World cancer day 2023

Today we unite the global cancer communityToday we raise awarenessToday we inspire changeToday we fight for fairnessToday we help #CloseTheCareGap So that everyday, everyone, everywhere has access to cancer care. ✨ https://www.worldcancerday.org/ WorldCancerDay #cancer #acupuncture

Return to Live movie

In 2009, Doug Dearth produced the famous documentary “9000 Needles” about this brothers recovery from a stroke with the help of acupuncture in Tianjin, China. In 2021, Doug completed another documentary, called “Return to Live”, about the treatment of very difficult neurological #diseases by...

The trolley problem

A great fighter is not just one who wins, but one who does so well, with masterful control of themselves and their actions as they engage in something most people actively try to avoid. Dr. Sin connects this multifaceted understanding of fighting to how...

Exposing Scientific Dogmas – Rupert Sheldrake

Sheldrake gave a talk entitled The Science Delusion at TEDx Whitechapel, Jan 12, 2013. The theme for the night was Visions for Transition: Challenging existing paradigms and redefining values (for a more beautiful world). In response to protests from two materialists in the US,...

Who Invented Dry Needling? Digging into The History

Written by Brook Cheng Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling and intramuscular stimulation (Dommerholt J et al, 2006; Zhou K, et al, 2015), a therapeutic technique mainly used for treatment of muscle pain by various healthcare practitioners, including physical therapists, physicians,...

ChatGPT: how to integrate acupuncture in modern health care

So I tried ChatGPT. Q:how to integrate acupuncture in modern health careA:Integrating acupuncture into modern healthcare can be done in several ways:1) Incorporating acupuncture into traditional medical treatments: Acupuncture can be used as an adjunct therapy alongside conventional medical treatments for conditions such as...

ChatGPT: how to research acupuncture?

So I tried OpenAI’s ChatGPT artificial intelligence. Q: how to research acupuncture A: Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, called acupoints. To research acupuncture, one can follow these steps:...

ChatGPT: how can we prove that acupuncture works?

So I tried OpenAI’s ChatGPT artificial intelligence. Q: how can we prove that acupuncture works A: Proving that acupuncture works can be challenging because it is a complex and multifaceted practice. To prove the effectiveness of acupuncture, scientists typically use randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...

Endocrine Disruptors

Sperm counts are declining fast, and this is a global trend. Endocrine Disruptors, common chemicals that severely alter your hormones are probably a major factor.

4 major national models and how they work

At the end of the year, we may be reflecting upon what is right and what is wrong in the world. Here is an overview of the four different kinds of healthcare systems in the world. We may or may not be happy with...

Acupuncture: How to improve the evidence base

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) now has a whole section on acupuncture, which includes guidance on clinical trials, economic analysis, and development of clinical practice guidelines. Acupuncture is now recommended in many countries as a viable treatment strategy for the management of various conditions...

The WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine

The WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) is a knowledge centre for traditional medicine. As part of WHO’s overall traditional medicine strategy, it has a strategic focus on evidence and learning, data and analytics, sustainability and equity, and innovation and technology to optimize...

Drinkable rivers

‘Indeed, when we can drink from our rivers, it means that a whole ecosystem is healthy and in balance. Rivers can only be drinkable when all actions and relations in an entire watershed contribute.This could be a guiding principle for our societies,as a replacement...

Overprescribing of medicines must stop, says government

“What GPs… need, is better access for their patients to alternative, non-pharmacological treatments, which can be patchy across the country.”Acupuncture is now officially recommended in the UK by NICE for the treatment of chronic pain, migraines and headaches. Acupuncture also regularly outperforms usual care/conventional...

Treating cough

Here’s some very good info about preparing pumpkin and it’s value, by French man Lokmane Benaicha, who’s been studying in China for over a decade. Thank you Bruce Bentley to bringing it to my attention!It’s about treating COUGH. There’s another recipe with ginger, turnip...

