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Study Maps Effects of Acupuncture on the Brain
ScienceDaily (Feb. 5, 2010) — Important new research about the effects of acupuncture on the brain may provide an understanding of the complex mechanisms of acupuncture and could lead to a wider acceptability of the treatment.

The study, by researchers at the University of York and the Hull York Medical School published in Brain Research, indicates that acupuncture has a significant effect on specific neural structures. When a patient receives acupuncture treatment, a sensation called deqi can be obtained; scientific analysis shows that this deactivates areas within the brain that are associated with the processing of pain.
Dr Hugh MacPherson, of the Complementary Medicine Research Group in the University's Department of Health Sciences, says: "These results provide objective scientific evidence that acupuncture has specific effects within the brain which hopefully will lead to a better understanding of how acupuncture works."
Neuroscientist Dr Aziz Asghar, of the York Neuroimaging Centre and the Hull York Medical School, adds: "The results are fascinating. Whether such brain deactivations constitute a mechanism which underlies or contributes to the therapeutic effect of acupuncture is an intriguing possibility which requires further research."
Last summer, following research conducted in York, acupuncture was recommended for the first time by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a treatment option for NHS patients with lower back pain. NICE guidelines now state that GPs should 'consider offering a course of acupuncture comprising a maximum of 10 sessions over a period of up to 12 weeks' for patients with this common condition.
Current clinical trials at the University of York are investigating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and for depression. Recent studies in the US have also shown that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for migraines and osteoarthritis of the knee.
The York team believes that the new research could help to clear the way for acupuncture to be more broadly accepted as a treatment option on the NHS for a number of medical conditions.


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Practical Applications for Adrenal and Thyroid Health

This presentation reviewed endocrine physiology of the connection between the Thyroid and Adrenal glands. A review was given on the proper functioning of these glands with testing and observation when these glands aren't working well. There were also nutritional strategies presented to heal these glands for improved function and illness reversal.

This seminar was given by Dr. Annette Schippel and sponsored by Standard Process co. 

NEUROLOGICAL HEALTH: New Advances in Nutritional and Herbal Therapy

This weekend seminar was presented for participants to gain an understanding of the mechanisms and treatment for Anxiety and Depression disorders. The latest scientific studies were presented on key herbal medicine strategies to reverse the difficulties associated with sleep disturbances, nervous system discomfort, and agitation and mood changes.

HERBAL SUPPORT FOR THE ATHLETE: Fitter, Stronger, Healthier

Information was given on the mechanisms of physical fitness training, and over training on metabolic pathways. Key herbal strategies are developed and presented to improve athletic performance, and reverse over-training syndrome.

This seminar was given by Lee Carroll in cooperation with Mediherb (AUS) and Standard Process (USA).

Nutrition/Herbal consults are available!

 

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Kramer Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
American Institute of Healthcare & Fitness
8300 Healthpark
Suite 133
Raleigh, NC  27615
919-845-3280
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