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Infertility and Acupuncture Treatments

The overwhelming anguish and sense of loss experienced by women struggling with infertility issues is an unwelcome motivator, driving them to seek other treatment options to overcoming infertility. From home remedies, fertility drugs, and even surgery, to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and donor eggs and embryos, modern healthcare has vastly expanded the array of options available for couples struggling to conceive. Traditional Chinese medicine, for example, has been practised for thousands of years and includes techniques and practices such as tai chi, moxibustion, tui na, Chinese cupping, and acupuncture. Acupuncture, in particular, has rapidly grown in acceptance by the general public and practice among therapists today. Not only is acupuncture valued for stress-relieving and relaxing benefits, but also as a component of fertility treatments. When used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments, acupuncture increases conception rates by 26%. A recent study from Tel Aviv University reports, “When combining IUI with…

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Feng Shui for a Healthy Home

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), all of life is influenced by seasonal cycles.  You are probably familiar with this in acupuncture, but did you know that these cycles also affect your home? The practice of making a home “healthy” is called Feng Shui.  By directing the flow of Qi through your home in a balanced way, you can create an environment that promotes health and happiness to everyone who lives in it.  Feng Shui gives rules to harmonize yourself with your home. There are many ways that Qi is balanced in a home.  Choosing harmonious colors, shapes and symbols, placing furniture auspiciously or strategically hanging wind chimes or mirrors are all typical Feng Shui practices. Good Feng Shui for Winter Light up your home to balance the darkness.  Light natural beeswax or soy candles, and make a fire in the fireplace.  Hang strings of light even beyond the holiday season.…

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The Best (and Worst) Christmas Foods

Christmas and New Year’s gathering is a great meal.  Friends and family come together to give thanks and celebrate the harvest season– …and to overeat. All of us know the feeling of eating too much, too heavy, too rich.  When we should be enjoying our time with loved ones, we are uncomfortable.  We exasperate our health conditions and catch a cold.  We put on weight and feel lethargic. I’m not going to tell you to make dramatic changes to your feast meal.  Usually that doesn’t work—and besides, it’s no fun. Instead I suggest you just make small choices.  Pick one food instead of the other.  Make little positive choices and they’ll add up to a healthier, more enjoyable meal. The Best and Worst Christmas Foods Before we begin, let’s set some ground rules. Obviously, everyone uses different recipes and buys different products.  Nutritional value of Christmas foods can vary widely.  And everyone has different…

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Facts of Acupuncture to Quit Smoking

Smoking is a strong, complicated addiction.  Quitting smoking is no small task and you will need lots of support to be successful.  You need the best tools to help with the physical and emotional symptoms, and acupuncture is a great resource to help you succeed. Here are the 6 things you should know about using acupuncture to quit smoking.  1. Acupuncture is very effective to help stop smoking. Acupuncture has been used to help combat addiction and curb cigarette cravings for a long time.  Many people have had success and now research is supporting these claims. In a recent study, “Alternative Smoking Cessation Aids: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials,” researchers gathered data from 14 different studies to see which alternative techniques helped patients stop smoking.  The acupuncture studies examined 823 different patients.   The researchers concluded that both acupuncture and hypnotherapy may help patients quit smoking.  The scientific world is…

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Laser acupuncture eases depression

Eight weeks of ‘laser acupuncture’ can ease depression in adults, a small Australian trial finds. The therapy, which uses low-intensity infra-red beams in place of needles, led to significant reductions in scores on two depression scales, above and beyond that seen with placebo acupuncture. Eighty per cent of patients had a clinical response to laser acupuncture — defined as a more than 50% reduction on the Hamilton-Depression Rating Scale — compared with just 19% of those in the placebo group, the trial found. It included 47 Sydney adults with major depression, who received 12 acupuncture sessions over the eight-week study period. “This is the first adequately sized double-blind controlled trial of laser acupuncture in depression,” the University of NSW-led researchers wrote in the Journal of Affective Disorders (online). “The efficacy of laser acupuncture relative to established treatments is not known, and it is therefore difficult to suggest a place for…

