Acupuncture for knee pain

Researchers confirm that acupuncture is more effective than two drugs (ibuprofen and diclofenac) for long-term relief of knee osteoarthritis pain, inflammation, and motor impairment. In one investigation, acupuncture plus herbal medicine outperformed acupuncture plus ibuprofen for pain relief. In another independent investigation, acupuncture outperformed diclofenac for relief of pain, inflammation, and motor impairment due to … Continue reading Acupuncture for knee pain

Acupuncture, Toxins, Toxicity, and Detoxification

For many years I avoided the words “toxicity, and toxins”. I told my friends to avoid using that word because it was too inaccurate. I thought¬†it raised the specter of unclear health-foodie irrational thinking, and I never wanted to be associated with that stuff. Then I learned about the function of the liver in detoxifying … Continue reading Acupuncture, Toxins, Toxicity, and Detoxification

New U of I course next semester

Laura has been chosen by the University of Iowa to teach “Studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine” starting in January. It is a survey course, taught in the Global Health Studies Program. This course will be an overview of many of the major ideas and approaches that make up Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in … Continue reading New U of I course next semester

Laser Acupuncture Relieves Temporomandibular Joint Pain

Laser acupuncture alleviates pain for patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Laser acupuncture employs the use of cold lasers and does not burn the skin or involve the use of needles. TMD disorders include structural abnormalities and muscular disorders of the temporomandibular joint region. TMD is a major cause of orofacial pain. Researchers demonstrate that noninvasive … Continue reading Laser Acupuncture Relieves Temporomandibular Joint Pain

New Perspectives on Japanese Acupuncture

Laura has just returned from a 3-day seminar with a renowned Japanese acupuncturist, Tsuyoshi Shimamura, from Osaka Japan. The seminar was held in Portland, OR, where Laura has been attending similar seminars all of this year. This seminar was a great reminder of how very simple, focused interventions can sometimes make a bigger change than … Continue reading New Perspectives on Japanese Acupuncture

Laser Acupuncture for Weight Loss, New Research

Laser acupuncture helps metabolic syndromes patients lose weight, achieving reductions in hip and waist circumferences. This type of needle-free acupuncture also reduces cholesterol and insulin levels. These results were documented in a study of obese post-menopausal women with metabolic syndrome. Laser acupuncture and control groups were randomly divided to avoid bias and the results were … Continue reading Laser Acupuncture for Weight Loss, New Research