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Acupuncture wins for pregnancy pain

Acupuncture and exercise can alleviate the common problem of pelvic pain in pregnancy, a Cochrane review finds. After reviewing 26 randomised trials, researchers concluded there was “moderate-quality” evidence that acupuncture reduces evening pelvic pain and lumbo-pelvic pain better than usual care alone. Exercise programs, tailored to the stage of pregnancy, also trumped usual care for […]

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Acupuncture effective for migraine

ACUPUNCTURE, whether real or sham, is as effective as pharmacotherapy for the prevention of migraine, German research suggests. A study comparing sham and real acupuncture with standard drug therapy found no significant difference in the impact of treatment on the number of migraine days, according to data published in the Lancet Neurology (online). Patients were […]

Acupuncture effective for headaches

Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of tension headaches, according to a Cochrane review. Acupuncture was also effective for migraine prophylaxis — however sham acupuncture had the same effect. The review found patients with frequent episodic or chronic tension headaches responded better to acupuncture than basic care for number of headache days and pain intensity. […]

Acupuncture effective for depression

Acupuncture is just as effective as counselling for short-term relief of moderate to severe depression, a randomised trial finds. One-third of patients who had acupuncture were free of depression after three months, compared with 29% of those who attended counselling, according to the study conducted in UK general practice. Just 18% of patients who received […]

Acupuncture is effective for chronic pain

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic pain, although there is only a relatively small difference between real and sham treatment, a meta-analysis has found. The review included almost 18,000 patients with four types of chronic pain: back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain. Pain was at least halved in 50% of […]