Acupuncture May Improve Symptoms of Chronic Headaches
In an observational study involving 2,022 patients with chronic headaches of varying types, treatment with acupuncture was found to significantly decrease the frequency of headaches and improve symptoms such as disability and quality-of-life. The study was carried out in Germany, and subjects received acupuncture treatments under conditions of routine care within the framework of statutory health insurance in Germany. Subjects were divided into 4 groups based on the diagnoses of their headaches: 1) 732 subjects with migraine headaches; 2) 351 with episodic headaches; 3) 440 with chronic tension-type headaches; and 4) 499 with other forms of chronic headaches (cluster, vascular, drug-induced, etc.). Considerable differences in sociodemographics and baseline characteristics were found between the 4 groups. Before receiving acupuncture, after the treatment period, and six months after inclusion in the study, subjects completed various questionnaires, assessing the number of days with headaches, disability (Pain Disability Index), and quality-of-life (SF-36). Subjects were treated with acupuncture for a mean of 8.6 sessions, by 1,418 different physicians. Results found that subjects in all four groups reported statistically significant improvements in all clinical outcome measures. Over half of the subjects reported a reduction in headache frequency by at least 50% after receiving acupuncture treatments, as compared to baseline. The results of this epidemiological study suggest that acupuncture may be a safe and effective option for persons experiencing chronic headaches, regardless of headache type.
"Acupuncture for chronic headaches--an epidemiological study," Melchart D, Weidenhammer W, et al, Headache, 2006; 46(4): 632-41. (Address: Department of Internal Medicine II, Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, Technische Universitat Munchen, Kaiserstr. 9, 80801 Munich, Germany).
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ASTHMA & CHIROPRACTIC
Ninety-one children who had continuing symptoms of asthma despite using appropriate medical therapy were randomized to receive either active or simulated chiropractic manipulation for 4 months. Each patient was treated by 1 of 11 participating chiropractors. All participants were fully blinded to treatment assignment except for the treating chiropractor and 1 investigator. Thirty-eight active-treatment group individuals and 42 simulated-treatment group patients had data available. There were small increases of 7-12 liters per minute in peak expiratory flow in the morning and evening in both treatment groups, with no significant differences between the groups in the degree of exchange from baseline. Asthma symptoms and the use of beta-agonists decreased and the quality of life increased in both groups, with no significant differences between the groups. There were no changes in spirometric measurements or airway responsiveness.
"A Comparison of Active and Simulated Chiropractic Manipulation as Adjunctive Treatment for Childhood Asthma," Balon J, et al, N Engl J Med, October 8, 1998;339(15):1013-1020.
Alternative Medicine & Complementary Medicine
Twenty-five surveys conducted between 1982 and 1995 regarding the practices and beliefs of conventional physicians with regard to 5 prominent complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices which include acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, herbal medicine and massage were reviewed. Six studies were excluded due to methodological problems. Forty-three percent of the physicians referred to acupuncture, 40% to chiropractic and 21% to massage. Rates of CAM practice by conventional physicians varied from a low of 9% for homeopathy to a high of 19% for chiropractic and massage therapy. Fifty-one percent of the physicians believed in the efficacy of acupuncture, 53% in chiropractic, 48% in massage, 26% in homeopathy and 13% in herbal approaches. Large numbers of physicians are either referring to or practicing some form of CAM. Many physicians believe these therapies are beneficial or efficacious.
"A Review of the Incorporation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Mainstream Physicians," Astin JA, et al, Arch Intern Med, November 23, 1998;158:2303-2310.
Acupressure helped reduce persistent fatigue in women who had been treated for breast cancer, a new study finds
Fatigue is one of the most common long-term effects of breast cancer treatment. About a third of women experience moderate to severe fatigue up to 10 years after their treatment ends.
The study, published in JAMA Oncology, found acupressure reduced fatigue by 27 percent to 34 percent over six weeks. Two-thirds of women who did relaxing acupressure, a certain type of the healing method, achieved normal fatigue levels.
"Fatigue is an underappreciated symptom across a lot of chronic diseases, especially cancer. It has a significant impact on quality of life. Acupressure is easy to learn and patients can do it themselves," says study author Suzanna Zick, N.D., MPH, associate research professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan.
Acupressure is derived from traditional Chinese medicine. It involves applying pressure with fingers, thumbs or a device to specific points on the body. Researchers tested two types of acupressure: relaxing acupressure, which is traditionally used to treat insomnia, and stimulating acupressure, which is used to increase energy. The two techniques differ by which points on the body are stimulated.
Researcher recruited 424 breast cancer survivors from the Michigan Tumor Registry. Participants were randomized to relaxing acupressure, stimulating acupressure or usual care, which includes typical sleep-management techniques. The women were taught how to find and stimulate the acupressure points so that they could perform it at home once per day for six weeks.
