Clinical Trial in Major Melbourne Hospitals
Acupuncture is as effective as drugs in treating acute pain
A trial conducted by emergency physicians at The Alfred, Northern, Cabrini and Epworth hospitals, in conjunction with RMIT's School of Health Sciences, has shown that acupuncture is as effective as analgesic drugs in treating acute pain in hospital settings, but without the potential side effects of drugs.
Dr Michael Ben-Meir - Director of Cabrini Hospital's emergency department - photo: Ken Irwin
The trial covered a randomised and controlled study of about 550 patients. The results of this trial aligned with the experience in treating acute pain with acupuncture at Epworth and Cabrini over the last 9 years by one of the emergency department physicians involved.
"Acupuncture was equivalent to what we defined as conventional medicine standard care, which was strong oral analgesia, such as Endone, Panadeine Forte, Voltaren and Valium," said Dr. Michael Ben-Meir.
He added that acupuncture was particularly good for those that did not want to use drugs such as pregnant women.
Dr. de Villiers Smit, the Director of Emergency Services at Alfred Health, said he was initially sceptical, but the study convinced him that acupuncture was safe and effective to use in pain management. He added that patients treated using acupuncture tended to leave hospital earlier than those treated using drugs.
The data from this trial is now being further analysed before publication of the study in a medical journal.
Sourced from an article by Julia Medew, the Health Editor for The Age, as appeared on March 30, 2014.
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Autumn Health Conditions
Autumn is here and the hot summer weather is slowly decreasing. Daylight hours are getting less and people are fully back into the swing of the new working year.
At Peninsula Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, at this time of year as we transition from Summer to Autumn, we have seen increased incidents of injuries due to overworking the body including Tennis Elbow, Wry Neck and lower back concerns.
Also, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine Autumn is associated with the Metal Element in the Five Element Theory and The Lung Organ in Zang-Fu Theory. Conditions associated with weak Lung/Metal energy including low immunity, colds and flu, skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis, allergies and asthma.
It is important to keep the mind clear and “let go” of negative emotions, which can impact health more strongly during Autumn.
Autumn Food Guidelines
What you eat greatly affects the health of your lungs. Eating excess cold and raw foods creates dampness or phlegm which is produced by the Spleen and stored by the Lungs. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, cream, and butter also create phlegm.
On the other hand moderate amounts of pungent foods like garlic, onions, ginger, horseradish, and mustard are beneficial to the lungs. Other foods that are helpful during autumn include apple, banana, silverbeet, capsicum, bok choy, broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, cinnamon, cranberry, fig, grapes, leeks, pears, persimmons, plums, pumpkin, beetroot, sage, spinach, thyme, wild rice, yam and squash.
Conditions effecting the Lungs and Allergies can be treated by combining Acupuncture and Natural Medicine with your regular health program.