Saturday, December 18, 2010

Acupuncture for Colic!

It is rare I get calls to treat infants, but a new study demonstrates the potential effectiveness of acupuncture use in this population. In a double-blind, randomized control study of infants of 36-week gestation or more with at least 3 hours of colic-related crying per day 3 times per week, found reduction in duration and severity with stimulation of acupuncture point LI4 for 2 seconds on one side and then the other for 6 sessions over 3 weeks. Longer retention and stimulation in previous studies had a more immediate effect, but this may pave the way for parental-administered acupressure at home as a viable therapy.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Acupuncture and Ivy League Softball

Former Columbia softball player Keli Leong gets to revisit her former glory on the silver screen along Reece Witherspoon in the upcoming movie "How do You Know." What does this have to do with acupuncture?  Leong is currently pursuing her master's degree in acupuncture with a goal of helping treat athletes as she was treated when playing the game. Too bad there are no acupuncture scenes in the movie!

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A Funny Video Explaining Acupuncture

An unknown colleague created this video, "But You're Not Chinese," and it has been reposted by multiple acupuncturists on Facebook. It is a little over-the-top on the part of the acupuncture bear, but quite fun anyway!