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Acupuncture May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Finds
MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 -- Acupuncture may help ease pain and improve quality of life for people with fibromyalgia, a new study suggests. Ten weeks after treatment, the pain scores of patients given acupuncture dropped an average of 41 percent,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

6 Reasons Why People With Mental Illnesses Are Strong, Not Weak
When everything is going lovely in life, you don't have to work your butt off. You can whistle a happy tune and skip down the street sucking a rainbow lollipop. La, la, la... CRASH! When you run into trouble, though, the work gets done. I used to be ashamed that I fell apart... embarrassed that I had to find and reassemble the pieces of myself. I painted on a shiny, new coat of paint and didn't tell anyone about the cracks underneath. Later I saw the value in having to rebuild of myself. Struggle sucked (don't get me wrong!) but from it I gained so much wisdom, compassion and strength. The new version I built of myself wa...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

All in the mind? How research is proving the true healing power of the placebo
Jo Marchant, author of Cure, explains why the mind’s ability to heal the body is now being taken seriously by scientists who question alternative medicineChronic fatigue syndrome: ‘It was like being buried alive’Why did you write this book?We know that our thoughts and perceptions affect our physiology – in situations from stress to sexual arousal – but when it comes to whether these changes influence health, the question suddenly becomes much more controversial. You get claims of miracle cures at one extreme, while some sceptics argue that any role for the mind is deluded. I wanted to investi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 15, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Ian Tucker Tags: Medical research Health Society Alternative medicine Science Technology Acupuncture Homeopathy Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia: Can acupuncture relieve symptoms?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - February 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Solving the 5,000-Year-Old Murder of Otzi the Iceman
In 1991, the mummified body of a 5,000-year-old murder victim was discovered in melting ice at a rock-gully crime scene high in the Italian Otzal Alps. Nicknamed "Otzi", the estimated 45-year-old man and his possessions were incredibly well preserved. His skin, hair, bones, and organs were cryopreserved in time, allowing archeological researchers a phenomenal insight into human life in the Copper Age. The frozen corpse also gave modern science the opportunity to forensically investigate and positively determine how Otzi the Iceman was killed. The story began on a sunny September day, when two hikers were traversi...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Follow the poodle? Alternatives to prescription sleep medications
A contemporary author once wrote, “The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4 a.m. knows all my secrets.” If you haven’t been sleeping well for a while, this quote might feel like your new reality. You might even find yourself tempted by the happy poodles and free-floating butterflies on TV imploring you to ask your doctor about their new drugs for insomnia. But, before answering their siren call, you pause. You notice the side effects are rattled off rapidly and are difficult to understand. You are worried about being “hooked” on them forever. You ask yourself, is there another way to ge...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stuart Quan, MD Tags: Anxiety and Depression Behavioral Health Complementary and alternative medicine Drugs and Supplements Sleep Source Type: news

Highlights from 2015
Your achievements A massive thank you to everyone who ran, hosted coffee mornings and bake sales, jumped out of planes and trekked across the country and indeed the world to fundraise for us. More than 1,300 of you took on a challenge or donated your time and fundraising skills in 2015. Together, you raised over £780,000! If you’d like to join Team A in 2016 and help raise money for our work, have a look at our events or contact localfundraising@arthritisresearchuk.org Improving care for people with arthritis In 2015 we continued to support healthcare professionals to provide the best care to people with art...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 3, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Best Bet For Neck Pain?
I heard that the Alexander Technique and acupuncture are the best treatments for chronic neck pain. Can you tell me about these approaches? Which one would be best? (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)
Source: Dr. Weil Q and A - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beat Depression to Stay Healthier & Live Longer: A Guide for Older Adults & Their Families
Many people find the reality of getting older depressing. And depression itself often comes with a stigma. So when we talk about depression and aging combined, what results is a very complicated — and often hard to treat — issue. Gary S. Moak, former president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, has written a new book to help. Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer: A Guide for Older Adults and Their Families combines Moak’s years of experience working with elderly populations with the latest research on depression. Moak begins by defining depress...
Source: Psych Central - January 28, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Nana Tags: Aging Antidepressants Book Reviews Depression Family General Psychology Self-Help Seniors Treatment antidepressants for elderly patients antidepressants for old people beat depression depression and aging depression geriatric Source Type: news

