1. Cucumber (Qīng guā 青瓜)
2. Watermelon (Xī guā 西瓜)
3. Papaya (Mù guā 木瓜)
4. Lemon (Níng méng 柠檬)
5. Strawberries (Cǎo méi 草莓)
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Sciatica (Bi Zheng) is a commonly seen complaint in the clinic. In fact, I suffered from sciatica myself many years ago, and that was what led me to acupuncture and my current practice.
Most people, and even some doctors, don’t realize that sciatica is not a diagnosis, but rather a syndrome caused by a herniated disc with nerve root compression.
Acupuncture is used to decrease inflammation around the nerve root and to increase blood circulation in the local area. No drugs are needed to treat this syndrome if you see an acupuncturist.
A group of researchers from the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine conducted a systemic review and meta - analysis of the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of Sciatica. It was concluded that acupuncture was more effective than conventional Western medicine in terms of treatment effectiveness, pain intensity and pain threshold.
In another review, researchers analyzed 11 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and found that acupuncture was more effective than Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for patients suffering from sciatica.
Acupuncture Restores Brain Connectivity in Chronic Pain
Acupuncture Underutilized for America's Chronic Pain Epidemic . . . Ouch!
Chronic Low - Back Pain
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Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc, LAc., Dipl.Ac.
Beets are a super - nutritious food that’s easy to grow in your back yard, and even easier to prepare. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) beets are sweet & cold in nature; they nourish blood, tonify the heart, calm the spirit (calm the nervous system), and lubricate the intestines.
Conditions: Anemia, constipation, Liver purification, Heart weakness, restlessness, and irritability.
Beets have been shown to: Protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, cardio-protective, helps prevent colon cancer and birth defects, and enhance performance.
High in folate, manganese, potassium; also contains copper, fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin C (especially the beet greens); small amounts of iron and vitamin B6.
Beet greens – Are an excellent source of calcium & magnesium, and; very good source of iron; rich in carotenoids (beta carotene and lutein / zeaxanthin), which are especially good for retinal health. Also an excellent source of vitamins E, K and C, B2; great source of fiber and protein.
The main chemical constituent of beets is betaine. The physiological role of betaine is to protect cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It also participates in fat & protein metabolism, and phase II detox support in the liver.
Betaine has many benefits including: antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory action; lowers blood levels of homocysteine, and some research suggests that betaine has an anti-tumor effect on human cancer cells.
How to cook: Steam for 15 minutes or less and roast for under 1 hour in order to not destroy the betaine. Blanche the beet greens in a little water.
Warning: Beets may interact with some medications, so be sure to consult with your acupuncture physician or doctor. If you have certain kidney or gallbladder conditions you may want to avoid eating the beet greens due to their high oxalate content which can cause crystals to form in the blood. High oxalate levels may also inhibit calcium absorption.
Also, beets can cause urine and bowel movements to turn a reddish – pinkish hue; this is called betanuria and is not harmful.
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Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., LAc., DIPL.Ac..
Many U.S. veterans & seniors do not have access to acupuncture treatments, because of a lack of coverage by veterans benefits and Medicare. Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment for both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain; as well as, a cost-effective alternative to conventional medicine..
Please help support this bill, which was introduced to the House of Representatives last October, by signing this on-line petition..
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It is a well-established fact that chronic pain causes changes in brain connectivity between specific regions in the brain that are associated with increased attention to pain, emotional rumination, nociceptive memory and avoidance learning.
In a recent Harvard Medical School study, based on this research, clinicians found that repeated verum (true) acupuncture compared to sham acupuncture was able to restore balance in connectivity between the dysregulated brain regions associated with pain.
In other studies, acupuncture has been found to more efficacious, produces longer lasting results, and more cost-effective than conventional medicine in the treatment of pain.
Also see chronic low-back pain
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