Acupuncture for ARC 2022

Inspired by Tu et al 2022.[1] Photo by Anton Nikolov on Unsplash. ARC – acute renal colicBUCM – Beijing University of Chinese MedicineIF – impact factorMA – manual acupunctureIM – intramuscular (injection – a route for administering drugs)NSAID – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugaka – also known asde qi – typical needling sensation perceived by the patient … Continue reading Acupuncture for ARC 2022

Acupuncture for CIPN 2022

Inspired by Friedemann et al 2022.[1] CIPN – chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathyNCS – nerve conduction studiesMA – manual acupunctureEA – electroacupunctureSNAP – sensory nerve action potentialSNCV – sensory nerve conduction velocityPROMs – patient reported outcome measuresMYMOP2 – measure yourself medical outcome profile 2 key to acronyms I think I heard one of the authors of this … Continue reading Acupuncture for CIPN 2022

Hearts lungs and eyes 2022

Inspired by four recent adverse event reports related to needling.[1–4] Photo by Cameron Venti on Unsplash. PMCT – post-mortem computed tomographyED – emergency departmentCT – computed tomographyCXR – chest x rayDSA – digital subtraction angiographyTAE – transcatheter arterial embolizationAEs – adverse eventsDED – dry eye diseasekey to acronyms This week I have a series of recent adverse events … Continue reading Hearts lungs and eyes 2022

Acupuncture for stroke 2022

Inspired by Li et al 2022.[1] Guangzhou skyline – photo by Junbin Chen on Unsplash. EA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureTENS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulationCT – computed tomographyMRI – magnetic resonance imagingNIHSS – Nation Institutes of Health Stroke ScaleBI – Barthel IndexMAS – Modified Ashworth ScaleADL – activities of daily livingkey to acronyms This 3-armed trial from … Continue reading Acupuncture for stroke 2022

EA for depression-related insomnia

Inspired by Yin et al 2022.[1] Photo by VAZHNIK on Pexels.com EA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureSC – standard carePSQI – Pittsburgh Sleep Quality IndexHAM-D – Hamilton Depression Rating ScaleHAMD-17 – the sum of the first 17 items on the HAM-Dkey to acronyms This 3-armed trial from Shanghai is the biggest trial (n=270) of acupuncture … Continue reading EA for depression-related insomnia

Acupuncture for BCT

Inspired by Kao et al 2022,[1] and the protocol by Liu et al 2022.[2] Photo by Sam Burriss on Unsplash. BCT – blunt chest traumaNRS – numerical rating scaleFRS – face rating scaleSMI – sustained maximal inspirationHRV – heart rate variabilityHR – heart rateMAP – mean arterial pressurekey to acronyms Two papers from Taiwan appeared … Continue reading Acupuncture for BCT

Acupuncture for CTTH

…plus a protocol for CAT in migraine? Inspired by Zheng et al 2022,[1] and the protocol by Li et al 2022.[2] Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com CTTH – chronic tension-type headacheTTH – tension-type headache (episodic or chronic)ART – Acupuncture Randomised Trial (part of the Modellvorhaben Akupunktur)GERAC – GERman ACupuncture trial (part of the Modellvorhaben … Continue reading Acupuncture for CTTH

Needling TePs in OAK

...does it make any difference? Inspired by Liu et al 2022.[1] Some interesting looking structures in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. TePs – tender pointsOA – osteoarthritisOAK – osteoarthritis of the kneeAPs – acupuncture pointsTrPs – trigger pointsEA – electroacupuncturekey to acronyms This is a large clinical trial (n=666) from Chengdu that compares different acupuncture approaches to … Continue reading Needling TePs in OAK

Evidence mapping 2022

Inspired by number 8 in the BMJ acupuncture research series.[1–8] SR – systematic reviewICU – intensive care unitRCT – randomised controlled trialGRADE – Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (a method of grading the quality or ‘certainty’ and strength or ‘effect size’ of evidence inhealthcare)MSK – musculoskeletalES – effect sizeSMD – standardised mean differenceTMJD … Continue reading Evidence mapping 2022