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Archive for the ‘Acupuncture’ Category

Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies

Doctors often prescribe oral antihistamines and nasal steroids to patients who experience symptoms of seasonal allergies, including runny nose and watery eyes. Researchers led by Dr. Benno Brinkhaus from Charite-University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany found that acupuncture may offer an alternative way to treat these symptoms without the side effects of medications. Previous studies have shown conflicting results on the benefits of acupuncture for seasonal allergy symptoms. In their new study, the authors report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that allergy sufferers may experience relief with a few weeks of treatment with acupuncture. The study involved 422 patients […]

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A survey among British senior citizens aged 60 and above shows that those who have free bus passes walked and used other forms of active travel more frequently than other older individuals. This was revealed by researchers led by Sophie Coronini-Cronberg, MSc, of Imperial College London, using data from the 2005-2008 National Travel Survey. A National Bus Pass was introduced in England for senior citizens in 2006, initially giving them limited access, but was expanded in 2008 to include all local buses. The data showed that from 2005 to 2008, the number of older citizens with free bus passes increased […]

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Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

Although the reliability of previous studies about the effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic pain has been questioned in the past, a new study shows that this form of complementary and alternative medicine may provide more pain relief for various conditions than conventional therapy. The recent meta-analysis demonstrates a statistically significant benefit of using acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain due to various causes when compared with both usual-care treatments and sham controls. The ancient art of acupuncture has been recognized to bring certain physiologic effects that can result in pain relief. However, the authors of the study believe that […]

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Immunity Boosting Nutrients

Aside from thorough hand washing, health experts recommend including some nutrients in the diet that could boost one’s defenses against common viral infections and other conditions. For instance, chicken soup can make one feel better during a flu infection, not only because of the flavor, but it helps you keep hydrated. Aside from this, it helps you get rid of viruses and bacteria by aiding in raising the temperature of the airways and in the clearing of nasal secretions. Plant antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins from green tea may help kill influenza viruses. To maximize its benefits and flavor, steep […]

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Many people suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee, a degenerative joint disease that causes constant pain and inflammation, leading to difficulty in walking. In some people the pain and disability is so severe that total knee replacement surgery is considered. However, many patients would rather try other forms of treatment and consider surgery as a last resort. Furthermore, surgery may not be suitable for everyone, since some patients continue to experience severe pain after the procedure. A recent study published online in Acupuncture in Medicine shows that acupuncture can effectively relieve the pain of knee osteoarthritis and provide a low […]

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