Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:18 pm
Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:43 am
date Jan 14, 2005 4:05 AM
subject Re: [rosacea] accupuncture or naturopathy...any suggestions?
i tried accupuncture for rosacea for about 8 mos & it really had no effect on
the rosacea, but did improve my overall quality of life.
from michelejwright <email@example.com>
date Oct 22, 2005 8:14 AM
subject Re: [rosacea] Easily overheated
i would have to agree that traditional western medicine hasnt offered me much around the
overheating. I have been seeing a chinese herbalist for about 12 months and it has been
the only thing that has offered some perspectives that make sense. I had had every blood
test that my GP coud do to rule out things like a thyroid problem and lupus etc. Chinese
medicine works on ideas of hot/cold dry/damp etc. so my TCM practitioner told me to
stop eating certain foods that are meant to be heating (some of those are already on the
rosacea list), i take herbs and have accupuncture. TCM aslo says that anxiety creates heat
in the body and so you need to address the anxiety aswell. I have to say this makes sense
to me but it hasnt provided all the answers. I still get hot but not as hot as i used to. I have
to say that i had to make a drastic decision to go off my SSRI's as I beleive this added to
my overheating. I add this bit is very cautiously as I dont want people to think about
stopping meds they need. Everyone is different and i know alot of people dont experience
the heating from SSRI and can tolerate them. I couldnt. It was a very hard decision to come
off them and if anyone is considering it please only do so in consultation with your doctor.
I found withdrawl initially very difficult and had to wean myself off. Also if you need meds
stay on them please! better too hot than in hospital or worse (sorry i dont want to sound
alarmist) I have been having accupuncture and herbs to deal with my anxiety (which was
why i was on the meds in the first place).
Anyway the other things that worked for me were some simple things- changing my
bedding (i found i had been sleeping under a heavy goose down doona!!) i know sleep
under a light cotton and wool blanket. this has been one thing that has made a huge
difference beleive it or not. I stopped drinking hot drinks in the afternoon and evening
(when my heating risk is worse), i let my food cool a bit before eating it, avoid certain
trigger foods (still working out whats the ones for me), do exercise like swimming rather
than other gym based activities that would cause me to flush. I have given up alcohol for
the time being (i hope this isnt forever) and am awainting IPL treatments.
hope this helps someone
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Acupuncturists show that acupuncture doesn’t work, but conclude the opposite: journal fails
One wonders about the standards of peer review at the British Journal of General Practice. The June issue has a paper, "Acupuncture for ‘frequent attenders’ with medically unexplained symptoms: a randomised controlled trial (CACTUS study)".
There is no need to wade through all the statistics; it’s perfectly obvious at a glance that acupuncture has at best a tiny and erratic effect on any of the outcomes that were measured.
But this is not what the paper said. On the contrary, the conclusions of the paper saidConclusion
The addition of 12 sessions of five-element acupuncture to usual care resulted in improved health status and wellbeing that was sustained for 12 months.
How on earth did the authors manage to reach a conclusion like that?
(1) This paper, though designed to be susceptible to almost every form of bias, shows staggeringly small effects. It is the best evidence I’ve ever seen that not only are needles ineffective, but that placebo effects, if they are there at all, are trivial in size and have no useful benefit to the patient in this case..
(2) The fact that this paper was published with conclusions that appear to contradict directly what the data show, is as good an illustration as any I’ve seen that peer review is utterly ineffective as a method of guaranteeing quality. Of course the editor should have spotted this. It appears that quality control failed on all fronts.