MRI and CT scans demonstrate acupuncture points.
Australian-first research conducted at the University of NSW in 2010 showed that acupuncture prompts changes in brain activity, with different parts of the brain being activated by different acupuncture points. The “mood regulation” areas of the brain were also activated, pointing to a possible and potent treatment for depression.
This research indicates by what mechanism acupuncture possibly works. This demonstrated effect on the brain, which is the control centre for human physiological functions, could well explain the broad range of effect on human physiology. Whilst there is already extensive documentation of observed clinical phenomena, this research is possibly the first to provide graphic evidence in the form of MRI scans. Added to that evidence is the fact that acupuncture has the potential for both stimulatory and calming effects – a fact well understood … Read More »
Chinese medicine generally recommends that you eat cooked foods – and that raw or cold foods are not necessarily good for everyone. At other times a patient may be advised to avoid too many hot spicy foods. Why is this? Aren’t raw vegetables better for us than cooked ones? What’s wrong with a good curry? What about fruit?
RAW FOODS: The reason is that foods that are raw or cold are ‘Yin’ in nature. They are difficult to digest. Cooked foods are usually neutral or slightly ‘Yang’ or heating – precisely what is needed for the stomach to be able to function easily. Humans have used fire to cook food for millions of years. Our digestive systems have evolved to eat cooked food. We are not rabbits with their specially designed digestive system, nor are we cows with four stomachs.
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Acute or first-time sinusitis which has troubled a patient only for a few days generally responds very well to both Chinese herbs and acupuncture. However, many people suffer from chronic sinusitis which refers to an ongoing condition, often appearing to have gone, but which constantly recurs, often manifesting as a post-nasal drip, or headaches. Allergic rhinitis (hayfever) has also been the subject of significant research showing strong evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture.
Chronic sinusitis is notoriously resistant to treatment – even powerful steroid-based drugs sometimes achieve only temporary results, and sometimes very little improvement at all. Chinese medicine also regards sinusitis as a stubborn condition which may need a longer course of treatment and considerable patience to achieve long-lasting results.
This is because there is a resilient, hard-to shift layer of phlegm coating the sinuses. It is a bit like the … Read More »