Stress Management Programs And Meditation

Stress management programs like Transcendental Meditation should be implemented to help manage coronary heart disease in patients, according to a new editorial written by a Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute physician, C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., and published in Archives of Internal Medicine. Acupuncture and other TCM therapies can treat symptoms of stress including: Headaches, pain, fatigue, sleep disorders, mood swings, allergies, sinus conditions, and reproductive disorders. … Read More

Back Pain Treatable With Herbal Medicine And Acupuncture

Many people experience back pain at some point in their lives. According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is the second most common neurological disorder in the United States, following headaches. A large proportion of individuals with back pain use complementary and alternative medicine therapies, such as herbal medicine and acupuncture. … Read More

Lowering Blood Pressure With Acupuncture

High blood pressure is often treated with lifestyle recommendations associated with diet, exercise and weight loss in combination with drug therapy. However, some individuals seek out alternative therapies due to an inability to enact healthy lifestyle changes or who continue to experience high blood pressure although they lead a healthy lifestyle. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy which can effectively regulate blood pressure. … Read More

Benefits Of Acupuncture For Infertility

Acupuncture can be beneficial in the treatment of many infertility-related conditions including: Uterine fibroids, hormonal imbalance, amenorrhea, recurrent miscarriage, and endometriosis. Acupuncture improves ovarian function by regulating the endocrine system, which aids in stabilizing hormone levels. … Read More

Herbal Medicine: A Holistic Alternative

Posted September 21, 2011 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Herbal medicine, also called phytomedicine, utilizes a plant’s flowers, leaves, bark, berries, and roots for medical purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of allopathic medicine. It continues to become more mainstream as research shows the value of herbal medicine in disease prevention and treatment. … Read More

Integrative Therapies For Wellness

Integrative and mind/body therapies can be effective in pain management for patients. Integrative medicine emphasizes a full range of personalized healthy lifestyle approaches that tend to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. … Read More

Treating Arthritis With Alternative Medicine

Frankincense, an age old herbal remedy, may effectively treat arthritis, which only serves as another success story in treating arthritis with alternative medicine. Cardiff University scientists have been examining the potential benefits of frankincense to help manage symptoms of the condition. In addition to frankincense, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been found to be effective at alleviating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis. … Read More

Treating Knee Pain With Acupuncture

Those recovering from knee injuries might do well to take note of research from the American College of Sports Medicine. Findings indicate that those who pedaled backward on treadmills and elliptical machines tended to do better than those who pedaled forward. Acupuncture can treat knee pain, swelling and stiffness while improving muscle strength. “The results were very encouraging,” says lead author Elmarie Terblanche, Ph.D. “Participants who used backward locomotion showed significantly greater gains in quadriceps and hamstring strength. Additionally, they had greater aerobic capacity than the forward-locomotion group. Many people suffer knee injuries, whether through sports participation or activities of daily living. It can be a significant aid in rehabilitation to know how to most efficiently strengthen the joints and muscles after injury. When exercise and over-the-counter medications are ineffective in reducing knee pain and swelling, other options should be considered. Acupuncture can reduce knee pain by increasing the production of neurotransmitters and endorphins, which naturally minimize pain. Acupuncture activates the body’s pain-modulating system, changing the processing and perception of pain information at various levels of the nervous system. Acupuncture can help to unblock qi, the body’s vital energy, which aids in healing and overall health. … Read More

Neuro-Linguistic Programming And Acupuncture

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), created by Richard Bandler, is a behavioral method which can empower you with a set of guiding attitudes and principles about behavior. NLP can be combined with acupuncture to create an effective approach to mind and body. NLP places an emphasis on the relation between thoughts, language and behavior. Techniques used in NLP teach people to modify beliefs, reach personal goals, eliminate addictions, and improve communication with others. By adopting more successful ways of using the mind, negatives can be changed into positives. “Often, I only need to see people a couple of times to reprogram their thinking and give them a whole new outlook on life, success and happiness,” says Bandler. “I don’t look at where people went astray, what they did or why. I teach them to get back on the rails and not to look back.” Once people realize that they create their own internal beliefs, memories and experiences, they become aware that they have the power to change their behavior and health. There are now more than 3,000 NLP institutes in 70 different countries, using Bandler’s techniques to cure everything from phobias and lack of confidence to traumatic association from past events. NLP benefits: • Allows you to shape your future. • Provides optimism about the present. • Teaches how to use determination and calm in adverse situations. • Improves personal and professional decision making. NLP and acupuncture treatment combine the powerful mind techniques of NLP with the body and meridian work of acupuncture to promote mental and physical health. Many health conditions have mental and physical components that can be effectively treated by integrating NLP with acupuncture therapy. … Read More

