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  • Editorial

    Manual acupuncture for migraine
    Heather Angus-Leppan
    ...Heather Angus-Leppan, consultant neurologist1 1Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London NW3 2QG, UK New trial moves acupuncture from complementary therapy to evidence based treatmentThe same pathways that transmit the caress of a lover can backfire and cause ...
    Research | PDF
  • Research

    Manual acupuncture versus sham acupuncture and usual care for prophylaxis of episodic migraine without aura: multicentre, randomised clinical trial
    Shabei Xu, Lingling Yu, Xiang Luo, Minghuan Wang, Guohua Chen, Qing Zhang, Wenhua Liu, Zhongyu Zhou, Jinhui Song, Huitao Jing, Guangying Huang, Fengxia Liang, Hua Wang, Wei Wang
    ...Research Management, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China 5Department of Acupuncture, Hubei Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, Hubei, China 6Department of Neurology, Xiangyang No.1 Peoples Hospital, Hubei ...
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  • Head To Head

    Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?
    Mike Cummings, Asbjørn Hróbjartsson, Edzard Ernst
    ...Mike Cummings, medical director1, Asbjrn Hrbjartsson, professor2, Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor3 1British Medical Acupuncture Society, London, UK 2Center for Evidence-based Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark 3University of Exeter, Exeter, UK Correspondence to: M ...
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  • Editor's Choice

    Acupuncture: theatrical placebo or caring approach to pain?
    Fiona Godlee
    ...Fiona Godlee, editor in chief The BMJ fgodlee@.comFollow Fiona on Twitter @fgodlee How good is the evidence for acupuncture in managing pain? In our Head to Head this week (doi:10.1136/.k970) the authors on both sides agree that studies show a small but statistically significant effect when ...
  • Research News

    Acupuncture may reduce symptoms of stress urinary incontinence, study finds
    Susan Mayor
    ...Susan Mayor London Treating women with stress urinary incontinence with electroacupuncturepassing an electric current between acupuncture needles on the lower backreduced urine leakage after six weeks, a randomised trial has shown.1Previous studies have suggested that electroacupuncture ...
  • Head To Head

    Patient Commentary: I was pregnant, in pain, and desperate when I chose acupuncture
    Kumari Manickasamy
    ...a few years ago, who had used acupuncture alongside manual therapy. I knew that acupuncture is widely used to treat many types of pain and has few adverse effects. After discussion with my physiotherapist, I booked a session at a local private physiotherapy clinic.I was reassured that the practitioner ...
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  • Research News

    Acupuncture does not reduce C section rate but may improve cervical maturity, review finds
    Jacqui Wise
    ...Jacqui Wise London Acupuncture and acupressure do not seem to reduce the need for a caesarean section, a Cochrane review has concluded, although acupuncture may help the cervix get ready for labour.1Medical induction methods such as prostaglandins can have significant side effects, so many women ...
  • News

    NICE recommends exercise and not acupuncture for low back pain
    Jacqui Wise
    ...Jacqui Wise London Acupuncture is no longer recommended for the management of non-specific low back pain with or without sciatica because evidence shows that it is no better than sham treatment, says new draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).1 ...
  • Clinical Review

    Andrew Vickers, Catherine Zollman
    .... William Osler, for example, used acupuncture therapeutically in the 19th century. s recent popularity in the West dates from the 1970s, when President Nixon visited China. Background In its original form acupuncture was based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. According to these ...
  • Research News

    Acupuncture does not improve chronic knee pain, study finds
    Zosia Kmietowicz
    ...Zosia Kmietowicz The BMJ Acupuncture with a laser or needle is no better than sham acupuncture at treating chronic knee pain in people over 50, an Australian study has found. Acupuncture is the most popular alternative therapy sought by people with chronic pain, said researchers from the University ...