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Scharfsichtig dank Akupunktur

Etwa jedes 20. Kind in Europa leidet unter einer angeborenen Sehschwäche eines Auges, der sogenannten Amblyopie. Die Standardbehandlung besteht darin, das gesunde Auge zeitweise abzudecken und das kranke zu fordern und zu verbesserten Leistungen zu zwingen. Chinesische Forscher bringen nun eine andere Option ins Spiel: die Akupunktur. Etwa jedes 20. Kind in Europa leidet unter einer angeborenen Sehschwäche eines Auges, der sogenannten Amblyopie. Die Standardbehandlung besteht darin, das gesunde Auge zeitweise abzudecken und das kranke zu fordern und zu verbesserten Leistungen zu zwingen. Chinesische Forscher bringen nun eine andere Option ins Spiel: die Akupunktur. Nach ihren Ergebnissen sind fünf Akupunktursitzungen...
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Acupuncture benefits dry eyes

Acupuncture provides additional benefit in dry eye treatment compared with artificial tears, and is associated with evidence of reduced inflammation. One hundred and fifty participants were treated with artificial tears alone, with eight added sessions of acupuncture, or with additional daily oral herbal medicine (Qi Ju Gan Lu Yin, Lycium Derry and Chrysanthemum Beverage) over a one-month period. The acupuncture points used consisted of five local points around the eyes (Chengqi ST-1, Cuanzhu BL-2, Fengchi GB20, Tai Yang M-HN-9, three tear needles) and three distal points on the limbs (Sanyinjiao SP-6, Hegu L.I.-4, Zusanli ST-36). Participants treated with acupuncture were...
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Early age-related macular degeneration treated with emayaoling acupuncture technique: a randomized controlled trial

Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare the differences in the clinical therapeutic effects on early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the treatment between emayaoling acupuncture technique and regular acupuncture. METHODS: A total of 110 patients of AMD were randomized into an observation group (55 cases, 73 eyes) and a control group (55 cases, 76 eyes). In the observation group, acupuncture was applied at Cuanzhu (BL 2) and Yiming (EX-HN 14). The needles were retained for 30 min. Additionally, Ganshu (BL 18), Pishu (BL 20) and Shenshu (BL 23) were stimulated with quick needling technique. Emayaoling needling technique was applied. The needle was rotated with...
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Acupuncture and herbs improve eyesight for patients with diabetic retinopathy

Acupuncture and herbs improve eyesight for patients with diabetic retinopathy. In a controlled clinical trial, Hubei Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine ophthalmology department researchers determined that herbal medicine monotherapy benefits vision. The addition of acupuncture to the treatment protocol significantly improved patient outcomes. Diabetic retinopathy patients receiving acupuncture and herbal medicine demonstrated significant improvements in visual acuity. Also, patients demonstrated improvements in the health of the retina; there were reductions in ocular microaneurysms, hard exudate, cotton wool spots, retinal bleeding, edema, and leaking blood vessels. [1] Before and after treatment, the data was verified with visual acuity tests (with...
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Early age-related macular degeneration treated with emayaoling acupuncture technique: a randomized controlled trial

Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare the differences in the clinical therapeutic effects on early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the treatment between emayaoling acupuncture technique and regular acupuncture. METHODS: A total of 110 patients of AMD were randomized into an observation group (55 cases, 73 eyes) and a control group (55 cases, 76 eyes). In the observation group, acupuncture was applied at Cuanzhu (BL 2) and Yiming (EX-HN 14). The needles were retained for 30 min. Additionally, Ganshu (BL 18), Pishu (BL 20) and Shenshu (BL 23) were stimulated with quick needling technique. Emayaoling needling technique was applied. The needle was rotated with the thumb...
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Acupuncture and Herbs Eliminate Meniere’s Disease

Acupuncture has been proven clinically effective for the treatment of Meniere’s disease, a disorder characterized by vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus. Researchers determined that acupuncture produces a 100% total effective rate. The results indicate that acupuncture is safe and effective for the treatment of Meniere’s disease. [1] The total effective rate was determined by combining ) three tiers of patient outcomes: cured, very effective, effective. All patients improved significantly and none were included in the not effective category. A total of 26 patients were completely cured (no symptoms whatsoever), 6 patients achieved the very effective tier (complete relief of vertigo),...
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Optimizing acupuncture treatment for dry eye syndrome: a systematic review

