Did you know that acupuncture can help people in recovery? The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) teaches a simple 5-needle protocol to help calm and relax people to help them break addictions. The NADA protocol was part of my training in school and it is great to see it being more widely used. It involves … More Acupuncture for addictions
In recognition of Black History Month, I want to share an article written last week by Tenisha Dandridge, LAc, in which she shares some little-known history about how African-Americans used acupuncture as a tool to fight racial injustice in the 1970’s, and in doing so were some of the earliest pioneers of acupuncture in the … More Black History & Acupuncture in America
New, high-quality research from the University of York adds legitimacy to acupuncture’s role in treating chronic pain and depression. Patients who had acupuncture in addition to standard care had better results than those who had standard care alone. This might sound obvious – if you add a treatment, patients will get better compared to those who didn’t … More Acupuncture Research for Chronic Pain & Depression
Last weekend I went over to a friend’s house to check out the microscope that he’s had for a few weeks. He had it set up in his living room with a jerry-rigged camera set-up so that we could see the microscopic picture on his big screen, though the resolution was better looking directly through … More A Fine Point: the Microscopic View of an Acupuncture Needle
Time flies! Yesterday was already the last day of my clinic rotation at Qin Huai hospital. Next up we have a field trip to Bozhou to check out where our Chinese herbs are sourced, then I’ll be back for one more clinical rotation, which will be internal medicine (i.e., herbs) instead of acupuncture. I was … More Qin Huai TCM Hospital – Traction, Adjustments, and Electro
Qin Huai TCM Hospital is reputedly one of two most famous hospitals in China for moxibustion and the most famous moxibustion hospital in this province. For those who don’t know, moxibustion is a heat therapy that involves burning different preparations of a certain herb (mugwort, aka Ai Ye) near or on the patient. There’s one style … More Qin Huai Hospital Shift – Moxa!
The morning after I arrived in Nanjing, we met at the gate to go to our various clinic shifts. Six of us OCOM students, two local interpreters, and one driver venture out in one van on a twenty minute horn-blasting drive to Qin Huai TCM Hospital. Qin Huai is an outpatient only community hospital with acupuncture and … More Qin Huai Hospital Shift – First Impressions