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  • Is Chinese acupuncture research really poor quality?

    Professor Edzard Ernst's blog "Problems with Chinese acupuncture trials" mentioned:

    Most of the studies were in Chinese, and I therefore have to trust the review-authors’ data extraction. They tell us that most trials were of very poor quality.

    Not reporting adverse effects in clinical trials is a serious violation of research ethics, particularly as severe adverse effects and even deaths after acupuncture are well-documented.

    Unlike Western medicine that typically treats symptoms through medication or surgery with applied knowledge of science and technology, TCM is not evidence-based, but rooted in traditions of more than 2,000 years. There is also a strong cultural component, including many ideas about the universe and human body that Chinese people take for granted, such as the five elements (water, earth, wood, fire, metal). It is difficult to explain these metaphysical ideas in the wider international community that relies heavily on Western medicine and the scientific method.

    Is Chinese acupuncture research really poor quality? What's real picture about Chinese acupuncture research?

    Modern and scientific TCM evaluation system is still imperfect. In the current quality control assurance system established with medicinal materials as the core, the lack of TCM resources, limit of raw material prices and other factors lead to the mismatches between the TCM clinical needs and industrial products.Meanwhile, the lack of information sharing platforms among the central and municipal scientific research institutes has restricted the conversion of scientific and technological achievements. These factors have directly influenced the output value, revenue and profit growth of the TCM industry in Beijing.

    Recently, the volume of applied research in Chinese medicine is growing rapidly and the quality is improving.There is good evidence supporting the use of some Chinese patent medicine treatments.Researchers are starting to emphasize the importance of clinical trials. Many experts including clinicians, pharmacologists, statisticians and epidemiologists are discussing and formulating clinical trial protocols for TCM.And quality control is being emphasized for the process of trials more than before.

    Chinese medicine is indeed different from western medicine, while TCM is an individual therapeutic method for diseases or conditions. There should be a balance between what is ideal and what is feasible.Sham acupuncture as a control method is still immature, which is not appropriate to be taken as a standard model for acupuncture research. If the research method which takes modern medicine as the control method in Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion can be promoted, and the most effective and the most advanced methods and results which are general accepted can be taken as the control, the differences and the advantages of acupuncture-moxibustion can be discovered directly with greater value.

    But, the scientist still believe something like this: "In fact there have been several thousand acupuncture studies over decades. After all of this clinical research, acupuncture has not been clearly demonstrated to be effective for any indication. In short, acupuncture does not work. It is too late to talk about acupuncture’s “potential,” as if we just need to study it more. It has been studied. It doesn’t work.Proponents, however, will continue to publish poorly conducted studies where biases and degrees of freedom can generate positive results, and more rigorous studies with negative results that they will promote none-the-less as if they were positive.For acupuncture true believers, acupuncture research is a “heads I win, tales I win” situation."

  • Can acupuncture help AF (arterial fibrillation )?

    Classification of atrial fibrillation (AF) begins with distinguishing a first detectable episode, irrespective of whether it is symptomatic or self-limited. Published guidelines from an American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA)/European Society of Cardiology (ESC) committee of experts on the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation recommend classification of AF into the following Paroxysmal AF – Episodes of AF that terminate spontaneously within 7 days (most episodes last less than 24 hours)Persistent AF - Episodes of AF that last more than 7 days and may require either pharmacologic or electrical intervention to terminate.When compared to elderly men with atrial fibrillation, elderly women with AF have a significantly elevated risk for stroke. This increased risk occurs regardless of warfarin use, according to a new study published in JAMA.

    Can acupuncture help with?

    To evaluated whether acupuncture might exert an antiarrhythmic effect on patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). Two sets of data are reviewed by university of MIlan.shenmen and Xinshu spots. In patients with persistent AF,

    Finally, Italian scientist's conclusion: acupuncture of the Neiguan spot was associated with an antiarrhythmic effect, which was evident in patients with both persistent and paroxysmal AF. These preliminary data, observed in 2 small groups of AF patients, need to be validated in a larger population but strongly suggest that acupuncture may be an effective non-invasive and safe antiarrhythmic tool in the management of these patients.
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    Reference: Lombardi F et al.World J Cardiol. 2012 Mar 26;4(3):60-5.

    Compared to patients with normal thyroid function, the risk of atrial fibrillation increased with decreasing levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone. For example, patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism had a 30% increased risk of atrial fibrillation, while patients with high-normal thyroid function had a 12% increased risk. In contrast, hypothyroidism was associated with a lower risk of atrial fibrillation.

  • Can acupuncture play a role in the treatment for hand arthritis?

    Treatment for hand arthritis is usually accomplished with simple treatments including oral medications, splints, and ice packs.  These treatments are done to support the joint at the base of the thumb, and relieve inflammation caused by the joint irritation.

    While the immune system's primary role is to fight infections, it can also become overactive, leading to problems like allergies and autoimmune diseases. Now researchers have discovered a powerful mechanism that keeps the system from "going rogue."

    However, in some people, these treatments are not sufficient to control the arthritis, and more treatment is needed.  There are acupuncture and TCM treatments for arthritis of the hand but there is little agreement about which one is best.

    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have been found to be extremely effective at treating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis. The acupuncture points and herbs that are used depend on if the blockage of Qi (arthritis) is caused by the pathogen wind, cold, damp or damp-heat.

    The good news for patients, is that a recent Several studies have shown that acupuncture can help people with arthritis and related auto-immune diseases.

    For patients this means that you should worry less about acupuncture is being done, and discuss with your acupuncturist if acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for your hand arthritis.

  • People in Europe drink more alcohol than in any other part of the world,can acupuncture help with?

    While the title of world's heaviest drinkers goes to the European Union as whole, where consumption is almost double the world average, there are also wide variations in drinking levels between sub-regions, as well as big differences in how frequently, where and when people drink.

    In UK,THE death toll from alcohol-related diseases could be as high as 14,000 in Wales over the next 20 years, leading doctors warn today.

    More than half of girls aged 15 and 16 years old admit drinking to excess at least once a month, according to research.

    Unusually, young British women were found to binge drink more than teenage boys; the opposite pattern to most European countries.

    Alcohol can cause blood sugar levels to drop dangerously low for people on blood sugar-lowering medications for as long as 12 hours after their last drink, according to the American Diabetes Association.

    Doctors have long recognized a link between alcoholism and anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those who drink heavily are at increased risk for traumatic events like car accidents and domestic violence, but that only partially explains the connection. New research using mice reveals heavy alcohol use actually rewires brain circuitry, making it harder for alcoholics to recover psychologically following a traumatic experience.

    Individuals with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) vary widely in their age of onset of use, patterns of drinking, and symptom profiles. AUDs are often 'divided' into two categories: alcohol abuse (AA) and alcohol dependence (AD), with AA perceived as a milder syndrome that might develop into AD over time. A recent study of the clinical features of AUDs, with a focus on family liability, has found that -- contrary to expectations -- AA symptoms better reflect familial risk for AUDs than AD symptoms.Results will be published in the December 2012 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View.

    Research suggests that people who are vulnerable to developing alcoholism exhibit a distinctive brain response when drinking alcohol, according to a new study. Compared to people at low risk for alcohol-use problems, those at high risk showed a greater dopamine response in a brain pathway that increases desire for rewards. These findings could help shed light on why some people are more at risk of suffering from alcoholism and could mark an important step toward the development of treatment options.

    Can acupuncture help?

    Hospital of Korean Medicine did a research about acupuncture and alcohol dependence.

    Their results of the included studies were equivocal, and the poor methodological quality and the limited number of the trials do not allow any conclusion about the efficacy of acupuncture for treatment of alcohol dependence. More research and well-designed, rigorous, and large clinical trials are necessary to address these issues.

    This analgesic effect of acupuncture is very suitable for each drug detoxification program, because it helpsCushion withdrawal symptoms of drug addiction. In cases of cocaine addiction is well known that acupuncture can be helpful. In fact, studies have found that the analgesic effect of acupuncture effective for up to 85 percent to bring significant relief, compared with 70 percent of the effectiveness of morphine.

    An extended form the application of acupuncture is to connect the electrodes to the needles and the operation of a mild electrical current. This method increases the analgesic effectconsiderably more powerful support in cases of addiction to drug discontinuation. Acupuncture is the preferred method of treatment in a hospital, treated in the United States, up to 250 drug addicts every single day.

