Ten sessions of laser acupuncture can make a significant difference for tension headache sufferers

In a recent study on tension headache, researchers did ten sessions of laser acupuncture three times per week on one group and a similar placebo (dummy laser) treatment on another. The results revealed laser acupuncture to significantly relieve the symptoms of the real laser acupuncture group, while the placebo group did not improve as much.

Ebneshahidi NS, et al. Physical Therapy Dept, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran. na_sa_eb@yahoo.com

Acupuncture as good as painkillers, says study

Sceptics have long said acupuncture is all in the mind. But a study has found that the ancient Chinese practice is as effective as popular painkillers for treating disabling conditions such as arthritis.

A team of scientists from two British universities carried out brain scans on patients while they underwent the 2500-year-old treatment.

The scans showed differences in the brain’s response to acupuncture needles compared with tests using “dummy needles” that did not puncture the skin.

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Acupuncture is more effective than the leading medication at reducing nausea and vomiting after major breast surgery

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DURHAM, N.C. – In the first such clinical trial of its kind, researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found that acupuncture is more effective at reducing nausea and vomiting after major breast surgery than the leading medication

The researchers also found that patients who underwent the 5,000-year-old Chinese practice reported decreased postoperative pain and increased satisfaction with their postoperative recovery. In conducting the trial, the researchers also demonstrated that the pressure point they stimulated possesses previously unknown pain-killing properties.

Results of the Duke study were published Sept. 22, 2004, in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Treating postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is an important medical issue…