1.  Rheumatology (Oxford) Oct 2010.  Acupuncture for rheumatic conditions: an overview of systematic reviews.

RESULTS: We found 30 systematic reviews (SR) that met our inclusion criteria. They related to the following rheumatic conditions: FM, low back pain, lateral elbow pain, musculoskeletal pain, orthopaedic diseases, OA, RA, shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, neck disorder, AS and sciatica..

CONCLUSION: Many SRs have recently been done. Only for OA, low back pain and lateral elbow pain is the evidence sufficiently sound to warrant positive recommendations of this therapy in routine care of rheumatic patients.

2.  Affiliated Hospital of Tongren College of Professional Technique – March 2008.  Observation on therapeutic effect of three needling method on piriformis injury syndrome]

RESULTS: The cured rate was 87.8% in the three needling group and 63.4% in the routine needling group, with a significant difference between the two groups (P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION: The therapeutic effect of three needling method on piriformis injury syndrome is better than that of routine needling.

3.  Logistic regression analysis on therapeutic effect of acupuncture on neck pain caused by cervical spondylosis and factors influencing therapeutic effect] Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM

OBJECTIVE: To explore the main factors influencing the therapeutic effect of acupuncture on neck pain caused by cervical spondylosis, so as to provide references for further increasing the therapeutic effect of acupuncture.

RESULTS: The effective rate was 75.5% in the observation group and 52.8% in the control group with a significant difference between the two groups (P<0.05). The Logistic regression analysis indicated that the therapeutic effect in the observation group was superior to the control group (OR = 2.670), and both the attack frequency and duration of the neck pain will influence the therapeutic effect (OR = 1.055 and OR = 2.446).

CONCLUSION: Acupuncture has a better therapeutic effect on neck pain caused by cervical spondylosis, and patient’s clinical history about attack frequency and duration of neck pain are factors influencing clinical therapeutic effect.

4.  Needle warming therapy for the treatment of syndrome of the transverse process of the third lumbar vertebra] Department of Acupuncture, TCM Hospital of Zhejiang, Hangzhou

OBJECTIVE: To observe the curative effects of three methods for the treatment of the third lumbar vertebrae syndrome, the treatment methods including needle warming therapy, electroacupuncture and body acupuncture treatments.

RESULTS: In the needle warming therapy group, 32 patients got an excellent result, 8 good and 0 bad; in electroacupuncture treatment group, above data were 22,15 and 3; and in body acupuncture treatment group, the data were 18,16 and 6. The therapeutic effects of needle warming therapy was better than that of electroacupuncture or body acupuncture treatment. The VAS scores of the needle warming therapy group, electroacupuncture treatment group and body acupuncture treatment group were (1.78 +/- 0.99), (3.54 +/- 1.03) and (3.62 +/- 0.72) separately, and the score of the needle warming therapy group was lower than that of electroacupuncture treatment group or body acupuncture treatment group.

CONCLUSION: The needle warming therapy for the treatment of the third lumbar vertebrae syndrome has follow advantages: simple operation, effective and safe, lower recurrence rate, which is worth of using widely.

5.  Combination of acupuncture, cupping and medicine for treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome: a multi-central randomized controlled trial.  Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Affiliated Hospital of Chengdu University of TCM, Chengdu

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical effect of combination of acupuncture, cupping and medicine for treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome.

RESULTS: The cured and markedly effective rate was 65.0% (39/60) in the group A, which was superior to 15.9% (10/63) in the group B and 16.1% (9/56) in the group C (both P < 0.001). After treatment, the scores of MPQ and HAMD and the amount of tenderness point all decreased in the three groups, group A being significantly better than group B and group C, and the time of producing effect in the group A was more earlier than those in the group B and the group C.

CONCLUSION: The therapeutic effect of combination of acupuncture, cupping and medicine on fibromyalgia syndrome is superior to that of the simple acupuncture combined with cupping or the simple medicine.

6.  Acupuncture for pain. Fairview Hospital/Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency, Cleveland

Abstract:  Acupuncture is increasingly used as an alternative or complementary therapy for the treatment of pain. It is well tolerated, with a low risk of serious adverse effects. Traditional and modern acupuncture techniques may result in reported improvement in pain patterns. Research on acupuncture has had a number of limitations, including: incomplete understanding of the physiologic effects of acupuncture; ineffective blinding of participants; unclear adequacy of acupuncture “dose;” difficulty in identification of suitable sham or placebo treatments; and the use of standardized treatment regimens rather than the individualized approach that characterizes most acupuncture practice. Controlled trials have been published regarding acupuncture for lumbar, shoulder, and neck pain; headache; arthritis; fibromyalgia; temporomandibular joint pain; and other pain syndromes. Enough data are available for some conditions to allow systematic evaluations or meta-analyses. Based on published evidence, acupuncture is most likely to benefit patients with low back pain, neck pain, chronic idiopathic or tension headache, migraine, and knee osteoarthritis. Promising but less definitive data exist for shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint pain, and postoperative pain. Acupuncture has not been proven to improve pain from rheumatoid arthritis. For other pain conditions, there is not enough evidence to draw conclusions.