    Alcohol and drug addiction pose serious medical, social, and economic problems in the United States. However, finding effective treatments for addiction is challenging. Many people relapse due to intense cravings and/or painful withdrawal symptoms. Electroacupuncture (acupuncture combined with electrical stimulation) is currently being studied as a possible treatment option, and preliminary evidence suggests that electroacupuncture can counteract addiction by affecting related chemicals (opiates) in the brain.

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    Reference:Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2009 Apr 30

  • A Chinese acupuncturist ( 周金文)appeared in court today charged with sexual assault.

    According to globaltoronto.com

    Police say Jin Wen Zhou,(周金文) 41, also known as Raymond Chow, appeared in court today charged with sexual assault.

    Police say a 28-year-old woman went to Suiki Health Beauty Acupuncture Centre at 428 Dundas Street West on Feb. 19 for treatment.

    Who is JinWen Zhou? Look this:http://www.iask.ca/news/canada/2012/0323/125499m.html

  • New research: Acupuncture really help rhino sinusitis .

    According to Archives of Otolaryngology.The authors say that their study is the first to explore the potential of combining Western medicine with Eastern therapies among these patients, who experience swollen and inflamed sinuses, facial pain, headaches and impaired breathing.

    ........patients were offered eight weekly 20-minute sessions of therapeutic acupuncture and acupressure massage, performed by licensed therapists. Counseling was also offered to teach patients how to self-administer acupressure at home.
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    The result: The team found that when applied alongside modern medicine, the use of such so-called "staples of Eastern medicine" appeared to be both safe and effective.
    After two months, all the patients showed a statistically significant gain in terms of quality of life, with a drop in feelings of frustration and restlessness and a boost in their ability to concentrate.

    Acupuncture operates under the theory that all of our life energy, known in the acupuncture community as qi, must at all times flow uninterrupted through our bodies. Qi, body fluids and blood regulate our functions and make up the body. The circulation and health of body fluids and blood depend on the proper flow of life energy. When the natural flow is interrupted or blocked, certain ailments can occur. Acupuncture operates under the belief that inserting needles into certain points along the meridians will stimulate the body and cause it to heal itself.

    There is much anecdotal evidence from both acupuncture patients and practitioners that suggests that acupuncture can significantly reduce or cure sinus problems. A September 2004 study published in Allergy magazine found that a combination of weekly acupuncture sessions and Chinese herbs showed major promise in relieving the symptoms of seasonal allergies. The study recommended that further research be performed to fully gauge the effectiveness of acupuncture as an allergy treatment.

    The steroid prednisolone is no better at reducing the symptoms of a sinus infection than a placebo, according to a new study.

    Rhinitis is caused inflammation of nasal mucus membranes. The symptoms of rhinitis include sneezing, running nose, stuffy nose. Rhinitis can be allergic or nonallergic. Allergic rhinitis is the most common form of chronic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis affects 10-20% of population worldwide. Acupuncture is effective to treat allergic rhinitis. More recent research study from Germany provided evidence of benefit of acupuncture treatment for allergic rhinitis. This study was involved in 5237 patients with allergic rhinitis. The results showed that 3 month acupuncture treatments added to routine medical care had significantly benefits for patients with allergic rhinitis. How acupuncture works? Recent research suggested that acupuncture has anti-inflammatory effects that play a role in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. The antiinflammatory effects of acupuncture are via sympathetic and parasympathetic pathways. The hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis has been also involved to regulate the antioedema effects of acupuncture. Acupuncture was also reported to involve in antihistamine effects and regulation of anti-inflammatory substances which played a role in direct relevance of allergic rhinitis.

  • More and more patients go to see acupuncturist for knee pain.

    Knee pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are many causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause. Of course, Knee arthritis always most important reason.Ligament Injuries,Cartilage Injuries,Patellar Tendonitis,Chondromalacia Patella,,,,,etc

    Surgeons have had limited success in repairing cartilage or stimulating its growth. Microfracture, for example, in which small holes are created in the bone to encourage growth, does not always have long-lasting results, while techniques to grow cartilage cells in a laboratory followed by a knee transplant are costly and expensive.

    Arthritic knees: Injections of hyaluronic acid have little effect on pain and no effect on function, according to a new analysis.Worse, the injections may cause serious harm, Swiss researchers found.

    The number of knee acupuncture treatment done each year is increasing in all age groups.
    These numbers are expected to continue to rise.The rising rates of obesity and the growing number of older adults just aren't enough to explain such an explosion in the numbers of knee acupuncture treatment being done.

    A recent study looked at a group of middle-age to elderly patients who had knee MRIs.  They found that despite the majority of patients having no recent knee pain, almost all of the MRIs (89%) showed an "abnormality."  Many MRIs showed bone spurs, meniscus tears, and cartilage damage.So what is normal, and what is abnormal?  Well, it takes a careful examination of the knee to know if what you are seeing on MRI corresponds the the symptoms of knee pain.  Not all abnormalities cause pain. 

    A closer look at patient information showed that knee osteoarthritis is still the most common diagnosis.Further analysis showed that increased use of knee acupuncture treatment may be linked with expanding acupuncture treatment reputation.

    The trends of acupuncture used uncovered may be very significant. We must take into account the probability that the total number of knee acupuncture treatment will continue to rise. Acupuncturists must prepare for this and be prepared for it!

    Research proves acupuncture is as effective as prescription pain killers for knee pain.

    In a blinded study analyzing the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating patellofemoral pain syndrome, 75 patients were randomly selected to receive acupuncture treatment or to not receive acupuncture treatment3. Individualized acupuncture treatment was administered twice weekly for 4 weeks, finally, the acupuncture group reported less pain overall than the group that did not receive acupuncture. This is also promising because it shows that acupuncture treatments have long-term effects.

    Chinese Guangzhou University of TCM published a new research about short-term and long-term therapeutic effect of warming needle moxibustion for treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
    The warming needle moxibustion group was treated with warming needle moxibustion on Xuehai (SP 10), Dubi (ST 35) and Zusanli (ST 36), etcTheir conclusion is that therapy of warming needle moxibustion is effective for treatment of knee osteoarthritis, and the short-term therapeutic effect is same as that of oral administration of Ibuprofen and the long-term therapeutic effect is better than that of Ibuprofen.

    Can Acupuncture help with Chondromalacia patella? Yes

    The needle should be right between the patella and femoral cartilage and should reach the medial side of the lateral condyle. The patient will have the de qi sensation. Two more needles should be inserted about half an inch away from xi yan, each along the medial edge of the patella. Visualize the patella as a clock. Xi yan is at 7 o'clock. Insert the first needle there, then insert needles at 9 o'clock and 11 o'clock. The insertion is oblique, toward the center of the patella.

    On the lateral side of the knee, push the patella toward the midline of the body. Insert needles at ST 35, then at two points corresponding to 3 o'clock and 1 o'clock. The needles should be placed in the patellafemoral joint. Then connect the electric stimulator to all of the needles (negative on the medial side, positive on the lateral side) with a 5Hz intermittent wave. The stimulating time is 20 minutes. A course of treatment is three times a week for three weeks.

    Let's read this case study --Patellar tendinopathy by Zak acupuncture

    D, male, 22 years old, four years ago, because playing soccer, left knee injury, unable to walk, and later, the swelling disappeared, but left extension knee pain, pain during up and down stairs, often attack. A variety of non-surgical therapy ineffective. Clinical examination: the left quadriceps muscle atrophy, back bottom of the knee pain, joint is not liquid, highly sensitive point of tenderness in the right patella tip, a slight pain in meniscus parts , mild pain in left hip and thigh , x-ray normal, the diagnosis: under the left patella ,primary fat pad damage .Treatment: zak acupuncture Results: After a period of treatment, symptoms disappeared.

    Much of the public interest in acupuncture for the treatment of knee pain and dysfunction began with NIH (National Institutes of Health) research into the subject. A report of the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine specifically states that acupuncture is an effective treatment for osteoarthritis of the knees.

  • New study: acupuncture in the management of chronic haemophilia pain.

