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BBC News, Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Acupuncture may be an effective way of easing severe period pain, a South Korean review of 27 studies suggests.
Researchers said there was “promising evidence” for acupuncture in treating cramps, but that more work was needed.
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Chronicle Shropshire, May, 2007
I first met Dr. Daian Zou a few years ago when she did the business on my torn cartilage, the result of a mishap on the rugby field.
To quote one of Daian’s patients: “When I first arrived here the pain of staggering just 50 yards was almost unbearable. When I left, some 45 minutes later, I couldn’t believe the transformation.”
This is an often-heard response on introduction to a practice that dates back to before the 21st century BC.
Daian runs the St. John’s Hill Clinic for Chinese Medicine. She graduated in the Traditional Chinese Medicine University, Hunan Province, China, before practising conventional and Chinese medicine in China.
She then completed an advanced training programme in acupuncture in the attached hospital at TCM University of Hunan Province. Since she arrived in the UK, Daian has worked at clinics in London, Hampshire and Shropshire.
Dr. Daian’s approach is to integrae traditional and modern medical techniques for diagnosis, resulting in a natural treatment plan combining acupuncture, herbs and herbal medicines, nutritional therapy, exercise and lifestyle management.
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BBC News, Saturday, 30 April, 2005
Scientists say they have proof that acupuncture works in its own right.
Sceptics have said that any benefits gained from acupuncture are merely down to a person’s expectation that the treatment will work.
But researchers at University College London and Southampton University say they have separated out this placebo effect.
Their findings, based on a series of experiments and brain scan results, are published in the journal NeuroImage. Read more »
BBC Press Release 21/01/2006
An experiment conducted in the BBC Television series Alternative Medicine: The Evidence (BBC TWO, 9.00pm, Tuesday 24 January 2006) – presented by scientist Professor Kathy Sykes from Bristol University – shows acupuncture has a powerful and measurable effect on the human brain.
The effect is surprising, because scientists have previously predicted that parts of the cortex would be activated during acupuncture. Read more »
BBC News, Tuesday, 16 April, 2002
Women undergoing fertility treatment could have their chances of success boosted by acupuncture.
German researchers said they have increased success rates by almost 50% in women having in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
The theory is that acupuncture can affect the autonomic nervous system, which is involved in the control of muscles and glands, and could therefore make the lining of the uterus more receptive to receiving an embryo.
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BBC News, Friday, 18 March, 2005
Acupuncture is effective at relieving pelvic pain during pregnancy, a study says.
Pelvic girdle pain is common among pregnant women with one in three affected suffering severe pain. Researchers found acupuncture was better at easing the pain than standard and specialised exercising.
The team from Gothenburg’s Institute for the Health of Women and Children said the medical profession should be more open to using acupuncture. Read more »
“Whatever the mechanism, though, it does seem that acupuncture can be as effective a painkiller as some traditional pain medication.” .. From BBC – Turst me I am a doctor
A lottery-funded scheme in Wiltshire has helped more than 600 people cope with drug addiction using acupuncture, a charity has said.
The New Highway charity has used the alternative therapy, alongside coaching, to help addicts in its 10 centres over the last two years.
It said it helped prevent relapses and combat anxiety.
But the NHS said not enough evidence existed to prove the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating drug addiction.
‘Cope with cravings’
New Highway, which was formerly known as Bath Area Drugs Advisory Service, won a £167,000 Big Lottery grant in 2010 to help people with drug and alcohol addictions through acupuncture therapy.
Kevin McAlpine, from the charity, said: “What we’ve seen is that it makes a significant difference with stress and being able to cope with cravings from withdrawal.”
Dr Max Bloomberg, a research fellow at Goldsmiths University of London, is sceptical of the benefits of the therapy.
He believes the care an addict receives when they receive acupuncture treatment is what they respond to.
“How do you tease apart other facts like care versus acupuncture?” Dr Bloomberg said.
“It often isn’t the acupuncture, it’s the lovely atmosphere, it’s the fact that someone really cares.”
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