Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Acupuncture: the new painkiller

... More like the OLD painkiller. Last week, The Sunday Telegraph outlined current research and anecdotal evidence in support of acupuncture. Perhaps most promising were quotes from physicians and professors. See what all the hype is about and how acupuncture may help you - stop by our clinic and have a treatment today!

Australian hospitals are finally catching up with what the Chinese have long known –acupuncture is a great alternative form of pain relief.

Acupuncture is fast gaining acceptance in mainstream medicine right across the Western world. It’s already used routinely in several Australian emergency departments and is now undergoing a randomised, controlled trial in three Melbourne hospitals to alleviate pain from acute migraines, back pain and ankle sprain.

Researchers at the University of York and Hull York Medical School in the UK have just mapped acupuncture’s effect on the brain and have found that it changes specific neural structures, deactivating the areas in the brain associated with the processing of pain.

This is key, says Professor Marc Cohen, head of the trial and professor of complementary medicine at RMIT University.

“We know that pain is the most common reason for people coming to emergency departments, and we know that it’s not very well treated in that a lot of people don’t get sufficient pain relief,” he says.

“We also know that pharmacotherapy, the main method of treating pain in emergency situations, has severe side effects. Some people can’t tolerate drugs, others find that opioid medication such as pethidine or morphine causes nausea and constipation.
Once you give morphine you have to watch the patient for several hours and monitor blood pressure and nausea.

“What we’ve found anecdotally is that people who have come into an emergency department in pain and tried acupuncture, have had their pain relieved in a very short period of time.”

Acupuncture can also be safely combined with most conventional drugs and treatments and has very few side effects.

Read the
original article here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Acupuncture Poked at on NYTimes

"Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Pain" was published last week in the Times. I missed the boat on this one, only reading it last night for the first time. Once again, research shows that acupuncture works to treat pain (in this case, arthritis of the knee). And, once again, sham acupuncture works too! Most acupuncturists or those familiar with our medicine are far from shocked at results like this.

Equally valuable to the article itself, are the readers' comments that follow. Folks are very opinionated and fortunately, most are respectful in their responses.

You may wonder, why would I draw attention to an article that demonstrates 'fake' acupuncture is as effective as the real deal?? I, of course, have my own opinion on the matter. For one, trying to establish a control in any acupuncture study is difficult - placebo acupuncture is still acupuncture. And while most studies compare TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) style Acupuncture, there is much more out there.

As one of my most favorite articles boasts:
We found an 80% correspondence between the sites of acupuncture points and the location of intermuscular or intramuscular connective tissue planes in postmortem tissue sections. We propose that the anatomical relationship of acupuncture points and meridians to connective tissue planes is relevant to acupuncture’s mechanism of action and suggests a potentially important integrative role for interstitial connective tissue. [download the full text from my site here]

As my patients and practitioner-patients will tell you, many of my acupoints are not found in any text book. And treatments work. VERY well.

But I'm curious, what do YOU think?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Red Sox pitcher seeks relief through Acupuncture

At Health On Point, we often work with athletes and dancers from the University of Iowa - and the results are astounding! College athletes aren't alone in finding relief from acupuncture...

Boston Red Sox RP Hideki Okajima will undergo a few rounds of acupuncture before rejoining the team next week, according to ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald. Manager Terry Francona said Okajima would need a minimum of a week to 10 days before he is ready to return. Felix Doubront, who was recalled to take Okajima's place on the roster, will be moved to the bullpen for the rest of the season.

Read more about Okajima here.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New and Improved!

We've come to a new chapter in the history of Health On Point. New look. New logo, New design. As of yesterday this week (August 3rd, 2010, 5:20pm), our new and improved, more mature, more beautiful version of Health On Point entered the world! We're on facebook, hosting a blog feed, and offering direct links to Google reviews and patient testimonials.

Any opinions? I'd love to get feedback. Have I sold you on trying acupuncture? Give a call to schedule your first appointment!
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