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Acupuncture May Benefit Patients with Unexplained Symptoms

By June 20, 2011

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Undergoing acupuncture may benefit people with medically unexplained symptoms, a recent study from the British Journal of General Practice shows. 

For the study, 80 such patients received 12 acupuncture sessions over the course of 12 weeks. Study results revealed that acupuncture led to improved wellbeing, although it failed to change the number of medications participants were taking or reduce their visits to the doctor. In addition, many study members said they felt more aware of their stress levels and more capable of managing their stress after undergoing acupuncture.

In the year leading up to the study, participants had consulted their general practitioners at least eight times about unexplained symptoms. Many of the participants were dealing with chronic pain, fatigue, and emotional problems that affected their ability to work, socialize, and carry out everyday tasks. The participants were also prone to anxiety and mood problems.

According to study author Charlotte Paterson, acupuncture holds promise as a way to "improve the quality of life for a group of patients for whom traditional biomedicine has little in the way of effective diagnosis and treatment."

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June 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm
(1) jeffreylee says:

Thanks for the valuable post , I had read your article and totally agree with you . Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles in the body. Its proponents variously claim that it relieves pain, treats infertility, treats disease, prevents disease, or promotes general health.an acupuncture specialist who is doing acupuncture weight loss treatment for a patient will probably use a multi-targeted approach. They may attempt to lower the body’s weight by increasing the output of the pituitary gland.They would also probably work on reducing cravings for certain foods or they would attempt to encourage a decrease in natural appetite. Certain needle placements are even thought to lower insulin levels or lipid levels in the blood.A benefit of acupuncture weight loss treatment is that unlike certain medications, there are no harmful side effects and no chance for addiction. It is a perfectly natural means of boosting the patient’s weight loss efforts.

Acupuncture treats:

1)For General Purpose: Allergies, Asthma, Sinusitis, Headaches, TMJ, Back Pain, Sciatica, Musculoskeletal Problems, Insomnia, Anxiety, Dizziness, Depression, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Addictions, Indigestion, Constipation, Sexual Dysfunction, Post-Operative Recovery, Palliative Care.

2)For Women’s Health: Menstrual Irregularities, Menopause, Conception Difficulties, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Lactation Difficulties, Postpartum, Ovarian and Uterine Problems.

3)For Men’s Health: Prostate, Infertility, Impotence.

4)For Preventative Health: Prevention, Stress Management, Wellness, Seasonal Attunement.

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