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Contemplating Metal, The Judge

Connecting Depression and Lung Disorders

By Dr. Barbara Briner

Five Element Acupuncture has both ancient and not-so-ancient roots. The ancient roots go back to the Taoist physicians and the Bagua system. The Taoist masters described the universe as a system of seasons and elements, influencing and balancing one another through defined relationships. The less ancient roots of Five Element Acupuncture lead to J.R. Worsley, a British citizen, who developed an adaptation to Traditional Chinese Medicine from what he observed in China in the seventies. His form of acupuncture, known as Five Element Acupuncture became very popular in the United Kingdom and across Europe. He included, or highlighted the psychological aspects of the five element organ theory and used western psychological terms and context to explore the Taoist principles, leaning heavily on Jung’s archetypes.

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Acupuncture for Nausea and Vomiting PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Barbara Briner

Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture is becoming increasing popular to treat a variety of ailments. One area recent research has touched upon is the treatment of nausea with acupuncture. For example, a study in Japan found that acupuncture and acupressure was very effective in calming postoperative vomiting (POV)...

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Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) PDF Print E-mail

By Dr.Taya Stanley

There are quite a few people in the United States suffering silently from a painful and oft awkward disorder. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, as it is more popularity known, affects different people in different ways, but most often...

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Acupuncture and Fertility: an Evolving Field PDF Print E-mail

Acupuncture and IVF

By Dr. Barbara Briner

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 2.1 million married women across the United States are infertile and that 11.8% of the total population of women, ages 15-44 are unable to get pregnant (2002). Anyone who has been affected themselves, or has known someone trying to conceive, knows what an emotionally challenging and potentially devastating experience it can be for the women and couples involved.

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Acupuncture for Low Back Pain PDF Print E-mail

 

Orthopedic Medicine and Pain Management

By Dr. Taya Stanley

A high percentage of the clients who see practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or acupuncturists, come for the treatment of a pain condition. In fact, a statistical analysis of our TCM clinic, a rural, moderately sized clinic located in the Sierra foothills of California, showed over 80% of our patients over the last five years listed pain as their chief complaint at the time of their first treatment. Of those a significant portion complained of lumbago, or low back pain.

With these kinds of numbers in mind, a German study done in 2002 researched the option of combining acupuncture with their routine conservative orthopedic treatment (OCT) for chronic low back pain.

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Acupuncture for Chronic Shoulder Pain PDF Print E-mail

 

Acupuncture: A Preferred Treatment Option in Orthopedic Medicine and Pain Management

By Dr. Barbara Briner

In a recent study J. Wofford writes that “Shoulder pain is a common clinical problem in the ambulatory setting. The one year prevalence of shoulder pain is as high as 50% in the general population, and 50% of those afflicted consult a physician. ” Bursitis, arthritis and rotator cuff injury among other common culprits plague the general population. Because use and range of motion (ROM) is affected with shoulder pain, nearly all work related activity can be affected. Unfortunately, a common and popular treatment, steroid shots, damages the tissue of the joint over time. Acupuncture can be a safe and effective alternative.

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Acupuncture and Post Surgery Pain Release in Children PDF Print E-mail

 

By Dr.Taya Stanley

Surgical departments in hospital discovered acupuncture since quite some time. Research is done on nausea relieve in chemotherapy patients, on pain release in adult post surgery rehabilitation as well as in tissue regeneration or in plain words: faster healing time after surgeries. In addition there is also quite some research done on decrease of post surgical complications through the administration of acupuncture in patients. That means integrated in the hospital treatment before the patient is released home or into an ambulatory setting. Now the pediatric surgical stations are starting to conduct research on post surgical pain release too.

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Acupuncture for Autism PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Barbara Briner

The CDC estimates that about one in every one hundred and ten children have autism in the United States. There are three recognized categories within in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Autistic Disorders, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Development Disorders. This differentiation roughly follows the degree of the severity of symptoms.

