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The SAR Newsletter is published by
Society for Acupuncture Research
Welcome to SAR's Summer 2011 newsletter. This issue provides you with selected information on recent and upcoming meetings and events,
acupuncture in the news, highlights of new relevant research, and more.
SAR Newsletter Committee
SAR's newsletter will keep you up-to-date and informed about what's
going on in the field of acupuncture research. If you find the Newsletter
useful, please feel free to share with your colleagues. Also, we welcome
your feedback, in addition to submissions of news and events.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
4th Annual International Scientific Acupuncture and Meridian
(October 7-9, 2011; Irvine, CA)
The 4th Annual International Scientific Acupuncture and Meridian
Symposium is scheduled to be held at the Beckman Center at the
University of California Irvine, October 7-9, 2011. The event is
sponsored by Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute and University of
California Irvine, Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. The
three day conference will have several themes all devoted to the science
of acupuncture and Oriental herbal supplements. The focus of the
Questions or Comments?
conference will be on neural mechanisms that underlie acupuncture's
actions in treatment of cardiovascular disease, pain and other clinical
areas for which it is applied. Read more.
CAHCIM's One-Day Research Symposium in Integrative Medicine
(October 26, 2011, Los Angeles, CA)
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
(CAHCIM) announces its inaugural One-Day Research Symposium in
Integrative Medicine and Health. The symposium will be held in Los
Angeles, California on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. CAHCIM's goal is
to facilitate a gathering where researchers from a variety of disciplines,
at all levels of training, will be able to share their work and connect.
2012 North American Research Conference on Complementary &
(May 15-18, 2012, Portland, Oregon)
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
announced its 2012 North American Research Conference on
Complementary & Integrative Medicine (May 15-18, 2012, Portland,
Oregon). The conference theme is: "Strengthening Research in
Integrative Healthcare around the World," Read more.
Time, Attention, and Reassuring Touch
Dr. Josephine P. Briggs, Director of NIH NCCAM, noted the following in
a recent public message: "The most common health problem for which people turn to complementary and alternative approaches is chronic pain. Pharmacological management of chronic pain, while important, has hazards. Evidence is showing, based on carefully controlled studies, that there is promise in certain complementary treatments as adjuncts to conventional pain management. Read more.
Position Statement on Trigger Point Dry Needling
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) recently publicized its position statement on Trigger Point Dry Needling, and invited various nationwide organizations to consider taking a position on it. The rationale of the statement reads, "A recent trend in the expansion in the scopes of practice of western-trained health professionals to include "dry needling" has resulted in redefining acupuncture and re-framing acupuncture techniques in western biomedical language." Read more.
NCCAM Clinical Digest
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed the NCCAM Clinical Digest to provide both patients and health care providers with evidence-based information on CAM, including scientific literature searches, summaries of NCCAM-funded research, fact sheets for patients, and more. Read more.
Side Effects of Tamoxifen and Acupuncture
In a single arm, observational study, fifty participants with early breast cancer received eight traditional acupuncture treatments from one
acupuncturist to manage side effects from Tamoxifen. Traditional acupuncture is an integration of Eight-principles and Five Element style acupuncture. Participants reported hot flashes and night sweats were
Unique Considerations in Fertility Treatment
To help inform future research on fertility acupuncture, Cochrane et al
analyzed responses from ten fertility acupuncturists to define how best to
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treat fertility. The researchers used a complex consensus-building
technique in this qualitative study that spanned two phases. Three
acupuncturists were intensely interviewed in phase one to generate
enough material to guide a forum in the second phase. Seven more
acupuncturists were recruited, and during second phase, all ten
"Manual versus Electrical Acupuncture" in
participants discussed the themes and responses from the first phase
and then a questionnaire was developed and distributed. Read more.
American Foundation of
Acupuncture Sensation during Ultrasound Guided
Logan College of Chiropractic
Although acupuncture sensation (also known as de qi) is a cornerstone
of traditional acupuncture therapy, most research has accepted the
Please consider supporting this important
traditional method of defining acupuncture sensation only through
subjective patient reports rather than on any quantifiable physiological
significant, long-term impact throughout
basis. A recent study investigating correlation between needle sensation
the research and practice of acupuncture. and the depth and needle manipulation using ultrasound scan reported
that the frequency of pricking, sharp sensations was significantly greater
in shallower tissue levels (TLs) than deeper (p=0.007); the frequency of
sensations described as deep, dull and heavy, as spreading, and as
electric shocks was significantly greater in deeper TLs than shallower (p=0.002). Read more.
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