Acupuncture may help you live longer!

Really! Acupuncture may help you live longer. A pilot study presented at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting this month showed that acupuncture might help reduce the risk of “sudden death” for patients with heart disease. This is a potentially big deal. Sudden cardiac death, or cardiac arrest, kills around 150,000 people a year in the USA. Medicine is still learning about this issue and we know that traditional cardiac risk factors (smoking, family history etc) don’t fully explain […]

Low Back Pain–A Problem Few Escape

Low Back Pain afflicts most of the population at one point or another. Studies suggest between 59% and 95% of us will experience its misery at some time. For many, it is a short period of discomfort that passes. But for others, it becomes a long, grinding, life-limiting condition. Conventional medicine offers little to many people. The sometimes deadly side effects of pain medication (opioids kill more people in some states than car accidents) are increasingly understood. Surgery is often […]

Dyspepsia–new research shows the power of acupuncture

With our stressful lives, many people suffer from chronic stomach complaints. Of course there are many causes, and some of these, like ulcers, respond well to conventional medical attention. But all too often Western doctors do their tests and endoscopies, and say they can find nothing “wrong”. But the symptoms of what is then called “functional dyspepsia“, continue, with nausea, belching, chronic pain, and bloating. There is then little to offer from conventional medicine. But a new study suggests that […]

Acupuncture works….but how?

I am looking forward to reading this book by one of my favorite authors, the physician Sherwin Nuland. In his book “The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine,”, he visits China, with fascinating results.   http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/06/books/06book.html?ref=acupuncture  “He travels to China to determine firsthand if acupuncture is an effective technique. After witnessing two operations and speaking to the president of the Shanghai Medical University, who himself had undergone two thyroid operations with acupuncture, Dr. Nuland comes away a believer […]