The Point of Acupuncture – one point at a time

Acupuncture Needle on Shoulder Muscle

This blog series will address our understanding of handful of the most special acupuncture points, one by one, both in a historical context of oriental philosophy, and also the evidence shown by science to date on why and how each point may be working therapeutically. Ancient oriental manuscripts document many hundreds of acupoints on the body – points that when engaged with a fine acupuncture needle have therapeutic impact.  In…

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Pinning Down your Lunch when Pregnant – Drugs or Acupuncture?

Acupuncture for pregnancy-associated nausea  In a 2015 Cochrane review, a respected medical journal that summarizes research over time and evaluates its quality, put together two “meta analysis” of research on acupuncture and nausea. One was on morning sickness and the other was on nausea after surgery. Both studies found that needling PC6 was indeed effective in reducing nausea. This is very impressive because most research on modalities considered “alternative” to…

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Moxibustion is turning babies upside-down!

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Moxibustion, the therapeutic burning of a special herb near or on a patient, is an ancient oriental practice that goes back thousands of years – it may even predate acupuncture!  It seems like a shamanistic and ritualistic practice at first, but science has turned this notion around, or rather, upside down – literally! Recent rigorous reviews of clinical research (Cochrane Reviews…see link below) have demonstrated…

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Who is a Doula, and Why would I want her at my birth?

At the Acupuncture Turning Point we help many women with fertility issues.  Just as common at our clinic many moms receive prenatal treatments to decrease the likelihood of complications associated with delivery. We support women being informed about their birthing choices, and as such, we have invited a doula as our guest blogger this month. We introduce to you Tracy Bradley -a Birth Doula, a Reiki Master, and a Placenta…

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