January 2, 2021
Acupuncture is effective for the alleviation of neck pain due to cervical spondylosis, a disorder caused by intervertebral disc degeneration. Researchers determined that electroacupuncture provides optimal therapeutic results when compared with manual acupuncture. Electroacupuncture produced a 96.67% total effective rate and manual acupuncture produced an 86.7% total effective rate.
After completion of all acupuncture treatments, 18 patients in the electroacupuncture group were completely asymptomatic and their neck and limb functions restored to normal. An additional 11 patients had a significant reduction of symptoms and improvements of neck and limb functions. One patient did not have any improvements, yielding the total effective rate of 96.67%.
The researchers focused on the use of Huatuojiaji points and compared identical acupuncture treatments, with the exception of one parameter. Electroacupuncture was added in one group and only manual acupuncture was applied in the other. Each group was subdivided into three diagnostic parameters: cervical spondylotic radiculopathy, cervical spondylotic myelopathy, vertebral artery type cervical spondylosis. Specific acupuncture point prescriptions were formulated for each subgroup.
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Approximately 15 species of kudzu (Pueraria spp.) are known throughout the world, all native to China, Taiwan, Japan, and India. For more than 2,000 years, Asian cultures have found great value in kudzu. Chinese records tell of kudzu roots being dried and diced for medicinal purposes as early as 1578. Kudzu fiber from vines and stems was used to make “grass” cloth and paper by 1665. During the 1700s, kudzu was imported into Japan where the roots were ground into flour. Kudzu flour is still imported to the United States and sold in many Asian grocery and health food stores.
Kudzu or Pueraria root (Ge Gen) in pinyin, can be prescribed for:
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