Military Using Acupuncture for PTSD

Acupuncture, endorsed by many Western medicine practitioners as a treatment for physical pain, along with other eastern medicine practices such as tai chi, is slowly making inroads in Western medicine as a treatment for mental emotional disorders like post traumatic stress disorder. Link

New Qigong Classes Starting in April

Spring is now in full swing and we’re starting a new series of Medical Qigong classes for the public. Join us in Venice or in Pasadena for weekly classes that will improve your mind, body and spirit. Venice classes are on Saturday mornings starting April 9th. Pasadena classes are on Thursday evenings starting April 14th. Both beginner and advanced classes are offered. Learn more about my classes or sign up through my Meetup group.

New Evidence that Acupuncture Works for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

Acupuncture has been used in East-Asian medicine for thousands of years to treat pain by activating the body’s natural painkillers. But how it works at the cellular level is largely unknown. Researchers at the University of Michigan Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center are first to provide evidence of acupuncture’s effect on opoid receptors. In the study, researchers at the U-M Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center showed acupuncture increased the binding availability of mu-opoid receptors (MOR) in regions of the brain that process and dampen pain signals. Link to article.

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