Thursday, June 2, 2011

Acupuncture Effective for Undetermined Illness

Here is an article I recently came across showing the benefits of acupuncture on undetermined illnesses. I find that acupuncture seems to help a lot of western "syndromes" such as irritable bowel "syndrome", chronic fatigue "syndrome".. It seems that nowadays "syndrome" in western medicine translates to "I don't know whats causing this!"

"Despite the advances of modern medicine, one in five patients has symptoms that are unexplained and untreated, contributing to  stress for both the provider and individual.
Further, studies have shown that the cost of managing the treatment of a patient with medically unexplained symptoms can be twice that of a patient with a diagnosis.
In an effort to provide a solution, a UK research team performed a clinical randomized controlled study on the efficacy of acupuncture for the undiagnosed disorders. Included in the research design was a linked interview of each patient’s subjective opinion of the intervention.
Some 80 patients from GP practices across London were selected to have five-element acupuncture added to their usual care.
The results of the research are published in the British Journal of General Practice."
To read this full article please click here
Posted by Sharon Wyse L.Ac.

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