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An unintended, unwelcome consequence of joint replacement or reconstruction surgery, arthroplasty is a bad case of the hiccups. To help mitigate this side effect, researchers set out to discover if acupuncture could provide some relief.The ...

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A 2017 study confirmed that women can self-apply acupressure to mitigate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Acupressure is an Oriental Medicine therapy that uses manual manipulation to specific areas of the body. Researchers set out ...

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The Oriental medicine and acupuncture community recently mourned the death of Giovanni Maciocia. He passed away peacefully at the age of 73 on March 9, 2018. His career and contributions to the field occurred over ...

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Psychiatrist, philosopher, civil rights activist, visionary, teacher, rebel, co-founder of the North American Detoxification Association (NADA)—all of these words and titles describe the late Dr. Michael O. Smith, who passed away in December of 2017 ...

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A recent 2017 White Paper investigated acupuncture as part of a solution to the current opioid epidemic in the US. The paper is called "Acupuncture's Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost-Effectiveness, and Care ...

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The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) declared acupuncture as one of the nonpharmacologic therapies recommended for the treatment of pain. This information comes out of their document entitled, "FDA Education Blueprint for Health Care Providers Involved ...

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The contact form on your Acufinder.com listing has been updated to comply with recent HIPPA standards for online sign-up forms. All other Acufinder.com listing and newsletter management has not changed and is still accessible through ...

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A study titled "Acupuncture for the Treatment of Chronic Painful Peripheral Neuropathy: A long-term study", published by The Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice Journal in 1998, demonstrated the potency and long-lasting effects of acupuncture treatment ...

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Created by the World Heart Federation, September 29th is World Heart Day, which focuses on informing people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world's leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million ...

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Mark your calendar! October 24th is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day. Designated to educate and raise awareness of acupuncture and Oriental medicine this national day of observance is spearheaded by the National Certification Commission ...

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Acupuncture Effective for TMJ Patients suffering TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) can find relief from acupuncture.  Research conducted at the Ribeirão Preto Dental School, São Paulo University in Brazil, found that after 3 months of acupuncture ...

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Everywhere you turn; there are stories about celebrities getting acupuncture.  Supermodel, Elle Macpherson, recently said in an interview with UK tabloid, News of the World, "I have acupuncture regularly and I see a Chinese doctor ...

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In a study published in the journal, Digestion, acupuncture was found effective for treating Crohn's disease.Crohn's disease is an autoimmune disease which involves chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The main symptoms of Crohn's disease ...

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The American Journal of Epidemiology recently published a study that showed that acupuncture can significantly relieve allergic rhinitis symptoms.In this German study, 5,237 men and women were analyzed to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in ...

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Acupuncture is not just for people anymore, it is also for the earth.  Artist, Adam Kuby, has taken Feng Shui to the next level by attempting to shift the energetics of the environment with acupuncture ...

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The latest study, published in the March, 2008 journal, Headache confirms that acupuncture significantly reduces migraines and works better that drugs alone.  The study, conducted at the University of Padua in Italy by Dr. Enrico ...

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Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego has been home to the National Football League's Chargers, Major League Baseball's Padres, concerts, car sales, and fireworks shows. But during the week of October 22, the stadium found a ...

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One of the greatest challenges to mainstream Western medicine's acceptance of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been the contrast between the ancient principles and language of TCM and its more modern counterpart.New research from the ...

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Paul Magarelli, M.D., Ph.D., an infertility physician at the Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center, and Diane Cridennda, L.Ac., an acupuncturist at East Winds, both centers in Colorado Springs, Colo., published their evidence of acupuncture’s demonstrable ...

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Acupuncture is now officially recommended for lung cancer patients experiencing fatigue, dyspnea, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, or to soothe symptoms of pain or nausea and vomiting.Evidence-based guidelines published by the American College of Chest Physicians in September ...