Paracetamol during pregnancy

Paracetamol, also called acetaminophen, should be used only when medically indicated during pregnancy and at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time, according to a Consensus Statement published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41574-021-00553-7

Beyond Industrial Medicine

Philosopher Charles Eisenstein with yet another great essay.He discusses the problem that in medicine, as in agriculture, the focus is often on details: specific treatments or diseases, that offer specific challenges. While that may or may not be true, such a discussion ignores the...

The use of Guasha during the COIVD pandemic

Few people are aware that Gua sha has been used to treat some of the symptoms of the effects of Covid-19 in China. In this podcast, Clive Witham explains how it is being used in hospitals in China and details the protocol used and...

To the point

To the point is a 30-minute documentary that highlights the growing body of scientific evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment for a variety of health conditions.

Moxibustion Application for COVID Patients Rehabilitation

Pulmonary fibrosis will become one of the complications of COVID patients. It is clinically observed that most patients have different degrees of post-inflammatory pulmonary fibrosis when discharged from the hospital. The post-inflammatory pulmonary fibrosis of severely ill patients is particularly significant. Therefore, the rehabilitation...

Hoe beinvloeden je darmen wie je bent?

Het orgaan waarmee we ons het meest identificeren is ons brein. Spijtig, vindt farmacoloog prof. Aletta Kraneveld (UU), want het zijn je darmen die je bacteriehuishouding regelen, je afweer trainen en de buitenwereld verbinden met je hersenen. Wie de darmen als centrum ziet, benadert...

SuperTCM

New free Chinese herbal database launched called SuperTCMSuperTCM is an online resource that connects data from multiple scientific sources and languages. Drug information from published TCM databases and the official Chinese Pharmacopoeia as well as specialized meta-websites such as Kew’s Medicinal Plant Names Service...

Some perspective on diseases caused by air pollution

“Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide— three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence. In...

Tiger Warmer Demonstration

The “Tiger Warmer” is a very useful tool to use at home. In essence, it is an incense holder, that is used to heat areas on the body. My friend David Euler shows how it can be used in children and adults to treat...

Moxibustion for Chronic Fatigue Syndrom

A cure for chronic fatigue syndrome? No. But a study showed that moxibustion relieves chronic fatigue syndrome, which is already very good for this crippling condition.Conclusions: Based on limited evidence, moxibustion might be an effective and safe complementary therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome, which...

Cupping under MRI

Cupping is one of the auxiliary techniques that we use. Scientific research is not only done into acupuncture, but also into techniques like cupping. This is an MRI image of a suction cup applied to the skin, showing how muscle and fascia is pulled...

Carrots to inhibit viral infection

Thanks for this, Igor Simonov!Chinese Medicine uses carrots to inhibit viral infection due to increasing of interferon levels in blood which inhibits viral mRNA after consumption of decoction of carrots . Two carrots (200g) chopped in pieces and boiled for 15 min in 1/2...

Sebastian Rushworth talks to dr. Seamus O’Mahony

In this podcast, dr. Sebastian Rushworth talks to dr. Seamus O’Mahony about his three books and what motivated him to write them.Seamus O’Mahony is an Irish physician who’s written a trilogy of books that explore the varied ways in which modern medicine is broken.The...

Research That Potentially Links Autism and Brain-Gut Microbiome

A new scoping review of nearly 200 publications covering the relationships between autism spectrum disorder and the brain–gut–microbiome system was published online today in Nutrients.The review synthesizes the growing body of research suggesting that gut microbiota—the trillions of microorganisms living within the human digestive...

Cupping for EDS

Wonderful to see this wise doctor highlighting cupping on her road to improvement, and who’s now helping others with such a difficult problem for biomedicine to come to terms with.This is the often tragic story of EDS, which is the internal and external ineptitude...

So what is medicine for?

