New Research on Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture is famous for the treatment of chronic pain.  In the clinic we know acupuncture is effective for pain and recently research is supporting that acupuncture is effective for pain.

Recently, a very large analysis of research trials, called a meta-analysis, was published focusing on acupuncture for pain. The study shows that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of pain. This was across many pain conditions including back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headaches, and shoulder pain.

Andrew Vickers PhD, the head author, and his team painstakingly reviewed virtually all of the acupuncture research trials which have focused on … Read More

Acupuncture reduces itch in atopic eczema

Atopic eczema causes profound itching.  Often the itching is the first sign of the condition and scratching leads to the inflammation.

This leads to the dreaded  itch-scratch cycle.

Acupuncture can stop the itch and can be a help in stopping the itch scratch cycle.

Research Shows Acupuncture Reduces Itch

A recent research report examined acupuncture treatment of itch in atopic dermatitis (1).

This study was quite sophisticated.  They compared acupuncture versus antihistamine medication treatment to reduce itching in atopic dermatitis.  They also compared acupuncture and antihistamine to an acupuncture and an antihistamine placebo.  Finally, they looked at if … Read More

How Long is an Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncturists have a choice in terms of how long the acupuncture treatment is. Different times have different clinical effects.

Most often, the acupuncture needles are retained in the acupuncture points for 20-30 minutes.  Traditionally we say it takes 30 minutes for the qi, the body’s energy, to circulate in the channels.

But if it is an acute situation, such as a back spasm, it is generally better to leave the acupuncture needles in for 15 minutes or less.  This is because the muscles will relax quicker in an acute injury like a back spasm.

When the energy is weak, what … Read More

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is mysterious.  It can come and go.  It can get worse, or get better.  Often without explanation.

Chronic pain is also very serious.  It interferes with work, school, and relationships.  Chronic pain is the most common issue that I treat and I have helped hundreds of patients reduce and relieve their pain. Pain can effect almost any place in the body: headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain, and any other location.

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Acupuncture is a complex therapy and works in a combination of ways to reduce pain and … Read More

Recommending Acupuncture for Back Pain

Back pain has a huge impact on a person.  It is one of the most common reasons to call out of work in fact.  Acupuncture has been used for back pain for millennia and has been gaining acceptance as an effective and safe treatment.

Within recent years, the New England Journal of Medicine has written in favor of acupuncture for back pain.  The authors, all respected and established researchers, carefully analyze the current situation with regards to back pain, and even though there is controversy in the research, recommend treatment.

Some acupuncture skeptics ask why would these scientists make a … Read More

How Acupuncture Treats Pain

The majority of Americans are in chronic pain or have experienced it.  More and more, people are seeking acupuncture for relieve of all types of chronic pain, from back pain and neck pain, to headaches and migraines, or chronic pelvic pain.

Pain can affect almost every system in the body and develops from many sources.It can occur from a chronic immune disorder, after an infection, from a physical injury, or from emotional stress. Often, pain stays around a long time after an injury has healed.

As a teenager, I first sought out acupuncture to treat my own … Read More