Decoding an Ancient Therapy

Wall Street JournalAcupuncture 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 meridians, […]

Acupuncture Provides True Pain Relief in Study

The New York TimesA new study of acupuncture — the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date — found that it can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain. The findings provide strong scientific support for an age-old therapy used by an estimated three million Americans each year. Though […]

Study: Acupuncture Eases Low Back Pain

WebMDAcupuncture proved to be more effective than conventional lower back pain treatments in a new study, but it was no more effective than a sham needle procedure. The German study compared outcomes among 1,162 patients with chronic low back pain treated with traditional Chinese acupuncture; sham acupuncture; or a conventional approach to treating back pain using drugs, physical therapy, and […]

Acupuncture in patients with minor depressive episodes and generalized anxiety.

US National Library of MedicineIn 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 (CGI). […]

Acupuncture from a Western Medical Perspective

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 other […]

Acupuncture Does Help for Chronic Pain

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. ” READ ARTICLE

Surgery for Chronic Pain: Risky and Costly

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 in Pain Medicine. Chronic pain is a widespread and costly condition in […]

Checking Your Posture: A Wholistic View From Head to Toe

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 and […]

News from my School – Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

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 […]