10 Tips to Create a Yoga Practice That Changes Your Life
Whatever the reason for taking your first yoga class, the potential to go much deeper has always and will always be there. I practiced yoga for about five years before I really started to tap into its life changing properties. But looking back, I can now see so many moments, talks, relationships, experiences and books that lead me to these deeper elements. The yoga practice has the potential to create a complete 180 in your life. Breakthroughs galore! But it can be challenging when you don't know exactly where to look. Below I am giving you the insider scoop on where to look, what to look for and what to do when you find ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Complementary Medicine Users OK With Paying Out of Pocket
(MedPage Today) -- Acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage use climbed despite no insurance coverage (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - January 22, 2016 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Well: Acupuncture Offers No Benefits Over Placebo for Hot Flashes of Menopause
Women receiving acupuncture showed some easing of menopausal symptoms, but the effects were no better than that of a sham treatment. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 21, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Acupuncture Menopause Pain Alternative Medicine Live Featured Aging Source Type: news

Well: Acupuncture Offers No Benefits Over Placebo for Hot Flashes of Menopause
Women receiving acupuncture showed some easing of menopausal symptoms, but the effects were no better than that of a sham treatment. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Acupuncture Menopause Pain Alternative Medicine Live Featured Aging Source Type: news

Well: Acupuncture Offers No Benefits Over Placebo for Hot Flashes of Menopause
Women receiving acupuncture showed some easing of menopausal symptoms, but the effects were no better than that of a sham treatment. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 21, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Acupuncture Menopause Pain Alternative Medicine Live Featured Aging Source Type: news

Sham Acupuncture Equals Real Acupuncture for Hot Flashes: Study
Title: Sham Acupuncture Equals Real Acupuncture for Hot Flashes: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Menopause General)
Source: MedicineNet Menopause General - January 21, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Acupuncture Ineffective in Relieving Hot FlashesAcupuncture Ineffective in Relieving Hot Flashes
Acupuncture did not relieve the number or severity of hot flashes in a randomized trial. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Acupuncture needling doesn't ease menopausal hot flashes
Reuters Health - Women with menopausal hot flashes who get acupuncture do experience some decrease in symptoms, but so do others who get a placebo version of acupuncture, with no needle insertion, according to a new study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Real acupuncture no better than sham acupuncture for treating hot flushes: Study
Traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments are no better than fake acupuncture for treating menopause symptoms, new research reveals. However, in a surprise finding, both the real and sham treatments showed a 40 per cent improvement in the severity and frequency of hot flushes at the end of eight weeks of treatment. The benefits were sustained at six months after treatment. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Acupuncture no better for menopause than 'fake' method, says researchers
Women with thin needles inserted into body had same results as those who had their skin stimulated with blunt-tipped needlesTraditional Chinese acupuncture is no better than a fake version for treating menopause symptoms, says a new study.But, after eight weeks of treatment, both led to a 40% improvement in the severity and frequency of hot flushes, which was sustained six months later. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 19, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Australian Associated Press Tags: Menopause Acupuncture Health Australia news Science & wellbeing Women Source Type: news

Acupuncture No Better Than Sham Procedure for Hot Flashes (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Needle acupuncture offers no benefit over sham acupuncture for treating menopausal hot flashes, according to a randomized trial in the Annals of Internal … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 19, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Impulsivity and stillness: NADA, pharmaceuticals, and psychotherapy in substance use and other DSM 5 disorders - Carter K, Olshan-Perlmutter M.
Pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy are commonly used in the management of impulsivity.  The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol is an adjunctive therapy that involves the bilateral insertion of 1 to 5 predetermined ear needle po... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Real or Sham Acupuncture Fails in Hot Flash Study (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Scores decline, but no evidence of true benefit (Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology)
Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology - January 18, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Do You Want Acupuncture But Hate Needles?
Most people, when they hear about the benefits of acupuncture, find themselves thinking, "That would be so good for me!" Less stress, more energy, better sleep and digestion... Who doesn't want that? But for many people, there's one thing that holds them back from enjoying the benefits of acupuncture: Fear of needles. There's a spectrum of needle fears, ranging from downright needle phobic to being moderately concerned about the whole voluntarily-being-stuck-with-needles thing. Regardless, fear of needles is the number-one reason people choose to forego acupuncture. 5 things to remember if you're scared of gettin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 8 – Challenges
BOSTON (CBS) – Chronic pain affects the mind, body and soul.  As a result, doctors are treating their patients in a myriad of ways. If you suffer from chronic pain, popping a pill isn’t the answer. Dr. Joshua Wootton is the Director of Pain Psychology at the Arnold Warfield Pain Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where patients learn mind-body techniques. “By the time pain has become chronic it’s actually made changes in the structures of the brain, changes in the biochemistry that these techniques actually over time can compensate for,” Wootton said. Read-Listen: Chroni...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 2 – Back Pain
BOSTON (CBS) – Back pain is number one when it comes to ranking chronic pain here in the United States. Read-Listen: Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: The Series So what causes it? “Spondylolisthesis and spondylosis and radiculopathy. There are a lot of names that are thrown at people in terms of rationale of why they have back pain,” Dr. Dana Zalkind at New England Baptist’s Pain Management Center, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. Words you hardly ever hear, but Dr. Zalkind says there are causes we all can relate to. But for those who have suffered chronic back pain for years, li...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

