In Western Medicine the body is seen as a machine, you try to fix a broken part or take it out. In Chinese Medicine, the body is seen as a garden. If the leaves are wilting or turning brown, you examine the condition of the soil, see if the plant is getting enough water & sun or if the roots are being impinged upon. You don’t just paint the leaves green! ~ From the classic book on Chinese Medicine, "Between Heaven and Earth".
The following is a great explanation from RMIT of how acupuncture works:
A recent pilot study published in the Acupuncture in Medicine journal showed self administered acupressure gave some relief to sufferers of eczema. This study was undertaken by the department of dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Effectiveness of acupressure on pruritus and lichenification associated with atopic dermatitis: a pilot trial
BACKGROUND: Pruritus is a debilitating aspect of atopic dermatitis (AD). Acupuncture has been reported to diminish pruritus, but self-administered acupressure has not been previously evaluated.
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of acupressure on the severity of eczema in a pilot trial.
METHODS: Adult patients with AD were randomised to an intervention group (acupressure with standard of care) or a control group (standard of care alone). Subjects in the intervention group performed acupressure using a 1.2 mm acupellet at the LI11 point, applying pressure for 3 min three times per week for 4 weeks. The severity of itching and AD at baseline and at 4 weeks were measured on a visual analogue scale (VAS), the Investigator's Global Assessment (IGA) and the Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI).
RESULTS: Fifteen subjects were enrolled, 12 of whom completed the study between November 2009 and May 2011. There was no significant change between baseline and follow-up survey scores within the control group. In the investigation group there was a decrease in the VAS score (p=0.05) and EASI lichenification (p=0.03), although without significant change in the overall EASI score. Comparison of the scores between groups showed a greater decrease in VAS in the experimental group than in the control group (p=0.04), and a decrease in the IGA (p=0.03) and EASI lichenification score (p=0.03). The overall EASI scores were unchanged.
CONCLUSION: Subjects using acupressure at LI11 for 4 weeks had improvement in pruritus and lichenification. Acupressure may prove to be an easily administered alternative treatment, but larger-scale studies are needed to confirm these preliminary findings.
To discuss treatment options and booking an appointment for this and other skin conditions call Coburg Chinese Medicine on 03 9041 6569
A research study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences in January 2012 found that acupuncture can improve the overall subjective symptoms of carpal tunnel.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most preva lent form of peripheral neuropathy. The efficacy of acupuncture in management of mild to moderate CTS has been investigated in limited studies with controversial results. The aim of this study was to assess the short-term effects of acupuncture in treatment of mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome.
In a randomized controlled trial study, participants were randomly assigned to either control group which night splinting, vitamin B1, B6 and sham acupuncture for four weeks were administered, or intervention group that underwent acupuncture in 8 sessions over 4 weeks and night splinting. The clinical symptoms using global symptom score (GSS) and electrophysiological parameters were assessed at baseline and four weeks after the intervention.
Of 72 patients met the inclusion criteria, 64 patients actually completed the 4 week intervention and were evaluated for the outcome. There was a statistically significant difference in GSS between two arms of treatment after the intervention (p < 0.001) Using repeated measure ANOVA, the GSS in acupuncture group was significantly different after 4 weeks (p <0.001). Among electrophysiological parameters, nerve conduction velocity (NCV) was significantly different between two groups after 4 weeks (p = 0.02). Other parameters showed no statistically significant difference after intervention (p > 0.05).
Our findings indicated that the acupuncture can improve the overall subjective symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and could be adopted in comprehensive care programs of these patients.
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The late December holiday period tends to be the the time of year that people over indulge in alcohol or food, often leading to indigestion, nausea, flatulence and lethargy.
Obviously we would suggest moderation of food and alcohol intake during this period. For those who don't there are some traditional Chinese remedies which can be useful for limiting some of these side effects of the festive season.
1. Black Tea - Oolong or other Chinese black teas are traditionally taken with fatty foods to help counteract the affects of rich foods such as duck and pork.
2. Hawthorn tea - Hawthorn known in Chinese as Shan Zha is a herb that is often used to counteract the effects of indigestion associated with consumption of meats. Hawthorn can easily be bought at your local chinese grocery and made into a tea by putting 1 tablespoon or so of the herb into a teapot and covering with boiling water and let steep for 10-15 mins. Coburg Chinese Medicine has a special blend of herbal tea which includes Shan Zha for use to aid digestion. Drop by the store and check it out.
3. Po Chai Pills - Po Chai Pills are a traditional remedy used by some to counteract the effects of excessive alcohol consumption and upset digestive systems. These can be bought either at a chinese grocery or in store at Coburg Chinese Medicine.
4. Stomach massage - Simple self massage can be used to aid digestion. Place your palm on your stomach midway between the navel and the bottom of the breast bone and rub gently in a circular motion for 3-5 mins at a time.
