Median nerves and arteries

Stimulated by Liu et al 2020,[1] and Li et al 2021.[2] Figure 1 from Liu et al 2020.[1]A – superficial brachial arteryB – median nerve EBM – evidence based medicineMR angiography – magnetic resonance angiographyPMA – persistent median arterykey to acronyms These are a couple of recent papers, a case report and a letter with … Continue reading Median nerves and arteries

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 PD and depression

Stimulated by Huang et al 2020.[1] Sunset over Taipei City, Taiwan.Photo by Thomas Tucker on Unsplash. PD –Parkinson’s DiseaseLHID – Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (Taiwan)NHIRD – National Health Insurance Research Database (Taiwan)NHI – National Health Insurance (Taiwan)key to acronyms This is one of two papers from Taiwan I am highlighting on the blog this week … Continue reading Acupuncture PD and depression

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

Acupuncture for dancers

Inspired by Blackmon & Elson 2020.[1] Photo by David Hofmann on Unsplash. Last week the topic was Parkinson’s disease (PD), and this week I have selected a paper on acupuncture for dancers, so I thought I would just check the PD literature, as I recalled that dancing was being used therapeutically in this condition. Sure … Continue reading Acupuncture for dancers

Acupuncture in PD 2020

Inspired by Jang et al 2020.[1] Image of fNIRS from Elisenicolegray on Wikipedia. PD – Parkinson’s diseasefNIRS – functional near infrared spectroscopySTRICTA – Standards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncturekey to acronyms There is a lot of research published on acupuncture in PD, and I generally ignore it. So why did this paper … Continue reading Acupuncture in PD 2020