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September 29, 2008

Acupuncture Alleviates Hot Flashes - Performs Better than Medication

A recent study presented by Eleanor Walker of Henry Ford Hospital at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology annual meeting explains how acupuncture works as well as the drug Effexor. Effexor is commonly used to combat hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Acupuncture treatments can accompany breast cancer treatment, and its benefits last longer, without the bad side effects

News: Reuters September 22, 2008

Posted by mpence at 12:13 AM

September 28, 2008

Chinese Space Medicine

Even in exploring space, China has taken a different medical approach than western space explorers. Chinese herbal medicine practitioners have created herbal mixtures to relieve space motion sickness and to "boost their physical conditions and improve their adaptability in an extreme environment."

News: Xinhuanet September 25, 2008

Posted by mpence at 11:47 PM

September 21, 2008

The Logic of Pain

An interesting article recently published in the New York Times describes how the body responds to and transmits pain signals within the body. The article also explains how acupuncture knowledge may already be useful in figuring out the logic of the pain transmission.

Article: New York Times September 15, 2008

Posted by mpence at 10:23 PM

September 15, 2008

Psychiatric Illness Review

A recent meta-analysis of all acupuncture research conducted for psychiatric illness was published. Overall it concludes that more studies need to be conducted on larger populations to draw better conclusions on the role of acupuncture for psychiatric treatment. A nice listing of study references is provided.

Abstract: Behavioral Medicine August 2008

Posted by mpence at 10:36 PM

September 07, 2008

The Future Model of Healthcare?

A recent article from National Public Radio's Marketplace describes the current state of acupuncture in the U.S. health care system. Acupuncture provides beneficial treatment at a low cost to patients with little or no insurance coverage.

Story: National Public Radio Marketplace September 2, 2008

Posted by mpence at 10:55 PM

September 03, 2008

Acupuncture May Decrease Chronic Headaches

Results recently published in Cephalalgia, describes a study conducted on over 15,000 patients with chronic headaches. The researchers found a significant decrease in the number of days with headaches between the acupuncture and controls groups over the 6 month study.

Abstract: Cephalalgia September 2008

Posted by mpence at 12:42 AM