Posted: August 25, 2017

Acupuncture helps PMS!


Posted: September 30, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month, which was designed to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer. 

Massage therapy has been shown to help reduce physical discomfort in women with breast cancer, as well as offer many other benefits for breast cancer patients.

This recent case report explores dynamic angular petrissage occurring after surgery for breast cancer. 

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Posted: February 26, 2014
Acupuncture is Overlooked for Osteoarthritis
Co-researcher Dr. Hugh MacPherson noted, “Most international guidance for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee doesn’t include acupuncture, but it has probably got the best outcome across all the physical therapies.” Continue Reading...

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Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Scans show that treatment regulates brain's pain centers, researchers say

Posted August 27, 2009

THURSDAY, Aug. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Traditional Chinese acupuncture, increasingly popular in the West for a variety of ills, eases pain by regulating key receptors in the brain, according to a new study.  The study showed that acupuncture increases the binding availability of mu-opioid receptors in regions of the brain that process and weaken pain signals -- specifically the cingulate, insula, caudate, thalamus and amygdala. By directly stimulating these chemicals, acupuncture can affect the brain's long-term ability to regulate pain, the study found.

A report on the findings is in the September issue of NeuroImage.  Using positron emission tomography scans of the brain, the researchers examined 20 women with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition. The women took no new medications for their pain during the study period.  "The increased binding availability of these receptors was associated with reductions in pain," Richard Harris, a researcher at the University of Michigan's Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center and a research assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School, said in a news release from the university.  What's more, Harris said, the findings could prompt doctors to use morphine and other opioid drugs with greater pain-killing effectiveness after treatment with acupuncture because those drugs bind to the same receptors. 

Acupuncture has been used in China for more than 2,000 years. Practitioners insert sharp, thin needles into the body at specific points. Today, people worldwide turn to acupuncture for relief from pain, allergies, respiratory ailments, gastrointestinal disorders and gynecological problems.