The gag reflex, also referred to as a pharyngeal spasm, is an automatic contraction of the back of the throat that is usually evoked by touching either the back of the tongue, the roof of the mouth, or the back of the throat. A recent study conducted by researchers in Italy found that acupuncture may be of aid for those who wish to quell their gag reflex, such as during a visit with the dentist. Continue reading
Acupuncture is applied to acupoint LI4. Researchers then measured several key improvements as a result of the treatments. The patient had a significant reduction in blood pressure, fewer side effects from antihypertensive medication and an increased sense of well-being. The goal of the study was to measure the effects of acupuncture on hypertension for a patient having difficulty tolerating conventional medications for this condition. The researchers concluded that acupuncture has a synergistic effect when combined with antihypertensive medication. Continue reading
Research concludes that acupuncture is quite effective treating plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory foot condition. Plantar fasciitis presents with pain on the underside of the foot and heel. The pain is often most severe when first stepping out of bed in the morning. Another sign of plantar fasciitis is pain upon dorsiflexion, lifting the foot towards the shin.
Acupuncture for Pain
In a controlled clinical investigation, the acupuncture group demonstrated a significant reduction in foot pain while the control group showed only minimal changes. The control group received five weeks of analgesic medications, stretching exercises and shoe modifications. Continue reading
As acupuncture addresses healing from a holistic perspective, it can be said that a healthy digestive system is the key to a healthy life.
Digestive disorders vary widely and can present with a range of problems such as abdominal pain, bloating, gas, nausea or vomiting, chronic constipation or diarrhoea, heartburn and food sensitivities to name a few. Continue reading
Acupuncture and migraine
Migraine sufferers Tina and Chris tell us how acupuncture helped alleviate migraine, whilst David Millard MBAcC offers some insight into the treatment
The randomized controlled trial revealed that both treatments offered a statistically significant reduction of symptoms when added to typical treatment in patients with recurring bouts of depression at three months. Continue reading
Toxicity in the skin leads to conditions such as eczema, hives, rashes and acne. A few changes in the diet help to clear the skin. According to Chinese Medicine principles, skin swellings are often due to damp-heat toxins, Stomach heat, heat in the Blood, Liver heat, Qi stagnation, wind-heat, Blood deficiency and Yin deficiency. Although this is not a complete list of differential diagnostics associated with skin conditions, it represents a vast majority of cases in a typical clinical presentation at an acupuncture clinic. Today, I’d like to review simple recipes that benefit the skin. Continue reading
Research finds acupuncture effective for the treatment of a type of chronic inflammatory arthritis known as ankylosing spondylitis (AS). This disorder of the spinal vertebrae and other regions causes decreased flexibility and may deform patients into a hunched forward position. AS patients may lose the ability to raise the head upwards to a level position.
Ankylosing spondylitis commonly affects the spinal joints, pelvis, sacroiliac joints, eyes and
intestines. In severe cases, AS causes fusion of the anterior aspect of the spinal vertebre. Ligaments and tendons are also affected and tendonitis may occur. Biomedical theories suggest that ankylosing spondylitis is both genetic and related to autoimmune dysfunction. Continue reading
New research explores the role of de-qi in the field of acupuncture. Acupuncture de-qi sensations turn out to be medically important. De-qi is a combination of bodily sensations induced by acupuncture needling techniques combined with physiological responses to the stimulation. The researchers note that de-qi sensation is often described as dull, heavy, deep pressure, pulling, numb, aching, spreading, radiating, electrical, refreshing, relieving and tingling.
The researchers differentiated the different subjective experiences into the types of nerve fibers that carry those responses. It turns out that de-qi related numbness is transmitted by different nerve fibers than heaviness. De-qi related soreness is transmitted by yet another type of nerve fiber. The researchers noted studies showing that these different subjective experiences reflect measurable differing nerve fiber transmissions and consequent differences in brain region stimulation. Continue reading
New research finds acupuncture an effective treatment for the treatment of acne. Investigators examined the effects of four facial acupuncture treatments on patients suffering from acne vulgaris. Following the treatment regime, the investigators measured significant reductions in acne papules and nodules. Additional objective measurements revealed reductions in local inflammation of the skin and tissues. A survey measured a subjective satisfaction scale from patients that showed improvements as well. Continue reading