While we're used to thinking of bacteria solely as agents of devastating diseases, their beneficial capacities are just as remarkable.
Research over the last 10 years has revealed a great deal about the nature of bacterial flora — the microorganisms that live in our digestive system — and the vital role they play in our health. Because the immune system is largely housed in the intestines, it makes sense that the 100 trillion (100,000,000,000,000!) bacteria in your gut help to determine the body's ability to fight infection and prevent disease.
The presumptive value of acupuncture in an emergency room (ER) has been as durable a proposition as qi itself since the integration era began 20 years ago. Now in his fourth year at Minneapolis’ Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Adam Reinstein, LAc shares emerging outcomes and experiences that are confirming the soundness of this postulate.
People who still believe the outdated notion that mental health conditions are “all in a person’s head” have yet another reason to stop believing the myth: According to a new study in the journal Current Biology, those with anxiety perceive the world differently — and it stems from a variance in their brains.
Hormones are one of your body’s main signaling systems. Think of them as tiny traffic cops: They direct biochemical messages that regulate everything from your sex drive to your metabolism, mood, sleep, and fertility.
Given the amount of information they’re responsible for ferrying, it’s easy to see how mixed signals might affect the way you feel and function. One natural way to help keep your hormones in balance, however, is through exercise—and science is still discovering just how good a sweat session can be for your overall health.
Regular pain-relieving acupuncture still reigns in the entertainment industry: Connie Britton, Wayward Pines actress Carla Gugino, actor Robert Patrick, film and television producer Greg Berlanti and Insight Entertainment producer Matthew Lesher are all fans of Beverly Hills licensed acupuncturist Behnaz Forat, Ph.D, who has practiced Chinese medicine for more than 22 years.
Does what we eat really affect our sleep? Short answer: yes. Just as a triple-shot Frappuccino at 9 p.m. would be destructive for your sleep, there are also foods that can help support a good night's rest.
By now, it shouldn’t be news to you that there’s a connection between the gut and the brain—doctors and nutritionists will both back this up. But a new book is making some bold claims about the matter, stating that gut inflammation is actually at the root of depression—and that the medical community’s current methods of treating the disease are all wrong.