This study from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine shows that "acupuncture reduces both the incidence and severity of post-stroke depression while simultaneously improving neurological recovery, and is more effective than usual care alone." Read the whole article here.
More Western doctors are suggesting their patients try acupuncture to help with their chronic pain before turning to more invasive methods such as surgery, or risk opioid addiction with pain medications. Read more about how acupuncture can be used as an alternative method of pain relief here.
"Acupuncture improves outcomes for patients with Meniere’s disease. Researchers find that acupuncture, when added to a standard treatment regimen, significantly reduces symptoms of vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss for patients with Meniere’s disease. The researchers conclude that the combination of acupuncture with medication therapy is significantly more effective than drug monotherapy." Read more here.
Headaches, injuries, GI distress, anxiety... and more! This article gives some great insight on both the eastern and western views of how acupuncture helps with these common problems. Read the full article from Men'sHealth.com here.
Breath work is an important element in many cultures, and is an important part of health from a Chinese Medicine perspective. This article by Peter Deadman describes both traditional and modern scientific uses for deep breathing, and provides techniques for proper deep and slow breaths. Read the whole article here.
Wheelchair tai chi classes for Tennessee Veterans is being used to help with pain and PTSD symptoms. Zibin Guo, a tai chi instructor in Murfreesboro, Tenn. "is teaching people in a half-dozen VA hospitals in Florida, Texas, Utah and Arizona to use his version of tai chi. He believes the focus on breathing and mindfulness — paired with manageable physical activity — can help ease a variety of ailments." Read more here.
Can acupuncture be effective if you are already taking anti-depressant medication? New research says Yes. "Modern research indicates that combining acupuncture with SSRI antidepressants into an integrated treatment protocol is more effective than SSRI antidepressants as a monotherapy. Important features of the integrated protocol is that it produces a high total effective rate while lowering the adverse effect rate associated with drug therapy." Read the full article here.
"Nearly all our [eating disorder] clients experience profound gastrointestinal disturbances, and we tend to assume that these symptoms are a natural part of the body's recovery from an eating disorder. But what if an imbalance in the gut biome contributed to the development of the eating disorder?" Mirasol Eating Disorder Recovery Center's Diane Ryan gives an interesting perspective at the 2018 Integrative SIBO Conference. Listen or watch here.
This great article from Psychology Today helps explain some of the current misunderstandings regarding acupuncture, and include the case for pet acupuncture as a way of showing that it's not about placebo effect. They write, "Clarifying the misunderstandings also has implications for psychology." Read the full article here.
4/8/2018 0 Comments
Has the mysterious Eastern San Jiao organ been found by the Western medical community?
In Chinese medicine, there has long been discussion of a mysterious organ, known as the "San Jiao" or "Triple Burner" that is responsible for distributing fluids and precious substances through the body. New Western research shows the discovery of a new organ, which they say has been hiding in plain sight all along... Read the National Geographic article here.
Jamie Wolfe (M.S., L.Ac.)
Jamie is a Licensed Clinical Acupuncturist whose work focuses around patients struggling with or in recovery from eating disorders as well as performing and visual artists. She holds a Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in Manhattan, is a member of the Acupuncture Society of New York, and is a nationally Certified and Designated Diplomate of Acupuncture by NCCAOM.