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The Largest Modern Acupuncture Study               

Germany has been producing some high quality modern research on acupuncture and herbalimage medicine.  Their largest study on acupuncture involved over 3,840,000 acupuncture treatments.  Yes, you read that figure correctly, it is over 3.8 million treatments!  The number of treatments in their study exceeds the number of people who reside in Los Angeles, CA.

So, what were the results?  In short, 91.9% of patients in this research study reported improvement.  

As a clinician practicing acupuncture, there is no question about how well it works, because I see the results each day.  Research literature like this German study lends well deserved credibility to the results I see.  Please check out the following references if you wish to read more.

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain within the Research Program of 10 German Health Insurance Funds by W. Weidenhammer, A. Streng, K. Linde, A. Hoppe, and D. Melchart

An Overlooked Acupuncture Study by T. Kaptchuk

Dr. Brett C. Running, DAOM, EAMP



Acupuncture for Stroke Rehabilitation                   

Does acupuncture benefit stroke survivors? Clinical results are unmistakable and there is a literal ocean of information on the subject dating back thousands of years. Researchers are interested in figuring outimage how and why it works, but the important job of figuring out how to use acupuncture and herbal medicine for stroke recovery has already been done. 

There is an interesting study from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development posted on my clinic's Facebook page if you're interested to read more... https://www.facebook.com/Brett.Running.DAOM

Dr. Brett C. Running, DAOM, EAMP



East Asian Herbs for Skin Inflammation                

People diagnosed with eczema often find few options when conventional therapies like topical corticosteroid creams do not work, or are not viable for the long term due to side effects. image

Dietary allergies and sensitivities are common triggers for eczema.  Dairy (especially yogurt) and grain products (especially gluten) have frequently been associated with triggering symptoms.

Elimination of dietary triggers along with the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine has been a recipe for success for many people fighting chronic skin inflammation. 

There is interesting new research showing the combination of Jin Yin Hua, Bo He, Mu Dan Pi, Cang Zhu, and Huang Bai is an effective herbal combination to ease inflammation.

This research article uses the name "Cortex moutan (Danpi)" as one of the herbal ingredients.  Mu Dan Pi is the most common name, while Dan Pi is sometimes used for brevity.

Click on this link to the story on Reuters to read more.

 Dr. Brett C. Running, DAOM, EAMP


East Asian Herbs for Infertility                              23 April, 2012

The journal Complimentary Therapies in Medicine has published research showing that the use of Chinese Herbal Medicine was twice as likely to result in pregnancy than conventional treatment.  The researchimage article doesn't mention cost, but conventional treatment can easily run between $10,000 and $50,000. Acupuncture and herbal treatment is not only more effective; it is extremely inexpensive in comparison.  Read the news article from International Business Times here.


Dr. Brett C. Running, DAOM, EAMP




East Asian Herbs for Autoimmune disease          2 May, 2012

Harvard scientists have been researching an East Asian herbal medicine for its potential use as a treatment for autoimmune disease.  The herb named Chang Shan is a root indigenous to East Asia thatimage has been commonly used in traditional medicine there for over 2,000 years.  Chang Shan has been most commonly used to treat malaria, however an interesting aspect of the herb is that it seems to selectively inhibit the development of Th17 cells in the body.  Th17 cells are highly inflammatory, and are believed to play a significant role in the autoimmune mechanism.  Preventing these cells from forming may lead to new treatments which do not comprimise the function of the body's whole immune system.  Most conventional medicines reduce the body's overall ability to mount an immune reaction, leaving people more vulnerable to common infections.  Read more about this research here.


Dr. Brett C. Running, DAOM, EAMP



Acupuncture for Atrial Fibrillation                          7 May, 2012

New research published in the World Journal of Cardiology states that acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for Atrial Fibrillation.  The research states that "acupuncture may be animage
effective non-invasive and safe antiarrhythmic tool" for treating atrial fibrillation.  Persistant and paroxysmal A-fib both responded to acupuncture treatment.  Lasting effects were also noted in the prevention of recurrence.  Acupuncture efficacy was comparable to amiodarone, a antiarrythmic drug.

Reference: Lombardi F, Belletti S, Battezzati PM, Lomuscio A. Acupuncture for paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation: An effective non-pharmacological tool? World J Cardiol 2012; 4(3): 60-65 



Dr. Brett C. Running, DAOM, EAMP





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