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Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and often is prescribed in combination with Chinese Dietary Therapy, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese Exercise therapy (QiGong). Chinese Medicine is a coherent, complete, closed medical system, including its specific human physiology, pathology, disease terminology, methods of diagnosing and therapeutic methods. Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into the skin.

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Acupuncture beats drugs to treat hot flushes

hot flushesAcupuncture works as well as Effexor, a drug commonly used to combat hot flushes and other menopause symptoms. In fact, the benefits of acupuncture last longer than the effects of Effexor and have no negative side-effects.

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Acupuncture for the Treatment of Pain

Scientific Acupuncture Trial

Prospective, Randomised Control Trial of Acupuncture for Select Common Conditions within the E.D. Emergency Department of The Northern Hospital, Epping, Melbourne, Australia to assess the potential of acupuncture to reduce waiting times, reduce pain and satisfy the desire of patients to see complementary medicine within mainstream healthcare. 45 patients were randomly assigned to an acupuncture group (32) and a conventional treatment group (13). Comparison of the physiological parameters following treatment revealed no significant differences between the two groups (Table 3). These results demonstrate that acupuncture and conventional treatment are equally effective to reduce pain, however the acupuncture group received a significantly higher rate of patient satisfaction with the treatment. Authors: Carina Harkin & Robyn Parker. Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu. Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem. Click here to open full pdf copy of Carina's world first trial comparing acupuncture to drugs for pain relief in an Emergency Department