Ancient Remedies for Modern Lives
Artemisinin: How an Ancient Chinese Remedy Helped Win the Nobel Prize

Artemisinin: How an Ancient Chinese Remedy Helped Win the Nobel Prize

One of the  three winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine was recognized for discovering Artemisinin, a drug that has significantly lowered mortality rates from malaria, based on a centuries-old Chinese remedy. Artemisinin has reduced death rates from malaria by over 20%, and over 30% in children. Read the Whole Article on read more


The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment – by Fritz Hudnut

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Learn which acupuncture schools are considered the best in the US in 2015.


What the 2015 Nobel Prizes mean for TCM

Half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Tu Yuyu, a traditional Chinese medicine researcher. Traditional medical knowledge anywhere in the world has not even been on the radar for Nobel Prize prospects…until now.

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The role of healthy eating in traditional Chinese medicine

“The five grains provide nourishment. The five vegetables provide filling. The five domestic animals provide enrichment. The five fruits provide support.” It means a balanced diet, where foods are consumed in appropriate combinations according to their natures and flavors, serves to supplement the essence that human body needs. Read the whole article over on read more

Chinese Herbal Therapy at the Cleveland Clinic

18 months ago the Cleveland Clinic launched the first-ever Chinese herbal clinic at a major medical center. Daniel Neides, MD, Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, shares some insights into their use of Chinese herbal therapies.

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Acupuncture for inducing delivery

Clinical research indicates that acupuncture can relieve labor pain, promote maternal uterine contraction, shorten birth process, and treat postpartum disorders. Further clinical and preclinical studies about the use of acupuncture in delivery

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Acupuncture for Surfers

Surfers are susceptible to all sorts of injuries, especially overuse injuries like shoulder strain or joint issues, neck strain, lower back pain, and knee injuries. Read the whole article over on The Intertia... read more

Efficacy of Acupuncture in Children with Nocturnal Enuresis

A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Clinical researches about acupuncture therapy for nocturnal enuresis are increasing, while systematic reviews assessing the efficacy of acupuncture therapy are still lacking. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy for nocturnal enuresis. Read the study on the journal Evidence-Based Complementary And Alternative Medicine... read more

6 Things You Need To Know About Cancer and Complementary Health Approaches

People with cancer want to do everything they can to combat the disease, manage its symptoms, and cope with the side effects of treatment. Many people turn to complementary health approaches, including mind and body practices, such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga, and natural products, such as herbs and dietary supplements. Read the whole post on the National Institute of Health website... read more

Reversing the Stressful Effects of Running With Acupuncture

The advantages of acupuncture compared to other forms of treatment are two-fold. “Where massage involves manipulation of surface muscle in dealing with underlying tissues, acupuncture allows treatment of deeper muscle tissue without aggravating surface muscle, making it the most effective and direct method of treatment,” says Kawaguchi. Secondly, since the symptoms of pain or fatigue can occur somewhere other than where the problem actually lies, acupuncture is effective in treating the root cause of the problem…. Read the whole article on Runners World... read more

Mayo Clinic Radio: Integrative Medicine

Complementary and integrative medicine is now playing an increasingly important role in modern health care. On the next program, Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic, outlines the contributions integrative medicine is making in treating the whole person. Listen to the podcast on Mayo Clinic Radio here: read more

The Top 10 Acupuncture Schools in the U.S. in 2015

#1- Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
#2- Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
#3- New England School of Acupuncture
#4- AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
#5- National College of Natural Medicine
#6- Five Branches University: Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
#7- American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
#8- Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – San Diego
#9- Bastyr University
#10-tie- Maryland University of Integrative Health
#10-tie- Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine

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Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality in Dermatology: A Systematic Review

In 17 of 24 studies, acupuncture showed statistically significant improvements in outcome measurements compared with placebo acupuncture, alternative treatment options, and no intervention. Acupuncture was used to treat atopic dermatitis, urticaria, pruritus, acne, chloasma, neurodermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, hyperhidrosis, human papillomavirus wart, breast inflammation, and facial elasticity. Read the paper published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine... read more

AOM Wellness Services to be Made Available to Athletes at the Special Olympics World Games

7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries will gather in Los Angeles at the end of July to participate in the World Special Olympics summer games and for the first time at any World Special Olympics games acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) wellness services will be made available to all athletes and coaches. Organized by Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, AOM wellness services will be available in the Healthy Athletes area of the Athletes Village on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC).

The World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015, the largest event hosted by Los Angeles since the 1984 Summer Olympics, and the first time the summer games have been held in the United States since 1999.

