High volume acupuncture

Stimulated by McKee et al 2020.[1] Image by Ryan Loughlin on Unsplash. We called it HVAC (“H-vac”), the high-volume acupuncture clinic that was set up at RLHH after its refurbishment in the early noughties. RLHH stood for the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, but now it is called the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM). … Continue reading High volume acupuncture

Blinding – where is the bias?

Stimulated by Moustgaard et al 2020.[1] Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash."We are only going to look at double-blind randomised sham-controlled trials of acupuncture. No matter what the cost." The BMJ still comes in paper form through my door every week. It is usually in time for leafing through with my coffee on a Saturday morning, if I … Continue reading Blinding – where is the bias?

A review or three from 2019

Stimulated by three review papers appearing on PubMed in the last week of 2019.[1–3] Photo by Elijah Hail on Unsplash. This time of year is ripe with reviews… usually the past year on broadcast media rather than research reviews, as I have chosen here. They are all quite different and I aim to highlight different aspects in each … Continue reading A review or three from 2019

Safety of AT in pregnancy

Stimulated by Moon et al 2019.[1] Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash. I found this image when searching for pregnancy and Korea on Unsplash. I suspect that these women are not actually pregnant, but I strongly suspect that they are Korean, since the photographer is from South Korea herself. This blog is about a retrospective … Continue reading Safety of AT in pregnancy

Initial healthcare provider and opioid use in LBP?

Stimulated by Kazis et al 2019.[1] Photo by Aiony Haust on Unsplash.This photo was chosen to represent opioids being used on back pain because the first naturally occurring opioids were discovered in a flower. Yes, it is a shame (for my purposes here) that this artistic photographer did not use poppies :-). I am sure … Continue reading Initial healthcare provider and opioid use in LBP?

Post-acupuncture pneumothorax incidence

Stimulated by Lin et al 2019.[1] Photo by Robina on Unsplash. Not more adverse event reports I hear you cry! No, this paper is very different, and again unexpected, despite actually being rather similar to the previous one I highlighted (sorry to be cryptic). It was just last week that I was musing at the … Continue reading Post-acupuncture pneumothorax incidence

Can acupuncture prevent neck surgery

Stimulated by Han et al 2019.[1] Photo by Hisu Lee on Unsplash.Chosen because this Korean woman will certainly get neck painif she reads like this for any significant length of time 😉 I was very pleased to see this huge (n>100 000) retrospective cohort study publish online yesterday in Acupuncture in Medicine. I have commented … Continue reading Can acupuncture prevent neck surgery

Do patient characteristics affect acupuncture treatment outcomes?

Inspired by Witt et al Clin J Pain 2019.[1] Photo by MC, taken at Kew Gardens Temperate House. This paper is clearly important to consider, despite the limited conclusion of the abstract, since it comes from the ATC (Acupuncture Trialists Collaboration) and involves further analysis of the largest dataset available in the field of acupuncture … Continue reading Do patient characteristics affect acupuncture treatment outcomes?