• Scratch not! Acupuncture works for your allergies

  • Low Back Pain–A Problem Few Escape

  • Help for patients with Parkinsonism

  • Acupuncture may help restore lost hearing

  • Dyspepsia–new research shows the power of acupuncture

Acupuncture’s effectiveness confirmed in major new study

A major new study consolidating data from over 18,000 patients proved the most concrete scientific evidence yet that acupuncture can treat chronic pain has just been released and has been on national news. Here is a nice summary in the New York Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/acupuncture-provides-true-pain-relief-in-study/ This shows that acupuncture is steadily become more mainstream. This was a really good quality study that may move more insurers to cover acupuncture like any other medical therapy. I never forget that there is a […]

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Scratch not! Acupuncture works for your allergies

Although acupuncture has established a reputation for pain control, fewer people are aware that it can be very effective for various types of allergy-related issues and asthma. Research is beginning to demonstrate what I see frequently in my practice. I’ve just seen this recent study in the respected medical journal, Allergy, showing that acupuncture was MORE effective than standard medical therapy for itching associated with the most common type of skin allergy, atopic dermatitis. Standard therapy is an antihistamine such […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Help for patients with Parkinsonism

There is much more to Chinese medicine than acupuncture, one element of which is Qi Gong, which I use with my patients, and involves movement and breathing exercises. It is related to but different from the better known Tai Chi. I was interested to see this recent study in the prestigious journal, The New England Journal of Medicine, that shows the potential benefits of Tai Chi for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. A 24 week course of Tai Chi […]

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Acupuncture may help restore lost hearing

Acupuncture may have a role in assisting the recovery of hearing loss with some interesting findings from Korea. [box type=”shadow”]New research concludes that acupuncture treats hearing loss. Researchers measured the effects of acupuncture on patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is defined as a loss of 30 dB or more in 3 contiguous frequencies within three days or less. Thirty-six patients of a total of seventy-two “showed improvement” with an average gain of 24.47 dB […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How to cure your headache?

This is one of the areas I have had the most success with my patients. I was pleased to see this article in the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/health/research/16regi.html?ref=acupuncture It takes about 4- 6 treatments to see real improvement

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Acupuncture safe in children

From the New York Times in the prestigious journal Pediatrics http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/acupunture-is-safe-in-children/?ref=acupuncture Interestingly, the article mentions migraines. In my practice I have seen some excellent results for migraines in teenagers.  Our children are under so much stress at school, and there are some powerful points for relieving the stress they are under

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