An Acupuncturist Can Help Keep Your Cold at Bay, Dr. Oz

An Acupuncturist can help Keep Your Cold at Bay, Dr. Oz

Excerpt ‘Tis the season for colds and the flu, but luckily we have ways in which we can boost our immune systems to ward off illness. Acupuncture is oftentimes thought of as a pain-relieving treatment, but did you know it could also help to naturally boost your immune system? " Read More

Stress Management In The Face Of Infertility, Huffington Post

Excerpt   "5. Try fertility focused acupuncture: .... “many patients who receive regular acupuncture attest to feeling a significant drop in stress levels when going through fertility treatment. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow, stimulate the immune system, as well as the release of serotonin and endorphins. Getting acupuncture on the day of your embryo transfer can help not only reduce nervousness and anxiety before and after the procedure, but a helpful treatment for improving chances of conception. Lastly, acupuncture provides a weekly reprieve from the cumulative stress that builds throughout the infertility experience, and a chance to reflect on how you are dealing with the process.”   Read More


To Turn Opioid Addiction Around, This Clinic Tries Exercise, Meditation And Acupuncture

To Turn Opioid Addiction Around, This Clinic Tries Exercise, Meditation And Acupuncture

Excerpt  "Kaiser tracked more than 80 patients over a year. It found the group’s ER visits decreased 25 percent. Inpatient admissions and total opioid doses dropped 40 percent.

Bye says the team helps patients taper off opioids and explore the benefits of alternatives like exercise, meditation, acupuncture and mindfulness. “And we found that we've had really good results getting those patients unstuck from the mud, getting them moving and living the life they want to live,”

Family medicine Dr. Heidi Clune says sometimes a  pain prescription can escalate to addiction.  “Our goal with  is to take that patient off that opioid Island and build that bridge, and get them back to functioning with society,” Clune says. " Read more

India's Philanthropist-Surgeon Delivers Cardiac Care Henry Ford-Style

India's Philanthropist-Surgeon Delivers Cardiac Care Henry Ford-Style

$106,000 Heart Surgery Costs $1,500 in India

Read about how this amazing Indian heart surgeon makes surgery affordable for all people in need.   Excerpt  "Devi Shetty says Narayana's profits are poured back into the enterprise, which now has 29 hospitals in India. The volume of surgeries has drawn comparisons to the assembly lines of Henry Ford. It's not something Shetty shies away from: "The is the way forward for the world," he says.  "It's pointless building boutique hospitals where one surgery or two heart surgeries are done in a day. We need to have a few hospitals, but these hospitals should do very large numbers. Then your quality improves, costs go down," he says.  Shetty contends people are entitled to care regardless of how little they earn.   "We do about 30  major heart surgeries a day. And we have never refused a patient because they have no money."  The fees from the rich offset the costs for the poor. Patients with money pay several thousand dollars for open heart surgery. But patients with little money — and little hope of raising any — pay very little. They are 60 percent of the cases.

The head of the charitable trust wing, Lakshmi Mani, says there's no complicated test to determine who's eligible for free surgery.  "One look at them and we can make out: They are poor, they don't have the money. And once we start doubting their credentials, there's no end to it," Mani says."
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Acupuncture Relieves Pain In Emergency Patients, Science Daily

Acupuncture Relieves Pain In Emergency Patients, Science Daily

Excerpt  "The world's largest randomized trial of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs  The study found acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing long-term relief for patients. But the trial, conducted in the emergency departments of four hospitals, showed pain management remains a critical issue."    Read More


To Curb Pain Without Opioids, Oregon Looks To Alternative Treatments, National Public Radio

To Curb Pain Without Opioids, Oregon Looks To Alternative Treatments

Excerpt: "There should be an array of things for people to choose from," Eisen says, "whether it be chiropractic care, or naturopathic care, or acupuncture, nutrition, massage. Try those things — and if they don't work, you use opioids as a last resort."  ...Oregon wants more patients to try this approach. Denise Taray, coordinator of the Oregon Pain Management Commission, says Medicaid's traditional way of dealing with back pain involved bed rest and prescription painkillers.

Excerpt  "The only thing that might have been covered in the past was narcotics," Taray says. "But treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, physical therapy and rehab would never have been covered."... Starting in January 2016, the state will fund many of these alternative treatments for patients who get their health care via Oregon's version of Medicaid. While treatments may cost more than pain pills, the hope is to save money by reducing the number of people who become addicted to opioids or abuse them."   read more