Simple Ways to Be Better at Remembering

On an average day most of us check our smartphones 47 times, and nearly double that if we’re between the ages of 18 and 24, which might explain why some of us have such a hard time processing the information we take in to form memories. Smartphones alter the way we walk, talk and think, and we’re barely keeping up.

The absent minded professor - By Per Lindroth (1878-1933) ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The absent minded professor - By Per Lindroth (1878-1933) ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Does acupuncture work by re-mapping the brain?

Our results suggested that both local and distal acupuncture improved median nerve function at the wrist. This suggests that the brain changes resulting from acupuncture might not just be a reflection of changes at the wrist, but could also drive the improved median nerve function directly by linking to autonomic brain regions that control blood vessel diameter and blood flow to the median nerve.

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Acupuncture for recovery after surgery in patients undergoing colorectal cancer resection: a systematic review and meta-analysis

We systematically searched four English language databases (Medline, Embase, CENTRAL (Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials), and AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine Database)) and one Chinese database (CAJ, China Academic Journals). Randomised trials of acupuncture compared with usual/routine care, sham interventions or active comparators in patients undergoing colorectal cancer resection were eligible for inclusion. Postoperative symptoms and quality of life (QoL) were the primary outcomes for the review.

Differentiation and Treatment of Hepatitis C

In discussing hepatitis, it is best to base treatment on the classical approach. This is true for all diseases. We can treat modern diseases such as endometriosis, AIDS, and so on, but we still use the traditional method of differentiation, of treating the stage of the disease. Another way of saying this is that we treat the patient’s presentation, not the name of the disease.

The Triple Burner- Relationship with the Pericardium

Although they are interiorly-exteriorly related, the relationship between Pericardium and Triple Burner is somewhat tenuous: such a relationship is more applicable to the channels, rather than to the organs themselves.

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By Sebastian Ritter (Rise0011) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Acupuncture & Herbs Relieve Arthritis and Diabetes

Research finds acupuncture combined with herbal medicine effective for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Acupuncture combined with the herbal formula Dang Gui Si Ni Tang resulted in a total effective rate of 93.75%. The research demonstrates that acupuncture combined with the herbal formula has a “significant curative effect on rheumatoid arthritis….” While these findings are hopeful, the 93.75% total effective rate represents all clinically significant improvements and does not represent a cure rate.

The Effect of Acupuncture on Visual Function in Patients with Congenital and Acquired Nystagmus

The quality of life of patients with nystagmus is greatly dependent on the fluctuations of their nystagmus speed and velocity, and thus on the central fixation. Any attempt to stabilize their fixation, therefore, seems to be of benefit for them.

With this background in mind, we aimed at examining the effect of needle acupuncture on the body and the ears of nystagmus patients, following standardized acupuncture protocol. In addition, we evaluated which specific nystagmus patients the acupuncture drew greater benefit from the treatment.

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By Khex14 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Xingnao Kaiqiao needling method for acute ischemic stroke: a meta-analysis of safety and efficacy.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and long-term disability in adults worldwide (Goldstein et al., 2011; Cheng et al., 2013). More than 80% of strokes originate from ischemic damage to the brain caused by an acute reduction in the blood supply, causing neurological deficits and functional impairment (Przybylowski et al., 2014). The acute and subacute stages are the most important periods in the course of stroke rehabilitation (Lackland et al., 2014).

The reason we eat mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival originates in a folk tale about undying love and betrayal

The Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the moon when it’s supposedly the roundest and fullest during the year. There are various origin tales for the holiday, but most of them center on the love story between the beautiful and intelligent goddess Chang’e and her husband, a renowned archer named Hou Yi, according to the book Handbook of Chinese Mythology by folklore experts at China’s Beijing Normal University and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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By Lybil BER (Photographie personelle) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The Manual Stimulation of Acupuncture Points in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques

The manual stimulation of acupuncture points has been combined with components of cognitive and exposure therapies into a clinical and self-help approach known as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). More than 40 clinical trials and four meta-analytic reviews of EFT treatments have demonstrated large effect sizes with a range of conditions, including pain, PTSD (in both civilian and military veteran populations), phobias, anxiety, and depression.

Community-Based Wounded Warrior Sustainability Initiative (CBWSI): An integrative medicine strategy for mitigating the effects of PTSD

This editorial discusses the unique circumstance of the U.S. veteran with PTSD, examines groundbreaking measures made by the VA to help identify and treat veterans experiencing the invisible wounds of war, and introduces an innovative, community-based, primary care level strategy to mitigate the untoward effects of PTSD on veterans and their families, the VA healthcare system, and local communities.

A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Maca Root as Treatment for Antidepressant-Induced Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction (AISD) is a significant complication in the treatment of patients with mood and anxiety disorders, affecting more than half of patients who are taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) [1], and has been associated with reduced quality of life, reduced self-esteem, and negative effects on mood and relationships [1]. Sexual dysfunction may affect any phase of the sexual response cycle including libido, arousal, and/or orgasm [2]. Because adequate sexual function is an integral aspect of quality of life, many patients whose depression is in remission as a result of taking antidepressant medication may elect to switch or discontinue their treatment, increasing their risk of complications from their underlying psychiatric disorder [3]. AISD is a major reason for medication discontinuation [4].

UB 22- San Jiao Shu

To explain why the Triple Burner Back-Shu point is next to the Kidney's we need to explore the nature of the Triple Burner. The Triple Burner's nature has occupied Chinese doctors for centuries and there are different views of it; as usual in Chinese medicine, different view are contrasting but not necessarily mutually-exclusive ones. For centuries, Chinese doctors have been discussing whether the Triple Burner "has a form" (you xing) or not. The Chinese expression "has a form" means that the Triple Burner is an actual Fu organ; if the Triple Burner "has no form", then it is not like the other Fu but just a complex of functions "without form". Both these views are correct!

Acupuncture Resolution of Pediatric Mouth Ulcers

Herpangina is a viral pediatric illness that causes ulcers on the roof of the mouth and throat. There may also be comorbid fever, sore throat, headache, or neck pain. 

Researchers at the Fifth People’s Hospital of Yuhang District, Hangzhou, combined acupuncture with standard drug therapy (ribavirin, an antiviral medication used to treat herpangina). Patients receiving both drug therapy and acupuncture in a combined treatment protocol had superior outcomes compared to patients using only acupuncture or only drug therapy.

The Successful Treatment of Pain Associated with Scar Tissue Using Acupuncture

Scar tissue usually forms after deep trauma, such as piercings, burns, and surgery, to the dermis. In Chinese Medicine, scar tissue causes local Qi and blood stagnation which lead to pain. The Wei Ci technique (surrounding the dragon) and distal points Hegu-LI-4, Taichong-LIV-3, Zusanli-ST-36 were used. The patient received a total of eight treatments in 5 weeks. The scar pain decreased from 7 to 1 or 2 on a Likert scale of 0–10, with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain.

Acupuncture Helps Lumbar Disc Herniation Patients

Controlled clinical studies find acupuncture effective for the treatment of lumbar disc herniations. Manual acupuncture, electroacupuncture, and warm needle acupuncture were among the techniques that produced significant positive patient outcomes. The following studies test the efficacy of acupuncture techniques and specific acupoint prescriptions.

New osteoporosis treatment uses traditional Chinese herb to prevent bone loss

Using a compound derived from red sage (Dan Shen), University of British Columbia researchers have found a way to selectively block an enzyme called Cathepsin K (CatK), which plays a major role in the breakdown of collagen in bones during osteoporosis, says the findings published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.