Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Acupuncture on Oprah

Oprah has done more to promote acupuncture than probably anyone has done.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Electroacupuncture to treat functional dyspepsia

The following comes from the C.A.M Report a web log that advertises itself as Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point.

It’s only February, but I was wondering today what might be the most significant story in CAM for 2007. Perhaps it will be an increase in credible studies published in well-respected peer reviewed mainstream medicine journals.

Here’s one on effects of electroacupuncture in patients with functional dyspepsia. It was published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences. Follow the link here

Evaluating CAM to treat nausea and vomiting in cancer patients

The Oncology Nursing Society has posted a table that summarizes CAM studies on the treatment of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. The studies were published between 1988 and 2005.

Here’s a summary of their findings.

* Acupuncture and Acupressure: Likely to be effective
* Guided Imagery, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Music Therapy: Likely to be effective
* Psychoeducational (support and education): Likely to be effective
* Virtual Reality: Benefits balanced with harms
* Exercise: Effectiveness not established
* Hypnosis: Effectiveness not established
* Massage/Aromatherapy: Effectiveness not established
* Acustimulation (electroacupuncture): Effectiveness not established
* Ginger: Effectiveness not established