Abstract BACKGROUND: In a former meta-analysis review, acupuncture was considered a potentially effective treatment for dry eye syndrome (DES), but there were heterogeneities among the outcomes. We updated the meta-analysis and conducted subgroup analysis to reduce the heterogeneity and suggest the most effective acupuncture method based on clinical trials. METHODS: We searched for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in 10 databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTAL, AMED, SCOPUS, CNKI, Wangfang database, Oriental Medicine Advanced Searching Integrated System (OASIS), Koreamed, J-stage) and searched by hand to compare the effects of acupuncture and artificial tears (AT). We also conducted subgroup analysis by (1) method of...
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Salvia pill improves retinal health in diabetic retinopathy

A Chinese herbal medicine containing Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae) has been shown to be helpful in treating diabetic retinopathy (DR), a severe microvascular complication of diabetes that is a major cause of adult blindness. The Chinese study investigated the use of ‘Compound Danshen Dripping Pill’ (CDDP), which is commonly used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. In a large-scale clinical trial, involving 233 patients with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) were randomised to receive four concentrations (placebo, low-dose [270 mg], mid-dose [540 mg] and high dose [810 mg]) of oral herbal medication three times daily for 24 weeks. Objective changes...
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Akupunktur kann die Sehkraft in Patienten mit altersbedingter Makula-Degeneration verbessern.

ABSTRACT Hintergrund: Die altersbedingte Makula Degeneration (AMD) ist eine Krankheit, die im fortgeschrittenen Alter allmählich das zentrale Scharfsehen zerstört. Die Behandlungsoptionen sind limitiert und der Verlust der Sehkraft kann oft nicht verhindert werden. In der vorliegenden Studie wurden die Effekte einer Akupunkturbehandlung auf die Sehkraft von AMD Patienten untersucht. Methoden: Insgesamt wurden 328 Patienten mit einer klinischen Diagnose von AMD über einen Zeitraum von zwei Wochen (jeweils Montag bis Freitag) zwei Mal täglich mit einem Mindestabstand von 60 Minuten zwischen den Behandlungen akupunktiert. Die Sehkraft wurde vor der Behandlung, nach einer Woche und nach zwei Wochen mittels eines Standard Lese-Tests...
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Is Electroacupuncture Treatment More Effective in Somatic Tinnitus Than in Nonsomatic Tinnitus?

ABSTRACT Background: In recent years, evidence has been accumulating linking subjective tinnitus to the somatosensory system. Somatic tinnitus is defined as tinnitus in which forceful contractions of jaw and neck muscles modulate the psychoacoustic attributes of tinnitus, such as pitch and loudness. Being a somatosensory-based treatment modality, needling might well be more effective for treating somatic than nonsomatic tinnitus. Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes of electroacupuncture (EA) treatment between patients with somatic and nonsomatic tinnitus. Materials and Methods: A single-blinded prospective study was carried wherein 27 patients with tinnitus were divided into either a...
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Herbs reduce need for surgery in rhinosinusitis patients

Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) who use adjunctive traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to manage their condition are less likely to require endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS), according to a large population-based study from Taiwan. A total of 14,806 CRS subjects were enrolled in the study: 4294 (29%) of these were TCM users. Ninety-seven percent of the TCM users took herbal remedies. The most common Chinese herbal formula used was Xin Yi Qing Fei Tang and the most commonly used single herb was Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae). Adjunctive traditional Chinese medicine therapy for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis: a population-based study. Int Forum...
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Herbal formula adds benefit to tinnitus treatment

An observational study from Taiwan suggests that using adjuvant Chinese herbal therapy can add benefit to standard anti-tinnitus treatment. A descriptive case series compared 10 patients with chronic tinnitus who received the herbal formula Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang (CHJLGMLT, ‘Bupleurum & Dragon Bone Combination’) along with standard anti-tinnitus therapy with 11 patients who received standard therapy alone. After two months of treatment, tinnitus severity scores and sleep quality scores were found to have improved more significantly in the herbal medicine group than in the standard therapy group. Scores relating to the emotional impact of tinnitus were...
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Goji berries protect the eye

