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Let’s get straight to the point, acupuncture DOES ease pain

By Fiona Macrae, 31st May 2010

Scientists have found the treatment, which involves sticking needles into the body’s ‘pressure points’, triggers the release of a flood of natural painkillers.

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Traditional Chinese medicine is the latest trend in luxury therapy — so we flew out to separate the healing from the hype
Susan D’Arcy, 5 september 2010

Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medical system, has been the unchallenged king in the spa world for years — but as someone who has always been rather alarmed by its pungent oils and enthusiastic exploration of every orifice, I am pleased to report that its dominance is under attack. The next big thing for spa aficionados is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which chimes perfectly with the 21st-century wellness mantra of illness prevention over indulgent pampering. TCM is about general health, offering an integrated approach to wellbeing in which nutrition and exercise are of equal importance to massages and facials. Leading spas worldwide are busy devising Orient-inspired remedies, and therapists are raving about the results. But is the fashion for all things Chinese going to improve the revitalising power of a trip to the spa?

The ancient favourite, in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at key pressure points to encourage the flow of chi through the body and to repair imbalances. In China, it is offered at hospitals rather than spas — I couldn’t get an appointment. However, I have tried acupuncture in Britain and found it extremely relaxing. I would definitely recommend it

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Acupuncture does work as it stimulates a natural pain killer, scientists find
By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent

The identification of the chemical adenosine as a central player could also make the ancient Chinese therapy even more effective at relieving pain.

Excerpt from full article: Telegraph

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Does it work for you? Acupuncture for runners
Peta Bee April 20 2009 12:00AM

What is it?
Serious runners will leave no stone unturned in their quest for speed, and the latest trend is acupuncture to ease weary limbs, niggling injuries and post-race fatigue.

What’s the idea?
It is thought that the needles stimulate the brain to release endorphins, boosting mood and relieving tiredness, and trigger the immune system to help to ward off injuries, soreness and joint pain. Several small studies have suggested that it works for runners. One published last year in the journal Chinese Medicine found “significant differences” in muscle soreness among those who had acupuncture during an exhaustive training regimen compared with those who didn’t.

Who uses it?
The marathon superwoman, Paula Radcliffe, admits to being a fan. Athletes in other sports, including the tennis player Maria Sharapova, also use it.

Excerpt from full article: The Times

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Back sufferers to receive acupuncture on NHS
Sunday 24 May 2009

Full article: Guardian

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Kick the habit: acupuncture

Three months ago we sent four smokers keen to kick the habit to try alternative therapies. So how did they do?

Smoker Lorna Blackwood, 34, personal assistant.
First cigarette? When I was about 18 at university.
How many a day? About 20 a day for 16 years.
Greatest temptation? Having a drink without a cigarette or if I get stressed at work.

Therapy? Acupuncture, twice a week, at the beginning and end of the week, for two weeks. In the first session, the acupuncturist asked about my habits, my health and why I wanted to give up. She then suggested a general treatment for addiction, which involves inserting five or six needles into each ear, where there are believed to be pressure points that stop cravings — and also to aid relaxation and insomnia. Having the needles inserted wasn’t painful and surprisingly I nodded off in the 40 minutes that I had them in my ear. When the needles were removed, I felt totally relaxed, and slightly spaced out, so I went home and slept. The next day I felt great.

Success? Totally. I am not only off cigarettes, but I’m sleeping better too. The therapist emphasised that the treatment would relax me, but that the main impetus to give up would have to come from me. It hasn’t been easy, though; the week over Christmas was hellish. But for the two weeks after my first session, if I had a craving I had to press tiny beads that the acupuncturist had stuck to the top of each ear, to reduce the desire. At first I was pressing on the beads quite often, but by the end of the fortnight I didn’t need them.

Excerpt from full article: The Times