According to the National Institutes of Health, the term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine.
Below are some helpful studies if you’re seeking more information about the practice of acupuncture and it’s efficacy.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Acupuncture, practiced for thousands of years, is a safe and often effective medical treatment that can be used to manage side effects from cancer.
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- Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., director, and Kay Garcia, LAc, Dr.P.H., clinical nurse specialist, both in MD Anderson’s Integrative Medicine discuss how acupuncture can be used to help relieve some of the side effects accompanying cancer treatment.
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- UT MD Anderson Study Finds Acupuncture Can Prevent Radiation-Induced Chronic Dry Mouth.
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- UT MD Anderson Receives Grant for Study of Acupuncture in Cancer. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has been awarded a grant to study whether xerostomia, a debilitating side effect caused by head and neck cancer radiation treatment, can be prevented when acupuncture is part of a patient’s treatment regimen. The $2.7 million grant awarded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for the study of acupuncture in cancer received a perfect score from peer scientists evaluating grant proposals for NCI.Click here to read more
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People with depression may benefit as much from acupuncture as they do from counseling, suggests a new study.
Researchers found one in three patients was no longer depressed after three months of acupuncture or counseling, compared to one in five who received neither treatment.
The New York Times
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
A new study of acupuncture – the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date – found that it can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.
Can acupuncture help children?
According to a large new study in the journal Pediatrics, the short answer is yes — in the hands of a trained practitioner.
Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?
March 14, 2013
While acupuncture is used widely to treat chronic stress, the mechanism of action leading to reported health benefits are not understood. In a series of studies at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), researchers are demonstrating how acupuncture can significantly reduce the stress hormone response in an animal model of chronic stress.