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  • Beautiful Richmond Park-- I love London, I Love Acupuncture

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  • Best paid and worst paid doctors | Best paid and worst paid acupuncturists

    According to Medicinenet

    Best-Paid Doctors

    Even so, the top-earning doctors aren't going broke. The top 10 highest paid doctors are:

    Radiologists: $315,000
    Orthopedic surgeons: $315,000
    Cardiologists: $314,000
    Anesthesiologists: $309,000
    Urologists: $309,000
    Gastroenterologists: $303,000
    Oncologists: $295,000
    Dermatologists: $283,000
    Plastic surgeons: $270,000
    Ophthalmologists: $270,000
    Worst-Paid Doctors

    The 10 least paid doctors are:

    Pediatricians: $156,000
    Family medicine doctors: $158,000
    Internal medicine doctors: $165,000
    Diabeticians/Endocrinologists: $168,000
    Psychiatrists: $170,000
    HIV/infectious disease specialists: $170,000
    Rheumatologists: $180,000
    Neurologists: $184,000
    Nephrologists: $209,000
    Ob-gyns: $220,000
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    Acupuncturist earnings are related to the success of the practice and may be low during the first three to four years, as it can take time to get established.

    On average, an acupuncturist treats between one and four clients a day in the early stages, at about £40 a session (£45 - £90 per session in London). More will be charged for the initial consultation session. Once established, an acupuncturist may treat 30 - 40 clients a week.

    So,Best paid acupuncturist ( Based in London) £70X40X 50(weeks)= £140000 ( Before tax)
    Worst paid acupuncturist ( outside London) £40X5X50(weeks)=£10000 (Before tax)

    What do you think? Is it possible?

  • Spinal canal stenosis with Lumbar and lower limb symptoms? Try Spinal nerve root electroacupuncture,

    Lumbar spinal stenosis is caused by narrowing of the spinal canal or neural foramina producing root ischaemia and neurogenic claudication. Stenosis of the spinal canal is most often caused by a combination of loss of disc space, osteophytes and a hypertrophic ligamentum flavum.For lumbar and lower limb symptoms, conventional acupuncture and general conservative treatment had been ineffective.

    To study the effectiveness of electroacupuncture of the spinal nerve root using a selective spinal nerve block technique for the treatment of lumbar and lower limb symptoms in patients with lumbar spinal canal stenosis,Japanese Meiji University of Integrative Medicine has done a research about this.

    They collect 17 patients with spinal canal stenosis who did not respond to 2 months of general conservative treatment and conventional acupuncture. Under x-ray fluoroscopy, two acupuncture needles were inserted as close as possible to the relevant nerve root, as determined by subjective symptoms and x-ray and MRI findings, and low-frequency electroacupuncture stimulation was performed (10 Hz, 10 min). Patients received 3-5 once-weekly treatments, and were evaluated immediately before and after each treatment and 3 months after completion of treatment.

    Their conclusion:Lumbar and lower limb symptoms, for which conventional acupuncture and general conservative treatment had been ineffective, improved significantly during a course of electroacupuncture to the spinal nerve root, showing sustained improvement even 3 months after completion of treatment. The mechanisms of these effects may involve activation of the pain inhibition system and improvement of nerve blood flow.
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    Reference:Inoue M, Nakajima M, Hojo T, Kitakoji H, Itoi M.Acupunct Med. 2012 Apr 25

    In the new study, researchers found that patients who got steroid injections did see some pain relief over four years. But they did not fare as well as patients who went with other conservative treatments or with surgery right away.

    And if steroid patients eventually opted for surgery, they did not improve as much as surgery patients who’d skipped the steroids.

    What exercise you can do?

    Strengthening Exercises

    Abdominal bracing.
    Pelvic tilts, which may help develop back and hip extender muscles. Glaser says pelvic tilts also help support upright body posture.
    Bird dog, which may help counteract weakness in your back muscles due to the tendency toward spinal flexion common in people with stenosis.

  • Got bad back? Don't rush to buy those products,,,,,diagnosis is key.

    Read today's dailymail, you can find "Don't break the bank to banish your back pain... instead try our affordable pick of products that really do help"

    A high-tech TENS machine;Double mattresses;The McKenzie Lumbar Roll;A Swiss ball;Ergonomic chairs;The BOSU balance trainer......etc,etc....

    Do they really work for you? It is a big question. Correct diagnosis is the key I think.

    What happens if the doctor isn’t sure? In many cases, there is no way to be 100% sure of a diagnosis. However, doctors always have a “most likely” diagnosis in mind, or a provisional–or what we call, working diagnosis. Patients should know what this diagnosis is. You have to make sure that you are involved in the thought process for narrowing down the list of all the possible diseases that could cause your symptoms to the one or two working diagnoses. Make sure you understand why certain diseases were “ruled out”, but also what it is that you most likely have. Before you leave your doctor’s office, always make sure that you know your diagnosis.

    During their first visit, patients should be categorized into one of three groups after a thorough medical history and physical examination: non-specific low back pain; low back pain potentially associated with compression of a nerve in the spine (radiculopathy) or abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis); or low back pain potentially associated with a specific cause.

    Diagnosis of back pain is complex and challenging. Studies done so far show that in many cases, there isn't just one single pain generator. The discs, ligaments, muscles, bone, nerve roots, and even the coverings and linings of these structures can all turn on a pain signal. When more than one area is affected, the pain messages can overlap, creating back pain that may not respond to one single treatment technique.

    Most of the time, back pain is muscle or posture related, which means, it's likely that it is not serious enough to warrant .the attention of a medical doctor. But what about those times when at-home therapies, holistic therapies or a visit to the chiropractor doesn't address the pain?
    "A successful treatment is based on a sound diagnosis," says Dr. Jack Stern, neurosurgeon and pain management specialist in White Plains, New York. "You need to know what's wrong before you can determine the best way to fix it."

    Test A

    1. Patient stands up, places each arm, straight and relaxed, at the corresponding side of the body. Straighten both legs and close heels together. Without worsening the back pain, ask the patient to incline the trunk of the body backwards which allows the lumbar spine to produce a slight forward curvature or be on the point of curving as such.
    2. The examiner should position itself behind the patient, facing the back of the patient. Place one hand on top of the outside normal side shoulder, place the other hand on top of problem side hip
    3. The examiner presses the pelvis, using the hand on top of problem side hip,to prevent any movement, then uses the other hand to push the normal side to the problem side。This causes the whole spine ,alongside with the skull, to be bended towards the problem side。Note that when doing this, the bending should be made completely by the examiner, not by the patient. This is to prevent some affected deep muscle to contract, when the soft tissue outside the spinal cord is damaged, which can cause stretching pain on skeletal muscle attachment area,hence causing false positive pain. Furthermore, patients should keep their knees straightened, their heels should not leave the floor. Rising of the heels may cause the pelvis on the corresponding side to rise also, which can affect the accuracy of the test.
    4. When the spinal cord is bended to the patient’s limit, ask the patient if there is painful or conductible pain to leg, as well as any sign of numbness。Also, ask the patient to point out the precise position of the correct location of lower back pain using the tip of index finger, in order to decide which Vertebral space is affected.
    5. The examiner switches sides and help patients bend the spinal cord towards the non-affected side then asks if there is any sign on the affected side.

