Chinese Medicine in the News

Health Journal:  Decoding an Ancient Therapy

Wall Street Journal by Melinda Beck — 3/23/2010

High-Tech Tools Show How Acupuncture Works in Treating Arthritis, Back Pain, Other Ills

Acupuncture has long baffled medical experts and no wonder:  It holds that an invisible like force called qi (pronounced chee) travels up and down the body in 14 meridians.  Illness and pain are due to blockages and imbalances in qi.  Inserting thin needles into the body at precise points can unblock the meridians, practitioners believe, and treat everything from arthritis and asthma to anxiety, acne and infertility.

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All Sugared Up and Set to be Tested

News and Observer authored by Donna Bauman — 5/5/2010

CHAPEL HILL—An e-mail from one of my children’s teachers to all parents in the class said in part, “The week of the EOGs we will have daily themes to keep up that positive energy. I will need [parents] to bring a few things…
1 bag of Twizzlers, 2 bags of Tootsie Roll Pops, 1 bag of Smarties, 1 bag of fun size or miniature Snickers candy, 1 bag of pretzel twists, 25 strawberries, 12 bananas”.

With childhood obesity running rampant and frequent reports on the alphabet soup of conditions like ADD, ADHD and hyperactivity, you’d have to be living under a rock not to see the absurdity of this request.

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Acupuncture’s Secret: Blood flow to brain study tries to explain how technique works

Marily Elias of USA Today — no date

Acupuncture on pain-relief points cuts blood flow to key areas of the brain within seconds, providing the clearest explanation to date for how the ancient technique might relieve pain and treat addictions, a Harvard scientist reports today.

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Lei Chic Hustle Aunt Flo

Lei Chic — Nov 25, 2008

You’re tearing up at romantic movie trailers again. Your face looks like a minefield. And you’re on your monthly Perpetual Munching Spree.

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Acupuncture Reduces Side Effects Of Breast Cancer Treatment

ScienceDaily — Sep

Acupuncture is as effective and longer-lasting in managing the common debilitating side effects of hot flashes, night sweats, and excessive sweating (vasomotor symptoms) associated with breast cancer treatment and has no treatment side effects compared to conventional drug therapy, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented September 24, 2008, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology’s 50th Annual Meeting in Boston.

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