Acupuncture Facilitates Lifestyle & Behaviour Change

Acupuncture in Exeter: acupuncture facilitates lifestyle & behaviour change. A review undertaken by researchers at the University of Southampton, shows the full extent to which acupuncturists facilitate lifestyle and behaviour change as a routine part of traditional acupuncture practice. Seventy-nine articles exploring the topic, were included in the study. Key elements promoting behaviour change included individualised advice based on symptoms, holistic explanations for patients’ conditions, the therapeutic relationship, and patient involvement.

(Lifestyle & Health Behavior Change in Traditional Acupuncture Practice: A Systematic Critical Interpretive Synthesis. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, March 2021.)

How Acupuncture Treats Hypertension

Acupuncture in Exeter for back pain and sciatica. Research in China has tried to ascertain the mechanisms behind how acupuncture treats hypertension. Patients with high blood pressure were examined by functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and certain acupuncture point prescriptions were found to activate areas in the brain connected with blood pressure regulation. One combination of acupuncture points was associated with  positive immediate and long-term effects on blood pressure, particularly systolic blood pressure. 

(Acupuncture at LR3 and KI3 shows a control effect on essential hypertension and targeted action on cerebral regions related to blood pressure reactivagulation: a resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Acupuncture in Medicine, February 2021.)

Acupressure benefits Dialysis Patients

Acupressure benefits dialysis patients. Acupressure can reduce thirst and improve quality of life in patients receiving dialysis treatment, according to a study undertaken in Turkey. Sixty patients were randomly assigned to either an acupressure or control group. In the acupressure group, treatment was applied to five acupuncture points during the first half of each dialysis session, for three days per week over a six week period. Acupressure was found to increase saliva secretion, decrease thirst severity, and improve quality of life.

(The Effect of Acupressure Applied to Individuals Receiving Hemodialysis Treatment on Severity of Thirst & Quality of Life. Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, May 2021.)

Acupuncture helps Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation

Acupuncture in Exeter: acupuncture helps postoperative atrial fibrillation. Acupuncture helps postoperative atrial fibrillation, according to the authors of an American feasibility study. In a randomised clinical trial, 138 patients undergoing cardiac surgical procedures such as coronary bypass, valve operations etc, were randomly assigned to receive either standard care or standard care with acupuncture. Up to three 30 minute acupuncture treatments were offered, at a rate of one per day. Patients were assessed for anxiety, pain and tension before and after acupuncture, and for heart rate and blood pressure. A “Was It Worth It” questionnaire was also completed by patients undergoing acupuncture.

Although the POAF recurrence rate was not statistically different between the two groups, the POAF burden was significantly shorter in acupuncture patients (5.2 versus 26.4 hours). Acupuncture was also associated with decreased anxiety (4.5 to 1.5), pain (3.5 to 2.0), tension (4.0 to 2.0), diastolic blood pressure (74.5 to 69.5mm/hg) and heart rate (74.5 to 72.5bpm). Furthermore, 95% of acupuncture patients stated it was worth participating. The researchers conclude that acupuncture is feasible and safe, and significantly reduces POAF burden among other things. It also meets with patient satisfaction.

(Acupuncture Treatment For Atrial Fibrillation in the Post-Operative Cardio-Thoracic Setting- A Feasibility Pilot Study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, May 2021.)

Acupuncture Improves Exercise Capacity in COPD

Research from China: acupuncture improves exercise capacity in COPD. Research in China suggests acupuncture improves exercise capacity in patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). A total of 102 patients with stable COPD were randomly allocated to receive either routine treatment plus acupuncture, or routine treatment alone. Acupuncture was given three times a week for six weeks.

After six weeks, perceived exertion for the acupuncture group, felt significantly better than that for the control group. The acupuncture group also exhibited improved exercise tolerance, suggested by improvements in their post-treatment six minute walk distance, lung function and oxygen saturation.

The researchers conclude that acupuncture is a safe and effective adjuvant therapy which effectively improves the exercise capacity of patients with stable COPD.

(Acupuncture treatment of lung-spleen Qi deficiency in stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a randomized, open-label, controlled trial. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, December 2019.)