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Tai chi schools question mythical hero on cultural heritage list

Accordingly, it came as a shock to tai chi quan practitioners that "Zhang Sanfeng Tai Chi Chuan" was included as one of the 298 nominations for the fourth batch of the China Intangible Cultural Heritage list. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140818000082&cid=1103


Chinese Herb Shows Promise As Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) — not to be confused with osteoarthritis — affects an estimated 1.5 million people in the U.S. As an autoimmune disorder, it develops when the immune system starts attacking the body’s own tissue, affecting people at any age. http://www.medicaldaily.com/chinese-herb-shows-promise-rheumatoid-arthritis-treatment-could-be-cheaper-methotrexate-276592


8 Ancient Beliefs Now Backed By Modern Science

Acupuncture and Taiji, along with other Eastern beliefs made the list. The study was was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/8-ancient-beliefs-now-bac_n_4995877.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false


First Lady Joins Chinese Tai Chi Class

First lady Michelle Obama took part in a Tai Chi class as she visited a high school in the Chinese city of Chengdu. "It is a truly beautiful form of physical activity, and I loved giving it a try," the first lady wrote in a travel journal. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/first-lady-joins-chinese-tai-chi-class-n61356


Connection between acupuncture and processes that alleviate sepsis

Now new research documents a direct connection between the use of acupuncture and physical processes that could alleviate sepsis, a condition that often develops in hospital intensive care units, springs from infection and inflammation, and takes an estim http://www.news-medical.net/news/20140223/New-research-finds-direct-connection-between-acupuncture-and-processes-that-alleviate-sepsis.aspx


Acupuncture Lowers Hypertension

Newly published research confirms that acupuncture reduces hypertension, high blood pressure. Real acupuncture was found more effective than both a non-acupuncture control and a sham acupuncture control in this new laboratory experiment. http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1255-acupuncture-lowers-hypertension-new-finding


Acupuncture Fights Depression

New lab experiments reveal acupuncture has antidepressant effects. An examination of brain cells following acupuncture treatments uncovered important mechanisms by which acupuncture exerts its antidepressant effects. http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1244-acupuncturebraincellgb34du20


Can Tai Chi Boost Your Immune System?

According to Harvard Medical School, there is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response. However, in recent research, scientists have proven that practicing Tai Chi can increase the immunity http://www.asianfortunenews.com/2013/12/can-tai-chi-boost-your-immune-system/


The Multiple Benefits of Acupuncture for Physical and Mental Illness

WRAL: The advantages of acupuncture to ease physical discomfort have been widely documented, but its assistance with mental and emotional illnesses is slowly emerging in the health care community. Acupuncture is on the rise as an alternative medicine that http://www.wral.com/carolina-partners-acupuncture/13196803/


Hospital to offer acupuncture medical care

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in New Hampshire: "We are excited to offer acupuncture to the CMC/DHK community to augment the healing process, increase resiliency against disease and improve the quality of life for our patients..." http://www.unionleader.com/article/20131210/NEWS12/131219977


Tai chi more effective than yoga?

After years of being exalted as an exotic form of martial arts, Tai chi is now seen by the medic world has an answer to most physical grievances. Week after week, researches are bringing to light the many healing benefits of this form, which includes it http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-09-18/fitness/38709621_1_taoist-monk-movements-sensei-sandeep-desai


Police commandos take to Tai Chi

Commandos attached to the Special Action Group (SAG) of the Chennai Police have turned to ‘Tai Chi’, the ancient Chinese martial art, to have a better control over body and mind. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/police-commandos-take-to-tai-chi/article5396557.ece


Acupuncture offers holistic alternative to Botox

As Lora Lipman entered her 60s, she began to notice not only fine lines around her eyes and lips, but an uneven skin tone she described as somewhat grayish and ashy. She was reticent to opt for chemical enhancements, or the typically invasive nips, tucks, http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2013/11/14/acupuncture-offers-holistic-alternative-botox/IZcab9Gv5phyNy4LeG28VP/story.html


Acupuncture For Pancreatic Cancer Pain

Researchers conducted a randomized, placebo controlled study to investigate whether or not acupuncture reduces pain associated with pancreatic cancer. This type of cancer is often accompanied by severe abdominal or back pain. The researchers concluded tha http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1190-acupuncture-for-pancreatic-cancer-pain-new-research


Keepers of the flame

Ethnic medicine is fast disappearing in China. Li Yang visits Nadui village in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, to find out more about medical tradition. http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2013-10/17/content_17039320.htm


Tai chi tied to longer life

Chinese men who practiced tai chi were less likely to die over a five-year period than men who didn't exercise at all, in a new study. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/18/us-tai-chi-life-idUSBRE96H0PW20130718


Tai chi helps students knock out trauma

"The students and teachers were distressed after the quake," says the 43-year-old, who has worked at the school for 24 years. "We needed to restore mental stability. We tried other sports but found only tai chi worked. It makes people calmer and quieter." http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2013-05/11/content_16491968.htm


World Tai Chi & Qigong Day approaches

On the last Saturday of April, April 27th, 2013, at 10 am local time worldwide, mass tai chi and qigong exhibitions and teach-ins will be held. Events are free and open to the public. http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130417-907492.html?mod=googlenews_wsj


Acupuncture the answer to aggravating allergies?

