Research


If you suffer from any of the conditions below you should seek suitably qualified medical advice in the first instance.

Some conditions where naturopathic therapies can help:
• Digestive disorders, e.g. constipation, diarrhea, IBS, gastritis, gastric reflux, bloating
• Respiratory disorders, e.g. asthma, sinusitis, colds and flu
• Urinary, menstrual and reproductive disorders
• Addictions, e.g. smoking (helping to quit)
• Sleep problems, e.g. insomnia, fatigue
• Emotional problems, e.g. ‘feeling stuck in life’, depression, anxiety
• Skin problems (Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, aging) - read an interview I gave with the online magazine optiderma here

Some of the conditions acupuncture can help (see also additional fact sheets and research reviews by the British Acupuncture Council - BAcC):
• Tension type Headaches and Migraine: acupuncture is recommended by NICE September 2012  (point 1.3.9)
• Dental pain (ASA) (fact sheet by the Brit Acupuncture Council)
• Nausea and vomiting (ASA) (fact sheet by the Brit Acupuncture Council)
• Tension as well as migraine type headache (ASA) (fact sheet by the Brit Acupuncture Council)
• Osteoarthritic knee pain (ASA) (fact sheet by the Brit Acupuncture Council)
• Lower Back pain (ASA, CR, NICE) (fact sheet by the Brit Acupuncture Council)

• Migraine (CR) (fact sheet by the Brit Acupuncture Council)
• Tension headaches (CR) (fact sheet by the Brit Acupuncture Council)
• Skin problems (Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis - fact sheets by the Brit Acupuncture Council)
• Neck and arm pain (CR)
• Shoulder pain (CR) - (fact sheet by the Brit Acupuncture Council)
• Non-seasonal allergic rhinitis (CR) (fact sheet by the Brit Acupuncture Council)
• Labour induction (CR)
• Labour pain relieve (CR)
• Assisted conception (CR) (fact sheet by the Brit Acupuncture Council)
• Period pain (Dysmenorrhoea) (CR)

• Perennial allergic rhinitis (Witt et al. 2010 - systematic review)
• Anxiety (Pilkington et al. 2007 - systematic review) (fact sheet by the Brit Acupuncture Council)

ASA: Approved by the Advertising Standards Authority (Implies that large scale double blind placebo controlled trials have found evidence that acupuncture is effective)
CR: Where Cochrane reviews have found evidence for positive outcomes with acupuncture (The Cochrane Collaboration, established in 1993, is an independent international network of people providing reviews on healthcare studies to help the formation of decisions about human healthcare. It is used by the NHS and the World Health Organisation) www2.cochrane.org/reviews/
NICE: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, NICE, has recommended the use of acupuncture for lower back pain within their patient management recommendations (July 2009 – updated May 2010). guidance.nice.org.uk/CG88/NICEGuidance/pdf/English

Evidence and references for above mentioned conditions, see below and subpages


Nausea and vomiting: "We included 40 trials involving 4858 participants; four trials reported adequate allocation concealment. Twelve trials did not report all outcomes. Compared with sham treatment P6 acupoint stimulation significantly reduced: nausea, vomiting and the need for rescue antiemetics."
[Lee A, Fan LTY. Stimulation of the wrist acupuncture point P6 for preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD003281. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003281.pub3]

The following conditions have presently limited evidence as evaluated by Cochrane reviews groups, which means mostly that the studies lack the methodological requirements, i.e. randomized double-blind controlled trials. However it is highly debatable whether this methodology developed for drug therapy is applicable to physical therapies such as acupuncture.

Chronic Asthma
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis - hayfever (under review)
Nausea and vomiting (post-operative)
Uterine fibroids
Rheumatoid arthritis (inconclusive)
Female subfertility (under review)
Tennis elbow
Menopausal hot flushes (under review)
Parkinsons Disease
Restless leg syndrome
IBS (Acupuncture is as good as sham acupuncture and as other pharmacological treatments and better than psychotherapy)
PCOS (under review)
Knee pain (under review)
Pain in labour (under review)
Turning a breech baby (under review)
Depression (inconclusive, unclear whether acupuncture is just placebo effect)
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