• Acupuncture & Constipation

    Acupuncture With a Zap May Ease Constipation Acupuncture to the abdomen, boosted by an electric current, helped relieve severe constipation, a new study found. Chinese researchers studied 1,075 patients with severe functional constipation, which means they were unable to have a complete bowel movement more than twice a week. For the treatment group, the researchers […]

  • Acupuncture vs. Sleeping Pills

    Acupuncture vs. Sleeping Pills for Insomnia   While sleeping pills are associated with a raft of serious adverse effects and even death, acupuncture has proved to be a remarkably safe form of alternative medicine. Not only has the technique proved to be better than either no treatment or “sham” acupuncture it has also outperformed powerful […]

  • Olympics spark interest in cupping

              Olympics spark interest in cupping As an athlete, acupuncturist Kristen Wood found relief in Oriental medicine when she injured herself in her 20s. That’s what inspired her to open her own practice, Snow Blossom Acupuncture, in 2010, where she decided to incorporate cupping too. “Cupping is such an amazing therapy because […]

  • What Are the Purple Dots on Michael Phelps?

    What Are the Purple Dots on Michael Phelps? Have you been wondering why swimmer Michael Phelps and other Olympians are sporting deep purple circles on their limbs and midsections? The telltale purple dots actually are signs of “cupping,” an ancient Chinese healing practice that is experiencing an Olympic moment. In cupping, practitioners of the healing […]

  • Acupuncture for Oral Pain

    Acupuncture for Oral Pain Maloney, who is affiliated with the Tufts Craniofacial Pain Center is a longtime advocate of using acupuncture over painkillers to treat muscle pain. In addition to his D.M.D., he has a master’s degree in acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture. Acupuncture works, George Maloney says, because chronic pain puts […]

  • Therapeutic massage hitting the spot for kids

    Therapeutic massage hitting the spot for kids   Small children are apt to object to swallowing yucky­ tasting medicine and they most definitely protest against needles, but parents are finding there is a form of treatment they do not seem to mind as much. Tuina, or Chinese therapeutic massage, is non­invasive and does not have […]

  • Taking the weight off with TCM

    Taking the weight off with TCM TCM practitioner Zeng Wei, from Ma Kuang TCM Medical Centre, said the two clinics she is attached to see about 900 patients each month, the majority of whom struggle with weight. Some, like Mdm Low, turn to TCM after experiencing a weight rebound following unsuccessful weight loss programs made […]

  • Is it time to give acupuncture a try for pain relief?

    Is it time to give acupuncture a try for pain relief?  Harvard Medical School and other leading institutions offer courses in acupuncture for physicians, several professional societies certify acupuncturists, and two to three million Americans visit an acupuncturist every year. While earlier studies compared acupuncture to no treatment or a sham procedure, a more recent […]

  • Acupuncture for Addiction?

    Acupuncture for Addiction?  Traditional Chinese medical practitioners such as Margot Gersh, who works at Promises Rehab in Malibu, are big believers. “Acupuncture is extremely effective in treating addiction,” she says. “It rebalances the person from day to day, which makes them feel a lot better. It also regulates their temperature so that they aren’t going through the sort of […]

  • Study Shows Acupuncture Can Lower Blood Pressure

    Study Shows Acupuncture Can Lower Blood Pressure  A recent study conducted at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California Irvine was able to use a specific set acupuncture points for the treatment of high blood pressure. Sixty five individuals with mild to moderate high blood pressure were enrolled in the […]