A new form of acupuncture is dramatically improving the quality of life of patients suffering from a range of diseases, including cancer, anxiety and autoimmune diseases, according to a new study.
The therapy, Tong Ren, has been pioneered in the USA since 2001 by Tom Tam, an acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner. He has used it to treat patients suffering from cancer, diabetes, AIDS, arthritis, anxiety and depression.
Researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine have tracked the health of 265 patients after weekly sessions of Tong Ren. Around a third noted improved quality of life, and with no adverse effects. 'Substantial' improvements were noted by 63 per cent of patients suffering anxiety, and 60 per cent of cancer patients.
Although the survey is based on subjective and anecdotal evidence, the researchers say the results warrant further research into Tong Ren.
(Source: Complementary Health Practice Review, December 23, 2008. doi: 10.1177/1533210108329265).