Shoulder EA 2020

Inspired by Guan et al 2020,[1] and Dunning et al 2020.[2] MC's favourite EA protocol for chronic shoulder pain (left), best position for the elbows to avoid RC impingement when doing press-ups or holding this mid-press position (lower right)... EA – electroacupuncture; a technique where electrical pulses are passed between pairs of filiform acupuncture needles … Continue reading Shoulder EA 2020

Plantar heel pain

Inspired by Al-Boloushi et al 2020,[1] and Ho et al 2020.[2] Photo by Min An on Pexels.com These two papers came out towards the end of August and have been waiting to be aired. They both involve needling with filiform acupuncture needles, and they both have ‘plantar heel pain’ in their titles, so they naturally … Continue reading Plantar heel pain

ST36 vs ST25 EA in sepsis

Inspired by Liu et al 2020.[1] Photo by Markus Spiske on Pexels.com ST36 – an acupuncture point location in upper tibialis anterior (L4/L5 myotome)ST25 – an acupuncture point location in rectus abdominis (T10 myotome)EA – ElectroacupunctureLPS – lipopolysaccharide (basically this is chopped up E coli cell walls)LD – lethal doseLD80 – dose at which 80% … Continue reading ST36 vs ST25 EA in sepsis

CHD risk in OA 2000-12

Inspired by Ton et al 2020.[1] Photo by Hernan Pauccara on Pexels.com CHD – Coronary Heart DiseaseOA – Osteoarthritis This week another large retrospective cohort study from Taiwan. In this paper the target group was patients with osteoarthritis (OA) identified from the LHID 2000 – the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000. The LHID 2000 is … Continue reading CHD risk in OA 2000-12

Frequency of Rx in OAK

Stimulated by Lin et al 2020.[1] Image from HVAC photoshoot 2012.[2] This paper caught my eye for two reasons. First because the title implied the results might be useful for clinical practice, and second because it was an acupuncture trial published in the journal Pain, a journal that does not publish acupuncture trials very often. … Continue reading Frequency of Rx in OAK

Adrenaline Athletes and Acupuncture

Stimulated by Arriaga-Pizano et al 2020.[1] Image by Cesar Marquez on Unsplash. This paper was published online on 20th May, and it took me a while before I had a closer look and discovered that it is really quite unique. It was a subsequent paper published a week later, a systematic review of acupuncture in low back pain … Continue reading Adrenaline Athletes and Acupuncture

Risk of mortality 2020

Stimulated by Lin et al 2020,[1] Park et al 2020,[2] and Khan et al 2019.[3] Shifen Waterfalls, Shifen, Taiwan. Image by Vernon Raineil Cenzon on Unsplash, modified by MC in Lightroom. What is the risk of mortality associated with acupuncture? Well, it depends on the context of course, and I am using this title to draw together a … Continue reading Risk of mortality 2020