– perhaps via direct pudendal nerve stimulation This blog was first published on 4th December 2017 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Earlier in 2017 this paper popped up in JAMA. It was from the same group that had published a huge multicentre trial of electroacupuncture (EA) for chronic severe functional constipation, which was featured … Continue reading EA for stress urinary incontinence
– it seems to work after an intensive course... This blog was first published on 28th November 2017 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com About a year ago I was surprised to see a sham controlled RCT of electroacupuncture (EA) published in Annals of Internal Medicine. I was surprised for several reasons: I review for … Continue reading EA for chronic severe functional constipation
This blog was first published on 27th July 2017 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ I subsequently attended the Spanish Pain Society conference (#SEDPalma2018) and there was a whole session devoted to this paper and why it did not apply to the way these specialists used the technique :-/. This piece has also been stimulated by a publication in JAMA, … Continue reading Burning nerves with needles in back pain – stop the burning, just use the needles!
This blog was first published on 30th May 2017 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ This piece has been stimulated by a recent publication in JAMA evaluating the use of regular intra-articular corticosteroid injections for symptom management and cartilage volume in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Previous research had suggested that the inflammatory process in the knee was associated with … Continue reading Why not needles for OA – no steroid, just the needles!
This blog was first published on 9th March 2017 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ Figure 3 from Woods B et al PLoS One 2017 This figure may seem familiar to some who follow big data in the acupuncture field. It comes from another big project at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York. It is effectively a repeat … Continue reading TENS and acupuncture appear cost-effective in knee osteoarthritis
This blog was first published on 9th February 2017 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ Inspired by Wang et al Acupunct Med 2017  Image taken from Cummings M Acupunct Med 2009  I got interested in swapping my hypodermic needles for filiform ones some 25 years ago, and was encouraged by my early success treating myofascial pain in a … Continue reading Precision needling in myofascial pain
…a career-defining symptom? This blog was first published on 18th May 2016 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ The Filshie files - breathlessness Dr Jacqueline Filshie Jacky Filshie (JF) has devoted a medical career to symptom management in the cancer suffering population. Her early personal experience of acupuncture needling had a significant impression on her, probably because she happened to … Continue reading Breathless…