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Apr 12
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Acupuncture Improves Heart Function

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by drwhittle No Comments

Acupuncture improves heart functionNovember 14, 2002. ANAHEIM, Calif.

American Heart Association:

Acupuncture Improves Heart Function And Inhibits Sympathetic Activation During Mental Stress in Advanced Heart Failure Patients…

Acupuncture improved the health prospects of individuals with severe heart failure, according to a unique study reported today at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2001 conference. Acupuncture is the practice of piercing the skin with needles at specific points to treat illness or relieve pain. In this study Acupuncture dramatically reduced sympathetic nerve activity among heart failure patients. The sympathetic nervous system regulates involuntary movements such as heartbeat and blood pressure. Over-activation of sympathetic nerves is common in heart failure patients and associated with a poor prognosis because it forces the weakened heart to work harder and predisposes the heart to potentially lethal heart rhythms.

“There is an ever-increasing interest in alternative medicine. But until now, no one had looked at acupuncture’s effect on the very sickest heart failure patients. Our research represents a promising first step”, says lead author Holly R. Middlekauff, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine. Advanced heart failure patients often have two or three times more sympathetic nerve activity than normal individuals,” she says.

“It has been shown that the greater this activity is, the worse the outlook for the patient, so reducing it could be crucial. Sympathetic nerve activation was significantly reduced in the acupuncture group,” she says. “in our clinical experience, acupuncture has been used successfully and with long-range results in improving hypertension, and it also is useful in lowering sympathetic nerve activity.”

Animal studies completed in recent years demonstrate that acupuncture works very well in the extreme cases of sympathetic nerve increases, also known as stress, but the factors that increase stress and nerve elevation are complex and are being researched, Middlekauff notes.

Other doctors and researches who demonstrated that Acupuncture Improves Heart Function:

Jun Liang Yu; Kakit Hui, M.D.; Michele Hamilton, M.D.; Gregg Fonarow, M.D.; Jaime Moriguchi, M.D.; and Antoine Hage, M.D.

To see the article on pubmed click here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12528093

And to obtain a PDF of the article as originally published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure Vol. 8 No. 6 2002, click here:

http://cewm.med.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2002MiddlekauffAcupunctureInhibitssympActivationHeartFailure.pdf

Jan 12
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Sweeping the mountain of nerves

Posted on: January 12th, 2017 by drwhittle No Comments

sweeping the mountain of nervesFor many of us, it is time, simply time, to end the petty stresses of our lives. Can we truly commit to the awareness that happiness is eternally free from our circumstances? Are many or most of our problems “first world” problems? How many of us have visited a “third world” nation and noticed that people seem much happier there, less attached to fame, wealth and the future? Of course suffering can exist in anyone’s mind, in any location on earth…and our compassion to our own suffering and the suffering of others gives rise to wisdom.

How can we sweep the mountain of nerves daily and find inner peace…to realize right here and now that this present moment is the greatest gift and that things don’t always work out in time…but in the awareness in which time arises?

I like to breathe and see how soft and relaxed my breath can become…try ten deep, soft breaths right now…your mind will relax.

One friend loves to grab the binoculars and set out to find unique birds right there in his own neighborhood…tiny miracles rarely seen or noticed.

What simple thing or act can you do to bring you simple and present peace today?

Perhaps this year we could all take more time to nourish ourselves. We offer massage and acupuncture sessions at our clinic, not only to help people get rid of pain or other symptoms, but to find that through nourishing the body, they are nourishing the mind. And that when the body and mind are deeply relaxed, our innate peace and joy can arise like a clear mountain stream.

Aug 11
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Acupuncture for Acute Pain

Posted on: August 11th, 2016 by drwhittle No Comments

acupuncture for acute pain in ashevilleMany studies have focused on using acupuncture to treat chronic pain, but a recent study sheds light on the effectiveness of acupuncture for acute pain. In fact, patients responded faster and better to acupuncture than to intravenous morphine! Over 300 people were recruited for the study, and it is in press to be published in the prestigious American Journal of Emergency Medicine, August edition.

