Medical Acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture for post-stroke spasticity: a systematic review and meta-analysis

“Electro-acupuncture combined with conventional routine care has the potential of reducing spasticity in upper and lower limb and improving overall and lower extremity motor function and activity of daily living for spasticity patients within 180 days post stroke.”

Electro-acupuncture for post-stroke spasticity: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Data Synthesis

In total, 22 trials met the search criteria and were included involving 1,425 participants. The estimated add-on effects of EA to reduce spasticity in upper limb measured by MAS (SMD: -0.57[-0.84, -0.29]) and improve overall motor function measured by FMA (MD: 10.60[8.67, 12.53]) were significant. It was also found that for spasticity in lower limb, lower-limb motor function and activity of daily living, significant add-on effects of EA were also shown (SMD: -0.88[-1.42, -0.35], MD:4.42[0.06, 8.78] and MD: 6.85[3.64, 10.05] respectively), though with high heterogeneity. For upper-limb motor function, no significant add-on effects of EA was received.

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Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation

Authors’ conclusions

From the available evidence, acupuncture may have beneficial effects on improving dependency, global neurological deficiency, and some specific neurological impairments for people with stroke in the convalescent stage, with no obvious serious adverse events. However, most included trials were of inadequate quality and size. There is, therefore, inadequate evidence to draw any conclusions about its routine use. Rigorously designed, randomised, multi-centre, large sample trials of acupuncture for stroke are needed to further assess its effects.

Source: Acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation – Yang – 2016 – The Cochrane Library – Wiley Online Library

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Integrative Cancer Care, Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture May Stimulate Anticancer Immunity via Activation of Natural Killer Cells

Acupuncture stimulation increases the cytotoxicity of NK cells by promoting cross talk between the neurotransmitter network and immune system.

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2011/481625/

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2011 (2011)

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Integrative Cancer Care, Medical Acupuncture

Effects from acupuncture in treating anxiety

Effects from acupuncture in treating anxiety: integrative review.

RESULTS:

among 514 articles, 67 were selected to be fully read and 19 were included. Among these, 11 were found to have strong evidence levels. (…) Its results showed positive and statistically significant effects from using acupuncture for treating subjects with anxiety.

CONCLUSION:

acupuncture seems to be a promising treatment for anxiety; however, there is a need for improving the methodological quality of the research on this field.

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Integrative Cancer Care

Effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies for palliative care of cancer: overview of systematic reviews

“There is evidence for the therapeutic effects of acupuncture for the management of cancer-related fatigue, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and leucopenia in patients with cancer. There is conflicting evidence regarding the treatment of cancer-related pain, hot flashes and hiccups, and improving patients’ quality of life. The available evidence is currently insufficient to support or refute the potential of acupuncture and related therapies in the management of xerostomia, dyspnea and lymphedema and in the improvement of psychological well-being. No serious adverse effects were reported in any study.”

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Published online: 26 November 2015

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Integrative Cancer Care

Integrative Cancer Therapies

Integrative Cancer Therapies (ICT) is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal focused on the scientific understanding of alternative medicine and traditional medicine therapies, and their responsible integration with conventional health care. Integrative care includes therapeutic interventions in diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress care, and nutritional supplements, as well as experimental vaccines, chrono-chemotherapy, and other advanced treatments.”

Source: Integrative Cancer Therapies

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Integrative Cancer Care

The Role of Integrative Oncology for Cancer Survivorship. 

“The Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monograph has released a special issue co-sponsored by SIO, The Role of Integrative Oncology for Cancer Survivorship, highlighting original peer-reviewed research in the field of integrative oncology. The articles in the special Monograph were all peer-reviewed.”

Source: Table of Contents — November 2014

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