Effect of acupuncture on diabetes

Flexor Digitorum: Notice how the muscle is shown attaching from the fingers to the ulna and radius. A common over-simplification of the classical biomechanical model is that muscles attach directly to bones and that, as a result, one can calculate the force that a muscle is contracting with and assume that this force is applied to the bone which causes the bone to rotate around the fulcrum point of the joint that the muscle crosses.
Compare that with this next anatomical drawing, which shows more details of how the fibers of the fascia interact. Now, let us take this one level further and look at the following picture of the knee of a human cadaver.  The Body Worlds Exhibit where I first saw this is an AMAZING experience and opened my mind to a lot of understanding by being able to see the full structure of the body in 3D. What you see here are broad sheets of connective tissue to which the muscles attach.  Looked at this way, it becomes clear that the exact impact of a muscle contraction will be distributed over a larger complex system of interacting forces. UPDATE Oct 2012 To see some of my recent work on applying fascia centric concepts to tensegrity robotics, see my post on a robotic tensegrity snake, development of a tensegrity based planetary lander, and a video of a lecture I gave in Switzerland.
Very interesting in relation to fibromyalgia and tender spots – I can see now that they correspond to points on the force meridians.
All my connective tissue is being agonisingly destroyed and I think the fascitis and fasciosis is the hardest to bear.
It’s a deeply grieving to be a healthy person, whose body worked so beautifully, and to be rotting slowly just to give profits to the pharmatrade. Here you will find my thoughts on being human, based on my ongoing research into robotic and human motion, neuroscience, physiology, and machine learning. My Favorite Ergonomic EquipmentBased on my understanding of human physiology and motion, here are some quick reviews on my favorite ergonomic tools. The vertical design keeps the arm in a well aligned neutral "handshake" position that prevents the shoulder from rolling forward.
Like the 3M mouse above, this keyboard allows you to have your hands in a more neutral vertical position which reduces many of the problems associated with wrist and shoulder pain.
Second, if you are going buy things on Amazon anyways, please use the link above to get to Amazon, and then this site will get a small donation from anything you purchase. This was the best book I have read for learning about the function of my own body and is endlessly useful for anyone who is alive and moving in the world. This book is great to see and understand the complex network of tension in the living body, and to learn about fascia and how it works.
This week’s issue of Newsweek magazine, features an interesting article by Sharon Begley describing the power of placebo.
Remarkably, both the participants receiving real or simulated acupuncture did better than those receiving usual care. Thus, although acupuncture was found effective for chronic low back pain, tailoring needling sites to each patient or even penetration of the skin appear to be unimportant in eliciting therapeutic benefits. As students of obesity are well aware, acupuncture has also been suggested as a treatment for obesity. In this small but carefully conducted study, Nourshahi and colleagues from the Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran, randomised 27 obese women to 3 groups receiving diet and exercise with or without acupuncture for 8 weeks or to no intervention at all.
Truly placebo effects never fails to intrigue me – to find out how little we know about how placebos actually work (and believe me, there is more science around this than you may suspect), I strongly recommend Begley’s article in Newsweek! I am very much interested in acupuncture for that purpose including anti-aging and weight loss. I want to age gracefully and beautifully and be an inspiration to aging women who neglects their looks and body. There are three ways that acupuncture is known to reduce pain perception, involving blood flow, nerve signals and the relief of natural pain-killers.
DonationIf you have benefitted from the information on this site, please take a minute to donate to its maintenance. Adrenal glands are small, triangular-shaped endocrine glands located on the top of each kidney.
The innermost region of you adrenal cortex has the duty of secreting steroids called gonadocorticoids. The adrenal medulla develops from neural tissue and secretes the two hormones called epinephrine and norepinephrine. Tick Remover KitsMake sure to get one that lifts the tick away from the skin and doesn't twist or squeeze the tick. GERD is a common chronic digestive condition that occurs when stomach acid or bile flows back into your food pipe. When you swallow, the lower esophageal sphincter – a circular band of muscle around the bottom part of your oesophagus – relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach.
However, if this valve relaxes abnormally or weakens, stomach acid can flow back up into your esophagus, causing frequent heartburn.
GERD symptoms can also be aggravated by a number of medications – either through impaired valve function or by damaging the oesophageal surface.
This constant backwash of acid can irritate the lining of your oesophagus, causing it to become inflamed.
