An interesting study, done by Egyptian researchers, came out this spring. Children with autism were studied to see whether scalp acupuncture could help improve language skills. All of the children received language therapy and half of them also received scalp acupuncture. At the end of nine months, children who received acupuncture showed greater improvement than those who only had language therapy.
This was a small study with only 20 children participating in total. It would be interesting to see if the results could be duplicated on a larger scale. Scalp acupuncture is commonly used in China for mental and cognitive disorders. However, it may be difficult to convince children to submit to needling.
River Valley Acupuncture, along with Renova massage and nutrition, is having our second annual Open House! We will be having free example acupuncture treatments, mini massages, and nutrition samples. Meet our practitioners and see our office space. Everyone is welcome!
The Open House will take place on Wednesday, November 5 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. We are located in the Giguere’s building, 148 Main Street, Cherry Valley MA.
For more information, call our office at (508) 892-8300, or contact us here.
A recent Australian study looked at acupuncture’s effects on depression symptoms. The researchers compared patients who used standard anti-depression medication and found that those who added acupuncture to their treatment significantly improved their depression compared to the group that didn’t use acupuncture.
Emotional issues are one of the most common main complaints that I see in my practice. Anxiety, stress, depression, irritability, and sleep disorders have all traditionally been treated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
See my March 25th blog article for other natural therapies for treating depression, including the Chinese herb Hou Po.
Whenever we go out for lunch, my friend Ellen is great at remembering to ask for her water without ice. Traditional Chinese dietary therapy teaches that room-temperature beverages are much better for the digestive system. And there’s a good reason for this– cold food and beverages actually lower the temperature in the stomach, making it less efficient at digesting food (see my article on avoiding colds Â for another example of how the body struggles with temperature regulation).
Here are some other healthy eating tips based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. These suggestions are excerpted from a handout that I give patients who are dealing with weight loss or digestive issues.
Enjoy Eating Have regular mealtimes and do not skip meals. Take your time eating. Don’t eat standing up, in the car, or on the go. Avoid eating when you are overly emotional; try to clear your mind of worry or anger.
How to Eat As you eat, take small bites. Chew each bite well so that it digests properly. Try not to drink with your meal. Listen to your body, and stop eating when you are 80% full.
What to Eat Balanced diets should include a variety of different foods, especially vegetables and whole grains. Try to eat food that is fresh and whole, and minimize usage of processed food. Cooked food is easiest to digest; soups, stews, casseroles, and sautÃ©s are best for anyone with digestive difficulties.
Food to Avoid Limit junk food, sweets, and simple carbohydrates. Avoid food preparations that are fried or excessively rich or fatty. Room temperature and warm foods and beverages are best; reduce cold and raw food (e.g. ice cream, salads) and iced drinks. Since moderation is key to a healthy diet, do not rely on any one type of food.