Natural and Alternative Options for Managing Pain

It’s estimated that over 150 million of us in the US live with chronic pain and take prescription and over-the-counter painkillers, both of which provide only temporary relief, have limited efficacy and come with side effects including potential addiction. This leaves us looking for safe and effective analgesics to manage pain – so in this blog, I’m going to cover some evidence-based alternative and complementary solutions that can provide natural pain relief. It’s important to note that while you can find relief from these options, looking into the root cause of the pain is the key to long-term wellness. And this may require a dramatic shift away from pro-inflammatory habits (affecting your diet, sleep, exercise and mind) which I’ll cover in another blog. 
Acupressure – a traditional Chinese medicine technique dating back more than 2,000 years – is still popular today as an inexpensive and non-medical intervention without side effects. This stimulating practice sends ...

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Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup

Licensure for Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine In the recently posted webinar by Dagmar Ehling, author (The Chinese Herbalist’s Handbook), acupuncturist, Chinese herbal, and functional medicine practitioner, you may note that she has quite a few titles next to her name. In the field of Oriental medicine, figuring out how to make sense of an acupuncturist’s degree and licensure titles is often confusing. Depending on the college an acupuncturist graduated from and the state he or she practices, you can see different degree and licensure titles. This also comes with the added complexity of different licensing requirements in each state. To make sense of this alphabet soup, below is a short list of some of the titles you may see in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession. My suggestion – trust references you may have received but verify the credentials of the practitioner for licensure in your state prior to getting needled. LAc (Licensed Acupuncturist) AP (Acupuncture Physic...

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Is CBD All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has grown in popularity over the past few years. But what really is CBD, is it actually beneficial for you, and is it marijuana? While, yes, CBD is a component of marijuana, it can be derived from either the hemp plant or the marijuana plant1. Also, unlike marijuana, CBD by itself will not give you a “high” or any feeling of intoxication1.

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Is Chinese Medicine Effective Against COVID-19?

A recent publication in the Internal Journal of Biological Sciences (Int J Biol Sci 2020; 16(10):1708-1717), provided an interesting perspective and review on the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)  for SARS /COVID-19 infections.  Application of TCM in the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 has been inspired by the outbreak of SARS-CoV in late 2002 in China, and the use of TCM to treat it. Based on observational studies and randomized clinical trials, there is some compelling evidence to support the notion that TCM has a beneficial effect in the treatment or prevention of SARS. A critical analysis of eight randomized controlled trials concluded that as a complement to conventional medicine, TCM showed a  decrease in mortality and relief of symptoms, as well as control of fungal infections in patients with SARS. Additionally, an analysis of 90 peer-reviewed papers showed that TCM used as a complement to conventional treatment had some benefits, including better control of fever, and faster ...

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Acupuncture and Pain Management – Dr. Bonnie McLean Podcast Review

I had the pleasure of listening to this interview podcast of one of our Wholistics advisors, Dr. Bonnie McLean, on How Acupuncture Chinese Medicine Works for Pain Management. I love her approach to treating the whole person and she has provided me with much guidance on the Wholistics platform. Dr. Mclean is an RN with over 35 years’ experience in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. In addition to being an author of the book, Integrative Medicine, she recently won Top Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncturist 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals. At the time of this blog writing, she was on her way to Las Vegas to accept her award – congratulations Bonnie! In this interview, Bonnie noted that she got into integrative medicine as she wasn’t getting the care she wanted as an allopathic nurse. This led her to receive her doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Here are the salient points from her interview: Acupuncture is part of an umbrella of integrative m...

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