A Chinese study has found that acupuncture may improve prostate problems. They showed that electro-acupuncture carried out at a single acupuncture point (bladder 33, zhongliao) located in the low back area could significantly reduce the symptoms of enlarged prostate in patients with ‘benign prostatic hyperplasia’. The trial which involved 100 men showed that the acupuncture, given over 16 sessions, improved symptoms when compared with a group that received acupuncture at a nonacupuncture point.
Electroacupuncture is the application of a mild pulsed electrical current to inserted needles to increase the effectiveness of the stimulation.
[source: Journal of Chinese Medicine]
A new study from the US has concluded that patients’ health outcomes improve when physicians individualise care and take their patients’ life circumstances into account.
Here at the Acupuncture Centre you will be treated as an individual – the saying in traditional Chinese medicine is treat the patient not the disease. Thus two people with the same condition may be treated differently. Indeed your treatment may become more effective over time as you share more about your circumstances.
What our study really tells us is that the information that patients divulge during appointments about their life situation is critical to address and take into account if we’re looking for optimal health care outcomes, said Saul Weiner, the study’s lead author.
[University of Illinois at Chicago/US dept. of Veterans Affairs]
In a recent Swedish study 32 women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) were given acupuncture in combination with low frequency electrical stimulation (‘electrocupuncture’). After 10-13 weeks of intervention, circulating levels of a variety of hormones (including estrone, estrone sulphate, estradiol, DHEA and testosterone) were found to have decreased in the acupuncture group and were significantly lower than in the control group.
[Source : British Acupuncture Council]
What can we do for you?
I am often asked do acupuncture needles hurt? Unlike hollow injection needles, these are solid, and with a typical diameter of between 0.16 and 0.25 mm, around the thickness of a human hair.
The actual insertion should be comfortable though a momentary sensation of numbness, tingling or aching is often felt. This is referred to by practitioners as ‘deqi’ or ‘contacting the qi’, and is a sign that the acupuncture point has been correctly stimulated. In ancient texts this is often compared to the fish taking the bait on a fisherman`s hook. Though it is not accurate to say the procedure is painless, it should not usually be painful either. In other words, a good Acupuncturist should be able to get maximum response with minimum discomfort. As one patient said:-
Once the needle is in place you cannot feel it, but sometimes have nice, warm tingling sensations, depending on the points.
For acupuncture in Nottingham with comfortable needling, please call Martin Dean on 07969 413158 .
If you have ever used those sea sickness travel bands you attach to your wrists, you will be familiar with acupuncture point Pericardium 6 (or P6), also called Nei Guan in Chinese (meaning Inner Pass). Located on the middle of the forearm three fingers width above the wrist, this point is indicated for palpitations, insomnia, nausea and vomiting [source Peter Deadman, Manual of Acupuncture]. Two interesting uses for P6 are to calm morning sickness in pregnancy and to treat mild insomnia, both of which prove to be effective in clinical practice.
The pericardium is the ‘wrapping’ of the heart, which is said to store the spirit. According to Deadman, P6 is “one of the main acupuncture points for regulating and calming the spirit and treating a wide range of emotional disorders”.