Coburg Chinese Medicine wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
We will be closed from the 24th-26th of December and also from the 31st December - 1st January.
A study undertaken in the UK and published this October in the BioMed Gastroenterology journal showed that acupuncture can provide additional benefit over usual management alone. The abstract is below:
Background: Acupuncture is used by patients as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) but the evidence on effectiveness is limited. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome in primary care when provided as an adjunct to usual care.
Design: A two-arm pragmatic randomised controlled trial.
Setting: Primary care in the United Kingdom.
Patients: 233 patients had irritable bowel syndrome with average duration of 13 years and score of at least 100 on the IBS Symptom Severity Score (SSS).
Interventions: 116 patients were offered 10 weekly individualised acupuncture sessions plus usual care, 117 patients continued with usual care alone.
Measurements: Primary outcome was the IBS SSS at three months, with outcome data collected every three months to 12 months.
There was a statistically significant difference between groups at three months favouring acupuncture with a reduction in IBS Symptom Severity Score of -27.43 (95% CI: --48.66 to -6.21, p = 0.012). The number needed to treat for successful treatment (>=50 point reduction in the IBS SSS) was six (95% CI: 3 to 17), based on 49% success in the acupuncture group vs. 31% in the control group, a difference between groups of 18% (95% CI: 6% to 31%). This benefit largely persisted at 6, 9 and 12 months.
ConclusionsAcupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome provided an additional benefit over usual care alone. The magnitude of the effect was sustained over the longer term. Acupuncture should be considered as a treatment option to be offered in primary care alongside other evidenced based treatments.
The full study can be accessed here
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Acupuncture was found to be effective in treating the symptoms of depression in a recent pilot study conducted by the University of Western Australia by the School of Neurosciences and Psychiatry published in the. As with all pilot studies these initial findings need to be investigated further in additional studies. The abstract is below:
AbstractAIMS:Aims were to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbs as treatments for depression, and to assess beliefs, attitudes and treatment experience.
METHOD:Participants received acupuncture or acupuncture and Chinese herbs combined for five weeks. Acupuncture was given for 30min twice a week and herbs taken three times a day. A Beliefs and Attitudes questionnaire was administered at baseline and Treatment Experience questionnaire post treatment. Outcome measure was improvement in depressive symptoms at the end of treatment period.
RESULTS:Nineteen participants completed 5 weeks of treatment, 12 in the acupuncture group and 7 in the combined group. Treatment significantly improved depressive symptoms, however, there were no differences between groups. At baseline, participants were positive about the perceived effectiveness of treatment, and treatment experiences were positive.
CONCLUSIONS:Acupuncture was effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, herbs did not have an additional treatment effect. Beliefs and attitudes were positive.
If you would like to discuss using acupuncture as an adjunctive approach to managing depression contact Coburg Chinese Medicine on 03 9041 6569
Spring and summer in Melbourne can be a difficult time for hay fever sufferers due to level of pollens and allergens in the air. A study by RMIT published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine seems to indicate that there is some hope in reducing symptoms naturally with Acupuncture. The study from 2002 found acupuncture to be a safe and effective alternative treatment to manage hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis).
Effect of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial
Charlie Changli Xue, Robert English, Jerry Jiansheng Zhang, Cliff Da Costa and Chun Guang Li
The Chinese Medicine Unit
Department of Statistics and Operations Research
Drug Research and Development Group
RMIT University, Bundoora, Victoria 3083, Australia
Abstract: The clinical efficacy and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR) was evaluated by employing a two-phase crossover single-blind clinical trial. Thirty subjects were randomly assigned to two groups with 17 and 13 subjects respectively and treated with real or sham acupuncture (three times per week) for four consecutive weeks and then a crossover for treatments for a further four weeks without a washout period. The administration of real acupuncture treatment was guided by a syndrome differentiation according to Chinese Medicine Theory. Subjects were assessed by various criteria before, during and after the treatments. Outcome measures included subjective symptom scores using a five-point scale (FPS), relief medication scores (RMS) and adverse effect records. Twenty six (26) subjects completed the study. There was a significant improvement in FPS (nasal and non-nasal symptoms) between the two types of acupuncture treatments. No significant differences were shown in RMS between the real acupuncture treatment group and the sham acupuncture treatment group. No side effects were observed for both groups. The results indicate that acupuncture is an effective and safe alternative treatment for the management of SAR.
If you are suffering from Hayfever and would like to try acupuncture to help manage it, contact Coburg Chinese Medicine
Hello and welcome to the new Coburg Chinese Medicine Blog. This will be the first post of many to come. This blog will contain Chinese dietary recipes, link to published research on Chinese medicine and contain other articles discussing chinese medicine theories.
Today i would like to share a great recipe to help reduce the dry summer throats you can get in this weather
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