We treat acute pain very successfully and efficiently here at our Asheville Clinic. If you know anyone in acute pain, let them know that acupuncture could help. You can also show this medical study to your doctor and helpd educate people about the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of acute pain.

To see the abstract of the study, click here:

http://www.ajemjournal.com/article/S0735-6757(16)30422-3/abstract

Dec 2
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Acupuncture Actually Works for Neck Pain, Study Says | TIME

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by drwhittle No Comments

People who practiced acupuncture or the Alexander Technique had greater pain reductions than those who got standard treatment

Source: Acupuncture Actually Works for Neck Pain, Study Says | TIME

Jan 14
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How To Do A Coffee Enema

Posted on: January 14th, 2015 by drwhittle No Comments

Coffee EnemaIntroduction:

Scroll down to see the steps below…

I learned about coffee enemas from gastroenterologist Dr. Hiromi Shinya M.D. Dr. Shinya invented the colonoscope and noninvasive surgery for the large intestine. He has looked into the colons and stomachs of more than a half a million patients, and so he knows a thing or two about large intestine health. Dr. Shinya says that a coffee enema will help your large intestine repopulate itself with beneficial bacteria, or probiotics. The good gut bacteria love the acid in the coffee and feed on it, helping them to multiply rapidly. Dr. Shinya always recommends organic coffee.

You can use the coffee enema for general health purposes and total wellness, during a detox or cleanse protocol, or if you have bowel movement issues like constipation or diarrhea. Like any new experience, it takes a few tries to feel comfortable with doing an enema, so there is a learning curve and it is helpful not to get discouraged if it takes a while to perfect.

Interestingly, I have also found in my clinical experience that performing a coffee enema can help dramatically with sinus congestion and sinus problems. In Chinese medicine, ancient physicians recognized the connection between the lung and the large intestine. The classics of Chinese medicine state “the lung opens into the nose.” And since the lung and the large intestine are paired energetically, when bowel movements are smooth and easy, the sinuses will remain unclogged and flow easily as well. Deep breathing can also help relieve constipation by helping to create a peristaltic wave that allows the bowels to move.

Here are the step-by-step instructions for doing a coffee enema:

Step 1: If you have not done an enema before and do not have an enema bag, then you need to purchase the equipment necessary to do a coffee enema. You can call your local drugstore to see what they have in stock, or try Wal-Mart if you are willing to shop there. The one I use is by a company called Cara. It was very inexpensive, the bottle is made from dry natural rubber, and it can be purchased online at Amazon. The Cara enema bottle can also be used as a hot water bottle, or a douche system for women.

Here is the link if you want to purchase this online. As of this writing, the Cara enema kit was less than $5:

http://www.amazon.com/CARA-Economy-combination-Water-Bottle/dp/B0006NZG3W

Step 2: If you do not have organic decaffeinated coffee, you need to buy some from the grocery store. Make sure it is certified USDA organic so you are sure it is free of pollutants including heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and other toxic contaminants.

Warning: If you use regular coffee, the caffeine content will be absorbed by the large bowel and can give you quite a caffeine rush that may include palpitations and anxiety in some cases.

Step 3: Brew 3 cups, about 0.75 quarts, of the organic decaf coffee, and let the coffee sit until it becomes room temperature.

Step 4: If the enema bottle is new or used: rinse your enema bag thoroughly with warm, filtered water: fill 2/3 full of filtered water, insert stopper and shake well and empty to remove any debris from manufacturing or previous use. Add 3 cups of decaf organic coffee to the rubber enema bag. Insert the adapter into the top of the enema bag: the adapter is what connects to the tube that will be inserted into the anus.

Step 5: Make sure that the shut-off-clamp is closed and locked onto the tubing. Insert the enema pipe into the tip of the tubing. Note: If you are using the Cara enema kit, there is also a vaginal pipe that can be used for the douche.

