Category Archives: Research

Chronic Kidney Disease: Can Acupuncture Help?

Acupuncture Helps Renal Function in Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease Chronic Kidney Disease is a dreaded condition where the patient’s kidneys are no longer functioning as they should.  Given that the kidneys are needed to filter the blood of waste, form urine, help form blood, and regulate electrolyte metabolism, among others, we see how important they are.  In fact, in Chinese Medicine […]

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Acupuncture for Shabu?

Acupuncture for Shabu? A while back, I had written a blog entry about how acupuncture can help with reducing relapses in recovering cocaine addicts. (link)  In the Philippines, however, methamphetamines are a bigger problem.  Locally known as “shabu”, it is indeed a social and medical scourge.  Acupuncture for shabu is this a very interesting proposition. […]

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Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Meta Analysis

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not just “feeling tired”.  WebMD (link) defines it as: “..a condition that makes you feel so tired that you can’t do all of your normal, daily activities. There are other symptoms too, but being very tired is the main one.” “..Your tiredness is real. It’s not […]

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Acupuncture Helps Cocaine Addicts?

Here in the Philippines, there is currently a huge focus on the government’s so-called “war on drugs”.  One aspect where acupuncture can help is rehabilitation.  Here is a study that gives us hope. Acupuncture helps Cocaine Addicts? The name of the study we are presenting in this blog entry is: Acupuncture reduces relapse to cocaine-seeking […]

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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 Effects Not Just Psychological

Acupuncture Effects – just in your mind? One of the knocks against acupuncture is that it’s effect is merely “psychological”.  The patient thinks he or she will get benefits from it, and therefore gets some form of the placebo effect and receives some therapeutic benefit.  Previous blog entries of mine have enumerated various scientific journal […]

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