    In haemophilia, the blood's ability to clot is severely reduced because an essential clotting factor - a chemical within the blood - is partly or completely missing. This means that people bleed for longer than normal.Persons with haemophilia experience persistent pain resulting in chronic arthritic symptoms. The older person with haemophilia who did not benefit from primary prophylaxis are particularly at risk for persistent pain in multiple target joints as a result of repeated joint bleeding with delayed treatment received.

    Indian's study suggests that persons are continually seeking additional resources to relieve pain. This study seeks to identify: (i) effects of acupuncture use for persons with haemophilia who experience persistent joint pain as a result of repeated haemarthrosis and (ii) document no reported increased bleeding risk as a result of acupuncture use.

    Their study suggests that acupuncture therapy can be a safe additional modality for pain management therapies in persons with haemophilia, although larger randomized studies are needed for further validation.
    © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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    Reference:Lambing A, Kohn-Converse B, Hanagavadi S, Varma V.Haemophilia. 2012 Mar 8.

  • First randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded prospective study of acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome .

    This is the first randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded prospective study of acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome.

    To investigate the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS),University of California has done this randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded prospective study of acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome.

    Their subjects were randomly assigned to either (1) acupuncture (n = 21) or (2) placebo acupuncture (n = 20) with use of Streitberger placebo acupuncture needles. Both groups received weekly sessions of acupuncture for 6 weeks. Wrist braces were provided to both groups to wear at night, and compliance was monitored.

    They have found that both the treatment and placebo groups demonstrated improvements from baseline. Acupuncture was not shown to be superior to placebo acupuncture when used in conjunction with bracing for patients with mild to moderate CTS.
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    Reference:Yao E, Gerritz PK, Henricson E, Abresch T, Kim J, Han J, Wang K, Zhao H.PM R. 2012 Mar 7
    Copyright © 2012 American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Can acupuncture help with Dysphagia following chemoradiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients?

    Can acupuncture help with Dysphagia following chemoradiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients? We still don't know yet.

    Dysphagia is the term used to describe difficulty in swallowing food and/or drinks. Swallowing difficulties can affect different people of all ages and may arise as a side effect of many conditions. The causes can be numerous and can include; stroke, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, learning disability, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, head and neck injury or cancer.While acupuncture has been reported to positively impact swallowing function and quality of life (QOL) in patients with dysphagia, current evidence is inconclusive.

    The Boston Dana-Farber Cancer Institute study addresses unique challenges related to study design in nonpharmacological, sham-controlled acupuncture trials including development of evidence-based credible verum and sham treatment protocols, blinding, and assuring fidelity of treatment. Results of this study will inform the feasibility of conducting a large scale trial and will provide preliminary evidence regarding the value of acupuncture for dysphagia in HNC patients.

    We are looking forward to hear their conclusion in future.
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    Reference:Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 Mar 2
    Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Inc

  • Edzard Ernst accused homeopaths of lying to their patients.

    Professor Ernst, a former homeopath who now researches complementary medicine at Exeter University, said the Homeopathic treatments could be dangerous if people chose them over conventional medicines with proven benefits,according to Dailymail

    Professor Ernst said if a homeopath doesn't tell a patient that the treatment is worthless, he is not telling the truth. Modern medical ethics state that patients must be fully informed and telling lies to patients is not acceptable.
    ‘It follows that the Government's decision to continue offering homeopathy on the NHS is not ethical.'

    Edzard Ernst is a prize-winning physician and the founder of two medical journals. He was the first chair in complementary medicine at the University of Exeter and is co-author of Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.

    Professor Ernst said :Medical ethics is anything but boring. The level of misinformation about alternative medicine has now reached the point where it has become dangerous and unethical. So far, alternative medicine has remained an ethics-free zone. It is time to change this.

    Homeopathy. Chiropractic, Acupuncture,Chinese medicine.......many,many.

  • Sneezing, sniffling, stuffiness and itchy eyes due to spring allergies, can acupuncture help?

    According to experts from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI),Letting pollen drift in through open windows and using the wrong air filter can contribute to allergy flare-ups in spring.Allergists recommend allergy-sufferers keep their house and car windows closed so pollen can't drift in from outdoors. They also recommend making sure to use the right air filter. Inexpensive central-furnace or air-conditioning filters and ionic electrostatic room cleaners aren't helpful.

    How about acupuncture for this?

    Acupuncture is excellent at treating symptoms of allergies. Many allergy symptoms are located above the neck, that is, in the head (stuffiness, headache, itchy eyes, etc.) This means the energy is not flowing smoothly from the head into the rest of the body, and vice versa. All the yang meridians flow from the hands up to the head, or from the head down to the feet. We need to open the channels in the neck and shoulders and allow the energy to flow.In the case of hay fever, it is often aggravated by a pathogen, which causes problems in the respiratory system, and acupuncture uses needles to restore the normal functioning of this system.Because of the way acupuncture can calm a hyper-sensitive immune system, the time to go for a treatment is two to three months before the start of the hay fever season, thus reducing, and eventually completely alleviating allergic reaction in the future. This is particularly important for those teenagers and students who have major exams looming.

    Treatment:
    1,Cold acupuncture: Dashu, Gaohuang, Fengmen,Pishu,Feishu,Shenshu.
    2,General acupuncture: Common use:Yintang,Bitong
    Support point:Baihui, Yingxiang,Hegu,Fengchi

  • Psoriasis Patients May Face Higher Heart Risk and diabetes .Can Acupuncture Help?

    People with the painful skin condition psoriasis may be at increased risk for health problems that affect the heart,according to Yahoo Health.

    Excessive inflammation is a major feature of psoriasis. Chronic inflammation is also a characteristic of insulin resistance, obesity, abnormal cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease, said Dr. Joel Gelfand, an assistant professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

    The chronic skin disorder psoriasis may raise the risk of diabetes, a large study shows.The risk is highest -- about two-fold higher -- in patients with the most severe psoriasis, says researcher Ole Ahlehoff, MD, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in cardiology at Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, in Denmark.

    Can acupuncture help?

    Psoriasis can be a debilitating disease physically and emotionally because of the unsightly blemishes. Therefore, complementary therapies such as acupuncture, meditation and yoga may be helpful. An elimination diet may cut to the root of the problem, since there appears to be anecdotal evidence that diet and nutrition are causal factors for psoriasis flare-ups.

    Chinese medicine's view of psoriasis as a systemic inflammatory disease is seen in the main traditional patterns attributed to it, mainly fire toxins and heat in the blood with stasis. It has always held that psoriasis is a disease of the blood, hence any part of the body influenced by the blood can be affected, particularly the heart.

    Body acupuncture
    Points
    The main point : the two groups. 1, Dazhui, Feishu, Geshu; 2, Qvchi, Zusanli, Xuehai.
    Points allocation : Fengchi head lesions increases; Facial increase Yingxiang, Suniu; Upper limb increase Zhigou, Hegu; Plus Sanyinjiao lower extremities, Yanglingquan.

  • Called for the early inclusion of Taijiquan in the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage List

    T'ai chi ch'uan , often shortened to T'ai chi or Tai chi in the West, is a type of internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. It is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: its hard and soft martial art technique, demonstration competitions, and longevity. As a consequence, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims. Some of t'ai chi ch'uan's training forms are especially known for being practiced at what most people categorize as slow movement.From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine you can say there are two levels of healing injury, illness and diseases. The first involves hands-on energetic healing work, which can get rather complex with the thousands of meridian lines on the human body. The second involves specific qigong or tai chi exercises that can be taught and learned which often are sufficient to heal a health issue.

    "As a symbol of Chinese culture, Taijiquan is a combination of martial art, medicine, philosophy and art," said Si Fuchun, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, China's top political advisory body,according to Chinadaily.

    On a deeper level, the practice of T'ai Chi improves our health by encouraging the circulation of our internal energy (chi) through the body. The movement of chi nourishes the health of the internal organs. Regular practice of the form helps to send the chi through the body in the best order, in a balanced flow. So both for our ch'i (internally) and for our joints and musculature (externally) T'ai Chi is an essential practice for our health.

    Taijiquan's development in modern China is facing a difficult situation, as many traditional Taijiquan skills are being lost in the country's rapid industrialization process.

