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November 29, 2005

Time Magazine's the Year in Medicine: Acupuncture

This week's Time was their A to Z directory of the Year in Medicine. Acupuncture was honored with a blurb and a picture: here.

"ACUPUNCTURE - There is growing scientific evidence that acupuncture, a pillar of Chinese medicine, can relieve many kinds of pain, but there's no clear agreement about how it works. That was underscored by a German study of migraines: it found that inserting needles at various acupuncture points in the body relieved pain just as effectively as inserting them in the points that are supposed to affect migraines. Both therapies cut the number of episodes more than 50% over a 12-week period; a control group that did not receive either treatment continued to suffer as before."

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Traditional Medicines Congress drafts 'Ideal Regulatory Model'

The AAOM sent out a notice today on their work with the Traditional Medicines Congress. Click the link below to download a .pdf of the draft.

From the email:
"Nine national organizations working together as the Traditional Medicines ™ Congress have released the first public draft of A Proposed Regulatory Model for Traditional Medicines. This comprehensive document presents ideas for a new model for the regulation of traditional medicines in the United States, and will now be subject to an open review process by interested individuals and organizations."

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November 22, 2005

Consumer Reports Says Acupuncture Ineffective for Smoking

In a series of articles on quitting smoking for the Great American Smokeout, the Consumer Reports Medical Guide has said that Acupuncture is ineffective at helping people quit, according to their analysis of current studies. Article here

From the article: "One study found that people who had acupuncture when they were giving up opium had less pain and fewer withdrawal symptoms than people who didn't get the treatment. So people thought this treatment might help ease withdrawal symptoms for people who are giving up nicotine. Unfortunately, research shows this isn't the case."

I've seen many studies going somewhat back and forth on this issue but I've never seen anyone say it so cut and dry. If you know of studies that would blow this out of the water send them to me here.

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November 19, 2005

TCM for the prevention of bird flu?

China has decided to encourage efforts to prevent the bird flu spreading with all available tools it can, including using TCM. An article in Xinhua reports that the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM) has launched a working group to supervise and coordinate the study.

SATCM has come up with a working herbal formula to use and is expanding efforts to study its use to further prevent the already 2 reported human transmissions.

China's Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed two human cases and one suspected case of H5N1 bird flu. The two confirmed cases involve a nine-year-old boy in Xiangtan County of Hunan Province, central China, and a 24-year-old woman farmer in Zongyang County of Anhui Province in the east.

Thanks to feralazn for pointing this one out to me.

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November 13, 2005

Acupuncture Practitioner Directory - This time on the cheap!

Everyone's got one, mine's just cheaper. I was recently trying to figure out how to get my practice web page a better google ranking and realized I should look into signing up for a page that lists practitioners. Unfortunately they're RIDICULOUSLY expensive, and who knows whether patient's actually will go there.

So I decided to create my own and have it be both easy for the patients and cheaper for the practitioners. If you'd like to get listed, click here.

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November 04, 2005

In Maryland, Acupuncture Funding Abounds

2 federal grants were awarded to the University of Maryland's Center for Integrative Medicine. The first, nearly $6 million, grant establishes a Center of Excellence for Arthritis and Traditional Chinese Medicine Research at the University of Maryland. The second grant, for almost $4 million, establishes an International Center for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The grants are funding a total of 6 studies on osteoarthritis, low back pain, irritable bowel and greater data on their clinic's efficacy.

The Tai Sophia Institute, a 5 Element School in MD, has received a $1 million gift from the Helen M. & Annetta Himmelfarb Foundation. Administrators say the money will be used as a challenge grant to secure additional funding.

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November 03, 2005


Find a Practitioner of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

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