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Don’t get sick this Fall by following these simple rules of TCM

One of the branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the theory of the Five Elements.

The Five Elements (Spring-Wood, Summer-Fire, Late Summer-Earth, Fall-Metal and Winter-Water) are based on the four seasons, with the addition of late summer to make five. Observations were made about the types of illness that abound during these seasons, and the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that optimal health can be maintained by preparing for the changes that the seasons bring.

Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches

My second case report was published in the September 2012 Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. The title is “Combination of acupuncture and spinal manipulative therapy: management of a 32-year-old patient with chronic tension-type headache and migraine.”

It documents the complete resolution of daily headaches with superimposed migraines after five treatments. This is noteworthy because this patient had suffered from episodic migraines since she was a teenager.

Unexplained Infertility and Celiac Disease

Recent medical literature suggests that it is reasonable for all women with unexplained infertility to be tested for Celiac Disease (CD).1 The reasons for this are threefold: First, there is a strong association of infertility in women with CD, even in those who do not exhibit the typical signs and symptoms of CD. Secondly, the cost of testing for CD is far less than the cost of an infertility workup using Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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Integrative Care: a New Treatment Trend in the Care of Low-Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is the most common medical condition, affecting an estimated 50% of adults annually, and affecting 70-80% of adults at some point in their lives. In 1998, total health care expenditures incurred by individuals with low back pain were estimated at $91 billion (1% of gross domestic product).

Acupuncture for atypical celiac disease

I am very happy to announce that a case report I wrote as part of the Masters of Science program at the National University of Health Sciences, submitted in November 2010 and accepted in June 2011, has gone into publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. The subject was considered very timely and interesting by the peer reviewers.

What about acupuncture and moxibustion for turning a breech baby?

The statistics showing that 92% of babies in utero are head down at 34 weeks and 97% are head down at full term1 suggest that most babies present head first (cephalically) in preparation for labor and delivery. Complete or incomplete breech presentation, when the baby’s head is not down, occurs in 3-4% of all births, and most often leads to a caesarian section to avoid potential complications in labor and delivery.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is estimated to cause 1.5 million fractures—mainly of the spine and hip— annually in the United States. The morbidity and indirect mortality rates are very high; 50% of hip fractures result in mortality and of the 50% that leave the hospital, 50% go to nursing homes and never leave.

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Acupuncture and Celebrity Pregnancies

Celine Dion credits acupuncture for the success of her sixth round of IVF, her healthy pregnancy and the ultimate delivery of twin boys, Eddy and Nelson, in October 2010.

More recently, Mariah Carey proudly announced that she was pregnant and due in the spring of 2011. Her husband notes in an interview on people.com that acupuncture helped Mariah recover from a painful miscarriage and get pregnant naturally.

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