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Black Tea May Lower Risk of Heart Disease

By Michael Devitt, Managing Editor

Tea is considered the second-most consumed beverage in the world behind water. Legend holds that tea was discovered more than 5,000 years ago by a Chinese emperor, when leaves from a tea tree accidentally fell into his cup.1 Since then, tea has become a staple of Chinese culture and cuisine, with more than 1,000 types of tea on the market.

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Auricular Acupuncture Effective in Treating Anxiety

Technique Could Reduce Pain and Stress in Postsurgical Patients

In the past few years, studies in China and Europe have shown that a combination of body and ear (or auricular) acupuncture can reduce symptoms in patients with minor depression, chronic anxiety disorders and general anxiety disorders. However, few studies have examined the effect of ear acupuncture alone in treating anxiety. Moreover, many popular acupuncture textbooks have theorized that stimulating ear acupoints in and of themselves can help patients relax.

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Acupuncture Shows Promise in Treating Osteoarthritis of the Knee

In one of the largest trials of its kind published to date, researchers in Maryland have found that acupuncture applied to specific points on the leg can provide significant pain relief and improve function in patients who have osteoarthritis of the knee. The results of the trial, published in the Dec. 21, 2004 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest that acupuncture may be a safe, effective therapy that can be used in conjunction with other forms of care in the treatment of osteoarthritis, and that it has the potential to improve the quality of life for millions of people who suffer   from the condition. 

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Acupuncture Promotes Wound Healing

Researchers Find Technique “Beneficial and Harmless”

By Michael Devitt, Managing Editor

Each year in the U.S., an estimated 2.5 million burn injuries, 30 million lacerations and six million abrasions occur that are serious enough to warrant medical treatment.1 Although the typical approach to helping skin wounds heal properly is to use antibacterial drugs and antiseptics, there are situations (excessive burn damage, severe obesity, malnutrition, etc.) in which the healing process can be compromised.

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Acupuncture “Clinically Useful” for Morning Sickness

By Michael Devitt, Managing Editor

Morning sickness is a condition that occurs naturally during pregnancy. Studies show that between 50-80% of all women experience some nausea or vomiting while pregnant, which usually subsides with time. However, between 1-2% suffer a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarium, an instance of morning sickness so severe and long-lasting that it can cause weight loss, dehydration, and even hospitalization. 

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Acupuncture for Tennis Elbow

Study Suggests Treatment Is Effective, Even in Difficult Cases

By Michael Devitt, Managing Editor

One of the most frequent injuries suffered by professional athletes and weekend warriors alike is epicondylitis, an inflammation of the muscles and tendons of the forearm. More commonly known as tennis elbow, it is caused by repeated twisting of the wrist or frequent rotation of the forearm, and can lead to a weakened grip, elbow pain, and damage to the tendons that connect to the humerus, the bone of the upper arm. 

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Acupuncture May Break Cycle of Urinary Tract Infections

By Michael Devitt, Managing Editor

It is estimated that up to 11 million people in the United States experience an acute urinary tract infection (UTI) each year.1 Although they also occur in men, the overwhelming majority of urinary tract infections are seen in women, for reasons not altogether understood. UTIs can occur in any part of the urinary system, and are usually caused by bacteria that enter the urethra and begin multiplying. Whatever the cause, the condition is quite debilitating; some women have reported that having a UTI can be at least as, if not more, painful than childbirth. 

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Acupuncture and Allergies

Heidi M. Hawkins, MAc, LAc

Mold Allergy

Mold Allergy Is Common

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I find mold allergy quite common. In my experience, virtually every person who lives in this damp climate is allergic to mold to some degree. Environmental mold is rarely the cause of mold allergy,  however; it simply exacerbates the problem. Few people have the ability to recognize allergies before they become severe; therefore, most allergies go undiagnosed. Allergy tests continue to improve, but still leave a lot to be desired.

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