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Using Tai Chi to Build Strength

NEW YORK TIMES: “If you’re not ready or not able to tackle strength-training with weights, resistance bands or machines, tai chi may just be the activity that can help to increase your stamina and

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Study Finds More Women than Men Veterans with Chronic Pain Use Therapies Like Yoga and Acupuncture

WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES: Research supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service, the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center and The Greenwall Foundation finds women veteran patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain are more likely than men to use CIH therapies, with variations in CIH use rates by race/ethnicity and age.’

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Acupuncture in laboratory animal medicine

The use of acupuncture in veterinary medicine has paralleled the trends observed in people, with an increasingly common use to remedy specific medical conditions. These conditions are commonly related to neurological dysfunction or orthopedic pain. Although pain relief is the …

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Acupuncture for Chronic Pain in the Vermont Medicaid Population

A Prospective, Pragmatic Intervention Trial: Findings demonstrate that acupuncture treatment for chronic pain is feasible and well received by patients in the Vermont Medicaid population. Receiving care from Licensed Acupuncturists was associated with significant improvements in physical, functional, psycho-emotional, and occupational outcomes compared with before receiving acupuncture treatments.

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America Experiences More Pain Than Other Countries

THE ATLANTIC: “About a third of Americans said they feel aches and pains “very often” or “often”—more than people in any other country. Australia and Great Britain came close, but in the average nation only about 20 percent gave one of those responses. In the Philippines or South Africa, just 11 percent felt pain that often.”

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Self-acupressure for women with menstrual pain

Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology: Researchers from Germany’s Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin studied 221 women with severe period pain. In the randomized pragmatic trial, 58% of those that were taught to perform acupressure had reduced period pain, compared to 25 percent of women who weren’t practicing acupressure.

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Dry Needling Law in Idaho Signed

Idaho Governor, Butch Otter, signed House Bill #505 on March 22, 2018, allowing Idaho physical therapists to practice dry needling. The bill overwhelmingly passed the Idaho House and Senate. The law was written broadly in order to be passed, additional laws in Idaho will have to be passed to regulate the practice before it can be legally used as a therapy.

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Olympic Village’s Polyclinic Offers Full Range of Medical Services, Including Acupuncture

Located at each of the PyeongChang and Gangneung Olympic Villages, medical polyclinics boast a wealth of medical services, from orthopedics and pain management to physiotherapy and acupuncture. The polyclinics are open to anyone authorized to enter the Olympic Village. This is the first time that acupuncture will be made available in a Winter Olympics.

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Minneapolis VA Opens Healing Center

On December 12, 2017, the Minneapolis VA Medical Center (VAMC) celebrated the opening of the new Integrative Center for Health & Healing, offering acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, mindfulness meditation, yoga nidra, integrative nutrition, among other things.

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A New Venue for Providing Catalytic Global Communications to Promote Health and Healing

Global Advances in Health and Medicine (Global Advances) now serves as the official publication of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health. The publications serves an as international forum to facilitate broader dialogue and collaboration among healthcare providers from various disciplines, and across diverse practice patterns, cultures, and industry fields.

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Amid Opioid Crisis, States Start Embracing Alternative Medicine

It isn’t news that the medical community is grappling with how to reduce dependence on prescription painkillers. As the opioid epidemic remains front and center, some places are experimenting with alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage and yoga. Oregon is pioneering the practice, mandating not only that insurance providers cover these therapies but also that they be given priority over prescriptions.

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Acupuncture’s Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic

In the wake of an opioid epidemic, acupuncturists in the US have issued a white paper recommending acupuncture as a primary non-pharmacologic method for pain relief and management.

“The United States is facing a national opioid epidemic and medical systems are in need of non-pharmacologic strategies that can be employed to decrease the public’s opioid dependence,” the white paper states. Official figures show opioid overdoses kill 91 Americans every single day and more than half of those deaths involve prescription opioids. “Acupuncture has emerged as a powerful, evidence-based, safe, cost-effective, and available treatment modality suitable to

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The Joint Commission mandates hospitals provide nonpharmacologic pain treatment

The Joint Commission (TJC), the largest U.S. accreditation body for health care facilities, announced a revision of hospital performance measures for pain management that included the requirement of providing nonpharmacologic pain treatment modalities, effective January 1, 2018. 

The specific standard (LD.04.03.13) is now a ‘scorable’ Element of Performance, meaning accredited facilities will be required to provide nonpharmacologic modalities for pain. 

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