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Recovery Techniques for Athletes

Wall Street Journal: How athletes recover from wear and tear on their bodies has become nearly as important as how they train. Jill Wosmek, head athletic trainer for the USA Women’s Volleyball Team, who is based in Anaheim, Calif., uses a variety of nontraditional techniques to help promote healing in her athletes’ bodies including acupuncture.

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Tongue Diagnosis

Chinese tongue diagnosis is an essential tool used by acupuncturists and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. Your tongue plays a unique role in understanding your body’s constitution; it is the only organ that is both interior and exterior.

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AMA Weighs in on Dry Needling

Lost in all the talk about the AMA deciding to weigh in on gun violence in the United States was their call for a standard of practice for dry needling. “For patients’ safety, practitioners should meet standards required for acupuncturists and physicians.”

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Science and the Healing Arts

“How do we take two parallel systems and bring them together?” asks Ian Coulter, a senior health policy researcher who holds the RAND/Samueli Institute Chair in Policy for Integrative Medicine. “That,” he added, “is the future.”

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How Do Anesthesiologists View Acupuncture and Acupressure?

In a new study of anesthesia providers in the U.S., most report not having used or received any education in acupuncture or acupressure. However, the majority of those participants recognize the potential benefits of acupuncture on acute postoperative and chronic pain, and of both acupuncture and acupressure on reducing anxiety. About 75% of providers expressed interest in acupuncture/acupressure education.

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Nurses: Clinical Uses of Acupuncture

A review of an alternative medical treatment

Advance Healthcare for Nurses: Complementary alternative medicine (CAM) and treatments have received much attention and acclaim in the past years. Many patients and practitioners turn to CAM as alternatives to avoid side effects of drug therapies, as well as enhance personal beliefs about Eastern medical options. Of particular interest is the use of acupuncture as an alternative to conventional medical treatment.

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Acupuncture: Ethics and the placebo effect

“In the ethical sense, medical professionals are caught between prescribing a treatment that they know is ineffective beyond a placebo effect, and helping their patients find relief from chronic pain. Although this is a contentious issue, it is clear that acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic pain, but only if patients believe that it will work.”

It is not even remotely as simple as the article portrays, but gives insight into thinking by western medicine.

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Can Acupuncture Curb Killer Immune Reactions?

Researchers at Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School reported that stimulating ST36 Zusanli with an electric current passed through an acupuncture needle activated two nerve tracts in mice that led to the production of a biochemical that quieted a sepsislike inflammatory reaction induced in mice.

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Acupuncture Suggested For Menopause-Related Sleep Problems

Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

New research published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology suggests that for women with menopause-related sleep problems, acupuncture, particularly on Spleen 6, is associated with a significant reduction in sleep disturbances in women experiencing menopause-related sleep disturbances.

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Acupuncture for neurogenesis in experimental ischemic stroke A systematic review published in Scientific Reports found that acupuncture improved neurological deficits and reduced brain edema in experimental ischemia, and that the mechanisms mostly involved with enhancing endogenous neurogenesis including proliferation, migration and differentiation of NSCs.

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Arthritis and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is effective at treating all kinds of pain. Joint pain that is worse in cold, damp weather can be reduced with acupuncture. Discomfort from degenerative joints can also be treated effectively. Those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often find relief in swollen, stiff joints with Chinese medicine.

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A Close-up Look at Acupuncture for Pain

From ABC News: A growing number of Americans would prefer to stop popping pills and avoid going under the knife to treat a bum knee, achy lower back or sore hip. Instead, they’re turning to the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture to help ease chronic joint pain.

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Why Are Holistic Veterinarians so Scarce?

The most popular type of CAVM training for veterinarians is acupuncture. Over 4,000 veterinarians have become certified in the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), Chi Institute, or the Colorado Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course. Why is acupuncture the only holistic method that is regularly used at veterinary schools? One word: research.

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