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Acupuncture, Massage, and Chinese Medicine for Stress

Acupuncture, Massage, and Chinese Medicine for Stress
06 January 2013
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“Waiting to treat until after the illness has already developed is like digging a well when one is thirsty, or casting a knife after the battle has already been engaged.” Chinese Proverb Stress is a mental or emotional reaction resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. The exact mechanisms are not completely understood, but many parts of the brain, nervous system and endocrine system are involved, increasing the amounts of some hormones (such as corticosteroids) and reducing others (like serotonin). It’s something that most have experienced from time to time, and to some...

Treating Migraines with Drugs, Acupuncture and Lifestyle Changes

Treating Migraines with Drugs, Acupuncture and Lifestyle Changes
08 November 2011
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This is an article that I wrote for the multibed clinic that I set up and run in South London. It discusses migraine headaches, the drugs used to control and treat them, acupuncture, and other ways of reducing their effect. I thought I’d repost it here as it has some really good info on the type of dietary and exercise changes that can be effective, as well as an overview of the research that has been carried out into the effectiveness of acupuncture on migraine headaches Treating Migraine Headaches Contents Summary Introduction What is a Migraine? Treating Migraines: Drug Treatment Treating...

If Your GP Knows Complementary & Alternative Medicines, You May Live Longer

If Your GP Knows Complementary & Alternative Medicines, You May Live Longer
24 October 2011
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An interesting study was published in Holland earlier this year, comparing the effect that a GP’s knowledge of CAM (Complementary & Alternative Medicine) might have on his or her patients. The study compared data from almost 2000 ‘conventional’ GPs, who had no knowledge of CAM therapies, with that of 79 GPs who had additional training in one or more type of CAM. Twenty five had training in acupuncture. The study found a correlation between training in Complementary & Alternative medicine and healthcare cost and mortality rate. Patients whose doctors had knowledge of CAM...

Acupuncture: Coping With the Symptoms and Side Effects of Cancer

06 October 2011
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As an acupuncturist, I’m used to reading or hearing the occasional critisism that acupuncture is unproven, despite the empirical and historical evidence from China. Often, this comes from someone who works within the conventional medical system. So it’s great when a Western Doctor is open minded enough to try these techniques, and report positive effects based on their experiences in the clinic. The Baltimore Sun recently published an interview with a doctor working at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Cancer Centre. He sees more and more patients turning to acupuncture...

Ice on soft tissue injury may not be beneficial

Ice on soft tissue injury may not be beneficial
14 September 2011
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Resent research suggests that putting an ice pack on a sprain or strain may not be beneficial, and could actually slow down the body’s healing process. For years now, our first reaction to a sprain or strain has been to reach for ice, or more often a bag of frozen peas. The acronym ‘RICE’ (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is the standard way of remembering what to do after such an injury. However, a study carried out at the Neuroinflammation Research Centre at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, looked at the effect of ice on the body’s ability to repair. It found that...