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Acupuncture as pain relief during delivery

by Sara Putman, LAc, LMT - Acupuncturist | Charleston, SC


  • Many women need some kind of analgesic treatment to relieve pain during childbirth.
  • The objective of our study was to compare the effect of acupuncture with transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) and traditional analgesics for pain relief and relaxation during delivery with respect to pain intensity, birth experience, and obstetric outcome.
  • Use of pharmacological and invasive methods was significantly lower in the acupuncture group.
  • Acupuncture reduced the need for pharmacological and invasive methods during delivery. Acupuncture is a good supplement to existing pain relief methods.

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Charleston SC Acupuncture Report: More Americans Using Acupuncture

by Sara Putman, LAc, LMT - Acupuncturist | Charleston, SC

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Are you curious Acupuncture and live in Charleston, SC? Did you know that more Americans are using Acupuncture every year? Here are a few resutls from the "National Health Survey":

  • The study is based on results of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, a series of questionnaires prepared and collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Researchers found that between 2002 and 2007 there was a significant increase in the number of patients using acupuncture.
  • Overall, the study found that six percent of Americans are using or have used acupuncture as part of their health care — over 14 million users, up from 8 million in 2002. The growth is remarkable considering that less than one percent of the population reported trying acupuncture in the last two decades.
  • The analysis was published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicineand looked at utilization rates, demographics and reasons for using acupuncture.

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Charleston Acupuncture for Osteoarthritic Knee Pain

by Sara Putman, LAc, LMT - Acupuncturist | Charleston, SC

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Do you have Osteoarthritic Knee Pain and live in Charleston, SC? Did you know that Acupuncture has been shown to more effective then conventional intervention? Read the excerpts below:

  • New research reported by the Healthcare Medicine Institute supports earlier studies that show acupuncture is a more effective way to treat osteoarthritic knee pain than treating it with conventional biomedicine.
  • The Healthcare Medicine Institute said real interest in acupuncture to treat knee pain began following the publication of research by the National Institutes of Health. That research, from 2006, also involved a meta-analysis of 13 separate studies, "in which adults with chronic knee pain or osteoarthritis of the knee were randomized to receive either acupuncture treatment or a control consisting of sham (placebo) acupuncture, other sham treatments, no additional intervention (usual care), or an active intervention."
  • That analysis concluded: "Acupuncture that meets criteria for adequate treatment is significantly superior to sham acupuncture and to no additional intervention in improving pain and function in patients with chronic knee pain."

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New Research: Acupuncture for Parkinson’s Disease

by Sara Putman, LAc, LMT - Acupuncturist | Charleston, SC

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New research concludes that acupuncture may be an effective treatment modality for the improvement of symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease patients. Using fMRI imaging, researchers measured the specific effects of needling acupuncture point GB34 (Yanglingquan) on areas of the brain related to Parkinson’s Disease. The researchers discovered that acupuncture activated brain centers that suffer excess deactivation in Parkinson’s Disease patients.

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Adenosine: The Secret Behind Acupuncture?

by Sara Putman, LAc, LMT - Acupuncturist | Charleston, SC

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  • New research published this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience finds that the natural compound adenosine, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, floods tissue that is punctured or aggravated, and may be the secret ingredient in acupuncture.
  • "In this work, we provide information about one physical mechanism through which acupuncture reduces pain in the body." - Maiken Nedergaard, co-director of the University of Rochester's Center for Translational Neuromedicine
  • Both during and immediately following an acupuncture treatment, the level of adenosine in the tissue near the needles was 24 times greater than before the treatment. So acupuncture may relieve pain by simply tricking bodies into thinking there's been minor tissue trauma.

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NICE Recommends Acupuncture for Headache & Migraine Prevention

by Sara Putman, LAc, LMT - Acupuncturist | Charleston, SC

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends 10 sessions of acupuncture over 5-8 weeks for the prevention of chronic tension-type headaches & migraines. Read more here...

NHS provides guidance to health care professional based on the best available evidence.

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World Health Organization: Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture

by Sara Putman, LAc, LMT - Acupuncturist | Charleston, SC

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1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis
Biliary colic
Facial pain
Hypertension, essential
Hypotension, primary
Induction of labour
Knee pain
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Pain in dentistry
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis
Tennis elbow

Reference: http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html