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Acupuncture reduces nighttime hot flashes caused by menopause, according to a study published in the journal, Fertility and Sterility. Researchers found seven weeks of acupuncture treatment reduced the severity of nighttime hot flashes by 28 ...

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The June 2007 edition of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports on a study that found acupuncture helpful in treating the fatigue and anxiety commonly experienced by fibromyalgia patients.  The study lends credence to patients' belief ...

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A British study published in September 2006 found that acupuncture showed the greatest benefit for patients who suffer pain in the lower back, and is a cost-effective way to treat the problem. Lower back pain ...

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A major computer screening of traditional Chinese herbs found more than 62 percent of the 240 plants species studied contained chemical compounds that indicate possible activity against at least one disease. Another 53 percent showed ...

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A Norwegian research study has found that people with osteoarthritic knee pain may experience relief through electroacupuncture, low-level laser therapy, or electrical nerve stimulation.Dr. Jan M. Bjordal and his team at Bergen University College analyzed ...

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When the City of Berkeley, Calif., was looking for ways to reduce aggressive panhandling by homeless people in the mid-1990s, the community got some much-needed help in the person, practice, and philosophy of Hope McDonnell. A ...

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FDA is warning consumers not to buy or eat three red yeast rice products promoted and sold on Web sites. The products, being promoted as dietary supplements for treating high cholesterol, may contain an unauthorized ...

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The Pan-African Acupuncture Project trains health care workers in Africa to use acupuncture for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.Have you ever wondered if one person can make a difference in helping soothe the suffering of many? ...

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A randomized controlled trial in Germany found that acupuncture cut tension headache rates almost in half.Researchers divided 270 patients who reported similarly severe tension headaches into three groups for the study. Over the project’s eight-week ...

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One of the most common side effects of chemotherapy, nausea, may be most effectively treated by traditional Chinese herbs, according to a recent study. Researchers from Hong Kong, China, and England’s University ...

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One of the main stumbling blocks to greater acceptance for acupuncture in the West is the lack of understanding of how it works. This began to change with the publication of a seminal report by ...

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WASHINGTON--Any easing of the current Chinese ban on trading products made from tigers is likely a death sentence for the endangered cats, according to a new TRAFFIC report released today by World Wildlife Fund and ...

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Healing SpeciesTCM practitioners are joining forces with governments and wildlife organizations to stop the trade in products made from endangered species.The growing popularity of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) throughout America and the rest of the ...

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After 16 months in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Acupuncturists Without Borders turns to new projects and places. Diana Fried, a licensed acupuncturist who lives in New Mexico, founded Acupuncturists without Borders ...

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A 2005 study conducted at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, Irvine found that acupuncture treatments that used low levels of electrical stimulation can lower blood pressure elevations by ...

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A Norwegian study published in the June 2004 issue of Pain found that people who received acupuncture reported less pain three years later than people with similar pain who received a “dummy” treatment. Researchers at ...

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A 2005 Swedish research study found that acupuncture, along with strengthening exercises, help relieve pain in the pelvic girdle for pregnant women and are effective treatment options. There is currently no cure for pregnancy-related pelvic ...

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Film star Gwyneth Paltrow caused quite a stir when she showed up at New York film premiere with round marks on her back from an acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment. The photo was ...

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Ever wonder where acupuncture needles came from, how they evolved, and how they're used today? Here are some highlights from the history of these ancient healing devices, which are still widely and effectively used today: ...

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Can acupuncture offer a natural fertility aid to couples struggling to get pregnant?  Just ask the McSheffertys.Remember that expression, "Only your hairdresser knows for sure?" For Sean and Valerie McShefferty, what Valerie’s hairdresser knew provided ...

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Facial Rejuvenation (Cosmetic Acupuncture) to Erase Wrinkles & Renew Youth, Offers Benefits Over Chemicals or SurgeryThe newest way to replenish the skin, erase lines, and delay the aging process is cosmetic acupuncture (facial rejuvenation), the ...

