Latest post of the previous page:Wonderful cartoon strip from viz lampooning complementary therapies (and boys comics from the 1960s).
The sniper of death
Thanks, OR! I hadn't seen that one before. With all these, I don't know whether to laugh or cry.Oxfordrocks wrote:http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/83807/detail/
Interesting! I've not heard this before, but would be interested if you know of any research that shows this.Ninny wrote:As for acupuncture, the Chinese love it until they are rich enough to pay for Western medicine; then they shun the needles in favour of stuff that really works.
It certainly seemed to work for me, but yes it does say on the bottle not to take it alongside prescription drugs without consulting your GP.Alan H
Can someone remind me about St John's Wort? IIRC, it may help mild depression, but can interact with other medicines?
However, one of the problems with acupuncture - and also with many other such things - is that there are many, many studies on acupuncture and it is difficult to know which are the significant ones and which aren't. Unless you are an expert in this field, I think all we can do is rely on someone summarising the current position. The best seem to be Ben Goldacre and Professor Edzard Ernst (Laing Chair in Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth).********************************************************************************
Confessions of a Quackbuster: Acupuncture and dry-needling for low back pain (Cochrane Review)
http://quackfiles.blogspot.com/2005/04/ ... r-low.html
Main results: Thirty-five RCTs were included; 20 were published in English, seven in Japanese, five in Chinese and one each in Norwegian, Polish and German. There were only three trials of acupuncture for acute low-back pain. They did not justify firm conclusions, because of small sample sizes and low methodological quality of the studies. For chronic low-back pain there is evidence of pain relief and functional improvement for acupuncture, compared to no treatment or sham therapy. These effects were only observed immediately after the end of the sessions and at short-term follow-up. There is evidence that acupuncture, added to other conventional therapies, relieves pain and improves function better than the conventional therapies alone. However, effects are only small. Dry-needling appears to be a useful adjunct to other therapies for chronic low-back pain. No clear recommendations could be made about the most effective acupuncture technique.
Authors' conclusions: The data do not allow firm conclusions about the effectiveness of acupuncture for acute low-back pain. For chronic low-back pain, acupuncture is more effective for pain relief and functional improvement than no treatment or sham treatment immediately after treatment and in the short-term only. Acupuncture is not more effective than other conventional and "alternative" treatments. The data suggest that acupuncture and dry-needling may be useful adjuncts to other therapies for chronic low-back pain. Because most of the studies were of lower methodological quality, there certainly is a further need for higher quality trials in this area.
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And did it work?Folks, since this ministry has been sending this blood red oil out, literally thousands of lives have been touched and hundreds of testimonies have been reported. If you're having trouble with your finances, then use the oil on your bills! Loved ones need to be saved? Are they causing problems or in trouble? Do you need angels surrounding your home when you sleep? Folks, bottom line - when the anointing is present, miracles happen!
Of course it did!Maria wrote:And did it work?
.Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) are two of the most common complications after surgery and anaesthesia. Drug therapy is only partially effective in preventing PONV and may cause adverse effects. Alternative methods, such as stimulating an acupuncture point on the wrist (P6 acupoint stimulation), have been studied in many trials. The use of P6 acupoint stimulation can reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting after surgery, with minimal side effects. Compared with antiemetic prophylaxis, P6 acupoint stimulation seems to reduce the risk of nausea.