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Stuck on Acupuncture
Created on 9/2/2011
"I don't like needles."

But you might like acupuncture - the needles used are very different than those found at the doctor's office - and they can often help us feel better.

Recent studies suggest acupuncture can be helpful in relieving symptoms such as:

headache pain             nausea             and even hot flashes,

Be sure, however, to see an experienced, licensed practitioner.
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Acupuncture moistens a dry mouth
Created on 9/16/2008
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of illnesses, but only in recent decades have Western conventional medical doctors begun to explore its potential benefits for patients in the US. Studies using a special type of "x-ray," called functional magnetic resonance imaging, have shown that acupuncture stimulates specific areas of the brain related to certain functions. Incredible as it may seem, inserting a fine needle at a specific point on one's index finger may help moisten a dry mouth, a potentially uncomfortable situation that can affect the taste of food. While more research is needed, it is possible that acupuncture could be of help to people experiencing dry mouth from Sjogren's syndrome, or even from changes related to radiation therapy that was directed towards the head and neck. How acupuncture "works" has yet to be agreed upon, but that it does offer therapeutic benefits in specific situations is beyond a doubt. Read More>>
Acupuncture for lowering cholesterol?
Created on 5/20/2008
J has been told that she has high cholesterol, but finds she is unable to take statin drugs, the first line conventional drug therapy used to lower cholesterol levels in the body. Acupuncture might seem an attractive choice, since it's not a pill with potential side effects seen with some medications (however, even acupuncture can be associated with side effects or complications, especially if provided by someone who is not well-trained or who does not have significant clinical experience). A small number of research trials, mainly in Asia and mostly in animals, suggest there is promise for using acupuncture to help lower cholesterol levels, but this area of study is in its infancy. I don't recommend using acupuncture as the primary way to control cholesterol. There are some other options that J could consider with her doctor, however.   Read More>>
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