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Archives: August 2011

Mutant Gene Linked To Uterine Fibroids

Unfortunately uterine fibroids are a common problem for women. It is a complaint I see regularly in my Chicago acupuncture office. As many as 60% of women develop fibroids by age 45. One study is now suggesting that a mutant gene is responsible. If that is the case, we have moved one step further toward: Read More

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Posted By: tcm007 on August 30, 2011

A Dodger Doubter Is Converted to Acupuncture

One question that I am asked is,  “Is acupuncture a placebo?  Don’t you have to believe that it will work in order for it to help?”  The answer is no! There are hundreds of studies to prove it’s effectiveness, but some people need to experience it. Ted Lilly, who plays baseball for the Dodgers, is: Read More

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Posted By: tcm007 on August 29, 2011

Instructions On How To Live A Better Life?

Do you ever feel like if you worked harder, prayed harder or meditated your way to egolessness your life would be better? There are so many instructions/preachers/life coaches (what is a “life” coach anyway?), consultants, self-help books and Yogi’s – all with ideas and instructions on how you can do whatever “it” is better/faster/deeper/smarter/cheaper. I: Read More

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Posted By: tcm007 on August 24, 2011

The Horn Method

If you have been to my Chicago acupuncture office, you may have seen (and I may have used) the set of glass or plastic cups that I use for “cupping” the Chinese technique that involves placing jars on the skin, suctioning out the air and creating a vacuum. This is a very helpful therapy for: Read More

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Posted By: tcm007 on August 21, 2011

Easy Tea Drinker’s Tip to Heart Health

In completing a mega-analysis of studies that examined drinking green tea and its effects on cholesterol, researchers are optimistic. (Do I hear the applause for Traditional Chinese Medicine advice???) Although in some of the studies, participants consumed the equivalent of 18 cups of green tea daily (whoa!), experts don’t suggest that you drown yourself in: Read More

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Posted By: tcm007 on August 18, 2011

Acceptance For Acupuncture As A Fertility Treatment Grows

USA Today just put out a good report about acupuncture and infertility.  They report that many women are singing acupuncture’s praises and there is a growing number of celebrities using acupuncture for fertility. The writer also notes the  reluctance on the part of some doctors to include acupuncture in their fertility treatments but concludes with: Read More

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Posted By: tcm007 on August 15, 2011

New Research: Electro - Acupuncture Can Help Alleviate Depression

Because depression is such a widespread problem, there are always ideas, treatments or solutions to coping with this disorder.  I’ve just read a study out of China that says electro-acupuncture may alleviate depression.  Electro-acupuncture is similar to traditional acupuncture except that, after the needles are inserted, they are attached to a device that generates continuous: Read More

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Posted By: tcm007 on August 13, 2011

What Are Your Priorities?

  “Action expresses priorities”     Mohandas Gandhi

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Posted By: tcm007 on August 10, 2011

Food As Medicine

“A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down…”  Oh, Mary Poppins, you are sooo yesterday!  The Chinese have something much better and certainly healthier. The China Daily has a story about a restaurant that adds herbs to food in order to increase their healthfulness in a very pleasant way,  for example, cooking chicken: Read More

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Posted By: tcm007 on August 8, 2011

Alternative Medicine Is Changing The Way The Army Treats Pain

I’ve previously written about the Army’s increased willingness to use acupuncture as a treatment for medical conditions. Here is more good news: army doctors are now considering acupuncture, as well as other holistic treatments, for pain management.  They are trying to move away from the “take some pain-killers” way of thinking and treat each pain: Read More

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Posted By: tcm007 on August 3, 2011