In vivo studies have shown that anti-oxidant phytochemicals from Gou Qi Zi (Lycium barbarum fructus, aka Chinese wolfberry or goji berry) can protect eye tissues from oxidative damage. American researchers studying type-2 diabetic mice observed that wolfberry extract could protect retinal pigment epithelial cells from the oxidative stress caused by hyperglycaemia. The researchers have previously shown that goji berries contain high levels of zeaxanthin, lutein, polysaccharides and polyphenolics, all of which demonstrate anti-oxidant activity in vitro. On a molecular level, the extract was shown to activate AMPK (a key metabolic enzyme involved in glucose uptake and cellular energy homeostasis) and...
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Electro-stimulation beneficial for dry mouth in cancer patients

A sham-controlled feasibility trial has found that electro-acupuncture given concurrently with radiotherapy can significantly reduce xerostomia (dry mouth) symptoms and improved quality of life. Twenty-three patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma undergoing radiotherapy of the head and neck were randomised to receive verum acupuncture or sham acupuncture. Patients were treated three times per week during the course of radiotherapy. Subjective xerostomia symptom scores for the acupuncture group were significantly lower than those in the sham control group, starting in week three of treatment and lasting through one-month follow-up. Clinically significant differences in favour of verum acupuncture were seen at week six and...
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Electro-acupuncture at Zusanli ST-36 affects oesophageal motility

Electro-acupuncture (EA) at Zusanli ST-36 can affect oesophageal motility, report Brazilian investigators. Sixteen healthy volunteers underwent an oesophageal function test using high-resolution manometry. The test was performed in three phases: basal measurements, and 20 min after acupuncture stimulation of either Zusanli ST-3, or a sham point (five centimetres medial to ST-36), in a crossover design. The results showed that both verum and sham acupuncture resulted in a subtle change in the wave velocity of the oesophageal contraction pattern. Verum acupuncture at Zusanli ST-36, but not sham, was observed to significantly decrease lower esophageal sphincter (LES) resting pressure, suggesting a potential...
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Battlefield acupuncture beats sore throat

A study by authors from the US Air Force has shown that battlefield auricular acupuncture (BFA) can reduce throat pain and decrease need for pain medication in patients with acute sore throat. BFA is a specific auricular acupuncture technique for acute pain, which involves placing semi-permanaent needles in five specific points on the ear: Cingulate Gyrus, Thalamus, Omega 2, Point Zero and Shenmen. In a pragmatic RCT, 54 patients received either standard treatment alone (STD) or standard treatment plus BFA. Patients receiving BFA reported lower pain scores and reported taking fewer cumulative doses of pain medication than the STD group....
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Akupunktur reduziert den Augendruck bei Glaukompatienten

Akupunktur hilft Glaukompatienten durch Senkung des Augendruckes und einer verbesserten Blutzirkulation hinter dem Auge nach einer Behandlung. In der ersten Studie dieser Art haben japanische Forscher elf Patienten mit Offenwinkelglaukom behandelt und die Hämodynamik im Auge vor, während und nach Akupunktur oder nur Ruhephase untersucht. Die Akupunktur wurde einmalig für 15 min. durchgeführt, ohne Nadelmanipulation, bilateral an den Punkten Blase 2, Taiyang, Magen 2, Magen 36, Milz-Pankreas 6, Niere 3, Leber 3, Gallenblase 20, Blase 18 und Blase 23. Alle Patienten nahmen ihre bisherige Medikation weiter. Die Forscher fanden heraus, dass der Augendruck signifikant sank nach der Akupunktur. Ebenso sank...
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Acupuncture with deqi can improve muscle recovery in Bell’s palsy

Acupuncture that elicits the sensation of deqi can improve facial muscle recovery, disability and quality of life for patients with Bell’s palsy. In a randomised controlled trial, Chinese researchers compared the efficacy of weak versus strong acupuncture stimulation in a group of 338 patients presenting with unilateral facial-nerve weakness within 168 hours of symptom onset. Patients were randomly assigned to a deqi or control group. Both groups received acupuncture based on TCM principles. Acupoints included Yangbai GB-14 (affected side), Dicang ST-4 (affected side), Jiache ST-6 (affected side), Xiaguan ST-7 (affected side), Yifeng SJ-17 (affected side) and Hegu L.I.-4 (contralateral). In...
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Acupuncture soothes dry eyes

