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Acupunture service is now available at EMCH - Brush News-...

I am seeing this more and more these days, with a similar program at the local hospital as well. I think this is great! I am so pleased to see the integration of the different medical traditions. I really believe that the more we work together, the more people we can help.  (Jun 23, 2010 | post #2)


Thinking of switching

That does sound curious. I do agree that age and weight gain could be contributing factors but the fact remains that your symptoms have not improved. Seeking out another practitioner may be a solution. I would suggest having a frank talk about your concerns with your current provider first, especially if he has helped you so much in the past.  (Jun 23, 2010 | post #2)


Needle work: Chiropractor first in state to be licensed i...

As a practitioner of chinese medicine I find it disconcerting that I need 4 years of graduate school to practice acupuncture while medical doctors need only 300 hours and chiropractors only a few courses. Please look at it the other way around. Would a 300-hour course prepare me to practice allopathy? Would a handfiul of classes along the way qualify me to be as proficient at chiropractice as someone who has an official degree? Of course not.  (Jun 23, 2010 | post #18)


Military tries acupuncture to treat troops for PTSD

I treat all kinds of emotional imbalances with acupuncture and it definitely helps. I've even helped some patinets get off some serious drugs.  (Jun 23, 2010 | post #2)


University of Rochester Study Finds Scientific Reason Beh...

Adenosine is an anit-inflammatory chemical so this study only possibly explains how acupuncture can help with pain due to inflammation. It is also good for abdominal pain from heartburn or overeating, menstrual pain from clots, and chest pain related to heart conditions. It can even help with spiritual or emotional pain, like grief or depression. There are many, many different kinds of pain.  (Jun 4, 2010 | post #1)


Does acupuncture really work?

Placebo works about 50% of the time and I have a success rate of 80% to 90% so, no, I don't think that's it. All fields of medicine are euqally susceptible to the placebo effect anyway. It is possible that any therapy that has a success rate of 50% or less is due to placebo. Chemotherapy, for example, is only 28% effective at reducing the size of tumors in breast cancer. Having a success rate of 50% or less of course does not necessarily indicate that the placebo effect is at work. It is actually unclear from the study whether all of the participants in the "usual care" group received pain medications. All it says is that, "Participants in the usual care group received no study-related careĀ—just the care, if any, they and their physicians chose (mostly medications, primary care, and physical therapy visits)." This is very vague and definitley open to interpretation. It does sugest, however, that some participants may not have received any standard care at all. The intent of this study was not to see if acupuncture works by placebo or not but rather was designed to answer three questions. "Is acupuncture more effective than usual medical care alone? Is real acupuncture more effective than simulated (noninsertive) acupuncture? Is individualized acupuncture more effective than standardized acupuncture?" The general conclusion of the study was that acupuncure was more effective overall than standard care and that there was no notable difference between individualized treatements done with acupucture needles, standard treatments done with acupuncture needles, or standard treatments done with toothpicks. "There were no significant pairwise differences among the 3 acupuncture groups: individualized acupuncture was not significantly better than standardized acupuncture and real acupuncture was not significantly better than simulated acupuncture." The main issue with this study as I see it is the use of toothpicks on the same acupuncture points used for the standard treatments. There are many ways to stimulate acupuncture points and even Licensed Acupuncturists use tools other than needles to do this. Massage therapists do what is called acupressure, which is the manual stimulation of the points. Acupressure is also an important part of tui na, or Chinese medical massage. So, whether you are using acupuncture needles, toothipicks, or your finger to stimulate the points, you are still stimulating the points. A better study would not have used the same points for the standard acupuncture treaments and the non-insertive acupuncture treatments. I generally agree with the following statement made in the "Comment " section of the study. "The appropriateness of using minimal, superficial, or sham control groups in trials of acupuncture remains controversial.28 In fact, the use of blunt needles that did not penetrate the skin was described 2000 years ago in the classic book on acupuncture needling.29 A study using functional magnetic resonance imaging found that superficial and deep needling of an acupuncture point elicited similar blood oxygen levelĀ–dependent responses.30 Another study demonstrated that lightly touching the skin can stimulate mechanoreceptors that induce emotional and hormonal reactions, which in turn alleviate the affective component of pain.31 This could explain why trials evaluating acupuncture for pain have failed to find that real acupuncture is superior to sham or superficial control treatments and raises questions about whether sham treatments truly serve as inactive controls. " Please read the full text on the website of "Archives of internal Medicine." The link is tent/full/169/9/85 8  (Jun 4, 2010 | post #12)


Celine Dion Pregnant After Acupuncture Treatments

very cool! i love it when high-profile celebs give a non to my profession! Thanks Celine!~  (Jun 3, 2010 | post #12)


Does acupuncture really work?

Mark - the way I know it is working is simply because my patients get results. Chinese Medicine is classified as an empiricle science. Because it is not measurable with machines, empircle evidence is the barometer. Paul - acupuncture works for so many other things besides pain. And at least 95% of the time it doesn't hurt, in fact many people feel nothing at all. I have induced pregnant women who are overdue, cured chronic nausea and migraines, gotten patients off heavy anti-anxiety medications, and helped people quit smoking. This didn't happen simply becuase the pain of the needles was distracting them from some other pain. It really is a very comprehensive medical system, very logical and organized.  (May 27, 2010 | post #9)


Does acupuncture really work?

Gravity and magnetism existed before we had the ability to measure them in a quantifiable way. Perhaps it is the same with qi. Maybe we just haven't designed the right machine/measuring device yet. Qi is not energy in the sense that it is defined by physics so, no, currently there is quantifiable no way to measure it. You are definitely correct that acupuncture can have a negative effect on qi, just like incorrect medical treatment of other types can worsen or prolong illness, or even cause death. Chinese Medicine is the same as other health care fields in this respect, where some practitioners are more skilled than others. The more skilled a practitioner is, the less likely this is to occur. According to Chinese Medicine theory, using needles to affect the qi is not pure speculation. There is a very logical, organized theoretical framework to this medicine. It is unfortunate that this theory is not readily translatable in western medicine terms. The Chinese culture is certainly the most foreign to the western mind and their language and philosophy is riddled with concepts for which we cannot really grasp. And qi is one of the most basic ideas of all so we are already starting out at a loss, even at the most basic level. The closest English word probably is life force. And, yes, there is an aliveness to us all, the effects of which can readily be seen.  (May 26, 2010 | post #4)


Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Career

Do it if you really feel like this is what you need to do with your life. Try not to put the money first, instead try to determine if you would be unhappy with your life if you DID NOT do it. Lots of other people have done it before you so, yes, it is absolutely possible for you to make it, that is not the issue. If you really want to do it you can definitely make it happen.  (Apr 1, 2010 | post #21)


Acupuncture can spread serious diseases: experts

I always use disposable needles and so do all of the acupuncturist I know.  (Apr 1, 2010 | post #3)


Acupuncture may be an effective treatment for post-viral ...

I treat sinus issues all the time with acupuncture. It works!  (Apr 1, 2010 | post #1)

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