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June 29, 2008

More Trying Herbal Remedies, Seeing Results

A news feature in the San Mateo County Times discusses the latest trends in herbal medicine - an increase in non-traditional users, the differences in eastern and western philosophy of pharmaceutical delivery, differences in costs and results of treatment from select individuals.

Story: San Mateo County Times June 28, 2008

Posted by mpence at 09:43 PM

June 22, 2008

USA and China Foster Collaboration in Traditional Chinese Medicine Research

In a news release from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Mike Leavitt and Chinese Vice Minister of Health Wang Guoqiang, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to "foster collaboration between scientists in both countries in research on integrative and traditional Chinese medicine".

The MOU signing was completed at the start of a two-day traditional Chinese medicine Research Roundtable at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Annapolis Maryland.

Memorandum of Understanding June 18, 2008

Posted by mpence at 10:40 PM

June 17, 2008

Acupuncture Reduces Pain, Urinary Retention and Need for Opioids after Surgery


A Meta-analysis done by researchers at Duke have found that using Acupuncture before and during surgery greatly reduces side effects of opioids taken post-surgery, as well as common recovery markers.

Patients who received acupuncture had significantly lower risk of developing most common side effects associated with opioid drugs compared with control: 1.5 times lower rates of nausea, 1.3 times fewer incidences of severe itching, 1.6 times fewer reports of dizziness and 3.5 times fewer cases of urinary retention.

Duke University Study: Link

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June 15, 2008

Art Imitates Life

A new drama show titled "Private Practice" stars 52 year old Tim Daly who plays an alternative medicine specialist. In real life, Tim studies and utilizes chinese medical solutions. Tim also gives his views -

“I personally don’t think it should be called alternative medicine. If you go to China, a country of 1.3 billion people, it won’t be called alternative. It’s just medicine.”

Read more here in a story from eCentral.

Posted by mpence at 11:06 PM

June 09, 2008

Medical Biography Discusses the Miracle of Acupuncture

A book recently published by Sherwin B. Nuland, clinical professor of surgery at Yale, titled "The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine," discusses the "'astonishing' realms where science provides no explanation". Dr. Nuland is a firm believer in the yet unexplained art of acupuncture after traveling to China and witnessing the practice firsthand.

The book was recently reviewed by the New York Times.

Posted by mpence at 12:42 AM

June 01, 2008

Acupuncture Reduces Pain And Dysfunction In Head And Neck Cancer Patients After Neck Dissection

A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, showed that pain and mobility improved in 39 percent of the patients receiving acupuncture, compared to a 7 percent improvement in the group that received usual care.

A short summary of the presentation can be in Science Daily news.

Posted by mpence at 10:07 PM