Acupuncture out-performs artificial tears in the treatment of dry eye syndrome, according to South Korean researchers. The team enrolled 150 patients with moderate to severe dry eye in a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. Participants were randomly allocated to receive either acupuncture treatment (at Zanzhu BL-2, Yangbai GB-14, Sizhukong SJ-23, Chengqi ST-1, Fengchi GB-20, Hegu L.I.-4, Quchi L.I.-11, Yintang N-HN-3 and Shangxing DU-23), or to an active control group that received treatment with artificial tears (sodium carboxymethylcellulose), for four weeks. At the end of the treatment period both groups showed similar improvement in subjective dry eye symptom scores and quality of...
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Acupuncture reduces symptoms of burning mouth

Acupuncture may be effective at reducing symptom intensity in people suffering from burning mouth syndrome (BMS). In a preliminary single-arm trial carried out in Brazil, eight patients received 11 weekly treatments with acupuncture. Body acupoints were chosen for their effect on TCM patterns related to BMS (tonifying Kidney, clearing heat from the Blood, regulating qi and Blood, eliminating Liver fire and regulating the Spleen and Stomach), and on reducing facial pain and muscle tension. Other points were added according to individual patient presentation. These were combined with auricular points, also chosen according to TCM principles (Shenmen, Heart, Kidney, Stomach, Spleen,...
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Acupuncture reduces pain after tonsillectomy

Intraoperative acupuncture results in reduced pain and earlier return to eating for children undergoing tonsillectomy, according to American researchers. Fifty-nine children were randomised to receive verum or sham acupuncture during anesthesia for tonsillectomy. Home surveys of patients revealed significant improvements in pain control in the acupuncture treatment-group post-operatively and oral intake of food also occurred significantly earlier in the acupuncture treatment group. Intraoperative acupuncture for posttonsillectomy pain: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Laryngoscope. 2015 Apr 7. doi: 10.1002/lary.25252. An Israeli team has also concluded that acupuncture, as an adjunct to analgesic treatment, is an effective treatment for post-tonsillectomy pain in...
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Acupuncture reduces eye pressure in glaucoma

Acupuncture appears to benefit glaucoma patients by decreasing intraocular pressure (IOP) and improving blood circulation behind the eye. In the first study of its type, Japanese researchers enrolled eleven patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG) and measured eye haemodynamics before, during and after either acupuncture or rest. Acupuncture was performed once, for 15 minutes, without needle manipulation, at bilateral Zanzhu BL-2, Taiyang M-HN-9, Sibai ST-2, Zusanli ST-36, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Taixi KID-3, Taichong LIV-3, Fengchi GB-20, Ganshu BL-18 and Shenshu BL-23. All patients continued to take their medication. The researchers found that IOP decreased significantly after acupuncture. Acupuncture also resulted in decreased...
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Acupuncture reduces burning mouth symptoms

A pilot study carried out in Italy suggests that acupuncture may reduce the pain of burning mouth syndrome (BMS). BMS, for which no medical or dental cause can be found, most commonly affects older women. It is considered to be a form of neuropathic pain and no satisfactory treatment is currently available for it. Ten BMS patients received 20 sessions of acupuncture over eight weeks. Local acupoints on the face and neck were individually selected for each patient based on TCM principles, and combined with standard distal points (Hegu L.I.-4, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Baihui GV-20, Luozhen M-UE-24 and auricular Shenmen). Patients reported...
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Acupuncture may improve vision in patients with retinitis pigmentosa

The results of a pilot study carried out in the USA suggest that acupuncture may have significant, measurable benefits on residual visual function in patients with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Twelve adult patients with RP were treated with a standardised protocol that combined electro-acupuncture (EA) at points on the forehead and below the eyes with manual acupuncture on body points, during 10 half-hour sessions over two weeks. Six of the 12 subjects showed significant improvements in visual function after treatment. (A pilot study of an acupuncture protocol to improve visual function in retinitis pigmentosa. Clin Exp Optom....
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Acupuncture may Improve Vision in Patients with Age-related Macular Degeneration

