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Acupuncture for PTSD

Acupuncture for PTSD

The use of acupuncture is an effective treatment in active-duty service members and can help entice reluctant patients to participate in conventional psychotherapies, according to experts in posttraumatic stress disorder. “By expanding the repertoire of therapeutic options, the use of complementary and alternative therapies such as acupuncture in the treatment of PTSD provides an element of patient engagement not possible with traditional therapies alone,” Navy Capt. Robert L. Koffman, MD, MPH, department chief for clinical operations at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md., said in an interview. In a new article published in Psychiatric Annals, titled “Come […]

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New Study Finds Stomach and Heart Point Specificity

New Study Finds Stomach and Heart Point Specificity

A new study confirms that acupuncture’s medical benefits are acupuncture point specific for its effective actions on the stomach, intestines and heart. Researchers discovered that needling acupuncture point CV12 increases HRV, heart rate variability, an important ability of the human heart to vary its rate in reaction to bodily demands. Needling CV12 did not affect electrogastrogram signals, a measure of electric signals in the stomach and intestines. The converse is true of needling acupuncture point UB32. Applying an acupuncture needle to this point affects electrogastrogram readings but does not affect HRV. Acupuncture has point specific medical actions. AcupunctureThis is the […]

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Acupuncture can help you quit smoking

Acupuncture can help you quit smoking

Originally published at http://www.doctoroz.com By Jamie Starkey, LAc Over the weekend, I found myself at a social gathering in which there was a multitude of smokers. Typically, smokers congregate outside to light up, incredibly brave as they endure the bone-chilling temperatures that Clevelanders have all come to love. But at this social gathering, there was no need to step outside for a smoke, certainly not when the host was lighting up indoors as well! Much to my dismay, I found myself dodging the secondhand smoke, but to no avail. I spent the majority of my time outside in the winter […]

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A Chinese Art, in the Context of the West

A Chinese Art, in the Context of the West

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been in use for thousands of years. At your first evaluation, a practitioner will examine your tongue for clues like cracks and discolorations, take your pulse and ask numerous questions to determine what might be causing your symptoms. The practitioner will then insert fine needles at specific points to unblock the flow of qi, or energy, in your body. Sound like hocus pocus? Many Western doctors think not. ”Acupuncture is a system of correspondences,” said Vitaly Napadow, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, who conducts research on how acupuncture affects the […]

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Alternative therapies sometimes help, and almost always pay off 11/14/11

Alternative therapies sometimes help, and almost always pay off 11/14/11

As hospitals elbow each other to attract patients, increasingly they’re hoping to tap into Americans’ interest in — and willingness to spend money on — complementary and alternative medical therapies such as acupuncture and massage. According to a recent survey by the American Hospital Association and the Samueli Institute, a nonprofit research group focusing on complementary medicine, 42 percent of the 714 hospitals that responded offered at least one such therapy in 2010, a significant jump from just five years earlier, when 27 percent of hospitals offered such treatments. Experts say hospitals are embracing these therapies for many reasons, including […]

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