Acupuncture, acupressure, and massage, along with issues facing TCM translations and development in the U.S. and worldwide.
Why is knee meniscus surgery no better than placebo? An East-West explanation.
In December of 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine published a randomized controlled trial demonstrating that partial meniscectomy was no better than a sham procedure involving just the arthroscopy. Interestingly, typical knee acupuncture involves fine needle insertion into locations that include those used by arthroscopic instruments in both treatment and control groups of this study. We should consider that the authors may have inadvertently provided a very strong knee-specific acupuncture-type treatment with their instruments, and this may account for some of what was referred to as the “placebo effect” in the trial.
How Acupuncture Relieves Stress
A new study by Dr. Ladan Eshkevari and colleagues at the Georgetown University School of Nursing uses electronic acupuncture on rats to further understand the molecular basis behind acupuncture's benefit.
Acupuncture for the Treatment of Chronic Pain
Acupuncture is commonly used for chronic pain, but is what is the evidence for its efficacy? A meta-analysis study from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center suggests that acupuncture is indeed an effective treatment option.
New Study on Slimming Down, The TCM Way
While Western medicine is at the forefront of combating obesity, a Hong Kong Hospital Authority-commissioned study shows success in using a traditional Chinese medicine approach that is equally as effective and minimizes the side-effects of mainstream weight-loss medications.
US Navy Joins Ranks, Offers Sailors CAM/IM Treatment
In a time when soldiers and sailors are returning in droves from overseas, many afflicted with cognitive illnesses like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), United States military branches look to CAM modalities to treat their ranks.
Tai Chi Increases Brain Size, Improves Memory, Combats Alzheimer’s
Researchers have shown that regular practice of Tai Chi increases brain volume, augments memory and thinking skills, and may combat dementia.
Treating Gastrointestinal Problems through an East-West Approach
With the current prevalence of gastrointestinal problems and increasing demand for cost-effective means of treating digestive diseases, the UCLA Integrative East-West Esophageal Disorders Program embraces a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and innovative system that emphasizes individualized treatment and patient education for healthy living and the development or restoration of a well functioning gastrointestinal system.
A Brief History of Acupuncture Analgesia
The first type of acupuncture to have a large-scale impact in the West, acupuncture anesthesia (AA) is gradually gaining prominence as a viable healthcare modality in the modern world.
Acupressure for Headache or Neck and Shoulder Tension
To reduce and even prevent neck and shoulder tension, clinicians at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine recommend patients practice stimulating this simple set of five acupressure points.
Acupressure Points for Neck Pain and Headache
Dr. Taw demonstrates for you a set of four useful acupoints for neck pain or headache.