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Chinese Traditional Medicine for Hepatitis C

By: Dr. Misha Ruth Cohen, OMD, L.Ac.

Many people with hepatitis C virus (HCV) are turning to Chinese traditional medicine for treatment. CHINESE MEDICINE has a rich history in the treatment of chronic hepatitis. Hepatitis B and C infections are prevalent throughout China, accounting for the increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in the Chinese population. The Chinese medical system has been dedicated to solving these problems for many years. The Chinese are working to eliminate sources of hepatitis, and to develop treatments for chronic viral hepatitis using both CHINESE MEDICINE and western medicine.
 
At the International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and AIDS held in Beijing, China in April 1991, more than 100 papers on viral hepatitis were presented. Several of these papers documented the positive results of studies involving Chinese herbal medicine. Studies on the use of herbal antivirals, and blood cooling and circulating herbs for liver damage repair were presented. These studies corroborated hundreds of years of treatment experience with Chinese herbs for the symptoms of hepatitis. (1, 2, 3)

A 1995 literature review revealed there are at least 55 herbal formulas that can be used to treat hepatitis.(4) Some recent herbal studies from China and Australia showed positive results in hepatitis C using herbal formulas similar to those widely used in the United States. (5, 6, 7)

In the United States, CHINESE MEDICINE is a popular complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy among patients with chronic liver disease. Anecdotal reports from one of the largest Western medicine hepatology practices in San Francisco suggest that at least 20-30% of patients report use of CHINESE MEDICINE herbs for hepatitis.(8) The actual use of CHINESE MEDICINE may be underestimated because patients often choose not to divulge the use of CAM therapies to their western health care providers.
 
CHINESE MEDICINE uses nutrition, acupuncture, heat therapies (such as moxibustion), exercise, massage, meditation, and herbal medicine to treat people infected with HCV. Protocols have been developed that have successfully helped people infected with HCV decrease symptoms, normalize or lower liver enzymes, and slow the progression of liver disease. A 1995 pilot study conducted among people co-infected with HIV and viral hepatitis (B and C) at San Francisco's Quan Yin Healing Arts Center indicated acupuncture alone may have an effect in lowering and/or normalizing liver enzyme levels.(9)

Chinese Medicine Philosophy

The primary goal of Chinese medicine is to create wholeness and harmony within a person thereby allowing the mind, body, and spirit to self-heal themselves. Chinese philosophy states that there are two opposing principles of life: yin and yang. Imbalances between yin and yang within a person can manifest as illness because the body is considered a microcosm of the world.

CHINESE MEDICINE defines the physiological components of illness using the concepts of qi (vital energy), xue (blood), jin-ye (body fluids), jing (essence), shen (spirit), and organ systems. Organ systems are domains within the body that govern particular body tissues, emotional states, and activities.
 
CHINESE MEDICINE theory states the key to health is the internal ability of the body to remain strong. According to this theory, people are born with a certain amount of original qi (pronounced "chee"). The qi is easily depleted as energy is used by the body and not replaced. It is not easy to increase the original qi. A person must work hard during life just to retain it. Exercise such as tai chi and Qi gong, healthy eating, and good sleeping habits are highly recommended for maintaining the original qi. If a person consistently lacks sleep, does not have a healthy diet, abuses drugs or alcohol, and/or has excessive or unsafe sex, he or she becomes qi deficient. When weakened and qi deficient, a person is more susceptible to infection by harmful external pathogenic elements.
 
Chinese Traditional Medicine Diagnoses for HCV

According to CHINESE MEDICINE literature, people in China have experienced the various syndromes associated with HCV infection for over 2000 years. This is because CHINESE MEDICINE diagnoses are based on symptoms, not on detection of antibodies to a specific virus. CHINESE MEDICINE treatments for these syndromes have been used over the past millennia and are generally considered safe and effective for all patients. However, CHINESE MEDICINE recognizes that each person has a unique constitution and pattern of disease that exists in conjunction with the age-old syndromes. CHINESE MEDICINE contends that the best form of treatment is to modify, alter, or supplement the base therapies to create an individualized treatment that meets each patient's unique characteristics and needs.
 
