- Qi Gong Alleviates Chronic Fatigue - from Family Practice News. Studies show that Qi Gong lessens chronic fatigue symptoms by 39%. Check it out!
- Alternatives for Back Pain - from the Chicago Tribune. Massage, yoga, acupuncture, so many effective solutions for back pain.
- New Payment Plans for Alternative Treatment - from IrelandTimes.com. Growing interest in alternative therapy in Ireland has led to deals and cash back opportunities for patients.
- Acupuncture for Surgery - from CDAPress.com. Studies are showing that using acupuncture before and during surgery, lessens the level of pain and painkillers needed after surgery.
- Lower Body Acupuncture Points Heal the Upper Body - from The Epoch Times. A Chinese belief with tangible results: “Treat the illness on the yang side from the yin side to balance the yin and yang, and the illness will be gone.”
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- Qi Gong for Weight Loss TV Series - from The Wall Street Journal. The series on this gentle form of exercise will be premiering on Tuesday, June 5, on New York public television stations.
- Foam Rolling Massage You Can Do at Home - from the San Diego Union Tribune. Using a foam roller and your own body weight, this exercise helps work out the IT band.
- Ginseng Helps Lower Cancer Related Fatigue - from The Times of India. Ginseng has been used in TCM as a natural energy booster for centuries.
- Acupuncture Aids Weight Loss - from EmpowHer.com. Acupuncture can be used to address underlying health issues that are causing weight gain and help to correct them.
- Arthritis - Alternatives to Surgery - from KSAT.com. Massage and acupuncture are two risk-free alternatives to surgery suggested for arthritis patients.
Cupping is a form of alternative therapy that has existed for over 2,500 years in traditional Chinese medicine. Despite its long history, it’s likely that you’ve never heard of “cupping” before—so, what is it?
There are two primary forms of cupping; in both, a cup is heated and pressed to the client’s body, creating suction. The skin is drawn around and under the cup, stimulating blood flow. In the more traditional method, a cotton boll is ignited and placed inside the cup, creating a flame, before the cup is pressed to the body—appropriately, this is known as fire cupping. (Note: the flame never comes in contact with the body; rather, it is used to warm the cup before application.) The second form of uses a suction cup and no flame, but works in the same way.
On average, cups are left on the body for about 10 minutes. Cupping does not merely affect the skin at a surface level; its effects are believed to reach about four inches deep. Therefore, it is beneficial in the clearance of toxins and blockages in the body. Cupping is also believed to increase blood flow and slow nervous system activity in addition to increasing the flow of qi (vital energy) by following the five meridian lines on the back, allowing these channels of life force to open up.
Cupping is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
“Cupping” Takes the Pain Away. CBS. http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500165_162-628788.html
The Many Benefits of Chinese Cupping. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. http://www.pacificcollege.edu/acupuncture-massage-news/acupuncture-massage-publications/The-Many-Benefits-of-Chinese-Cupping-677.html
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- Massage therapy can be effective for a variety of prevalent health conditions, including the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee, inflammation after exercise, chronic low back pain and fibromyalgia.
- Acupuncture Can Help Reduce Stress of Divorce - from the Huffington Post. Going through something like a divorce can be stressful to say the least…here are 7 drug-free ways to help cope, including acupuncture.
- Sleep Tips Inspired By Chinese Medicine - from MindBodyGreen.com. May is Better Sleep Month, so check out some of these tips for a better night’s sleep.
- East Meets West in the Pet’s Office - from The Foxboro Reporter. Holistic Treatments are not just for people…see what they can do for your pet!
- Massage Relieves Chronic Pain - from American News Report. Check out the 4 recent studies showing the health benefits of massage therapy.
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- Why You Should Try Acupuncture - informative video from Fox News. Acupuncture can treat just about anything from pain, allergies, addictions and more with little or no side effects.
- Acupuncture to Treat COPD - from MSN.com. For patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, acupuncture may relieve symptoms like shortness of breath during activity.
- Acupuncture for Weight Loss - on DrOz.com. People keep looking for the magic pill to help them lose weight, but did you ever think acupuncture could be the cure? Check it out!
Affecting roughly 340 million people across the globe, depression is one of the most common psychological disorders today. While many cases go untreated, the numbers of those diagnosed with depression are growing. Roughly twenty five percent of women and ten percent of men are affected; perhaps even more surprisingly, about one in twenty teenagers are also depressed. Depression is one of the few psychological disorders present worldwide amongst those of every culture, age group, and background—and for this reason, treating depression has become of great interest to researchers and practitioners everywhere.
Depression is commonly treated through medication using a form of drug called an SSRI—selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Essentially, SSRIs increase the amount of serotonin in the brain in order to elevate the mood of a depressed patient. However, these drugs have a long list of potential side effects, including nausea, insomnia, dizziness, weight gain, and fatigue. Additionally, research indicates that less than half of those who use antidepressants become symptom-free, and even among those for whom antidepressants are effective, symptoms often reappear after a short period of time.
The bottom line: while antidepressants do work for some, there are many forms of complementary and alternative medicine that can help treat depression much more holistically and without the risks of drug therapy. Many of these treatments target not just the body but also the mind by enhancing one’s overall sense of wellbeing and happiness as opposed to simply eliminating symptoms. These treatments include:
Talk with your health care provider if you feel that you have any of the common symptoms for depression: feelings of hopelessness or anxiety, loss of interest, change in appetite or sleeping patterns, inability to concentrate, and chronic fatigue. Additionally, talk to your doctor before beginning any alternative treatment.
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Antidepressants: What You Need to Know About Depression Medication.Helpguide.org.http://www.helpguide.org/mental/medications_depression.htm
Natural Depression Treatment.http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00696/depression-treatment
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- Acupuncture to Help Smokers Quit Smoking - from Reuters. Recent international studies show that acupuncture can be useful as a non-drug treatment for smoking addictions.
- The Tongue Deciphered - from Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen on OregonLive.com. The tongue is the only openly visible muscle in the human body. In TCM, doctors are able to gather data about a person’s health just by looking at his/her tongue!
- Nine Natural Ways to Love Your Skin - from the Huffington Post. Several traditional Chinese herbs can be key to treating inflammation and underlying infection in your skin.