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The Evolution of Alternative Medicine

Via The Atlantic: When it comes to treating pain and chronic disease, many doctors are turning to treatments like acupuncture and meditation—but using them as part of a larger, integrative approach to health. Read the article in The Atlantic... read more

California Acupuncture Licensing Exam- March results

The California Acupuncture Board publishes the March 2015 exam results statistics by school. Emperor’s College had the highest pass rate among schools that had more than 5 test takers, Nine Star University of Health Science and Stanton University had the highest pass rates among schools that had 5 or fewer test takers. Read the full results on the California Acupuncture Board website... read more

Mushroom used in Chinese medicine ‘slows weight gain’

A study, published in the journal Nature Communications, suggests the mushroom Ganoderma lucidum, which is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to promote health and longevity, slowed weight gain by altering bacteria in the gut of mice. The researchers suggested the mushroom could eventually be used in the treatment of obesity in humans. Read the whole... read more

Why I Prescribe Acupuncture: A Cardiologist Explains

Although more research is needed, there are five heart conditions that I have seen a response to with acupuncture therapy. -Dr. Joel Kahn, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine Director of Cardiac Wellness, Michigan Healthcare Professionals PC Read the whole story over on Mind Body... read more

Doctors Have a Moral Responsibility to Discuss Alternatives to Conventional Medicine

“Patients want physicians who have time to sit down with them and help them understand the nature of their problems and who will not just promote drugs and surgery as the only way of doing things.”   A growing number of scientific studies underscore the need for more training in and, by extension, dialogue about alternatives to conventional medicine. Read the whole opinion piece published on the Huffington Post... read more

Cupping Therapy For Back Pain Relief

If you’re suffering from chronic pain—migraines, arthritis, back pain—the ancient Chinese treatment “cupping” may be the answer to your problems. Read the whole article on Back Pain Relief Daily here: photo by Mark... read more

The 10 Best Acupuncture Schools in the U.S. posted the national rankings of acupuncture colleges in the United States. The rankings are based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to acupuncture school deans, other administrators and/or faculty at academic institutions accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to grant accreditation for acupuncture colleges in the United States. This survey format closely follows the  survey format that U.S. News and World Report uses to rate pharmacy schools, occupational therapy schools, physical therapy schools, veterinary medicine schools and other Health Schools.   The Ten Best Acupuncture Schools in the United States: #1- Oregon College of Oriental Medicine #2- Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine #3- New England School of Acupuncture #4- AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine #5- National College of Natural Medicine #6- Five Branches University: Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine #7- American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine #8- Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – San Diego #9- Bastyr University #10-tie- Maryland University of Integrative Health #10-tie- Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine See the complete ranking of schools at... read more

Are you getting everything you deserve from your practice?

From a Meager Beginning to a Powerful, Professional Presence Upon graduating from SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles CA in 1982, I took the California State Board examination and came to the stark realization that my chosen profession was in great disarray. The dismal 11 % pass rate for that examination was an indicator of a major problem of the time. Different factions within the profession

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Why healers are at war over dry needling

Dry needling is a myofascial trigger point practice that involves the insertion of needles into injured and sore muscles. The muscle twitches then relaxes, decreasing pain. Dry needling and acupuncture look fairly similar in practice, but not in the theory behind them. Acupuncturists insert needles into specific point in the body along energy pathways, these needles then stimulate a healing response in an area of the body associated with the point. Read the whole article on Well + Good... read more

How could a cup of tea or soup prevent illness?

– a Traditional Chinese Medicine man says simply Influenza, ulcer, osteoporosis – there is a plethora of ailments which could affect any of us. One practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine believes the answers to many of these could lie in the renaissance in Europe of natural medicines. Read the rest of the article over on EuroNews... read more

A Guide to Proper Hydration

There’s a lot of talk about water lately, especially in California. It’s really a big problem, the lakes and reservoirs which feed our state with water are drying up and the Governor has imposed a mandatory 25% reduction in water use. It’s enough to make anyone feel thirsty. With all this talk of the water crisis, I thought I’d talk a little about dehydration in the body this week.

Bags of Mostly Water

As you’ve probably heard, the human body is mostly water. In fact, an adult human is roughly 65% water. Our blood is 92% water, our brain and muscles are 75% water, and even our bones are 22% water. Water is extremely important to us; we can live for a couple weeks without food, but only about three days without water. Every cell of our bodies needs water, which means that at any moment, there are 70 trillion cells in need of water in an adult human of average weight.

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4 Tips: Tai Chi, Yoga, and Other Mind and Body Practices for Common Aging-Related Conditions

According to the National Institute for Health (NIH), many older adults are turning to complementary and integrative health approaches to promote health and well-being. Mind and body practices, in particular, including relaxation techniques and meditative exercise forms such as yoga, tai chi, and qi gong are being used by older Americans, both for fitness and relaxation, and because of perceived health benefits for conditions like osteoarthritis, menopausal symptoms, menopausal symptoms, shingles. Read the Whole article over on the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) website... read more

5 Common Running Injuries and How Acupuncture Can Help

Whether you’re a casual runner or running in the Los Angeles Marathon, acupuncture can help you stay on top of your running game. From knee and hip pain to plantar fasciitis and fatigue, many ailments suffered by runners can be helped by acupuncture. Read about how acupuncture addresses the 5 most common causes of running injuries over on AcuTake... read more