How Can Acupuncture Help Cancer Patients?
Acupuncture for cancer is now offered by many cancer centers. What are the benefits of acupuncture for people with cancer and what are the possible risks? (Source: About.com Lung Cancer)
Source: About.com Lung Cancer - January 11, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: lungcancer.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Acupuncture 'safe and effective' for chronic pain in children
While studies have shown acupuncture is effective for chronic pain in adults, new research suggests the treatment may also be a feasible treatment for children with the condition. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

The “right” goal when managing pain
It makes sense that the primary goal of pain treatment should be to reduce pain. However, a recent editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine makes a strong case for looking beyond pain intensity when evaluating what is “successful” pain management. The “balancing act” of managing chronic pain Here is the problem: For people with chronic pain, the pain affects nearly all aspects of their lives. But at the same time, treatments to relieve chronic pain also have the potential to influence many aspects of a person’s life. Our best pain-relieving drugs have lots of unpleasant side effects. E...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - December 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert T. Edwards, Ph.D. Tags: Health Addiction Arthritis Back Pain Cancer Migraines Pain Management Behavioral Health chronic pain managing pain Source Type: news

Not ordinary growing pains
A recent study shows that acupuncture may be a safe and effective adjunctive integrative medicine treatment for chronic pain in pediatric patients. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Not ordinary growing pains
(Rush University Medical Center) A recent study at Rush shows that acupuncture may be a safe and effective adjunctive integrative medicine treatment for chronic pain in pediatric patients. Results of the study were published in the December 2015 issue of Alternative and Complementary Therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Chronicles of Health Creation: Report Shares Successes/Challenges in M.D.-Led and N.D.-Led Integrative Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Positive outcomes in patients with obesity and multiple chronic conditions are among the findings in an investigation recently reported out as "Prototypes Emerging of MD-Led and ND-Led Integrative Patient-Centered Medical/Health Homes." One remarkable early lesson appears to be that integrative care should not be dismissed -- as some do -- as a pastime of wealthy health hobbyists. Successes are being reported with Medicaid patients and others who have no prior experience with acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, yoga or other integrative services who are assigned to these integrative patient centered medical home...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The role of chinese herbs and acupuncture on the inflammation reaction after cerebral ischemia - Wan F, Niu X, Song YL, Si YC.
As a complex pathological process, immune inflammatory reaction plays an important role in the injury by cerebral ischemia. Inflammatory mediators can promote each other to co-regulate the immune inflammatory reaction. Inflammatory cytokines play a pivotal... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - December 11, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Holistic Solutions for Anxiety & Depression in Therapy
“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” — Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.E.) “The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind.” — Paracelsus (1493 – 1541) Treatment options that have long been considered outside the mainstream are becoming commonplace: a survey shows that nearly two in five adults in the United States have tried complementary or alternative therapy in the last year. As clinicians, it is o...
Source: Psych Central - December 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Megan Riddle Tags: Anxiety Book Reviews Depression General Happiness Herbs & Supplements Medications Professional Self-Help Stress Treatment anxiety treatment combining natural remedies with conventional care Depression Treatment holistic solutio Source Type: news

