What’s the difference between dry-needling and acupuncture? It depends who you ask. Someone who thinks they are different may say that acupuncture is part of the Chinese Medicine paradigm of diagnosis and treatment, and involves putting needles into traditional point locations arranged as channels; wheras dry-needling is part of a western paradigm of treating muscles and tendons. But it’s not that simple, and a closer look shows that what some people call dry-needling is really acupuncture. [Read more…]
Acupuncture has been shown to prevent migraines. A recent Cochrane review of the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment at preventing migraines found that the evidence suggests that a course of treatments can be a valuable option for people with migraines, and that it may be at least as effective as prophylactic drugs at preventing migraines.
Cochrane reviewers are very particular about what they will count as evidence, they would walk into walls if there wasn’t a large number of high standard clinical trials to tell them that they were there. So when they say that the evidence suggests something works, it means that it’s as obvious as being slapped in the face with a wet fish that it does.
It was a bad week for asthma sufferers in Melbourne, and also for some that were susceptible to airborne allergens but who had never had an asthma attack before. A heads up to hayfever sufferers: if you’re allergic to pollen enough of it could potentially cause an asthma attack.
Studies have shown that Chinese medicine treatment with acupuncture, herbs, and moxibustion can reduce the frequency and intensity of asthma attacks, and reduce the need for both preventative and symptom relieving medication (eg 1, 2). Other studies show how Chinese medicine treatment regulates the immune system in ways that confirm that it can treat asthma. (eg 3.)
There’s an article here on conventional approaches ways to prepare for thunderstorm asthma:
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- Su, L., Meng, L., Chen, R., Wu, W., Peng, B. and Man, L. (2016). Acupoint Application for Asthma Therapy in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Complementary Medicine Research, [online] 23(1), pp.16–21. [Accessed 2 Aug. 2020].
- Li, J., Zhang, F. and Li, J. (2015). The Immunoregulatory Effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine on Treatment of Asthma or Asthmatic Inflammation. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 43(06), pp.1059–1081.