Health and Wellness

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...

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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 (; 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%...

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Acupuncture & Pain

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 in Health and Wellness

Most of us experience pain in our lives which can range from mildly annoying to severely debilitating.  It may originate from injury, illness, trauma or an unknown cause.  Pain is our body’s call to us to pay attention and make an adjustment.  Ignoring the message can have far reaching consequences.  Medicating our pain without inquiring into it’s cause is a dangerous practice and yet that is exactly what most people do.  If your pain persists more than a short period of time without a clear cause ie muscle pain following a vigorous workout seek the advice of your health care provider or doctor. What can you do?  Living with chronic pain is often unnecessary when there are effective treatments such as Acupuncture, Massage, heat and cold therapies which can give relief and aid the body in it’s recovery process. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years successfully to eliminate the cause of pain and restore health and well being.  Acupuncture theory states that if there is a blockage in the body’s vital energy known as Chi (chee) that pain will result.  When the normal flow of this energy is restored the Chi and the blood can circulate properly healing and nourishing the muscles, bones, tissues and promoting cellular regeneration. The World Health Organization and National Institute of Health recommend Acupuncture for over 50 conditions.  If you have pain try Acupuncture...

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Auto-Immune Disorders and Asian Medicine

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 in Health and Wellness

With over 22 million Americans affected by autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis,multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, celiac disease and type 1 Diabetes we need to begin to look outside the box of conventional approaches to managing inflammatory disease.  While infections and environmental toxins may trigger these diseases medications such as immuno-suppressive drugs and steroids often lead to further complications and weakening the immune response to other health issues such as cancer and chronic fatigue. Asian Medicine which includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutritional therapy, Chi Exercises, Meditation, Health Coaching and Seasonal Cleansing may not only alleviate symptoms but provide a path to recovering one’s health.  Some of the benefits include: decreased fatigue, increased energy, better sleep and digestion, reduced stress and improved mood. Weekly or bi-weekly Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, decreasing symptoms such as joint pain, fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, depression and anxiety.  Oriental Nutrition principles incorporate many now known anti-inflammatory foods such as ginger, green foods, wild fish, ginger, garlic, turmeric, green onions and health oils such as sesame and flax. Tai Chi and Chi Gong exercises increase energy, immunity, improve mood, decrease stress hormones and strengthen bones, balance and coordination to mention a few of the many benefits. Seasonal cleansing with diet adjusted to fit individual needs by a qualified health professional, Chinese herbs, light exercises, sauna, dry brushing and herbal or coffee enemas are safe, inexpensive and effective ways to eliminate toxins which cause illness. Over my 25 years of private practice I have seen patients with everything from Rheumatoid Arthritis to Hashimoto’s, Graves Disease, Iritis, Lymphedema and the gamut of Auto-Immune diseases make nearly miraculous recoveries.  “I feel so much better” is the comment I hear daily from my patients. As the Yellow Emperor said it so well “It is better to dig a well before one is thirsty, forge weapons before going into battle, avoid conflict before it has begun and prevent disease before it starts.”  We can prevent many diseases by creating our best health through a natural unprocessed diet, exercise, cleansing and eliminating toxins and keeping our stress level low.  Having a regular maintenance program which includes Acupuncture, herbal tonics and medicines can prevent costly and painful serious illness and disease....

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2012 Water Dragon Year Health Forecast

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Life Coaching

Since January 23 is the beginning of the Water Dragon Year it is a good time to pay particular attention to your kidneys, adrenals and bones.  Water element influences our Kidney Jing energy which generates the bones and bone marrow, brain, adrenals, kidney and bladder function and therefore it is important to strengthen it during the coming year.  Problems like low back pain, knee pain, osteoporosis, memory loss, and decreased vitality may present in a Water year. How do you strengthen Kidney Jing you may ask? Seek the support of a qualified Acupuncturist or Chinese Herbalist to help you support and build up your Kidney Jing Energy as this system has uniquely powerful techniques to strengthen our life force.  Learn Chi Gong or Tai Chi this year which will enhance you vitality, longevity and has been shown to strengthen bones and improve balance and coordination. Get back to your roots, what is important to you at this time in your life.  Cultivate your true dreams and values and let go of unneccessary emotional baggage that may be preventing you from achieving your true purpose.  Water is all about cleansing, transformation and movement.  It’s a great time to do a regular physical and emotional cleansing and it will all the more effective.  Think of the all the great waterways from the Mississippi to the Yangzte rivers and how powerfully their current can transport things from one place to another.  Connect to this energy and you may experience powerful transformation in your life this year....

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Rejuvenation from Within

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 in Health and Wellness

  Aging is a normal part of the life cycle but do we need to look aged and devitalized?  Chinese medicine offers the key to looking and feeling younger.  You can look and feel years younger than your biological age.  At Goldlake Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine we offer a program to enhance your life essence and regain that healthy glow again. Signs of aging include: Decreased energy, weight gain, bone loss, muscular weakness, decreased libidio, premature skin aging and cellulite, hair loss, dimished memory and concentration.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms they can all be improved with our regime for rejuvenating the Face and Body. Support collagen production Improve elasticity of the skin and cellular regeneration Reduce fine lines and wrinkles Improve skin tone and texture Reduce puffiness Clear blemishes and acnes Our Facial Rejuvenation package includes Acupuncture, Facial Massage, herbal rejuvenating cream and facial masque, rejuvenating herbal formula and sound therapy.  Feel better and look your best today.  Contact us at 480-710-8458 today for appointments.     Goldlake Acupuncture Scottsdale...

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