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  • Writer's pictureDr Alexandra

What can acupuncture help people with?

Updated: Jan 3, 2023

Acupuncture is so holistic that it focuses on how the body is functioning rather than the disease a person has been diagnosed with. In saying that (and to keep me grounded), here’s a list of conditions that acupuncture can help with according to evidence:




A note on the research:

  • In some cases, acupuncture combined with the conventional treatments was associated with better results than without acupuncture (e.g. in studies on cancer pain & asthma).

  • Studies are often quite low in quality and size, so findings must be considered with this in mind

  • Studies for acupuncture are difficult because the medicine works best when it personalises the treatment to the individual, and for studies to be of high quality they require standardisation, repetition and a solid control. Studies also need funding.

  • This is just research on acupuncture, herbal medicine is not included in this post!

  • Research is GREAT, but its also to be kept in mind that the medicine is a traditional medicine that has been developed and refined on what worked.



If you are wanting to give acupuncture a try, don't hesitate to get in touch or book an appointment, I'd be happy to help in anyway 🤗



References:

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture-what-you-need-to-know#:~:text=Research%20has%20shown%20that%20acupuncture,in%20people%20with%20breast%20cancer.

https://www.acupuncture.org.au/resources/publications/the-acupuncture-evidence-project

Yun, L., Liqun, W., Shuqi, Y., Chunxiao, W., Liming, L., & Wei, Y. (2019). Acupuncture for infertile women without undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (ART): A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine, 98(29), e16463. https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.000000000001646

Shetty, G. B., Shetty, B., & Mooventhan, A. (2018). Efficacy of Acupuncture in the Management of Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of acupuncture and meridian studies, 11(4), 153–158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jams.2018.04.001

Yang, J., Wahner-Roedler, D. L., Zhou, X., Johnson, L. A., Do, A., Pachman, D. R., Chon, T. Y., Salinas, M., Millstine, D., & Bauer, B. A. (2021). Acupuncture for palliative cancer pain management: systematic review. BMJ supportive & palliative care, 11(3), 264–270. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002638

Guven, P. G., Cayir, Y., & Borekci, B. (2020). Effectiveness of acupuncture on pregnancy success rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization: A randomized controlled trial. Taiwanese journal of obstetrics & gynecology, 59(2), 282–286. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tjog.2020.01.018

Zhang, K., Zhou, S., Wang, C., Xu, H., & Zhang, L. (2018). Acupuncture on Obesity: Clinical Evidence and Possible Neuroendocrine Mechanisms. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2018, 6409389. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/6409389

Kim, S. A., Lee, S. H., Kim, J. H., van den Noort, M., Bosch, P., Won, T., Yeo, S., & Lim, S. (2021). Efficacy of Acupuncture for Insomnia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The American journal of Chinese medicine, 49(5), 1135–1150. https://doi.org/10.1142/S0192415X21500543


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