    Above test can produce the following clinical results.
    1. when the spinal cord has been bended to limit to the affected side, patients complains that there is deep pain or conductible pain to bottom or leg and in some cases there is also numbness in leg。These are positive results, hence the diagnosis may be that there is soft tissue damage within the spinal cord. If the test result is negative, such damage would be unlikely, but it is still necessary to use Test B and Test C to be absolutely certain on the diagnosis.
    2. when the spinal cord has been bended to the limit to the non-affected side, the deep pain on problem side and leg trouble can disappear. During which, patients who have pain on the affected side, because of back muscle at the affected side over stretching, can be diagnosed as having lower back soft tissue damage outside the spinal cord on the affected side. Then it is required to do further test on Test B in order to make a clear and precise diagnosis. The reason being is that tender points is a very important piece of diagnostic evidence for any soft tissue damage outside the spinal cord. If doing this test(bending spinal cord to the non-affected side) doesn’t produce any pain on the affected side, the above possibility would be quite unlikely or that the damage is so slight that it has not yet produced any symptoms, although it is still necessary to test tenderness point to be absolutely certain.
    3. In some clinical cases, when the bending towards the affected side has reached its limit, there is only conductible pain in the hip and lower limbs(on the affected side) but no deep pain of lower back on the affected side. These pain may be caused solely by primary soft tissue damage of the hips, but it is unsafe to exclude the possibility of conductible caused by soft tissue damage inside the spinal cord. Therefore, it is necessary to use Test B and Test C for an accurate diagnosis. If the two tests both produce positive results, this conductible pain of the hips and lower limbs should be diagnosed as the conductible pain caused by soft tissue damage inside the spinal cord. If the two tests both produce negative results, the pain should be diagnosed as conductible pain caused by primary soft tissue damage of the hips.

    Test B

    The patient lies prone on a hard bed, with upper limbs straight, relaxed and placed at either side of the body. Let the patient relax all the muscles in the body, the examiner find the deep tender points by thumb press at the lower back of complaint, i.e. L3-S1 (Problem side) and deep muscle 。First do the following test:
    1. Pain test of spinal extension posture:---The examiner straightens the thumb vertically and uses the tip of the thumb press at tender point with reasonable force. Ask the patient: is there any pain, conductible pain or lower limb numbness present? Then the examiner stops pressing, but let the thumb remain on the skin at the tender point without losing contact with the skin in any way, which is to ensure any further thumb press is at the precise location, hen do the following tests.
    2. Pain test of spinal over-extension posture:--Prepare a cylindrical pillow which has a diameter of at least 30cm after pressing it hard. Cushion the pillow directly under the patients chest, allowing the spine to extend further more. The examiner uses the thumb in (1), which has not yet been moved from the original position on the skin, to deeply press at the original tender point with the same degree of pressure or force, then ask the patient: is there pain, conductible pain or numbness in the lower limbs present? Comparing to the previous test, is there any changes to the degree of pain, more, less or no change? Stop deeply press,but with the thumb still remaining on the skin at that precise point, and do the following tests.
    3. Pain test of spinal over-bending posture :---Slide the pillow downwards to the belly, so that it is directly underneath the point which is slightly beneath the belly button.. This way the spine is over- bending forward. The examiner deeply the original tender point using the same thumb at exactly the same point, ask the patient: is there pain, conductible pain or numbness of the lower limbs? Comparing to the previous two tests, is there any changes to the degree of pain, more, less or no change? This test should be repeated twice.

    Clinical meaning

    From the above three tests, there can be the following clinical results.
    1. in the spinal extension posture , pressing a certain point at deep muscle L3-S1 causes obvious painful. However, this pain can be caused by soft tissue damage either inside or outside the spinal cord, hence it confers no significant meaning on the diagnosis.
    2. Comparing to pain of spinal extension posture, no matter there is soft tissue damage outside or inside the spinal cord, the pain of spinal over-extension posture produces more severe pain more easily, hence it has no actual diagnostic significance either. Doing pain test of spinal extension posture is to decide the precise location of tender point,based on which the pain test of spinal over-extension posture and pain test of spinal over-bending posture can be done. If there is no pain of spinal extension posture , then the other two tests would be unnecessary.
    3. comparison between pain test of spinal over-extension posture and pain test of spinal over-bending posture.
    (1) If pain test of spinal over-bending posture causes the deep pain,conductible pain or numbness of the lower limbs, which have been developed from spinal over-extension posture, to disappear completely or nearly completely, then in the former case, it may be diagnosed as soft tissue damage inside the spinal cord. In the latter case, even though there is residual tender point , with consideration of the fact that long period for which the soft tissue inside spinal cord has been damage, may progress onto slight damage to deep muscle outside the spinal cord, it is still appropriate to view it as mix lower back pain caused by soft tissue damage inside the spinal cord.
    (2) If the initial pain is only lessened by a small degree, there is the possibility of mix lower back pain caused by soft tissue damage inside and outside the spinal cord.. Here Test A and Test C in combination with examination of tender points,to make a clear diagnosis.
    (3) If the initial pain has not changed at all, then the possibility of damage inside the spinal cord can be eliminated. Damage outside the spinal cord can be considered, but the examiner still needs to use the other tests to produce the final diagnosis.

    Test C

    1. The patient is asked to lie in a prone position on a hard bed, relax all muscles.
    2. The examiner uses one hand to lift up the ankle on the affected side, making a 110°angle at the knee joint.popliteal soft tissue should be relaxed in this position. The examiner uses the index finger tip of the other hand to find the tibial nerves at centre of popliteal area, then strum lightly in a horizontal motion. Ask the patient: is there any discomfort at some parts, pain or conductible numbness at the back of the calf? Do the same procedures at the |popliteal on the non-affected side, because strumming non-affected nerves would not produce any symptoms.

    clinical significance
    When strumming nerve, if there is any partly discomfort, pain or other stimulation, even if the extent is slight, it would be the positive result of this test. Strumming should be light and skilful, DO NOT press nerve hard! DO NOT press joint cavity at the back of popliteal ,which is to prevent the production of any false positives.

    So how to know acupuncture works for this patient or not?
    Test A Positive ,Test B Positive,Test C Positive --------Acupuncture doesn’t work

    Test C Positive Test A Positive Test B Negative ----------Acupuncture doesn’t work
    Test C Positive Test B Positive Test A Negative ------------Acupuncture doesn’t work

    Test C Negative Test A Positive Test B Positive--------Acupuncture works

    If only one Test Positive ,others Negative --------Acupuncture may works

    All of Test are Negative -----------Acupuncture works
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    Basic knowledge :
    Very often, doctors can find no anatomical cause of the pain. Additionally, imaging studies might reveal a spine fraught with problems, but the patient experiences no pain.

    Medical History

    The medical history is like an interview between you and your doctor. In the medical history, your doctor is looking for information she or he can use in the hunt to identify the nature or cause of your problem. Doctors also look for "red flags" during the history. Red flags are indicators of serious medical conditions, such as cancer.
    Examples of valuable information for the doctor include: location and intensity of pain, pain patterns, what relieves it and what makes it worse, how the pain affects your functioning and more. You will also be asked about any other medical conditions you may have now or had in the past. This includes questions about psychological problems, especially depression. Research shows that psychological factors have a strong association with both the onset of back pain and the development of chronic back pain; therefore, questions about it are included in the medical history.

    It is important to be thorough and honest when discussing your present condition and your past medical history with your doctor. This is because the information you provide during the medical history is used as a guideline when planning treatment and selecting specific drugs.

