Acupuncture in Australian general practice: trends in reimbursed acupuncture services from 1995 to 2011

11 Jan 2013
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ObjectivesTo ascertain the extent of and trends in the use of acupuncture in Australian general practice and the characteristics of patients receiving publicly subsidised acupuncture services from general practitioners (GPs).DesignSecondary analysis of...

Electroacupuncture alleviates intraoperative immunosuppression in patients undergoing supratentorial craniotomy

11 Jan 2013
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BackgroundClinical experience suggests that anaesthesia using a combination of acupuncture and drugs can reduce the dosage of anaesthetics required for craniotomy, decreasing both the disturbance in physiological functions during the operation and post...

Participation of calcitonin gene related peptide released via axon reflex in the local increase in muscle blood flow following manual acupuncture

10 Jan 2013
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ObjectiveThe purpose of this study was to determine how calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) via axon reflex participates in increasing local muscle blood flow (MBF) following manual acupuncture (MA).MethodsMale Sprague–Dawley rats (N=56, 270&n...

Effect of auricular acupuncture on gastrointestinal motility and its relationship with vagal activity

05 Jan 2013
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BackgroundVagus nerve stimulation is capable of regulating autonomic nerve function. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the effect of auricular acupuncture (AA) is mediated by the vagus. This study was designed to investigate the effect of AA on gastroin...

A qualitative study of the experiences of patients with knee osteoarthritis undergoing moxibustion

04 Jan 2013
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ObjectiveTo explore and understand how patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) experience moxibustion.MethodThis qualitative research was conducted as part of a larger clinical trial of the effectiveness of moxibustion for the treatment of knee OA by qu...

Using moxibustion in primary healthcare to correct non-vertex presentation: a multicentre randomised controlled trial

18 Dec 2012
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ObjectiveTo compare the effectiveness of additional moxibustion at point BL67 with moxibustion at a non-specific acupuncture point and with usual care alone to correct non-vertex presentation.MethodsThis was a multicentre randomised controlled trial in...

Management of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease with acupuncture: a case report

12 Dec 2012
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Legg–Calve–Perthes disease (LCPD) is a rare temporary hip joint deformity mostly effecting young children from 4–10 years of age. It involves mainly the head of the femur, which softens and breaks down due to interruption of bloo...

Acupuncture treatment of phantom limb pain and phantom limb sensation in a primary care setting

06 Dec 2012
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A 45-year-old man presented with phantom limb pain and phantom limb sensation 12 weeks after an above-elbow amputation of his right arm. He underwent seven sessions of acupuncture at weekly intervals carried out by his general practitioner on his ...

The effect of acupuncture on post-cancer fatigue and well-being for women recovering from breast cancer: a pilot randomised controlled trial

29 Nov 2012
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ObjectiveTo determine the feasibility and acceptability of acupuncture in managing fatigue and well-being in breast cancer survivors.MethodsA randomised controlled trial compared acupuncture was with sham acupuncture and wait list controls was performe...

Acupuncture in the treatment of obesity: a narrative review of the literature

15 Nov 2012
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Obesity is one of the leading health risk factors worldwide and is associated with several other risk factors and health problems including type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease and malignancies. Current conventional therapeutic strategies f...

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