Acupuncture For Unexplained Symptoms

Attending frequently with medically unexplained symptoms is distressing for both patient and health care practitioner and effective treatment options are limited: One in five patients have symptoms that remain unexplained by conventional medicine. A new study examines traditional acupuncture as a treatment for people with unexplained symptoms. The study from the Institute of Health Services Research, University of Exeter, assessed 80 such patients to investigate their experiences of having five-element acupuncture added to their usual care. Findings indicate that acupuncture has a significant and sustained benefit for these patients and can be added safely to conventional therapies used by practitioners to treat patients with unexplained symptoms. Patients were divided into a group receiving 12 acupuncture treatments over 26 weeks or a group which received the same number of treatments beginning 26 weeks later. The acupuncture group reported a significantly improved health survey score compared to those not receiving acupuncture immediately. The acupuncture group maintained their improvement up to 52 weeks, and the second group, now receiving acupuncture, showed a ‘catch-up’ improvement. Participating patients had a variety of longstanding symptoms including chronic pain and fatigue. Patients reported that their acupuncture consultations became increasingly valuable, and that they appreciated the holistic nature of the sessions. As a result many patients were encouraged to take an active role in their treatment, resulting in cognitive and behavioral lifestyle changes, such as a new self-awareness about what caused stress and how to manage it, and taking their own initiatives based on advice from their acupuncturists about diet, exercise and relaxation. Benefits of acupuncture: • Reduced dependency on medication. • Increased energy. • Balanced mental-emotional states. • Reduced fatigue. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Chinese Herbal Medicine For Menstrual Cramps

Women with menstrual cramps are often offered either nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or oral contraceptives. Many women find that these treatments are not effective or they cannot take the drugs, and more women would prefer a non-drug alternative, such as Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been used for centuries in China, being used in public hospitals to treat abdominal cramping that occurs prior to or during menstruation (primary dysmenorrhea). CHM results in significant improvements in pain relief when compared to pharmaceutical drugs. Chinese herbal medicine reduces overall symptoms and is better at alleviating pain than heat compression and NSAIDs. Herbal interventions for the treatment of menstrual cramps are most effective when started 5 to 7 days before menstruation and continued for about 10 to 15 days—until the second day of menstruation or throughout menstruation. Chinese herbal medicine can: • Yield better pain relief than conventional pharmaceutical therapies. • Relieve pain better than over-the-counter herbal health products. • Improve overall symptoms more effectively than conventional treatments. • Reduce dependency on medications. Chinese herbal formulas are often more beneficial than single herb remedies because the herbs work synergistically for conditions such as menstrual cramps. Chinese herbal formulas can regulate the menstrual cycle, relieve cramps, nourish and strengthen blood circulation, and enhance the flow of qi, or vital energy. Replacing NSAIDs with Chinese herbs can minimize the risk of adverse side effects, such as upset stomach, heartburn and ulcers while keeping you pain-free. … Read More

The Benefits of Tai Chi

Tai chi exercise appears to be associated with improved quality of life, mood and exercise self-efficacy in patients with heart disease, according to a study in JAMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine. Historically, patients with heart disease were considered too frail to exercise and, through the late 1980s, avoidance of physical activity was a standard recommendation. Meditative exercise may have benefits for patients with heart disease. Gloria Yeh, M.D., of Harvard Medical School, and colleagues evaluated 100 outpatients with heart disease. Fifty patients were randomized to a 12-week tai chi-based exercise intervention group and 50 were randomized to an education group. The tai chi intervention group consisted of one-hour group classes held twice weekly for 12 weeks. The education sessions were also held twice weekly for the same duration as the tai chi lessons. At completion, there were no significant differences in change in six-minute walk distance and peak oxygen uptake when comparing the tai chi and education groups; however, patients in the tai chi group had greater improvements in quality of life. The tai chi group also showed improvements in exercise self-efficacy (confidence to perform certain exercise-related activities), and related feelings of well-being. Tai chi exercise, a multi-component, mind-body training modality that is safe and has good rates of adherence, may provide value in improving daily exercise and quality of life. Health benefits of tai chi: … Read More

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