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Recent CAM Research Notes by our Practitioner Members

CAM Research Notes are submitted by our practitioner members and are open to comments by colleagues and the general public. Providing these notes helps our members to share news and research of interest with our community. As these are provided by professional practitioners they often include explanations and proper context to aid the general reader in better understanding the significance of the research.

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Electro-Acupuncture Found Useful for Analgesia During Bone Marrow Biopsy

~Contributing Member:  Chad Dupuis

There are a host of studies showing the usages of acupuncture for anesthesia during common medical procedures and events.  These range from colonoscopies to labor to dental work, to appendectomy and more.  Studies such as the one following are important as the reduction of stronger anesthesia agents is crucial for many types of cases, not to mention arguments revolving around costs of various procedures.

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Study Find Electro-Acupuncture May Slow And Possibly Rebuild Degenerative Disc Disease

~Contributing Member:  Chad Dupuis

Acupuncture and the entire range of Chinese Medicine tools (cupping, herbal medicine, tuina, etc.) are used for a wide variety of acute and chronic pain issues.  Low back pain, which this study looked at more closely, is a global problem that affects around 80% of the population at one point or another in their lifetime.  There are a host of studies and clinical evidence that shows acupuncture being extremely useful for low back pain and related conditions.

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TCM Herbal Formula Zeng Ye Tang Found Useful Against Primary Sjogren's Syndrome

~Contributing Member:  Chad Dupuis

Sjogren's syndrome is a chronic autoimmune based condition where the body attacks its own moisture producing glands.  About 4 million people in the US are diagnosed with sjogren's and 90% of those are women.  It can lead to chronic debilitating problems.

Within Chinese Medicine both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been used to treat a range of autoimmune conditions including things like MS, Chron's, Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as Sjogren's.  

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Study Finds Shu Gan Liang Xue Herbal Formula Has Breast Cancer Anti Tumor Effect

~Contributing Member:  Chad Dupuis

There are a host of herbal formulas that show anti tumor properties for various cancers in clinical studies.  Chinese researchers publishing in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology recently conducted a study looking at the effect of Shu Gan Liang Xue Formula on breast cancer tumors - particularly estrogen receptor positive breast cancer line ZR-75-1.  Researchers investigated these anti-tumor functions in vitro and in vivo.

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Study Find Auricular Acupuncture Improves Treatment Retention for Smoking Cessation

~Contributing Member:  Chad Dupuis

Researchers publishing in the Acupuncture in Medicine journal recently conducted a study utilizing auricular acupuncture detox techniques to encourage better treatment retention rates.  

Recent Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Synopses

Our monthly research synopses are part of our effort to share current complementary and alternative medicine research with practitioners and the general public.  For the most part we try to choose studies which have direct clinical implications for practitioners and are relevant to the publics understanding of our medicine.

The research studies highlighted are drawn from a number of sources and are only a snapshot of what is available in medical journals worldwide.  Our research synopses are included in our practitioner email newsletter which has open subscriptions (archives are also available). 

In addition to our research synopses, our newsletter includes articles and other news from our premium practitioner members (open to all CAM practitioners).

Our most recent research synopses are below:

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