SOME RECENT ACUPUNCTURE RESEARCH ABSTRACTS
Acupuncture for Allergies
In a comparative study on Type I allergic diseases, between acupuncture treatment and desentitization shots, acupuncture was found to be significantly more effective than the desensitization group for allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and chronic urticaria (skin rash).
Journal of Tradional Chinese Medicine, 1993 Dec, 13(4):243-8
Acupuncture for High Blood Pressure
A study in cats shows that acupuncture can reduce high blood pressure and weakened heart function caused by administration of a chemical called bradykinin.
American Journal of Physiology June 1999
Acupuncture for Menopause
240 healthy women with natural menopause, suffering from hot flushes, were included in the study and randomly assigned to either of two groups, one group received treatment with acupuncture), the other with superficial needle position (SNP) as a control. Treatment was given for a total of eight weeks, twice a week during the first two weeks, and then once a week for the remaining six weeks.
75% of the acupucnture group reported significantly fewer hot flashes, as opposed to 24% of the control group.
Lakartidningen, 1994 Jun 8, 91(23):2318-22
Acupuncture for Weight Loss
In order to understand the relationship between patients’ adrenal function and simple obesity and effect of acupuncture on it, the obesity indices, lipid indices, fasting blood-glucose, noradrenaline, dopamine, adrenalin and cortisol were observed.
The results indicated that patients with simple obesity had hypofunction of the sympathetic-adrenal system and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal system. Acupuncture treatment not only affected weight loss but also enhanced functioning of the two systems, suggesting that the effect of acupuncture on weight loss may be produced by enhancing the functions of both the sympathetic-adrenal system and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal system.
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1993 Sep, 13(3):169-73
Acupuncture for Asthma
Acupuncture as an aid in respiratory ailments might be safer than the prolonged use of drugs. A large study funded by the National Institue of Health showed an 80% improvement in breathing with acupuncture. This means fewer attacks and fewer doses of drugs.
American Medical Association Newspaper 3/6/95
Acupuncture in the Treatment of Renal Colic
A prospective randomized study was performed to compare the effect of acupuncture and intramuscular Avafortan injection in the treatment of renal colic. Acupuncture was shown to be as effective for pain and kidney stone movement, without any of the side-effects of the medication. In summary, acupuncture can be a good alternative for the treatment of renal colic.
Journal of Urology, 1992 Jan, 147(1):16-8
Acupuncture for Tinnitus Management
Fifty-six patients with continuous and severe tinnitus as their major complaint were treated with traditional Chinese acupuncture. 72% reported permament improvement (at least 6 months) after 10 treatments.
Scandinavian Audiology, 1992, 21(4):245-51
Acupuncture for Herpes simplex
In a small study, acupuncture was shown to make a marked reduction in length of occurennce, a lengthening of the remission, and a prevention of recurrences.
Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research, 1991, 16(3-4):135-42