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

EA for LBP after back surgery

Stimulated by Heo et al 2020,[1] and Choo et al 2021.[2] Image created by MC EA – electroacupunctureLBP – low back painSR – systematic reviewUC – usual careQoL – quality of lifeCAM – complementary and alternative medicinekey to acronyms I was attracted to Heo et al because it involved EA and was published in the … Continue reading EA for LBP after back surgery

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 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