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Acupuncture treatment for idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia: A longitudinal case-control double blinded study

Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine November 2017, Volume 23, Issue 11, pp 829–836 Michelle Cristina Ichida Mariana Zemuner Jorge Hosomi Hong Jin Pai Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira José Tadeu Tesseroli de Siqueira Silvia R. D. T. de Siqueira Abstract Objective To evaluate the treatment effect of acupuncture on patients with idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia (ITN) by case-control longitudinal blinded study. Methods Sixty ITN patients and 30 healthy subjects were included. The ITN patients were randomly assigned to acupuncture group (15 cases), sham-acupuncture group (15 cases) and carbamazepine group (30 cases), respectively. Clinical orofacial evaluation (including pain intensity and medication doses), research diagnostic criteria for temporomandibular disorders (RDC/TMD) and Helkimo indexes (for functional evaluation of the masticatory system), and quantitative sensory testing for sensory thresholds (gustative, olfactory, cold, warm, touch, vibration and superficial and deep pain) were evaluated before treatment, immediately after treatment, and 6 months after treatment. Results The mean pain intensity by the Visual Analogue Scale only decreased in the acupuncture group at the last evaluation (P=0.012). Patients in the sham-acupuncture group had an increase in carbamazepine doses according to the prescriptions (P<0.01). There was a reduction in secondary myofascial pain and mandibular limitations at the acupuncture and sham-acupuncture groups, however only the acupuncture group kept the changes after 6 months (P<0.01, P=0.023). There was a decrease in mechanical thresholds in the acupuncture group (tactile, P<0.01; vibration, P=0.027) and an increase in deep pain thresholds in both acupuncture and sham-acupuncture groups (P=0.013). Conclusions Acupuncture can be an option in the treatment of ITN due to its analgesic effect in both ITN and secondary myofascial pain associated with it. Keywords acupuncture idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia orofacial pain temporomandibular disorders quantitative sensory testing case-control...

The Most Commonly Treated Acupuncture Indications in the United States: A Cross-Sectional Study.

Am J Chin Med. 2018 Oct 9:1-33. doi: 10.1142/S0192415X18500738. [Epub ahead of print] The Most Commonly Treated Acupuncture Indications in the United States: A Cross-Sectional Study. Wang H1,2, Yang G3, Wang S4,2, Zheng X5,2, Zhang W6, Li Y2. Author information Abstract Acupuncture has been a popular alternative medicine in the United States for several decades. Its therapeutic effects on pain have been validated by both basic and clinical researches, and it is currently emerging as a unique non-pharmaceutical choice for pain against opioid crisis. However, the full spectrum of acupuncture indications remains unexplored. In this study, we conducted a cross-sectional survey among 419 acupuncturists nation-wide to investigate the top 10 and top 99 acupuncture indications in private clinics in the United States. We found the top 10 indications to be: lower back pain, depression, anxiety, headache, arthritis, allergies, general pain, female infertility, insomnia, neck pain and frozen shoulder. Among the top 99 indications, pain represents the largest category; and mental health management, especially for mood disorders, is in greatest demand. The following popular groups are: immune system dysfunctions, gastrointestinal diseases, gynecology and neurology. In addition, specialty index, commonality index, and the potential to become medical specialties were estimated for each indication. Demographic analysis suggests that China trained acupuncturists tend to have broader indication spectrums, but the top conditions treated are primarily decided by local needs. Also, gender, resident states, age and clinical experience all affect indication distributions. Our data for the first time outlines the profile of acupuncture treatable conditions in the US and is valuable for strategic planning in acupuncture training, healthcare administration and public education. KEYWORDS: Chinese Medicine; Common Acupuncture Indication; Gyneocology; Immune...

Acupuncture for the mental and emotional health of women undergoing IVF treatment: A comprehensive review

Article in Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine 9(1):5-12 · January 2014 L.-E. Grant, S. Cochrane Abstract One in six Australian couples currently struggle with impaired fertility. In vitro fertilisation (IVF) has become the assisted reproductive technology (ART) of choice. The IVF process has inherent stresses: the invasive procedures; medication; knowledge that it might be the last possibility for pregnancy; and the high cost. Both authors have observed in different settings (one clinical and the other during a clinical trial) that women often reported an improved sense of wellbeing and emotional health due to the acupuncture intervention. This paper summarises the reported benefits of acupuncture treatment for mental and emotional health during IVF identified in published peer-reviewed research papers – both theoretically (pathogenesis and physiology) and clinically (with reference to acupuncture treatment and the therapeutic encounter). The trials reviewed, investigating mental and emotional health during IVF treatment, indicate acupuncture had positive outcomes including: reduced anxiety; reduced stress; less social and relationship concern and improved psychological coping. This paper suggests that reflecting on and valuing the therapeutic alliance, including its collaborative nature, the patient feeling cared for and a perception that practitioners are empathetic, could improve fertility outcomes and the emotional health of infertile women through the process of IVF...

Chiropractic Medicare Rebate

Chiropractic Medicare Rebate Do you or anyone you know suffer from chronic musculoskeletal conditions? Good news! You may be eligible to the Medicare rebate under a GP Management Plan or Team Care Arrangements prepared by your GP, entitling you rebate to chiropractic services at our clinic. Our chiropractors regularly treat various musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, back pain, sports injuries, occupational related injuries, and pregnancy related joint pain. A Medicare rebate is available for up to maximum five allied health services per calendar year. According to the Chronic Disease Management (formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care), a chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke. There is no list of eligible conditions. However, the CDM items are tailored for patients who require a structured approach and to enable GPs to plan and coordinate the care of patients with complex conditions requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team. How does it work? 1) Meet with your GP to discuss your eligibility for chiropractic service listed in the CDM (item number 10964). Your GP may refer you to obtain diagnostic imaging and undergo tests necessary to determine if the identified services are beneficial to your medical condition. 2) Bring the referral letter provided by your GP to us. 3) Our chiropractors will provide the chiropractic services for the valid number of services stated in the referral and provide a written report to your GP after the first and the last service. 4) Kindly remember to bring along your...
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