Pregnancy: Acupuncture Does Help Relieve Pain

17 Nov 2011

  The effectiveness of acupuncture for pain relief has been backed up after scientists discovered it stimulates a natural painkiller in your body, which swells arteries, allowing more blood through.   In April, acupuncture was in the headlines after researchers claimed it didn’t ease pain in labour for most mums. But now a different group of scientists have made a discovery that suggests the opposite could be true – that acupuncture does indeed help ease pain.   “What we found is that adenosine, a natural painkiller, is released during acupuncture and that adenosine may be the primary way acupuncture reduces pain,” said Dr Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University.

Acupuncture Relieves Nerve Pain in Cancer Patients

07 Nov 2011

Acupuncture may help relieving severe nerve pain experienced by the patients undergoing cancer treatment, a new study has suggested.   Cancer patients treated with taxanes, vinca alkaloids, or platinum compounds can develop a condition known as chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN for short, as a by-product of their treatment.   These powerful drugs can damage peripheral nerves, particularly in the calves and feet, which can result in severe nerve pain and/or difficulty walking. As yet, there is no effective antidote.   Information found on The Times of India

Acupuncture Treats Autism, New Research

10 Oct 2011

New research concludes that scalp acupuncture “can significantly improve the efficacy on autism, effectively relieve child autism symptoms and enhance the intelligence, language ability and social adaptive ability.”1 Keeping in mind that this quote is a literal translation from the Chinese language, this study does not claim that acupuncture cures autism but finds that scalp acupuncture helps to improve the patient’s symptoms when part of a comprehensive treatment program. Seventy causes of child autism were divided into a control group (40 cases) and an observation group (30 cases). The control group received only music therapy and the structure education method. The observation group received scalp acupuncture in addition to the.

New MRI Acupuncture Research Shows Mind-Body Connection

10 Oct 2011

New research concludes that “acupuncture may function as a somatosensory-guided mind-body therapy.” The research compared MRI readings of real acupuncture with sham acupuncture (needle stimulation at non-acupuncture point locations) at acupuncture point P-6 (Neiguan, Inner Pass). The MRI imaging showed that true acupuncture yielded greater activity over sham acupuncture in the dorsomedial prefontal cortex of the brain. Real acupuncture produced significantly “greater activity in both cognitive/evaluative (posterior dmPFC) and emotional/interoceptive (anterior dmPFC) cortical regions” and the MRI results showed that true acupuncture “increased cognitive load.”1   Recent criticisms concerning the effectiveness of acupuncture have focused on the ability of sham acupuncture to produce clinical results. However, MRI studies show that.

Identifying Typical Signs & Symptoms of Qi Disturbance in Young Children

29 Apr 2011

What Type is Your Child?   The Five Phase Types illuminate each person’s intrinsic identity along with his or her predispositions, weaknesses and strengths, characteristic states of mind and body, as well as patterns of health and illness. Being aware of your young child’s Phase Type is helpful when seeking treatments with Acupuncture. If you are unsure ask your Acupuncturist, Mr. Herns.   Wood Type: Irritable, impulsive, volatile Explosive temper tantrums Must recover independently or be diverted Easily frustrated Muscle tension/spasms, accident prone, hurries Intense reaction to pain Intestinal cramps, headache, earache, toothache Restless, difficult to console or calm down Fire Type: Excitable, nervous, anxious, easily startled Fears being left.

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06 Apr 2011

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