Dr. Steven Cohen is a doctor of alternative medicine, and along with treating chronic pain, he says more and more people are coming into his office for allergy relief. http://www.wnct.com/story/21761382/acupuncture-the-answer-to-aggravating-allergies


Veterinary acupuncture gaining popularity

Dr. Brian Husbands is a veterinary oncologist and certified veterinary acupuncturist at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a specialty and emergency vet practice in the Minneapolis area. http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/get-healthy/newsletter-featured-story/right-on-point-veterinary-acupuncture-gaining-popularity/article_3103bf7e-0cee-5173-96f4-a13d6d227c98.html


Is Acupuncture an Antidote for Allergies?

Time Magazine reports: In a study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers examined 422 people who tested positive for pollen allergies and had allergic nasal symptoms such as a runny nose. http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/19/is-acupuncture-the-antidote-for-allergies


Time for Acupuncture to become part of Standard Care

Huffington Post: Acupuncture, the insertion of small, stainless steel needles into points on the body to stimulate specific areas, has been used in recent years by many cancer patients to help with symptom management. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lorenzo-cohen-phd/acupuncture-cancer-patients_b_2593301.html


Sympathetic nervous system implicated in acupuncture analgesia

The participants returned 48 hours later and were randomly assigned to one of three groups: no treatment; a single 15-minute session of acupuncture with penetrating needles; or a session of non-penetrating sham acupuncture. http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130206/Sympathetic-nervous-system-implicated-in-acupuncture-analgesia.aspx


13 Ways Acupuncture Can Change Your Life in 2013

Happy New Year! We're excited at AcuTake to spend 2013 explaining how acupuncture works and sharing acupuncture-inspired tips for leading a healthier, simpler, more meaningful life. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sara-calabro/acupuncture-benefits_b_2398193.html


Obamacare to cover acupuncture, alternative medicine

(RNN) - Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as "Obamacare," what is now called alternative medicine may become as accessible and as widely accepted as conventional medicine. http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/20469152/obamacare-to-cover-acupuncture-alternative-medicine


Gate of Forbidden City to be rebuilt Down Under

A planned US$523 million Chinese theme park will feature a life-size replica of the Imperial Palace Gate, a Buddhist temple and a Chinese medicine street. What's all that about? http://travel.cnn.com/chinese-theme-park-australia-495346


Promoting old-time inclusive TCM

For 100 years, a unique and open culture of TCM flourished in Shanghai, welcoming and adapting schools from around the country, as well as western medicine. Doctors even shared once jealously guarded family prescriptions, reports Tan Weiyun. http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90782/8044723.html


Tai Chi and Rheumatoid Arthritis, A Review

Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis typically includes medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs and more potent medications that are associated with serious side effects. Some patients are interested in alternative treatments with fewer or no side effect http://www.emaxhealth.com/1275/tai-chi-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-review


Traditional Chinese medicine: Tui na for scoliosis

Between March and August 2012, the 15 patients received an average of 14 treatments. They were also instructed to hold a yoga position called the locust for a couple of seconds at a time, repeated 20 times, twice a day. http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1086153/traditional-chinese-medicine-tui-na-scoliosis


QiGong Improves Fibromyalgia Symptoms: Two Case Reports

Recent clinical trials examining Chaoyi Fanhuan Qigong (CFQ) for fibromyalgia have used a standardized regimen of practice over an 8-week period. http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=17707


Meditation may reduce risk of dying from heart attack, strokes

Transcendental Meditation may help black people with heart disease avoid an early death from heart attack or stroke, new research shows. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57549923/meditation-may-reduce-risk-of-dying-from-heart-attack-strokes/


Acupuncture has limited benefit for chronic pain

Acupuncture gets a thumbs-up for helping relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches and arthritis in a review of more than two dozen studies — the latest analysis of an often-studied therapy that has as many fans as critics. http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-health-accupuncturebre88916a-20120910,0,403550.story


China's Great Wall Even Longer than thought

June 6: Known to the Chinese as the "Long Wall of 10,000 Li", the Great Wall is a series of walls and earthen works begun in 500BC and first linked up under Qin Shi Huang in about 220BC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18337039


Chinese Medicine Goes Under the Microscope

April 2: Scientists studying a four-herb combination discovered some 1,800 years ago by Chinese herbalists have found that the substance enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy in patients with colon cancer. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304177104577313821796467932.html