GERD can be diagnosed by doing an endoscopy which involves inserting a scope through the mouth down to the stomach to assess the internal surfaces of the stomach, oesophagus and duodenum.
Instead of only treating symptoms, Chinese herbs change the pattern in your body that lets those symptoms happen.  Chinese herbs heal by both dealing with symptoms and bringing your body into balance. For a chronic condition such as arthritis, you may need to take a maintenance formula after your pain diminishes.
If you choose to go to another herbal pharmacy we will be happy to provide you with your prescription. You can combine different methods.  Many patients take decoctions or powders, but switch to granules or tablets while traveling. Will you fill a prescription I got from somewhere else?  Do I have to be a patient of yours to buy herbs from you?

Yes, as long as we know that you got your prescription from a qualified herbalist, we will be happy to fill it for you. If you aren’t a patient and know what formula you have been taking, just call or stop by to find out if we can be of help. If you need a bulk or granule prescription filled, we will need the formula with exact dosages from your herbalist. Because these herbs can have a strong effect, you need to be in touch with your herbalist when starting a new formula. At Mystic River Acupuncture we purchase our herbs from reputable distributors who inspect their products. Either they are used for the wrong purpose, used in the wrong dosage, or used alone when they should be combined in a formula. An example is the herb ephedra, which was in the news when it was included in weight loss supplements, and again when athletes used it to enhance their performance. Ephedra is an herb that is mostly used in respiratory conditions such as asthma, chronic respiratory problems, or common colds.
People often ask me why I don’t refer to myself as “Doctor” when so many of my colleagues do. You may have already read about the benefits of Yoga for asthma, and my review of Acupuncture in Children, or how it may be used to improve (reduce) asthma symptoms. The danger of codeine (an “opiate” narcotic) to treat tonsillectomy pain is that opiates are respiratory suppressants: they reduce the drive to breathe. This was a retrospective review of children and adolescents who had tonsillectomies over a three-month period.
Perceived pain levels were assessed before and after acupuncture, using a pain scale of 0-10. Over the 3-month period studied, 31 patients (ages 2-17 years) received acupuncture for post-tonsillectomy pain.
It doesn’t quite meet the “gold standard” of the best science: it was a retrospective study instead of controlled, prospective.
Similar to other studies on the use of acupuncture for post-surgical pain relief, there were no adverse effects from acupuncture. Color light therapy works off the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has scientifically identified the primary energy channels which receive universal life force energy and circulate it through our bodies.
Evidence Based Recommended Reading: Spectral quality of light modulates emotional brain responses in humans By G. Many physical problems from working at a computer and be helped by using an Adjustable Height Desk I have used one for years and love it.
The fascia is actually a single tissue that covers the body from head to toe and connects its every part inextricably with one another.
The article mentions a study by Daniel Cherkin of Group Health Center for Health Studies (Seattle, WA, USA), just published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which randomised 638 patients with lower-back pain to individualized acupuncture, standardized acupuncture, simulated acupuncture, or usual care. After all if the success of acupuncture for back pain has nothing to do with actually using the right points or even using real needles (tooth picks were used for some of the sham treatments), then one must wonder about how important the placebo effect of this treatment really is. This was addressed in a randomised controlled trial just published this month in the International Journal of Obesity.
Both diet and exercise groups lost the same amount of weight, with no indication of any additional benefit of acupuncture. But even if the acupuncture patients had lost more weight, in light of the back pain study, I’d be wondering about the mechanism of this effect.
I want to inspire the younger women by showing them that aging can be beautiful and sexy, too. I don’t know anything about meridians and find it hard to relate to notions of energy flow and qui, but the scientific explanations do make sense to me.
These two hormones are secreted in response to stimulation by sympathetic nerve, particularly during stressful situations. Carbonated drinks, spicy food and alcohol, fatty food can also cause the valve to relax abnormally thus producing symptoms of GERD. Changes occur to the tissue lining the lower oesophagus which is associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer. The scope will show any inflammation and enable a biopsy to be done to determine the presence of cancer. It contains herbs that address the problem you are having.  nd it contains herbs that address why you personally are having this problem. With issues like insomnia and anxiety, you may keep a formula with you to take if you need it.
