- Chronic Low Back Pain (Witt, 2006):
Largest study to date demonstrates acupunctures effectiveness and
cost-effectiveness in the treatment of chronic low back pain based on
functionality, pain and quality of life assessed directly after, 3 months
after, and 6 months after treatment. 11,630 patients.
- Acute Cerebral Infarction (Pei,
2001): “Early acupuncture treatment for acute stroke patients may improve motor
functions, and consequently the activities of daily living.” 86 patients.
- Acute Spinal Cord Injury (Wong,
2003): “The use of concomitant auricular and electrical acupuncture therapies,
when implemented early in acute spinal cord injury, can contribute to
significant neurologic and functional recoveries.” 100 subjects.
- Breech birth (Cardini, 1998):
“Cardini and Weixin found that moxibustion (stimulation of an acupuncture point
by heat generated from burning a specific herb) is helpful for correction of
breech presentation in late pregnancy. 260 subjects.
- Cocaine Dependence (Avants, 2000):
“Findings from the current study suggest that acupuncture shows promise for the
treatment of cocaine dependence. Further investigation of this treatment
modality appears to be warranted.” 82 subjects.
- Dysmenorrhea, Primary (Pouresmail,
2002): “the therapeutic efficacies of acupressure and Ibuprofen were similar
with no significant difference, and were significantly better than the placebo.
Thus acupressure, with no complications, is recommended as an alternative and
also a better choice in the decrease of the severity of PD [than Ibuprofen].” 216 subjects.
- In Vitro Fertilization (Dieterle,
2006): “The clinical pregnancy rate and ongoing pregnancy rate (33.6% and
28.4%, respectively) were significantly higher than in group II (15.6% and
13.8%). Luteal-phase acupuncture has a positive effect on the outcome of
IVF/ICSI.” 225 patients
- Labor pain (Skilnand E, 2002 &
Ramnero, 2002): “The results indicate that acupuncture reduces the experience
of pain in labor. A secondary outcome of acupuncture was a shorter delivery
time, which mainly, if not exclusively, can be explained by the reduced need
for epidural analgesia.” 210 subjects.
- Migraine without Aura (Allais, 2002):
“Acupuncture proved to be adequate for migraine prophylaxis. Relative to
flunarizine, acupuncture treatment exhibited greater effectiveness in the first
months of therapy and superior tolerability.” Comparison without placebo
groups. 160 subjects.
- Nausea and Vomiting after Abdominal
Hysterectomy (Kim, 2002): 1 group each for 2 points, and one placebo group. “Capsicum
plaster at either the Korean hand acupuncture point K-D2 or the Pericardium 6
acupoint reduces postoperative nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing
abdominal hysterectomy.” 160 subjects.
- Nausea and Vomiting; Comparing and
Combining Acupressure and Zofran (White, 2002): “The ReliefBand compared
favorably to ondansetron (4 mg intravenously) when used for prophylaxis against
postoperative nausea and vomiting. Furthermore, the acustimulation device
enhanced the antiemetic efficacy of ondansetron after plastic surgery.” 120
- Nausea and Vomiting in Children (Wang
SM, 2002): “In children, P6 acupoint injections are as effective as droperidol
in controlling early postoperative nausea and vomiting.” 4 groups of 43-50
- Osteoarthritis of Knee (Berman,
2004): “”Overall, those who received acupuncture had a 40 percent decrease in
pain and a nearly 40 percent improvement in function compared to baseline
assessments. This trial, which builds upon our previous NCCAM-funded research,
establishes that acupuncture is an effective complement to conventional
arthritis treatment and can be successfully employed as part of a
multidisciplinary approach to treating the symptoms of osteoarthritis.” 570
- Smoking Cessation (Bier, 2002): Quasi-factorial design, sham-controlled. “Acupuncture and education, alone and in combination, significantly reduce smoking; however, combined they show a significantly greater effect, as seen in subjects with a greater pack-year history.” 141 subjects.