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    Yale researcher studying acupuncture to reduce back pain in pregnancy 02 Feb 2005 http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=19511 A Yale
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      Yale researcher studying acupuncture to reduce back pain in pregnancy
      02 Feb 2005

      http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=19511

      A Yale researcher and expert in the practice of acupuncture is
      conducting a three-year study on the effectiveness of this ancient
      Chinese practice in reducing low back pain during pregnancy.

      The study is funded with a $400,000 grant from the National Institutes
      of Health and will include 150 women who are at least 24 weeks
      pregnant. The lead researcher, Shu-Ming Wang, M.D., associate
      professor of anesthesiology at Yale School of Medicine, was approached
      by a colleague three years ago who was suffering from severe low back
      pain and sciatica in the final months of her pregnancy.

      "She asked if I could do anything to help," said Wang, who inserted
      three, two-millimeter needles into her colleague's ear. "She recovered
      immediately." A subsequent survey of more than 1,000 pregnant women in
      New Haven County showed that 65 percent suffered from low back pain
      and sciatica. The survey was conducted by Yale-New Haven Hospital in
      conjunction with Wang, who is an attending anesthesiologist at the
      hospital.

      Acupuncture involves stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a
      variety of techniques, including penetrating the skin with thin,
      solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by
      electrical stimul
      ation. In this study each of two groups of women will receive slightly
      varying acupuncture treatment. The remaining group will receive no
      treatment and serve as a basis of comparison. Wang said those women
      who do not receive treatment and those who do not improve with
      assigned group interventions will be invited to return for additional
      treatment at no cost after the study is completed.

      The treatment consists of three tiny needles inserted on one side of
      the ear. The women will be asked to remove the needles after one week
      and the results will be measured two weeks after the treatment was
      initiated. "They can sleep, and shower, and forget about the needles,
      other than when they answer the telephone," Wang said.

      Co-investigators include Michael Berman, M.D., James Yue, M.D., Ferne
      Braveman, M.D., Zeev Kain, M.D., and Haiqun Lin, M.D.

      Persons interested in participating in the study should call Wang's
      office at 203-737-1149 and leave their name and contact information.

      Jacqueline Weaver - jacqueline.weaver@...
      Yale University
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