Exciting Acupuncture Research

Study: Acupuncture Effective for Endometriosis – Study Results and Clinical Experience

May 8, 2018

My experience using acupuncture for endometriosis A very common ailment I treat in my acupuncture practice is endometriosis. Sometimes women come in with an actual diagnosis based on a laparoscopy; other times it’s just suspected based on their severe pain which might be just around their period, or in bad cases commonly causes various symptoms […]

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Study: Acupuncture Alleviates Menstrual/Period Pain

August 22, 2017

An acupuncture study in Australia confirmed what I see clinically with so many of my patients: that acupuncture is very beneficial for menstrual/period pain. They found that acupuncture was “effective for reducing both pain intensity levels and the duration of menstrual cramping and pain. In addition, the researchers document that acupuncture reduces secondary symptoms including […]

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New Study Shows how Acupuncture Helps Stress by Regulating Hormones

April 11, 2017

Acupuncture helps Stress…but HOW? I’ve known since I started practicing acupuncture that it is amazing at helping people with their stress levels.  Not only do many patients report feeling “euphoria” during and right after acupuncture, but many also report that these feelings last for days after their treatments.  We have many explanations for how acupuncture […]

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Acupuncture helps Stress by Regulating Hormones, New Study Shows

March 28, 2014

It’s finally proven: Acupuncture helps stress I just got back from my regular acupuncture treatment with a colleague in town with whom I do trades. As usual, about 10 minutes into the treatment I found myself riding on those notorious waves of euphoria that acupuncture is so well known for while the stress just dissolved. […]

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Cellular and Genetic Changes from Meditation, and Why that Matters for Keeping your Liver (and you!) Happy.

February 14, 2014

I promised in my last post on the Wood element that I would write on the cellular affects of meditation, and why it is such an important practice for all of us to be doing. Especially as we begin to head into wood element season — the element notorious for, shall we say, being a […]

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Acupuncture Points Proven to Exist in Scientific Study!

February 12, 2014

It seems that science has finally been able to “see” and therefore acknowledge the existence of acupuncture points! In some exciting studies that were recently done, researchers used CT scans on the body to measure the difference between acupuncture and non-acupuncture points. The resulting images showed that there are marked differences between the locations that […]

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Acupuncture for PMS: Good News! Study Reveals Acupuncture and Herbs both Extremely Effective

February 3, 2014

Acupuncture for PMS, Chinese herbs for PMS   It seems that almost every day, new studies are showing the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, both of which are components of Chinese medicine. This latest study is good news for any woman (and those around her, for that matter!) who suffers monthly from PMS. An […]

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Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Patients: Meta-Analysis Reveals Acupuncture to be an Effective Treatment Option

January 7, 2014

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain: It works! According to a Meta-Analysis published by JAMA, a respected medical journal, acupuncture has been shown to be effective for chronic pain. In this study, they compared acupuncture to sham- acupuncture, and found statistically relevant differences in treatment outcomes comparing the two groups. What is wonderful about this […]

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Study Shows Acupuncture Regulates the Eyes and Vision

January 3, 2014

While we in the field of acupuncture know that it works because we see the results every day and have extensively studied the archives dating back thousands of years of Chinese medicine, it is always cool when a new study demonstrates not only that, but how,  acupuncture works. This study is citing the affects of […]

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UCSF study: Acupuncture for Pain as Effective as Morphine

April 2, 2013

Using Acupuncture for pain as a substitute for drugs like morphine A study recently released by UCSF school of medicine showed that acupuncture is as effective as morphine for treating pain. That means that patients can feel confident that using acupuncture for pain will likely be a safe, drug-free way to manage their pain. Another […]

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Study Shows Acupuncture For Migraines More Effective than Common Medication

April 1, 2013

Acupuncture for Migraines more effective than medications Once again, a study is showing that acupuncture is more effective for treating migraines than one of the common migraine medications that is regularly prescribed. 100 people participated in the study, and participants either received 20 acupuncture treatments, or the drug Depakote at the standard dosage.   Both […]

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Studies Show Acupuncture Greatly Reduces Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

January 13, 2013

New studies being reported on by Acufinder.com show that acupuncture (and other treatments also commonly administered during acupuncture sessions) has a dramatic and beneficial effect on symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). From their article, “Patients ranging in age from 28-54 received sliding cupping treatments twice a week for a total of 12 treatments.   The […]

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Research: Acupuncture Improves Memory and Cognitive Function—Alzheimer’s Help

September 19, 2012

Many people come to my acupuncture clinic with poor memory or brain fog, as a side issue to the other bigger issues that we’re addressing.  In Chinese Medicine, memory is often related to kidney function, and by nourishing and building up the kidneys, we will see improvement in memory.  However, there are also other issues […]

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Sleep Study: Acupuncture Therapy for Sleep Quality of Obese Hospital Workers

September 12, 2012

  Many people who work in hospitals work strange hours, long into the night and disrupting their Circadean sleep-wake rhythms.  Obesity is also a contributor to insomnia.  Obese hospital workers, therefore, were the perfect candidates for this study on the affects of acupuncture and sleep disorders. Acupuncture Sleep Study The study participants received two acupuncture […]

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Acupuncture Helps Depression: Acupuncture Research

March 29, 2012

A research study has found that boosting the effect of acupuncture needles with small electric currents may be effective in treating depression. Certainly in my practice I find every day that even acupuncture just its own can be very helpful as well. In a study at the School of Chinese Medicine at the University of […]

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Chinese Medicine and your Immunity: Boost your Wei Qi Now to Stay Healthy This Winter

November 2, 2011

I hope you’ve all been staying warm and cozy through our first couple snow storms of the year! As the weather gets colder, many people come to me for a few seasonal “tune-up” treatments to prepare their body for winter and ward off illness. While Chinese medicine has its own theory for why acupuncture and […]

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Study Results: Acupuncture Dramatically Eases Hot Flashes

April 20, 2011

The latest study on hot flashes revealed that acupuncture dramatically improved hot flashes for the study participants. The women were either given real or sham acupuncture, and those who received real acupuncture reported dramatic improvement after receiving their acupuncture treatments. Participants received 2 acupuncture treatments per week for 10 weeks during the study period. See […]

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Research: Acupuncture Effectively Treats Raynaud’s

January 8, 2011

  Each winter, I see an increase in my acupuncture practice in people coming in for Raynaud’s syndrome.  Raynaud’s affects mostly women, and causes some areas of your body – typically your fingers and toes – to feel numb and cool (often) in response to cold temperatures or stress. “During an attack of Raynaud’s, affected […]

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Another Study Shows Acupuncture Successfully treats Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

September 13, 2010

It is absolutely unnecessary to be endlessly debilitated by Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia.  But as the days get colder and shorter as we progress into fall, I begin to see an increase in patients coming in for acupuncture with these symptoms. Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia in the Acupuncture Clinic A major increase in symptoms in the winter […]

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Research: Acupuncture for Depression at least as Effective as Medication

July 14, 2010

I am writing about depression for this season’s research article because as you can see from reading the featured Fire/Summer piece, it is actually vital for our health–not a luxury– that we experience joy, connection, and fun.  Because I’ve experienced such good results with using Chinese medicine for emotional imbalances, I decided to go online […]

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