NIH and VA address pain and related conditions in U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families: Research will focus on nondrug approaches

Thirteen research projects totaling approximately $21.7 million over 5 years will explore non-drug approaches, like acupuncture and Oriental medicine, to managing pain and related health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse, and sleep issues. The effort seeks to enhance options for the management of pain and associated problems in U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families. Read the whole story over on the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website... read more

Complementary Medicine in the VA

According to a 2011 survey, nearly nine of 10 VA facilities offered at least one CAM therapy. While more CAM studies are needed, research on these practices has been picking up. The research topics reported on include acupuncture therapies, mindfulness-based stress reduction and more. Research covers complementary medicine across the entire spectrum of Veterans: men and women, young and old. Many Veterans are looking into how these therapies can help them, whether it’s for arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease or PTSD and chronic pain. Read the whole story on VAntage Point the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs... read more

The Benefits of Acupuncture For Singers

Acupuncture can be useful for the vocal performer, for several reasons. It often works immediately. When properly done, it has a very low complication rate. It can be repeated as necessary, and, over time, it has a cumulative benefit beyond its immediate effect. It can eliminate the need for prescription medications, many of which have unintended side effects. Read the whole article over on iSing Magazine... read more

8 More Reasons To Try Acupuncture

1. Acupuncture helps you get a good night’s sleep. 2. Acupuncture is a well known pain reliever. 3. Acupuncture reduces nausea. 4. Acupuncture can help you chill out. Read Jennifer Dubowsky’s whole article over on MindBodyGreen here: The first article in this series can be read on MindBodyGreen... read more

Veterans in Wisconsin Try Acupuncture as an Alternative to Narcotics

During emotional hearings about the alleged overprescription of narcotics at the Tomah VA hospital in Wisconsin, many who testified noted there are safer ways to treat pain, including treating with acupuncture. NPR reported that Americans in the military are prescribed narcotic painkillers three times as often as civilians. In 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs was treating about 650,000 veterans by giving them opiates. Read and Listen to the whole story over on public radio... read more

Spring Into A Healthier Liver

Spring is officially upon us, and it is a wonderful time for cleansing and renewal. Spring is associated with the wood element, which governs the liver and the gallbladder. This is the best time of year to focus on balancing and cleansing the liver/gallbladder through acupuncture, herbs, and diet.

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Treating Infertility With Acupuncture and Western Medicine

Experts believe acupuncture can increase blood flow to the pelvic area (which could help with embryo implantation), regulate the menstrual cycle, trigger ovulation and reduce the side effects of medications associated with assisted reproductive technology. It also increases the release of endorphins, the body’s mood-enhancing hormone that reduces stress and relieves pain. Read the whole article over on US News and World Report... read more

Chinese Herb Kills 12,000 Cancer Cells For Every Healthy Cell

Artemesinin, a derivative of the wormwood plant commonly used in Chinese medicine, can kill off cancer cells. A study by University of Washington researchers and published in Life Sciences, Cancer Letters and Anticancer Drugs, suggest that artemesinin, also known as Qinghaosu, kills cancer cells at a rate of 12,000 cancer cells for every healthy cell, proving to be far more selective than currently available drugs, radiation, surgery and chemotherapy.

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Loyola University Health System Doctors Use Acupuncture to Ease Patient’s Debilitating Pain

The organization helped Loyola urologist and medical acupuncture doctor Larissa Bresler, MD, open an acupuncture clinic for men and women with pelvic health disorders in the fall. The clinic uses acupuncture to treat patients with common conditions such as pelvic pain, nausea from pelvic surgery, interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome, post-surgical pain, prostatitis and overactive bladder. Read More on LUHS’s website... read more

Belief in Acupuncture Key to Effect on Back Pain, Study Suggests

Patients who had low expectations of acupuncture before they began acupuncture treatments gained less benefit than those who believed it would work, according to the researchers at the University of Southampton in England. The findings, published in the March issue of the Clinical Journal of Pain, showed that “psychological factors were consistently associated with back-related disability.” Read the story over on U.S. News & World... read more

Efficacy of acupuncture treatment for sexual dysfunction caused by the use of anti-depressants

A study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine shows significant improvement among male participants was noted in all areas of sexual functioning, as well as in both anxiety and depressive symptoms. Female participants reported a significant improvement in libido and lubrication and a nonsignificant trend toward improvement in several other areas of function. Read the abstract here on... read more

Study Shows Acupuncture Plus Moxibustion Helps Alzheimer’s Patients

Acupuncture benefits Alzheimer’s disease patients. Clinical research published  finds acupuncture plus moxibustion effective in improving cognitive function and improving the general quality of life for Alzheimer’s disease patients. Read the abstract in in the Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science here: photo by Caelie... read more