Patients who choose to receive only alternative therapy as treatment for curable cancers rather than conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, new research suggests. There is increasing interest by patients and families in pursuing alternative medicine as opposed to conventional cancer treatment. This trend has created a difficult situation for patients and… Read more

People with back pain who have low expectations of acupuncture before they start a course of treatment will get less relief than those people who believe it will work, a new study shows. Conversely, people who have a positive view of back pain and who feel in control of their condition experience less back-related disability… Read more

Acupuncture, one of the most commonly used medical procedures in the world, has origins in ancient China. Using acupuncture to attain weight loss became popular in 2003 when CNN reported success stories from weight loss clinics in China. China has experienced an increase in obesity with the introduction and popularity of Western diet choices. The… Read more

For centuries, acupuncture has been a well known practice, today it is used often for relief of arthritis and related symptoms such as Restless Leg Syndrome. Within the realm of acupuncture, RLS is seen as a disorder related to the spleen. As a traditional Chinese medical technique practiced as a way to keep a person’s Chi in continuous movement.

It is believed that all energy, or Chi, travels through the body on specific pathways. In acupuncture, special needles are used to stimulate the body’s energy to once again together the yin and yang, considered to be the balance that is needed for a healthy system. Acupuncture then is used when a person is ill, or in Chinese medicine the Chi is obstructed.

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To date, most of the scientific research into the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine has focused on Acupuncture. At the current time, there is still no scientific consensus as to whether Acupuncture is really effective or whether it only has value as a placebo.

Evidence-based reviews of prior clinical trials, such as those reviews conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration and Bandolier, suggest that Acupuncture is effective for treating: • Headache,

• Lower back pain,

• Nausea, pain, and vomiting that may occur following surgery, dental work, or a course of chemotherapy.

However, for most conditions there is either a lack of proven effectiveness or a lack of properly conducted clinical trials.