We have received many inquiries regarding acupuncture styles. In response, we have summarized below the most popular acupuncture systems used in North America.In the United States and Canada, many different styles and techniques of acupuncture have been introduced, including but not limited to traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, electroacupuncture, auricular acupuncture, trigger point acupuncture, and Korean hand acupuncture. Read more
Quest for the Acupuncture Point – WHO Standardized Locations
August 26th, 2008
Currently, each acupuncturist in North America may locate the same acupuncture points differently, depending on how and where they have been trained. The issue of these point discrepancies may be somewhat of a surprise not only for consumers but also for many acupuncturists and students. The “acupuncture point”, which is supposed to be the most fundamental aspect of this ancient medical treatment, has not been standardized. Read more
Body Symmetries and Muscle Coordination
April 2, 2007
Our muscle mass and strength declines as we age. True or False?
Low back pain is very common among the elderly and less common among young and athletic individuals. True or False?
Weakening back muscles are the cause of most back pain and the core of a back pain treatment program should be based on general back strengthening exercises. True or False?Read more
Moxibustion in North American Acupuncture: Historical Perspective
Dec 14, 2006
Although moxibustion has been an integral part of the original concepts of acupuncture, I was surprised to learn that it is somewhat ignored by many acupuncturists in Western countries. A growing number of Canadians have experienced acupuncture, yet only a few have ever tried moxibustion treatment.
Why has this strange phenomenon occurred in North America? Read more…
Research: Acupuncture to Enhance Fertility
Sep 1, 2006
In the Orient, acupuncture has long been utilized to promote fertility and treat a variety of gynecological conditions. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in acupuncture among reproductive specialists in the West. The attention has especially intensified since 2002 when German researchers announced significantly higher pregnancy rates among women undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in conjunction with acupuncture. The May 2006 issue of the journal, Fertility and Sterility, featured eight acupuncture related articles. Read more?
Science of Breath: What is the ideal respiration rate?
April 17, 2006
Breathing is a basic living activity that everyone performs every single moment without paying any attention to the act. Besides the simple exchange of air, breathing plays another critical role. Breathing can become a powerful tool to balance and optimize our nervous system and hormonal activity, thus creating a positive impact on our entire physiological system. Read more?
Back Injury Prevention: Well and Lesser Known Reasons Why You Should Bend Your Knees
Dec 12, 2005
Every winter as the temperature cools down, we see more patients with acute low back injuries. It is common knowledge that you should bend your knees when lifting heavy objects. The reason behind this recommendation offered by health care professionals, is that by bending your knees, most of the heavy load is shifted to the hips and thighs, instead of directly to the low back. While this biomechanical explanation is valid, it does not fully explain the following facts commonly observed in everyday clinical practice: Read more?