News articles about acupuncture, alternative and herbal medicine, healthy lifestyles, and nutrition.
Most people either think herbal medicines are useless or use them in the same way as drugs.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked “What is the best herb for headaches?” over the past 25 years since I first started in the natural health field. My answer is always the same: “That depends on whether your headaches are a symptom of stress, neck tension or misalignment, anxiety, excessive radiation from computer work or television, liver problems, gallbladder problems, blood sugar fluctuations, neurotoxic chemicals in your food, head trauma, chemicals in your home or office, or other factor.” I think you get the point. To help aid in the understanding of herbal medicines, here are 11 things you need to know about these powerful but misunderstood natural healers:
Acupuncture and herbs outperform drug therapy for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers compared two groups, one received acupuncture and #herbal medicine and the other received drug therapy. The group receiving acupuncture and herbs had superior positive patient outcome rates. Acupuncture and herbs produced clinical outcomes yielding greater improvements in stool consistency and significantly greater reductions of abdominal pain, mucus in the stool, bloating, and bowel urgency.
Acupuncture to the abdomen, boosted by an electric current, helped relieve severe constipation, a new study found.Chinese researchers studied 1,075 patients with severe functional constipation, which means they were unable to have a complete bowel movement more than twice a week. The study subjects all reported a number of unpleasant symptoms, including hard stools, a sensation of incomplete evacuation and often needing to strain when going to the bathroom. They were randomly assigned to receive either a form of acupuncture or a sham procedure, according to the report published today in Annals of Internal Medicine.
A complex mix of plant compounds derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine, or the ancient clinical practice in China, apparently works to kill some types of cancer cells.
One of these compounds called “Compound kushen injection” (CKI) is approved for use in China to treat various cancer tumors, usually as an adjunct to western chemotherapy. How CKI works, however, isn’t known.
Acupuncture show positive treatment outcomes for both cervical spondylosis and cervical spondylotic radiculopathy.
Researchers (Zheng-tao, et al.) find acupuncture effective for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and conclude that it is a potentially valid and successful substitute for the CPAP machine. The findings indicate that acupuncture is a proven treatment option for sleep apnea patients looking for a cost-effective alternative to standard treatment or for those who find sleeping with the machine cumbersome and difficult to manage.
There are a number of reasons why people might turn to less invasive fertility treatments like Chinese medicine instead of Western treatment methods.
Yoga, tai chi, and other complementary health approaches are effective in helping to alleviate some chronic pain conditions, concludes a new study by researchers from the National Institutes of Health.