Gastroparesis 2018

On the 18th December another Cochrane Review popped up on my daily PubMed search: Acupuncture for symptomatic gastroparesis.[1] Cochrane reviews are substantial pieces of work, with numerous peer and editorial review stages built in to the process. The rigorous approach to assessing bias and the adoption of the GRADE system to summarise findings often results … Continue reading Gastroparesis 2018

Hypertension 2018

The Chinese Cochrane Centre in Chengdu. In March 1999 the Chinese Cochrane Centre opened in Chengdu. Now that it has been established for some time, we are starting to see reviews on acupuncture that include the Chinese literature. I remember reviewing one on neuropathic pain for Cochrane,[1] but this one on hypertension was a surprise … Continue reading Hypertension 2018

Needling and spasticity

Inspired by Sánchez-Mila Acupunct Med 2018 [1] I have been curious about the potential effect of acupuncture needling in muscles with high tone since witnessing the rapid relief of lumbar muscle spasm following insertion of acupuncture needles whilst serving as a medical officer in the British military. Subsequently I have tried the technique (combined with … Continue reading Needling and spasticity

Another fatality

Inspired by Jian et al. Medicine 2018 Last Saturday (3rd November 5, 2018) I was lecturing on the BMAS Foundation Course, and during the morning coffee break I received one of my regular email alerts from PubCrawler – an Irish website that searches (or crawls) PubMed (the US National Library of Medicine) leaving you free to … Continue reading Another fatality

Aromatase inhibitors, joint pain and acupuncture

This blog was first published on 2nd August 2018 on Effect of Acupuncture on Joint Pain Related to Aromatase Inhibitors Among Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer - Hershman et al JAMA 2018 A large rigorous and statistically positive trial published in a prestigious general medical journal,[1] and an increasingly familiar conclusion rings out – acupuncture is … Continue reading Aromatase inhibitors, joint pain and acupuncture

Acupuncture and IVF

– no clear effect on live birth rate This blog was first published on 18th June 2018 on Acupuncture has become very popular within the field of assisted reproduction, and particularly as an intervention within IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation). In an editorial from 2015 in Acupuncture in Medicine, David Carr lists 12 meta-analyses on the subject … Continue reading Acupuncture and IVF

Rewiring the brain with acupuncture

– does sophisticated MRI data point us to optimal treatment? This blog was first published on 25th January 2018 on For some time, a group on the US east coast have been quietly scanning brains with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and related techniques to examine the effects of acupuncture. They hit the headlines in … Continue reading Rewiring the brain with acupuncture

EA for stress urinary incontinence

– perhaps via direct pudendal nerve stimulation This blog was first published on 4th December 2017 on Photo by Pixabay on Earlier in 2017 this paper popped up in JAMA.[1] It was from the same group that had published a huge multicentre trial of electroacupuncture (EA) for chronic severe functional constipation,[2] which was featured … Continue reading EA for stress urinary incontinence

The Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration IPDM update 2017

– more data, new insights... This blog was first published on 29th December 2017 on In 2012, the first individual patient data meta-analysis (IPDM) in the field of acupuncture was published.[1] It was also one of the first in the field of pain research. It was a struggle to publish, principally (I guess) because the … Continue reading The Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration IPDM update 2017

EA for chronic severe functional constipation

– it seems to work after an intensive course... This blog was first published on 28th November 2017 on Photo by Pixabay on About a year ago I was surprised to see a sham controlled RCT of electroacupuncture (EA) published in Annals of Internal Medicine.[1] I was surprised for several reasons: I review for … Continue reading EA for chronic severe functional constipation