by David Sack, MD
When people arrive at an addiction treatment center, they typically don’t want to be there. They’re agitated and apprehensive, and they doubt whether they even have a problem, especially one that is as bad as their families, employers or the courts believe...
Editor's Note: This is an excellent article explaining five valuable complementary and alternative therapies for people recovering from addictions. Acupuncture, particularly ear acupuncture, is used to combat cravings, reduce stress and withdrawal symptoms, and restores whole body balance. I love how this section showcases research studies and statistics to confirm acupuncture's efficacy for addiction treatments. So fantastic!
by Dr Joseph Mercola
Although frequently overlooked, emotional health is critical for your physical health and healing. No matter how devoted you are to the proper diet and lifestyle, you’re unlikely to achieve optimal health if emotional barriers stand in your way...
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a form of energy psychology based on the ancient Eastern meridian system. Developed by Gary Craig in the 1990's as a non-invasive psychological acupuncture, it has successfully treated both physical and emotional issues.
by Ka Hang Leoungk
As an acupuncturist, I do a lot of myth debunking. It’s understandable. After all, acupuncture speaks an entirely different language from the one through which most Westerners learned to see the world. However, with acupuncture continuing to grow in popularity and gain acceptance by mainstream medicine, it’s important to clarify a few myths and misconceptions that have a strong hold on our collective psyche...
Editor's Note: This is a fun, easy-to-grasp article that explains five common acupuncture myths. As an acupuncturist myself, I too spend a lot of time explaining how acupuncture feels, what it does, and if it works. The author is sure to put some misconceptions to rest, and offers insight into how this ancient medicine fits into modern times.
Dr. Ron Henry, DC, ND, FIAMA, gives an introduction to the meridians of vital force, known as the acupuncture meridians, in terms everyone can easily understand.
by Richard C. Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH
Twelve head and neck cancer patients developed xerostomia secondary to radiotherapy. In most cases, this was refractory to conventional pilocarpine therapy. Acupuncture was offered as a potential palliation of their symptoms. Acupuncture stimulated saliva secretion to varying degrees....
Editor’s Note: Dr. Niemtzow is a military physician practicing acupuncture full-time at the Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. As the head consultant of the Alternative and Complementary Medicine to the Air Force Surgeon General, he uses evidence based research outcomes to validate the use of Acupuncture for treating such conditions as: complex regional pain, xerostomia (dry mouth), and xerophthalmia (dry eyes)...
by Kath Bartlett, MS, LAc,
In the autumn & winter season, when the weather chills, yin dominates. Yin & yang are polar opposites. Yang is upward, warm, sun, male, activity, etc. Yin is female, dark, quiescence, deep, downward, cool. Spring and summer are yang seasons, and fall and winter are yin seasons. Root vegetables, which grow downward, deep in the cool earth nourish yin, so Chinese dietary advice recommends eating them in the fall & winter...
by Mitsie Vargas, DVM, CTCVMP
I am humbled every day by the power of healing using the integrative medicine approach. The arthritic patients I see benefit tremendously by using less invasive (and less expensive), customized treatment programs. One great example is my dear client Margaret and her wonderful King Charles Cavalier, Ariel, who suffers from one of the worst cases of hip and elbow dysplasia I've ever seen. If you were to see Ariel run in to our practice to get her monthly acupuncture you would think that I am exaggerating!
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: While they are hard to find, integrative veterinarians provide the widest variety of healthcare options. Here's Ariel's story.
Animals & Pets
from Taking Charge of Your Health
Sarah used Traditional Chinese Medicine for leg numbness.
A couple of weeks following routine arthroscopic surgery on my left knee when I was 35, my leg went numb from the knee down. I went to see the orthopedic surgeon and he didn't know why it had gone numb, and couldn't recommend any treatment...
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