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Acupuncture treatment for psoriasis: a retrospective case report.

Abstract: We treated 61 cases of psoriasis with acupuncture, including 25 patients with complications of joint involvement and two cases with scleroderma. All of the patients had failed to respond to their prior conventional western medical management. 25 patients were males and 36 were females. Their ages averaged 52 years. Most of them (about 61%) had quite extensive involvement of the body. The average of duration of their illness was over 16 years.

They received an average of nine sessions of acupuncture treatment, ranging from one to 15. Almost one third (19) of them had eleven to thirteen sessions.

With the acupuncture treatment, about one-half (30) of the 61 patients had complete or almost complete clearance of the skin lesions. About a quarter (14 patients) of them had a clearance of about two thirds of the skin lesions. Eight of them had a clearance of one third of the skin lesions. Nine patients had minimal or no improvement.
Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research, 1992 Jul-Sep, 17(3): 195-208.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
Herpes zoster treated by acupuncture

Abstract: by CogWanCl
These were four patients with acute zoster and four with post-herpetic neuralgia. In a majority of the cases electroacupuncture was found to be effective, and this treatment should be instigated as early as possible. Since the treatment of Herpes zoster by drugs is not routinely successful and can prove expensive, acupuncture, whose side effects are minimal, merits a trial.
Central Mrican Journal of Medicine, 1992 Dec, 38(12):466-7. UCLA Biomed WI CE301

Acupuncture & Smoking
Research has shown that acupuncture can offer significant benefits to public health programs to help people stop smoking.

  • 141 smokers were assigned to receive either 1) true acupuncture and anti-smoking education, 2) sham acupuncture (needles inserted near but not at traditional points) and education, or 3) education alone. The treatment groups received five treatments a week for four weeks and all groups received five weeks of education.

  • All three groups showed significant reductions in smoking and cigarette use after treatment; however, the greatest effect was seen in people given both acupuncture and education. 40% of patients in that group stopping smoking compared with 22% of patients receiving sham acupuncture and education, and 10% of those receiving.
American Journal of Public Health 2002; 92:1642-1647

Sports Performance Enhancement
Influence of acupuncture on physical performance capacity and haemodynamic parameters.

Thirty-six healthy young men were assigned at random to three groups, receiving either actual acupuncture, placebo acupuncture or no stimulation. Performance was determined by means of a spiro-ergometer test which was carried out at the beginning and at the end of five weeks of treatment consisting of one session per week.

  1. The subjects receiving acupuncture were able to increase maximum performance capacity significantly, and also physical performance at the anaerobic threshold. There was, on the whole, no noticeable effect produced by the placebo acupuncture. The control group, which received no stimulation, showed unfavorable changes in the values obtained compared with the results of the performance test at the commencement of the study.
Ehrlich D, Haber P, International Journal of Sports Medicine 992; 13(6)486-91