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Keeping Your Cool In Heat of Summer

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Life Coaching | Comments Off on Keeping Your Cool In Heat of Summer

Summer is the time of the Fire Element in Chinese Medicine, so naturally we need to be aware of dangers of becoming overheated.  These presents a particular challenge to our Cardio-Vascular system as the Heart is a Fire organ and sensitive to excess heat.  Think prevention of  high blood pressure, heart attacks and heat stroke.  Summer can also be very challenging for women going through menopause.  Consider seeing an Acupuncturist to help balance the excess heat and suggest appropriate Chinese herbal remedies.

A few common sense guidelines can help your body adjust first and foremost Stay Hydrated with plenty of water and moisture containing vegetables and fruits.  Bitter greens (kale, chard, spinach, wild greens, sprouts, basil, mint etc) in particular help to clear heat and detoxify the liver.

Avoid exercising at noon or when the temperature is high, choose to exercise in the early morning and focus on a lighter routine when the temperatures are on ie gentle stretching, swimming, tai chi, restorative yoga, dao-in, walking instead of running.

This is a great time for cleansing with fresh vegetable and fruit juices, salads, steamed vegetables etc.

Here is a tasty, refreshing summer salad recipe, enjoy!

California Summer Salad
Serves Four

½ lb of Asparagus
1 bunch baby carrots
1 bunch baby beets
1 bulb of fennel thinly sliced (save some of the green tops to add to salad)
¼ lb sugar snap peas or snow peas
1 red and 1 yellow mini bell pepper
Pea sprouts
Fresh basil
Assorted wild salad greens
Small amount of paper thin sliced red onion or shallot
Sunflower or pumpkin seeds raw or roasted for garnish

Clean the asparagus, baby carrots, beets and fennel with scrub brush, lightly peel if needed leave a little of the top on for appearance. Steam each individually for 2-5 minutes until tender and still al dente. Cool in ice water and pat dry. Slice some of the carrots and beets in half for interest.
Slice the peppers very thin, wash the basil and assorted greens.
Make a Citrus Vinegarette such as:
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
3-4 tsp of fresh lime or other citrus juices
1-2 tsp of champagne or apple cider vinegar
6 TBSP Extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp coriander
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp lavender flowers (dried)
1-2 cloves pressed garlic
Salt to taste
Fresh pepper to taste
1 tsp honey
(Optional a little grated jalapeno pepper)
Wisk all together. Drizzle over salad.
Make a bed of the greens and arrange the other vegetables on top attractively.
Sprinkle with seeds and serve.

You can also serve homemade garbanzo or canelli beans marinated in an olive oil vinaigrette to added to the salad at the end.

Beat the Summer Heat

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in Acupuncture, Health and Wellness | Comments Off on Beat the Summer Heat

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help keep you cool and collected during the long hot summer months.

Acupuncture points like Hegu (LI 11 and 4) can reduce fever and body temperature.  Points such as Lu 7 and Ki6 nourish the body fluids, adjust and cool the lungs.

Chinese Herbs such as Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum flowers), Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle flowers) and Lotus seeds all clear heat and nourish body fluids.  For more extreme cases of dryness, thirst, irritability, dry, red

Keep Cool and Beat the Heat

eyes or pink eye, insomnia there are many classical formulas to nourish yin and blood while reducing heat and fire such as Rehmannia Six or Eight and Glehnia Combination.

Foods that help hydrate and reduce the heat in addition to increasing water intake are: mung bean sprouts, celery, carrot, water chesnut, bamboo shoots, lotus seed, goji berries, tofu and most fruits and vegetables.  Although beware of excessive fruit consumption which can imbalance your blood sugar and cause loose stools in persons with weak digestion.

Visit us at Goldlake Acupuncture in Scottsdale for a session to chill out or an herbal formula to help your body cope with the heat better. 480-710-8458

New Patient June Special initial visit $25 off when you mention this post.

 

 

Shoulder and Hand Syndrome Relief with Acupuncture

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Research Articles | Comments Off on Shoulder and Hand Syndrome Relief with Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatment good for shoulder-hand syndrome

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22574575

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy for shoulder-hand syndrome.

METHODS:

According to the requirements of evidence-based medicine, papers of randomized controlled clinical trials for shoulder-hand syndrome published in China from 2005 to 2010 collected by databases VIP, Wanfang, CNKI, collections of papers of academic conferences, etc. were retrieved by using key words of shoulder-hand syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, acupuncture, moxibustion. Then the collected documents were given with Jadad score, and analyed by using software Manager 5. 0 Review Cochrane.

RESULTS:

A total of 100 papers were retrieved. Among them, 29 papers that met our inclusion criteria were given with Jadad scores (2 points for 2 papers, 1 point for the rest 27 papers, being low in quality). Twenty-one papers were brought into Meta analysis. These papers contain 1 768 cases of patients who were divided into three sets of groups according to the used intervention measures. Meta-analysis showed that simple acupuncture therapy is significantly superior to acupoint block therapy for relieving shoulder-hand syndrome [odds ratio (OR, 95% CI) 4.80 (2.02 to 11.41), P < 0.05]; electroacupuncture therapy is markedly more effective than simple acupuncture therapy [OR (95% CI) 4.60 (2.08 to 10. 17), P < 0.05]; and acu-moxibustion combined with other therapies is significantly more effective than simple acupuncture therapy [OR (95% CI) 3.31 (2. 30 to 4.77), P < 0.05]. The other 8 papers were not brought into Meta-analysis due to being different to the 21 papers in the intervention measures.

