Abstract Background Affecting more women than men, fibromyalgia (FMS) is a rheumatic syndrome characterized by chronic, diffuse and widespread musculoskeletal pain, and its pathogenesis is still unknown. Among the recommended treatments, acupuncture (for its analgesic effects) is an effective option for reducing the pain sensitivity and improving quality of life. Therefore, this study aimed to […]Read more "Effect of Acupuncture at Tender Points for the Management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Case Series"
Acupuncture and other physical treatments for the relief of pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee: network meta-analysis. Corbett MS, Rice SJ, Madurasinghe V, Slack R, Fayter DA, Harden M, Sutton AJ, Macpherson H, Woolacott NF; University of York, UK. Electronic address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstract Objective: To compare the effectiveness of acupuncture with other relevant physical treatments […]Read more "Acupuncture Research: Knee Pain & Knee Osteoarthritis"
“He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician.” – Chinese Proverb Eat Locally Eat Seasonally Eat according to your constitution – see your friendly neighborhood acupuncturist to find out more about what specific foods to include or limit to fit your specific and individual needs. Eat slowly & mindfully. Chew […]Read more "GOOD EATS! Nutritional notes from East & West"
“Zhào-Lín had a malignant illness which physicians were unable to cure, so he went and asked Sī-Miǎo, “What principles do the famous physicians employ to cure illness?” Sī-Miǎo answered: “I have heard that if one is skilled at talking about Heaven, one must substantiate it in the human realm; if one is skilled at talking […]Read more "Sun Si Miao on Heaven and Earth"
Placebo is Latin for “I Shall Please” and involves a phenomenon of particular interest to much of Chinese medical research, especially Acupuncture – whose complex clinical physical and emotional interactions largely escape the neat and tidy gold standard for (pharmaceutical) evidencing: the double-blind-randomized-controlled study, and as such deserves special attention. Many long ago cast and […]Read more "The Promise and Problem of Placebo"
ABSTRACT The purpose of the study was to evaluate the potential efficacy and acceptability of acupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People diagnosed with PTSD were randomized to either an empirically developed acupuncture treatment (ACU), a group cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), or a wait-list control (WLC). The primary outcome measure was self-reported PTSD symptoms at baseline, […]Read more "Acupuncture for post-traumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled pilot trial."
ABSTRACT: Purpose: The aim of this review is to summarize and assess critically clinical trial evidence of the effect of t’ai chi(TC) exercise on immunity and TC efficacy for treating infectious diseases. Methods: Fourteen databases were searched from their respective inceptions through January 2011. No language restrictions were imposed. Quality and validity of the included clinical trials […]Read more "The Effect of T’ai Chi Exercise on Immunity and Infections: A Systematic Review of Controlled Trials"
Abstract Background: Preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture applied proximally during a single bout of exercise can enhance exercise performance and/or expedite post-exercise recovery. The purpose of this investigation was to review trials, systematically and critically, that have investigated such hypotheses and delineate areas for future research. Methods: A systematic review using computerized databases was performed. […]Read more "Effect of Acute Acupuncture Treatment on Exercise Performance and Postexercise Recovery: A Systematic Review"
Waaay back in 1992, 3 French guys submitted a paper to a prominent acupuncture journal detailing a unique experiment. They injected 250 healthy folks and 80 with kidney disease with a radioactive tracer at a common acupuncture point on the inner ankle associated with kidney function (Kidney-7) and used a gamma camera to track its […]Read more "The Anatomical Reality of Acupuncture Channels: Connective Tissue?"
Colds and Flus- bacterial and viral infections especially prevalent this time of year are diagnosed in Chinese medicine as a “Wind Invasion,” or “Cold Damage” (where Cold in this context can imply any of the “6 Pathogenic Factors”- Wind, Cold, Damp, Dry, Heat, and FIre. Wind Invasions are also differentially diagnosed as “Wind Cold,” “Wind-Heat,” […]Read more "Colds & Flus? Fan The Flames… Release the Exterior!"