An Apple among Oranges in hypertension research

Here is a typical and nice positive study regarding acupuncture. It came from a team in Germany and was published in the highly regarded American journal “Circulation” – link.   They treated 160 patients who had moderate essential hypertension 3 to 5 times per week for 6 weeks using traditional oriental acupuncture points or sham (“placebo”) acupuncture, without patients knowing which treatment they were receiving. Their blood pressures were monitored over…

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Are your tender acupoints telling you something?

by Alina Tousseeva RAc In my blog “What is an acupuncture point anyway?” I discussed anatomical features which make acupoints special:  “Medical researchers have noticed these points are associated with nerves and vessels in complex physical areas of potential restriction or transition.” Now let’s discuss the clinical applications of acupuncture points used as tool for diagnosing pathological conditions. TCM traditionally crudely divided into really important points and then “the rest”. …

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The Connective Tissue Connection

“It’s all in the fascia”.  How many times have I heard this from healthcare workers who have spent a lifetime working with injuries or researching mechanisms of health and healing? Loosely speaking, fascia is connective tissue.  It surrounds all our body parts, from big to small.  Fascia can be the ligaments that support and hold a joint together, or it can be the intricate wrappings around muscles at every level,…

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What is an acupuncture point anyway?

Alina Tousseeva is a medical doctor who practiced as a surgeon in Russia, who came to Canada and now practices acupuncture at our clinic.  She is fascinated by the world of acupuncture and how it works. Read her blog on her research regarding the scientific description of an acupuncture point. The mystery of the acupuncture point seems to be gradually resolving from a scientific point of view.  Evidence for the…

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Acupressure at 30,000 feet!

Our flight from Europe to back home to Canada was supposed to last 7 hours. We were boarding a huge aircraft which would carry us across the Atlantic Ocean: two floors and almost 500 people on the board. Being a former surgeon, I always think about medical emergencies which can happen during a flight and wonder how well the airplane is equipped with medications and what the first aid kit…

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Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture – more than seeking youth?

Jennifer Kotowicz, HHP, R.Ac. Before I talk about facial rejuvenation, I want to talk about what is in a face. Indeed, beauty resides in the face. Our face is how we are recognized instantly; no two humans have the exact same combinations of features, not even identical twins! Our emotions are expressed in our face. It is the first impression we give to the world. The face is a place where…

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Acupressure Points to Boost your Immune System

by Alina Tousseeva, MD, RAc The “BASAR” or “bioactive system of autonomic regulation” (Adapted and translated from Umanskaya A.A., medical doctor head of Department of Preventative Medicine, Moscow Medical University) In order to support your immune system during cold season, try this simple but effective method, based on the integration of ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. Acupressure of biologically active zones can strengthen the immune system and prepare us to…

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Acupressure for Nausea -“P6” or Neiguan

by Gord Grant, Ph.D., R.Ac. There is perhaps no acupuncture point that has been studied as extensively as “Neiguan” (called P6 in the western world). This anti-nausea point is located at that little blue dot you see on the wrist in the picture, or about 2 finger widths up from the wrist crease, in between the two prominent ropy tendons there. Well over 6000 people have participated in randomized trials…

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