According to the National Institute of Health, “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older.” In addition, according to the same source, women are 60% more likely to experience anxiety and the average onset of an anxiety disorder is age 11. However, only 42.2% of those with anxiety seek any kind of treatment, and of that only 33.8% are receiving minimally adequate treatment. The take away is that anxiety is something we all experience at some level and we are not doing enough to treat it.
Suddenly, everyone from acupuncturists to holistic facialists are talking about adrenal fatigue—a buzzword for a constellation of symptoms that crop up when your adrenal glands can’t cope with your non-stop schedule and stress level, leaving you feeling worn out, burnt out, and, frankly, looking pretty haggard.
Acupuncture relieves gastritis and is more effective than the drug ranitidine, an antihistamine. Researchers from Chenzhou First People’s Hospital investigated the efficacy of acupuncture and ranitidine for the treatment of chronic gastritis, a digestive disorder characterized by inflammation of the stomach lining. Gastritis causes indigestion with burning pain of the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, bloating, hiccups, or tarry stools. The results of the investigation reveal that acupuncture produces significantly greater positive patient outcomes than the antihistamine medication.
Patients with hypertension treated with acupuncture experienced drops in their blood pressure that lasted up to a month and a half, researchers with the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine have found.
Their work is the first to scientifically confirm that this ancient Chinese practice is beneficial in treating mild to moderate hypertension, and it indicates that regular use could help people control their blood pressure and lessen their risk of stroke and heart disease.
As many people know from experience, depression is characterized in part by an inability to stop dwelling on gloomy thoughts and unhappy memories from the past. Researchers suspect that this thinking pattern, known as rumination, may involve two areas of the brain in particular: the prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain that helps to control attention and focus, and the hippocampus, which is critical for learning and memory. In some studies, people with severe depression have been found to have a smaller hippocampus than people who are not depressed.
Fibromyalgia causes pain throughout the body, with tenderness in joints, as well as in muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. Although there is no cure for this painful syndrome, pain can be managed—and massage for fibromyalgia patients is one way to practice pain management.
This condition still remains a mystery to allopathic caregivers. Fibromyalgia is seen in approximately 5 million Americans, according to the NIAMSD, and affects females more than males by a 9:1 ratio. Primary age range to acquire this condition is between 20 and 50 years old.
Without physical activity and exercise, we lose more than seven pounds of muscle per decade and gain at least that much in body fat. (This is the point where you get a calculator so you can perform some rudimentary number figurin’.)
I’ll wait. Still waiting.
Lately I’ve been inundated by emails and calls from the 50-plus set (a club in which I am a card-carrying member) asking if it’s too late for exercise. The answer is a resounding NO!
Resistance training is the elixir of youth for most sedentary adults. It literally turns back the clock.
Abbott Northwestern is the first hospital in not only Minnesota, but the country, to offer acupuncture in the emergency room.
Chris Tanita of Minneapolis took advantage of that one day in April. "I had the most intense pain on the side of my throat and neck," Tanita said. Tanita couldn't swallow or sleep and couldn't take the pain anymore. Anxious and afraid, she came to the emergency room at Abbott Northwestern for relief. "I want pain medicine for the fever," she said.
Among women with high stress levels, a 10-minute head meridian acupoint massage reduced stress and increased relaxation, as evidenced by enhanced activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, according to recent research.
The study, “Principle study of head meridian acupoint massage to stress release via grey data model analysis,” involved 45 women with long-term work stress or high scores on the physiological stress index. These subjects ranged in age from 25 to 55 years, with an average age of 40.