  • New research: Acupuncture reduce labor pain? Still not enough evidence

    Acupuncture may help take the edge off the labor pain without those risks, but it’s still unclear just how effective they are,according to Reuters Health. Scientist found some evidence that water birth, relaxation, acupuncture, massage, local anesthetics and milder painkillers might ease the pain.However, while those methods carry little risk of side effects, they have only been tested in a few, small studies.For a range of other alternative methods — including aromatherapy, hypnosis and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) — there simply wasn’t enough evidence for the Cochrane group to make a conclusion .

    “Every woman deserves the right to have pain relief during labor,” scientist told Reuters Health. “A lot of times these days, less is more to women, they want to have a ‘natural plan’ here. I always explain that that’s fine, but just be open. For many women, the pain hits you like a ton of bricks.”

    Common acupoint for labor pain:
    Hoku
    In the acupressure points chart this point is the easiest to find, as it is located between the webbing of the thumb and the index finger. The location of this point is at the juncture of the thumb and index finger bones. Start with applying gentle pressure on the point. Rubbing the said point for a few minutes will stimulate contractions. There is another benefit of rubbing the Hoku point. If it is rubbed when the woman is in labor, it will help in easing the labor pain and have an easy childbirth.

    Bladder 32
    This pressure point is located exactly between the buttocks and the depression in the spine in the lower back area. To be more specific the point is located about the the length of the width of the mother’s fingers, above the top of the crease of the buttocks. The point, where you can feel the depression is the Bladder 32 point. Like the Hoku point, this point should also be pressed for a couple of minutes, which will help to start labor.

    BL 60
    Another acupressure point to induce labor, which is easy to locate. It is is located between the Achilles tendon and the ankle bone. This point is used more often, if the baby has not dropped down into the pelvis, as it should ideally have been. Rub or press the point for a few minutes, which will help the baby to come into the pelvis and start off labor.

    Spleen 6
    This point is also located in the ankle region. Locate this point by placing your four fingers above the ankle bone on the inside of the ankle. Applying pressure to this point helps to ripen the cervix. If the contractions have started but are weak, using this point helps to strengthen the contractions. Source:BUZZLE.COM

  • Inflammation appears to play a role in the development of coronary heart disease,why acupuncture work for that?

    The articles appeared online March 13 in The Lancet.

    "These results support the inflammation hypothesis in coronary heart disease and encourage exploration of modulation of IL6R pathways as a means to prevent coronary heart disease," wrote researchers from the IL6R Genetics Consortium and Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration.

    A protein involved in inflammation appears to play a role in the development of coronary heart disease, new research indicates,according to medicinenet.

    From Chinese medicine, Inflammatory conditions reflect an excess of qi ; however, dull pains on the chest are indicative of a deficiency of qi . This probably mirrors the evolution of coronary heart disease from an early stage when it is highly inflammatory to a chronic, late stage where there is more dull aching. The treatment of course has to be appropriate for each stage. So the clinician must examine you to determine the stage in order to use the appropriate acupuncture points. However, coronary heart disease can be helped.

    In Chinese medicine and acupuncture, when patients present with Western medical inflammatory diseases, we must still do a pattern discrimination and treat based on the pathomechanisms described by Chinese medicine. By basing treatment upon the patterns presented, we often find that the patient's inflammatory symptomology has been significantly relieved.Acupuncture at the point sanyinjiao was shown to decrease inflammation induced by carrageenan injections. inflammation is due in large part to increased blood vessel permeability. One research results showed that acupuncture at Spleen 6 resulted in a dramatic decrease in blood vessel permeability and a significant decrease in inflammation......

    What's your opinion?

    Here are some things you can and should do right now to protect your heart:

    If you’re a smoker, stop. It’s hard to do on your own, so get some help by calling the quit line.. They can help you get nicotine replacement therapy.
    If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol, take steps to control them.
    If you aren’t getting any exercise, look at ways to move. Even 15 minutes a day can make a difference. Start with something easy, something you enjoy and build from there.
    And if you’re overweight or obese, try to lose weight. Again, start with small changes that you can live with, so you’ll experience success. Slow and steady is the way to go. I like to recommend ditching sodas and other sweetened drinks as a great first step.

    About CHOLESTEROL

    High cholesterol leads to hardened arteries, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. Most cholesterol is made by the liver, so diet changes have a limited effect, and many people need medicines to lower their risk.

    The guidelines don’t change the definition of high cholesterol, but they say doctors should no longer aim for a specific number with whatever drugs can get a patient there. The new advice stresses statins such as Lipitor and Zocor; most are generic and cost as little as a dime a day.

    New research about acupuncture treatment

    According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, PC6 is a Luo-connecting point and a confluent point of the Yin Wei channel. PC6 calms the heart and shen, regulates Qi and suppresses pain. Traditional indications include: cardiac/chest pain, palpitations, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, hiccups, mental disorders, seizures (epilepsy). UB15 is a heart back-Shu point. UB15 calms the heart and Shen and regulates the Qi and blood. Traditional indications include: cardiac/chest pain, mental disorders (panic, psychosis, loss of memory), night sweats, spermatorrhea (including nocturnal emission).

    Given the heart related historical use of the acupuncture points tested, the point selection is congruous with the focus of the study. The researchers concluded that both acupuncture and nitroglycerine increased blood perfusion to ischemic myocardium in patients with coronary heart disease. As a result, the researchers noted that acupuncture SPECT technology “clearly display(s)” the “therapeutic effects of acupuncture on CHD, thus providing a new visible research method for CHD studies.”

  • Too much exercise to pregnancy? Why acupuncture can help?

    The study was led by U.S. and Danish researchers who tracked physical activity and fertility in thousands of Danish women.Exercise is a plus for women trying to become pregnant, but overdoing workouts might make it harder to conceive -- unless you're overweight.Other studies of competitive female athletes suggest that intense workouts disturb women's monthly menstrual cycles and lead to a lack of ovulation and even the absence of menstrual periods, among other problems, according to medicinenet.

    Why do. Acupuncture help with infertility?

    Acupuncture may improve sperm quality and counts in infertile men.
    Acupuncture may improve the lining of the endometrium, including increased the blood flow to the uterus.
    Acupuncture may help regulate hormone levels, specifically gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which in turn may improve ovulation rates.
    Acupuncture may help women with PCOS and anovulatory cycles.
    Acupuncture may help those with thyroid problems. (And problems with the thyroid can lead to problems with fertility.)
    Acupuncture may increase the number of follicles produced during an IVF treatment.

    So,Normal, non-obese women who want to become pregnant should stick to moderate aerobic exercise, and may go to see acupuncturist.

  • The end of modern medicine due to misuse of antibiotics, try Chinese medicine more?

    Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO, warned that humans have become so resistant to common antibiotics that it could bring about “the end of modern medicine as we know it.”

    Antibiotic misuse, sometimes called antibiotic abuse or antibiotic overuse, refers to the misuse or overuse of antibiotics, with potentially serious effects on health. It is a contributing factor to the creation of multidrug-resistant bacteria, informally called "super bugs": relatively harmless bacteria can develop resistance to multiple antibiotics and cause life-threatening infections.

    In traditional Chinese medicine, herbs and herbal formulas are also extremely effective for treatment of various infections. In fact, most modern pharmaceutical drugs were originally derived from natural sources, including penicillin (the oldest antibiotic) and gentimicin (one of the most potent). One of the main benefits of using herbs is their wide spectrum of antibiotic effect, with indications for bacterial and viral infections. Furthermore, most of these herbs are extremely safe, and do not have the same harsh side effects as drugs.

    Thinking about Chinese medicine!

  • More Westerners adopt a "green and natural" lifestyle, they tend to Chinese medicine

    According to the World Health Organization, global sales of organic medicines totaled $60 billion in 2010, accounting for around 30 percent of global pharmaceutical consumption. The WHO has predicted that consumption of organic treatments will see annual growth of more than 10 percent over the next decade.

    The continuous growth to the increasing demand Chinese medicine in the international market as more Westerners adopt a "green and natural" lifestyle and regard TCMs as a safer and greener alternative to synthetic pharmaceuticals.

    Because of their limited knowledge of TCMs, many overseas authorities apply the standards relating to synthetic medicines to TCMs.A number of Chinese government departments, including the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Health and the State Food and Drug Administration, have been in negotiations with EU health authorities. They have selected 10 medicines made by three large TCM companies in an attempt to secure registration. In this way, they hope to explore a practical and efficient way for TCM products to re-enter the EU market.

