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Acupuncture & Oriental Med

MRI, SPECT Reveal Mechanisms: Your Brain on Acupuncture

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

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.

Naturopathic Support for Breast Cancer Patients

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 4, No. 2. December, 2000

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.

Colds, Hot and Cold: Herbal Approaches to a Common Condition

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

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 Point Needling Relieves Common Sports Injuries

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

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

Cooking with the Spices of Life

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

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 in America: Ancient Roots, New Soil

By Gloria St. John | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

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?

New SPES Formula Offers Promise for Liver Cancer

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

A combination of herbs based on a traditional Chinese formula, is proving effective in inducing necrosis in various types of liver cancer cells.

UCSF Breast Cancer Study Puts Tibetan Medicine on Trial

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

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.

Tibetan Study Had Roots in Personal Experience

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

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.

Ignorance, Simple-Mindedness Are the True Dangers with Chinese Herbs

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

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.

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