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"That anatomy should still contain such surprises is itself something of a surprise. It’s easy to think that 19th-century anatomists pulled apart the body tendon by tendon, vein by vein, describing and drawing every filament they came across, no matter how tiny. But eight years ago, Matthias Gunzer, an immunologist at the University Duisburg-Essen, in Germany, saw something that didn’t fit the current models. He had dyed some white blood cells red and green so that he could trace the path of their fluorescence through a mo...

April 24, 2019

If you or someone you know struggle with depression, consider including acupuncture into the treatment plan to achieve more satisfactory and fulfilling results.

Acupuncture can be used to improve treatment outcomes for depression. Multiple systematic reviews of clinical research suggest that acupuncture is effective and significantly enhances drug-based treatment of depression. Acupuncture plus pharmaceutical treatment (SSRI's) outperforms just pharmaceutical treatment alone in multiple areas of measurement for quality of...

A new study was published in The Journal of Alzheimer's Disease showing a reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in people who ate mushrooms more often, as compared to those who ate mushrooms less or not at all.  The study has a strong statistical power with a large cohort of 633 subjects and contributes to other high quality studies showing similar results.

The researcher's note in their introduction, "We hypothesized that mushroom consumption is associated with reduced odds of having MCI, and this association is...

Here is a link to the article.  It is full of amazing photos we can't share here so please follow the link for the full experience.

There was one image we could share that shows the concepts and traditional herbal medical practice we practice:

 

We often take some extra time with our patients to try and explain the importance of healthy digestion, healthy eating habits, and/or myths about diet and digestion.

One person's idea of healthy may not be appropriate for someone else, for example.

We have taken the time, over the last few years, to explain in written word, some basic concepts of digestion from an integrative and Chinese medicine-inspired view.  I decided to share the latest iteration here as I think it has become quite comprehensive and easily digestible (n...

A powerful and well-research compound found in a few famous Chinese herbs, berberine has been shown to profoundly lower blood glucose, total cholesterol, and HbA1C levels.  It is one of the most studied compounds found in a number of famous and most-used herbs relied upon in Chinese medicine. 

A paper published in the Alternative Medicine Review from 2000 notes, "It [berberine] is present in Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal), Coptis chinensis (Coptis or goldenthread), Berberis aquifolium (Oregon grape), Berberis v...

An unfortunately large amount of acupuncture research is inherently biased as it relies on a physiologically-active placebo. No other form of medicine is required to out-perform a physiologically-active placebo, and some procedures, like surgery and physical therapy, are almost never tested against any form of placebo.

Additionally, acupuncture is only one component and tool within the larger system of Chinese Medicine, which we practice at Abundant Heaven TCM.  The 'TCM' stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine, which we ho...

The 2014 report from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, titled 'Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Dietary Fatty Acids for Healthy Adults' is rich with analysis.  This post aims to distill it down to one particular subject: fish.

In reviewing evidence-based dietary guidelines around getting enough health-supporting fats and avoiding unhealthy fats, we came across some very compelling information that encourages regular consumption of fatty fish.  Read the long report, or see our summary below to unders...

"A systematic review of the 39 methodologically strongest studies performed in the U.S. between 1964 and 1995 examined patients who were hospitalized due to a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR) or who experienced an ADR while in the hospital.  The review found that 4.7 percent of hospital admissions were due to serious reactions from prescription drugs that had been appropriately prescribed and used.  In addition, 2.1 percent of in-hospital patients who received correctly prescribed medications experienced a serious ADR,...

"We searched the literature with a focus on systematic reviews and meta analyses (the highest form of evidence available). We sorted the evidence to identify which conditions acupuncture has been found to be most effective for. We also looked for evidence of acupuncture's safety and cost-effectiveness, and we reported how the evidence for acupuncture's effectiveness has changed over an eleven-year time-frame."  (McDonald J, Janz S.)

This rigorous review of the most up-to-date research on acupuncture's efficacy for vari...

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