Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. This condition can make walking very painful and can take a long time – a year or more, … Read more

Acupuncture Reduces Menopause Symptoms

A 2016 pragmatic, randomized controlled trial found that a course of acupuncture treatments was associated with significant reduction in vasomotor symptoms (VMS), as well as several quality of life measures, compared with no acupuncture, and that clinical benefit persisted for at least 6 months beyond the end of treatment. “A total of 209 perimenopausal and … Read more

Shiatsu for Cancer and Palliative Care

This article describes a study that measured how effective Shiatsu treatments were for treating cancer patients and palliative care patients in an outpatient clinic. The patients were referred for Shiatsu treatments for help with pain, stress, anxiety, nausea, and insomnia. The results showed “considerable improvements in both presenting symptoms and perceptions of wellbeing”. “Anxiety, stress … Read more

Acupuncture for Chronic Back Pain

This article describes a study that used electroacupuncture to treat chronic low back pain and showed that “acupuncture group did have modest improvement in disability — they reported improvements in walking comfortably, standing for longer periods, bending or kneeling, and other daily activities.” This study was a “double-blinded randomized trial of electroacupuncture”. Electroacupuncture “uses a … Read more

Acupuncture Reduces Stress

To help the migrants pass the time and deal with stress, teams of volunteers led by Acupuncturists Without Borders, or AWB, a nonprofit that treats people in disaster zones and refugee camps and trains other acupuncturists around the world, are providing free acupuncture treatment at border towns in Mexico.  The acupuncturists use a five-point protocol known … Read more

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Women’s Health

“Elix, a new start-up that launches today that is the first tech-enabled hormonal health brand to personalize Chinese herbal medicine remedies that are backed by science to address women’s health issues.” “When I ask Glathe how Chinese medicine looks at and addresses women’s health issues she tells me, ‘Like western medicine, the menstrual cycle is … Read more

Acupuncture Modulates Brain Activity

A meta-study of the effect of acupuncture on the human brain is described. Studies that used fMRI showed that “acupuncture modulates activity within specific brain areas, including somatosensory cortices, limbic system, basal ganglia, brain stem, and cerebellum. Meta-analyses for verum acupuncture stimuli confirmed brain activity within many of the regions mentioned above.” “… most studies … Read more

Acupuncture for Cognitive Impairment

“Vascular cognitive impairment is characterized by symptoms ranging from forgetfulness to more serious problems with attention, memory, language, and problem-solving. Heart disease and stroke are two of the major risk factors, as both involve compromised blood supply to the brain.” A 2019 study compared two groups of patients, with one receiving donepezil hydrochloride for vascular … Read more

Electro-Acupuncture for Cancer Tumors

This article describes the latest research in China on treating tumors with electro-acupuncture. “Electrically charged acupuncture needles that can significantly reduce the size of tumors could open the way for a safe, low-cost cancer treatment, according to a new study.” “A team of Chinese scientists adapted the traditional technique to create a form of ‘electro-chemotherapy’ … Read more

Acupuncture for Menopause

This article by a mental health counselor describes the physical and emotional changes that women face when they go through menopause. Acupuncture can help provide support during this life transition. “Sleepless nights. Sudden temperature spikes and night sweats. Fluctuating moods. Brain fog. Sudden hair loss (head). Sudden hair growth (face). Dry skin, leaky bladder, pain … Read more