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  1. 20 Jan 2010
    Acupuncture for depression
    Depression is widely experienced in our communities. In clinical depression, people report a lack of interest in life and activities which they otherwise normally enjoy. This can be accompanied by other symptoms including weight loss, over-eating, feelings of uselessness, sleep disturbance, self neglect and social withdrawal, insomnia or hypersomnia ...
  2. 20 Oct 2014
    Acupuncture for schizophrenia
    Although acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practised for over 2000 years in China and the Far East, especially in Korea and Japan, it is a relatively new form of treament for physical and psychological conditions in the West. Acupuncture inserts needles into the skin to stimulate specific points of the body (acupoints). The aim is ...
  3. 12 Sep 2012
    Acupuncture for insomnia
    Although conventional non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments for insomnia are effective in many people, alternative therapies such as acupuncture are widely practised. This review was conducted to examine the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in treating insomnia. Thirty-three randomised controlled trials were eligible for inclusion in ...
  4. 15 Feb 2012
    Acupuncture for period pain
    Dysmenorrhoea, known as period pain, is commonly experienced by younger women. Symptoms may include cramping pain in the lower abdomen that may radiate to the lower back or anterior thigh, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, fatigue, anxiety, and dizziness. The review found some evidence for the use of acupuncture in managing period pain. However, ...
  5. 7 May 2014
    Acupuncture for epilepsy
    People with epilepsy are currently treated with antiepileptic drugs but a significant number of people continue to have seizures and many experience adverse effects to the drugs. As a result, there is increasing interest in alternative therapies and acupuncture is one of those. Seventeen randomised controlled trials with 1538 participants were included ...
  6. 31 May 2013
    Acupuncture as a treatment modality for patients with glaucoma
    Glaucoma is a condition that damages the optic nerve and affects primarily the side vision. It is a major cause of blindness worldwide. Although many treatments are available, including eye drops, laser treatment, and surgical procedures, some patients may seek complementary or alternative medicine approaches such as acupuncture to supplement their ...
  7. 7 Oct 2009
    Acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis
    Migraine patients suffer from recurrent attacks of mostly one-sided, severe headache. Acupuncture is a therapy in which thin needles are inserted into the skin at defined points; it originates from China. Acupuncture is used in many countries for migraine prophylaxis – that is, to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. We reviewed 22 ...
  8. 16 May 2012
    Acupuncture to treat vascular dementia
    There is no evidence from randomized controlled trials to determine whether acupuncture provides any effect when treating people with vascular dementia. Acupuncture is used to treat vascular dementia, but because no randomized controlled trials of acupuncture versus placebo were found its efficacy and safety could not be analysed in this review. There ...
  9. 13 Jun 2012
    Acupuncture for cancer-related pain in adults
    Up to 70% of patients with cancer-related pain do not receive adequate pain relief and this reduces their quality of life. Acupuncture may have a role to play in relieving cancer-related pain. This review evaluated evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing pain associated with cancer or its treatment, or both. We found three studies ...
  10. 13 Oct 2014
    Acupuncture for treating functional dyspepsia
    Functional dyspepsia (FD) has been a worldwide gastric disorder. More effective therapies are needed with fewer adverse effects than are seen with conventional medications. In the East, acupuncture has been recognized for a long time as a positive therapy for the treatment of functional gastric disorders. To date, no robust evidence on its efficacy ...

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