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Contemporary Acupuncture and Pain

Acupuncture for pain? No thanks

March 1, 2011

Is acupuncture a reasonably effective intervention for the treatment of pain? Advocates will tell you “Yes” and show you dozens of studies to support their enthusiastic claim. Detractors will tell you “No” and quickly add that based on randomized control trials and recent meta-analyses acupuncture is no better than placebo to treat pain.

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Contemporary Acupuncture: a successful mechanism-based model for chronic pain management

February 1, 2007

by Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco, MD (Spain), Director McMaster Contemporary Acupuncture Program and Angelica Fargas-Babjak, MD, Chair McMaster Contemporary Acupuncture Program Whether acute or chronic, each pain problem is a personal experience with a unique combination of dysfunctions, sensory signals, and complex emotions. The main difference between acute and chronic pain is that in the latter […]

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Acupuncture: from current “evident effects” to future “evidence of effectiveness”

November 1, 2004

Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco (MD) Spain, Director McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program Dr. Angelica Fargas-Babjak, Chair McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program Introduction Current standards of practice of medicine require from clinicians the commitment to an evidence based medicine (EBM) approach. Regarding the selection of a given therapeutic intervention an EBM approach means the judicious use […]

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Application of Contemporary Medical Acupuncture as a Neuromodulation Technique in Pain Management

January 1, 2004

by Dr. Angelica Fargas-Babjak The goal of this article is to outline the basic implementation and understanding of the pain and neuromodulation achieved by the application of ElectroAcupuncture (EA) – Peripheral Stimulation Technique integrated into comprehensive pain management. 1) We will define pain as outlined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). […]

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Acupuncture Division: Application of contemporary medical acupuncture as a neuromodulation technique in pain management

January 1, 2004

Dr. Angelica Fargas-Babjak Acupuncture Division: Application of contemporary medical acupuncture as a neuromodulation technique in pain management (pdf) Ortho Review – AFB Article 2004

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January 1, 2002

Good Times Wendy Haaf “Pain is real when you get other people to believe in it. If no one believes in it but you, your pain is madness or hysteria.” – Naomi Wolf “I’m off to fire my surgeon,” announces the woman on the other end of the telephone. The reason the outspoken senior is […]

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Why acupuncture for chronic pain?

February 1, 2001

Angelica Fargas-Babjak, MD, FRCPC Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco, MD (Spain) Pain is the most common symptom that brings people to the doctor. Most of the time it is reversible conditions and it will get better. However, pain may persist after the original cause has disappeared, and chronic pain develops. Chronic pain is defined as pain that […]

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An interview with Angelica Fargas-Babjak, MD and Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco, MD (Spain)

May 1, 2000

Medical Acupuncture – An effective Hands-On Approach For Pain Management Angelica Fargas-Babjak, MD, FRCPC is a Professor of Anesthesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where she is on the Anesthesia staff of the Health Sciences Corporation and is the Director of the Acupuncture/Pain Clinic. She is the Director of the McMaster Continuing Medical Education […]

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