  • Chinadaily:China to open more TCM classes overseas

    China is planning to open more Confucius Institutes to teach traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) overseas in order to promote this age-old medical science, deemed the essence of Chinese culture, said Vice Minister of Health Wang Guoqiang.

    "TCM is very well received abroad, regardless of nationality or ideology," Wang said. However, he added, China lacks talented practitioners who have both a good command of TCM and speak a foreign language.

    To date, there are more than 350 Confucius Institutes and 500 Confucius Classrooms in 101 countries and regions. Two are TCM Confucius Institutes based respectively in Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia, and in London South Bank University (LSBU).

    London South Bank University (LSBU) is proud to be the site of the world's first Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Confucius Institute of the Year Award Winner 2009. This is a joint initiative with Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin Normal University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International, China

  • Chinese researchers found electro-acupuncture electric stimulation improves outcome of stem cells' transplantation in spinal cord injury.

    Spinal Cord Injury cases do not only highlight the life-saving benefits of stem cell treatment, they also provide a boost to the struggle for the acceptance of stem cell therapy as a recognized field in the medical profession.Transplantation of bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (BMSCs) into the injured spinal cord is emerging as a novel method in the therapeutics of SCI; however, its application is limited by the poor survival rate of the transplanted cells and low differentiation rate into neurons.

    About 59 percent of all spinal injuries are incomplete, leaving pathways that could allow the spinal cord to change in a way that allows people to walk again. Unfortunately, usually a person affected by this type of spinal injury seldom recovers the ability to walk normally

    Shandong University Qilu Hospital recently reported that electrical stimulation (ES) dramatically improves the survival rate of transplanted BMSCs and increases spinal cord functions in animals with spinal cord injury.

    Their experiment showed that the approach of coupling iEA electric stimulation and BMSCs transplantation remarkably promotes functional improvements in animals with spinal cord injury and holds promising potential to treat spinal cord injury in humans.

    New successes with electrochemical approaches to spinal cord recovery procedures is not isolated. Recently, researchers combined electrical stimulation to the motor area of the brain and the spinal cord below the area of the injury. In addition, drugs were infused into the region of the wounded area to promote healing. The results were dramatic. Paralyzed rats were able to walk and run after severe spinal cord injuries. This research followed last year’s revelation, reported in the Lancet, that a 23 year old paraplegic man regained the ability to stand and walk using a functional electrical stimulation (FES) device.
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    Reference:Liu H, Yang K, Xin T, Wu W, Chen Y.Artif Cells Blood Substit Immobil Biotechnol. 2012 Mar 2.

    Linked research:
    ScienceDaily (July 17, 2012) — Georgia Tech researchers have created a wireless, musical glove that may improve sensation and motor skills for people with paralyzing spinal cord injury (SCI).The gadget was successfully used by individuals with limited feeling or movement in their hands due to tetraplegia. These individuals had sustained their injury more than a year before the study, a time frame when most rehab patients see very little improvement for the remainder of their lives. Remarkably, the device was primarily used while the participants were going about their daily routines.

  • Are you surprising? Most acupuncturist don't know exact acupoint's locations.

    Acupuncture points are locations on the body that are the focus of acupuncture, acupressure, sonopuncture and laser acupuncture treatment. Several hundred acupuncture points are considered to be located along meridians (connected points across the anatomy which affect a specific organ or other part of the body). There are also numerous "extra points" not associated with a particular meridian.Studies assessing the point-specific effect of acupuncture or the characteristics of acupuncture points (APs) tend to yield inconclusive results.

    To identify a possible confounding factor, University of Munich researchers aimed to examine the variability in AP localization by means of a survey.Many acupuncture lecturers and students were asked to locate and mark the APs LI 10 and TH 5 on a research assistant's arm.

    Surprising results:

    The areas of the ellipses, theoretically containing 95% of AP localizations, varied between 44.49 and 5.18 cm(2). The largest distance between 2 identified points was 8.45 cm for LI 10 and 5.3 cm for TH 5. Apart from being trained at the same school, no other factor could be identified that determined the variability in AP localization.

    Their results indicate that congruity of AP localization among experienced acupuncturists might be low.

    The fact is a growing number of UK patients are using complementary and alternative medicine, including Acupuncture While Acupuncture as a practice began over 2,000 years ago, in recent time it has been incorporated into the so-called western medical science model. Indeed, while Acupuncturists are still struggling for full recognition by the UK government, many regulated health-care professionals such as doctors and physiotherapists have long been applying acupuncture to their patients.

    As long as Acupuncture remains unregulated, individuals who are trained to deliver Acupuncture service will remain unrecognized while regulated health professionals who have not been fully trained will be allowed to provide such service. This double standard is not only unfair to the Acupuncturist it also exposes the UK public to unnecessary risks. Granting Acupuncturists — including those who may have a linguistic barrier — full and equal recognition is long overdue.

    So, What those acupuncturists doing?

    Today, basic education in acupuncture should focus on common international standards, including anatomical, physiological, biochemical and biophysical basis. Based on primary specialization of reflexology should be in continuous improvement of the methods of acupuncture in various fields of clinical medicine aggregate of not less than 350 hours, which is usually carried out intermittently for several years.

    Do you remember this very very "good" article which was published this morning.

    Oh, wait. Blackwelder [1] did advocate acupuncture. Indeed, he suggested that family docs "take a course" to learn acupuncture. Personally, I wouldn't recommend it. I can do acupuncture. No, I haven't taken a course, either. The reason I say that I can do acupuncture is that numerous studies have shown that it really doesn't matter where you place the needles. So I could place the needles anywhere I wanted to, spin some imaginative name for the "meridian" I'm putting the needles in, and--voilà!--I'm an instant acupuncturist! Heck, I'll even teach you. It's all placebo effect. In fact, it doesn't matter if the needles are even inserted if the patient thinks they've been inserted. Toothpicks will do just as well!

    [1]Blackwelder, who is a professor and program director of the East Tennessee State University Family Physicians of Kingsport family medicine residency. He's also a former chair of the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development.
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    Reference:Bäumler PI, Simang M, Kramer S, Irnich D.Forsch Komplementmed. 2012;19(1):31-7. Epub 2012 Feb 17.

  • Beijing expected to build global TCM research center

    According to People's Daily Online
    Beijing is suggested to build a global traditional Chinese medicine R&D center for the development and industrialization of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

    Modern and scientific TCM evaluation system is still imperfect. In the current quality control assurance system established with medicinal materials as the core, the lack of TCM resources, limit of raw material prices and other factors lead to the mismatches between the TCM clinical needs and industrial products.

    Meanwhile, the lack of information sharing platforms among the central and municipal scientific research institutes has restricted the conversion of scientific and technological achievements. These factors have directly influenced the output value, revenue and profit growth of the TCM industry in Beijing

    Best wishes to China

  • Suicides among U.S. soldiers rose 80 percent from 2004 to 2008, can acupuncture help ?

    The report was published in the March 7 online edition of the journal Injury Prevention.

    As many as 40 percent of these suicides may have been linked to combat experience in Iraq, yet nearly a third of the soldiers who committed suicide saw no combat at all, said the researchers, from the U.S. Army Public Health Command.

    “Recession and rising unemployment may have led to more than 1,000 suicides in England,” The Independent has reported. The story comes from a study looking at whether the English regions most affected by the UK’s economic recession period from 2008 to 2010 had seen the greatest increase in suicides in that time.

    The study found that in England during this period, there were around 1,000 more suicides than normal, after taking into account previous trends in suicide rates. The gender split was:

    846 more suicides in men
    155 more suicides in women

    Chinese medical experts say Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), especially acupuncture, can help prevent suicide on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day, which falls on Friday.

    Du Wendong, president of the Institute of Psychology of the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, said no suicide cases had happened in his university since 1985 when the school began to use TCM in students' mental crisis intervention.According to TCM psychological theories, mental disorders can be cured through "coordination of yin and yang and treatment of both mind and body."

    Although we still don't understand how sleep disturbance might increase the risk of suicide, the study demonstrated a definite link between them.Therefore, addressing sleep problem can help to reduce suicide in general population.

    Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are certainly very effective methods to help you reduce stress, improve mood and improve sleep quality.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis increased risk of irregular heart rhythm condition , which is linked to stroke| can acupuncture help?

    People with rheumatoid arthritis were 40% more likely to have atrial fibrillation than the general population and 30% more likely to suffer a stroke.according to new study, published in the journal BMJ.

