If you’re a parent, or would like to be one, crying babies will be known to you. There can be many reasons for a crying baby, but one that cries for hours on end is not only heartbreaking (and crazy-making), but could indicate a health problem the baby is experiencing, but can’t communicate.
A recent study showed that acupuncture may help babies suffering from intestinal colic. It even showed that one needle, even when compared to a group of needles, may be useful in treating the condition. In children, and in acupuncture treatments in general, more needles are not necessarily better.
Click this link to check out the original article to find out more about the research.
Acupoints can also be stimulated in other ways, and can prove most useful when trying to help children. Point massage, laser, tuning fork stimulation and other ways to stimulate acupuncture points may help your child stay healthy and treat issues when they arise.
I will be teaching a children’s health class for parents on January 21, 2017 from 1-3pm where I will give more information for parents to help their kids maintain health and provide support for their kids when they do become ill. Topics taught include massage techniques, specific points for maintaining children’s health using a tuning fork, dietary advice.
This article highlights an exciting use of acupuncture in the hospital ER setting, and marks an exciting development for acupuncturists!
Opioid pain drugs are now admittedly over-prescribed for pain treatment. In an effort to reduce the numbers of patients addicted to them, their use is being re-evaluated.
Acupuncture can now be recognized as an effective and NON-ADDICTIVE treatment to alleviate pain in the body. Acupuncture is not only effective for the treatment of pain. Acupuncture may have benefits above and beyond pain reduction.
I have many patients ask where to go online for more detailed information about how acupuncture works and for some further details on what is actually going on when acupuncturists choose points. Here are my top 5 acupuncture website picks for more information on the huge topic of acupuncture.
Acufinder.com – This website is a great resource for finding practitioners across the country, but I especially like their informational resources for the public to research how specific conditions are treated and other more specific information on acupuncture. There are also some great articles on herbal medicine.
Aaaomonline.org– This patient resources section of the American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine website lists a variety of links and other information, including links to current research studies being conducted by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Acupuncture.org – This site lists studies and other information related to acupuncture treatment and its efficacy. This tends to take a populist approach, but can be helpful in searching for specific information on what acupuncture can treat, through recent studies and many celebrity quotes.
This list may be helpful for further information, but please contact the Natural Health & Fertility Center directly at 612-871-2288 to learn more about how acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may help you!
Dr. Jingduan Yang, a 5th generation Chinese medicine specialist, wrote a response that I think may help promote the understanding that acupuncture; with its long historical use and support relatively recently from national and international organizations such as the AMA, NIH and WHO; may be effective for a number of different health concerns. It may not be for everyone, but then again, Western medicine doesn’t help everyone either. To be sure, skeptics of acupuncture / TCM and Western medicine all exist!
My feeling is, practitioners of both of these health care systems (and other systems as well) have something of value to bring to those people who come to us for help. Let’s work together using our respective paradigms and help our patients be well!
I’ve been revisiting a 2005 article by Ted J. Kaptchuk, OMD, and Franklin G. Miller about the relationship between mainstream and “alternative” therapies. (See the full article) Their viewpoint article poses the question of how the two groups should ethically interact – should they oppose one another (war), integrate (unite “previously sovereign and hostile states”/groups) or acknowledge plurality (create a “coalition of allies”)?
Being a practitioner in the East Asian medicine community, I am biased towards an approach of coalition, because in my daily clinical life, I see the benefits of both medicines in practice. The necessity of each as stand alone medicines is clear to me, but perhaps it’s not so clear to practitioners of mainstream medicine or patients steeped in the Western healthcare system. The usefulness of a medical system that approaches health from a different perspective can only be beneficial to everyone, by providing a perspective from a worldview different from the culturally dominant view. A culturally alien experience of the world should not be dismissed simply because it does not fit neatly into the dominant culture.
East Asian medicine takes a more functional medicine approach to health, and its strength lies there. Mainstream medicine has its strengths and limitations. Should mainstream medicine incorporate other traditional medicines into its system based on judgements that many times cannot be judged on an even footing? Does the “gold-standard” randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled testing work for acupuncture, or ayurveda, or other “alternative” therapies? (They don’t) Does the fact that it doesn’t fit neatly into the mainstream medical model invalidate whole systems of traditional therapies? (It doesn’t – many have been around for sometimes thousands of years-could they exist that long while being useless?).
For those of you who have experienced an alternative health system like East Asian medicine, Ayurveda, Tibetan medicine, etc, what has your experience been? Since I think most everyone has gotten past the opposition/war point of view, how do you think “alternative” therapies should interact with mainstream medicine? Should mainstream medicine adapt these systems into the current status quo, or should everyone acknowledge each other as equals, with strengths and weaknesses intact and try to decide how to support one another?