Posts in the ‘Chinese Medicine News and Research’ Category

POCA Tech

As a member of The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), we work with other clinics to help make affordable community acupuncture (CA) available across the country. One of the challenges we face is the need for more acupuncturists who desire to work in a CA setting, either to start their own clinics or to

Acupuncture and Raynaud’s Syndrome

This Saturday, I will be part of a panel discussion on Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Raynaud’s at the 1st Annual Raynauds Association National Patient Conference in Boston. I have treated several patients with Raynaud’s syndrome, which impairs blood circulation to the extremities, causing cold hands and feet and often pain and numbness. Symptoms can

Acupuncture for “Lazy Eye”

Here is an interesting study from researchers in Hong Kong. They found that acupuncture, when combined with eyeglasses, improved the vision of children with amblyopia (“lazy eye”) better than glasses alone. The results were better in children under 6 years old than in children between 7-12 years. This suggests that it is more effective to

Community Acupuncture in China

Patients often ask me if Chinese acupuncturists really practice community acupuncture. A recent blog post to the Community Acupuncture Network website does a great job explaining how patients are treated in hospitals in Shanghai. Follow the link for the full text. An excerpt is below. As you can see, the Chinese clinics are actually a

And the #1 Reason Is…

Not surprisingly, the #1 answer to my poll question “Why Don’t More People Try Acupuncture” was: “They Don’t Know Enough About It.” This answer combined with the #4 answer, “They Don’t Think It Will Work” (which I see as an extension of #1), accounted for over half of all responses. The survey participants confirmed what

Survey Results: Why Don’t More People Try Acupuncture

Thank you to everyone who took my survey about why people don’t try acupuncture. Some of the results came out as I expected, but others surprised me. I will be discussing the results over the next several blog posts. To begin with, here was the basic information: 30 People responded to the poll. 43.3% of

I Want Your Opinions!

A 2007 survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (part of the National Institutes of Health) showed that less than 2 percent of adults in the U.S. had received acupuncture in the past year. A 2003 survey by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine found that about 9% of

Weighing in on the Toothpick Controversy

Earlier this month, the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle released the results of a clinical study on acupuncture for back pain. It became controversial almost instantly. Here’s why: the results showed that acupuncture worked for back pain, better than conventional medical care. However, it also showed that “fake” acupuncture, where the acupuncture

Acupressure for Children

Acupressure is based on the same theoretical foundations as acupuncture, but is done without needles. It is a good treatment choice for young children or for anyone who is extremely afraid of needles. A study done last year showed that an acupressure treatment with acupressure beads was effective in helping calm children before they went

US Military Using Acupuncture for Pain Management

The United States Air Force recently announced a program that surprised, and thrilled, many acupuncturists. Apparently, a military physician has been using auricular (ear) acupuncture on soldiers with pain conditions with great success. They have nicknamed the protocol “battlefield acupuncture,” because it is simple enough to do in just about any situation. Doctors at Andrews

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