Have you been hearing a lot about bone broth lately? Wondering if it is right for you? The good news is, it is right for everyone. I have created a short (and hopefully entertaining) tutorial to help you make your own delicious bone broth.
Check it out here.
A recently published study found that acupuncture was very effective at improving the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Pain scores dropped by an average of 41% after 10 weeks of acupuncture, and improvements even persisted a year later. You can read all about here.
A recent Chinese study showed that acupuncture and cupping significantly reduced the incidence of migraines in chronic migraine sufferers. In fact, they showed an 88.6% recovery rate for those who receive biweekly acupuncture and cupping. You can read more about it here.
Bian Que, one China's earliest know physicians, apparently kept very good records. So good in fact, that they have been found in a tomb in Tianhui completely intact. Nine medical books (written on bamboo), 50 inscribed wooden tablets, and a figurine with major acupuncture points illustrated, along with many other relics were found in the tomb that dates back to approximately 260 BCE. You can read more about this amazing find here and here.
CNN reported today that three scientists will share the Nobel prize for their work with parasitic diseases, specifically those caused by roundworms.
"The disease was traditionally treated by chloroquine or quinine, but by the late 1960s, efforts to eradicate malaria had failed and the disease was on the rise, the assembly said.
So Tu turned to traditional herbal medicine to try to tackle the disease. Using the plant Artemisia annua, she discovered a purification procedure that rendered an active agent called Artemisinin, the Nobel Assembly said."
Interestingly, this "new" active agent, extracted from Artemisia Annua (known as qing hao) has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for malaria, high fevers, and bleeding.
This study is more than a year old, but it just confirms what I already knew.
"An acupuncture trial in four Melbourne emergency departments has found it is just as good as drugs in relieving lower-back pain and that from sprained ankles and migraines."
Check out the article here.
The answer, at least from a TCM perspective, is no. In TCM, icing is rarely, if ever, recommended. When our bodies become very cold, blood vessels shrink in order to shunt blood flow from the extremities to our vital organs. That's a good thing if you find yourself trying to survive in the wilderness, or in very cold water. However, when you injure soft tissue, swelling actually protects that tissue from further injury - it's not a bad thing! Swelling is a vital defense mechanism. Cutting off circulation to injured tissue (by icing it) reduces blood flow and actually slows healing. It's really counter-intuitive.
It now appears that some athletic trainers are beginning to agree with what TCM has been saying for centuries. Read the research here.
This article might help explain why cupping can be beneficial for a myriad of health issues. I find that people are often put off by the bruising the cups leave behind, but quite honestly, practitioners of TCM are happy to see it! It shows that the cups have done their work. And, generally speaking, repeated cupping sessions tend to leave fewer bruises behind, as the stagnation that caused the bruising in the first place lessens over time.
Researchers in Portland, OR have found that "Whole Systems TCM" used in conjunction with IVF improved success rates in both donor and non-donor births. Additionally, the study showed that the miscarriage rates for women using IVF dropped while using concurrent "Whole Systems TCM."
"Whole Systems TCM," according to the study, is defined as,
"...many different treatment modalities that fall under the TCM umbrella, including acupuncture, electro acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, and Chinese medical massage, TCM based dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and if appropriate, Chinese herbal therapy, and nutritional supplements."
More good news in the world of acupuncture! A newly published study shows that acupuncture significantly improves symptoms in a number of dermatological disorders:
"Acupuncture was used to treat atopic dermatitis, urticaria, pruritus, acne, chloasma, neurodermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, hyperhidrosis, human papillomavirus wart, breast inflammation, and facial elasticity. In 17 of 24 studies, acupuncture showed statistically significant improvements in outcome measurements compared with placebo acupuncture, alternative treatment options, and no intervention."
Read more about this study here.
Chinese Herbs strike again! Corydalis (known in TCM as yan hu suo) has been proven to be effective in managing chronic pain. The Chinese have been using this herb for pain relief for thousands of years!
Read more here.
Scientists have discovered that extracts of the traditional Chinese herb Rhizoma Acori tatarinowii (known as Shi Chang Pu) have been shown to boost neurogenesis, at least in mice. Read more from Asian Scientist Magazine.
This has been an exciting month! Greater Harmony has joined Paisley Wellness Center, and things are going great. The office is conveniently located across the street from Pomerado Hospital at 16544 Pomerado Road, Suite 306, in Poway. Dr. Paisley has been my chiropractor for 8 years, so I knew I'd feel at home in her offices. Chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage services are offered at Paisley Wellness Center, so it's one stop shopping for feeling great! Come in and check it out!