So what is medicine for? Andrew Miles explores this, among with the question of the relationship between medicine and science, in this essay “Medicine of the Whole Person: away from scientistic reductionism and towards the embrace of the complexin clinical practice”https://www.researchgate.net/publication/43022670_On_a_Medicine_of_the_Whole_Person_Away_from_scientistic_reductionism_and_towards_the_embrace_of_the_complex_in_clinical_practice

Het effect van moxa op het darmmicrobioom bij een Damp-constitutie

Interessant nieuws voor acupuncturisten en andere zorgprofessionals in de TCM: een moxabehandeling op de navel lijkt het darmmicrobioom te versterken, zo blijkt uit onderzoek. Dit onderzoek werd verricht bij patiënten met een Damp-constitutie. https://www.vnig.nl/nieuws/wetenschap/het-effect-van-moxa-op-het-darmmicrobioom-bij-een-damp-constitutie

Prof. Slingerland talks about Mind-Body Dualism in Early China

This talk debunks Orientalist myths of holism using archeological findings, traditional close reading of texts, novel large-scale textual analysis techniques, and work in contemporary evolutionary anthropology and cognitive science.It describes how early Chinese views of mind-body relations are different from some modern Western conceptions,...

The soil is brimming with life

In our hubris, we often think we are the centrepiece of the world, with everything else on the planet being set pieces as the background for our performance. This view is the basis for fantasies about humans able to control nature, to prevail over...

Beyond Industrial Medicine

Philosopher Charles Eisenstein with yet another great essay.He discusses the problem that in medicine, as in agriculture, the focus is often on details: specific treatments or diseases, that offer specific challenges. While that may or may not be true, such a discussion ignores the...

Alternatieve therapie kan bijdragen aan kostenbeheersing zorg

Opinie: ‘Alternatieve therapie kan bijdragen aan kostenbeheersing zorg’Door meer aandacht aan preventie te besteden kunnen we de almaar stijgende zorgkosten beter in de hand houden. Toch moeten we niet vergeten dat ook op het terrein van de behandeling winst valt te boeken, stelt Kees...

Cold baths and cold showers

Cold baths and cold showers, even plunging into ice baths, have become very popular lately, as a suppositiously healthy way to “boost the immune system” and for general health.In traditional medicine, we see this very differently: Cold is one of the main problems that...

ACUPUNCTURISTS WITHOUT BORDERS IS ORGANIZING IN THE NETHERLANDS

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) is actively organizing support for people being forced to flee Ukraine, including Ukrainian citizens, students and migrants from other countries, andrefugees from Africa and the Middle East who once again have to find safe haven.Currently, in the Netherlands we are:

Pins in Your Ears: How Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Your Pain

In Chinese medicine, acupuncture dates back more than 2000 years. The Military Health System has developed a modern modification of this ancient practice, known as Battlefield Acupuncture, or BFA.Military health care providers are finding that ear acupuncture, which involves inserting small needles into different...

Song of the Bowmen of Shu

This poem is from Cathay, the volume of Chinese poems translated by Ezra Pound from the manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa. It is about the misery of a soldier conscripted to guard the Great Wall of China, far from home. Song of the Bowmen of...

Sea turtle gets acupuncture

After undergoing a CT scan and being diagnosed with myositis of the jaw muscles, Bassoon received localized anti-inflammatory injections and then began physical therapy and acupuncture treatment. https://www.fox5dc.com/news/sea-turtle-gets-acupuncture-treatment-at-national-aquarium

Acupuncture for IBS

Manual acupuncture + usual care was found to be more effective than usual care alone for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Interestingly, manual acupuncture was found to be most effective component (RR = 1.38 (95% CI, 1.12 to 1.70)) when added to usual care. Results...

Why Acupuncture is going Mainstream

Research on acupuncture has been extensive, and so far, robust evidence supports its effectiveness for some, but not all, conditions. According to one analysis published in February 2022 in the BMJ that analyzed more than 2,000 scientific reviews of acupuncture therapies, the science is...

Evidence Based Acupuncture

Thank you, Sandro Graca and Evidence Based Acupuncture!The past decade have witnessed the rapid development of acupuncture research about migraine, and many high-quality papers have been published, especially after 2016 (He et al., 2022).Acupuncture research has grown markedly in the past two decades, with...

