Distant vs local needling

Inspired by Yu et al 2021.[1] Photo by Dylann Hendricks | 딜란 on Unsplash. PoPS – principles of point selectionOA – osteoarthritisVAS – visual analogue scaleROM – range of movementHNCS – heterotopic noxious conditioning stimulationDNIC – diffuse noxious inhibitory controlkey to acronyms I will immediately admit that I am always biased in this debate in … Continue reading Distant vs local needling

Acupuncture for CP CPPS

Inspired by Sun et al 2021.[1] Points used in the trial adapted from Supplement 3 of the publication.[1] CP – chronic prostatitisCPPS – chronic pelvic pain syndromeRCT – randomised controlled trialIF – impact factorNIH-CPSI – National Institute of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom IndexMA – manual acupunctureMCID – minimal clinically important differenceSUI – stress urinary incontinencekey … Continue reading Acupuncture for CP CPPS

Preventing xerostomia

Stimulated by Menezes et al 2021.[1] Photo by Craig Cameron on Unsplash. RIX – radiation induced xerostomiaPROM – patient reported outcome measureXI – Xerostomia InventoryXQ – Xerostomia QuestionnaireBAI – Beck Anxiety Inventorykey to acronyms I was a bit late to pick up this paper, perhaps because the title is long, and I didn’t really notice … Continue reading Preventing xerostomia

Pudendal EA for LUTS

Stimulated by Chen et al 2021.[1] Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com EA – electroacupunctureLUTD – lower urinary tract dysfunctionLUTS – lower urinary tract symptomsSNM – sacral neuromodulationIPG – implantable pulse generatorEPNS – electrical pudendal nerve stimulationkey to acronyms This week I am choosing a case report to highlight because it nicely illustrates the overlap between … Continue reading Pudendal EA for LUTS

EA or AA vs UC – the PEACE trial

Stimulated by Mao et al 2021.[1] Visual abstract of PEACE trial from JAMA Oncology EA – electroacupunctureAA – auricular acupunctureUC – usual carePEACE – Personalised EA vs AA Comparative EffectivenessMSK – musculoskeletalMSKCC – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterARC – Acupuncture in Routine CareBFA – battlefield acupunctureBPI – brief pain inventoryVA – The United States Department … Continue reading EA or AA vs UC – the PEACE trial

SCD and 100Hz EA for itch

Stimulated by Pan et al 2021,[1] and Li et al 2021.[2] Photo by Flickr on Pexels.com SCD – systemic contact dermatitisEA – electroacupunctureIgE – immunoglobulin EGRPR – gastrin-releasing peptide receptorDYN-A – dynorphin Akey to acronyms We have all heard of allergy to metals in the form of a localised dermatitis at the site of contact, … Continue reading SCD and 100Hz EA for itch

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

Intensive EA/MA in OAK

Inspired by Tu et al 2020.[1] Photo by Anna Auza on Unsplash. EA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureOA – osteoarthritisOAK – OA kneeRR – responder rateNRS – numerical rating scaleWOMAC – Western Ontario and McMaster Universities osteoarthritis indexMCII – minimum clinically important improvementGERAC – German acupuncture (trial)ARC – acupuncture in routine care (trial)key to acronyms … Continue reading Intensive EA/MA in OAK

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