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Science-Based Evidence for Acupuncture

Need science-based research evidence of how acupuncture works?  Here is an article that was recently published by Prevention Magazine.  Acupuncture Greenville SC.

Research shows acupuncture therapy can be an effective alternative treatment  for everything from headaches to obesity

By Emily Main for

1. Eases your aching back

Using acupuncture therapy to successfully relieve chronic back pain is well  documented in scientific literature, and acupuncturists say that it’s the  leading reason that people visit their clinics. A study published in May’s issue  of the Archives of Internal Medicine even found that people who were  given “simulated acupuncture,” where pressure was place on certain acupuncture  points but no needles were actually used, saw as much as a 15% greater  improvement in their symptoms (equal to the improvements seen in people who were  receiving true acupuncture) than people who were taking medications and  undergoing standard chiropractic care

2. Boosts the effectiveness of meds

A study from China, published in the August issue of the Journal of  Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that a low-dose of fluoxetine  (Prozac) combined with acupuncture therapy was just as effective at reducing  anxiety in patients being treated for depression as full-dose medication.  Cutting the dose and adding acupuncture also reduced the drug’s side effects,  which can include nausea, weight gain, and a decreased sex drive.

3. Soothes indigestion

Brazilian researchers recently published research finding that acupuncture  therapy alleviated  heartburn and indigestion in pregnant women. One group of pregnant women was  given a combination of acupuncture and medications, and another group was  counseled on dietary changes and given medications if needed. Over the course of  the study, 75% of the women in the acupuncture group saw heartburn intensity,  and antacid use, decline, while only 44% of women in the standard-treatment  group saw those same effects.

4. Counteracts radiation side effects

Cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment are likely to suffer a variety  of side effects, depending on the part of the body being treated. However,  acupuncture therapy has been found to have some effect on the perception of how  bad those effects can be, particularly for nausea and dry mouth, common in  patients receiving radiation to the head and neck. A review of studies published  in CA, a journal of the American Cancer Society, found that people  undergoing radiation treatment perceived fewer negative side effects of  radiation even though the side effects may still be there. For instance, in one  study, patients who wore acupressure bands during treatment said they felt less  nausea, although they still had the same occurrence of vomiting as they did  before wearing the band, and in another study, people said they had less of a  problem with dry mouth, even though measures of their saliva showed that levels  remained the same. The acupuncture didn’t actually alleviate the symptoms, but  it did help improve patients’ quality of life after treatment.

5. Dulls persistent headaches

A review of 22 studies involving acupuncture therapy, migraines, and tension  headaches found that regular acupuncture therapy was effective at preventing  tension headaches and migraines from becoming a problem, and that it was an  effective treatment for existing headaches.

6. Ends obesity?

The influence of acupuncture therapy on obesity isn’t as well-documented as  the other examples we’ve listed, but there’s enough evidence to suggest that it  could be an effective weight-loss treatment. Researchers from Korea analyzed 31  studies on a total of 3,013 people, and found that acupuncture therapy led to  greater decreases in body weight than lifestyle changes or medications. However,  they note in their findings, published February in the journal Obesity,  that flaws in many of the studies made it difficult to see how effective  acupuncture therapy would be on obesity in the long run. But for people willing  to try it, adding a weekly acupuncture session to daily exercise and a smart  diet could lead to healthy gains.

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