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Sheng Zhen Tutorial with Master Li!

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Balance your qi with this quick intro to Sheng Zhen Healing Gong with my teacher, Master Li! https://goo.gl/Jx6kLv

Collagen Hydrolysate now in stock!

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)



Austin Integrative Oriental Medicine is proud to introduce Great Lakes brand collagen hydrolysate into the web store!


Collagen comprises most of the connective tissue in the body, and consuming it directly strengthens skin, hair, and nails, promotes healthy gut function, provides padding to joints, and decreases the effects of aging. Collagen provides an especially good treatment option for pain resulting from osteoarthritis or trauma, and speeds healing time from injuries. It is a great solution for people looking to add protein to their diets and those with poor nutrient absorption as it is protein-rich and is easy to digest. Chinese medicine promotes the use of collagen (bone soup) as a longevity (kidney yin) tonic, and recommends that everyone consume collagen daily.


The collagen hydrolysate powder by Great Lakes easily dissolves in liquids and has only a mild taste. If added to a strong flavored beverage, like coffee or tea, it is tasteless. It also blends well into smoothies, soups, or salad dressings. One serving of collagen daily should begin to produce results within ten days of use. Each container yields approximately six weeks of product if one serving is taken daily.


Take advantage of collagen's healing properties with our social media special, running today through October 9. Type "social" in the coupon code box at check out to receive $5.00 off!


Jessica will be at AOMA's campus on Thursdays from now until the end of December from 9:30-12:45 if  you wish to pick up collagen on campus instead of having it shipped to your home. Collagen is also available for pick-up at the home office at 6363 Tasajillo Tr., Austin, TX 78739. To place an order for pick-up, please e-mail jmanson@austiniom.com with your order and bring cash or check to pay upon receipt.  Discounts will be extended to all who mention this blog entry through October 9.

Acupuncture effectively manages symptoms of COPD

Posted on September 17, 2015 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (1)



This Japanese study, published in the November 2008 issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that patients who added acupuncture to a conservative pharmaceutical regimen experienced a reduction in COPD symptoms that was nearly three times that of patients who used medication alone. Acupuncture patients were also able to walk farther in six minutes and had better oxygen concentration in their blood than their drug-only peers.

See the abstract here (full article is available for a fee): http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2007.0786

NIH: Gua sha is an antioxidant

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)


In 2009, this collaborative study among researchers at Harvard, Cornell, and Bejing University discovered that the expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), a known antioxidant, increases in mice that underwent gua sha therapy. Bioluminence assessments confirmed the upregulation on HO-1 in multiple organ systems in response to gua sha. The upregulation of antioxidation activity coorlates with the increases in immune function and decreases in pain levels often observed in patients treated with gua sha.


View the full article (WITH VIDEO) here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3149908/

New England Journal of Medicine: twice weekly tai chi improves fibromyalgia

Posted on September 4, 2015 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)


This study from The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that fibromyalgia patients who practiced tai chi twice weekly for 12 weeks experienced symptom reduction that nearly tripled those who were treated with stretching alone. The tai chi group also experienced greater sleep quality, relief from depression, decreased pain, and higher self-reported quality of life. Additionally, the tai chi group was able to walk an average of 44 yards farther in 6 minutes than those in the stretching group. More tai chi participants were able to discontinue medications used to treat fibromyalgia over the course of the study, but the small sample size prevented the difference from carrying statistical significance. No adverse reactions were reported with tai chi therapy, suggesting that it presents a safe and effective treatment option for fibromyalgia. Researchers theorize that tai chi "may influence neuroendocrine and immune function as well as neurochemical and analgesic pathways that lead to enhanced physical, psychological, and psychosocial well-being and overall quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia."


See the full text article here: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0912611#t=article

Long-lasting blood pressure control with electro-acupuncture

Posted on September 2, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)



This collaborative study by researchers at UC Irvine School of Medicine, East Hospital of Shanghai, and Southern California University of Health Sciences determined that electroacupuncture at P-6 and St-36 lowers both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hypertensive patients. Results were maintained in approximately half the participants for 4 weeks after treatments were discontinued. Researchers also observed significantly lower plasma concentrations of norepinepherine and renin after acupunture treatments, suggesting that acupuncture lowers blood pressure by modulating the sympathetic nervous system and disrupting the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone feedback loop.


Read the full text article here: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/acu.2015.1106

Klotho: the bridge between eastern and biomedical viewpoints on anti-aging

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)



Members of the doctoral program at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine have been discussing the effects of klotho, a hormone that decreases age-related degerative processes while increasing cognitive function, and its positive response to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). These two studies, one from UC San Franscisco and the other from The University of Xi'an (China), discuss the importance of serum klotho levels in mood regulation, metabolism, and congnition, as well as enhancement of its production with the Chinese herb Polygonatum multiflorum (He Shou Wu).

These studies not only highlight the importance of klotho, but demonstrate its significance as a biomedical component of what is called "yin deficiency" in TCM. Klotho's upregulation with the addition of a yin tonic herb (Polygonatum multiflorum) continues to strengthen its position as a biomedical link to yin/yang theory.


Read the full articles here:

UC San Francisco:  http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2015/06/130516/longevity-hormone-lower-stressed-and-depressed-women

University of Xi'an: (free abstract, but requires subscription for full text): http://www.neurobiologyofaging.org/article/S0197-4580%2814%2900717-9/abstract

 




Standford University: Acupuncture during surgery reduces postoperative pain

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This randomized controlled trial was conducted by the heads of the anesthesiology and otolaryngology/head surgery departments at Stanford University School of Medicine. It was recently published in The Laryngoscope, a publication of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society.


The RTC found that a group of pediatric tonsilectomy patients who underwent electro-acupuncture during surgery "experienced significantly less pain at various postoperative time points as compared to the control cohort, and also that the onset of analgesia in the acupuncture cohort began by 36 hours postoperatively, whereas the control group did not reach significant analgesia until 84 hours postoperatively.” Acupuncture patients also experienced a significant increase in food intake postoperatively (P=0.01) and did not present any adverse side effects.


Auricular and corporeal acupuncture points were used in combination for the procedure. Click the link below for full details about methodology, design, and procedures.


See the full article here: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1461200-stanford-university-acupuncture-reduces-pain-after-surgery/


Journal of Clinical Oncology finds acupuncture more effective than drugs in treating hot flashes

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (2)



This study, which demonstrates that acupuncture is more effective than gabapentin in treating hot flashes in breast cancer survivors, was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on August 24, 2015. It found that acupuncture with electrostimulation reduced hot flashes most significantly when compared to groups that used sham acupuncture, gabapentin, or placebo pills. Interestingly, the group treated with acupuncture continued to experience the greatest reductions in hot flashes 16 weeks after all treatments were ceased. By contrast, gabapentin's effect was lost immediately after the drug was discontinued.


Interestingly, sham acupuncture produced greater results than both gabapentin and placebo pills, suggesting that any sort of acupuncture carries an effect stronger than placebo.


Hot flashes have been linked to hormonal suppression in cancer patients and declining hormone production in menopausal women. While hormone levels were not included in this study, the success of acupuncture in this instance suggests that it may regulate hormone levels and present a viable treatment option for both groups, especially those who are unwilling or unable to undergo hormone replacement therapy.


Read the full article here: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_154291.html


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