At the end of the trial, both acupressure treatments resulted in significant, sustained improvements in fatigue. But only relaxing acupressure also improved measures of sleep quality, such as disrupted sleep, and overall quality of life.
Previous studies suggest acupuncture might help curb fatigue. But acupuncture is often not covered by insurance, plus it requires people go to a practitioner once or twice a week for at least six weeks.
Acupressure, on the other hand, proved in this study to be easy to learn, and it can be done at home.
Study participants had 15 minutes of training, and were able to accurately locate the correct acupressure points and apply the right amount of pressure. Some women reported minor bruising at the acupressure sites. About 12 percent of the participants discontinued the study because they felt it was too time-intensive.
"Given the brief training required to learn acupressure, this intervention could be a low-cost option for treating fatigue," Zick says.
The researchers are developing a mobile application to teach acupressure. They will also investigate why acupressure impacts fatigue and whether it is also effective for patients in active treatment and with cancers other than breast.
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What is COLONOZONE & Rectal Ozone Insufflation?
This is one of the earliest forms of application in ozone therapy (Aubourg 1936). Based on animal investigations and a comprehensive proctologic study (Knoch et al. 1987), rectal insufflation with an O3/O2 gas mixture is increasingly being used as a systemic therapeutic form, and is already being viewed as an alternative to MAH; it is the method of choice in pediatrics.
COLONOZONE Therapy is a combination of Colon Hydrotherapy followed by Rectal Ozone Insufflation with or without Implants (hi dose probiotics).
Rectal Ozone Insufflation is Insufflation of the ozone gas without a colonic beforehand.
What are the Indications for COLONOZONE?
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
* Chronic Constipation
* Unexplained Diarrhea
* Parasitic Infections
* Ulcerative Colitis & Chron's Disease
* Anal fistulae and fissures
* Hepatitis B and C
* For immunomodulation (complementary method in oncology)
How does the Ozone therapy treat Systemic Problems?
The Ozone gas is absorbed through the rectal veins and diffuses through the soft tissues of the lower colon. The ozone is taken up through the veins and transported to the liver and gradually to the entire circulation.
Is COLONOZONE or Rectal ozone painful?
The application is painless, simple, and practically free of adverse reactions when dosages are strictly adhered to. Rectal insufflation is scientifically founded and is highly recommended. Rectal O3 insufflation is being increasingly used in pediatrics, sports medicine, geriatrics, and as a complementary method in oncology.
Who performs the COLONOZONE Therapy?
Certified staff colon hydrotherapy nurses with additional training in ozone therapy and supervised by the medical staff.
How many treatments will I need and at what frequency?
The number and frequency varies with the severity of your condition, age, and your overall health status. The frequency can be as often as daily to several times per week. Following a series of 12 treatments, the staff physicians will reassess your condition.
“Each problem has been resolved with treatment.”
I have had great results with knees and regenerative therapy high blood pressure and digestive disorders have been resolved, every course of treatment has resulted in positive results.
News From the I. V. Department
Glutathione is a protein called a tripeptide - a molecule composed of three amino acids. It is a potent antioxidant and quenches dangerous free radicals. It also binds to dangerous toxins through a process called "conjugation" so that they can be safely eliminated.
IV Glutathione Shows Promise in Treating Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
In Parkinson's disease, dopamine-producing neurons in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra die off as a result of free radical-based oxidative damage. Researchers observed that a high proportion of Parkinson's patients are deficient in glutathione. Glutathione protects against oxidation by free radicals. Clinical studies now clearly demonstrate that IV glutathione significantly improves Parkinson's symptoms, and may very well retard progression of the disease.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic neurodegenerative disease in which the neurons are stripped of their myelin. This inflammatory process leaves lesions called plaques throughout the neurons in the spinal cord and brain. The inflammation is also thought to be caused by free radicals. A wealth of experimental evidence shows that glutathioneis severely depleted in the brains of MS patients, making repletion with IV glutathione a rational therapeutic approach.
Which conditions may benefit from IV glutathione treatment?
* Neurodegenerative diseases
* Parkinson's disease
* Multiple sclerosis
* Chronic Fatigue
* Lyme’s Disease
* Short Term Memory Loss
* Athletic performance enhancement
* Liver diseases (hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis)
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The Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.
The Technique separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers, increases skin temperature, facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern, alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment), increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area, increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells, and increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity.
The Graston Technique effectively treats Cervical & Spinal pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Rotator Cuff Tendinitis, Fibromyalgia, Trigger Finger, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Shin Splints, Sports Injuries (including Tennis & Golfers Elbow) & Knee pain. It also treats a wide range of both chronic & acute musculoskeletal pain conditions. Historically, the Graston Technique has had positive outcomes in 75-90% of all conditions. It is equally effective in restoring the functional capacity in both acute & chronic pre and post-surgical patients.
Michael Steinhauser, D.C. is certified in the Graston Method.