Nutrition for Health

Posted January 24, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Food & Nutrition

Lifestyle modifications, including nutrition for health, can protect against heart disease while offering health benefits such as lowered blood pressure and lessened risk of diabetes. Nutrition for health can lower levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease. Nutrition for health can increase HDL, or “good” cholesterol, protecting against heart disease. Nutrition for health may be combined with lifestyle changes that include exercise and stress reduction. Nutrition for health plans often include diets high in soluble fiber (carrots, Brussels sprouts, citrus fruits, oats, lentils, barley) and have been shown to reduce total cholesterol levels. Although allopathic medications can lower cholesterol, side effects may include headaches, rashes, muscle damage, digestive disorders, liver damage, and dizziness. Nutrition for health can reduce arterial wall buildup, improve blood flow and widen arteries. Nutrition for health may also include Chinese herbal formulas, which have anti-hypertensive and vasodilatation effects on peripheral blood vessels. Chinese herbal formulas in nutrition for health programs can tonify qi, increase cardiac output, enhance immune system abilities, treat angina, tonify blood, and reduce blood pressure. Traditional Chinese Medicine defines a healthy lifestyle as one that includes a balanced nutrition for health practice. Nutrition for health Chinese food therapy categorizes six food groups: spices and herbs, vegetables, grains, fruit, meats, and dairy. Appropriate nutrition for health combines acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to achieve an optimal health state. Based on the principles of yin and yang and five element theory, each nutrition for health food is characterized by its energies, therapeutic actions and flavors. Related to yin/yang, nutrition for health food properties are further divided into four energies (cold, cool, hot, warm). The four energies of nutrition for health foods should be balanced in the diet. Nutrition for health food intake should correspond to the related organ systems that require strengthening. Nutrition for health should be tailored to individual constitution to preserve health and treat illness. … Read More

Inflammatory Skin Diseases Treatable With Green Tea

Posted August 24, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Food & Nutrition

Green tea could become a new treatment for skin disorders such as psoriasis and dandruff in the near future. Medical College of Georgia researchers studied a model for inflammatory skin diseases, which are often characterized by dry, red, flaky skin patches caused by the inflammation and overproduction of skin cells. Those treated with green tea showed slower growth of skin cells and the presence of a gene that regulates the cells’ life cycles. “Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease, causes the skin to become thicker because the growth of skin cells is out of control,” says Dr. Stephen Hsu, a biologist in the MCG School of Dentistry and lead investigator on the study appearing in the August 18 edition of Experimental Dermotology. “In psoriasis, immune cells, which usually protect against infection, instead trigger the release of cytokines, which causes inflammation and the overproduction of skin cells.” Other autoimmune diseases with similar side effects include lupus, which can lead to skin lesions and dandruff. Green tea has previously been shown to suppress inflammation. Green tea compounds aid by regulating the expression of Caspase-14, a protein in genes that regulates the life cycle of a skin cell. “That marker guides cells by telling them when to differentiate, die off and form a skin barrier,” Hsu says. “In people with psoriasis, that process is interrupted and the skin cells don’t die before more are created and the resulting lesions form.” Models treated with green tea also showed reduced levels of proliferating cell nuclear antigen, a gene expressed when skin cells multiply. In psoriasis, the gene is over-expressed and speeds production of skin cells. The research is relevant because some treatments for psoriasis and dandruff can have dangerous side effects. The traditional treatment of ultraviolet light and medication, while it can control lesions and be used long term, may cause cell carcinoma and lead to skin cancer. Green tea, which is plant-derived, may be an alternative. There is no cure for autoimmune diseases, but green tea may provide a non-toxic treatment for regulating them. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Masters of Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs prepare graduates for careers as acupuncture physicians and massage therapists for program information contact Joe Calareso at (305) 595-9500. For information on treatment cantact Dr. Richard Browne at 305.595.9500. … Read More

Green Tea Reduces Plaque Formation In Huntington’s Disease

Posted June 06, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Food & Nutrition


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Posted April 10, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Food & Nutrition


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Posted April 03, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Food & Nutrition


Spicy Food May Provide Anti-cancer Compound

Posted January 23, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Food & Nutrition

Spicy food may offer protection against cancer. Capsaicin, the compound that makes spicy food hot could lead to development of the next generation of anti-cancer drugs that kill tumors with no side effects, according to a new UK study published in the Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications online journal. … Read More

Chinese Food Therapy

Posted January 05, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Food & Nutrition

Chinese dietary medicine is used to nourish qi and blood and restore organ/meridian functioning. Based on yin/yang and five element theory, each food is characterized by its energies, therapeutic actions and flavors. TCM food therapy utilizes the belief that hot (yang) and cold (yin) food properties affect different energies in the body. … Read More

Green Tea May Reduce Stroke Risk And Heart Disease Mortality

Posted November 21, 2006 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Food & Nutrition

Japanese adults who consume more green tea have a lower risk of stroke and CVD mortality, according to the findings of a new study published in the September 13 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The study suggests antioxidants, known as polyphenols, found in green tea may improve cardiovascular health and prolong life. … Read More

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