once in 10,000 consultations...
December 2001: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
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