ABSTRACT Background and Aims: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Treatment options for AMD are limited and often vision loss can not be prevented. The present study was performed to evaluate the effects of acupuncture treatment on vision in AMD patients. Methods: A total of 328 patients with a clinical diagnosis of AMD were treated over a period of 2 weeks (Monday to Friday) with acupuncture given two times per day with a minimum time of 60 minutes between treatments. Vision was evaluated at baseline, after one and after two...
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Acupuncture in the treatment of meniere’s syndrome

A systematic review of acupuncture studies for treatment of Ménière’s syndrome suggests that it may be beneficial. UK researchers searched for randomised, non-randomised and observational studies in English and Chinese across six databases. Twenty-seven studies of varying quality were included in the review (nine in English and 18 in Chinese languages), all but one of which was conducted in China. The weight of evidence across all study types was suggestive of a beneficial effect from acupuncture, both for those in the acute phase as well as those suffering from Ménière’s syndrome for a number of years. (Exploring the Evidence Base...
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Acupuncture improves tear quantity in dry eye patients

Chinese researchers have found that acupuncture can result in objectively measurable improvements of tear film quantity in patients with certain types of dry eye. A total of 108 dry eye patients were randomised to receive treatment with either acupuncture or artificial tears. Each group was divided into three subgroups based on subtype of dry eye; lipid tear deficiency (LTD), Sjögren syndrome dry eye (SSDE) and non-Sjögren syndrome dry eye (Non-SSDE). The acupoints used included Jingming BL-1, Zanzhu BL-2, Yangbai GB-14, Sizhukong SJ-23, Taiyang M-HN-9, Sibai ST-2, Hegu L.I.-4, Taichong LIV-3, Guangming GB-37, Sanyinjiao SP-6 and Fengchi GB-20. After four-weeks of...
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Acupuncture helps with dry mouth due to cancer treatment

UK has concluded that acupuncture can provide significant symptom relief for cancer patients with radiation-induced xerostomia. A total of 145 patients with chronic xerostomia following radiation treatment for head and neck cancer were studied in a randomised crossover design, with participants receiving two group sessions of oral care education and eight sessions of acupuncture. Compared with oral care acupuncture produced significant reductions in patients’ experience of severe dry mouth, sticky saliva, needing to sip fluids to swallow food and waking up at night to drink, although there were no significant changes in either stimulated or unstimulated saliva measurements. (ARIX: A...
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Acupuncture helps restore sense of smell

Acupuncture can help restore the sense of smell in people suffering from post-viral olfactory dysfunction (PVOD). Researchers from China studied 50 patients who presented to the outpatient clinic with PVOD and were refractory to standardised treatment. Half the patients were treated with acupuncture at bilateral points Yingxiang L.I.-20, Bitong (Shangyingxiang) M-HN-14, and Biqiu (located inside the nose anterior to the middle turbinate), while the other half were simply observed. Acupuncture was administered three times a week for a total of 10 times per course. After each course, the patients rested for three to five days. Treatment continued for three months....
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Acupuncture helps cancer patients’ dry mouth

Acupuncture given concurrently with radiotherapy can significantly reduce xerostomia (dry mouth) and improve quality of life for patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma. In a Chinese study, 86 patients were randomised to acupuncture or standard care. Patients received acupuncture three times per week, on days when they received radiotherapy. Patients were followed up for six months after the end of radiotherapy. Subjective xerostomia symptom scores were statistically significantly lower for patients receiving acupuncture, compared with controls, from week 3 until the end of the six-month follow-up, with clinically significant differences recorded at week 11, and at six months. Differences between the groups...
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Acupuncture for uveitis

Uveitis, an inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye, causes pain, blurred vision and, left untreated, may lead to blindness. Researchers at the University of Vienna ophthalmology and uveitis departments treated five patients with recurrent uveitis by acupuncture. All patients reported a decrease of pain and increased visual acuity, laser measurement showed decreased inflammation and the period until the next attack was extended by more than six months. (Presented at the 9th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care, 4-6 December 2002) Quelle:

