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This report by the world health organization looks at a number of different studies on acupuncture’s effectiveness, and comes to a positive conclusion. Worth noting is that the report recognizes that acupuncture is used for many different conditions; in the US, most people think acupuncture is only good for pain, which isn’t true. It has traditionally been used for a wide variety of conditions, not just pain but also things like digestive issues, menstrual problems, infertility, emotional problems, and so on.

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This paper, Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of female infertility: a systematic review, argues in favor of the benefits of Chinese herbs for female infertility. From the article, “‎Our review suggests that management of female infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medical fertility drug therapy or IVF. Assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to TCM diagnosis, appears to be fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility.”

Put this paper together with the previous study I mentioned below, and it looks like for this condition a course of herbs and acupuncture may be just what the doctor ordered 🙂

This study shows yet more evidence that Chinese medicine can help improve fertility.

So this very interesting article describes how some MRI studies provide confirming evidence for some of the central ideas of acupuncture. In particular, that the side a point is treated matters, and that a point located on a particular meridian tends to influence the related organ. It looks like there’s a lot of potential for MRI studies on acupuncture to give us interesting and valuable information.

My former teacher, Stephen Birch, wrote this excellent article on problems with the famous German acupuncture studies that everyone’s still talking about. The problems he discusses are all too common in the field of acupuncture research.

This interesting study: http://www.rdmag.com/News/2012/04/Japanese-researchers-show-that-acupuncture-can-improve-skeletal-muscle-atrophy/ shows one reason why acupuncture is likely to benefit the elderly. I like how the authors are cautious in their conclusions, being careful not to make grandiose statements that go beyond the data.

Black Tea Also Cool

Well, black tea ain’t so bad either 🙂 See black tea news.

Seems that regularly drinking green tea reduces LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by a significant amount while leaving your hDL (“good”) cholesterol intact! See tea study. So drink up, my friends!

Dan Shen (not to be confused with Dang Shen) treats many heart and circulatory conditions, according to Chinese medicine. Now this study shows one of its mechanisms of action.

Interesting, I didn’t know acupuncture could work for this, and better than the conventional treatment: http://www.catholic.org/health/story.php?id=39586