Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. This condition can make walking very painful and can take a long time – a year or more, … Read more

Shiatsu for Cancer and Palliative Care

This article describes a study that measured how effective Shiatsu treatments were for treating cancer patients and palliative care patients in an outpatient clinic. The patients were referred for Shiatsu treatments for help with pain, stress, anxiety, nausea, and insomnia. The results showed “considerable improvements in both presenting symptoms and perceptions of wellbeing”. “Anxiety, stress … Read more

Acupuncture for Chronic Back Pain

This article describes a study that used electroacupuncture to treat chronic low back pain and showed that “acupuncture group did have modest improvement in disability — they reported improvements in walking comfortably, standing for longer periods, bending or kneeling, and other daily activities.” This study was a “double-blinded randomized trial of electroacupuncture”. Electroacupuncture “uses a … Read more

Acupuncture Reduces Stress

To help the migrants pass the time and deal with stress, teams of volunteers led by Acupuncturists Without Borders, or AWB, a nonprofit that treats people in disaster zones and refugee camps and trains other acupuncturists around the world, are providing free acupuncture treatment at border towns in Mexico.  The acupuncturists use a five-point protocol known … Read more

Acupuncture Effective for Managing Pain (NIH)

“Data from a review of U.S.-based clinical trials published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches — such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture — appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions. The review was conducted by a group of scientists from … Read more