The body keeps the score

A brief video about Bessel Van Der Kolk’s book “The Body Keeps the Score”. Bessel is a psychiatrist, but he has become a strong promoter of yoga and meditation as a way to heal traumatic stress that has been stored in the body.Meditation and...

Cough medicine

Cough medicine, helping to move bowel when constipatedPears with brown sugar or honey steamed for 30 min. Take half of the pear twice a day outside of meals. Store in the fridge. Treats long lasting cough, gives yin to the lungs, produces sputum, removes...

The Gut-Brain Axis

The Gut-Brain axis is a very important one, and often overlooked.And as a treatment option for this, acupuncture is often overlooked. Instead of using supplements, or dietary changes, acupuncture changes the blood flow in the gut itself, thereby giving the gut the ability to...

Acupuncture therapy as an Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Strategy for Comprehensive Acute Pain Care: the Academic Consortium Pain Task Force White Paper Update

A crisis in pain management persists as does the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths, addiction, and diversion. Pain medicine is meeting these challenges by returning to its origins: the Bonica model of multidisciplinary pain care.The 2018 Academic Consortium White Paper detailed the historical context...

BIRTH: A New Story

We need new stories. Our society so badly needs new stories.Here is a link to a crowdfunding campaign for a documentary film that explores birth beyond the industrial model and restores the mystery and miracle of birth. The way our culture does childbirth is...

Should the patient really get the drug?

Sebastian Rushworth is a physician from Sweden, and a proponent of evidence based medicine. He thinks that medical diagnosis and treatment should be guided by the scientific evidence, not by expert opinion, personal anecdote or by salespeople working for pharmaceutical companies.His most recent blog...

Out of your mind and off your head

A wonderful article by my friend Clare Foley, about the blessings and challenges of human consciousness, and ways to deal with it.https://www.alustforlife.com/tools/out-of-your-mind-and-off-your-head

PTSD is a complex problem

PTSD is a complex problem, for which acupuncture has a great track record for dealing with it. Let’s hope traditional treatments, like acupuncture, will be part of mainstream treatment options.https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-07-cross-disciplinary-team-explores-nervous-ptsd.html

Integrative Medicine for Covid and Long Covid

In the EU parliament, a meeting has been held bout the use of Integrative Medicine for Covid and Long Covid. Among the speakers were a neurologist/acupuncturist, an oncologist/homeopath and other medical experts. Contrary to many people’s belief, on a high political level, steps are...

Traditional medicine is different

If traditional acupuncture seems very different from what you know, then that is because it is! It was developed by a very different people, people that saw the world like this, and who thought different as well.That does not mean that we cannot use...

The Savior of Heat Stroke: Gua Sha

Summer has indeed arrived! We all like to use this great opportunity to enjoy exciting outdoor activities. All too often, we forget to protect ourselves from the strong summer sun. After long exposure to a warm environment, we may suddenly feel dizzy, nauseas and...

How The World Came To Ice

(This essay can also be found at https://essays.synthesishealth.co/how-the-world-came-to-ice/)As someone fascinated by the epistemology of medicine, I frequently come across an intriguing, pervasive value judgment that Industrial Medicine inflicts on traditional methods of caring for the sick, which is that direct observation and anecdote is...

Evidence based acupuncture therapies are underused

A recent overview of acupuncture systematic reviews found that of 77 diseases investigated, acupuncture showed a moderate or large effect with moderate or high certainty evidence in eight diseases or conditions: improvement in functional communication of patients with post-stroke aphasia; relief of neck and...

Acupressure for Labour Preparation

Acupressure for Labour Preparation by Sarah Tewhey L.Ac http://www.sarahtewhey.com/downloads A simple five-page guide to acupressure for labour preparation which hopefully birthing people and their partners, along with doulas, nurses, midwives and doctors will find useful!

Metformin

Metformin is a very commonly used drug used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus. The latest NHS guidelines (1) point out that this can commonly lead to reduced vitamin B12 levels, which than can lead to many neurological problems, including fatigue, lethargy, pins and...