Step 6: You are going to lie down on the floor and most people choose the bathroom. You can also lie down in the bathtub, and I recommend the bathtub in case there is any leakage from the bottle, and for other possible leakages! Hang the enema bag up using the hook on the rubber bottle so that the bottle is several feet higher than your position in the tub or on the floor. I use the shower pipe behind the showerhead as a place to hang the enema bag.

Step 6: Once you are in a comfortable reclined position in the tub or on the floor and the enema bag is hung several feet above you, insert the enema pipe into the anus. It is helpful to use a small amount of coconut oil, or olive oil on the tip of the enema pipe to allow it to insert into the anus easily. Note: If you use Vaseline or another thicker lubricant, the lubricant might block the tubing and prevent the coffee from flowing out freely. Once you are comfortable and the enema pipe is inserted into the anus, simply release the shut-off-clamp and allow the decaf coffee to flow into the large bowel.

Step 7: Once all three cups have entered the large bowel (large colon or intestine), simply relax and retain the coffee from 3-5 minutes. After 3-5 minutes has passed, tighten the anal sphincter, arise and sit up on the toilet. Release the coffee from the large bowel by relaxing the anus and allow the liquid to flow into the toilet.

You have now learned to self-administer a coffee enema!

For a free consultation about how Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help your digestive issues, call us at (828) 254-4405. Or click the “Schedule Now” button to the right of this page to schedule your free consult 24/7!

Jan 10
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Health Department Uses Acupuncture For Smoking Cessation

Posted on: January 10th, 2015 by drwhittle No Comments

acupuncture for smokingAustralian media began reporting this past week that the federal health department was giving cash reimbursements to employees who used hypnotherapy or acupuncture for smoking cessation. For many conservative medical practitioners, and for those who have not seen the science behind acupuncture’s benefits for addiction, this was seen as  controversial.

Acupuncture has a very long history of use for addictions in China, and Americans might be surprised to find that acupuncture has been used in hospitals in New York State since the nineteen seventies.

The well respected Cleveland Clinic is now promoting acupuncture for smoking cessation on their website, due to the good research and clinical results behind it’s use. To see the Cleveland Clinic’s article on using acupuncture for smoking cessation, you can go here.

What Acupuncture For Smoking Cessation Is Like

Acupuncturists often use auricular acupuncture, or ear acupuncture to treat addictions, including smoking. In some cases small seed like needles will be taped onto specific acupuncture points on the ear, and the patient will be told to press these acupuncture points a few times a day to stimulate the brain. Stimulating these points has been shown to release certain neurochemicals that have an effect on modulating cravings.

The Dr. Oz show also had a good segment on using acupuncture for smoking cessation, which you can see here.

There are obviously many good reasons to quit smoking, as the Dr. Oz website reports:

• With each inhalation of a cigarette, you breath in over 4,000 chemicals, including but certainly not limited to arsenic, ammonia, acetone, ammonium bromide, benzene, carbon monoxide, cadmium, cyanide, DDT, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, nickel, hydrogen cyanide, and hydrogen sulfide, in addition to at least 50 cancer-causing agents.
• According to the Centers for Disease Control, cigarette smoking causes death: nearly 443,000 deaths per year (1 in 5 deaths) to be exact. This is more than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined.
• Smoking increases the risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, lung cancer, chronic obstructive lung disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, infertility, premature delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome.
• Cigarettes cause cancer: acute myeloid leukemia, bladder, cervical, esophageal, kidney, larynx, lung, oral (mouth), and stomach cancers.
• Cigarette smoking is associated with lower bone density in postmenopausal women, and increases the risk of hip fractures in women.

Acupuncture For Smoking

Why not try acupuncture for stopping smoking? Seek out a licensed and well qualified acupuncturist, who has specific training in helping you stop smoking. If you have any questions you can call The Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic at (828) 254-4405.

