Articles on Acupuncture and TCM

Chinese Herbal Tea: History, Health and How to Make it

What is herbal tea?

Known as leung cha, herbal tea is found throughout South China, and tea shops have been a familiar fixture of the Hong Kong landscape for more than a hundred years.

A quick-fix remedy, leung cha is thought to cool "internal heat" and is used to treat a range of health problems. An affordable alternative to doctors since the late 19th century, leung chawas officially selected as one of Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage in 2006. Continue Reading>>  some of the more typical ingredients and how to prepare.

The New Wall Street Power Lunch? It's Acupuncture

Working in a high-pressure job can be taxing on your health and can lead to ailments such as mood irregularities, fatigue, insomnia, migraines and muscle tension.

Wall Street executives are a prime example of those who suffer from such concerns. So what's the cure? Apparently, it is increasingly popular acupuncture sessions at Advanced Holistic Center. With multiple locations and providers across Manhattan, there's been a marked demand in seeking out alternative forms and approaches to health and wellness by high-powered finance players such as employees of Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve, Deutsche Bank, Bloomberg and Morgan Stanley. Continue Reading>>

Acupuncture Reduces Breast Cancer Joint Pain

In the largest, most rigorous study of its kind, acupuncture was found to significantly reduce the debilitating joint pain experienced by tens of thousands of women each year while being treated for early stage breast cancer, according to SWOG research results to be announced at a December 7 press conference at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Continue Reading>>

How Does Acupuncture Help Patients with Cancer?

Acupuncture is one of several drug-free options that people with cancer are seeking out to enhance their quality of life during and after treatment.

“We’ve been trying to do different kinds of research to study the different mechanisms of acupuncture,” says Dr. Bao. “Right now, there’s a general consensus that it works by modulation of hormones secreted by the nervous system. When nerves are stimulated, chemicals like endorphins are released in the brain.”

Acupuncture has been shown to improve quality of life for cancer patients by treating certain cancer-related symptoms, post-operative pain, and some side effects of chemotherapy. There’s particularly strong evidence that acupuncture can help manage pain and decrease chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Research also shows that acupuncture helps with insomnia and is effective in treating hot flashes, fatigue, and dry mouth related to radiation. Continue Reading>>

Neuroscientists Discover a Song that Reduces Anxiety

Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves.

So here's a science-backed one: make a playlist of the 10 songs found to be the most relaxing on earth.

Sound therapies have long been popular as a way of relaxing and restoring one's health. For centuries, indigenous cultures have used music to enhance well-being and improve health conditions. Continue Reading >>

Source: YouTube - Marconi Union - Weightless (Official Video)


Try Acupuncture before Opioids

For the past four years Governor Snyder has recognized the importance of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by proclaiming Oct 24 as "Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Awareness Day."

With increasing numbers of Michigan citizens becoming addicted to opioid painkillers, it is increasingly important that the public be aware of Acupuncture as an effective treatment for chronic pain.

Please join MAAOM in celebrating AOM Day 2017! AOM Day has been observed annually since 2002.

A survey by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine found that approximately one in ten adults had received acupuncture at least one time and 60% said they would readily consider acupuncture as a potential treatment option. Nearly half (48%) of the individuals surveyed who had received acupuncture reported that they were extremely satisfied or very satisfied with their treatment. In addition, one in five (21%) of the total NCCAOM survey respondents reported that they had utilized some other form of Oriental medicine besides acupuncture, such as herbs or bodywork (e.g., shiatsu).

Visit the website for more information at: WWW.AOMDAY.ORG

A Look at the History and Science Behind Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical treatment that's been around for thousands of years.  It has become more mainstream over the course of the last twenty years, and in this hour on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Deb van Latenstein who is a licensed acupuncturist at the Acupuncture Wellness Center and Allergy Clinic of Iowa in Des Moines. She says acupuncture isn't magic, and it's easiest to understand if you think about the body about a piece of meat.

"If you've ever cut into a piece of meat, you've encountered that white gristly stuff that kind of stretches. That's fascia, it holds the body in the shape that it's in," she says. "When you put the needle into the body, it's touching that fascia. And the fascia is kind of like a spider web. it has intersections, and when you touch on those intersections, it stimulates more information and signaling to the brain to send more white blood cells to those areas. So actually you can put a needle anywhere in the body, but when you hit certain acupuncture points, you can elicit a better response."  Continue to audio conversation with Dr. Nicole Nisly>>

Michigan AG Schuette Requests Coverage for 


In response to the opioid crisis in Michigan, Attorney General Bill Schutte joined 36 other attorneys general in urging the health care industry to promote the use of physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic as an alternative to opioid drugs for pain.

"The undersigned State Attorneys General are sending you this letter to urge America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to take proactive steps to encourage your members to review their payment and coverage policies and revise them, as necessary and appropriate, to encourage healthcare providers to prioritize non-opioid pain management options over opioid prescriptions for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain"

"When patients seek treatment for any of the myriad conditions that cause chronic pain, doctors should be encouraged to explore and prescribe effective non-opioid alternatives, ranging from non-opioid medications (such as NSAIDs) to physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic care."  Read the letter here>>

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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"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