Exploring Japanese Massage and the Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu massage, a form of Oriental therapy based on traditional Chinese medicine principles and Japanese massage therapy traditions, is growing in popularity. The reason for this is that this kind of body massage can be used to treat several health conditions and ailments, including: … Read More

Improving Mainstream Care With Acupuncture

According to the JAMA Archives of Internal Medicine, there are many ways to make mainstream health care more efficient: Limiting the prescribing of antibiotics for certain respiratory infections, avoiding imaging for low-back pain and osteoporosis screening, and not ordering cardiac screening tests in low-risk patients. … Read More

Massage For Wellness: Q&A on the Benefits of Massage

Posted December 28, 2015 by Christy Wood, Campus President & filed under Holistic Medicine, Massage Therapy School

As people discover the benefits of massage therapy, they are turning to the practice more and more to improve their mood and their health. Here are some overarching answers about the use of massage for wellness, and for the treatment of many conditions people may not be aware of. … Read More

How Effective is Acupuncture For Back Pain?

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10 Ways Massage Therapy Makes You Feel Better 

Posted December 07, 2015 by Christy Wood, Campus President & filed under Holistic Medicine, Massage Therapy School

Relax. Unwind. Get a massage. Indeed, it is common to hear this advice from friends, family, and even doctors. Often these suggestions indicate, however, that a massage is a “luxury” that one should “treat” themselves to -- An indulgence like a day at the spa, or something one must ask for in the form of a gift certificate, redeemed only on special occasions. … Read More

Can Acupuncture be Used for Weight Loss?

Acupuncture treatments for weight loss improve the functioning of two neuroendocrine pathways, which regulate the metabolism. Acupuncture, when combined with an effective diet regimen, exercise routine, and stress reduction techniques, can decrease excessive appetite, lower body weight and body fat, and make it easier to control overeating. … Read More

Half of U.S. Smoke Free

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that by 2020 or sooner, the entire nation could have laws banning smoking in all indoor areas of private sector work sites, restaurants and bars. These places are major sources of secondhand smoke exposure. … Read More

Natural Remedies for Depression: Seniors and Depression

Posted June 25, 2015 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Holistic Medicine

There are many natural remedies for depression, however the one with no cost is regular fitness. People may have different notions of aging gracefully, but they all may involve higher levels of physical activity. There are strong correlations between physical activity and perceived health, functional fitness and mood. Lack of activity tends to correlate with poor balance, depression and perceptions of poor health. … Read More

Reducing Diabetes Risk With Diet

Posted August 23, 2012 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Holistic Medicine

Eating more green leafy vegetables can reduce diabetes risk in adults significantly. In the last two decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number of individuals developing type 2 diabetes worldwide. Diets high in fruits and vegetables are known to help reduce cancer and heart disease, but the relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and diabetes remains unclear, according to a new bmj.com study led by Patrice Carter at the University of Leicester. In 2002, approximately 86 percent of adults consumed less than the recommended daily portions of fruits and vegetables, with 62 percent consuming less than three portions. Carter and colleagues reviewed six studies involving over 220,000 participants that focused on the links between fruit and vegetable consumption and type 2 diabetes. Results indicate that eating one and a half servings of green leafy vegetables a day reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by 14 percent. Fruit and vegetables can prevent chronic diseases because of their antioxidant content. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach may also act to reduce type 2 diabetes risk due to their high magnesium content. Types of dark leafy vegetables include: • Romaine lettuce. • Swiss chard. • Bok choy. • Kale. The latest dietary guidelines state the average adult should be consuming about three cups of dark green leafy vegetables every day. The average individual tends to consume only one-third to one-half of that amount. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for 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

Tai Chi Improves Muscle Strength And Cardiovascular Health

Experienced practitioners of tai chi, the traditional Chinese mind-body exercise, have improved expansion and contraction of arteries (arterial compliance) and improved knee strength, according to a recent study. … Read More

Smoking Cessation And Acupuncture

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released an announcement and draft guidance which will protect consumers from future false and misleading health claims by the tobacco industry about its tobacco products. As a primary or complementary therapy, acupuncture is a natural, drug-free way to stop smoking. … Read More

Acupuncture and Weight

There has not been significant change in the prevalence of overweight in the U.S., with data from 2009-2010 indicating that about one in three adults and one in six children and teens are obese; however, there have been increases in certain demographics, according to two JAMA studies. As a holistic therapy, acupuncture effectively addresses both the psychological and physical aspects of weight loss. … Read More

Mindfulness Exercises Reduce Stress And Fatigue

Posted April 09, 2012 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Holistic Medicine

Mindfulness exercises, which focus on experiencing the present moment, can help curb the stress and fatigue associated with painful rheumatoid joint disease, according to a study published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. … Read More

Acupuncture And Digestion

Digestion is one of the main reference points for gauging one’s overall health. Some frequently asked questions about acupuncture for the treatment of digestive disorders: … Read More

Holistic Tips To Quit Smoking

Countless people make the New Year’s resolution to quit smoking. While quitting smoking is extremely difficult—six out of ten smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking—preparing a quit-smoking plan can greatly improve a person’s chance for success. Including acupuncture in your quit-smoking plan can aid in managing withdrawal symptoms such as nicotine cravings, irritability and increased appetite. … Read More

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