    Physical Examination

    The physical exam is used by the doctor to follow up on the information gleaned from the medical history. Here the doctor uses a number of specific manually administered tests to assist her or him in ruling out or confirming a diagnosis. Examples of tests used in the exam include placing you in positions that correlate with known back conditions to see if they reproduce your pain, tests for muscle strength, atrophy and tightness, and joint range of motion, and reflex testing. Sometimes the results of the exam combined with the results from the history indicate to the doctor the need for further testing.
    Diagnostic Tests

    In some cases imaging and lab tests are done to help relate conditions of the spine with your stated symptoms. There are a number of imaging tests, but the MRI is often what the doctor will order, especially if she or he suspects sciatica, or if you previously had neurological problems, back surgery, or to rule out Cauda Equina Syndrome, cancer or infection. With the age of technology upon us, medical establishments rely more on these types of tests to diagnose back pain.
    While the tests can be revealing, some think that doctors depend on them to the exclusion of the most reliable diagnostics tools -- that of the physical exam. These critics believe that the tests relegate back pain into only what can be seen on a film, when in reality, there are many factors, from fitness level, to psychological factors, and more, that create back pain in most patients. The critics also believe that history taking and physical exam skills are being lost by those doctors who rely almost exclusively on tests.

    source : about.com

  • Can acupuncture help with skeletal muscle atrophy?

    Muscle atrophy, or disuse atrophy, is defined as a decrease in the mass of the muscle; it can be a partial or complete wasting away of muscle. Muscle atrophy can be opposed by the signaling pathways which induce muscle hypertrophy, or an increase in muscle size. Therefore one way in which exercise induces an increase in muscle mass is to downregulate the pathways which have the opposite effect.Loss of skeletal muscle mass has a profound effect on the ability of the elderly and the sick to engage in physical activity. Because skeletal muscle has high plasticity, interventions such as exercise training, improved nutrition and mechanical stimulation are often recommended to prevent atrophy. Unfortunately, these can be challenging goals for those who are already frail or who have severe medical conditions.

    Can acupuncture help?

    Akiko Onda, an acupuncturist and graduate student at the Waseda University School of Sport Sciences, who has been conducting a series of studies on skeletal muscle atrophy for the past four years.Her team of Japanese researchers revealed study results at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting that show how acupuncture therapy mitigates skeletal muscle loss and holds promise for those seeking improved mobility through muscle rejuvenation.

    Onda said. "We hope to introduce acupuncture as a new strategy for preventing skeletal muscle atrophy in the future.
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    Reference:Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB),

  • Professor Edzard Ernst's inbox will fill with hate mail due to his article about Chiropractic research?

    Once again, Professor Ernst has provided a new article about major problems with chiropractic. The new study gives further support about treatment risk......

    In his article, He has quote some important part from American new research.

    The conclusions of the American neurosurgeons in their recent paper speak for themselves:

    Chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine can produce dissections of the cranial and cervical segments of the vertebral and carotid arteries. Given the popularity of chiropractic treatment, the incidence of this phenomenon is most likely underreported. These arterial injuries can be severe, producing adverse neurological sequelae and even death (including 31% of patients in this series). Consequently, aggressive endovascular and surgical techniques may be required to restore vessel patency and to preserve neurological function."

    Most chiropractors adamantly deny that their treatment is to blame,Professor mentioned.

    Read Professor article? Visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/apr/27/chiropractic-manipulation-spine-strokes
    Read US research? Visit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/%2021923248

  • Wow,Chelsea are into the final of the Champions League | Zak acupuncture celebrate

    Ten-man Chelsea withstood another onslaught from Barcelona to reach the Champions League final on Tuesday after hanging on for a 2-2 draw against the defending champion.

    FT Barcelona 2 – 2 Chelsea
    90min +1min 2 – 2 Fernando Torres
    45min +1min 2 – 1 Ramires scored for Chelsea
    42min Andrés Iniesta scored the second goal
    34min Sergio Busquets drilled in the first goal for Barcelona

    Chelsea continue their incredible renaissance under Di Matteo, and will await either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final at the Allianz Arena on May 19.

    football
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    Zak also work as professional acupuncturist and Chinese Tuina therapist in Chelsea Club (located within the Stamford Bridge CHELSEA FOOTBALL stadium complex,Fulham Road.SW6 1HS).

  • Experienced Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner required Full time/Part time

    We are looking for an experienced TCM practitioner to fulfil the
    expansion of the UK's leading and most reputable TCM practices in Harley
    Street, London.

    The successful candidate must have graduate level in TCM with countable
    experience. This is a challenging but enjoyable role and you will be
    working as part of a successful team who work with enthusiasm and
    versatility. You must speak English fluently, be flexible, can work
    efficiently under pressure, responsible and discreet with good customer
    care skill to provide all aspects of support to the practice.

    Salary will be negotiable depending on experience. Please email your CV
    with a covering letter to Practice Manager Mrs Marlene Stanboulian at
    The Zhai Clinic, 128 Harley Street, London W1G 7JT. Email address:
    marlene.stanboulian@zhaiclinic.com

  • London Marathon organisers have confirmed a 30-year-old female runner died in the race,

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    The woman had collapsed near to the end of the 2012 marathon, with the finishing line only one bend away.

    Birdcage Walk borders St James's Park and is the last road that runners have to travel before reaching Buckingham Palace where they turn onto The Mall on which the finish line is located.

    Competitors do not reach Birdcage Walk until after completing 25 miles of the marathon.

    I'm so sorry to know this.

    linked research:

    "The added stress on the body that comes with running a marathon can cause urinary stress incontinence problems during the race or down the road," said Melinda Abernethy, MD, fellow, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "People who already suffer from incontinence also are at risk for bladder-control issues while running."

    Drummer Harry Judd from the British boy band McFly has been diagnosed with a minor heart condition which he said he developed through training for this month's London Marathon.

  • How many acupuncture treatments do you need for your conditions?

    How many acupuncture treatments do you need for your pain relief? It's very common question from my patients.The most important thing we have discovered is that everybody is different and needs to be treated as such.For instance...you may have two 38 year old women present with infertility one of them gets pregnancy after a few acupuncture treatment, the other takes 6 months. We make treatment recommendations based on a patients age, exam findings, and cases we have treated that are similar, but still, as we get into the treatment each case responds differently.

    What conditions acupuncture could help?

    Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
    Depression
    Dysmenorrhoea
    Headache
    Knee pain
    Low back pain
    Migraine
    Nausea and vomiting
    Neck pain
    Frozen shoulder
    Rheumatoid arthritis
    Sciatica
    Stroke
    Tennis elbow
    Acne
    Alcohol dependence
    Bell's palsy
    Blocked fallopian tubes
    Asthma
    Diabetes
    Dry mouth
    Endometriosis
    Female infertility
    Fibromyalgia
    Insomnia
    IBS
    IVF support
    Male sexual dysfunction
    Ménière disease
    Neuralgia
    Obesity
    Osteoarthritis
    Polycystic ovary syndrome
    Premenstrual syndrome
    Prostatitis
    Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
    Skin condition
    Stiff neck
    Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
    Stop smoking
    Ulcerative colitis
    Urinary incontinence
    Whooping cough

    How many acupuncture treatment do you need? Sorry, I have to see you first.