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Acupuncture for Anxiety in Hospital Settings PDF Print E-mail

 

Looking Forward, Will Acupuncture Be Part of the Solution for Anxiety Disorders?

By Dr.Taya Stanley

Everyone experiences fear and anxiety at times. The physical/emotional mix of anxiety is often a normal and healthy response to our external world. In fact, it has been shown that a certain amount of anxiety increases our productivity and may even be needed. We call this an ‘adaptive’ trait, because the anxiety is ‘helping us’ to adapt to the outside world: to prepare for a crisis. However, at certain point we reach our peak and then, if anxiety continues to increase, if levels stay high too long, or if we are continually re-stimulated, we loose the ability to function (be productive) dramatically. What is the difference between anxiety and an anxiety disorder?

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My Heart is Aching, I Could Lie Down and Die PDF Print E-mail

 

Linking Depression and Coronary Heart Disease

By Dr. Barbara Briner DAOM, L.Ac., MD (Switzerland)

Major Depression can make its first appearance at any age; however, it shows an average age onset in the mid-twenties. Some may have just one episode while others may continue to suffer from recurrent episodes years apart or even experience increasingly frequent episodes as they grow older. Although depression, especially major depression, occurs most frequently in young adults, projections show this tendency is shifting toward the older adult population. In addition, it is the population suffering from depression at retirement age that shows the highest suicide rates. [1] If continuing on its current course, depression is expected to become the second leading cause of disease world-wide by the year 2020.[2]

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Acupuncture using Master Tung for Lumbago due to Osteoarthritis PDF Print E-mail

Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

By Dr.Taya Stanley

Acupuncture these days is often featured in the media in relation to pain, especially chronic, hard to treat pain. Research into the field is beginning to back up what has long been claimed by practitioners and patients alike: it works!

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The Effectivness of Hand Acupuncture for Neck Pain PDF Print E-mail

Tung's Style Acupuncture for Pain Management using Hand Acupuncture Point Shang Bai 22.03 for Cervicalgia

By Dr. Barbara Briner

The researcher Liang, Z. very recently published recent (2011) a randomized, controlled, pilot study of traditional acupuncture for chronic neck pain in which he was able to show that traditional protocols can clearly relieve pain intensity and improve quality of daily life for patients, indicating the long-term clinical efficacy of acupuncture for chronic neck pain.

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Qigong a Treatment for Fibromyalgia PDF Print E-mail

By Dr. Taya Stanley

Do breath and movement relaxation exercises offer something for chronic pain? It seems they do. Recent studies have indicated that Qigong has a significant therapeutic effect on pain syndromes such as Fibromyalgia. Why should we be excited about these studies?

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Qigong and the Dao of our Immune System PDF Print E-mail

 

By Dr. Barbara Briner

Recent studies exploring the effects of Qigong on the human body have shown that it can strengthen the immune system. Qigong with its origins in pre-history is one of the oldest branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is said to have been developed by the early Daoists as they sought ways to enhance health by increasing the natural harmony of the body.

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The Alchemy of Qigong PDF Print E-mail

By Dr.Taya Stanley, DAOM, L.Ac. and Dr.Barbara Briner, DAOM, L.Ac.

Qigong has been practiced for thousands of years. It was first collected into written texts and documented by the ancient Daoist Masters before the great unification of China in 221 B.C. Today Medical Qigong is being used as a healing modality by thousands in hospitals and clinics across China alongside western bio-medicine and other TCM methods of treating the whole body for peak health.

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Transforming Yourself PDF Print E-mail

An Exploration of the Healing Capacities of Qigong
By Dr.Taya Stanley, DAOM, L.Ac. and Dr.Barbara Briner, DAOM, L.Ac.

We have seen amazing results with Qigong. This ancient fluid and graceful moving mediation can be taught in such a way that incredible energy is released for each participant. Because of its amazing results, it is increasingly popular. The internet is popping with more sites each day that offer information and classes. As with firewalking, we ask why the popularity? Why the continual interest...over thousands of years?

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