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Medical New York Acupuncture Facts

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Medical acupuncture is acupuncture conducted by a licensed health care professional or a physician who had training in medical or health sciences. Physicians can also have training in acupuncture but most jurisdictions do not require physicians to get training in the field of acupuncture to treating patients. Usually a health professional would use one or the other approach or a combination of both to treat an illness or a dysfunction.

Medical Acupuncture History

For many centuries, acupuncture has attracted the interest of many physicians outside Asia. In the 15th century, there is documented reference to acupuncture from a Dutch and Portuguese clerics and traders. The interest of many Western folk has continued from the past to the present. In 1972, President Nixon had a considerable interest to acupuncture after his vist to China when surgeons witnessed surgical operations were being carried out using acupuncture analgesia instead of anesthetics. This interest resulted to making traditional Chinese medicine a global phenomenon. This also resulted to a desire by many medical professionals to learn acupuncture without studying any difficult theory. They rejected some traditional Chinese medicine that included reference to philosophies of Taoist cosmology and to other Western philosophies that bordered on mysticism and shamanism.

Most practitioners in the United Kingdom are medicinal acupuncturists either allied health professionals or medical doctors. Training for health professionals and medical doctors is provided by the British Medical Acupuncture Society. A lot of countries have similar organizations and an organization that represents medical acupuncturist in over 80 countries is the International Council of Medical Acupuncturists or ICMART.

The term acupuncture is a Western term derived from a Latin that means puncturing with needles. The term was first used by the Dutchman Wilhelm Ten Rijn who wrote a monograph about acupuncture titled De Acupuntura at the end of the 17th century. Europe was influenced with traditional Chinese medicine through the exchange of the Silk Road trade routes. It was through this way that an exchange in goods and ideas happened.

Western Medical Acupuncture defines New York acupuncture as a therapeutic modality that involves the insertion of fine needles. It is the adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using the current knowledge of pathology, physiology and anatomy and the principles of evidence based medicine. Although western acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, many practitioners do not stick to the concepts of yin and yang and the circulation of gi. They regard acupuncture as a part of conventional medicine rather than a complete alternative medical system. Western practitioners such as doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists developed medical acupuncture as a technique that could be incorporated into their practice without necessarily believing or learning ancient Chinese medical background.

Written by Valerie

December 6th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Herbs and New York TCM

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Many of the health claims of herbal medicine bear fruit for the pharmaceutical industry, leading to new drugs that are more potent and more targeted than the original remedy. In New York TCM or Traditional Chinese medicine there are many health claims for the likes of Ginkgo biloba and many other remedies that might bear closer scrutiny. Now, pharmaceutical chemist David Barlow and colleagues Peter Hylands and Thomas Ehrman at King’s College London have undertaken the biggest study yet of the active ingredients in TCM and used an analytical system known as a multiple decision tree technique, called Random Forest, to unearth the root of the activity of the natural products in TCM.

Their study seems to vindicate many of the claims of TCM as well revealing several compounds that might be indicated for diseases and symptoms not treated with in the traditional system.

The team built a database containing well over 8000 compounds from 240 of the most commonly used TCM herbs and used a second database of almost 2600 known active plant chemicals and other natural products as a training set for the Random Forest computer algorithm. The team found that about 62% of the herbs they tested in silicoagainst various drug targets (mostly enzymes associated with pathogens or problems in the body) contained candidate drug compounds that might be isolated for treating a single disease without the associated issues of a TCM approach. They also found that more than half of these compounds worked against at least two diseases and so might have multiple applications.

Acupuncture is also most effective in treating addictions, phobias, anxiety and other such psychological problems. Acupuncture is also very useful for any kind of ‘wellness’ program. Stimulation of specific points to tone all the primary organ systems as well as the body as a whole. It is said, ‘needle Stomach 36 and live to be a hundred.’

Written by Valerie

November 14th, 2010 at 7:15 am

New York Acupuncture to Treat Depression During Pregnancy

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New York acupuncture relives the symptoms of depression during pregnancy better than a placebo and potentially as well as pharmaceutical antidepressants, according to a study conducted by researchers from Stanford University and published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

“Acupuncture that we have tested works for pregnant, depressed women,” researcher Rachel Manber said.

The researcher’s randomly assigned 150 pregnant women, who were suffering from clinical depression to receive either massage, acupuncture designed to treat depression, or acupuncture not designed for depression. After eight weeks of treatment, 63 percent of participants in the acupuncture-for-depression group had experienced an improvement in their symptoms, compared with 44 percent of women in the other two groups.

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting needles into certain key parts of the body to treat various health conditions.

The study did not compare acupuncture to antidepressants or psychotherapy, but the success rate of acupuncture in the current study was similar to that of other therapies in studies of men and non-pregnant women, the researchers noted. They said further research is needed to make these comparisons directly.

Approximately 14 percent of women become depressed at some point during pregnancy. In addition to the damaging effects of depression and the risk it might pose to mother or infant, depression during pregnancy is also a risk factor for postpartum depression, which occurs at similar rates.

Postpartum depression may lead to inconsistent childcare, problems with mother-infant bonding, reduced birth weight, and hampered emotional or cognitive development in the child.

Yet many women are reluctant to take antidepressant drugs during pregnancy for fear of harming their unborn children.

“Antidepressants are not an attractive option for many women,” Manber said. “Many women are concerned about using antidepressant medication during pregnancy.”

Written by Valerie

November 3rd, 2010 at 7:00 am