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Evidence back acupuncture

The evidence backing acupuncture continues to grow, with a general practice study showing the treatment to be highly effective in treating chronic headache. Twelve sessions of acupuncture over three months led to a 34% reduction in headache severity at one year compared with a 16% reduction in patients given standard care, accord ing to results published in the BMJ (26 March). “Patients randomised to acupuncture had 22 fewer days of headache a year and used 15% less medication, the study of about 400 patients with chronic headache revealed. The UK researchers said the effects of acupuncture were long-lasting. Although few patients received acupuncture after the initial three-month treatment period, headache scores remained lower at one year. A policy of using a local acupuncture service, in addition to standard care, results in persisting, clinically relevant benefits for primary care patients with chronic headache, particularly migraine.” The authors wrote. “Use of medication…

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Acupuncture effective for migraine

ACUPUNCTURE, whether real or sham, is as effective as pharmacotherapy for the prevention of migraine, German research suggests. A study comparing sham and real acupuncture with standard drug therapy found no significant difference in the impact of treatment on the number of migraine days, according to data published in the Lancet Neurology (online). Patients were given 10 sessions of acupuncture over six weeks or continuous treatment with beta blockers, calcium channel blockers or anti-epileptic drugs. The most important result is that all three treatments were effective and that improvement in the number of migraine days was closely similar in all treatment groups,” researchers wrote. All treatments led to mean reductions of 1.5-2.3 migraine days from four weeks before treatment to 23-26 weeks after treatment. There was also no difference between the treatment groups in secondary outcomes, such as pain intensity and pain-related impairment.   The authors were surprised at the…

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Acupuncture effective for headaches

Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of tension headaches, according to a Cochrane review. Acupuncture was also effective for migraine prophylaxis — however sham acupuncture had the same effect. The review found patients with frequent episodic or chronic tension headaches responded better to acupuncture than basic care for number of headache days and pain intensity. Of patients who received acupuncture, 47% reported at least a halving in the number of headache days. This compared with 16% of patients receiving basic care.   Migraine patients treated with acupuncture were found to have a higher response rate and fewer migraines after 3-4 months than those with no prophylactic treatment or with routine care only. “True” acupuncture for tension headaches was found to have slightly better results than sham acupuncture, where the needles are placed at non-acupuncture points. But for migraines there was no significant difference between the two types of acupuncture. The…

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Acupuncture May Be Help For Depression

Acupuncture may be plausible treatment for depression One in four people experience depression at some point in their lives. But can acupuncture help with depression? According to recent studies, the answer is ‘YES’. Laser acupuncture is a plausible treatment for depression and other mental disorders, UNSW researchers have shown for the first time. Acupuncture produces significant changes in parts of the brain that regulate emotional states and is a biologically plausible treatment for depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders, UNSW researchers have shown for the first time. The scientists, from UNSW’s School of Psychiatry, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to map the changes in the prefrontal cortex and subcortical nuclei brought about through the stimulation of the body’s acupoints by laser acupuncture. “This is the first MRI study to find that laser stimulation of a suite of acupoints on the body in healthy individuals produces changes in brain regions that may…

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Acupuncture is effective for chronic pain

Chronic pain in the muscles and joints can make life miserable. Standard treatments like ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and appropriate exercises can often ease the pain. But when they don’t, acupuncture is an option with a good track record that’s worth considering. Over the years there has been substantial debate about whether acupuncture really works for chronic pain. Research from an international team of experts adds to the evidence that it does provide real relief from common forms of pain. The team pooled the results of 29 studies involving nearly 18,000 participants. Some had acupuncture, some had “sham” acupuncture, and some didn’t have acupuncture at all. Overall, acupuncture relieved pain by about 50%. The results were published in Archives of Internal Medicine. The study isn’t the last word on the issue, but it is one of the best quality studies to date and has made an impression. “I…

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