Acupuncture does work as it stimulates a natural pain killer, scientists find

Dr Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester, New York, said: “Acupuncture has been a mainstay of medical treatment in certain parts of the world for 4,000 years, but because it has not been understood completely, many people have remained sceptical.

“In this work, we provide information about one physical mechanism through which acupuncture reduces pain in the body.
“What we found is that adenosine, a natural pain killer, is released during acupuncture and that adenosine may be the primary way acupuncture reduces pain.

“The most important observation is that acupuncture worked almost three times as long if we gave a drug that slow down the removal of adenosine.”

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The Chinese Medicine Diet

“I eat a healthy diet”. As a Chinese medicine practitioner, I hear this statement often in response to questioning patients on their food choices. But what is a healthy diet? You might be surprised at the answer. For a Chinese medicine practitioner, a traditional ‘healthy’ diet is very different than the modern food choices recommended on television and in magazines. The Chinese Medicine diet is based on energetic principles to encourage balance, clean burning digestion, and a well functioning body, free of disease and full of energy. Read more

Chinese Medicine Foods to Eat

At the top of this article is a quick list of foods to eat and foods to avoid, based on the Chinese Medicine diet.  After the “quick list” you will find more information explaining why certain foods are recommended and why others are to be avoided.  Alternative food choices and food substitutes are recommended and the importance of eating organic, non-GMO foods (genetically modified foods) and non-microwavable food is discussed. Read more

Chinese Medicine Sample Meals

In the previous article, I listed foods that were most balancing to achieve a clean burning metabolism that burns fat and gives you energy to spare. Most of my patients are too busy to cook so they rely on quick meals like breakfast bars, sandwiches, and fast foods from the drive thru. When I introduce them to this new way of eating, most of them do not know where to begin. For some people, it is a huge overhaul of their dietary habits. Breaking old habits and creating a new way of choosing food takes time but it can be done. This article will show you how easy it is to begin eating food that is both balancing and nutritious. Read more

Osteoporosis Acupuncture Research

This short article presents a summary of an acupuncture study conducted on bone mineral density in post menopausal women who were diagnosed with osteoporosis. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), bone loss is considered a Kidney energy disturbance. By regulating this energy, it was shown that women gained a statistically significant amount of bone density compared with a control group. Read more

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – Is It Right For You?

Until 2002, hormone replacement therapy was recommended both to manage menopause symptoms and to prevent long term deterioration of health from osteoporosis and heart disease. However, a large clinical trial, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) had to cease their long term clinical trials as they found the risks outweighed the benefits. Read more

Hormone Replacement Therapy in the News

This article by The Women’s Health Initiative describes a large hormone replacement therapy study that was discontinued due to health risks for the women who were taking the hormones. The researchers halted the study prematurely because participants on hormone replacement therapy exceeded the boundary for breast cancer risk that was established at the beginning of the study. There was also an increased risk for heart disease for participants on hormone replacement therapy compared to the placebo group. Read more

Menopause, Hormones, and Chinese Medicine

In the article Menopause, Hormones, and Chinese Medicine, you will learn about the differences between the western medical and traditional Chinese medical understandings of menopause and menopause therapy. Learn about safe, natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy for women experiencing symptoms of menopause. Read more

Better Bone Health with Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine, bone health is maintained through a combination of diet, exercise, and herbal medicine. This article discusses ways you can improve your bone health by following some simple health practices such as consuming more vegetables, getting more exercise, and seeing your Chinese medicine practitioner. Read more

Acupuncture Pins Down Allergy Relief

Acupuncture relieves seasonal allergies and is a natural alternative to allergy shots and antihistamines.  In this article, you will discover how acupuncture relieved allergy symptoms in a research study.  Some basic Chinese medicine concepts are discussed in a ‘user friendly’ way.  You will also learn how allergies are diagnosed as a condition of dampness and can be considered cold or warm type based on your symptoms.  Knowing which type of allergy you have is important both for acupuncture treatment and for self care.

While not discussed in this article, some common food items that contribute to ‘dampness’ and ‘cold’ type allergies are sugar, cold and raw foods, cold beverages, white flour, and dairy.  ‘Heat’ inducing foods include oils, especially the kind used in deep frying.  Hot spicy foods and alcoholic beverages also create heat so would be important to avoid if you have a heat type allergy. Read more