Pudendal EA for LUTS

Stimulated by Chen et al 2021.[1] Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com EA – electroacupunctureLUTD – lower urinary tract dysfunctionLUTS – lower urinary tract symptomsSNM – sacral neuromodulationIPG – implantable pulse generatorEPNS – electrical pudendal nerve stimulationkey to acronyms This week I am choosing a case report to highlight because it nicely illustrates the overlap between … Continue reading Pudendal EA for LUTS

Consider acupuncture for chronic pain

Stimulated by NG193.[1] Photo by Arno Smit on Unsplash. NICE – National Institute for Health & Care ExcellencecLBP – chronic low back painMSK – musculoskeletalGERAC – German acupuncture trials (large 3 arm trials with ~1000 patients in each)MCID – minimum clinical important differenceLA – local anaestheticCRPS – complex regional pain syndromeRFD – radiofrequency denervation.key to … Continue reading Consider acupuncture for chronic pain

EA or AA vs UC – the PEACE trial

Stimulated by Mao et al 2021.[1] Visual abstract of PEACE trial from JAMA Oncology EA – electroacupunctureAA – auricular acupunctureUC – usual carePEACE – Personalised EA vs AA Comparative EffectivenessMSK – musculoskeletalMSKCC – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterARC – Acupuncture in Routine CareBFA – battlefield acupunctureBPI – brief pain inventoryVA – The United States Department … Continue reading EA or AA vs UC – the PEACE trial

SCD and 100Hz EA for itch

Stimulated by Pan et al 2021,[1] and Li et al 2021.[2] Photo by Flickr on Pexels.com SCD – systemic contact dermatitisEA – electroacupunctureIgE – immunoglobulin EGRPR – gastrin-releasing peptide receptorDYN-A – dynorphin Akey to acronyms We have all heard of allergy to metals in the form of a localised dermatitis at the site of contact, … Continue reading SCD and 100Hz EA for itch

Acupuncture for delirium

Stimulated by Levy et al 2021.[1] Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com TEAS – transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulationTENS – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation4AT – 4 A’s test, a rapid screening test for deliriumCAM – Confusion Assessment Methodm-RASS – modified Richmond Agitation and Sedation ScaleCAM-S – Confusion Assessment Method SeverityNNT – number needed to treat (to … Continue reading Acupuncture for delirium

ST36 EA for visceral hypersensitivity and indirect VNS

Stimulated by Chen et al 2021,[1] and Courties et al 2021.[2] Photo by Sora Shimazaki on Pexels.com EA – electroacupunctureIF – impact factorIBD – inflammatory bowel diseaseNGF – nerve growth factorTrkA – tropomyosin receptor kinase A (high affinity NGF receptor)TRPV1 – transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (aka capsaicin receptor)DRGs – dorsal root gangliaCAP – cholinergic … Continue reading ST36 EA for visceral hypersensitivity and indirect VNS

Acupuncture for athletes

Stimulated by Lee et al 2020,[1] and Yamamoto et al 2021.[2] Photo by mauro paillex on Unsplash. SR – systematic reviewMSK – musculoskeletalDOMS – delayed onset muscle sorenessYIPS – York Incontinence Perceptions ScaleYIPS – Yale Interpersonal Stressorkey to acronyms Lee et al is a systematic review (SR) that I have been wanting to highlight for … Continue reading Acupuncture for athletes

Acupuncture and arthroplasty

Stimulated by Chen et al 2021,[1] and Narayana Murthy et al 2021.[2] X ray film of a knee after TKR. Figure 1 from Narayana Murthy et al 2021.[2] TKA – total knee arthroplastyIF – impact factorRCT – randomised controlled trialkey to acronyms This week I have chosen a couple of papers that are linked by … Continue reading Acupuncture and arthroplasty

Acupuncture vs drugs in migraine

Stimulated by Giannini et al 2021,[1] and Szikszay et al 2020.[2] Photo by MC Botox – botulinum toxin type ACG150 – NICE Clinical Guideline 150 (Headaches in over 12s)GERAC – GERman ACupuncture trialRR50 – responder rate defined by a 50% reduction in days with headacheOA – Offset Analgesia (surely they could have used a different … Continue reading Acupuncture vs drugs in migraine

EA vs Prucalopride in SCC

Stimulated by Liu et al 2020.[1] Protocol in Liu et al.[1]Diagram by MC. EA – electroacupunctureSCC – severe chronic constipationIF – impact factorCSBM – complete spontaneous bowel movement5–HT4 – 5–hydroxytryptamine 4 receptorkey to acronyms This paper came out in December 2020, and I have been sitting on it ever since waiting for the urge to … Continue reading EA vs Prucalopride in SCC