Essential Oils Combat Bacteria

Essential oils can be an effective alternative to antibiotics and may have potential to combat drug-resistant superbugs, according to a new Society for General Microbiology study. The antimicrobial activity of eight plant essential oils was tested by Yiannis Samaras and Effimia Eriotou, M.D., from the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands. They found that thyme essential oil was the most effective and was able to almost completely eliminate bacteria within 60 minutes. The essential oils of thyme and cinnamon were found to be particularly efficient antibacterial agents against a range of Staphylococcus species. Strains of these bacteria are commonly found on the skin and can cause infection in immunocompromised individuals. Drug-resistant strains are extremely difficult to treat. "Not only are essential oils an effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant strains, but decreased use of antibiotics will help minimize the risk of new strains of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms emerging," says Samaras. Essential oils’ therapeutic properties have been utilized for hundreds of years, although very little is still known about how they exert their antimicrobial effects. Tea tree oil has been used to treat colds, sore throats, skin infections, and insect bites and has been used as a medicinal antiseptic since the early 20th century. “The oils, or their active ingredients, could be easily incorporated into antimicrobial creams or gels for external application,” the researchers state. Essential oils are: • Capable of being antiseptic. • Are probiotic, aiding the body to combat infection. • Are stress reducing and have a sedative effect. • Are synergistic when blended together. … Read More

Immunity Boost With Chinese Herbs

Boosting your immune system with herbs can aid in keeping your body in optimal condition to combat bacteria, infections and viruses. Today there is an increasing emphasis on strengthening the immune system through disease prevention rather than by treating existing illness. Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes that illness is caused by a weakened immune system. Herbal remedies can enhance the body’s natural defense mechanisms. Herbs can also allow your body to resist infectious agents without the adverse side effects of conventional medications. The immune system has two defense mechanisms: Natural, which utilizes white blood cells to protect from disease, and acquired, in which specialized cells strengthen and increase antibodies to defend against pathogens. While many individuals depend on pharmaceuticals for health and treatment of illness, over 80 percent of the world’s population relies on herbal remedies for healing and health. By allowing the body to combat infections without antibiotics, medicinal herbs can strengthen the immune system against future illness and disease. Herbs that strengthen the immune system: • Echinacea activates immune system chemicals which can increase defense mechanisms against viruses and bacteria. • Astragalus is a Chinese herb which has anti-viral properties and contains antioxidants. • Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and strengthens blood vessels. • Goldenseal stimulates the immune and digestive systems. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine therapy for health and disease prevention. To schedule an appointment at the Clinic call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

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Chinese Herbal Medicine at AMC

Posted September 14, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

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The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008

Acupuncture & Massage College would like to inform you about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a new education benefit for service members or veterans. This education benefit provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing. Approved training includes graduate and undergraduate degrees and vocational/technical training. The maximum basic benefit is earned after serving 36 months of active duty service or after 30 days of continuous service for those individuals who were discharged for a service-connected disability. Individuals serving between 90 days and 36 months of active duty service will be eligible for a percentage of the maximum benefit. Individuals will generally receive 36 months of full-time education benefits. This should allow an individual to receive benefits for a four-year undergraduate degree; however, individuals may continue to receive benefits for approved training at an institute of higher learning, including graduate training, provided they have remaining entitlement. If eligible for more than one VA education program, individuals are limited to a maximum of 48 months of benefits. Individuals transferring to the Post-9/11 GI Bill from the Montgomery GI Bill (chapter 30) will be limited to the amount of their remaining chapter 30 entitlement. Individuals will remain eligible for benefits for 15 years from the date of their last discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 continuous days. The monthly housing allowance is based on the school location and will be sent directly to the veteran for each month of enrollment in school training at more than half time. Those individuals who are on active duty, training at half time or less or those pursuing distance learning are not eligible for the housing allowance. The maximum yearly books and supplies stipend is $1,000 and will be paid proportionally for each quarter, semester or term attended in a school year. Payment will be made to the individual during each term he or she is enrolled. While previous GI Bill benefits covered undergraduate, graduate, certificate programs, on-the-job training, flight training, and non-college degree courses, the Post-9/11 GI Bill only covers college or university programs. To request an application form to apply for benefits through the Post-9/11 Veterans Assistance Act of 2008 or to determine eligibility call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Homeopathic Treatment For Ear Infections

Posted March 06, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Homeopathic treatment for ear infections is a natural alternative to antibiotic treatment. Homeopathic treatment for ear infections effectively treats bacterial, viral and fungal infections of the ear. Homeopathic treatment for ear infections also reduces inflammation and boosts immune system functioning. Homeopathic treatment for ear infections can effectively prevent infection recurrence, thereby guarding against hearing impairment caused by chronic ear infections. … Read More

Homeopathic Treatment For Heartburn

Posted March 03, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Homeopathic treatment for heartburn offers a safer alternative than allopathic medication in the treatment of heartburn. Homeopathic treatment for heartburn is based on the principle of “like cures like.” Homeopathic treatment for heartburn consists of remedies which are dilutions of natural substances from minerals and plants that are selected to specifically match an individual’s symptom pattern. For individuals who are unable to manage heartburn with lifestyle and dietary modifications, homeopathic treatment for heartburn may aid in curing this condition. … Read More

