Category Archives: Research

Fibromyalgia can lead to mood problems.

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia: What is it? Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is one of the most common diagnoses encountered in any general medicine clinic.  The Mayo Clinic defines it as: Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way

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Acupuncture for COPD

Acupuncture for COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is defined as Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. The UK National Health Service elaborates on it thus: (link) People with COPD have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing

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Acupuncture Study on Heart Rate Variability Proves True Acupuncture Better Than Sham

Real Acupuncture Better Than Sham Longtime followers of my blog will note that I have one basic underlying theme covering a good portion of the posts. Namely, that scientific evidence shows the difference between needling in true acupuncture points as opposed to non acupuncture points; and that needling produces different effects than merely touching the

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Acupuncture for Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease Australia’s Centre for Digestive Diseases (link) defines Crohn’s as: Crohn’s Disease causes inflammation of the bowel. It most commonly affects the lower small intestine (ileum) and the large intestine (colon), but may involve any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus. The inflammation extends through the entire thickness of

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Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy: the De Qi Sensation

Bell’s Palsy Bell’s Palsy is named after Scottish physician and anatomist Charles Bell (1774-1842).  His work helps us understand what happens in Bell’s Palsy, or problems with the Facial Nerve (Cranial Nerve VII) and it’s branches.  CN VII controls the muscles of facial expression, which is why a problem with it leads to dysfunction of

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Acupuncture For Sleep Deprivation

Spleen 6 Sanyinjiao Spleen 6 Sanyinjiao is traditionally known for genitourinary and menstrual disorders.  However, one of it’s less popular functions is to tonify the Blood.  This can be deduced from the fact that the point is a crossing point for three meridians related to organs traditionally associated with Blood: the Spleen, the Liver, and

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Acupuncture for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient stops breathing while sleeping.  Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common kind of sleep apnea.  WebMD has the following explanation: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — also called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome — occurs when there are repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage of

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