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April 26, 2008

British Columbia the First Canadian Province to Provide Acupuncture Health Coverage

The British Columbia province of Canada, started providing acupuncture related medical coverage to low-income citizens as of April 1st. While the amount of money provided to patients for acupuncture services is modest at best, the fact that coverage has now started is a first step.

"It's a real milestone for the B.C. health care system and for traditional chinese medicine," as quoted from Dr. Harvey Hu, president of the B.C.'s Qualified Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Association.

Details on the story can be read at the Times Columnist website, a Victoria Island, B.C. Canada newspaper.

Posted by mpence at 07:49 PM

April 19, 2008

Mushroom Extract May Prevent Growth of Breast Cancer Cells

A mushroom (Phellinus linteus) used in traditional Chinese medicine has recently been found to have anticancer properties. Cell culture studies conducted at Indiana University show that extracts from the mushroom work by either stimulating immune system or inducing cell death.

The study abstract can be found in the April 2008 British Journal of Cancer.

Posted by mpence at 07:28 PM

April 12, 2008

Acupuncture Reduces Migraine Symptoms

A study conducted at the University of Padua shows that traditional acupuncture methods are effective at reducing migraine symptoms as compared to sham acupuncture and drug treatment groups.

The Study was published in the March edition of the journal Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain.

Posted by mpence at 11:20 PM

April 04, 2008

Australian Government Supports Alternative Medicine Research

Australia will provide enough funding to create three new research collaborative groups to research various aspects of alternative medicines with the goal of "bridging the gap" between current alternative medicine usage and quantitative research.

"More than $2 billion is spent nationally, with up to two-thirds of the Australian adult population using at least one product and one in four using complementary medicine services," Senator McLucas said in a statement.

"There is growing testimony that complementary medicine can make a significant, cost-effective contribution to public health in chronic disease management and in preventative care.

"Until now there has been a gap between those who believe in and use complementary medicine, and the strength of the evidence to support that use. Today's announcement is intended to help bridge the gap."

The complete story is located at the The Australian news.

Posted by mpence at 08:38 PM