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The British Acupuncture Council has welcomed a study, published in JAMA this week, which showed that women experiencing side effects of breast cancer treatment benefited from acupuncture.

Women taking aromatase inhibitors, which block the production of estrogen, in the early stages of breast cancer can often experience joint pain.

But this latest study, which was carried out by researchers at New York Presbyterian and included 226 post-menopausal women, demonstrated ‘statistically significant but modest improvements’ in the group that received true acupuncture, as opposed to a sham treatment or no treatment at all.

The president of the Italian Federation of Acupuncture Societies (F.I.S.A) has questioned the validity of a recent study which suggested that acupuncture did not improve the rate of live births among women undergoing IVF.

The study, Effect of Acupuncture vs Sham Acupuncture on Live Births Among Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization by Caroline A. Smith et al., was published in the Journal of the Americal Medical Association (JAMA) in May.

In a letter to the journal's editor, Carlo Maria Giovanardi, MD, has branded the research 'invalid' due to the lack of a 'true control group'.

He claims that sham acupuncture, which the researchers used as a control to compare with traditional acupuncture, is not 'an inert placebo', as the study suggests, but, on the contrary, could itself have a positive impact on pregnancy rates.

Veterans suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience 'significant clinical improvement' in their symptoms after just six sessions of acupuncture, a new study has shown.

The study, funded by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and conducted by Healthwatch Norfolk, involved 26 veterans, who received free treatment from the charity Stand Easy, between July 2017 and January 2018.

Data were collected through three self-report questionnaires – the primary outcome measure was PTSD symptoms, as measured through the PTSD checklist Civilian Version (PLC-C). The secondary outcome measure was symptoms of depression and anxiety, measured through the the 12-item General Health Questionnaires (GHQ-12).

Of the 26 participants, 21 (80.8%) completed post-treatment outcomes. Five (19.2%) dropped out before finishing the six sessions.

"Positive results"

Ed Fraser, who led the project for HealthWatch Norfolk, said: "The positive results that we observed were highly unusual and extremely impressive when compared to other studies.  That is a remarkable outcome, which we were not expecting to see.

"Whilst we acknowledge that our evaluation had a number of limitations, we believe that our results provide good evidence for the short-term effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for PTSD, which justifies further research in this area."

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has issued an official response to a series of recent media articles [1] which have suggested acupuncture is not effective in improving women’s chances of conceiving during IVF.

The articles relate to a study by Smith et al. 2018: Effect of Acupuncture vs Sham Acupuncture on Live Births Among Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization, which was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in May. [2].

A spokesperson for the BAcC said: “Due to design limitations of the study and the under-treatment of IVF patients with acupuncture it is misleading to conclude that the use of acupuncture does not improve the rate of live births among women undergoing IVF and that acupuncture has no bearing on the outcome of IVF.

Free community acupuncture clinics now open at 3 London centres

27 June 2017, London - The 2,000 year old medical practice of acupuncture has been brought into the 21st century through proven and effective research methods to treat patients, children, volunteers and all people impacted in times of shock and trauma.

Worldwide, acupuncture is seen to have a place in disaster medicine. Treatments have been used to aid citizens during times of critical disasters these include post 9/11 treatments to the New York City community, the aftermath of the 2011 hurricane in Teresópolis, Brazil, whereby 900 died. In the UK military personnel the receive acupuncture for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Battlefield Acupuncture is widely taught and used by the USA military.

Two London Acupuncturists rallied together after the Grenfell Tower tragedy to set up front line “Emergency Acupuncture” at various London locations. Since then, over 50 volunteer acupuncturists have joined the cause to treat the community for post traumatic stress. Some of our team has worked in Gaza and Myanmar so we have this amazing front line experience. In addition, a number of acupuncture supply companies have agreed to match donations for equipment to aid the emergency acupuncture clinics.

Emergency Acupuncture can be found at the following locations:

  • Ad hoc ‘Street Clinics’ under the flyer over near Westway Sports Centre, where treat the public on the street
  • The Mosque: Fridays – 4 -7pm and Saturdays 1 – 5pm. The Muslim Cultural Centre 244 Acklam Road, W10 5YG
  • The Dalgarno Centre, Dalgarno Way, London W10 5LE. Treatment space on Fridays 10am – 1pm

Community Style Acupuncture consists of:

Ear / Auricular treatments using pre-packaged, sterilized, disposable needles or ear magnets.

Treatments done in a group setting using an effective protocol for reducing stress, panic and anxiety, improving sleep, and creating a general sense of well-being.

"We have already treated hundreds of people; the benefits to people’s lives has been incredible, which no other medicine can do in this immediate way, our team have worked flat out and the results have been absolutely fantastic.”

Sheira Chan, Co-Founder, Emergency Acupuncture
Gisela Norman 07968 855 001
Sheira Chan 07761 092 904

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