Acupuncture-Enhanced Treatment Performs Better Than Standard Therapies Alone

30 Jan 2012
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Tweet   Original Article Courtesy of Good Housekeeping, February   If the idea of being poked with needles sounds less than appealing, acupuncture may not be for you. But according to Good Housekeeping, new research shows that the needles help with pain relief in some cases. “German studies have shown that something is definitely going on, neurologically speaking, when acupuncture needles are in place: In a series of imaging experiments involving short electric zaps to the ankle, researchers found that when acupuncture needles were inserted before the zap, the pain centers in volunteers’ brains were significantly calmer.”   The same study also compared the pain relief when acupuncture supplemented doctor-prescribed.

Acupuncture May Boost In-Vitro Fertilization Success

22 Jan 2012
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Tweet Acupuncture may help some women conceive through in-vitro fertilization, according to a new analysis on past studies, however the true benefit remains unclear. Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medicinal needle treatment for a range of health problems. Ten years ago, German researchers reported that acupuncture seemed to improve pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF, but since then research on the topic has shown conflicting results. German studies have also showed in a series of imaging experiments that pain centers in participants’ brains were significantly calmer after researchers applied a few short electrical zaps to acupuncture needles that were pinned to the skin on their ankles. In the new meta-analysis,.

Teaming Traditional Chinese Medicine & New Fertility Treatments to Increase Pregnancy Rates

19 Jan 2012
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Tweet A recent study shows that using Chinese herbs and acupuncture with intrauterine insemination (IUI), a common fertility treatment, increases the number of pregnancies and births.   This study was conducted at Tel Aviv Medical Center’s Fertility Research Institute, where they treated one group of women with infertility using IUI alone and another group with a combination of IUI and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), specifically acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Among the 29 women in the IUI plus TCM group, 65.5% conceived and 41.4% delivered healthy infants, while in the control group, only 39.4% conceived and 26.9% delivered healthy babies.   This research follows a recent study from Adelaide University.

Cupping: Taking a Preventative Approach

13 Dec 2011
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Tweet Whether it’s applying deep Chinese massage to an aching back or adjusting the temperature of a patient’s drinking water, Marc Herns takes a holistic approach to Acupuncture.   “Chinese medicine looks at the whole body and we look at preventing illness in the first place, whereas western medicine will treat the symptoms after you get sick,” said Herns. “But it’s important to note that the two cultures can complement each other.”   At his Lake Jackson, Texas clinic, Acupuncture & Alternative Health, Herns offers many treatments including acupuncture and cupping. Using various sizes of glass “cups,” cupping involves creating a vacuum over various parts of the body for therapeutic.

Rose Hips Prized for High Vitamin C Content, Anti-Inflammatory Properties

07 Dec 2011
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Tweet Despite sounding like an anatomical structure, the term rose hips actually refers to the seed pods of roses. All rose species bear these, but becuase most rose bushes are trimmed and pruned we rarely see them today. Normally, species of the Rosa Canina family will form these small, berry-sized, reddish seed balls after petals fall in late summer.   The seed pods, harvested in the late fall, are prized for their medicinal properties and widely cultivated for their usefulness. According to the ancient literature, the Chinese, Persians, Romans, and Greeks all used the rose seed pod for a variety of purposes and sometimes called it a “hip” or a.

Filmmaker Tristan Stoch Filming Acupuncture Clinic in Nepal

05 Dec 2011
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Tweet   Tristan Stoch, 21, is now in a Buddhist monastery filming a health clinic run by the Acupuncture Relief Project, or ARP.   ARP is a free community acupuncture clinic that travels to countries that have been impacted by poverty, conflict or disaster, according to the group’s website,   Its primary clinic is located in Chapagaon, Nepal.   In a letter to Force, Stoch said he wanted to show the potential ARP’s model has for primary care in the Third World, to expose caregivers from the health care community to the work that ARP is doing in Nepal and to attract future volunteers and expand ARP’s work to.

Acupuncture Facelifts?

01 Dec 2011
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Tweet How Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can help you Mirror, Mirror on the wall, can Acupuncture help my face not fall?  Even if you are the type of person that has regularly sought out alternative medicine for your health concerns, it may be a surprise to learn that acupuncture is being used (and has been used for centuries) to give your vanity a lift too! Due to a greater interest in alternative forms of therapy for health improvement, people today are living longer than before and are expected to live more healthfully beyond the age of 70. Men and women not only want to be healthier and have more energy, but want.

Pregnancy: Acupuncture Does Help Relieve Pain

17 Nov 2011
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Tweet   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.

Acupuncture Treats Autism, New Research

10 Oct 2011
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Tweet 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.

New MRI Acupuncture Research Shows Mind-Body Connection

10 Oct 2011
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Tweet 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.

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