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Hypothalamus-related resting brain network underlying short-term acupuncture treatment in primary hypertension

In conclusion, short-term acupuncture did not decrease BP significantly but appeared to improve body pain and vitality. Acupuncture may regulate the cardiovascular system through a complicated brain network from the cortical level, the hypothalamus, and the brainstem. Click here to read more.

Sleep ameliorating effects of acupuncture in a psychiatric population

Acupuncture seems able to improve sleep in this convenient sample of patients with long-lasting psychiatric problems and may be a suitable and cost-effective add-on treatment for this group, particularly if conducted group-wise. Click here to read more.

Acupuncture and physical exercise for affective symptoms and health-related quality of life in polycystic ovary syndrome: Secondary analysis from a randomized controlled trial

There was a modest improvement in depression and anxiety scores in women treated with acupuncture, and improved HRQoL scores were noted in both intervention groups. While not a primary focus of the trial, these data suggest continued investigation of mental health outcomes in women treated for PCOS. Click here to read more.

Acupuncture and Herbs Protect Pregnancy and Prevent Miscarriage

New research published by the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine demonstrated the efficacy of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of recurrent pregnancy losses. A team of acupuncturists combined Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies in a clinical study of a 42 year old female in Bellevue, Washington suffering from chronic, recurrent pregnancy losses. Acupuncture and herbs prevent misscariages. TCM Protects PregnacyThe outcome of the study suggests that a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine enhances fertility and prevents miscarriages. Click here to read more.

Acupuncture and Tuina Good for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Research on tuina and carpal tunnel syndrome includes a 2012 study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In tests on nearly 100 people, researchers discovered that a combination of tuina and acupuncture was more effective than medication in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. Click here to read more.

A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials on acupuncture for amblyopia

The total effective rate of acupuncture for amblyopia was significantly superior to conventional treatment, indicating that acupuncture was a promising treatment for amblyopia. However, due to the limited number of CCTs and RCTs, especially those of large sample size and multicenter randomized controlled studies that were quantitatively insufficient, we could not reach a completely affirmative conclusion until further studies of high quality are available. Click here to read more.

Acupuncture is being enlisted to treat a sick Sumatran tiger at an Israeli zoo

The 14-year-old tiger who goes by Pedang suffers from a chronic ear infection. On Sunday, a holistic medicine professional tried acupuncture on him, pricking him with several pink needles in his ear and at other points of his body. Click here to read more.

Chinese herbal medicine Huangqi type formulations for nephrotic syndrome

Huangqi and Huangqi type formulations may have some positive effects in treating nephrotic syndrome by increasing plasma albumin and reducing urine albumin excretion, blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and decreasing the number who don't show improvement at three months. Some formulations showed an increase in the number of patients achieving complete or partial remission, however study and participant numbers were small. Click here to read more.

Effectiveness and Acceptance of Acupuncture in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain: Results of a Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Trial

Acupuncture was highly accepted and had positive effects in patients with chronic low back pain. These results show that acupuncture can be an effective, well-tolerated therapy with no major adverse events. Click here to read more.

The effect of acupuncture on high blood pressure of patients using antihypertensive drugs

We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggest that acupuncture should be in the hypertension treatment guidelines and widely used for blood pressure regulation. Click here to read more.

Differences of Excess and Deficiency Zheng in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis B by Urinary Metabonomics

We are eager to transform the concept of traditional excess and deficiency ZHENGs to modern therapeutic approaches, with the prospect to help to promote personalized medicine. Click here to read more.

Save the practice of herbal medicine in the UK!

The UK Government’s failure to proceed with SR of herbalists means patient choice and safety are at risk. Recent changes to European medicines law mean that herbalists must be authorised health professionals (by being statutorily regulated) to continue supplying herbal medicines that have been in use for decades. Because of the delay in granting SR, many patients are without herbs that they rely on. This is driving some people to purchase herbal medicines from unsafe internet herbal sites without advice from a qualified practitioner. Well-regulated degree level courses are threatened as the future of herbal medicine is uncertain. The loss of a wide range of herbal medicines means many practitioners are struggling to maintain their livelihoods Click here to read more.


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Petition to stop BAcC gaining Monopoly over acupuncture practice

Can you please consider signing this petition, if you agree with it,which we believe is important to all acupuncturists of all kinds whatever their backgrounds. The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) want to apply for a Royal Charter which could exclude many acupuncturists and acupuncture groups and allow unfair control and operation of Acupuncture in the U.K. Click here to read more.


Latest Blogs

Contemporary Chinese Medicine [COM] Concepts by Dr Leon Hammer

In this space I plan to give occasional examples of COM. Here is one example:

The importance of the Sun in CM Associated with the time of day

The sun nourishes deficiency so that early in the day and later in the day deficiency will increase and in the middle it will decrease.

The sun exacerbates excess since most excess involves excess Heat, so that excesses usually get worse in the middle of the day.

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