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Trusted acupuncture experts in Bedford. Established 2008.
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"Acupuncture treatment combined with antidepressants can improve the treatment of depression, according to a study published online this July in NeuroImage: Clinical. The findings point to an effect on the limbic system, especially the amygdala and the anterior cingulate cortex.

Acupuncture has recently become a promising and effective alternative treatment for depression. Research suggests that it may work by affecting the release of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, all of which play a role in the processes involved in depression. However, acupuncture is still not incorporated into mainstream medicine.



One solution is to combine acupuncture with other treatments. For example, increasing evidence has shown that acupuncture combined with antidepressant medications is more effective than antidepressants alone. However, there is a need to develop understanding of how this works within the brain.

Many brain regions are involved in the pathology and development of depression (e.g. major depressive disorder), in which the amygdala appears to play an important role. The amygdala is part of the limbic system, and is important for emotional processing, fear learning, and motivation behaviors. For example, research has shown that major depressive disorder patients show higher activity in the amygdala when processing negative information, and that antidepressant medication works by decreasing activity in the amygdala during negative emotions and increasing activity during positive emotions.

The study, led by Xiaoyun Wang of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Guangdong province, investigated the combination effect of abdominal acupuncture and the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) on the clinical outcome of depression. 46 female depressed patients were randomized to an acupuncture + fluoxetine group or a sham acupuncture + fluoxetine group for 8 weeks. For the sham acupuncture, plastic needle sheaths not containing any needles were tapped against the skin of the patients. Before the first and last treatments, resting-state functional connectivity data was collected using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and measures of clinical depression were also recorded.

Results showed that compared with those in the sham acupuncture treatment, acupuncture treatment patients showed greater clinical improvement in depression. They also showed increased resting-state functional connectivity between the left amygdala and anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), and the right amygdala and left parahippocampus/putamen. Furthermore, the strength of the increases was positively associated with improvement in measures of clinical depression.

The researchers concluded, “Our findings demonstrate the additive effect of acupuncture to antidepressant treatment and suggest that this effect may be achieved through the limbic system, especially the amygdala and the ACC.”

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Acupuncture Beats Injected Morphine for Pain: Groundbreaking Study http://acu.re/2bC1A8q

A truly groundbreaking study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine titled, “Acupuncture vs intravenous morphine in the management of acute pain in the ED,” reveals that acupuncture -- one of the oldest techniques to treat pain -- is more effective, faster in relieving pain, and with less adverse effects, than intravenous morphine.

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#Cochrane review: #Acupuncture for #stroke rehabilitation. - PubMed - NCBI | @scoopit http://acu.re/2bRHyZA

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From the available evidence, acupuncture may have beneficial effects on improving dependency, global neurological deficiency, and some specific neurological impairments for people with stroke in the convalescent stage, with no obvious serious adverse events. However, most included trials were of inadequate quality and size. There is, therefore, inadequate evidence to draw any conclusions about its routine use. Rigorously designed, randomised, multi-centre, large sample trials of acupuncture for stroke are needed to further assess its effects.

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See if your favorite celebrity is using acupuncture! Many celebrities are turning to acupuncture for various health benefits like weight loss, stress, healthy skin and infertility. Read about it here: http://www.longevitylive.com/8-celebrities-use-acupuncture

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Blog of Harvard Medical discusses #aupuncture for #headache, and the growing evidence base. "How do we know if acupuncture really works for pain?
Individual large-scale clinical studies have consistently demonstrated that acupuncture provided better pain relief compared with usual care. However, most studies also showed little difference between real and sham (fake) acupuncture. In order to address this concern, a 2012 meta-analysis combined data from roughly 18,000 individual patients in 23 high-quality randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for common pain conditions. This analysis conclusively demonstrated that acupuncture is superior to sham for low back pain, headache, and osteoarthritis, and improvements seen were similar to that of other widely used non-opiate pain relievers.

And the safety profile of acupuncture is excellent, with very few adverse events when performed by a trained practitioner. Meanwhile, basic science studies of acupuncture involving animals and humans have shown other potential benefits, from lowering blood pressure to long-lasting improvements in brain function. More broadly, acupuncture research has resulted in a number of insights and advances in biomedicine, with applications beyond the field of acupuncture itself."

SOURCE: http://acu.re/2EgrRFO

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