CONCLUSION:

Acupuncture can effectively relieve shoulder-hand syndrome in pain, wrist- and shoulder-joint motor, etc. But, larger size of samples and high quality randomized clinical trials are needed for providing more reliable conclusive evidence.

 

 

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Acupuncture improves Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Acupuncture, Research Articles | Comments Off on Acupuncture improves Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Acupuncture good for osteoarthritis of the knee

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22588814

A new study showed that Acupuncture is effective at both reducing inflammation and restoring mobility of arthritic knees.

We can help get you moving better at Goldlake Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Scottsdale: 480-710-8458.

 

Study on Acupuncture aiding Weight Loss

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Acupuncture, Health and Wellness, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Study on Acupuncture aiding Weight Loss

The effects of body acupuncture on obesity: anthropometric parameters, lipid profile, and inflammatory and immunologic markers

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22649299

Abstract

A randomized controlled clinical trial in 196 obese subjects was performed to examine the effectiveness of body acupuncture on body weight loss, lipid profile and immunogenic and inflammatory markers. Subjects received authentic (cases) or sham (controls) acupuncture for 6 weeks in combination with a low-calorie diet. In the following 6 weeks, they received the low-calorie diet alone. Subjects were assessed at the beginning, 6 and 12 weeks later. Heat shock protein (Hsps)-27, 60, 65, 70 antibody titers and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels were also assessed. A significant reduction in measures of adiposity and improvement in lipid profile were observed in both groups, but the levels of anti-Hsp-antibodies decreased in cases only. A reduction in anthropometric and lipid profile in cases were sustained in the second period, however, only changes in lipid profile were observed in the control group. Anti-Hsp-antibodies and hs-CRP levels continued to be reduced in cases but in controls only the reduction in hs-CRP remained. Changes in anthropometric parameters, lipid profile, and anti-Hsp-antibodies were more evident in cases. Body acupuncture in combination with diet restriction was effective in enhancing weight loss and improving dyslipidemia.

 

 

 

 

 

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Department of Defense to Study Acupuncture

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in Acupuncture, Research Articles | Comments Off on Department of Defense to Study Acupuncture

$1.2 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to Study Acupuncture
By: New England School of Acupuncture
NEWTON, MA (June 23, 2010) – The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) is the recipient of a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Defense grant to fund a first-of-its-kind clinical trial: the Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Gulf War Illness (GWI).

In the first treatment trial ever performed to research the effectiveness of acupuncture on GWI, NESA’s researchers will study how acupuncture affects sufferers of this complex syndrome, which is characterized by many symptoms, including fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, headaches, dizziness, memory problems, indigestion, skin problems, shortness of breath, and mood disorders.

More than 100,000 of the 700,000 Gulf War veterans report chronic multi-symptom illnesses which persist for years after seeking treatment. “Many veterans have received treatment directed towards their symptoms, but reports from five- and 10-year follow-ups show that symptoms remain, including some which are severe and disabling,” says Lisa Conboy MA, MS, ScD, Co-director of the Research Department and Chair of the Biomedical Department at NESA, and Principal Investigator for NESA’s upcoming clinical trial. Conboy continues, “Clearly, an effective treatment for these conditions could be of great benefit to those suffering from Gulf War Illness.”

The trial’s participants will include 120 veterans from the Boston/New England area suffering from GWI. They will be treated by licensed acupuncturists, who have a master’s degree in acupuncture, and who have at least five years of clinical experience as well as extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of the symptoms of GWI.

Veterans will receive care directed specifically to their most distressing symptom. Although the specific etiology of GWI is unknown, previous research suggests that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of many of the symptoms of GWI. Acupuncture is already commonly used in the West and preliminary evidence from clinical research supports its use for many of the symptoms associated with this syndrome including fatigue and depression. Acupuncture has also demonstrated efficacy for a variety of painful musculoskeletal disorders, and as a treatment for both acute and chronic pain after amputation in military contexts. Further, there is evidence that acupuncture treatments may affect important mechanisms of healing such as stress mediation.

 

A Breath of Fresh Air: Stop Smoking with Acupuncture

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Health and Wellness | Comments Off on A Breath of Fresh Air: Stop Smoking with Acupuncture

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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.

 

 

 

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Heart Health Tip of the Month

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Health and Wellness | Comments Off on Heart Health Tip of the Month

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Acupuncture Fatigue Study treats Women with Breast Cancer

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Research Articles | Comments Off on Acupuncture Fatigue Study treats Women with Breast Cancer

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 of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London, Dr Jacqueline Filshie, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London and Dr Peter Mackereth, Clinical Lead in Complementary Therapies at the Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester.
For more information about Breakthrough’s work, including the ACU.FATIGUE study, please visit www.breakthrough.org.uk.
* Vincent C, (2001), British Medical Journal, 323: 9-10.
– Complementary therapies include therapies such as relaxation techniques, massage, acupuncture and aromatherapy that are used alongside conventional treatments. They are NOT given with the aim of curing the disease.
– Complementary therapies are used alongside conventional treatments. Alternative therapies are used in place of conventional treatment, which Breakthrough does not advocate.

Acupuncture vs Pain

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Health and Wellness | Comments Off on Acupuncture vs Pain

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% better