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An excellent review of data from research that involved over 20,827 patients across 39 clinical trials was published in the prestigious medical journal - The Journal of Pain.  They focused their review on research involving treatment of non-specific musculoskeletal pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, or shoulder pain done between 2008 and 2015, adding to the overall data previously reviewed.

Highlights

  • - Acupuncture has a clinically relevant effect on chronic pain that persists over time

  • - Th...

We wanted to share a newly published article from the journal Opinions in Anesthesiology, October 2017, titled: "Acupuncture for chronic pain: an update and critical overview".


Their key points for the article were:

  • Mounting evidence supports the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating chronic pain conditions including low back, neck, shoulder, and knee pain, headaches, and migraine.

  • The use of acupuncture in perioperative settings and as an adjunct or alternative to opioids and NSAIDs has shown promising outcome...

Acupuncture muscle channels, identified by physicians over two thousand years ago and part of the system of acupuncture knowledge and treatment is now understood as the myofascial system and the various groups of muscles and connective tissues.

Muscles account for 40% of your body mass and are involved in more than just movement and stability - they provide and maintain heat to the body, support proper circulation and pumping of lymph and blood to the extremities, and conduct neurological and non-neurological signals across...

Join us for a pre-holiday special event at Abundant Heaven.  Taste new tea, get sale pricing on last season's teas, and hang out in our zen zone.

With research and better understandings of the connections of the gut microbiome accumulating, there are, in our opinion, more and more substantial reasons to take a multi-strain probiotic on a daily basis.  Research is filling in the complex mystery of the physiological connections between the bacteria in our intestines and the rest of the systems of our body.

One particular study explains and assesses the connections between a healthy microbiome and heart disease, particularly in contributing to or reducing atherosclerosi...

Peter Doshi is a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.  His report questions the motivations behind the intense push for what appears to be a failed strategy.

Read the full report from the British Medical Journal here.

Excerpt:

"This is not to say influenza vaccines have no proven benefit. Many randomized controlled trials of influenza vaccines have been conducted in the healthy adult population, and a systematic review found that, depending on vaccine-virus strain match,...

We wanted to share a compelling study (click to download entire research paper) with you all, showing efficacy of ear acupuncture in treating low back pain and posterior pelvic pain in pregnant women.  It was performed at the Center for the Advancement of Perioperative Health at Yale-New Haven Hospital after obtaining approval from the Human Investigation Committee at Yale University School of Medicine.  It was done primarily due to the prevalence of Pregnancy-related low back and posterior pelvic pain (PRLP) (up...

"The prevailing biomedical model, inherited from the anatomical and bacteriological investigations of the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, treats diseases as entities. From this perspective, diseases can be considered separately from the individual people in whom they manifest; a disease such as syphilis is thought to have a single cause, to express itself in a universally recognizable way, and to be treatable by a standard regimen. But Chinese doctors, as is clear from the early medical literature, approached illne...

One of the deepest insights of the human body from Chinese medicine is the appreciation of the body in the every changing cycles of seasonal climate changes.  The heat and the cold of the Solstices, the winds and patterns of weather that occur throughout the year, these are all observed and adjusted to accordingly with slight changes in diet, lifestyle, and treatment.  The solstices and equinoxes  are notable times to re-calibrate ourselves to the universe and to our own self-care.

The human body is a de...

Looking up research on dietary fats and their effects on cholesterol, I discovered this recently published article.  Here is the abstract below, and you can find the full report hosted on our website here.  I will snip out some of my favorite quotations below as well.

Abstract:

Health professionals are often asked questions regarding fat intake:

  • Are all fats bad for you?

  • Are fats all the same?

  • How much is too much fat?

The objective of this chapter is to shed light on dietary fat and the controversies that s...

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