    The researchers conclude that rheumatoid arthritis patients should be screened for atrial fibrillation.

    Acupuncture has been used by rehabilitation specialists as an adjunct therapy for the symptomatic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)In the past study, people had acupuncture with an electric current going through the needles at specific or real acupuncture spots in the knee or at fake spots in the knee. Knee pain while at rest, while moving or while standing decreased more in the people who had the real acupuncture. The improvement lasted up to 4 months after acupuncture. Unfortunately, the authors of this review believe that this trial was of low quality and may overestimate how well acupuncture works.So, What's real picture?

    To explore the mechanism of electroacupuncture on rheumatoid arthritis (RA),Chinese Suzhou municipal Hospital of TCM has done a research about this. In a randomized and controlled trial, sixty-three cases with RA were randomly divided into an electroacupuncture group and a simple acupuncture group.Baihui (GV 20), Fengchi (GB 20), Quchi (LI 11), Waiguan (TE 5), Guanyuan (CV 4) and Zusanli (ST 36) were selected by coordination method combined whole and local acupoints.They were all treated once every other day for 20 days as one course. After 3 courses, changes of interleukins in peripheral blood and joint fluid of patients were observed.Finally, Chinese researchers found electroacupuncture can effectively decrease the proinflammatory cytokine of IL-1 and IL-6 and increase the inhibition cytokine of IL-4 and IL-10 and improve the internal environment of occurrence and progression of RA.
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    Reference: Lindhardsen, J. BMJ, March 8, 2012.Jesper Lindhardsen, MD, research fellow
    Ouyang BS, Che JL, Gao J, Zhang Y, Li J, Yang HZ, Hu TY, Wu YJ, Yang M.Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2010 Oct;30(10):840-4.
    Linked research

    A new study from MIT, Harvard Medical School and the San Camillo Hospital in Venice finds that after a stroke, these muscle synergies are activated in altered ways. Furthermore, those disruptions follow specific patterns depending on the severity of the stroke and the amount of time that has passed since the stroke.

    The findings, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to improved rehabilitation for stroke patients, as well as a better understanding of how the motor cortex coordinates movements, says Emilio Bizzi, an Institute Professor at MIT and senior author of the paper.

  • New Depression Treatment ---And thinking about electro-acupuncture?

    Medical researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Black Dog Institute have carried out the largest and most definitive study of tDCS and found up to half of depressed participants experienced substantial improvements after receiving the treatment,according to Sciencedaily

    Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) involves applying weak electrical currents to the head, to generate an electromagnetic field which modulates the activity of brain neurons. tDCS is known to selectively modulate neuronal excitability and can be used in conjunction with fMRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or centrally acting drugs. It is being investigated as a treatment for a variety of conditions such as stroke recovery, depression and migraine.

    Electroacupuncture application increased or decreased the brain function- as assessed by changes to the blind spot-depending on the treatment side: Contralateral-side treatment has a better effect than ipsilateral-side treatment on brain function.

    Chinese researcher found that Acupuncture can significantly increase blood flow and oxygen saturation in brain cortex, and the effect with combined therapy of scalp and body acupuncture is superior to that with body acupuncture.

    Any idea about this research?

    Another research:BOOSTING the effect of acupuncture needles with small electric currents may be effective in treating depression, a study in Hong Kong has found. Led by Zhang Zhang-jin at the School of Chinese Medicine, University of Hong Kong, the researchers used electroacupuncture to stimulate seven spots on the heads of 73 participants, who had suffered several bouts of depression in the last 7 years.

  • New study about acupuncture on heart-rate variability

    Heart rate variability (HRV) is a physiological phenomenon where the time interval between heart beats varies. It is measured by the variation in the beat-to-beat interval.

    Does Acupuncture Affect Heart Rate Variability?Ancient Chinese physicians examined the pulse of the patient's radial artery as a part of their diagnostic procedure. Through interpretation of the pulse the physician could get access to knowledge, somehow tacit, in terms understood then as the primary disharmonies in patients.

    In a new study, researchers evaluated the effects of acupuncture on HRV in 40 patients with a variety of conditions, including insomnia, stomach disorders and lower back pain. Acupuncture was administered at various acupoints and HRV was measured before, during and after treatment.

    The researchers found that acupuncture caused a 41 percent reduction in the standard deviation of HRV. Furthermore, acupuncture reduced variability without altering either the heart rate or the low to high frequency ratio. According to the study authors, this suggests that acupuncture may alter the functioning of the human body.
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    Reference:Fasmer OB, Liao H, Huang Y, et al. A naturalistic study of the effect of acupuncture on heart-rate variability. J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2012 Feb;5(1):15-20.

    New research reveals that ultra-low-level violet laser stimulation of acupuncture point Du-20 (Baihui) changes the heart rate. A 405nm wavelength laser beam at an output power of 1mW (continuous mode) was directed at Du-20 (Baihui, GV-20) on laboratory rats. There was an acute on/off effect when activating the laser beam. When on, the laser beam significantly lowered the heart rate. Results were measured by electrocardiograms using an HRV Medilog AR12 system. The acupuncture point Du-20 was located “at the continuation of the line connecting the highest points of the ear, on the median line of the head.”

    Heart attacks were more common in people in their 80s following surgery, according to the first study of its kind, and those aged under 60 were no more likely to have a heart attack than those not having operations.

  • Why do your patients miss acupuncture appointment? Because you are NOT good.

    When a patient misses acupuncture appointment they are not receiving the acupuncture treatment recommended by their acupuncturist.

    Scheduling an appointment with a acupuncturist can be daunting for the some patient, who can be forgetful, anxious about the appointment, or has transport problem.

    Computer-based scheduling systems can help, along with automated reminder letters, e-mails or calls. Most acupuncturist lack systems to track referrals, which puts them at a disadvantage when compared with hospital.

    Missed patient appointments can be frustrating for your acupuncture practice ,costing you time and money. Many acupuncture clinic have experienced missed appointments so frequently that they now have built-in cancellation policies and charge patients if they cancel appointments within 24 hours. But,it's very hard for acupuncturist to do so.

    There are many reasons why a patient might miss an appointment.There are :

    It’s a follow-up appointment, and the patient who may be feeling better, doesn’t want to take the time nor spend the money for the appointment. The patient cannot afford the out-of-pocket expenses/cost of seeing the acupuncturist
    The patient forgot about the appointment.....

    From my experience ,most appointments are missed because the patients think you are NOT so good. your acupuncture might not help them in future.

    So,don't upset,if your patient "forget" appointment and don't blame patient. Work hard and always do miracle job. You will be best in your industry. No one can afford to miss your appointment.......

    Something alway happened ,when patient think you are not good enough...

    Last-minute cancellations in order to see another practitioner devalues both one's time and reputation;
    The patient's belief that another practitioners "approval" is necessary is invalidating;
    The implication that Western medicine is more valid than Chinese medicine (despite compelling World Health Organization data);
    The fact that the patient had what was probably a medically unnecessary procedure and still went to that practitioner for an opinion… what does this say really? Are we so habituated to giving away our authority that we can't stop ourselves? Is this addiction to an external medical authority so pervasive that even a well educated patient goes back to the same source to get a "fix" of authority even if it doesn't heal her? ;
    Is it insulting that we have to treat both fear and pain induced by a failed medical procedure? Are we cleaning up the messes caused by the plethora of unnecessary procedures that can hurt patients? Is it insulting that so many of these procedures happen and that our healthcare insurance costs rise as a result?;
    I thought it ironic that I knew more of the current Western science about the procedure than the doctor did. Or at least I was more willing to share the research with the patient. Two years ago, I asked an academic clinician, a Professor of Orthopedics at a major university medical center about "cleaning out the knee." The man was scornful. "There's no evidence for it and patients convince their doctors to do it, even though it is not usually successful." He then gave me the studies. Is it insulting that scientific evidence is ignored by practitioners who purport to be experts?

    What's your experience?

  • WSJ: Chinse medicine help with acute promyelocytic leukemia.

    Commonly called APL, a malignancy of the bone marrow in which there is a deficiency of mature blood cells in the myeloid line of cells and an excess of immature cells called promyelocytes. APL is due to a translocation (an exchange of chromosome material) between chromosomes 15 and 17 which is symbolized t(15;17). This translocation is not a mere marker of APL. It is the cause of APL.

