Archive for February, 2011


In 1978, California became the first U.S. state to license qualified acupuncture practitioners as primary care providers. As of 2004, California has licensed more than 9,000 acupuncturists. Now the figure is estimated to exceed 15,000. California constitutes nearly half of the licensed acupuncturists in the U.S.

However, acupuncture is yet to be covered by healthcare insurances in the United States. Some insurance plans accepted acupuncture, while others would deny it.

Efforts to require healthcare insurance to cover acupuncture started in 2007. In Feb. 2008, the California Acupuncture Bill, AB54, was passed in the California State Assembly.

According to the California State Assembly analysis of the bill, AB54 “requires every health plan contract and health insurance policy sold on a group basis that provides coverage for hospital, medical, or surgical expenses to provide coverage for expenses incurred as a result of treatment by acupuncturists.”

To read more on this, click here…


Up to 14 percent of pregnant women may have major depressive disorder, a condition characterized by feelings of dread, gloom and hopelessness, and a loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities. Some women suffer from depression before becoming pregnant, stop taking their medication and then experience a relapse; in other women, pregnancy itself may cause depression. Depression, if left untreated, can pose risks to both mother and baby. The mom-to-be could stop taking care of herself or her fetus, and might even engage in self-destructive behavior. Studies have also linked depression during pregnancy to poor birth outcomes and postpartum depression.

Stanford researchers found that women who received the depression-specific acupuncture experienced a bigger reduction in depression symptoms than the women in the other groups. The response rate — defined as having a 50 percent or greater reduction in symptoms — was 63 percent for the women receiving depression-specific acupuncture, compared with 44 percent for the women in the other two treatment groups combined.

For more on this study, click here to check out much info on the study and its findings.


For those who suffer from a diagnosis of Hepatitis C, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine has a wealth of treatment options to improve quality of life.  Jason Luban, one of our practitioners here at Lamorinda Healing Arts, is certified to treat Hepatitis C with Chinese medicine, and has been doing so for years.  (For a list of certified practitioners in your area, click here.) His main teacher in this regard is Misha Cohen, an extraordinary doctor of Chinese medicine who is and has always been on the forefront of research into Hepatitis C.

In the video below, from the Caring Ambassadors Program, Dr. Cohen talks about what one can expect from a practitioner of Chinese medicine.

How Can Chinese Medicine Help Me? – A patient consultation with Dr. Misha Cohen from Caring Ambassadors Program on Vimeo.


By Maria Rainier, Guest Blogger

Natural healing remedies are healthy ways to find solutions to physical ailments without looking into medical doctors and traditional medicines. There are many alternative ways to heal the body without drugs whether you’re looking to cure a physical, mental or spiritual ailment – natural paths are effective, less expensive and healthy healing for your body.

Acupuncture and Healing

Studies have shown that acupuncture can help to deal with many physical ailments: respiratory, mouth, eye and gastrointestinal and also headaches and migraines. Acupuncture may also help control pain and minimize physical ailments via the insertion of fine needles into specific pressure points on the body. There are 2,000 acupoints located on the body where these needles can be inserted. Acupuncture and the insertion of these needles stimulate the central nervous system, which causes the body to release pain-relieving chemicals into the specific areas that are induced with pain.

According to the National Cancer Institute, there is evidence to believe that acupuncture may cause a response from nerve cells in parts of the brain to act as a natural medicine, releasing hormones and proteins into the body in order to render normal body functions. Research suggests that acupuncture affects blood pressure and boosts the immune system, which causes endorphins to be released thus curing the body naturally.

Studies Proving the Positive Effects of Acupuncture:

The National Cancer Institute has ongoing clinical studies that test the effect of acupuncture on various diseases, pains and ailments from 1998 to present day. In a clinical study updated recently, the table results shows seven clinical studies that have been reported to use acupuncture for cancer treatment. Three studies were randomized and four were case series.

One of the randomized trials showed that patients in the acupuncture groups experienced significant improvements in their quality of life after 10 days of treatment. In a non-randomized observation with the use of acupuncture, studies showed that 20 patients using traditional treatments and medications were still experiencing pain but after acupuncture was applied to their ear and in some cases left in for 35 days; after 60 days of treatment, all 20 subjects noticed a decrease in pain or stability in pain.

A case later involving 183 cancer patients treated with acupuncture showed 52% were relieved of long-term pain after 1-4 weeks of treatment.

A case study with 29 patients who were suffering with malignant tumors received acupuncture treatment and all patients experienced relief – another case study showed very similar results.

Tables and results of these studies can be found on the National Cancer Institute Website. According to the National Cancer Institute, even though these results are significant for the study and practice of acupuncture and its affects on pain, there is still more need for standard outcome measurements and proper randomization in order to scientifically prove that acupuncture is an affective method for natural healing of pain and physical ailments. The study, however, shows the positive effects on pain in cancer patients, which shows that acupuncture is a natural and affective way to assist in curing and decreasing pain in physical ailments.


About the author of this blog entry: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she writes about education, online universities, and what an online degree means in an increasingly technological world. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

Cited Sources:

National Cancer Institute

Human/clinical studies. (2011, February 03). Retrieved from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/acupuncture/healthprofessional/Page5#Section_63

Questions and answers about acupuncture. (2010, December 09). Retrieved from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/acupuncture/patient/Page2#Section_73


From the New York Times:

For the first time since it began issuing dietary guidelines, the government offered new recommendations last month that clearly favor the health and well-being of consumers over hard-lobbying farm interests.

The new science-based Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released Jan. 31 by the Departments of Agriculture and of Health and Human Services, are comprehensive, sensible, attainable and, for most people, affordable. They offer a wide variety of dietary options to help you eat better for fewer calorieswithout undue sacrifice of dining pleasure.

Now it’s up to consumers to act on this advice and put the brakes on runaway obesity and the chronic diseases that cost billions of dollars before they kill.

(Read the rest of this article on the New York Times website by clicking here…)


A huge study in Europe has found that eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables has a significant positive impact on your health.  We knew that already, right?  But now we know that eating more than the recommended daily allowance does even more for you!  Check it out:  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/heart-health-fruits-veggies-life-saving/story?id=12639620

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