Acupuncture, drugs or Botox for chronic migraine?

Stimulated by Zheng et al 2021,[1] Giovanardi et al 2020,[2] and Yin et al 2020.[3] Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com Botox – botulinum toxin type ACI – confidence intervalEBM – evidence based medicinefMRI – functional magnetic resonance imagingGRADE – grading of recommendations, assessment, development and evaluationIF – impact factorMWoA – migraine without auraNMA – … Continue reading Acupuncture, drugs or Botox for chronic migraine?

EA for sleep

Stimulated by Li et al 2020,[1] and Yu et al 2020.[2] Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com EA – electroacupuncturePSQI – Pittsburgh Sleep Quality IndexPMI – perimenopausal insomniaMA – manual acupunctureCBT-I – cognitive behaviour therapy for insomniaMSKCC – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CentreISI – Insomnia Severity Indexkey to acronyms I am starting the year with a … Continue reading EA for sleep

Acupuncture and cellulitis risk

Stimulated by Lin et al 2020.[1] Taipei City, Taiwan.Photo by TangChi Lee on Unsplash. LHID – Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (Taiwan)NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)PD –Parkinson’s Disease (again!)key to acronyms This paper from Taiwan is another of the large retrospective observational cohort studies, which I listed in a previous blog: Reducing TKR … Continue reading Acupuncture and cellulitis risk

Acupuncture PD and depression

Stimulated by Huang et al 2020.[1] Sunset over Taipei City, Taiwan.Photo by Thomas Tucker on Unsplash. PD –Parkinson’s DiseaseLHID – Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (Taiwan)NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)NHI – National Health Insurance (Taiwan)key to acronyms This is one of two papers from Taiwan I am highlighting on the blog this week … Continue reading Acupuncture PD and depression

Acupuncture in the ED 2020

Stimulated by an email from a colleague in Australia re Jan et al 2020;[1] plus Cohen et al 2017.[2] Photo by NCI on Unsplash. ED –Emergency DepartmentBFA – BattleField AcupunctureIF – Impact Factorkey to acronyms This week I am focussing on the possible role for acupuncture as a non-pharmacological adjunct or alternative analgesic intervention for … Continue reading Acupuncture in the ED 2020

Needle trouble 2020

Stimulated by four recent papers appearing on PubMed.[1–4] Gold needle on brushed aluminium with x24 macro lens attachment on iPhone 6 plushttps://www.instagram.com/p/BGhNmuUI2aU/ AiM – Acupuncture in MedicineCXR – chest x-ray filmNEJM – New England Journal of MedicineFPL – flexor pollicis longusIP – interphalangeal (joint)MCP – metacarpophalangeal (joint)key to acronyms This week I am focussing on … Continue reading Needle trouble 2020

Acupuncture for dancers

Inspired by Blackmon & Elson 2020.[1] Photo by David Hofmann on Unsplash. Last week the topic was Parkinson’s disease (PD), and this week I have selected a paper on acupuncture for dancers, so I thought I would just check the PD literature, as I recalled that dancing was being used therapeutically in this condition. Sure … Continue reading Acupuncture for dancers

Acupuncture in PD 2020

Inspired by Jang et al 2020.[1] Image of fNIRS from Elisenicolegray on Wikipedia. PD – Parkinson’s diseasefNIRS – functional near infrared spectroscopySTRICTA – Standards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncturekey to acronyms There is a lot of research published on acupuncture in PD, and I generally ignore it. So why did this paper … Continue reading Acupuncture in PD 2020

Intensive EA/MA in OAK

Inspired by Tu et al 2020.[1] Photo by Anna Auza on Unsplash. EA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureOA – osteoarthritisOAK – OA kneeRR – responder rateNRS – numerical rating scaleWOMAC – Western Ontario and McMaster Universities osteoarthritis indexMCII – minimum clinically important improvementGERAC – German acupuncture (trial)ARC – acupuncture in routine care (trial)key to acronyms … Continue reading Intensive EA/MA in OAK