Articles on Acupuncture and TCM

FDA Suggests Doctors Learn About Acupuncture for Pain Management

Chiropractors and acupuncturists who have lobbied for a bigger role in treating pain have won a preliminary endorsement from federal health officials.

The Food and Drug Administration released proposed changes Wednesday to its blueprint on educating health care providers about treating pain. The guidelines now recommend that doctors get information about chiropractic care and acupuncture as therapies that might help patients avoid prescription opioids.

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NIH Review Finds Nondrug Approaches Effective for Treatment of Common Pain Conditions

U.S. study reviews trial results on complementary health approaches for pain relief; aims to assist with pain management. Data from a review of U.S.-based clinical trials published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches — such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture — appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions. The review was conducted by a group of scientists from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health. Continue Reading >>

Understanding the Heart of Chinese Medicine

Emotional balance is important for good heart health.


Modern people typically believe that the brain rules the body. But according to ancient Chinese doctors, the heart is in charge. In traditional Chinese medicine, the heart is considered the emperor of the body. It sets the tone and direction for the rest of the organ systems to follow.


What did they see in the heart that qualified its leadership? A sense of spirit. While ancient Chinese doctors understood that the heart was an organ that moved blood through the body, this was a minor detail in the grand scheme of things. They paid little attention to the physical heart and focused almost exclusively on its spirit, known as “shen.


Shen can seem like a wild idea in comparison to the conventional concept of the heart in modern medicine—that of a glorified pump, vital but mostly mechanical. Yet recent research is coming to see the heart as more of a thinking, feeling organ.  Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture Reduces Hot Flashes for Half of Women, Study Finds

Hot flashes – the bane of existence for many women during menopause – can be reduced in frequency by almost half for about 50 percent of women over eight weeks of acupuncture treatment, according to scientists. Continue Reading >>

Science Appears to Validate the Existence of Acupuncture

CT scans reveal anatomical structures of acupuncture points. A CT (computerized tomography) scan is a series of X-rays used to create cross-sectional images.

In this study published in the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, researchers used in-line phase contrast CT imaging with synchrotron radiation on both non-acupuncture points and acupuncture points. Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

It's been around for more than 2000 years, but there seems to be more interest in acupuncture than ever. And scientific studies seem to back up the positive benefits of this alternative medicine on pain.

Acupuncture involves placing very thin needles in strategic positions on the body. "The needling causes biochemical changes in the body that reduce inflammation," says Martha Lucas, PhD, LAc, a nationally certified practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine and a licensed acupuncturist in Denver, Colo. "It also stimulates the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. Frankly, I can't think of a pain situation that I wouldn't attempt to resolve using acupuncture."  Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture Provides True Pain Relief in Study

A new study of acupuncture — the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date — found that it can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.

The findings provide strong scientific support for an age-old therapy used by an estimated three million Americans each year. Though acupuncture has been studied for decades, the body of medical research on it has been mixed and mired to some extent by small and poor-quality studies. Financed by the National Institutes of Health and carried out over about half a decade, the new research was a detailed analysis of earlier research that involved data on nearly 18,000 patients. Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture Relieves Pain in Largest Study of Treatment

Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese therapy that inserts needles into the body, reduced back and neck pain, arthritis and headaches, according to the largest analysis of the treatment. Data compiled from 29 studies of almost 18,000 people found that acupuncture was better at relieving pain than not having the treatment at all or undergoing a sham procedure, according to research reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine today.

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Korean Hand Therapy Reduces Incidence of Bedwetting in Children

To measure the effects of Korean hand therapy and its effect on bedwetting, an investigator in Baltimore, Maryland enrolled 33 children between the ages of five and 13 into two study groups.2 All of the children met the diagnostic criteria for primary nocturnal enuresis, and reported wetting their beds an average of at least three nights a week. The author used a device called an E-beam machine to treat the children, which delivered a low-intensity electromagnetic current through cords attached gently to points on the hand.
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Decoding an Ancient Therapy

Acupuncture has long baffled medical experts and no wonder: It holds that an invisible life force called qi (pronounced chee) travels up and down the body in 14 meridians. Illness and pain are due to blockages and imbalances in qi. Inserting thin needles into the body at precise points can unblock the meridians, practitioners believe, and treat everything from arthritis and asthma to anxiety, acne and infertility.
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Testimonial

"I was at the end of my rope, suffering from benign enlarged prostate, and was up constantly in the night for many years. Matters became worse when I contracted a bladder infection. This was not the usual mild burning sensation, but pain like I was giving birth to a piano! It was awful! Our MD, a capable and good man, gave me an antibiotic and FlowMax. The antibiotic slowly addressed the infection, but not the pain, and the FlowMax simply made things much worse.


At this point I was sleeping in my recliner to allow my wife some peaceful sleep. However, I got precious little of it, and was reduced to wearing diapers! We saw a little poster announcing "Acupuncture Has Come to Fremont!" I was totally skeptical, but desperate and made an appointment. I felt I had little to lose.

 

At our first meeting, Irv asked more questions about me and my life than all the physicians in my long lifetime combined. His gentle and kindly manner put me totally at ease—he has perfect bedside manner.  My first session was peaceful and totally absent any pain from the needles. I came away with a general sense of well-being but little else. This feeling intensified two weeks later during my second visit. Upon completing my third visit, I called my wife to announce that I would be sleeping in bed and that the diapers were going in the closet!

 

That was nearly a year ago. I have not been up in the night even once in that period, and I sleep better than my wife. My bladder is not like a 20 year old, but better than my peers.

 

Irv has addressed other issues that stumped several Neurologists and even Sports Medicine specialists over 30 years. Among other things, I limped badly and dragged my right foot, sometimes to the point of falling down absent anything to trip me! While we still have a few issues to address, that one is almost totally gone, and I walk quite normally. I have greater energy and strength than before.

 

Am I back to being 30 again? No. But I am so improved that friends comment on every aspect of my being showing marked improvement. Meeting Irv and experiencing his healing touch has turned my life completely around and is one of the truly great events in my seventy-plus years. Without any reservation I recommend this good man to anyone who needs help beyond the reach of the pill-pushers! I thank God for you, Irv!"

—Bob G., Newaygo, Michigan