    According to WSJ, ------Treatment for acute promyelocytic leukemia, a type of cancer that forms in the bone marrow, has been improved significantly using a therapy that combines arsenic trioxide, a traditional Chinese medicine, with the chemo drug ATRA (otherwise known as all-trans retinoic acid).

    The Chinese researchers who pioneered the treatment, Zhen-Yi Wang and Zhu Chen, were recently awarded with the Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research.

    Read more, please visit WSJ blog

  • Can Chinese herbal medicine help with asthma?

    A traditional Chinese herbal remedy known as kampo helped to relieve daily asthma symptoms in nearly all of more than 200 people studied, Japanese researchers report.

    A study of more than 270 patients with asthma who either received a Chances mixture or standard treatment demonstrated that the herbal treatment worked better in removing symptoms compared to inhaled steroid and a bronchodilator.

    After 16 days of treatment, 94 percent of those who took the herbal remedy became completely free from asthma symptoms while about three-fourths of those taking standard medications still had daily wheeze and other symptoms, says the report presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI).

    There's much room for improvement, (researcher) says it was accidentally discovered that kampo herbs could wipe out symptoms in many people while testing the ancient remedy against an allergic skin disorder known as atopic dermatitis.

    This research is from WebMD

    In traditional Chinese medicine theory, asthma is clearly differentiated between the actual attacks and the periods between attacks. When the attacks are happening, this is considered to be an acute, Excess condition, and the objective is to disperse the Excess and stop the attack. Wind, a non-substantial pathogenic factor, lodges in the bronchi and combines with Cold or Heat pathogenic factors to cause bronchospasms.

  • TCM chief defends bear bile medicine--China daily

    According to China daily

    Wang Guoqiang, vice-minister of health and director of the State Administration of TCM, made remarks on the sidelines of the annual session of the 11th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, which opened Saturday.
    "We should make good use of animal-based medicines on the basis of proper animal protection, which is also in line with the country's relevant laws and regulations," he told China Daily.
    Care for animals is a symbol of civilization but, "the practical situation has to be considered as well", he said.
    "So far we have found no substitute for bear bile, which has proven medical efficacy and is irreplaceable," he stressed.

    What's your opinion?
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    Background:Animal welfare groups have recently stepped up their campaign to end the practice of milking bears for their bile, still legal in China. Bear bile has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years and it is not proving easy to change habits formed over generations.

  • Can electroacupuncture help with Alcoholic liver disease? What't about liver fibroids?

    Alcoholic liver disease usually occurs after years of drinking too much. The longer the alcohol use has occurred, and the more alcohol that was consumed, the greater the likelihood of developing liver disease.Alcohol may cause swelling and inflammation (hepatitis) in the liver. Over time, this can lead to scarring and then cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis is the final phase of alcoholic liver disease.

    To observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) of "Taichong" (LR 3) on liver function in rats with mild alcoholic liver injury (MALI) so as to explore the feasibility of acupuncture in improving mild alcoholic liver injury, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences has done a research about this,they found EA of "Taichong"(LR 3) may reduce distillate-spirit induced mild alcoholic liver injury in rats.[1]

    In some cases, acupuncture may be a useful supportive therapy for addiction. Some but not all studies of acupuncture for the treatment of alcohol abuse have shown that it can reduce cravings and symptoms of withdrawal.Hospital of Korean Medicine did a research about acupuncture and alcohol dependence.Their results of the included studies were equivocal, and the poor methodological quality and the limited number of the trials do not allow any conclusion about the efficacy of acupuncture for treatment of alcohol dependence. More research and well-designed, rigorous, and large clinical trials are necessary to address these issues.This analgesic effect of acupuncture is very suitable for each drug detoxification program, because it helpsCushion withdrawal symptoms of drug addiction. In cases of cocaine addiction is well known that acupuncture can be helpful. In fact, studies have found that the analgesic effect of acupuncture effective for up to 85 percent to bring significant relief, compared with 70 percent of the effectiveness of morphine.
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    Reference:[1]Chen BJ, Zhang D, Li SY, Ma HM, Wang SY.Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2011 Dec;36(6):419-22

    A study concludes that acupuncture significantly relieves hepatic fibrosis. A study of carbon tetrachloride induced hepatic fibrosis in laboratory rats measured responses to acupuncture treatment. The acupuncture group received acupuncture at LR3 (Taichong), LR14 (Qimen), UB18 (Ganshu), and ST36 (Zusanli). The Acupuncture for Liver control group received sham acupuncture, the use of non-acupuncture points. The sham acupuncture points were located 0.5cm to the left of each real point that was used in the acupuncture group. No significant changes were measured for the sham group while the true acupuncture group showed significant hepatoprotective findings.
    (Reference:Acupuncture Research. Inhibitory Effect of Acupuncture on Hepatic Extracellular Matrix Production in Carbon Tetrachloride-induced Liver Fibrosis Rats. 2012-01. ZHANG Feng, LU Yin, NI Guang-xia, NI Chun-yan, ZHANG Xue-jiao,WANG Ai-yun, ZHENG Shi-zhong.)

  • Chinese researcher found Back-shu acupoints help with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

    CFS is also known as ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis. Myalgia means muscle pain and encephalomyelitis means inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Both CFS and ME are commonly used terms.Anyone can get CFS, although it is more common in women than in men.There is no cure for CFS, but treatment can ease the symptoms, which include muscle pain and headaches.Various researches conducted in China claim that acupuncture fights the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Western studies support this claim and even said that acupuncture also treats CFS-related illnesses like as fibromyalgia, depression, headache, and irritable bowel syndrome. One of the benefits that CFS patients feel after undergoing an acupuncture treatment is an enhanced immune system that allows them to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep every night is a key factor for faster recovery from CFS.

    To observe the therapeutic effect and safety of acupuncture of Back-shu points [Xinshu (BL 15), Pishu (BL 20), etc.] in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS),Chinese Beijing Guang'anmen Hospital has done a research about this.Their total of 120 CFS patients were equally randomized Into acupuncture and control groups. Acupuncture needles were inserted into bilateral Xinshu (BL 15), Pishu (BL 20), and Gaohuang (BL 43) points, once daily for 4 weeks except weekends......They found that acupuncture at Back-shu point has a good therapeutic effect (including immediate and midterm effect) in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome patients.
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    Reference:Zhang W, Liu ZS, Xu HR, Liu YS.Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2011 Dec;36(6):437-41, 448

  • Who has acupuncture---TV presenter Clare Nasir

    TV presenter Clare Nasir had had several failed attempts to conceive using IVF alone. She had one last chance, and decided to use acupuncture in conjunction with the IVF to boost her chances of success. She now has a two year old daughter - listen to her story in the video below.

    The researchers found that electroacupuncture increases blood levels of HLA-G (human leukocyte antigen) “and the level of HLA-G secreted in embryos for the patients in the process of IVF-ET.” Presence of the HLA-G protein is predictive of higher pregnancy and live birth rates according to modern research conducted at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • What's happened? If you go to wrong acupuncturist?

    Many people struggle with how to find a acupuncturist who will help; how does one know who to see to get help when help is needed? While many avoid the issue by seeing a managed-care in-network recommendation, that often exacerbates the problem of finding a helpful acupuncturist because their concern is cost, not quality of care.

    There are more than 2000 acupuncturists in the London, and it takes some expertise to navigate the acupuncturist world. A good acupuncturist should have the knowledge and expertise to acupuncture treatment that will result in better and longer lasting relationships.

    The longevity of a relationship matters because when a patient and acupuncturist team work together for a long time, they most likely develop trust in each other which can help patients more.

    It is a real challenge to pick the right acupuncturist is because there are actually no big differences between acupuncturists. All acupuncturists have pretty much the same basic needling and treatment. They all claim to have proprietary training, and they may have different clinic name for what they do.

    Over recent years a new group of people calling themselves acupuncturists has come to the fore in the UK. These are the self named Medical Acupuncturists who are mainly doctors and nurses who have received very short courses - often as little as two weeks' training - who then go on to practice as if they are fully qualified acupuncturists.

    Many of these practitioners know little or no acupuncture theory and they have reduced the skill of acupuncture to a mere "cook book" method. Not surprisingly, this has left many patients with a completely incorrect view of acupuncture and, still worse, when such simplistic treament methods fail to deliver good results, leave them with a feeling that acupuncture is useless.