Chinese medical theory states that viral hepatitis is not singular diseases, but are combinations of stages and syndromes. The diagnosis and staging of HCV are accomplished using tongue diagnosis, pulse diagnosis, and questioning according to CHINESE MEDICINE theory.
 
According to CHINESE MEDICINE, in HCV infections toxic heat enters the body. Manifestations of an invasion of heat include feelings of warmth, sweating, agitation, hot sensations, and itching skin. Examination may reveal a fast pulse and a red tongue. Small red spots on the tongue are a likely finding in nearly all cases of chronic infection ranging from very obvious to barely noticeable.

The organ systems primarily disturbed in hepatitis are the liver and spleen organ systems. These disturbed organ systems affect digestion and energy. According to CHINESE MEDICINE, acute viral hepatitis is generally associated with excess damp heat or damp cold conditions. While some people acutely infected with HCV may have or notice symptoms, this is relatively rare. The CHINESE MEDICINE stage at which one is diagnosed with hepatitis C is usually either the chronic stage of qi stagnation, or the stage of qi and yin deficiency. Advanced chronic disease includes development of the patterns of xue stagnation and xue deficiency. All HCV infection is associated with toxic heat or the li qi (the pestilence/epidemic factor).
 
Traditional Chinese medicine Therapy for HCV

In Western medicine, extremely harmful external elements include severe bacterial or viral infections such as HIV and HCV. However, those terms are inappropriate in CHINESE MEDICINE. Instead, it is said Chinese medicine "recognizes the existence of Pestilences called li qi or yi qi. These are diseases that are not caused by the climatic factors of Heat, Cold, Wind, Dampness, or Summer Heat dryness, but by external infectious agents that are severely toxic because they strike directly at the interior of the body. (10).
 
In the case of HCV and/or HIV, the particular pestilence is identified as toxic heat. Toxic heat is considered by CHINESE MEDICINE to be both an epidemic factor (something that is seen in a number of patients) and its own individual, treatable syndrome.

The various modalities of CHINESE MEDICINE therapy include diet, massage, heat therapies, exercise, meditation, and acupuncture.

Heat therapies include the use of moxibustion. Moxibustion is the burning of the herb mugwort over certain areas of the body to stimulate or warm these areas. Also heated packs, often with herbs inside, are used in CHINESE MEDICINE therapy
Exercise therapy ranges from martial arts to more subtle forms of movement such as tai chi and Qi gong. Many centers of CHINESE MEDICINE include Qi gong or tai chi classes as part of their treatment programs.

Acupuncture is perhaps the most well known form of CHINESE MEDICINE in the United States. It is the art of inserting fine, sterile, metal filiform needles into acupuncture points on the body in order to control the flow of energy. Acupuncture therapy can include electrostimulation and/or hand stimulation. This form of therapy is most appreciated for its ability to relieve pain. However, acupuncture is also able to help change body energy patterns, which promotes the body's ability to heal itself of organic syndromes and symptoms. In these treatments, CHINESE MEDICINE often does not distinguish energetic effects from physiologic effects.

The different modalities of CHINESE MEDICINE have different aims. Some focus on balancing the body's energy, while others focus on building the physical body and adding substances to both balance and change the body materially. For example, the Enhance herbal preparation that is widely used in HIV and HCV contains herbs to tonify the spleen qi, and build xue. Qi tonification increases the amount of energy in the body that is available for certain functions. Qi tonic herbs often have the specific effect of increasing digestion and food absorption. This increases the quality of the blood (xue).
 
