Acupuncture Protects the Brain From Stroke – New Research

20 Aug

New research demonstrates that
acupuncture protects the brain from deterioration due to strokes. In the
study, researchers discovered that electro-acupuncture exerts an
anti-inflammatory effect on the brain following a stroke that is caused
by a transient cerebral ischemic injury, a sudden loss of blood supply
to the brain.

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researchers discovered that electro-acupuncture treatment activates a
special alpha-7 nicotinic receptor located in the brain, alpha-7nAChR.
Modern research confirms that alpha-7 nicotinic receptors are involved
in the reduction of inflammatory neurotoxicity due to stroke, heart
attack, sepsis and alzheimers disease. Acupuncture helps to protect the
brain by activating alpha-7nAChR receptors. Once activated, they inhibit
the release of HMGB1, a protein responsible for inflammation and

Measuring the shutting down of HMGB1
release following a stroke is one of the first examples of mapping the
exact biochemical mechanism by which acupuncture reduces brain cell
death following a stroke. This helps to explain several beneficial
effects measured in the study: electro-acupuncture reduces infarct
volume, improves neurological outcomes, and inhibited neuronal
apoptosis. The researchers conclude that electro-acupuncture provides
“strong protection against transient cerebral ischemic injury….”

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Journal of Neuroinflammation,
2012, 9:24. Electroacupuncture pretreatment attenuates cerebral
ischemic injury through a7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor-mediated
inhibition of high-mobility group box 1 release in rats. Qiang Wang,
Feng Wang, Xin Li, Qianzi Yang, Xuying Li, Ning Xu, Yi Huang, Qiaomei
Zhang, Xingchun Gou, Shaoyang Chen and Lize Xiong.

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Huff Post: 5 Most Common ‘Side Effects’ of Acupuncture

20 Aug

Sara Calabro: 5 Most Common ‘Side Effects’ of Acupuncture.

Forget what you’ve been told. Acupuncture does have side
effects. The unintended consequences of acupuncture, while not
life-threatening, should not be overlooked. The side effects of
acupuncture occur frequently and can seriously impact on your quality of

Here are the five most common side effects of acupuncture. Consider yourself warned.

Better sleep

is one of the most common complaints seen by acupuncturists, and
acupuncture can be highly effective at resolving it. But even in people
who do not recognize or mention sleep as a problem, acupuncture has a
tendency to produce more restful nights. This often goes unnoticed until
asked about on a follow-up visit. Many acupuncturists hear this refrain
multiple times a day: “You know, now that you mention it, I have been
sleeping a lot better since I started coming for acupuncture.”

More energy

Although it’s common to find yourself in “acu land” — a somewhat
dazed, blissfully-relaxed state — immediately following acupuncture
treatment, the after effect is usually increased energy. Many people
report having more energy in the hours, days and even weeks after
acupuncture treatment. You may notice that you’re avoiding that
post-lunch coma, feeling more motivated to hit the gym, or just sensing a
little extra spring in your step.

Mental clarity

Acupuncture can help resolve the stagnation that causes many of us to
feel physically and mentally lethargic. In addition to the surge of
physical energy that follows emerging from acu land, many people notice
improved mental clarity. They’re able to make decisions faster, with
greater confidence. They feel more motivated and resolute about tackling
items that have been lingering for months on their to-do lists. It’s as
if the mental cobwebs have been cleared out. Suddenly, you’re able to
get out of your own way.

Better digestion

Digestion is big in acupuncture. The organ systems and meridians that
regulate digestion are intimately connected to all other structures and
functions throughout the body, so a person’s digestive health says a
lot about his or her overall state of health. This is why acupuncturists
ask such detailed questions about eating habits and bowel movements.
It’s also why getting acupuncture for shoulder pain, for example, might
cause you to use the bathroom more regularly, feel less bloated after
meals, and experience fewer food cravings.

Less stress

Stress reduction is a common reason for seeking acupuncture. However,
not everyone admits or even feels that they have stress in their life.
They’ve gotten so used to living with a certain level of stress that it
has become their “normal.” It’s only in the absence of stress that they
notice how stressed out they were to begin with. Acupuncture heightens
our awareness such that stressful events, initially, can actually be
felt more acutely. But over time, by evening out our moods, acupuncture
allows us to feel less affected by and better equipped to manage the
stressful aspects of our lives.

So there you have it. The truth, once and for all: Acupuncture has
side effects that may significantly influence your quality of life.

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Acupuncture Restores Sperm Motility – New Research

20 Aug
Acupuncture Restores Sperm Motility – New Research
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Acupuncture Relieves Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

22 Jul
Acupuncture Relieves Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
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News for Ann Romney and Acupuncture

4 Jul

Wall Street Journal
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Feb 10, 2012 – Mitt Romney’s Wife Used Natural Healing to Cure the MS realize was that right before he was asked to take over, his wife Ann Romney had [.

Acupuncture News – Topix

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Romney’s Spouse

2012 Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s Spouse. Romney met Ann Lois Davies (April 16, 1949) while both were still in elementary school. She attributes the remission to a combination of “reflexology, accupressure, accupuncture,

AcuNews: Treating Excessive Perspiration, Low Back Pain and Bell’s Palsy

4 Jul
Don’t sweat it: Botox, acupuncture among treatments for excessive perspiration
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Acupuncture best for chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis management
Clinical Advisor
NIH noted that there is enough scientific evidence of acupuncture’s efficacy to warrant its use in certain clinical situations.
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Acu News: Ann Romney’s treatment success with Acupuncture

3 Jul
Why you should consider acupuncture for your pets
Chattanooga Times Free Press
When local veterinarian Karen Turner Knarr realized firsthand the benefits of acupuncture, she thought the procedure would benefit animals as well.

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Ann Romney’s MS Success Could Influence Treatment
The Atlantic Wire
Ann Romney credits horseback riding, acupuncture, and reflexology for helping her cope with multiple sclerosis, but a Wall Street Journal feature on her condition suggests future sufferers could credit Romney herself with their treatment. Reporter

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AcuNews: Acupuncture demystified for Surgery and Pain

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Alternatives for back pain
Chicago Tribune
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Coeur d’Alene Press
Acupuncture has been proven for decades in the U.S. (for centuries in other countries!) to be effective in alleviating pain from many conditions. I’ve had several
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AcuNews- Acupuncture for Pets, Migraines and you

27 Jun
Can acupuncture help you and your loved ones?
Chillicothe Gazette
As a youth, I saw a TV program about acupuncture being used in China as an anesthetic during surgery. Wide-awake people were talking calmly while surgeons
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VIDEO: Pups try acupuncture in Kingston
Mordialloc Chelsea Leader
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Managing migraines
Statesman Journal
They began when she was 12 years old, and until a year ago, when she began acupuncture treatments, the headaches were part of her daily life. The only thing
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Acupuncture for Hypertension & A-Fib – New Research
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