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July 26, 2009

US Senators Seek Coverage for Alternative Therapies

As economic pressure and healthcare reform continue to change the landscape of medicine, and as more people continue to seek alternative therapy, congress continues to ask for changes in the healthcare system to keep up with people's demand.

Article:Boston Globe July 24, 2009.

Posted by mpence at 11:26 AM

July 19, 2009

The Matching of Myofascial Pain and Meridians

A recent study completed by Dr Peter T. Dorsher of the Mayo Clinic, has independently proven the acupuncture points described in the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic written more than 2,000 years ago.

"This article demonstrates that myofascial referred-pain data provide independent physiologic evidence of acupuncture meridians. The acupuncture tradition provides pain practitioners with millennia of accumulated clinical experience treating pain (and visceral) disorders and offers the potential for novel pain treatment approaches and understanding of pain neurophysiology."

Abstract: Journal of Pain July 2009.

Posted by mpence at 07:23 PM

The Chemicals of Pain in Cancer

A study recently published in Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research found that a mouse cancer pain model when given electro-acupuncture(EA) caused a decrease in substance P and an increase in beta-endorphin. "The concentration of beta-endorphin for EA treatment group increased by 51.457% in the blood and 12.6% in the brain respectively, compared to the tumor control group." Substance P is a known modulator of pain perception and beta-endorphin is a universally known opioid receptor that controls and dulls pain perception in the body.

"EA treatment could be used as an alternative therapeutic method for cancer pain due to a consequent decrease in substance P and increase in beta-endorphin levels."

Abstract: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research July 16, 2009.

Posted by mpence at 06:59 PM

July 12, 2009

Laws and Passages

A new law takes effect in Mississippi allowing certified acupuncturists to practice in the state.

"House Bill 458 authorizes, for the first time, the practice of acupuncture in Mississippi - making this the 44th state to recognize acupuncture as a licensed treatment. Acupuncturists may perform the treatment for a patient only if the patient has a written referral or prescription from a physician."

Also a recent pioneer, Miriam Lee, who helped pass legislation in California for acupuncture practice in that state has died at 82.

News: Clarion Ledger July 1, 2009.

News: San Jose Mercury June 30, 2009.

Posted by mpence at 02:28 PM

Acupuncture and Exercise Decrease Symptoms of PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with high muscle sympathetic nerve activity. Below is the asbtract o the study and results. Although the study was completed in rodents, it may have application to further human study and treatment.

"Twenty women with PCOS were randomly allocated to one of three groups; low-frequency electro-acupuncture (n=9), physical exercise (n=5) or to an untreated control (n=6) group during 16 weeks. Biometric, hemodynamic, endocrine and metabolic parameters were measured. Results: Low-frequency electro-acupuncture (P = 0.036) and physical exercise (P = 0.030) decreased MSNA burst frequency compared to the untreated control group. Low-frequency electro-acupuncture group reduced sagittal diameter (P = 0.001), while physical exercise group reduced body weight (P = 0.004) and body mass index (BMI) (P = 0.004) as compared to the untreated control group. Sagittal diameter was related to MSNA burst frequency (Rs = 0.58, P < 0.005) in the EA group. No correlation was found for BMI and MSNA in the exercise group. There were no differences between the groups in hemodynamic, endocrine and metabolic variables. Conclusions: For the first time we demonstrate that low-frequency EA and physical exercise lowers high sympathetic nerve activity in women with PCOS. Thus, treatment with low-frequency EA or physical exercise with the aim to reduce MSNA may be of importance for women with PCOS."

Article: American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory Integrative Comparative Physiolology June, 2009.

Posted by mpence at 01:44 PM