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13May, 2016

The Basics of Chinese Herbal Medicine

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What is a Chinese Herbal Formula? What is the difference between Western Herbs and Chinese Herbs? Safety of Chinese Herbs Selection of Quality Herbs About Chinese Herbal Medicine Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine consists of 5,767 substances derived from plant, animal, and mineral sources. The use of these substances can be traced back to 1,000 BC. Over the past 3000 years, an incredibly rich and powerful system has medicine has been created. During this time, classical herbal formulas that are effective for many health concerns have been developed. The herbs are […]
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13May, 2016

Study Supports Acupuncture Effects in Pain Control

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The scientific validity of traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of pain received a nod of support in the May issue ofAnesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). Dr. Philip Lang and colleagues of the University of Munich used quantitative sensory testing to identify changes in pain sensitivity with acupuncture in 24 healthy volunteers. After applying acupuncture to the leg, the researchers found that pain thresholds increased by up to 50 percent. Effects were noted in both the treated leg and the untreated (contralateral) leg. […]
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13May, 2016

New Evidence that Acupuncture Works for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

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Researchers at the University of Michigan Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center are first to provide evidence of acupuncture’s effect on opoid receptors. Acupuncture has been used in East-Asian medicine for thousands of years to treat pain, possibly by activating the body’s natural painkillers. But how it works at the cellular level is largely unknown. Using brain imaging, a University of Michigan study is the first to provide evidence that traditional Chinese acupuncture affects the brain’s long-term ability to regulate pain. The results appear online ahead of publication in the […]
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13May, 2016

For Women With PCOS, Acupuncture And Exercise May Bring Relief, Reduce Risks

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Study finds acupuncture and exercise decrease a key marker for disease Exercise and electro-acupuncture treatments reduce sympathetic nerve activity in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), according to a new study. The finding is important because women with PCOS often have elevated sympathetic nerve activity, which plays a role in hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance, obesity and cardiovascular disease. The study also found that the electro-acupuncture treatments led to more regular menstrual cycles, reduced testosterone levels and reduced waist circumference. Exercise had no effect on the irregular or non-existent menstrual cycles that […]
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13May, 2016

Cupping: How Gwyneth Paltrow Got Her Spots

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Film star Gwyneth Paltrow caused quite a stir when she showed up at New York film premiere with round marks on her back from an acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment. The photo was featured on the cover of The New York Post, putting Chinese Medicine at the center of attention. The marks on the actress’s back were caused by an ancient form of alternative medicine called “cupping.” In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she explained, “… They take these little glass cups and they heat them up and […]
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13May, 2016

Chinese Herbs Reduce Post-Chemo Nausea

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One of the most common side effects of chemotherapy, nausea, may be most effectively treated by traditional Chinese herbs, according to a recent study. Researchers from Hong Kong, China, and England’s University of Birmingham evaluated the effects of Chinese herbal medicine prescribed by a trained herbalist on 120 patients with early-stage breast or colon cancer. Each patient was assigned to one of three Chinese herbalists to have their needs assessed. One group received a Chinese herbal treatment based on their individual needs, while the other group received an inactive placebo. […]
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13May, 2016

Chinese Herbal Medicine May Increase Effectiveness of Lung Cancer Chemotherapy

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A combined analysis of 34 studies suggests that Astragalus-based Chinese herbal medicine may increase the effectiveness of platinum-based chemotherapy regimens for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). (However, because the quality of several of the evaluated studies was poor, these findings need to be confirmed in well-designed clinical trials.) These results were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and Europe. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for approximately 75%–80% […]
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13May, 2016

Acupuncture Shows Promise in Treatment for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

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Chemotherapy induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) causes pain and mobility problems and may be a contributing factor for patients to terminate or suspend chemotherapy treatment. CIPN may also contribute to discomfort and debilitation for months to years after completing chemotherapy. Most medical pratitioners agree that there is not an effective medical cure for CIPN (Schroder S. Meyer-Hamm G., et. al., Acupuncture in Medicine (2011), p. 1). However, a promising pilot study conducted at the University Medical Center in Hamburg Germany suggests that “Acupuncture has a positive effect on CIPN,” (Schroder S. Meyer-Hamm, Acupuncture in […]
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13May, 2016

Acupuncture Reduces Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment As Much As Conventional Drug Therapy

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Acupuncture is as effective and longer-lasting in managing the common debilitating side effects of hot flashes, night sweats, and excessive sweating (vasomotor symptoms) associated with breast cancer treatment and has no treatment side effects compared to conventional drug therapy, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented September 24, 2008, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology’s 50th Annual Meeting in Boston. Findings also show there were additional benefits to acupuncture treatment for breast cancer patients, such as an increased sense of well being, more energy, and in some cases, a higher […]
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13May, 2016

Acupuncture More Effective than Medication for Headache Relief

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Acupuncture is more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches, according to a new analysis conducted by Duke University Medical Center researchers. The National Institutes of Health recommended acupuncture as a viable treatment for chronic headaches a decade ago and, while research in this field has increased, there have been conflicting reports about its efficacy. “We combed through the literature and conducted the most comprehensive review of available data done to date using only the most rigorously-executed trials,” says Tong Joo (T.J.) Gan, MD, a […]
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