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Acupuncture Contributions by Peter Shark, MS LAc

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Commented on Back Pain and Acupuncture 11 years ago

You have to be very careful in True v. Sham studies. Often the "sham" treatment still involves doing Acupuncture. They just do the Acupuncture in a location that the study designer has deemed either a "no-point" or a point that wouldn't affect the problem. This means that the "sham" group is sometimes still getting Acupuncture! Talk about poor control! Sometimes the "non-point" is actually ON the same meridian/channel as the "real point." According to the Huang Di Nei Jing (an important classic in Chinese Medicine), it is more important to get the channel than to get the point. So it's not necessarily the placebo effect, it could be Acupuncture!

You have to be very careful in True v. Sham studies. Often the "sham" treatment still involves doing Acupuncture. They just do the Acupuncture in a location that the study designer has deemed either a...

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Shared experience with Hypertension and Acupuncture 11 years ago

Acupuncture for high blood pressure is almost always a slam dunk! As with all Chinese Medical treatment, the underlying cause must be determined in order to achieve results. This underlying diagnosis will determine the specific points used. This is another reason that study results are often unreliable. Many studies choose one set of points to treat every hypertension patient, as if there's a "hypertension prescription." This is not Traditional Chinese Medicine, this is western medicine attempting to apply Acupuncture using its own theories. With hypertension, results are typicall seen within a couple of months. You have to be very careful if you are taking anti-hypertensives, because symptoms of excessively low blood pressure commonly appear. I always advise patients to look for these symptoms and immediately go to their MD for a reduction in dose when they appear.

Acupuncture for high blood pressure is almost always a slam dunk! As with all Chinese Medical treatment, the underlying cause must be determined in order to achieve results. This underlying...

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Shared experience with Back Pain and Acupuncture 11 years ago
Shared experience with Depression and Acupuncture 11 years ago

Depression is a very broad term that covers many different symptoms. One person may have anxiety, insomnia, negative thinking, while another feels lethargic, low energy and can't get motivated. Still others may cry all the time or just feel like exploding from stress. All of these get lumped together in Western Medicine, because there is only one medical treatment---antidepressants. In Chinese Medicine (of which Acupuncture is one part), we look at the individual's experience to determine the treatment. The symptoms are just one piece of the puzzle that we use to differentiate the underlying imbalance that is responsible for the patient's experience of "depression." I've had great results using Acupuncture to rebalance the system and improve many syndromes referred to as depression. My personal experience is that anxiety responds better to Acupuncture than apathetic depression. However, herbs can be added to strengthen the response in more difficult cases. Underlying issues, such as insomnia and digestive problems, must be addressed to get a full resolution. In my clinic we also use Amino Acid therapy in any kind of mood imbalance case. This fills in the gaps in cases where Acupuncture and Herbs can sometimes fail to fully solve the problem.

Depression is a very broad term that covers many different symptoms. One person may have anxiety, insomnia, negative thinking, while another feels lethargic, low energy and can't get motivated....

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