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Decoding an Ancient Therapy

Wall Street Journal Acupuncture has long baffled medical experts and no wonder: It holds that an invisible life force called qi (pronounced chee) travels up and down the body in 14 meridians. Illness and pain are due to blockages and imbalances in qi. Inserting thin needles into the body at precise points can unblock the […]

Acupuncture Provides True Pain Relief in Study

Groundbreaking Study Reveals New Insights into Acupuncture’s Effectiveness A recent study published in The New York Times has shed new light on the effectiveness of acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medical practice, in treating various ailments. The comprehensive research project aimed to delve deeper into the physiological mechanisms underlying acupuncture’s therapeutic effects and to establish a […]

Study: Acupuncture Eases Low Back Pain

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Recent Study Proves Acupuncture Effective for Low Back Pain Relief: A WebMD Study Low back pain is a common ailment that affects millions of people worldwide. Traditional treatments, such as medication or physical therapy, often provide limited relief, prompting researchers to explore alternative methods, including acupuncture. A recent study conducted by WebMD reveals that acupuncture […]

Acupuncture in patients with minor depressive episodes and generalized anxiety.

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US National Library of Medicine In a placebo-controlled, randomized, modified double-blind study we investigated the effects of body needle acupuncture (n = 10) in 43 patients with minor depression (ICD 10 F32.0, F32.1) and 13 patients with generalized anxiety disorders (ICD10 F41.1). The severity of the disease was assessed by the Clinical Global Impression Scale […]

Acupuncture from a Western Medical Perspective

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The Epoch Times “I’m sure that, as you have been reading, you see that acupuncture, having been developed in China and other Asian cultures, has a distinctively Eastern way of looking at the healing process that is different from the more familiar Western perspective of medicine. Since it was introduced to the United States and […]

Can acupuncture and other non-drug therapies help pain after knee surgery?

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Washington Post “Intense pain can be expected for a while after knee replacement surgery, but reliance on opioids raises the possibility of developing a dependency on the powerful painkillers. Can supplemental drug-free treatments help ease the pain?” Knee surgery is a common procedure that can significantly reduce debilitating pain and improve the quality of life […]

Acupuncture Does Help for Chronic Pain

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MEDPAGE TODAY “Acupuncture provides more relief from various types of chronic pain than does usual care and should be considered a valid therapeutic option, the authors of a meta-analysis concluded. ” Acupuncture, an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine, is becoming increasingly popular in the United States as a complementary therapy to modern medicine. According […]

Surgery for Chronic Pain: Risky and Costly

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Medpage Today by Christopher Cheney, HealthLeaders MediaSeptember 23, 2018 There is inadequate evidence to justify surgical procedures to treat chronic pain, recent research shows. “Given their high cost and safety concerns, more rigorous studies are required before invasive procedures are routinely used for patients with chronic pain,”researchers reported inPain Medicine. Chronic pain is a widespread and costly condition in […]

Checking Your Posture: A Wholistic View From Head to Toe

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By Justin Flinner, LAC, DIPL. AC. As you begin reading this article, what position is your body in? Are you sitting down, standing up, lying down, or walking down the street perhaps? Whatever position you are in, stop and observe your posture. Would you consider this position “good posture”? If not, what would you change […]

News from my School – Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

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BY BETH HOWLETT, MACOM, LAC For the past 35 years, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) has made an impact globally through its graduates (over 1,300 in the MAcOM program and over 120 in the DAOM program) and locally through its clinics. OCOM operates teaching clinics in the Old Town Chinatown and Hollywood neighborhoods in […]