JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- If you are having chest pains related to angina, acupuncture may be more effective than conventional drugs says the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In a recent meta-analysis, researchers found that "acupuncture significantly increased the clinical curative effects in the relief of angina symptoms and improved the electrocardiography indicating that acupuncture therapy was superior to conventional drugs."
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines angina as chest pain that occurs when the heart muscle is not getting enough blood and may feel like pressure or a squeezing pain in the chest or indigestion. The pain also may occur in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. It is a common sign of heart disease.
The analysis results appeared in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Researchers evaluated eight randomized controlled tri...
Abbott Northwestern Hospital is reporting success using acupuncture in its emergency room to treat conditions ranging from car accident injuries to migraines to kidney stones, and hoping to prove that the traditional Chinese treatment can reduce doctors’ reliance on addictive opioids to manage patients’ pain.
The Minneapolis hospital was the first in the nation to staff its ER with an acupuncturist two years ago, as part of a broader campaign to promote Eastern remedies as complements to Western mainstream medicine.
After tracking 182 patients, it reported this month that pain scores in those who received acupuncture alone dropped by the same amount as those who also received analgesic painkillers.
“No matter what I’m treating them for, many patients report feeling calmer, more relaxed, less anxious,” said Adam Reinstein, the acupuncturist in Abbott’s ER.
Coordinating with doctors and nurses on weekdays, Reinstein finds patients willing to receive acupuncture. He then places needles stra...