Acupuncture is associated with balancing the body's energy levels, while herbal substances are more like drugs or food in that they have specific organic effects. Breathing exercises are known to strengthen qi. One meaning of the Chinese word qi is air. By learning how to breathe correctly, more oxygen becomes available to enter the bloodstream.
 
Chinese herbal medicine treatment for HCV depends on the stage of the disease and the syndromes involved. Herbal medications in conjunction with rest and dietary recommendations can treat the symptoms of acute hepatitis fairly rapidly. Chronic hepatitis C is more difficult to treat. Research and experience both from China and from CHINESE MEDICINE clinics in the United States suggest that at least a one-year course of CHINESE MEDICINE therapy is the minimum needed to alter the progression of HCV. In our clinics, CHINESE MEDICINE therapy for chronic hepatitis C usually includes combinations of herbal preparations, which are often specifically designed for the disturbed organ system patterns.

COMBINING EASTERN AND WESTERN THERAPIES

If you decide to use a combination of eastern and western therapies, you must discuss all of your treatment approaches with both your eastern and western practitioners. The use of some herbal therapies in conjunction with interferon therapy may be inappropriate. However, Chinese medicine can be highly effective for the management of side effects from drug therapy. CHINESE MEDICINE may also be used as an alternative to western drug therapy in some cases.

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REFERENCES:

  1. Chen Z, et al. Clinical analysis of chronic hepatitis B treated with CHINESE MEDICINE compositions Fugan No. 33 by two lots. International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and AIDS. Beijing, China. Abstract, p 2. 1991.
  2. Wang C, He J, Zhu C. Research of repair of liver pathologic damage in 63 cases of hepatitis with severe cholestatis by blood-cooling and circulation-invigorating Chinese herbs. International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and AIDS. Beijing China. Abstract, p 5. 1991.
  3. Zhao R, Shen H. Antifibrogenesis with traditional Chinese herbs. International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and AIDS. Beijing China. Abstract, p 20. 1991.
  4. Ergil K. Fifth Symposium of the Society for Acupuncture Research Conference. Herbal safety and research panel. Society for Acupuncture Research Conference. Palo Alto, California.1998.
  5. Batey RG, Benssoussen A, Yang Yifan, Hossain MA, Bollipo S. Chinese herbal medicine lowers ALT in hepatitis C. A randomized placebo controlled trial report. Cathay Herbal Laboratories. Sydney Australia. 1998. [Note: At the time of publication, this unpublished report was available on the Cathay Herbal Laboratories Internet site at:http://www.cathayherbal.com
  6. Li H, et al. Qingtui fang applied in treating 128 cases of chronic hepatitis C. Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine for Liver Diseases. 1994;4(2):40. [Note: This journal is not included in the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database.]
  7. Wu C, et al. Thirty-three patients with hepatitis C treated by CHINESE MEDICINE syndrome differentiation. Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine for Liver Diseases. 1994;4(l):44 -45. [Note: This journal is not included in the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database.]
  8. Gish R. California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. Personal communication. 1996.
  9. Cohen MR, Wilson CJ, Surasky A. Acupuncture treatment in people with HCV and HIV coinfection and elevated transaminases. XII International Conference on AIDS. Abstract 60211. Geneva, Switzerland. 1998.
  10. Cohen MR, Doner K. The HIV Wellness Sourcebook. Henry Holt & Company. New York, New York. 1998.

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About the Author

Dr. Misha Ruth Cohen, OMD, L.Ac., has over 25 years experience in the practice of Asian medicine--including acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and diet, and Asian bodywork.
 
Misha is the author of three books: The Chinese Way to Healing: Many Paths to Wholeness; The HIV Wellness Sourcebook: and The Hepatitis C Helpbook. She is internationally known as a practitioner, teacher, and mentor to Chinese medicine practitioners around the world.

Today, Cohen has developed great expertise in the area of gynecology and is considered one of the pioneers of utilizing Chinese medicine to help treat HIV and AIDS.
 
Website: http://docmisha.com


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