You should never discontinue medication prescribed by your doctors without their permission. Be sure that your practitioner knows you are taking pharmaceutical drugs, and let your doctors know that you are using Chinese herbs or receiving acupuncture. For each dose you simmer a tablespoon of powder in water for 5-10 minutes, let it settle and then drink the tea. This may be the easiest way to take herbs.  Since herbs in tablet form can’t be customized for the person, these are most often given for maintenance.
We stock a variety of Chinese herbs in pill or tablet form and carry a number of ointments and liniments. Always call first to see if your formula is safe for another person to take, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It is important to go to a qualified, trained herbalist who can prescribe for you individually.
That is especially worrisome in children following tonsillectomy because many tonsillectomies are performed to relieve upper airway obstruction.

After a 10-day recovery period, children and parents were queried regarding the length of relief that they achieved from the acupuncture.
As always, such a retrospective study that provides encouraging preliminary results warrants a larger, prospective follow up study.
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Our cells are provided a nourishment through color, and can come to that harmonious place of Being. It acts like an individual wrapping for every internal part, keeping it separate from the rest.
We are stewards of God’s beautiful creation and it is our duty to maintain that beauty as our service to God to benefit others. The adrenal cortex is essential to life, but the medulla may be removed with no life-threatening effects.
The hormones adrogens, in males, and estrogens in females are secreted in small amounts by the adrenal cortex. When your blood sugar drops, the adrenals release hormones that cause the blood sugar to rise, increasing energy. For example, two people with insomnia who come for treatment may receive two different formulas. Sometimes you will need to take a formula seasonally, for instance with allergies in spring and fall.
We also keep and extensive inventory of granules and patent remedies in pill or tablet form. Most acupuncture offices carry at least a limited assortment of the more common Chinese or Asian herbs.
Patents or tablets can be kept in a brief case or purse to be taken when needed.  Some patients like to keep patents in their medicine cabinet or first aid kit for seasonal and recurring problems.
While some of these do require a prescription, others can be dispensed after a short conversation with you. Your level of fatigue may change, and sometimes symptoms may seem to fluctuate or be on a different schedule. It is not a weight loss herb, and is not intended to increase stamina or enhance athletic performance. In a perfect world, we would have a “placebo” control: that is, sham acupuncture needles to see whether the reduction in pain is really due to Acupuncture needle placement, or merely a reduction in perceived pain due to the expectation of reduced pain – recall my experience with acupuncture to reduce my back pain.
Regardless, this is a wonderful contribution to the quality of life for our children who require tonsillectomy! Largely ignored till recent times, mainly because of its undefined function and messy appearance, modern research has revealed the extent of the impact of fascia on muscle strength, bio mechanics and athletic performance. Some of the herbs will remain the same, and others will be added or removed (from the formula) as the symptoms change.
Their make-ups are different, and their bodies will react differently to illness or stress. For menstrual problems or PMS, you may need to take something each month once your cycle becomes normal. If you have any uncomfortable side effects or any of your symptoms increase in severity, you should contact your practitioner. Ephedra is used in very specific small amounts, and is skillfully combined with other herbs that enhance its healing properties and reduce any toxic tendencies it may have. Placebo effect, or “real” reduction of perceived pain through substance P and beta-endorphins (as indicated by pain research in a mouse model)? People with OSA – children and adults – can have an altered respiratory drive due to chronic changes in oxygen and CO2 levels. Other times you may only need herbs for a few days, such as when you feel a cold coming on or have a stomach virus. If this happens, most of the time you will need a small adjustment to your formula or a different schedule of taking it. Therefore, treating tonsillectomy pain with codeine or other narcotics can be fatal: they can stop breathing. As you imagine, most parents are reluctant to give consent to have random needles placed in their children to provide controls for such a study.
When the migraines are under control, you can be take a maintenance formula which doesn’t change. Chinese herbs can be used on a one-time basis in certain situations, such as for sports injuries. But if our adrenals are being forced to keep producing these hormones because of on going stress or illness, then we may start to suffer from adrenal fatigue. Being consistently under stress takes a toll on the adrenal glands, and eventually, they become overused and fatigued, and stop producing sufficient hormones.
Historically, post-tonsillectomy pain has been managed using liquid codeine (usually combined with acetaminophen).
For this reason you should never give your herbs to someone else without consulting your herbalist first. Jim Ochi, just published his preliminary results on the use of Acupuncture Instead of Codeine for Tonsillectomy Pain in Children (free download here).

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