Acupuncture effective for Bell’s palsy

Acupuncture seems to be an effective therapy for Bell’s palsy, report the authors of a Chinese systematic review. Fourteen randomised controlled trials involving 1541 individuals were included in their meta-analysis. A significant association was observed between acupuncture and a higher response rate for Bell’s palsy, compared with other therapy interventions. Efficacy of Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. PLoS One. 2015 May 14;10(5):e0121880. Quelle:

Acupuncture can improve tinnitus

An Iranian study suggests that acupuncture can improve tinnitus. Fifty-four patients who suffered from tinnitus, but did not show any structural ear abnormalities, were allocated to recieve either verum or placebo acupuncture (with non-penetrating placebo needles). Acupoints used included the points Yifeng SJ-17, Tinghui GB-2, Tinggong SI-19 and Ermen SJ-21, plus additional points based on each individual patient Quelle:

Acupuncture beats drugs for eye twitching

A study from China has found that acupuncture compares favourably with anticonvulsant drug therapy for the treatment of blepharospasm. Seventy-eight patients with idiopathic blepharospasm were randomised to receive either acupuncture or anticonvulsant medications. Acupoints used were Hegu L.I.-4, Fengchi GB-20, Baihui DU-20, Zanzhu BL-2, Sizhukong SJ-23 and Taiyang M-HN-9. Ahshi points were added for local spasms of the orbicularis oculi muscles. Up to three rows of needles were applied to the muscles, spaced at 0.3cm, with up to five needles per row. Treatment was applied daily for 10 days and therapeutic effects were compared after three 10-day courses of treatment....
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Acupuncture as good as jaw splint for TMD

Acupuncture is as effective as occlusal splint therapy for the relief of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). Brazilian researchers randomly divided a sample of 40 women with TMD who had been diagnosed with the pattern Liver Yang Rising into an acupuncture treatment group and a jaw splint control group. After four weeks of treatment, visual analog scale pain scores were reduced equally in the two groups, and the increase in range of mouth opening was significant in both groups. However, a significant difference between the two groups was detected in pain pressure threshold of the left masseter muscle, which was found to...
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Acupuncture and Herbs Quiet Tinnitus

Quelle (18 FEBRUARY 2018): Researchers find acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs effective for the treatment of tinnitus (ringing of the ears). Tinnitus is often a pernicious and intractable disorder. In this article, we will review the important research on acupuncture and herbs that demonstrates significant positive patient outcome rates. Take a close look at the results achieved by Dongzhimen Hospital researchers. Their use of electroacupuncture produces significant positive patient outcomes. First, let’s go over a few basics about ringing in the ears. About Tinnitus Tinnitus is characterized by the perception of sound that is not caused by external...
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A pilot study of an acupuncture protocol to improve visual function in retinitis pigmentosa patients

ABSTRACT Background Patients with retinitis pigmentosa are motivated to try complementary or integrative therapies to slow disease progression. Basic science, clinical research and retinitis pigmentosa patients’ self-reports support the hypothesis that acupuncture may improve visual function. Methods A prospective, case series, pilot study enrolled 12 adult patients with RP treated at an academic medical centre with a standardised protocol that combined electroacupuncture to the forehead and below the eyes and acupuncture to the body, at 10 half-hour sessions over two weeks. Pre- and post-treatment tests included Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study visual acuity (VA), Pelli-Robson contrast sensitivity (CS), Goldmann visual...
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Xin Yi San reduces symptoms of allergic rhinitis

Xin Yi San (XYS, magnolia flower powder) reduces nasal symptoms in patients with perennial allergic rhinitis (AR) due to its diverse immunomodulatory effects. One hundred and eight Taiwanese patients with AR received either XYS or a placebo for three months. The investigators found that XYS attenuated the nasal symptoms of sneezing, rhinorrhoea and nasal congestion through reduction of nasal airflow resistance and increase in the cross-sectional area of nostrils. They also observed that XYS exerted diverse in vitro immunomodulatory effects, including suppression of serum IgE levels and increased production of the cytokines IL-10, sICAM-1 and IL-8. (Traditional Chinese medicine, Xin-yi-san,...
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