September 10, 2013

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What Is the Physiological Basis for Acupuncture?

Originally posted on Promega Connections:
Society in the United States has been long focused on what we call Western medicine. We treat medical conditions, often conditions identified by analytical blood tests or characterization of symptoms, with drugs. These drugs are developed based on rigorous research and development and their risks:benefit ratios have been determined to…

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September 10, 2013

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Military acupuncture research

Military acupuncture research – Battlefield acupuncture. Battlefield acupuncture? Research? “Really?” I hear you ask? With acupuncture slowly gaining acceptance within the medical community I still think it’s surprising to hear that the American military are researching the use of acupuncture on the front-line. However, with opioids being the main prescription for military personnel being air-evacuated, […]

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August 29, 2013

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Acupuncture aids albino alligator

Vets in San Paulo aquarium have been using acupuncture to treat the back pain of Bino, an 8 year old albino alligator.  Born with a hunchback and scoliosis, Bino has been receiving weekly acupuncture and is able to twitch his tail and move his back legs, which he was unable to do before his acupuncture […]

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July 29, 2013

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Open your heart to enlightenment.

The Open Heart of Enlightenment I recently started a course entitled, “Discovering the Heart of Buddhism”. I had become stuck and stale with my meditation practice and wanted to take it to a new level. Impressed by the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism I was pleased to find this course by Lama Shenpen Hookham. As I […]

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May 13, 2012

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Should acupuncturists wear a white coat?

White Lab Coat. I had a student observing me last week, who’d come prepared with a white lab coat, should I want her to wear it in the treatment room.  It kind of shocks me that some practitioners still wear these things and I’d love to know other practitioners thoughts on this; or indeed patients. […]

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February 26, 2012

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Acupuncture cost-effective for headache

This is a great video from Duke university about using acupuncture for headaches and migraines.  Other researchers have had similar results: A German study has assessed the costs and cost-effectiveness of additional acupuncture treatments in patients with headache.  The randomised controlled trial of 3182 patients measured quality of life, cost differences between treatment groups, and […]

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December 23, 2011

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Should Acupuncturists Specialise?

A hot topic here in the UK is over whether acupuncturists should specialise.  On the one hand, therapists argue that certain areas call for specialist knowledge over and above standard college teaching.  On the other, people argue that acupuncture is a holistic system that is antithetical to specialisation. The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the lead […]

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December 12, 2011

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Acupuncture Placebo – Does it matter & can we improve it?

Common questions about acupuncture. As an acupuncturist I dread talking about it socially, at least with the uninitiated.  I get asked Does it hurt and, does it work. The answers to both are more complex than they might appear but my pat answer is that most people find it surprisingly comfortable to receive an acupuncture […]

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November 20, 2011

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Scientists attack Prince Charles’ ‘fixation’ with alternative medicines, says Daily Mail.

An article in the Daily Mail yesterday ran with the title: “Scientists line up to attack Prince Charles ‘fixation’ with alternative medicines”.   The article begins: “Prince Charles will not accept alternative medicine is of little benefit to patients because he is ‘ideologically fixated’, it was claimed today. Homeopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic therapy are ineffective […]

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November 11, 2011

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A nice cup of tea.

When I started eating a paleo/primal diet, the hardest thing for me was giving up black tea with (skimmed) milk.  This great British staple is such a way of life for many of us that to even consider giving it up seems intolerable.  We have a cup of tea to get us going in the […]

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