  • Virgin London Marathon 2013.How to recover for runners? ---Acupuncture help recovery

    After London marathon, it would seem that complete rest would be the best way to encourage recovery. However, research is beginning to find some advantages in active recovery. Active recovery refers to engaging in low-intensity exercise after workouts.

    Recovery after exercise is essential to muscle and tissue repair and strength building. This is even more critical after a heavy weight training session. A muscle needs anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to repair and rebuild, and working it again too soon simply leads to tissue breakdown instead of building. For weight training routines, never work the same muscles groups two days in a row.

    There are two forms of active recovery. One is during the cool-down phase immediately after a hard effort or workout. The second form of active recovery includes the days following a competition or other intense workout. Research is growing on the benefits of both types of active recovery. But,Many of these aches go unnoticed until a real problem occurs. Theses "silent injuries" that runners suffer are the result of a wide variety of factors that lead to chronic problems over months and years of neglect.

    Runners use acupuncture because it is believed that the needles stimulate the brain to release endorphins, boosting mood and relieving tiredness. We know that acupuncture aids the immune system to fight off injuries, and that it effectively reduces soreness and joint pain.
    The marathon superwoman, Paula Radcliffe, admits to being a fan. Athletes in other sports, including the tennis player Maria Sharapova, also use it.In conclusion:Acupuncture is a great way to treat common running injuries. Many runners have suffered the wrath of sore muscles, the ever-common “runners knee” (also known as patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia), and hip or ankle injuries. These annoying and painful injuries put a screeching halt to training, and it’s not what you want when the goal is a marathon in a month. Instead of taking handfuls of Ibuprofen,

    So,take care, keep going .London runner!

    The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help prevent an overuse injury in runners:

    Don't increase your distance by greater than 10% in any week.
    Don't run more than 45 miles in a single week.
    Stick to soft, flat surfaces. Avoid uneven ones.
    Don't run when you are in pain. Apply ice to the painful area, and see a doctor if necessary.
    Give your body a break with a few easy days of exercise after very strenuous exercise.
    Get new running shoes every 500 miles.

    Here is a brief overview of three common injuries experienced by runners, along with selected treatment considerations.

    Achilles Tendinitis

    The Achilles tendon insertion on the calcaneus is medial to the axis of the subtalar joint, making the calf muscles the most powerful supinators of the subtalar joint.Therefore, when excessive pronation occurs, the tendon eventually undergoes overuse degeneration and inflammation.

    Patellofemoral Pain

    Many factors can contribute to improper tracking of the patella during running, such as genu valgus, tibial torsion, tight hamstrings, weakness of the vastus medialis and training errors (e.g., excessive hill running).

    Plantar Fascitis

    This condition causes heel pain in the area of the medial calcaneal tubercle, which is the insertion point for the plantar fascia. This aponeurosis is made of strong yet flexible connective tissue that functions as a bowstring to hold up the medial longitudinal arch. Since the plantar fascia is the major structure that supports and maintains the arched alignment of the foot, it is placed under considerable stress during running

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    Strengthening the hips may help reduce many common lower-leg pain and knee injuries, especially in runners. Researchers have found that weakness in the muscles that support the hips may contribute to many overuse injuries in runners. The study authors reviewed previous research findings back to 1980 and found that weakness in the hip muscles may result into a higher risk of many lower-leg injuries. source about.com blog

    Research at Winnipeg's St. Boniface Hospital and the University of Manitoba shows that long-distance runs can cause short-term injury to the heart, but there doesn't appear to be lasting damage.

    The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to reduce the risk of runner's knee:

    Get regular exercise to stay physically fit and avoid weight gain.
    Gently stretch your muscles before any exercise.
    Increase the intensity or duration of your workouts gradually -- not all at once.
    When you run, wear appropriate running shoes with a sturdy, supportive construction.
    Practice good form when running. Bend your knees and lean forward slightly

    Free consultation: 07967525168 Dr Zak Han

  • Chinese acupotomy help with cervicogenic headache,same as The greater occipital nerve block injections

    Cervicogenic headache--Cervicogenic headaches originate from disorders of the neck, including the anatomical structures innervated by the cervical roots C1–C3. Cervical headache is often precipitated by neck movement and/or sustained awkward head positioning. It is often accompanied by restricted cervical range of motion, ipsilateral neck, shoulder, or arm pain of a rather vague non-radicular nature or, occasionally, arm pain of a radicular nature.

    To observe the effects of acupotomy on cervicogenic headache and explore the function of cutaneous nerve entrapment in the mechanism of cervicogenic headache, Chinese China-Japan Friendship Hospital has done a research about this. The location of treatment was occipitalia, both of left and right side: altogether were 8 points, including tenderness point of postmastoid; the mid-point between mastoid and C2 spinous process; the internal 1/3 attachment between occipital protuberance and mastoid process; the posterior midline of C2 spinous process open to 1.5-2 cm.

    They found that 17.07% patients with cervicogenic headache recovered by acupotomy, so it shows cutaneous nerve entrapment plays an important role in the mechanism of cervicogenic headache. For the patients whose headache recurred at 3 months after treatment, increasing the treatment time and therapeutic range is suggested.

    Doctors routinely ignore patients complaining of headaches and must treat the problem more seriously as it can cause significant absence from work and school, new guidance from Nice has warned.
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    Reference:Li SL, Han F, Wang QG.Zhongguo Gu Shang. 2012 Jan;25(1):22-4

  • Chinese found moxibustion help with Hashimoto's thyroiditis

    Hashimoto's thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is attacked by a variety of cell- and antibody-mediated immune processes. It was the first disease to be recognized as an autoimmune disease.Some people have had success treating Hashimoto's disease with a combination of acupuncture and herbal remedies. Consult your doctor before trying any supplemental therapy.

    To explore the effects on thyroid function in patients of Hashimoto's thyroiditis treated with aconite cake-separated moxibustion and option the better therapeutic program, Chinese Shanghai University of TCM has done a new research about this.Their eighty-five cases were randomly divided into a moxibustion group (42 cases) and a western medication group (43 cases). The moxibustion group was treated by aconite cake-separated moxibustion therapy with acupoints of two groups [(1) Danzhong (CV 17), Zhongwan (CV 12), Guanyuan (CV 4); (2) Dazhui (GV 14), Shenshu (BL 23), Mingmen (GV 4)] alternatively and oral administration of 25 microg Euthyrox everyday. The western medication group was oral administration of 25 microg Euthyrox everyday. Indices of thyroid function before and after treatment and clinical effect were compared between two groups.

    They found that Aconite cake-separated moxibustion at Guanyuan (CV 4) and Mingmen (GV 4) combined with oral administration of Euthyrox can improve clinical symptoms and thyroid function in patients of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which is better than simple oral administration of Euthyrox.
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    Reference:Xia Y, Xia MZ, Li Y, Liu SM, Ju ZY, He JS.Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2012 Feb;32(2):123-6

  • Acne drug--doubled risk of eye problems, think about acupuncture.

    According to NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prescription pills used to treat severe acne were linked to a two-fold risk of developing eye problems, such as pink eye, styes and dryness, in a large new study from Israel.

    Isotretinoin--are quite popular, however, for treating severe cases of acne in both teens and adults.doctor urged people to seriously consider the side effects before starting isotretinoin treatment.

    Can acupuncture help with acne?