The Placebo Effect: Harnessing the Healing Power of the Mind
Having performed research for a number of years on the healing effects of both Western medicine and complementary therapies such as Tai Chi and meditation, I'm intrigued by the question of which factors actually contribute to improvements in health. Do Western and complementary therapeutic modalities share any common healing factors? In our society we generally assume that Western therapies heal and complementary therapies, like meditation or acupuncture, do not. If some improvement comes after a complementary therapy, I've heard people say, "It's just the placebo effect." But what exactly is the placebo effect? ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Alexander Technique can help you (literally) unwind
(Follow me at @DrEvaSelhub) In the 1890s, a Shakespearean actor named Frederick Matthias Alexander set out to discover why he often lost his voice when he performed. (Imagine yourself as a Shakespearean actor, completely dependent on your voice to pay your bills, finding yourself without a voice just when you needed to perform!) Needless to say, Alexander had to figure out why this was happening. He began by observing himself in multiple mirrors while he prepared to perform. Indeed, he did discover that something changed prior to his speaking: He was contracting the muscles in his upper body, especially his neck, so strong...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - November 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eva Selhub MD Tags: Back Pain Behavioral Health Complementary and alternative medicine Pain Management alexander technique Source Type: news

Chronicles of Health Creation: RAND Report Begs New Look at Integrative Medicine and Health Professionals in the Triple Aim Era
Are you a thing or are you a human? If someone wishes to assess your potential contributions to this life we live, what is the best starting assumption: thing or human? The questions may seem silly. But a recent report from the RAND Corporation bores in on how regular medicine reduced complementary and alternative medicine professionals to "thing" status -- as "modalities" -- in the first years of the integrative medicine era. The title of the report is "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Professions or Modalities?" The discussions among policy makers, practitioners and delivery ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acupuncture May Ease Neck Pain Over Long Term
Title: Acupuncture May Ease Neck Pain Over Long TermCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/3/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/4/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - November 4, 2015 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Acupuncture May Ease Neck Pain Over Long Term
'Alexander technique' also helped more than drugs and physical therapy, study found (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acupuncture May Ease Neck Pain Over Long Term
'Alexander technique' also helped more than drugs and physical therapy, study found Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Acupuncture, Neck Injuries and Disorders (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Complementary therapies for neck pain
This study is making news because of its major finding: when the participants were assessed a year after the start of the study (that is, 6 to 7 months after completing treatment), those assigned to acupuncture or Alexander Technique lessons reported significantly less pain and disability than those receiving usual care alone. No serious side effects due to treatment were reported. Of course, there are caveats Before we declare victory over neck pain, we should mention some important limitations of this research. They include: More than half of the patients with neck pain originally considered for the study were excluded....
Source: New Harvard Health Information - November 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert Shmerling, M.D. Tags: Behavioral Health Complementary and alternative medicine Pain Management neck pain Source Type: news

Acupuncture and Alexander Technique Help Alleviate Chronic Neck Pain (FREE)
By Jenni Whalen Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Both acupuncture and the Alexander Technique can improve chronic neck pain, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - November 3, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Acupuncture and Alexander Technique may improve neck pain
(Reuters Health) – Acupuncture sessions and Alexander Technique lessons both seem to improve the symptoms of chronic neck pain after one year, according to a new study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Laurelhurst Chiropractic Adds Acupuncture, Herbal Services
(Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))
Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - November 1, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Symmetry Chiropractic & Acupuncture Improves Overall Health and Wellness Through Chiropractic Adjustments
(Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))
Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - November 1, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Westfield Health and Rehabilitation Offering Additional Acupuncture Appointments 
(Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))
Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - October 25, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Acupuncture for gait disturbance in Parkinson's disease: immediate effects of acupuncture treatment - Fukuda S, Kuriyama N, Egawa M.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Acupuncture Gives Women’s Wellness a Boost, Says Back & Neck Care Chiropractic
(Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))
Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - October 12, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Doctors Give New Advice For Treating Morning Sickness
BOSTON (CBS) – Morning sickness can make life unbearable for some expectant mothers, but now there is new expert advice so women don’t have to suffer as much. Gaby Barajas has been miserable with morning sickness during her pregnancy. At times, she couldn’t keep food or drink down. “It was to that point that I was so desperate just to feel better already,” says Gaby. Her doctor suggested the 32-year old try a treatment that combines vitamin B6 and the antihistamine, doxylamine. Now the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is recommending the combination as a first-line tr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Morning Sickness Pregnancy Source Type: news