Nocturnal enuresis

Nocturnal enuresis (NE), often known as bedwetting, is a common condition in children and, as a result, they may have subsequent social impairments. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in children with NE.https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/acu.2022.0002

Sandor Katz Fermentation Workshop

Gastrointestinal problems, Irritable Bowl Syndrome, constipation, allergies, Crohn’s disease, etc., are all connected to the gut. On the alternative medicine corners of the internet, the advise given is mostly about food and supplements.While eating good food is an important pillar of health, there can...

Methodological Approaches for Whole Person Research Workshop

The Whole Person Research Workshop by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health discussed examples of research studies in these three areas from diverse fields and explored methodologies potentially appropriate for whole person research.https://www.nccih.nih.gov/news/events/methodological-approaches-for-whole-person-research

Different medical traditions

Generally, three scholarly traditions can be recognised in medicine: These great achievements of humankind represent medical systems that over centuries have grown by academic discourse. Other medical practices have served patients round the world as well, yet these have not had the enrichment of...

Moxibustion for little insects bites

Moxa is one of the great pillars of traditional Chinese medicine, yet much less known in the West than its younger, more slender sister, acupuncture. It has many different forms an applications, and Felip Caudet is an expert on several of them. In this...

What does it mean to cure a disease?

“Ask the average person in a western nation what it means to cure a disease and what will they answer? Chances are they think a cure means a solution. You get sick with something, you take a treatment, then you’re no longer sick. Ask...

Nature-based interventions

A key feature of nature–based health interventions is that a single intervention can affect people in multiple ways and, therefore, potentially improve wellbeing across a range of domains. For example, nature prescriptions can both promote physical activity leading to many positive health outcomes, while...

Hiding in Plain Sight-ancient Chinese anatomy

A common criticism of acupuncture is that the acupuncture channels or meridians don’t exist and are metaphysical concepts. Dr Vivien Shaw argues quite the opposite. Her research compared the original descriptions of the meridians in the Mawangdui medical texts (300–200 BCE) with dissections to...

Terry Shaneyfelt on Evidence Based Medicine

Terry Shaneyfelt has a wonderful collection of materials on Evidence Based Medicine, including some very nice Youtube videos on what lead time bias is, how to critically appraise a harm study, and confidence intervals. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject.

Moxibustion Application for COVID Patients Rehabilitation

Fire Dragon 10-10-21 Pulmonary fibrosis will become one of the complications of COVID patients. It is clinically observed that most patients have different degrees of post-inflammatory pulmonary fibrosis when discharged from the hospital. The post-inflammatory pulmonary fibrosis of severely ill patients is particularly significant....

The heart

10 Fascinating Facts About Your Heart 1. How many times does a heart beat during the day? On average, an adult’s heart beats: – 72 times a minute – 100,000 times a day – 36,000,000 times a year 2. What is the weight of...

Alles voor onze dieren, ook acupunctuur

De mens bekommert zich steeds meer om de gezondheid van dieren. Althans: om een klein deel daarvan, met name huisdieren en dierentuindieren. Bij ziekte kunnen ze rekenen op een uitvoerige medische behandeling, en zelfs, zo ontdekte fotoredacteur Frank Schallmaier, op acupunctuur. Afgaande op de...

Moxafrica arrives in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Moxafrica is a British charity set up in 2008 to investigate the use of moxibustion therapy for the treatment of tuberculosis, particularly drug-resistant TB, in resource-poor environments. Next week, they are going to the ‘Bellhaven Harm Reduction Centre’ in the centre of Durban, to...

Martin John on long covid

Long Covid: an article by Martin John on its treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine.Martin John is a member of the Jade Screen Project and keen to transmit the knowledge that was gathered over the course of the pandemic by herbal practitioners worldwide into the...