    Acupuncture for acne is not without question, however. As there are few studies that have been performed regarding it's success with acne, many physicians find it difficult to evaluate whether or not the treatments will actually work. From the studies that have been performed, indications are that acupuncture for acne has shown to reduce the signs of acne. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on balancing specific issues in the body that could be causing oily skin and poor digestion to result in acne, while Western medicine focuses only on the surface of the problem by trying to minimize oil and infection in the skin through medication.

    To evaluate the efficacy of ah shi point and general acupuncture point treatment of acne vulgaris,Korean Kyung Hee University has done a research about this,They found that Acupuncture treatment of moderate acne vulgaris was associated with reduction of inflammatory lesions and improvement of the quality of life.[1]

    Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy can be very, very helpful in clearing skin. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has several pattern differentiations that are used to explain and treat different skin conditions based upon their appearance and corresponding symptoms. For instance; red, weeping skin lesions in TCM indicates that “damp-heat” is present. Specific acupuncture points and herbs can help to balance the underlying condition that is creating this damp heat, thus treating the skin condition at the same time.

    Chinese Traditional Therapy Center of Ersha Branch of Guangdong TCM Hospital have done research about clinical efficacy of warming moxibustion on cystic acne, their Ninety-four cases were randomized into an observation group, control group 1 and control group 2. The basic treatment of body acupuncture combined with fire needling was applied in all of three groups. In observation group, cone moxibustion was added on Guanyuan (CV 4), Qihai (CV 6) and Pishu (BL 20). In control group 1, Isotritinoin soft capsule was taken orally, and in control group 2, no any other therapy was administered.

    Their conclusion is Warming moxibustion can improve the efficacy of body acupuncture and fire needling on cystic acne, which is equal to the efficacy of Isotritinoin soft capsule, but no any adverse reaction is induced.[2]
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    Reference:[1]Son BK, Yun Y, Choi IH Acupunct Med. 2010 Sep;28(3):126-9
    [2]Mi JP, Yu ZS. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2010 May;30(5):383-6.

    News--about treatment
    Brown seaweed may not look like the answer to a spotty teenager’s problems, but scientists say it can banish the bugs that trigger acne.An active ingredient from brown seaweed found only off the coast of Brittany, France, can cut spots by nearly two thirds.

  • Di'ao Xin Xue Kang--First Traditional Chinese Medicine To Enter European Market

    di ao xin xue kangThe approval of Di'ao Xin Xue Kang as a therapeutic medicine by Medicines Evaluation Board of the Netherlands, paves way for the Chinese traditional medicine to enter the mainstream European market, say Chinese experts of the industry.

    "This is an important step for TCM to enter mainstream markets of developed countries," Health Minister Chen Zhu said at a news conference organized by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing on Wednesday.

    DAXXK Capsules, Di ao xin xue kang jiao nang (地奥心血康胶囊)
    Ingredients
    steroidal saponins
    Description
    This product is a hard capsule, the contents of pale yellow or light brown yellow powder; taste, slightly bitter flavor. blood circulation of qi and pain relief, expansion of coronary arteries and improve myocardial ischemia. For the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease, angina, and bleeding resistance of the Chest, dizziness, shortness of breath, palpitations, chest tightness or pain. each and steroidal saponins containing 100mg (equivalent to the total steroidal sapogenin 35mg).
    Side-Effects
    occasional dizziness, headache, which resolved spontaneously. A very small number of cases there is an empty stomach gastrointestinal discomfort.

  • David Bolton, physio. help Radio 2 presenter Emma Forbes with back pain

    Let's share interesting thing with you.

    Do you know David Bolton? David Bolton, a consultant physiotherapist in medical orthopaedics,has over 37 years of clinical experience in the field of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. His specialty is the diagnosis and treatment of therapy-resistant acute and chronic disorders, particularly where pain is the dominant factor.

    Here is story from Dailymail

    .......15 years ago, former Radio 2 presenter Emma Forbes has suffered back ache, although those two words barely do justice to the agony that has often left her bedbound, shedding tears of frustration, unable to walk or to rest, sleep or eat.

    ......Emma says: ‘I struggled on, trying cranial massage, a chiropractor, acupuncture and massage, but nothing worked.

    ......Emma had a microdiscectomy, where the surgeon cuts away the bulging part of the disc via an inch-long incision in the back. This relieves the pressure on the nerves, alleviating pain.

    ......‘I carried on happily for a year – and then the pain came back with a vengeance.

    ......Emma struggled on until 2009, when a physiotherapist, David Bolton, was recommended to her by a friend.

    ......Emma has now been without back pain for two years, and David’s treatment has allowed her to begin exercising gently.

    ......Emma sees David every two weeks for maintenance sessions – not cheap at £90 but, she says, well worth the price.

    Want to contact David?

    Limbus Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation
    1-4 Harbour Yard
    Chelsea Harbour
    London SW10 0XD

    Tel: 020 7349 9996

    e-mail: limbus@btconnect.com

  • Brazilian research found acupuncture could affect on anxiety symptoms of IVF patients

    Acupuncture may help some women conceive through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), a new analysis of past research concludes. But the true benefit in the real world, if any, remains unclear.In many trials, IVF patients either received acupuncture or nothing. In others, researchers used a form of "placebo" acupuncture such as applying blunt needles to the skin surface. Some researchers used real needles, but stimulated points not related to fertility, according to traditional medicine.

    To determine if acupuncture improves symptoms of anxiety in infertile women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment,Brazilian scientists from Faculdade de Medicina do ABC have done this research.Their trial was performed in 43 patients undergoing IVF. The patients were randomised into two groups: test group (n=22) and control group. The anxiety level of each patient was analysed before and after treatment using the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAS). Treatment sessions consisted of four weekly sessions. In the test group, needles were inserted at points HT7, PC6, CV17, GV20 and Yintang. In the control group, needles were inserted in areas near but not corresponding to acupuncture points.

    Their conclusion: Acupuncture can reduce anxiety symptoms observed by the reduction of psychological parameters of women undergoing IVF. Further evidence should be sought as to whether acupuncture might be a complementary option for patients undergoing IVF.
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    Reference:Isoyama D, Cordts EB, de Souza van Niewegen AM, de Almeida Pereira de Carvalho W, Matsumura ST, Barbosa CP.

  • Sharp rise in cases of whooping cough,can acupuncture help?

    There have been 665 confirmed cases of whooping cough, which gets its name from the distinctive sound of the cough, so far this year, compared with 1,040 in the whole of last year, according to data from the Health Protection Agency.

    Whooping cough can affect anyone of any age. The main symptom is bouts of intense coughing. In between bouts of coughing you can be perfectly well. Sometimes hours go by between bouts of coughing. Whooping cough can be a distressing illness which usually lasts several weeks.

    Can acupuncture help?

    Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are effective and safe treatment to provide full recovery for your little one.Chinese Herbs- Very effective herbal remedies may be used at each Whooping Cough stage to expel pathogenic factors, restore balance, and promote healing. Chinese herbal formulas for Pertussis are custom-made for the individual child’s constitution, symptoms, and stage of illness, so parents should seek out professional care with an experienced practitioner.Acupuncture-In 2003, the World Health Organization recognized the potential therapeutic effects of acupuncture on Whooping Cough symptoms.Although acupuncture has not been studied for whooping cough, some people may use acupuncture to help strengthen the immune system. The treatment principle is to clear heat from the lung and resolve phlegm. In addition, I focus on promoting the smooth flow of qi.No studies have looked at whether herbs can help specifically with whooping cough, but these herbs have been used traditionally to treat coughs and strengthen the immune system.

