Mental Health Update: Science Catching Up with What Chinese Medicine Has Understood for Centuries

Fascinating and worth the read. Science is catching up with what Chinese Medicine has understood for years about treating mental health disorders and imbalances. Sometimes treating a different but connected system in the body can dramatically improve or cure seemingly fixed and disabling patterns. Something I have witnessed in my own practice again and again. I recall a young adolescent boy whose life and that of his family was greatly affected by disabling obssesive compulsive disorder.... within half a year of recieving acupuncture treatments and chinese herbal medicine he was off all of his western medicaitons and no longer could be given that diagnosis. https://www.nytimes.com/…/schizophrenia-psychiatric-disorde…

Acupuncture & Pain Relief Study for Breast Cancer Patients

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As an Oriental Medicine practitioner I often work with patients who concurrently are undergoing needed western medication & treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.  With acupuncture and chinese herbs patients can experience reduced pain, nausea & fatigue and decreased recovery times as well.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/11/acupuncture-reduces-pain-breast-cancer-patients-st/

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National Geographic- Acupuncture on Instagram

James Harrison (@jhharrison92) used to hate needles—HATE them. But after 15 punishing seasons in the NFL, the New England Patriot linebacker, who on Sunday will play in his fourth Super Bowl, has learned to love them. Well maybe not love them, but he loves what they do for his 39-year-old body. Last spring photographer Fritz Hoffmann and I spent several days in Arizona documenting Harrison’s offseason routine, which includes a variety of therapies to help reduce the pain and soreness that comes with his famously intense weightlifting sessions. He told us that former teammate James Farrior got him to try acupuncture for the first time. “He said, ‘Dude, try this. You're going to feel great.’ I'm like, 'Dude, (screw) needles.' But I did it, and it worked. So, I said, OK, I'm going to have to deal with the needles.” Since then, Harrison’s acupuncturist, Lisa Ripi, flies in from New York for weekly sessions. The day we were there, she inserted more than 400 needles at different points all over his body. He seemed to barely notice, checking his phone and reading on his laptop as she slid in the needles. Some go as deep as three inches into his dense muscles. Ripi says this promotes blood flow and speeds recovery after a workout. It’s a technique that remains controversial among medical professionals. “If it makes me feel good and I play good, that's all I need,” said Harrison. “I don't need no scientific proof. I don't need no studies. I don't need none of that.”
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