Sperm counts are falling

A paper published last week by Levine et al in Human Reproductive Update states that sperm counts have now dropped 62.3% over a 50 year period (up from 59.3%) and are continuing to drop at a rate of 2.64% (4.7m sperm/year).https://www.focusonreproduction.eu/article/ESHRE-News-Sperm-count-decline

Corticosteroid injections associated with progression of knee osteoarthritis

Two studies comparing injections commonly used to relieve the pain of knee osteoarthritis found that corticosteroid injections were associated with the progression of the disease. Results of both studies were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).https://www.news-medical.net/news/20221129/Corticosteroid-injections-associated-with-progression-of-knee-osteoarthritis.aspx

SSRI stories

Depression can be a crippling condition, and it can be hard to navigate solutions. Many patients struggle with they question if they should try taking medication for their mental health problems, and this predicament itself can produce much anxiety and increase the problem.Still, we...

mProve webinar Integrative Medicine

Op 22 november werd een webinar Integrative Medicine gehouden door de ziekenhuizen Rijnstate, Isala en Maxima Medisch Centrum, onderdeel van het innovatieve netwerk mProve. Binnen mProve is aandacht voor dat de arts met de patiënt praat over preventie, welzijn, leefstijl en de behoeften van...

The Lancet writes about acupuncture… in 1837

Thanks, Mel Hopper Koppelman for the find!Few people realize how long acupuncture has been practiced by physicians in the West. Here is an article published in the Lancet in 1837 by a Dr Wansbrough on the immediate effects of acupuncture for low back pain...

Help hulpverleners

“In de media lezen we over te lage salarissen, werkdruk en mismanagement, maar zelden over hoe moeilijk het is om mensen echt te helpen, jezelf te blijven in een weinig ondersteunend systeem en structureel en constructief te reflecteren op alles wat je meemaakt.Het serieus...

So how much water should you drink?

The answer is simple: Drink when you’re thirsty. Prioritize water, and try to avoid sugary drinks, which can cause metabolic problems. Coffee and tea are fine as well.“If you’re paying attention to your body and drinking when you feel like you need to, then...

Acupuncture Big Evidence Global Research Collaboration

Dr. Yair Maimon, President of the ETCMA, discusses the global One Voice Big Evidence Project in detail: the goals, objectives, challenges and opportunities for the TCM profession in the near future as the World Health Organization (WHO) deploys the new ICD 11 codes which...

Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine

Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine by Dolly Yang, Vivienne Lo, Michael Stanley-BakerThis Book is open access, and free to download! https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-edit/10.4324/9780203740262/routledge-handbook-chinese-medicine-vivienne-lo-michael-stanley-baker-dolly-yang

Corticosteroid injections were associated with the progression of the disease

Two studies comparing injections commonly used to relieve the pain of #knee #osteoarthritis found that #corticosteroid #injections were associated with the progression of the #disease. Results of both studies were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (#RSNA).https://www.news-medical.net/news/20221129/Corticosteroid-injections-associated-with-progression-of-knee-osteoarthritis.aspx

SSRI Stories

Depression can be a crippling condition, and it can be hard to navigate solutions. Many patients struggle with they question if they should try taking medication for their mental health problems, and this predicament itself can produce much anxiety and increase the problem.Still, we...

Webinar Integrative Medicine

Op 22 november werd een webinar Integrative Medicine gehouden door de ziekenhuizen Rijnstate, Isala en Maxima Medisch Centrum, onderdeel van het innovatieve netwerk mProve. Binnen mProve is aandacht voor dat de arts met de patiënt praat over preventie, welzijn, leefstijl en de behoeften van...

So how much water should you drink?

So how much water should you drink? The answer is simple: Drink when you’re thirsty. Prioritize water, and try to avoid sugary drinks, which can cause metabolic problems. Coffee and tea are fine as well.“If you’re paying attention to your body and drinking when...

Natuurlijk

Wat betekent natuurlijk? Het is een term die tegenwoordig veel gebruikt wordt, voor zoveel verschillende doeleinden dat je bijna zou denken dat hij door reclamemakers is uitgevonden. Maar de term “natuurlijk ” slaat wel degelijk ergens op als het betekent: “Met zo min mogelijk...