  • There are a lot of things in the acupuncture world.

    When practitioner receiving phone calls from patients who were asking if he/she treated "some conditions". their answer almost: “Sure, I do".Buy the truth is that they haven't enough professional training and experiences in that treatment.what is lacking is controlled clinical trials, reliable data and government approval.

    If you google "acupuncture treatment". you can find advertisements for acupuncture for every kind of disease or injury. It is as clear as it is wrong. Scientists has tried to crack down on unapproved treatments , But in acupuncture industry the problem is more widespread. Some acupuncturists confess that they can't guarantee that the acupuncture will work, but they do guarantee that the procedures are safe.In the past two decades, acupuncture has grown in popularity in the UK. Acupuncture is being "widely" practiced--by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners--for relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions. The widespread acceptance made it difficult for people to realize that some "acupuncture treatment" were actually doing harm.If some acupuncturists really want to help their patients, they should seek to prove that the treatments work, rather than just assuming that they do.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.

    Case report:
    Pericardial abscess is an extremely rare complication of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. We report a case of a 72-year-old woman with multiple acupuncture scars on both knees who presented with shortness of breath and general weakness. Transthoracic echocardiography and pericardiocentesis confirmed the presence of pericardial fluid collection. Staphylococcus aureus grew in both pericardial fluid and blood. Although an aggressive medical treatment including intravenous antibiotics and percutaneous drainage, the patient died 2 days after admission.(Korean Circ J. 2012 Jul;42(7):501-3)

    Another case report:Source
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Haeundae Paik Hospital, University of Inje College of Medicine, , Busan, Korea.
    Abstract
    We report a rare case of haemorrhage from the inferior epigastric artery, which was injured after acupuncture. The haemorrhage was successfully controlled by transcatheter arterial embolisation. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report describing the use of transcatheter arterial embolisation for inferior epigastric artery haemorrhage following acupuncture.

    Case report:
    We report on a patient with a rare case of bilateral tension pneumothorax that occurred after acupuncture. A 69-year-old large-bodied man, who otherwise had no risk factors for spontaneous pneumothorax, presented with chest pressure, cold sweats and shortness of breath. Immediately after bilateral pneumothorax had been identified on a chest radiograph in the emergency room, his blood pressure and percutaneous oxygen saturation suddenly decreased to 78 mm Hg and 86%, respectively. We confirmed deterioration in his cardiopulmonary status and diagnosed bilateral tension pneumothorax. We punctured his chest bilaterally and inserted chest tubes for drainage. His vital signs promptly recovered. After the bilateral puncture and drainage, we learnt that he had been treated with acupuncture on his upper back. We finally diagnosed a bilateral tension pneumothorax based on the symptoms that appeared 8 h after the acupuncture. Because the patient had no risk factors for spontaneous pneumothorax, no alternative diagnosis was proposed. We recommend that patients receiving acupuncture around the chest wall must be adequately informed of the possibility of complications and expected symptoms, as a definitive diagnosis can be difficult without complete information.
    source:Acupunct Med. 2013 Feb 28

  • Carcinogenic and banned chemicals — found in 18 Chinese teas

    A report from Greenpeace outlined the pesticides — including carcinogenic and banned chemicals — found in 18 Chinese teas, including some of the country’s best-known brands.

    According to the report, 14 out of the 18 teas tested contain pesticides that may affect fertility, harm an unborn child or cause genetic damage,according to FT

    There are Chinese tea list....

    15 款内地茶叶被验出含农药

    茉莉云峰 (福建宁德)

    狮峰龙井 (浙江/散装)

    茉莉针螺 (福建)

    西湖龙井 (浙江)

    特级龙井 (福建寿宁县)

    六安瓜片 (福建寿宁县)

    猴王牌茉莉花茶 (湖南长沙)

    竹叶青礼品装(乐山峨眉山)

    极品竹叶青散装 (乐山峨眉山)

    白沙绿茶 (海南省白沙黎族)

    龙井 (浙江新昌)

    碧螺春 (四川乐山)

    铁观音 / 抢新天涵 (福建泉州)

    茉莉花茶 (广西南宁)

    802 铁观音 (安溪南山峰)

    (資料來源:綜合業界、學者及環保團體意見)

  • A British man died after taking painkillers for back pain

    There is no one "right" NSAID for back pain.All OTC pain medications for back or neck pain have both risks and benefits. Deciding on which to take depends, in part, on your individual health picture.

    A landscape gardener died after he took an overdose of pain-killers to try to ease a pain in his neck, an inquest heard, according to London media

    An inquest into his death held at Croydon Coroner’s Court on Tuesday heard Mr King had been prescribed the painkiller Tramadol for a long-standing neck pain, which had previously prevented him from working.

    Really sorry to read this news.

    In the November issue of the journal Arthritis Care & Research, researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina analyzed responses from 135 adults over 21 who had chronic neck pain

    More than 56 per cent of those in the study used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, 29 per cent reported taking strong narcotics like oxycodone and 23 per cent used weak narcotics such as codeine for their neck pain

    Certain methods that actually provide demonstrated benefits are often not recommended by doctors, while others that studies have shown to be effective are ignored.[1]

    In another resaerch--The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture works better than anything modern medicine has devised for the treatment of back pain, scientists have concluded.In trials among 1,100 patients with chronic lower back pain which had lasted for an average of eight years, almost half (47 per cent) of those who received acupuncture showed significant improvement – compared with barely a quarter (27 per cent) of those given conventional treatment. The effects lasted for at least six months, long after the treatment was completed.

    On balance, the risk-benefit ratio is not unreasonable, especially when one considers that all drugs have side-effects, even aspirin. However, for those who need pain medication to treat their arthritis, this has to be concerning. After all, arthritis patients tend to be older, overweight and limited in their exercise capacity due to their arthritic pain ? Yet, the very medication that they need to ease their pain could prove dangerous.
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    Reference:[1] http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-10/w-nad102710.php

    Another sad thing:A five-year-old girl died of a drug overdose after being given just twice the recommended amount of cough medicine while staying at her grandmother's house, a coroner has ruled.

  • Chinese medicine .....Safe or Dangerous?New research will tell you.

    The study was carried out by researchers from Murdoch University in Australia; the university also funded the study along with the Australian Research Council. The study was published in the peer-reviewed open-access journal PLoS Genetics.

    The study found that some of the traditional Chinese medicines contained plant materials that are banned in some countries, or that are potentially dangerous. Other samples contained material from endangered animal species, or animal material that was not disclosed on the labelling.

    The MHRA states that: “The public should be aware that there are some traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) products on the UK market that may be manufactured to low quality standards and may be deliberately adulterated or accidentally contaminated with toxic or illegal ingredients. These products do pose a direct risk to public health and it is not currently possible to distinguish between these products and TCMs that are made to acceptable safety and quality standards.”

    "These two studies show very clearly how dangerous the products of TCM can be," says Fritz Sörgel, the head of the Institute for Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Research in Nuremberg, Germany, who was not involved in the work. "The public needs to be better informed about these dangers."

    What's your opinion?

    A leading traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) expert said Tuesday that there is no need to worry about the toxicity of TCM, as the time-honored therapy is backed by developed theories and drug-making techniques.

