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    Shenhuang Granule

    23 Sep 2021 | Blog
    Shenhuang Granule

    Interesting research. The objective was to compare the efficacy and safety of the traditional Chinese medicine, Shenhuang Granule, with standard care in hospitalized patients with severe/critical COVID-19 and this was done in the form of arandomized controlled multicenter trial. Worth checking out: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8161732/

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    Do you suffer from Long COVID or know anyone who does?

    As simple moxa therapy can fortify the immune system, and help suppress symptoms and speed up recovery from tuberculosis, the good people of Moxafrica are now conducting research to see if moxibustion can be an effective treatment for Long Covid. If you’re interested in taking part in this '100 Day Moxa Challenge', please email 100daymoxachallenge@gmail.com

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    Acupuncture for refugees in Lesbos

    A wonderful report by acupuncturist Sandra Arbelaez, of her first hand experience giving acupuncture to refugees in Lesbos, in September 2021. https://www.jcm-ondemand.com/giving-acupuncture-to-refugees-in-Lesbos

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    brain in the gut

    23 Sep 2021 | Blog
    brain in the gut

    'De interactie tussen de ingewanden en de hersenen, het ‘brain in the gut’, dat als studieterrein de afgelopen decennia sterk in opkomst is, heeft niet alleen fysieke gevolgen. De metabolieten, de actieve stoffen die geproduceerd worden in de stofwisseling, sturen ook de werking van de hersenen en daarmee de psyche. De darmen hebben de hersenen bereikt, er is ook een ‘gut in the brain’.' En dat is precies de reden dat traditionele acupunctuur veel aandacht besteedt aan het (weer) optimaal laten werken van de darmen. Gezonde voeding is daar een onderdeel van, maar juist acupunctuur kan[...]

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    Check out the new ACU-Track acupuncture research podcast!

    The first episode summarises the current evidence-base for acupuncture, the challenges and the future. https://acu-trackpodcast.buzzsprout.com/ Off the back of the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) conference (2021), in this episode Nick and Spod discuss the current state of the evidence-base for acupuncture. They explore questions including: - Where is the evidence for acupuncture strongest and where is there potential? - What are some of the key issues in the field such as placebo? - Where does the future of acupuncture research lie? References from the show: 1) Efficacy for [...]

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    Acupuncture is one of the safest treatments in medicine

    Two independent researchers selected articles, extracted the data and assessed study quality. Overall risks and risks for different AE categories were obtained from random effects meta-analyses. Conclusion: Acupuncture can be considered among the safer treatments in medicine. SAEs are rare, and the most common minor AEs are very mild. AEs requiring medical management are uncommon but necessitate medical competence to assure patient safety. Clinical and methodological heterogeneity call for standardised AE assessments tools, clear criteria for differentiating acupuncture-related AEs from [...]

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    Using poison to attack poison

    Daoist Priest Xuan Tong of Wudang Mountain, China talks us through his use of various locally sourced materials in making his traditional plasters, including the use of scorpions, snakes and various poisonous minerals. Rather than being concerned about side effects, the effects of the poisonous materials themselves are seen to be an integral part of curing disease, "using poison to attack poison". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucXdtyN-BR8  

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    Cupping therapy is effective for psoriasis

    Methods: Several databases were systematically searched from inception to March 2, 2020, including PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, China Network Knowledge Infrastructure, and Wan Fang. This review included randomized controlled trials on plaque psoriasis treatment with the use of moving cupping and in combination with Chinese herbs or conventional Western medicine therapy. These trial findings were compared with the treatment results using placebo, pharmaceutical medications, or Chinese herbs. Moving cupping treatment frequency was also compared. Results: [...]

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    Acupuncture in US Navy

    The U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 can now receive acupuncture treatments as part of battlefield auricular acupuncture (BFA). NMCB-5 is the first U.S. Navy deployable command to perform BFA. Lt. Jeffrey Moy, NMCB-5’s medical officer, and several corpsmen at NMCB-5 can provide auricular acupuncture, which consists of inserting small gold needles in the ear to treat pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nausea, and addiction–such as tobacco cessation. [...]

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