According to a study published in the journal Clinical Rheumatology, acupuncture may be as effective as medication in treating rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Patients’ symptoms were rated based on joint tenderness, swollen joints, morning stiffness, and quality of life.
While this was a small study and there was no control group, it could be a good starting point for further research.
Although it was not mentioned in the study, Chinese herbal medicine can also be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.Â Contact usÂ for more information.
It has been fun watching the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. As an acupuncturist, I find it especially interesting to see the information circulating about Traditional Chinese Medicine (although some of it is mis-information).One clinic in the Olympic athlete’s’ village is offering acupuncture and traditional Chinese massage. Both athletes and coaches are taking advantage of the services. You can read the full article from the Times Online, a British newspaper. Be aware, however, that the article somewhat sensationalizes Chinese herbal medicine, focusing on animal products that are almost never used in the United States and are uncommon even in China.
In fact, according to the official Olympic website, Chinese athletes are not using herbal medicine during the games, to prevent the appearance of an unfair advantage (although there is no evidence that the substances in common Chinese herbs would be considered doping).
Athletes are also taking advantage of cupping, an adjunctive technique in Chinese medicine. Chinese swimmers and marathon runners have been seen with cupping marks on their backs. Don’t worry– the marks will disappear in a few days and cupping feels fabulous!
On the lighter side, here is a link to an article from Weird Asia News. A Chinese acupuncturist broke the world record for self acupuncture by inserting 2008 decorative acupuncture needles into himself. Do not try this at home– and I promise that I will never use this many needles on a patient!
Can you ward off nearsightedness? Recent news suggests that it may be possible to prevent children from developing myopia.
In China, eyestrain accounts for 45 percent of nearsightedness. The Chinese Education Ministry blames poor lighting and the many hours that students spend studying and reading books. To help save students’ vision, the Ministry is proposing that schools organize twice-daily eye exercises.
Researchers in the United States have found that 33 percent of Americans are nearsighted and half of Americans have some type of vision problem.
A new studyÂ from Australia found a correlation between eyesight and time spent outdoors. Children who spent the most amount of time outside, regardless of the type of activity, had less incidence of nearsightedness. Researchers think that sunlightÂ may prevent theÂ eye growth that can lead to myopia.
So, how much protection do you give your eyes? Make sure that you take breaks from reading and computer use, giving your eyes time to focus in the distance. Avoid bothÂ excessive glare and dim light. And find excuses to spend time outdoors!
An Italian study found that acupuncture relieved pain for migraine sufferers.Â Acupuncture out-performed three controls: two groups that received â€œshamâ€ acupuncture and one which received no preventative treatment.Â Improvement in symptoms continued for six months.
Acupuncture appeared to help even in patients who had not gotten relief from standard Western medication.