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 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

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

Support for New Moms

As an acupuncturist specializing in maternal care, I offer various treatment options to support new moms. This article describes other, non-medical, ways that they can be supported. “While physical gifts are thoughtful, if you’re a close friend or relative, what a new mom will really appreciate are small acts of encouragement and kindness in the … Read more

Acupuncture for Postpartum Depression

A really interesting podcast from NPR discusses postpartum depression experiences and myths. “An estimated one in seven women experiences depression during or after pregnancy. Among some groups, such as teenage moms and women with a history of trauma, the rate can be even higher. Left untreated, depression during this time can have serious consequences on … Read more