Where to needle 2023

…in infraspinatus and other muscles. Stimulated by Lee et al 2023.[1] Possible TrP locations in the infraspinatus muscle based on the highest density of EPZs. Yellow indicates the presence of EPZs in 90% to 100% of individuals. Green indicates the presence of EPZs in 50% to 80% of individuals. This is based on data from … Continue reading Where to needle 2023

EA and COMT Val158Met 2023

Stimulated by Yang et al 2023.[1] Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com.You might expect this sort of character to be Val Val ie homozygous for guanine at codon 158 of the COMT gene. EA – electroacupunctureAA – auricular acupunctureCOMT – catechol-o-methyltransferaseMSK – musculoskeletalBFA – battlefield acupuncture (an AA protocol – See: Ears and the battlefield)rs – … Continue reading EA and COMT Val158Met 2023

EA for intestinal barrier function in IBS and UC 2023

Stimulated by Liu et al 2023.[1] Volcano plots from Figure 1 of Liu et al 2023.[1] EA – electroacupunctureIBS – irritable bowel syndromeUC – ulcerative colitisDSS – dextran sodium sulphateDEGs – differentially expressed genesGSEA – gene set enrichment analysis key to acronyms This paper came up in one of my searches in the last week … Continue reading EA for intestinal barrier function in IBS and UC 2023

Acupuncture for endometriosis pain 2023

Stimulated by Li et al 2023.[1] Figure 2 from Li et al 2023.[1] RCT – randomised controlled trialVAS – visual analogue score key to acronyms This is the second moderately large (n=106) controlled trial of acupuncture in endometriosis. It is a sham controlled trial. The first was a similarly sized (n=101) cross-over trial using acupuncture … Continue reading Acupuncture for endometriosis pain 2023

Acupuncture for acute arthritis 2023

Stimulated by Yu and Kim 2023.[1] Figure summarising mechanisms from Yu and Kim 2023.[1] MA – manual acupunctureEA – electroacupunctureSR – systematic reviewPWL – paw withdrawal latencyPWT – paw withdrawal thresholdRoB – risk of biasWMA – Western medical acupunctureNSAIDs – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs key to acronyms I have long pondered on the difference between what … Continue reading Acupuncture for acute arthritis 2023

Kidney laceration after acupuncture 2023

Stimulated by Cheng et al 2023.[1] Figure 1 from Cheng et al 2023.[1] ES – erector spinae key to acronym The risk of needling the kidney must have come up on every acupuncture course I have ever taught over the last 27 years. My comment is usually that acupuncture needles are unlikely to do much … Continue reading Kidney laceration after acupuncture 2023

Acupuncture for TTH 2023

Stimulated by Tao et al 2023.[1] Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com TTH – tension-type headacheCTTH – chronic tension-type headacheSR – systematic reviewTSA – trial sequential analysisRCT – randomised controlled trialSMD – standardised mean differenceRR50 – responder rate based on a 50% reduction in days with headacheRIS – required information size key to acronyms I … Continue reading Acupuncture for TTH 2023

Acupuncture vs fremanezumab 2023

...in the preventative treatment of episodic migraine Stimulated by Zheng et al 2023.[1] Photo by Anh Nguyen on Unsplash. NMA – network meta-analysisMAIC – matching adjusted indirect comparison analysisSR – systematic reviewTSA – trial sequential analysis key to acronyms This paper was published online at the end of January 2023, but it took me a while to be … Continue reading Acupuncture vs fremanezumab 2023

Acupuncture for comorbid pain and depression 2023

Stimulated by Liao et al 2023.[1] MDD – major depressive disorderWMA – Western medical acupunctureTCM – traditional Chinese medicineBPI – brief pain inventoryRCT – 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 in healthcare)ES – effect sizeHAM-D … Continue reading Acupuncture for comorbid pain and depression 2023

FM and anti-SGC IgG 2023

Stimulated by Krock et al 2023.[1] Angel of the West is an outdoor sculpture in Jupiter, Florida, United States. The sculpture was made in 2008 by German sculptor Julian Voss-Andreae and was created based on an antibody structure published by E. Padlan for the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute. The antibody is placed into a ring referencing Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man highlighting … Continue reading FM and anti-SGC IgG 2023