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"Vascular cognitive impairment is characterized by symptoms ranging from forgetfulness to more serious problems with attention, memory, language, and problem-solving. Heart disease and stroke are two of the major risk factors, as both involve compromised blood supply to the brain."
A 2019 study compared two groups of patients, with one receiving donepezil hydrochloride for vascular cognitive impairment, and another receiving acupuncture. "Following treatment, both patient groups showed improvements in scores at four and eight weeks, although significantly greater improvements were noted in the acupuncture group as compared to the medication group."
Tufts Health Plan serving the Northeast is now offering unlimited access to acupuncture for all the members. The members will be able to "visit an acupuncturist without prior authorization."
"'Acupuncture has a wide range of uses and can particularly be helpful in the are of pain management,' said Claire Levesque, MD, chief medical officer for commercial products at Tufts Health Plan. 'Expanding our acupuncture coverage is just another way we are working to help our members receive the holistic care they need and deserve.'"
A meta-study of the effect of acupuncture on the human brain is described. Studies that used fMRI showed that "acupuncture modulates activity within specific brain areas, including somatosensory cortices, limbic system, basal ganglia, brain stem, and cerebellum. Meta-analyses for verum acupuncture stimuli confirmed brain activity within many of the regions mentioned above."
"... most studies suggest that acupuncture can modulate the activity within specific brain areas, and the evidence based on meta-analyses confirmed some of these results."
"Elix, a new start-up that launches today that is the first tech-enabled hormonal health brand to personalize Chinese herbal medicine remedies that are backed by science to address women’s health issues."
"When I ask Glathe how Chinese medicine looks at and addresses women’s health issues she tells me, 'Like western medicine, the menstrual cycle is divided into 4 segments corresponding to bleeding, follicular phase, ovulation, and luteal phases. These phases are always taken into account when prescribing herbs, so we can address the specific hormonal process at that particular time. This combination of Eastern wisdom with Western science is the foundational basis for Elix as well.'"
"'Chinese medicine doctors use a technique called pattern diagnosis in addition to a diagnosis of a western-defined disease such as dysmenorrhea,' explains Glathe. 'The syndrome is determined based on the signs and symptoms displayed by the patient, their physical condition, disease status, and constitution. Only after which herbal medicine prescriptions for treatment are given. There are herbs to relieve primary symptoms, but if the root cause is not solved, those symptoms can easily recur month after month.'"
"'The tongue is the only internal organ visible without a scalpel,' explains Glathe. 'The tongue may not seem like an organ in the traditional sense, but it is 100% pure muscle, fed directly by blood and nerves, with cells that regenerate every 10 days, much like the cells lining the digestive tract. Looking at it can give us clues about what’s happening with the other organs and general internal environment.' Specifically, Chinese medicine looks at the color, moisture, shape, and strength of the tongue in order to determine the state of health."
To help the migrants pass the time and deal with stress, teams of volunteers led by Acupuncturists Without Borders, or AWB, a nonprofit that treats people in disaster zones and refugee camps and trains other acupuncturists around the world, are providing free acupuncture treatment at border towns in Mexico.
The acupuncturists use a five-point protocol known as NADA, where five needles are stuck in specific points in the ear to reduce stress. The group has helped hundreds of migrants in Mexican border camps this year, said Diana Fried, AWB’s founder and co-executive director. For migrants who don’t want the needles, there are tiny Chinese radish seeds that can be adhered to the ear, to similar effect."
"Fried, 61, who got into acupuncture as a way of quitting a 20-year smoking habit, started AWB by taking a group of fellow volunteer acupuncturists down to New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005. Camped out in a FEMA tent city in Algiers, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, they treated residents, first responders, roofers, construction workers and federal officials – more than 8,000 people in the course of a year."
"Fried said she chose the NADA five-point protocol because, unlike other acupuncture treatments, it could be used in group settings and requires no talking. Started in the 1970s as a way to combat heroin addiction, the treatment requires five needles poked into specific points in the ear that, according to ancient Chinese medicine theories, alters the autonomic nervous system, lowering stress levels and enhancing relaxation, Fried said."
"This solution to better posture is something you can do completely on your own, anywhere, anytime, without ever opening your wallet. You don’t even have to get up from the couch."
"The DIY solution to better posture - Turn up your palms. That’s it."
"This palms-up position may be familiar to committed meditators and yogis who practice shavasana, but it’s foreign to those of us who spend a lot of time at a computer, behind the wheel of a car, holding babies, making lattes, or doing pretty much anything else that requires constant hand use. Even when we’re not using our hands, it’s just habit to sit, walk or stand with our hands facing down or behind us."
"The use of essential oils by consumers continues to rise, both as a separate commodity and indirectly through a large range of beauty-care and aromatherapy products. Individuals are increasingly aware of the importance, even necessity, of fragrance in their daily lives, regardless of what the source of that fragrance may be."
"Long neglected and denigrated through centuries of dualistic Western culture with its intrinsic body/mind split, the sense of smell seems to be coming back with an aromatic vengeance. As practitioners providing an important health-care service, we simply cannot ignore this burgeoning trend. When we see patients who are using essential oils in any number of different ways, we cannot help but ask ourselves, 'What exactly is this doing to their qi?'"
"The influence of TCM is growing in the modern beauty world, but it’s only in the past several years that it has been thrust to the front lines as part of a larger ingestible supplement trend."
"Some experts in the field of traditional medicine, including Ms Brian, recommend that consumers seek the advice of a practitioner before embarking on their own supplement-based beauty routine, as the formulas tend to work best when they're personalised for the individual. 'This applies to taking all supplements, not just TCM supplements,' says Ms Brian."
"In China, the practice of TCM in health and wellness has long been routine, and its treatments are available not only in clinics but in the form of herbal medicines sold by pharmacies."
"During menopause, many people experience hot flashes. A recent review and meta-analysis investigate whether Chinese herbal remedies might reduce the discomfort."
"The authors believe that Chinese herbal medicine might relieve hot flashes due to estrogen-like effects.For instance, some of the herbs that the researchers used in the trials, including bai shao, dang gui, zhi mu, chai hu, huang qin, and yin yang huo, contain phytoestrogens."
"The authors caution that if the benefits of Chinese herbs rely on estrogen or estrogen-like effects, 'they should be used with caution when prescribed to patients with hormone-dependent conditions, such as breast cancer.'"
"Traditional Asian healing practices are widely used in their parent cultures for maintaining wellness and treating illness, and are being increasingly used in Western countries. Accumulating research findings support that Asian medical treatments including acupuncture, herbal formulas, and energetic approaches are generally well tolerated and that select herbal formulas consistently result in symptomatic improvement of depressed mood, anxiety and schizophrenia."
"All Asian healing traditions are patient-centered and when practiced according to traditional principles each patient receives treatments that address the unique imbalances that manifest as physical, mental or emotional symptoms. Highly individualized person-centered approaches used to assess and treat symptoms in Asian healing traditions are performed to ensure a close match between the underlying causes of symptoms and the effects of treatments at various levels of body and mind. Western-trained physicians use an approach that is analogous. For example, when a skillful and experienced Western-trained physician or Asian medical practitioner arrives at an appropriate treatment choice, he or she has identified a close match between a specific treatment and postulated biological or energetic causes underlying symptoms. Finding the best match between putative biological or energetic causes of symptoms and the most appropriate biomedical or Asian medical intervention will ideally result in few or no adverse effects."
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