    Zhou Chaofan, a researcher with the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, made the remarks in an interview with Xinhua amid Australian researchers' recent accusations that they found toxins, allergens and elements of endangered animals in some TCM products.

    Some misleading idea you have to know about Chinese medicin

    They don't work?. Herbs prescribed under the care of a professional can be highly effective at treating issues ranging from digestion and insomnia to acne and eczema. Chinese herbs have been proven to aid in reducing the side effects from chemotherapy as well and help in various ailments that one may have.

    They're just placebo? Despite the fact that the use of Chinese herbs has proven results, even if it is the placebo effect kicking in, who cares? The body's most powerful healing organ is the brain, and it is estimated that the placebo effect works 30 percent of the time.

    You don't know what you're getting? If you pick up a random bottle at the grocery store, this may be true. However, under a trained clinician's control, they can ensure that you are not only receiving the proper herbs, but they will.

    They have no side effects? Almost everything you ingest can have side effects. Just as you wouldn't take a pill without knowing what it was, the same is true for herbs.

    Western medical science is viewed as the only correct science, while all others are considered alien and wrong.That's unfair. Unlike Western medical science that relies on medical experiments and modern technology, traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes tradition, but that does not make it invalid. Developed in China and having supported people for thousands of years, traditional Chinese medical science has its own logic and reasons to exist.Western medical science might have proved more popular in the world, but it also has numerous blanks. Our medical sciences are all ignorant before the vast unknown mysteries of our body.So just like traditional Chinese medicine has always been doing, Western medical science should learn from its partners and evolve together. It should give up the old "either black or white" logic, and admit that medical sciences exist in the plural.

    Around 30 to 35 percent of TCM drugs, according to UK and US studies, contain conventional medicines. … Painkillers are most common, but TCM skin creams often contain powerful steroids that are harmful to children. And in an effort to recapture the market, modern TCM erectile dysfunction products have been found to contain four times the usual dose of Viagra’s competitor Cialis

  • Back pain patients?physiotherapists will no longer touch them

    Sufferers will no longer receive physical treatment, but instead are being offered advice and guidance – and instructions to look up exercises online, according to Metro

    How can a physiotherapist be expected to treat a patient’s condition without touching them?They are pushing people into paying privately and some people cannot afford it.

    Physiotherapy for people who suffer from mild to moderate lower back pain is a waste of time and a poor use of NHS money, according to a major study

    Study published in the British Medical Journal could change all that. Researchers from Warwick and Oxford investigated the effectiveness of routine physiotherapy against a single session of advice on exercise in two separate groups of patients and found that there was no difference in the outcome after a year.

    Back pain is a difficult problem. Referral to physiotherapy is an easy option. It gives the doctor some time, and the patient is having treatment. But NHS physiotherapy adds little to an advice sheet,according to BMJ

    What's your experience?

    Do you know Core Strength for Back and Neck Rehab

    Many rehab clinics and physical therapy offices are now administering “core strengthening programs” to their back and neck patients. These programs, which focus on the muscles of the abdomen and back, improve postural alignment. Core strength also contributes to the kind of body mechanics necessary for avoiding the back strain that may occur while engaging in daily chores, sports or dance. Benefits of core strength translate into pain relief, says Susan Eaton, yoga teacher and head of outpatient services at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. “Good posture habits encourage a healthy alignment of the bones and curves of the spine, and allow muscles to maintain their normal length.”

  • In Taiwan,rates of urinary tract and kidney cancer are about four times higher than in Western countries. Why?

    According to US study about Chinese herbal medicine.

    A toxic ingredient in a popular Chinese herbal remedy is linked to more than half of all cases of urinary tract cancer in Taiwan where use of traditional chinese medicine is widespread.

    The latest research found Aristolochic acid (AA) can interact with a person's DNA and form unique biomarkers of exposure, as well as creating signals within tumor suppressing genes that indicate the carcinogen has been ingested.

    The Chinese herb is known in Europe by the name birthwort because it was often given to women during childbirth. Derived from the Greek, "aristolochia" means noble birth.

    Natural is not necessarily safe.....Doctor says.Once again, as is often the case, the herbs used in Taiwan come from China. We've read time and time again about herbal remedies from China containing mercury and all sorts of toxic metals. You should take care of this....

    Refrence:Yahoo health news 10th,April,2012

  • Chinese research: Needling technique for warming-promotion is best for xerophthalmia

    Xerophthalmia is a medical condition in which the eye fails to produce tears. It may be caused by a deficiency in vitamin A and is sometimes used to describe that lack, although there may be other causes.Xerophthalmia caused by a severe vitamin A deficiency is described by pathologic dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea. The conjunctiva becomes dry, thick and wrinkled. If untreated, it can lead to corneal ulceration and ultimately to blindness as a result of corneal damage.

    To observe the differences in the efficacy on xerophthalmia treated with the needling technique for warming-promotion at Fengchi (GB 20) as the main acupoint in comparison with the conventional needling technique,Chinese Gansu College of TCM has done this research.Their thirty cases were randomly divided into a warming-promotion needling group and a routine needling group . In warming-promotion needling group, the needling technique for warming-promotion was applied to Fengchi (GB 20). Additionally, the local and distal acupoints [such as the point beneath Cuanzu (BL 2), Neiguan (PC 6), Guangming (GB 37), Taichong (LR 3), Fulio (KI 7) and Sanyinjiao (SP 6)], as well as the scalp acupuncture (bilateral supraoccipital lateral line and supraoccipital midline) were selected and stimulated with even-needling technique by rotating the needle.

    They found that therapeutic effect of warming-promotion needling technique is apparently superior to that of conventional one.
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    Reference:Xu XH, Fang XL.
    21.
    Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2012 Mar;32(3):233-6.

  • Recommend: The penetrating technique of acupuncture from Yemen (TE 2) to Zhongzhu (TE 3)

    Do you have patient who have had symptoms like common cold, high fever, anhidrosis in heat pattern/syndrome, migraine, redness, swelling and pain of the eye, tinnitus, ear pain, swelling and pain of the teeth, ulcers in the mouth and tongue, sore throat, neck rigidity.... What's your treatment?

    The penetrating technique of acupuncture from Yemen (TE 2) to Zhongzhu (TE 3) acts on the extraordinary effect of promoting Shaoyang meridian qi. The technique is specially good for heat pattern/syndrome of the triple energizer.

    In the manipulation, the needle is inserted from Yemen (TE 2), going obliquely upward along the metacarpal interspace to Zhongzhu (TE 3). With this technique, the Ying-spring and Shu-stream acupoints can be stimulated simultaneously with one needle. This method is characterized as less acupoints, exquisite needling, strong sensation, easy and safe manipulation, remarkable immediate effect and high curative rate of single treatment.

    This acupuncture technique is from Henan University of TCM,

  • Chinese research found acupuncture acupuncture could help with Trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Again It's deep needling.

    Trigeminal neuralgia is a nerve disorder that causes a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in parts of the face.The pain of trigeminal neuralgia comes from the trigeminal nerve. This nerve carries pain, feeling, and other sensations from the brain to the skin of the face. It can affect part or all of the face, and the surface of the eye.TN pain typically remits and relapses, even when patients are on conventionally used treatments, resulting in a major source of disability and poor quality of life.