Electroacupuncture may be effective for depression: study

April 4: Boosting the effect of acupuncture needles with small electric currents may be effective in treating depression, a study in Hong Kong has found. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/29/us-acupuncture-hongkong-depression-idUSBRE82S0FN20120329


Integrative Medicine Classes Help Breast Cancer Survivors Recover

March 26: Yoga, Qi Gong and Other Forms of Healing Complement Standard Care at UCSF’s Osher Center. http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2012/03/11722/integrative-medicine-classes-help-breast-cancer-survivors-recover


Tai chi may help patients with Parkinson’s disease

Feb. 16: Corvallis, Ore. – A newly published study has found that tai chai, an ancient Chinese martial art, may help Parkinson’s disease patients not only regain strength and balance, but also reduce potentially life-threatening falls. http://www.healthcanal.com/mental-health-behavior/26744-Tai-chi-may-help-patients-with-Parkinsons-disease-regain-balance-reduce-falls.html


Bunny gets Acupuncture for twitching head

A troubled bunny at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham is undergoing acupuncture to help alleviate excessive head twitching and circling. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/46241142/ns/today-today_pets_and_animals/


More hospitals offering alternative therapy services

Sept 8: Alternative therapies, including meditation, relaxation training, homeopathy and chiropractic care, are being offered at more hospitals, mostly in response to patient requests, a survey finds. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-alternative-medicine-20110908,0,5074014.story


Tai chi may lessen rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

Aug. 22: There have been a number of studies demonstrating the benefits of tai chi for the symptoms of osteoarthritis. A recent medical study demonstrated that the benefits of tai chi extend beyond simply reducing symptoms. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110822/entlife/708229987/


Acupuncture for Sleep Disorders

Aug. 24: Acupuncture may be the answer for a cheap and effective treatment of sleep disorders. Obstructive sleep apnoea is the most common sleep disorder affecting about 4% of men and 2% of women. http://www.medindia.net/news/healthwatch/Acupuncture-for-Sleep-Disorders-89297-1.htm


Tai Chi: An Exercise That May Actually Repair Knees

July 26: The great secret of Tai Chi is that as it is practiced ... it seems to have wonderful health benefits. These benefits have been claimed by Eastern Medicine for some time now, but are beginning to undergo Western Medicine’s verification as well. http://roxborough.patch.com/articles/tai-chi-an-exercise-that-may-actually-repair-knees


Acupuncture Stops Arthritis Pain with Serotonin – New Research

July 27: A National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study shows that electroacupuncture, “inhibits osteoarthritis-induced pain by enhancing 5-HT2A/2C [serotonin] receptor activity.” http://www.healthcmi.com/index.php/acupuncturist-news-online/437-acupuncturearthritispainserotonin


Americans Are Flocking to Alternative Therapies

July 22: Most Americans believe that prescription medications are the most effective treatments for many common illnesses, but a Consumer Reports survey of more than 45,000 people finds that three-fourths of us are turning to alternative therapies like yo http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20110722/americans-are-flocking-to-alternative-therapies


Tai Chi Improves Mood and Health of Heart Failure Patients

July 18: If you’ve survived heart failure, this ancient Chinese martial art might lighten your mood according to a new study. http://fyiliving.com/health-news/tai-chi-improves-mood-and-health-of-heart-failure-patients/


Most Americans Plagued by Pain

July 4: In a survey of 1,000 adults, 25 percent reported back pain, 12 percent had knee pain, 9 percent were dealing with migraines and headaches, 7 percent had shoulder pain, and 5 percent had aching feet. Additionally, 80 percent of all doctor visits pe http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110704/LIFESTYLES07/307049988


Eighty Percent of Vitamin C Is Imported from China

July 1: The dangers of an increasingly globalized supply chain for food and drugs are already visible: we see increased food safety problems; new contaminants entering food systems; the proliferation of counterfeit drugs and vitamins.... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dara-orourke/imports-from-china-safe_b_888977.html


New cancer study finds benefit in old therapy

5/26: Cancer patients who used a 5,000-year-old combination of gentle exercise and meditation experienced significantly higher wellbeing levels, improved cognitive functioning and less inflammation compared to a control group, new University of Sydney res http://www.news-medical.net/news/20110524/New-cancer-study-finds-benefit-in-old-therapy.aspx


World's Oldest Panda, 34, Dies in China

5/17: BEIJING (AFP) – Ming Ming, the world's oldest panda, has died of old age, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday. She was 34. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110517/wl_asia_afp/chinaanimalpanda


Acupuncture Gets Military Support For Gulf War Illness Treatment

The Department of Defense has made a $1.2 million research grant to the New England School of Acupuncture (located in Newton, Massachusetts). The goal of the study is to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of Gulf War Illness (GWI) http://www.healthcmi.com/index.php/acupuncturist-news-online/376-acupunctureceusmilitarygulfwarillness


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