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Acupuncture has been studied for years in the west to scientifically understand how these little needles provoke healing. Here are a few of the conclusions:
1. Acupuncture increases the circulation of blood- reducing pain and swelling
2. It causes the release of certain neurotransmitters- benefitting mental health
3. Acupuncture stimulates the natural release of opioids- reducing pain
4. A reaction with the central nervous system occurs- benefitting overall health.
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Herbs and Nutraceuticals correct the underlying dysfunctional biological mechanism that causes the symptoms whereas drugs only seek to alleviate the symptom.
Herbs and nutraceuticals are safer than drugs. According to the CDC there are “0” deaths annually due to herbs and nutraceuticals whereas prescription drugs cause approxiamtely 250,000 deaths annually.
by Blake Farmer Feb. 16, 2012
The US Army has begun to make Acupuncture more widely available to troops returning home for P.T.S.D, Traumatic Brain Injury and back pain.
Int Rev Neurobiol. 2013;111:67-90. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-411545-3.00004-3. Acupuncture stimulation induces neurogenesis in adult brain. Nam MH1, Ahn KS, Choi SH. Author information 1Department of Pathology, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Abstract
The discovery of adult neurogenesis was a turning
Changes in regional cerebral blood flow and glucose metabolism following electroacupuncture at LI 4 and LI 11 in normal volunteers
J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Oct;15(10):1075-81. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0257. Changes in regional cerebral blood flow and glucose metabolism following electroacupuncture at LI 4 and LI 11 in normal volunteers. An YS1, Moon SK, Min IK, Kim DY. Abstract OBJECTIVES:
Although numerous trials have demonstrated the clinical effects
**Effect of acupuncture therapy for postponing Wallerian degeneration of cerebral infarction as shown by diffusion tensor imaging
J Alternative & Complementary medicine
2012 Dec;18(12):1154-60. doi: 10.1089/acm.2011.0493. Epub 2012 Sep 5.
Effect of acupuncture therapy for postponing Wallerian degeneration of cerebral infarction as shown by diffusion tensor imaging. Shen Y1, Li M, Wei R, Lou M. 1Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China Abstract OBJECTIVE:
One aim of this study was
Effects of Interactive Metronome Therapy on Cognitive Functioning After Blast-Related Brain Injury: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial
Neuropsychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0034117
Online First Publication, September 23, 2013. doi: 10.1037/a0034117
Lonnie A. Nelson, Margaret MacDonald, Christina Stall, and Renee Pazdan
Objective: We report preliminary findings on the efficacy of interactive metronome (IM) therapy for theremediation of cognitive difficulties in soldiers with persisting cognitive complaints following blast-related mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Neurogenetics and Nutrigenomics of Neuro-Nutrient Therapy for Reward Deficient Syndrome (RDS)_Clinical Ramifications as a Function of Molecular Neurobiological Mechanisms
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J Addict Res Ther. ; 3(5): 139–. doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000139.
August 5, 2013
Kenneth Blum1,5,6,8,10,11,12,15,*, Marlene Oscar-Berman2, Elizabeth Stuller3, David Miller4,5,
John Giordano6, Siobhan Morse6, Lee McCormick7, William B Downs5, Roger L Waite5,
Debmalya Barh8, Dennis Neal9, Eric R Braverman1,10, Raquel Lohmann10, Joan Borsten11,
Mary Hauser12, David Han13, Yijun Liu1, Manya Helman14,
PLoS One. 2014 Mar 6;9(3):e91160. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091160. eCollection 2014.
Editor: Daqing Ma, Imperial College London, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, United Kingdom
Received August 19, 2013; Accepted February 10, 2014; Published March 6, 2014
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Y. Xia et al. (eds.), Current Research in Acupuncture, 37
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-3357-6_2, © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
Cellular Mechanisms in Acupuncture Points and Affected Sites
Wolfgang Schwarz and Quanbao Gu
W. Schwarz (*)
Laboratory of Cellular Electrophysiology , Shanghai