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Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
A Randomized, Sham-controlled Trial With Single-blinded Design

by Siu-Man Ng, PhD; Yan-Mun Yiu, PhD
Content is courtesy of Alternative Therapies In Health & Medicine


Context: Given that the etiology of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is believed to be multidimensional, interventions generally have been nonspecific and typically produce only mild to moderate effects. In medical practice, treatment for CFS remains largely symptomatic. Preliminary evidence of the efficacy of acupuncture for CFS is available, but the field has lacked high-quality trials.

Objective: The research team conducted the study to determine the efficacy of acupuncture for CFS. read more…

The Integration of Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine: Focus On Mental Illness

James Lake, MD

Western biomedicine and Chinese medicine are presently the two most widely practiced systems of medicine in the world. Even as Chinese medicine is emerging as an accepted alternative approach to medical care in many Western countries, Western biomedicine is growing in popularity in Asia. The confluence of Western medicine and Chinese medicine in both the West and Asia presents many complex problems and opportunities for the integration of these disparate systems of medicine. Many patients receive both Western and Chinese medical treatments concurrently. However, until now there were no guidelines for rationally integrating assessment or treatment read more…

Delivery of a Full-Term Pregnancy After TCM Treatment In A Previously Infertile Patient Diagnosed With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Jennifer A. M. Stone, LAc; Karmen K. Yoder, PhD; Elizabeth A. Case, MD

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 7% to 10% of premenopausal women.3 Research has shown that women with PCOS develop many small cysts on the periphery of their ovaries.4 Several of the symptoms develop as a result of hormonal imbalance.3 PCOS is characterized as hyperandrogenism (high levels of male hormones) and chronic anovulation. Symptoms may include hirsutism (excess hair growth), obesity, hypertension, dislipidemia, type 2 diabetes, and coronary artery disease. Women with PCOS have profound insulin resistance as well as pancreatic B-cell dysfunction.4

Recurrent miscarriage is defined read more…

Treatment For Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis By Chinese Herbal Medicine: A Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial

Charlie C L Xue, BMed, PhD, Francis C K Thien, MBBS, MD, Jerry J S Zhang, BMed, PhD, Cliff Da Costa, BSc, PhD, Chun G. Li, BMed, PhD

Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR) is a common condition that significantly affects quality of life.1 The prevalence rate of SAR varies between 1.4% to 39.7% of the population,2 with relatively higher rates in western countries including Australia (10%).3 Current western medical approaches for the management of SAR include drug therapy and immunotherapy.

These therapies, however, are also associated with certain unwanted side effects, and in many cases, are unable read more…

Winter Relaxation and Contemplation for our Heart and Mind

Isaac Eliaz, M.D., L.Ac., M.S.

The holidays are over and we are now deep into the winter season. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the winter is about conservation of energy, efficiency and slowing down our pace in concert with nature. As nature slows down and everything grows slower or stops, the potential for new growth in the spring is already taking place. A beautiful place to see this is inside a beehive. While the bees are dormant and less active, the queen bee is already laying drone eggs. These drone eggs take 28 days to hatch and another few weeks to read more…

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