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Welcome to ASK Acupuncture Blog! My name is Abigail Ballaban. I am a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Board Certified Chinese medicinal herbalist in Portland, Oregon. I enjoy keeping up with the latest research and news articles in my specialty areas – acupuncture and Chinese medicine for maternal and women’s health, vision loss, pain management, and emotional health. In my blog I curate and publish links to articles that may be of interest to my patients. Enjoy!

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  • 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