    A common blunder in our reviews is to choose an acupuncturist based on its “reputation”, which can be highly subjective.

    Another common mistake is to choose an acupuncturist's location, and ignore its experience.

    Due to how patients choose acupuncturists has not been studied,University of Southampton School of Medicine has done a new research to investigate how patients choose acupuncturists and to identify which factors might influence this choice.

    Their methods: In the qualitative study, 35 acupuncture patients (recruited through maximum variation sampling from seven clinics and the community) participated in semistructured interviews about their acupuncture experiences. In the quantitative study, 73 participants imagined wanting to consult an acupuncturist for back pain. They rated 8 fictional acupuncturists; ratings were analyzed using analysis of covariance.

    They found that patients wanted qualified, personable acupuncturists and valued recommendations from trusted others. Without such recommendations, potential patients preferred female acupuncturists and those with medical qualifications.

    They conclude:Acupuncturists' trustworthiness and technical competence are important to (potential) patients; practitioner gender also influenced preferences. Patients need to be informed about proposals concerning statutory regulation in CAM and its implications; conventional practitioners might be able to better support their patients wanting to consult acupuncturists.

    Find a reputable acupuncturist......Is word of mouth a only way?

    Seeing is believing , that's very typical English proverb words

    We all tend to believe stories more than facts. And when faced with the need to make a decision—to look for acupuncturist , we rely on our emotional beliefs about the good acupuncturist or not so good one.And our emotional beliefs come mostly from friend's experience and the stories we heard about it.If your friend tells you about a complication he suffered following one acupuncturist job , you will believe that acupuncturist is rubbish.We read about the "bad"story of some acupuncturists and decide we don’t want to visit he/she even though many other patients report show that the "bad stories"is far less than "good" stories

    Sometimes the recommendations friend make are based on nothing more than their general judgment and a presumption that they know better than others .I’m not saying that you surrender your judgment to your acupuncturist. I’m saying that when deciding upon the best course of action to take, you need to critique your own thought process mercilessly.

  • The longer a person has diabetes, the higher their risk of having a stroke | Can acupuncture help?

    A new study confirms that the risk of stroke is elevated in people with diabetes. It also shows that when compared to people who don't have diabetes, the risk of stroke increases significantly every year a person lives with the disease. After 10 years of diabetes, the researchers report that stroke risk triples.

    The research is published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke

    Another new study suggests the link may lie in the over-activation of an important heart enzyme, which leads to death of pacemaker cells, abnormal heart rhythm, and increased risk of sudden death in diabetic mice following a heart attack.

    Clinical and experimental studies showed that acupuncture could produce hypoglycemic effect for diabetes. However, little is known about the effectiveness of acupuncture in diabetes prevention.

    Chinese Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine has done a new resaerch about this,They foundthat preventive acupuncture significantly relieved hyperglycemia, insulin deficiency, weight loss, and pancreatic islet damage in rats with STZ injection; it also significantly reduced serum lipid peroxidation and enhanced superoxide dismutase in the serum and the pancreas without significantly affecting serum glutathione peroxidase and catalase. Therapeutic acupuncture exhibited a hypoglycemic effect in the late stage, but did not significantly improve other parameters. Their conclusions: These results indicate that preventive acupuncture is beneficial to the control of STZ-induced hyperglycemia in rats.

    The key affects of TCM for diabetics is its ability to get the blood flowing around the body. This improved level of circulation can be crucial to freeze or at least slow down the debilitating onset of diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy can be crippling and may result in amputation at advanced stages, and at the very least causes swelling and pain. This pain could potentially be reduced by TCM. Further positive effects of TCM can include the stability of blood sugar levels for sufferers of Type 2, the key factor in diabetic health. TCM does this by stimulating order within the endocrine system.

    Doctor says the study also underscores the importance of diabetes prevention, through a healthy diet and regular exercise.
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    Reference:Jiang YL, Ning Y, Liu YY, Wang Y, Zhang Z, Yin LM, Xu YD, Wei Y, Yang YQ.
    J Endocrinol Invest. 2011 Jul 12

    The American Diabetes Association suggests these healthier choices that can help you cut down on salt:

    Choose fresh fruits and fresh vegetables over packaged offerings.
    Opt for dried versions of legumes, beans and peas instead of canned varieties.
    Look for whole-grain foods that aren't packed with sodium, including whole-grain barley, popcorn, brown and wild rice and quinoa.
    Choose seeds and nuts that aren't salted.

  • What is doctor's idea abou traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture?Look this

    Just find a article which is talking about traditional Chinese medicine ( TCM).

    Behold the awesome power that signal transactions and ancient Chinese sayings hold over hopelessly gullible honkies! Makes me embarrassed to be one, sometimes. An accurate summary of the relevant material: acupuncture has no specific effect on any disease; the philosophical bases for what Marino calls TCM are not based in observable reality; the term TCM is only about 50 years old, having been invented in the People’s Republic of China as an appeal to Western audiences; it is an awkward, arbitrary cobbling of several, disparate and sometimes contradictory ideas and methods that existed at various times and places in the long, pre-scientific history of the very large region that is China; TCM can’t, by any stretch of the imagination, be construed as holistic, because it knows very little of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, and nothing whatsoever of microscopic or molecular matters; over 30 years of toxicology studies have shown that many Chinese Herbs are not safe.

    I just want to ask: Do someone really know TCM?

    Basically, I always respect real medical profession. Unfortunately...... Not anyone.

    Chinese medical concepts and terminology are complex. The language of Chinese medicine is, in some ways, less precise and more transparent than biomedical terminology; for example, we often talk about concepts such as dampness, dryness, heat, and other metaphors that explain the body’s physiology through intuitive connections to the natural world around us. On the other hand, Chinese medicine is also highly specific in its use of certain therapeutic action terms, disease names, and treatment principles. To the average Chinese reader, an herbal medicine textbook is almost incomprehensible because it contains so many technical terms. When we render these technical terms in English, we need a cohesive system so that English readers can understand the clinical implications of the information.

  • Patients had a 45% chance of getting pregnant by new IVF

    Experts based the estimate on worldwide figures for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment cycles up to 2008. The pattern was extended to gauge how many treatments took place over the next three years. It is believed to have reached five million last year. Passing the five million milestone represented a moment of pride for fertility scientists, a British member of the team behind the first IVF baby said

    A new way of processing embryos during IVF treatment can improve the chances of pregnancy by more than a quarter, it is claimed,according to telegraph.

    The system developed by researchers in Newcastle allows all procedures to be conducted within an enclosed and controlled environment.A three-year study showed that it produced a minimum 27 per cent increase in clinical pregnancy rates.Patients had a 45% chance of getting pregnant, compared with a 35 per cent success rate under the old system.

    Acupuncture could boost the chances of a woman becoming pregnant after IVF by more than half.It is not clear how acupuncture affects fertility. However, IVF is extremely stressful and it could be that the relaxation involved in the therapy helps, experts said.

    (Reuters Health) - Women who have an electro-acupuncture session as part of their infertility treatment may have a better chance of ultimately having a baby, a new clinical trial suggests.

    The findings, reported in the journal Fertility and Sterility, add to a conflicting body of evidence on whether acupuncture can boost IVF success.

    Endometrial blood flow is directly related to endometrial receptivity thereby affecting in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET) outcomes. In recent years a growing number of studies have shown that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can play a role to improve endometrial blood flow and embryo transfer. Studies have confirmed that formulas based on reinforcing kidney and activating blood can promote the formation of uterine endometrial blood vessels by adjusting expressions of a variety of vessel growth factors, and regulating nitric oxide level for inhibition of vascular smooth muscle contraction of the uterus.

    Getting ready IVF? Think about acupuncture support?

    Additional information from NHS

    For a woman under 40, the guidelines state that she should be offered three cycles of NHS IVF treatment if she’s been unsuccessful in trying to get pregnant through regular unprotected intercourse for two years, or after 12 cycles of artificial insemination, or if tests show early on that IVF is the only way she is likely to become pregnant.

    Implementation of these guidelines is not uniform across the UK or may be subject to additional conditions, such as the smoking status of the parents. The charity Infertility Interwork has a good deal of information that you will find worth reading at infertilitynetworkuk.com.

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