Acupuncture for MRM 2022

Inspired by Liu et al 2022.[1] Photo by Anh Nguyen on Unsplash. MRM – menstrual-related migraineMA – manual acupunctureRCT – randomised controlled trialRR50 – responder rate (% of patients with a reduction in headache days of 50% or more)AP – acupuncture point key to acronyms I almost skipped past this paper when it showed up … Continue reading Acupuncture for MRM 2022

Sham acupuncture in chronic pain

Inspired by Zhou et al 2022.[1] Photo by Sven Mieke on Unsplash. MA – meta-analysisNMA – network meta-analysisIPDM – individual patient data meta-analysisRA – real acupunctureSA – sham acupunctureNPSA – non-penetrative SAPSA – penetrative SANA – no acupunctureRCT – randomised controlled trialHRQoL – health-related quality of lifeANCOVA – analysis of covarianceES – effect sizeEA – … Continue reading Sham acupuncture in chronic pain

Acupuncture for ARC 2022

Inspired by Tu et al 2022.[1] Photo by Anton Nikolov on Unsplash. ARC – acute renal colicBUCM – Beijing University of Chinese MedicineIF – impact factorMA – manual acupunctureIM – intramuscular (injection – a route for administering drugs)NSAID – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugaka – also known asde qi – typical needling sensation perceived by the patient … Continue reading Acupuncture for ARC 2022

EA for depression-related insomnia

Inspired by Yin et al 2022.[1] Photo by VAZHNIK on Pexels.com EA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureSC – standard carePSQI – Pittsburgh Sleep Quality IndexHAM-D – Hamilton Depression Rating ScaleHAMD-17 – the sum of the first 17 items on the HAM-Dkey to acronyms This 3-armed trial from Shanghai is the biggest trial (n=270) of acupuncture … Continue reading EA for depression-related insomnia

Acupuncture for BCT

Inspired by Kao et al 2022,[1] and the protocol by Liu et al 2022.[2] Photo by Sam Burriss on Unsplash. BCT – blunt chest traumaNRS – numerical rating scaleFRS – face rating scaleSMI – sustained maximal inspirationHRV – heart rate variabilityHR – heart rateMAP – mean arterial pressurekey to acronyms Two papers from Taiwan appeared … Continue reading Acupuncture for BCT

Acupuncture for CTTH

…plus a protocol for CAT in migraine? Inspired by Zheng et al 2022,[1] and the protocol by Li et al 2022.[2] Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com CTTH – chronic tension-type headacheTTH – tension-type headache (episodic or chronic)ART – Acupuncture Randomised Trial (part of the Modellvorhaben Akupunktur)GERAC – GERman ACupuncture trial (part of the Modellvorhaben … Continue reading Acupuncture for CTTH

RIX sham and cultural differences 2022

Stimulated by Prinsloo et al 2022.[1] Photo by Adli Wahid on Unsplash. Photo by MJ Tangonan on Unsplash. The photo on the left is from Shanghai and on the right from Austin – the centres involved in the research discussed. RIX – Radiotherapy-Induced XerostomiaXQ – Xerostomia Questionnairekey to acronyms At the end of 2019 a large, 2-centre, 3-arm study was … Continue reading RIX sham and cultural differences 2022

Exercise vs IA saline in OAK

Inspired by Bandak et al 2022.[1] IA – intra-articularOA – osteoarthritisOAK – OA kneeGLA:D – Good Life with osteoArthritis in DenmarkUS – ultrasoundKOOS – Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome ScoreSMD – standardised mean difference (a measure of effect size used in meta-analyses)EA – electroacupunctureMCID – minimum clinically important differencekey to acronyms I am very grateful … Continue reading Exercise vs IA saline in OAK

Improving acupuncture research 2022

Inspired by a series of recent on access articles in the BMJ online.[1–6] Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com CACMS – China Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBUCM – Beijing University of Chinese MedicineEBM – evidence-based medicineSR – systematic reviewRCT – randomised controlled trialGRADE – Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (a method of grading … Continue reading Improving acupuncture research 2022

Acupuncture for CD 2022

Inspired by Bao et al 2022.[1] Cladogram from Bao et al 2022. A cladogram is a diagram used to show relationships between organisms – from the Greek clados (branch) and gramma (character). CD – Crohn’s DiseaseMA – manual acupunctureCDAI – Crohn’s Disease Activity IndexEA – electroacupunctureCDEIS – Crohn’s Disease Endoscopic Index of SeverityHS – Histopathological … Continue reading Acupuncture for CD 2022