Magnetic resonance and other advanced imaging techniques are revealing the neurological effects of acupuncture. Researchers found that placement of needles according to meridians defined by Chinese medicine can produce measurable changes in pain-mediating regions of the midbrain.
For several years, columnist Michael Traub, ND, has been working collaboratively with MDs in the care of women with breast cancer. He describes the naturopathic principles for cancer care and discusses the dynamics of interdisciplinary practice.
In Chinese medicine, the common cold comes in several "flavors." There are "hot" colds, "cold" colds and "part hot, part cold" colds. Each type can be treated with common herbal remedies. Dr. Marcey Shapiro explains how to use warming and cooling herbs to best effect in managing this common condition.
Motor points are the spots at which nerve fibers enter muscles. Application of acupuncture needles to these points is proving beneficial in the treatment of common sports injuries including tendonitis, shoulder impingements and
In traditional Chinese culture, as in many other cultures, the boundary between food and medicine is blurred. Daphne Rota and Lisa Lipson, two American practitioners of Chinese medicine, describe the medicinal properties of many common herbs and spices, and offer a poached pear recipe with spices to improve lung and digestive function.
Tibetan medicine is one of the world's oldest medical systems, providing insight into the ways consciousness and the physical body are inter-related. It has survived the tests of time, political upheaval, warfare and exile. Can it survive the American health care system?
A combination of herbs based on a traditional Chinese formula, is proving effective in inducing necrosis in various types of liver cancer cells.
The University of California, San Francisco recently sponsored the first ever collaboration between allopathic medical oncologists and a traditional Tibetan physician. Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, the Dalai Lama's personal physician, was invited to participate in the treatment of women with advanced breast cancer, as part of an investigation of the efficacy of Tibetan herbal medicine for cancer.
UCSF's landmark study of Tibetan herbal medicine in the treatment of breast cancer had its roots in one woman's personal struggle with the disease. When UCSF cytogeneticist, Helene Smith, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned to the services of Yeshi Dhonden, a Tibetan Buddhist physician, and one of the major exponents of Tibetan medical traditions.
The potential dangers associated with traditional Chinese botanical medicine are highly overstated in the media, said Michael Arnold, MD, a physician and Chinese medicine practitioner. When used properly under guidance of a qualified practitioner, TCM herbs are quite safe and effective. Failure to properly understand the complexities of Chinese herbal science, and overt misuse of certain herbs like ephedra, are the real dangers.