Doctors should have a health working relationship with a reputable local acupuncturist for frequent patient referrals. It’s an extremely valuable tool of all practitioners and an alternative to medications, especially when those meds and either ineffective or create unacceptable side-effects. The fear of the needles by patients is mostly unfounded as they’re so small, they’re almost painless under the hand of a good acupuncturist. Any and all supporting research is really needed.” Dr. Ronald Klatz, President of the A4M, Sept. 29, 2017. (HealthDay News) People with severe chronic constipation may get relief from a more modern type of acupuncture, new research suggests. After eight weeks of treatment with electroacupuncture -- acupuncture involving electrical stimulation -- study participants experienced significant symptom and quality-of-life improvements, the study found. Electroacupuncture uses thin needles inserted beneath the skin that are attached to a device that sends electric pulses into the body. The study findings suggest a safe and effective option for difficult-to-treat patients, several gastroenterologists said. "It is heartening to see such rigorously tested alternative therapies since so many of them are administered without any evidence to support them," said Dr.
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