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March 29, 2008

First Hand Accounts

This week, several Canadian individuals describe a little bit about their personal journeys that led them to Traditional Chinese Medicine - here and here.

Posted by mpence at 10:24 PM

March 21, 2008

Herbal Treatment Effective for Child Dermatitis

An undescribed concoction of five herbs was found to be effective in a double blind study of eighty-five children with atopic dermatitis. Capsules were given twice daily for a twelve week period.

An abstract of the study can be found at the British Journal of Dermatology website.

Posted by mpence at 09:14 PM

March 15, 2008

US Department of Defense Uses Acupuncture for Pain Relief

The US Department of Defense has forty licensed acupuncturists providing treatment and training throughout the military.

A recent article published by the Air Force describes patient accounts of their impressions and successes. The acupuncture is a stylistic variant of ear acupuncture, militaristically named "battlefield acupuncture," that uses gold studs inserted into the ears.

Several interesting quotes -

"In the beginning, many people were skeptical, but after seeing it demonstrated on patients and the benefits achieved -- especially in the area of pain -- the majority of physicians embraced it and learned how to use it in their practice as an adjunctive therapy"

and

"I don't know how it works and I don't really care as long it keeps working."

The full story can be found here.

Posted by mpence at 04:40 PM

March 07, 2008

Coca-Cola Searching for New Beverages

The Coca-Cola company has initiated The Coca-Cola Research Center for Chinese Medicine at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing. One of the goals of the center is "strengthening our innovation pipeline for beverages that contribute to well-being."

So soon you may be seeing Chinese herbal ingredients and formulas instead of the traditional carbonated sugar water.

The full story can be found here.

Posted by mpence at 03:33 PM