Category Archives: Western Medicine

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 Varicocele: A Case

Documenting the Varicocele A while back, I blogged about the use of acupuncture to reduce the size of gallstones in a patient. (link) Right now, we present another case with documentation.  I was approached by a patient some weeks ago with a diagnosis of varicoele.  Here is the first ultrasound. Acupuncture for varicocoele Four weeks

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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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Repost: “No Approved Therapeutic Claims” – Food “Supplements” vs Medicine

Originally posted on my first blog “Qi-Spot” on 20 June 2010. Article has been edited to reflect the time. A buzz topic now is the translation of the government label “No Approved Therapeutic Claims” into Filipino.  The term “No Approved Therapeutic Claims” was used for “food supplements” – a blanket term for nonpharmacutical company produced

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Frankincense Kills Cancer Cells

Traditional Use of Frankincense Frankincense has it’s uses in traditional medicine of various cultures.  While not native to China, frankincense has been adapted into the Chinese Materia Medica.  I had previously blogged about it in my previous post. (link) It is traditionally used like other aromatic herbs – to clear stagnations and quite frankly (no

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Acupuncture vs Valproic Acid in Migraine Prevention

Splitting Headaches Migraines are not ordinary headaches.  As one who suffered migraines himself, I can definitely testify to the horrific pain that migraine sufferers have to endure.  Not only is the pain excruciating, but things as mundane as the slightest sound or the littlest light can magnify such pain tenfold.  In this case, prevention is

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Repost: Traditional Chinese Medicine Contributes to Lower Flu Death Rate

Note: This article was originally published on my old blog qi-spot on November 17, 2009.  Please forgive the amateurish writing style.  For the sake of history, I have not edited the original blog entry except to properly cite the original People’s Daily article. An article in People’s Daily Online claims that the death rate in

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Holistic Medicine – A Case of Hypertension and Pain

Holistic Medicine? A common buzzword among so-called non conventional or alternative medicine practitioners, and even among medical doctors, is holistic medicine.  Wikipedia (link) defines holistic medicine as: Holistic health (or holistic medicine) is a diverse field of alternative medicine in which the “whole person” is focused on, not just the malady itself. Even if, in

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