Archive for May, 2010


A study in Nature Neuroscience published just yesterday (May 30, 2010) shows one possible mechanism of pain relief through acupuncture:  the release of adenosine.  Adenosine is a very potent anti-inflammatory compound and most chronic pain is caused by inflammation.

For more on this new study from the University of Rochester, check out a general article on it in the UK’s Guardian newspaper by clicking here, or click here to read the study itself.


As people recover from whatever their chief complaint was when they first came in to the office, I am inevitably asked, “Hey, I”ve also had this {x} condition.  Can you do anything for that?”  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have a surprisingly large breadth and depth, being the primary care modality for the Chinese people for thousands of years.  As such, there’s usually some solution for just about any issue. 

One issue I’ve been asked about repeatedly and have not had a lot of resources to deal with is sleep apnea (along with snoring).  Up ’til now.

A study last year in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine split two groups: one was trained to do breathing exercises daily, while the other did throat exercises, including swallowing and chewing motions, placing the tip of the tongue against the front of the palate and sliding it back, and pronouncing certain vowels quickly and repeatedly. After three months, those who did the throat exercises snored less, slept better and reduced the severity of their condition by 39 percent. They also reduced neck circumference, a known risk factor for apnea. The control group who did the breathing exercises showed almost no improvement. 

To learn more about this study, check out this link.

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