February 19, 2013 |
Acupuncture gave some relief to people suffering from seasonal allergies, but the improvements didn't last much beyond treatment, researchers said. The researchers, from several institutions in the United States and Germany, studied seasonal allergic rhinitis, characterized by a runny and stuffy nose caused by plant pollen allergies. They divided 422 people in Germany into three groups: one treated with acupuncture, one with sham acupuncture and one with antihistamines. The people in the first two groups also were allowed to take antihistamines if needed.
September 13, 2012 |
Acupuncture eases some kinds of chronic pain - and it's not just a placebo effect at work, researchers who looked at data from nearly 18,000 patients found. An estimated 3 million American adults get acupuncture treatments annually; still, there “remains considerable controversy as to its value,” the researchers wrote in a study published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine. But they found that for back and neck pain, chronic headache, osteoarthritis and shoulder pain, acupuncture works better than no treatment and better than “sham” acupuncture - done, for example, with needles inserted superficially or with needles that retract into the handles instead of going into the skin.
January 30, 2012
The recent series of articles by Trine Tsouderos in the Los Angeles Times misrepresents the scientific contributions and future research agenda of the National Institutes of Health and its National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine ["New Age Cures Put to the Test," Jan. 23]. In its 12 years as an NIH center, NCCAM's more than 3,000 research studies have provided answers to important questions about complementary health approaches to help consumers and medical professionals make informed decisions.
January 2, 2012 |
As hospitals elbow one another to attract patients, increasingly they're hoping to tap into Americans' interest in - and willingness to spend money on - complementary and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and massage. According to a recent survey by the American Hospital Assn. and the Samueli Institute, a nonprofit research group focusing on complementary medicine, 42% of the 714 hospitals that responded offered at least one such therapy in 2010; five years earlier, only 27% of hospitals offered such treatments.
March 10, 2011 |
Women who suffer from hot flashes and other uncomfortable symptoms of menopause may be able to find relief through acupuncture, according to a new study. The idea of having to lie still for 20 minutes with needles sticking out of you may not appeal to everyone. On the other hand, hormone replacement therapy – often employed to make menopause more bearable – has some problems of its own, including an increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and breast cancer.
September 8, 2010
Morning sickness can be one of the most miserable parts of pregnancy -- or, at least, so I am told. Unfortunately, new research reported Wednesday suggests that there is little women can do other than grin and bear it, since there appear to be no effective treatments. The pharmaceutical industry once weighed in on the issue heavily, with the result being the introduction of the now-notorious thalidomide, which caused severe birth defects in a large number of infants. That episode led to increased requirements for safety screening of drugs before they are marketed and led to the still-prevalent consensus that it is generally not safe for women to take drugs during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, when morning sickness is at its worst.