 

Dec 23
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The Cleveland Clinic and Acupuncture

Posted on: December 23rd, 2014 by drwhittle No Comments

cleveland clinic and acupunctureIn 2014, The Cleveland Clinic set up the first Chinese medicine program in a major US hospital. Katie Kouric, Time magazine, and The Wall Street Journal all reported on the developments. The news is extraordinary, because the Cleveland Clinic was ranked one of the top four hospitals in the United States, by US News and World Report, and it has an impeccable reputation. So how is it that such an esteemed hospital is opening its doors to the east and embracing the venerable tradition of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine?

In recent years, not only are informed citizens driving healthcare towards a more holistic approach of doing medicine, but also research is confirming in many cases, what indigenous populations have known for centuries. Herbal medicine is a case in point. While practitioners of Chinese medicine like to point out that herbal medicine in China is thousands of years old, and that stone acupuncture needles have been found dating more than ten thousand years back into prehistory, recent research is the more compelling narrative for hospital administrators that acupuncture and Chinese medicine are not passing fads.

In a pdf published by the Cleveland Clinic called “The Chinese Herbal Therapy Fact Sheet”, the authors explain that Chinese medicine and acupuncture, “helps you regain homeostasis, or balance, in your body, and helps you attain resistance to disease.” They go on to state that:

“Chinese herbs may be used to:

•Decrease cold/flu symptoms
•Increase your energy
•Improve your breathing
•Improve digestion
•Improve your sleep
•decrease pain
•Improve menopausal symptoms
•Help regulate menstrual cycles if infertility is an issue

Major changes are happening in the US in regards to acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and it looks like The Cleveland Clinic and acupuncture, just like the west and east, are forging a new and exciting relationship for the 21st century.

To download your free copy of The Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine’s fact sheet on Chinese Herbal Therapy, just click here.

To visit the Cleveland Clinic website, click here.

And to schedule your free consult for Acupuncture, or Chinese herbal medicine in Asheville, NC give us a call at (828) 254-4405.

Dec 16
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World Health Organization and Acupuncture

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by drwhittle No Comments

world health organization acupunctureMany people are not aware of how supportive the WHO, World Health Organization, has been of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

In the background to their lengthy report on Acupuncture, the WHO says:

“The past two decades have seen extensive studies on acupuncture, and great efforts have been made to conduct controlled clinical trials that include the use of “sham” acupuncture or “placebo” acupuncture controls. Although still limited in number because of the difficulties of carrying out such trials, convincing reports,based on sound research methodology, have been published. In addition, experimental investigations on the mechanism of acupuncture have been carried out. This research, while aimed chiefly at answering how acupuncture works, may also provide evidence in support of its effectiveness.

In 1991, a progress report on traditional medicine and modern health care was submitted by the Director-General of WHO to the Forty-fourth World Health Assembly.

The report pointed out that in countries where acupuncture forms part of the cultural heritage, its use in an integrated approach to modern and traditional medicine presents no difficulty. However, in countries where modern Western medicine is the foundation of health care, the ethical use of acupuncture requires objective evidence of its efficacy under controlled clinical conditions.

In 1996, a draft report on the clinical practice of acupuncture was reviewed at the WHO Consultation on Acupuncture held in Cervia, Italy. The participants recommended that WHO should revise the report, focusing on data from controlled clinical trials. This publication is the outcome of that process.”

World Health Organization Acupuncture

In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • sciatica
  • tennis elbow
  • knee pain
  • periarthritis of the shoulder
  • sprains
  • facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • headache
  • dental pain
  • tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • induction of labor
  • correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
  • morning sickness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • postoperative pain
  • stroke
  • essential hypertension
  • primary hypotension
  • renal colic
  • leucopenia
  • adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
  • allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
  • biliary colic
  • depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • acute bacillary dysentery
  • primary dysmenorrhea
  • acute epigastralgia
  • peptic ulcer
  • acute and chronic gastritis

You can see the full study and other information about the WHO and Acupuncture here.

Contact The Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic in Asheville, North Carolina: (828) 254-4405.