All-Natural Chinese Anti-Cancer Herbs Being Tested

Posted February 27, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

A group of German scientists launched a study of 76 Chinese medicinal plants believed to be effective anti-cancer agents, said Chinese Medicine News. … Read More

Homeopathic Pain Management

Posted November 21, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Homeopathic pain management may minimize pain, reduce stress and improve well-being. Homeopathic pain management is a system of medicine based on the premise that tiny quantities of certain substances can stimulate the body to heal itself. Homeopathic pain management substances are greatly diluted, which in larger doses would produce similar symptoms of the illness afflicting the individual. These diluted substances, utilized in homeopathic pain management remedies, stimulate the body to provide a healing response. The healing response produced by homeopathic pain management remedies then acts to reduce condition symptoms. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other conventional pain management medications often have side effects such as low immune function and ulcers, which can be avoided by using homeopathic pain management remedies. Homeopathic pain management remedies must match the exact symptom set to be effective. Both acute and chronic pain syndromes can be treated with homeopathic pain management. Composed of nontoxic, natural plant, mineral and animal substances, homeopathic pain management enhances the body’s self-regulatory processes and is an increasingly used complementary therapy. Homeopathic pain management reduces inflammation and facilitates healing. Regulated since 1938 by the FDA, homeopathic pain management remedies are proven to be safe to treat a wide range of conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, atopic dermatitis, allergies, and minor injuries such as cuts, muscle strains and sprains. Homeopathic pain management can combat the loss of energy due to the lack of rest or sleep and reduce the increased stress levels that accompany common pain syndromes. Homeopathic pain management remedies not only offer relief from temporary pain disorders but can enhance long term healing. Homeopathic pain management remedies also reestablish normal immune system functioning and stimulate the body’s natural defense system. Homeopathic pain management remedies can effectively treat many pain syndromes, including tissue inflammation, physical injury and nerve pain. Acupuncture & Massage College prepares graduates for careers as acupuncture physicians and massage therapists. For program information call Joe Calareso at (305) 595-9500. For acupuncture and homeopathic therapy, request Dr. Richard Browne, Acupuncture Physician and Homeopath. … Read More

Oriental Medicine For Hypertension

Posted September 13, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Over 50 million Americans have hypertension, blood pressure measuring above the normal range. Nearly one-third of individuals are not aware they have it. High blood pressure can develop without noticeable symptoms over several years. Only when blood pressure is severe do warning signs such as irregular heart beat, nose bleeds, dizziness, and headaches appear. If untreated, hypertension can lead to strokes, heart and kidney disease. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is used clinically for the treatment of high blood pressure and related circulatory conditions. Based on TCM theory, high blood pressure and related symptoms are regarded as manifestations of an underlying health condition. Treatment aims to not only alleviate symptoms but also to treat the root cause. TCM offers a prevention-oriented, holistic approach for the treatment of hypertension which determines the imbalance of the entire body system. Hypertensive imbalance is due to the improper function of the digestive system, kidneys, liver, and heart. According to TCM, blood circulation is a result of qi flow through the body rather than blood pressure. As the liver controls the blood in TCM, circulation health conditions typically arise from a disharmony in the liver. Medical studies suggest that high blood pressure results from the feedback regulation that takes place when blood supplies to some organs, such as the heart, brain and kidneys, are imbalanced. This regulation is a compensatory body reaction which results in a hypertensive state. The proper treatment of hypertension is to return blood supply of the heart, brain and kidneys to normal. TCM lowers blood pressure by regulating the entire body. TCM treatment methods, such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, are natural, safe therapies with little side effects, especially suited for hypertensive patients who have kidney or liver complications. When treated with TCM modalities, patients experience a gradual lowering of blood pressure. Acupuncture treats elevated blood pressure by regulation of the whole body, including the nervous and endocrine systems. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Masters of Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs prepare graduates for careers as acupuncture physicans and massage therapists. For program information call Joe Calareso at (305) 595-9500 or for treatment contact Dr. Richard Browne at 305.595.9500 … Read More

Chinese Herbal Medicine May Improve Angina Symptoms

Posted September 07, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Tongxinluo, an herbal medicine used to treat cardiovascular diseases in China may improve angina symptoms when integrated with conventional treatment, according to a new systematic review in the October 18 issue of The Cochrane Library. Tongxinluo, composed of eight herbs and insects in capsule form, was found in several of the review studies to reduce the frequency of unstable angina symptoms, such as irregular chest pain, and improve angina patients’ electrocardiogram (ECG) results. … Read More

Chinese Herbs Can Help Manage Eczema

Posted August 10, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Eczema is an itchy, red rash that varies in size from a small patch of affected dry skin to larger portions of the body. Originating at any age and capable of persisting into adulthood, eczema is one of the most chronic skin conditions. … Read More

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