Yoga For Rheumatoid Arthritis

 Individuals who practice yoga for rheumatoid arthritis who show significant improvements in disease activity, according to a new Emirates Arthritis Foundation study. … Read More

Yoga and Tai Chi For Health And Wellness

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Meditation Reduces Pain Perception

Meditation has many health benefits, including a reduced sensitivity to pain. Meditators do feel pain but they simply don’t dwell on it as much, according to a new University of Montreal study. … Read More

Exercise For Chronic Disease Prevention

The beneficial health effects of exercise—including reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes—are well known, but the underlying biological mechanisms of these benefits are unclear. A new study takes a look at how regular exercise impacts health and metabolism. Using a system that analyzes blood samples, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have developed a "chemical snapshot" of the metabolic effects of exercise. Their findings may improve understanding of the physiologic effects of exercise and may help develop new therapies for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. . The study appears in the May issue of Science Translational Medicine. "We found new metabolic signatures that clearly distinguish more-fit from less-fit individuals during exercise," says study author Gregory Lewis, M.D., of the MGH Heart Center. "These results have implications for the development of optimal training programs and improved assessment of cardiovascular fitness." Benefits of exercise: • Prevents chronic disease. • Aids in weight management. • Boosts energy level. • Regulates sleep patterns. • Lowers blood pressure. After exercising, participants who were more fit had a 98 percent increase in the breakdown of stored fat, sugar and amino acids, while less-fit people had only a 48 percent increase. "Our results have implications for development of both diagnostic testing to track and improve exercise performance and for interventions to reduce the effects of diabetes or heart disease,” says study author Robert Gerszten, M.D. … Read More

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental meditation (TM) can produce a unique state of restful alertness, according to a new study conducted on college students at American University. The transcendental meditation technique activates the natural default mode “ground state” of the brain, producing significant brain wave differences and a greater alpha coherence between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, suggesting the brain is working as a whole. Different meditation techniques entail various degrees of cognitive control, including the TM technique. TM can also enhance an individual’s sense of self. A consistent practice of transcendental meditation promotes longevity and may be beneficial for various diseases and ailments such as cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, headaches, arthritis, and asthma. Transcendental meditation can be used for: • Stress. • Pain. • Anxiety. • Insomnia. • Overall wellness. Health benefits of TM include: Improved concentration, circulation, increased energy, lowered blood pressure, and slower respiratory rate. 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

College Students Benefit From Transcendental Meditation

Posted December 15, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Meditation & Yoga

College students are particularly prone to psychological distress caused by academic pressures, financial strains and uncertain futures. Transcendental meditation can aid in significantly improving students’ mental health. Benefits of transcendental meditation include: • Purposeful, flexible thinking • Energy and vitality • Strong immune functioning • Balanced physiology • Fit cardiovascular system Transcendental meditation may also reduce blood pressure, anxiety and depression among at-risk college students, according to a new study by researchers at the American University and the Maharishi University of Management, which appears in the December American Journal of Hypertension. “The standard transcendental meditation program to reduce stress showed significant decreases in blood pressure and improved mental health in young adults at risk for hypertension,” said David Haaga, study coauthor and American University psychology professor. The study recruited 298 American University students and assigned them to either a transcendental meditation group or a group placed on a three-month wait list for treatment. Improvements in psychological distress, blood pressure and coping occurred in the students practicing the transcendental medication technique. Reductions in blood pressure were also determined to be associated with a lowered risk of hypertension in later years. “This is the first study to show in young adults at risk for hypertension reductions in blood pressure that were associated with changes in psychological distress and coping,” said Sanford Nidich, coauthor and senior researcher at the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management. College students frequently have more complex problems today than they did over a decade ago, according to the American Psychological Association. Issues range from stress, physical conditions and personality disorders to educational and vocational choices. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. Nov.30. … Read More

Yoga for Back Pain

Posted September 11, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Meditation & Yoga

People with chronic low-back problems who do yoga also do better at overcoming pain and depression than people treated conventionally for back pain, a West Virginia University study funded by the National Institutes of Health shows. … Read More

Yoga for Weight Management

Posted August 11, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Meditation & Yoga

Originating in India, yoga combines physical and mental disciplines which balance mind, body and spirit. Yoga encompasses many branches of practice, hatha yoga being the most common outside of India. … Read More

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