    Researchers from The Third Hospital Affiliated to Beijing University have done a research about differences of therapeutic effect in primary trigeminal neuralgia(PTN) of hyperactive of liver yang type treated by deep and shallow puncturing at Xiaguan(ST 7).The study focuses specifically on Liver Yang excess type trigeminal neuralgia and compares deep needling with shallow needling acupuncture techniques. The acupuncture points used in the study are St7 (Xiaguan), LI4 (Hegu), LV3 (Taichong), UB2 (Zanzhu), St2 (Sibai) and Jiachengjiang (M-HN-18). In both the shallow needle and deep needle groups, electroacupuncture was applied for 30 minutes bilaterally to the acupoints every other day. In the deep acupuncture needle group, the needle depth reached the spheno-palatine ganglion (SPG) at St7 and the supraorbital foramen, infraorbital foramen and mental foramen for other points used in the research. In the deep needling group, the total effective rate was 93.8 percent. In the shallow needling group, the total effective rate was 87.1 percent. The researchers concluded that electroacupuncture is effective for relieving pain due to trigeminal neuralgia and that deep needling is more effective than shallow needling.
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    Reference:Research by HE Lan1,ZHOU Wan-yu2,ZHANG Xiu-mei1(1.TCM Department,The Third Hospital Affiliated to Beijing University,Beijing 100191,China;2.Department of Ophthalmology,Xiyuan Hospital,China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences)

  • Control Obesity? Red wine, grapes and may plus acupuncture.......

    A compound found in red wine, grapes and other fruits, and similar in structure to resveratrol, is able to block cellular processes that allow fat cells to develop, opening a door to a potential method to control obesity, according to a Purdue University study.

    Red wine contains a compound piceatannol that has a structure as of resveratrol a compound that helps fight cancer, heart diseases and neurodegenearive diseases. This chemical is very effective in cancer cases and helps fight the disease effectively and quickly.

    Can acupuncture help?

    To investigate the anti-obesity mechanisms of EA, Chinese Peiking university has done a research about this treatment by using a rat model of diet-induced obesity.

    They concluded that EA treatment at ST36/SP6 acted through ARH (arcuate nuclear of hypothalamus) to significantly inhibit food intake and body weight gain when fed a high-fat diet and that the stimulation of α-MSH expression and release might be involved in the mechanism.

    Patients receiving EA experienced a 4.8% reduction in weight compared with a 2.7% weight reduction for placebo EA and 2.5% reduction for diet restriction. Significant decreases in phobia, anger, anxiety, obsession, paranoid symptoms and depression were also seen in the EA group, compared with the other groups. (Electroacupuncture treatment of obesity with psychological symptoms. Int J Neurosci. 2007 May;117(5):579-90).

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    Reference:Fei Wang, Tian DR, Tso P, Han JS.Peptides. 2011 Oct 25.

  • It will be mandatory for practitioners to be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia

    It is in Australia.

    From July 1, it will be mandatory for practitioners and students to be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, which will also manage complaints and disciplinary processes as well as assessing practitioners trained overseas who wish to practice in Australia.

    What's their entrance standards?

    Registered individuals must commit to maintaining and developing their skills and spending at least 20 hours a year in training, according to standards agreed in January. They must also meet a minimum English language requirement and have professional indemnity cover to the value of at least $5 million in liability.

    But, Doctor says --it risked misleading patients, who were likely to believe that practitioners' registration was comparable to that of doctors.AMA president Steve Hambleton says the association wants the same standards held for Chinese medicine practitioners as doctors."We believe the registration standards are quite low and too low," he said.

    In Australia, five universities and 10 colleges, including Sydney University and Sydney University of Technology, have launched TCM programmes, many of which have been certified by Australian education regulators.

    Nevertheless, development of TCM still faces challenges. Earlier this year, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency announced as of July 1, acupuncturists and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners must be registered under the national registration and accreditation scheme with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

    Under the regulation, many practitioners would suspend their businesses until they pass the registration.

  • It will be mandatory for practitioners to be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia

    It is in Australia.

    From July 1, it will be mandatory for practitioners and students to be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, which will also manage complaints and disciplinary processes as well as assessing practitioners trained overseas who wish to practice in Australia.

    What's their entrance standards?

    Registered individuals must commit to maintaining and developing their skills and spending at least 20 hours a year in training, according to standards agreed in January. They must also meet a minimum English language requirement and have professional indemnity cover to the value of at least $5 million in liability.

    But, Doctor says --it risked misleading patients, who were likely to believe that practitioners' registration was comparable to that of doctors.

  • New research found acu points treatment really work!

    According to New research form American Journal of Chinese Medicine.Researchers found that acupuncture at acupoint SP9 (Yinlingquan, Yin Mound Spring) increases blood flow/perfusion to the spleen and acupuncture at acupoint Liv8 (Ququan, Spring at the Crook) increases blood flow/perfusion to the liver. In addition, sham acupuncture did not increase blood flow to the liver or spleen.

    According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, channels and collaterals within the body provide pathways through which qi and blood travel, and each channel or collateral is linked with a specific organ. The Yinlingquan (spleen 9, SP9) and Ququan (liver 8, LR8) acupoints represent the sea points of the spleen and liver meridians, respectively, from which qi and blood flow into their specific visceral organs.

    The results provide evidence of acupuncture channel and acupuncture point specificity. SP9 (Spleen9) and Liv8 (Liver8) specifically were shown to enhance blood flow/perfusion to the spleen and liver respectively. Both acupuncture points are located on the legs on acupuncture channels related to the spleen and liver respectively and both points stimulated blood flow/perfusion to their related internal organs.
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    Reference:American Journal of Chinese Medicine, V40, 1, 1-10. 2012

  • Why should you see acupuncture right away after knee operation?

    Due to numerous work injuries - Patient had a total knee replacement . he did fine for the first 6 months postop but in the fall started feeling alot of pain and increased instability. he is now about a year post op on the 2nd replacement and his knee is becoming severely unstable. doctor told him, he didn't know what was wrong as the xrays look normal and he don't seem to have an infection.

    Anything wrong?

    Patients who started acupuncture and Chinese massage right away,they got their balance and normal walking pattern back faster compared with the patients who started acupuncture later.There are some patients who are very slow to move the leg and get out of bed much less make themselves contract muscles and flex and bend the knee. Sometimes the pain (or perception of pain) is just too great in their minds to move smoothly or often.Getting started and progressing quickly through the acupuncture and Chinese massage can be a major challenge for some people after a knee replacement.

    Getting patients up and moving after total knee replacement is the best medicine.

    Acupuncture for the Knee
    Acupuncture was applied to patients with total knee arthroplasty starting at day 7 following knee replacement surgery. Acupuncture was administered three times per week until day 21 when the treatment regime was discontinued. Range of motion improved, swelling measurably decreased and pain levels were significantly lower in the acupuncture study group than in the group that did not receive acupuncture therapy. As a result of these findings, the researchers conclude that acupuncture is effective in the post-acute phase of knee rehabilitation following total knee replacement surgery.

    Acupuncture was applied to patients with total knee arthroplasty starting at day 7 following knee replacement surgery. Acupuncture was administered three times per week until day 21 when the treatment regime was discontinued. Range of motion improved, swelling measurably decreased and pain levels were significantly lower in the acupuncture study group than in the group that did not receive acupuncture therapy. As a result of these findings, the researchers conclude that acupuncture is effective in the post-acute phase of knee rehabilitation following total knee replacement surgery.

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