acupuncture skeptic

Acupuncture has made its way into the mainstream in military medicine in USA as a battlefield pain relief. The explanation why military embraces acupuncture may be simple: “As some top medical officers put it, though, there’s nothing like pain to make someone open-minded” Listen to NPR radio report covering this topic here:

Acupuncture is more effective in prevention of chronic migraine headaches and is 10 times safer compared to topiramate treatment. These are the findings of a study published in the current issue of Cephalalgia, a journal for International Headache Society. The researchers compared acupuncture with topiramate. They call for acupuncture to be considered a treatment option […]

Compared with the general anesthesia patients, the acupuncture and local anaesthesia patients used less of narcotic drugs and shorter stay in intensive care unit. Surprisingly they also had less postoperative pulmonary infection. Using acupuncture to aid with open heart surgery reduced cost of the treatment significantly.

Acupuncture helps a girl with concussions – USA Today.

Results of a new study showed that acupuncture treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is superior to all controls. Four studies comparing the effects of acupuncture with different doses of progestin and anti-anxiety medications also supported the use of acupuncture. Acupuncture significantly improved symptoms when compared with sham acupuncture, ruling out the placebo effect.

This post is not directly about acupuncture, but needles are a part of the picture. Dan Ariely is a behavioural economist and an author of a great book Predictably Irrational. In this video he explains reward substitution, one of strategies he used to overcome procrastination and achieve long-term health goals. What is your strategy?

This doco is an amazing story on stroke recovery with help of acupuncture. It makes me nostalgic for China as most of the movie was filmed in one of the hospitals I have completed my acupuncture training.  

How acupuncture helps hypothyroidism? The possible mechanism of action of acupuncture for hypothyroidism.