Posts made in February, 2012

A Breath of Fresh Air: Stop Smoking with Acupuncture

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 in Health and Wellness

As you all know by now, tobacco is a big killer. More than 50 million Americans smoke. According to the Center for Disease Control, it kills more than 440,000 people every year in the U.S. If you are a current smoker, quitting is the biggest favor you can do for yourself. You might have already tried to do so and failed several times before. Please realize that your past failures do not mean you are unable to quit smoking this time. Instead, view them as part of the process of successfully quitting for good. Acupuncture can relieve the craving for nicotine and stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin- the feel good mood hormones. Studies suggest it’s the most effective intervention for Addictions.  Generally speaking you will be more successful with a short course of daily Acupuncture treatments followed by regular booster treatments until you are on firm footing as a non-smoker.  Many of my patients report that they found it easier to stop smoking and felt calmer after each session. Becoming a non-smoker is a process, so if at first you don’t succeed don’t give up, you will get there. Be prepared by eliminating temptation, throw out the cigarettes, clean your environment, wash all linens and fabrics to get the smell out.  Make a list of all the benefits to you of letting go of this habit.  Reward yourself with a special gift out of the money you will be saving on cigarettes and future medical bills. Learn a breathing technique such as Chi Gong cleansing breathing which will assist you to get through the 20 seconds to five minutes of craving. Increase your favorite exercise. Use a few drops essential oils such as citrus, bay laurel, peppermint, holy basil or other favorite on a tissue and inhale. Change up your diet with more fresh vegetables and fruits or consider doing a supervised cleansing program.  We can help you with an individualized program.  Adding more herbs and spices will also satisfy some of the cravings, try sucking on a cinnamon stick or chewing a flavorful gum like cinnamon.       Goldlake Acupuncture...

Read More

Heart Health Tip of the Month

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 in Health and Wellness

  courtesy of: Goldlake Acupuncture in Scottsdale Where we provide you the Alternative Medicine that is best for you.

Read More

Acupuncture Fatigue Study treats Women with Breast Cancer

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Research Articles

Breakthrough Breast Cancer launches the world’s largest and most advanced clinical trial to investigate whether acupuncture may help women with breast cancer cope with fatigue, a major side effect of breast cancer treatment. The ACU.FATIGUE study is the first to be funded as part of Breakthrough’s programme of research to develop high quality, scientific studies looking at complementary therapies used by breast cancer patients Over 60% of breast cancer patients use complementary therapies to try to help ease the side effects of their treatment such as fatigue, nausea or hot flushes. However, little is currently known about how they may work or how safe they are for patients to use alongside conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy Breakthrough’s ACU.FATIGUE study, led by Professor Alex Molassiotis, Professor of Cancer & Supportive Care at The University of Manchester, aims to recruit 320 women who have undergone chemotherapy within the last five years and have high levels of fatigue. Cancer-related fatigue is a feeling of persistent exhaustion or loss of strength whilst undergoing treatment. It is different from ‘normal’ fatigue experienced by healthy individuals in that it is not relieved by rest or sleep. The study will be the world’s largest clinical trial of acupuncture for cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer patients and only the second of its kind worldwide. It will also be the first to examine the benefits of self-acupuncture for women with breast cancer. Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, says; “Many women use complementary therapies to try and help alleviate treatment side effects, increase their quality of life and reduce stress. However there is little information available for women to know whether or not something will work or whether it may interfere with their conventional treatment. There is a real need to understand more about the effectiveness and safety of complementary therapies such as acupuncture in cancer patients.” Eligible patients will be randomly selected to receive either weekly sessions of acupuncture for 6 weeks or standard care. After this period, patients in the acupuncture group will then be randomly selected to continue for a further 4 weeks to either receive weekly acupuncture by a therapist, undertake self acupuncture or receive no acupuncture. All patients’ fatigue levels will be monitored throughout this study, which will last for 3 years. The clinical trial will be conducted at the Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London. Professor Alex Molassiotis says; “Acupuncture is one of the more established complementary therapies and studies suggest that it is safe in the hands of a competent practitioner*. Other studies have shown that acupuncture may help ease nausea caused by chemotherapy and certain types of pain. Now we want to find out whether there is an added benefit of reducing levels of cancer-related fatigue, which can be debilitating and distressing and often mistaken for depression. “The results of this research could, improve the quality of life of breast cancer patients and add to the limited treatment choices for managing cancer related fatigue.” Shirley Rutter, aged 53 from Shropshire, used acupuncture during her treatment for breast cancer. She says; “I’ve explored a variety of complementary therapies including acupuncture and found them to be beneficial. I know people can be sceptical of complementary therapies, which is why research into this area is needed – patients need proof of whether these therapies work. Breakthrough’s study into whether acupuncture can help ease fatigue is an important step forward.” Working with Professor Molassiotis will be Professor Alison Richardson, Professor of Cancer and Palliative Nursing Care at the Florence Nightingale School...

Read More

Acupuncture vs Pain

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 in Health and Wellness

Acupuncture vs. Pain The ancient practice is standing up well to modern research. Would it help you? By Susan Ince   True believers will unhesitatingly tell you: There’s hardly a health problem — from headaches to toe pain — that can’t be helped by acupuncture. But until recently, it’s been hard to determine one way or the other if having needles stuck in strategic points on the skin has truly been responsible for the relief patients claim. Now new research is providing answers. German studies have shown that something is definitely going on, neurologically speaking, when acupuncture needles are in place: In a series of imaging experiments involving short electric zaps to the ankle, researchers found that when acupuncture needles were inserted before the zap, the pain centers in volunteers’ brains were significantly calmer. Of course, in real life people are more likely to consider acupuncture after suffering troubling symptoms — “usually when they haven’t gotten relief from traditional medical treatment,” says Karen Sherman, Ph.D., senior scientific investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. Here, too, recent research from Germany has been positive, showing that adding acupuncture to standard medical treatment helps people with a wide variety of ailments. In these studies, involving thousands of patients, everybody got first-rate regular care — whatever their doctors recommended. Then some patients were randomly chosen to also receive up to 15 sessions of acupuncture. After three months and an average of 10 acupuncture treatments, patients were evaluated to see whether their symptoms and ability to function were substantially improved. The chart below shows how well acupuncture worked for common health woes. To Try It Yourself Look for a state-licensed acupuncturist experienced in treating your condition. One good source is the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (nccaom.org); most states use that organization’s testing program for licensing. Before signing on, ask how many appointments it’ll likely take until you know if the acupuncture will help. You probably won’t be able to tell after one visit, but you don’t want to “wait 20 sessions,” says Karen Sherman, without some relief. The Acupuncture Advantage For these ailments, adding acupuncture to a regimen of regular care boosted the relief patients felt, with most benefits lasting at least three months after treatment Menstrual Cramps Runny Noseallergic) Migraine Headaches Arthritis of Knee or Hip Low Back Pain Asthma Neck Pain   Improved with regular care only* 21% 24% 20% 8% 13% 12% 7%   Improved with added acupuncture* 59% 56% 45% 38% 35% 34% 24% *Improvement defined as being at least 50%...

Read More