Friday, April 18, 2014

Acupuncturists go to school for a long time

People tend to be unaware of the extent to which acupuncturists train to become licensed in their profession. Many assume becoming an acupuncturist is similar to becoming a massage therapist or Reiki practitioner or yoga instructor. Not so much.
At minimum, a licensed acupuncturist in the United States has been to three years of graduate school. Four years is more common. They hold master's degrees. Some acupuncturists with doctorates have studied at the graduate level for five-plus years. Upon graduating from an accredited school, all acupuncturists must pass multiple board exams to become licensed in their state.
In addition to the academic and state requirements for practicing acupuncture, many acupuncturists seek hands-on training and mentorship in the form of apprenticeships and continuing education seminars.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Naval Hospital adds acupuncture to list of available services

Lt. Cmdr. Dana Onifer helps HM1 Heather Eisenhardt treat Hospital Apprentice Sierra Praiswater with battlefield acupuncture during a training session at the Naval Hospital aboard Camp Lejeune Tuesday afternoon.

Vitamin A reverses breast-cancer precursor DCI

Vitamin A—found in sweet potatoes and carrots—can reverse pre-cancerous cells such as DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), one of the most common early warning signals of breast cancer.
Retinoic acid, a form of the vitamin, makes pre-cancer cells in the breast healthy again, although it cannot reverse full-blown cancer, say researchers from Thomas Jefferson University.
They tested the vitamin on four different lines of cancer cells, at various stages of the cancer’s life, from pre-cancerous—which is the stage when DCIS is diagnosed—through to aggressive and spreading (metastatic).
The retinoic acid, which is one of the chemicals that the body converts vitamin A into, turned pre-cancerous cells healthy in terms of their shape and genetic signature.  The cancerous cells, however, didn’t respond to the vitamin.
(Source: International Journal of Oncology, 2014; doi: 10.3892/ijo.2014.2354)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

acupuncture and glaucoma

Military expands use of acupuncture

Watermelon extract hailed as a life-saver as it dramatically reduces high blood pressure

 It helps relieve stress on the heart, especially during times when it has to work harder, such as during cold weather, researchers at Florida State University have found.
They discovered the extract “significantly” reduces blood pressure when they tested it on a group of 13 overweight people who were suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure).
Their hearts had to work harder when their hands were put into freezing water of 39 degrees F (4 degrees C) each day for six weeks while they were given 4 g L-citrulline and 2 g L-arginine, both watermelon extracts.  During the study period, they stopped taking any antihypertensive drugs, and were told not to change their usual exercise habits or diet.
(Source: American Journal of Hypertension, 2014; doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpt295)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Senile Dementia

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a 3000 years’ history of human use. A literature survey addressing traditional evidence from human studies was done, with key result that top 10 TCM herb ingredients including Poria cocosRadix polygalaeRadix glycyrrhizaeRadix angelica sinensis, and Radix rehmanniae were prioritized for highest potential benefit to dementia intervention, related to the highest frequency of use in 236 formulae collected from 29 ancient Pharmacopoeias, ancient formula books, or historical archives on ancient renowned TCM doctors, over the past 10 centuries. Based on the history of use, there was strong clinical support that Radix polygalae is memory improving. Pharmacological investigation also indicated that all the five ingredients mentioned above can elicit memory-improving effects in vivo and in vitro via multiple mechanisms of action, covering estrogenlike, cholinergic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiapoptotic, neurogenetic, and anti-Aβ activities. Furthermore, 11 active principles were identified, including sinapic acid, tenuifolin, isoliquiritigenin, liquiritigenin, glabridin, ferulic acid, Z-ligustilide, N-methyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxamide, coniferyl ferulate and 11-angeloylsenkyunolide F, and catalpol. It can be concluded that TCM has a potential for complementary and alternative role in treating senile dementia. The scientific evidence is being continuously mined to back up the traditional medical wisdom.