Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Acupuncture May Benefit Undiagnosed Patients

A recent study carried out by a team of researchers from the Institute of Health Services Research, at the University of Exeter’s Peninsula Medical School has found that patients who are suffering from unexplained symptoms may benefit from having five-element acupuncture added to their usual care.

According to the study, which was published in the British Journal of General Practice, frequently attending patients with medically unexplained symptoms reported significantly improved overall well-being after being treated with acupuncture for 26 weeks.

The study examined 80 patients who were experiencing symptoms that were medically unexplained. Half of them were treated with acupuncture alongside conventional medical treatments for 26 weeks while the others were not. Those who were treated with acupuncture reported a number of benefits that were not experienced by those who were not treated with acupuncture.

Among the most commonly reported benefits was a dramatic increase in energy levels.

For the one in five patients who have undiagnosed symptoms, the inclusion of this relatively safe therapy in their treatment may be great news.

As well, these findings may reduce the strains that undiagnosed patients can put on health systems. Patients who have symptoms that are undiagnosed by medicine are twice as expensive to treat as patients with a diagnosis.

2 comments:

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Adam Baldrick said...

This is very informative post!
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