Alternative Methods for Quitting Smoking: Hypnosis, Acupuncture, Meditation – How to Quit Smoking

Many a successful quitter has gotten through the pangs of cigarette withdrawal using techniques such as hypnosis, acupuncture, or meditation. These alternative, or complementary, therapies address lifestyle issues not generally covered by conventional medicine—in this case, coping mentally with the little smoking triggers that lure smokers back, developing a healthy balance between the mind and the body, and relieving stress. Click on the following link for more….

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Acupuncture Could Help Period Pain, Researchers Say

Researchers said there was “promising evidence” for acupuncture in treating cramps, but that more work was needed.

In the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, they noted two studies found little difference between real and sham acupuncture in treating pain.

Acupuncture is a less contentious form of complementary medicine than some, but its value is still disputed.

Period pain can be severe in some women and may be accompanied by nausea, diarrhoea, migraine and backache. Common treatments include pain killers, applying heat and exercise – although a recent study questioned the efficacy of the latter.

This latest review involved 27 studies – which included nearly 3,000 women. They addressed a variety of forms of acupuncture – from classical to acupoint injection.

Traditional acupuncturists insert needles in acupuncture points located along what they describe as “energy meridians” – a concept for which many scientists say there is no evidence. Sham acupuncture places needles away from these points.

It is not clear whether either form alleviates pain as a result of the placebo effect – the very ritual of undergoing acupuncture – or cause subtle changes in the nervous system and brain activity which can be beneficial.

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The analysis by the team from Kyung Hee Medical Centre found that patients with severe period pain reported a greater reduction in their symptoms when using acupuncture compared with pharmacological treatments.

But they stressed there were methodological flaws in some studies, and that the findings did need to be interpreted with caution. Nevertheless, there was “promising evidence”, they wrote.

In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has backed the use of acupuncture in the treatment of low back pain – a move welcomed by some but criticised by those who say there is little evidence for its efficacy.

The editor-in-chief of the BJOG, Professor Philip Steer, noted that some women had period pain, also known as primary dysmenorrhoea, so badly they were “unable to function normally”.

“Women with primary dysmenorrhoea should consult their GPs or gynaecologists on the best treatment available to them. Complementary therapies should not be used exclusively, at the expense of conventional treatment, unless significant improvements have been made and your doctor tells you otherwise.”

Commentary: Despite the growing evidence the press and medical researchers will never give credit where credit is due. Statements such as, “Complementary therapies should not be used exclusively, at the expense of conventional treatment, unless significant improvements have been made and your doctor tells you otherwise,” show the continued arrogance of the medical community against of safe, effective natural therapies and the intention to have patients not be a participant in their own care. “At the expense of conventional therapies?”  What exactly are those conventional therapies? Muscle relaxants, hormones, NSAIDS. The choice is yours to make…..Dr. D.

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Study Maps Effects of Acupuncture on The Brain

ScienceDaily (2010-02-05) — New research about the effects of acupuncture on the brain may provide an understanding of the complex mechanisms of acupuncture and could lead to a wider acceptability of the treatment.

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Acupuncture Found Effective for Back Pain- Study Finds it Superior to Usual Care

From Acupuncture Today, July, 2009, Vol. 10, Issue 07

There seems to be no question that Americans spend a great deal of money dealing with back pain. According to research, we spend at least $37 billion annually on medical care for back pain.1,2 Furthermore, the economy suffers another $19.8 billion in lost worker productivity due to back pain.3

In response to this, there has been extensive research on the use of acupuncture for treating back pain. A 2008 literature review concluded that there was “strong evidence” for the use of acupuncture as an adjunct to conventional therapy for lower back pain.4

Now, a new study published in the May 11, 2009 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine has added even further to the literature on the value of acupuncture in treating back pain.5

Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD, and colleagues examined a group of 638 patients suffering from back pain to determine not only if acupuncture is superior to usual care for treating back pain, but to see if needle insertion at individualized points is the mechanism of action by which acupuncture works best. A total of 10 acupuncture treatments was provided over the course of eight weeks.

Study Design: The researchers started by dividing the patients into four groups:

Individualized acupuncture: This treatment was prescribed by the diagnostician at the beginning of each visit. There were no constraints on number of needles, depth of insertion or needle manipulation. Needles were retained for 18 minutes. Seventy-four distinct points were used.

Standardized acupuncture: This protocol used a standardized acupuncture prescription considered effective for chronic low back pain, including Du 3, Bladder 23 on either side, low back Ashi point, Bladder 40 on ether side and Kidney 3 on either side. All points were needled for 20 minutes, with needle stimulation at 10 minutes and again just prior to removal.

Simulated acupuncture: This technique used a toothpick in a needle guide tube. All acupuncture points were stimulated with toothpicks at 10 minutes and again at 20 minutes, just before they were “removed.” The acupuncturists simulated insertion and removal of needles at the eight acupuncture points used in the standardized treatment.

Usual care: Participants in this group only received the care, if any, they and their physicians chose. This was mainly mostly medications, and primary care, and physical therapy visits. All participants received a self-care book with information on managing flare-ups, exercises and lifestyle modifications.


At 8-week follow up, all groups of patients showed improvement. However, the “usual care” group only improved by 2.1 points (scored on a disability questionnaire), as opposed to the individualized, standardized and simulated acupuncture groups, which improved by 4.4, 4.5 and 4.4 points, respectively. The greater improvement for the acupuncture groups over usual care continued all the way to 52 weeks, at the end of the study. Of those patients receiving real acupuncture, only 11 reported any side effects.

Interestingly, at the end of the study, there was little difference between the four acupuncture treatment groups in terms of effectiveness. The researchers speculated that this may mean that acupuncture’s actual mechanism of action may not be clear and that further research is warranted.

Nevertheless, they concluded, “Compared with usual care, individualized acupuncture, standardized acupuncture and simulated acupuncture had beneficial and persisting effects on chronic back pain. These treatments resulted in clinically meaningful improvements in function. … For clinicians and patients seeking a relatively safe and effective treatment for a condition for which conventional treatments are often ineffective, various methods of acupuncture point stimulation appear to be reasonable options, even though the mechanism of action remains unclear.

According to Josephine P. Briggs, MD, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “The findings of this research show that acupuncture-like treatments, including simulated acupuncture, can elicit positive responses. This adds to the growing body of evidence that there is something meaningful taking place during acupuncture treatments outside of actual needling. Future research is needed to delve deeper into what is evoking these responses.”

Commentary from Dr. Denny: This interesting study compares usual or standard medical care with individualized acupuncture care, standard acupuncture care and simulated acupuncture care. All three types of acupuncture care produced better results than usual medical care. What makes this a fascinating study is the apparent benefit from the simulated acupuncture care. It is described as stimulating the acupuncture points with toothpicks on the skin. For those of you reading who are not familiar with acupuncture, there are many acupuncture techniques. There are also acupuncture techniques which do not involve puncturing the skin, which have been reported in Japanese acupuncture for generations. In fact, the Japanese have developed many devices to accomplish non-needle techniques such as Tei-shin, Yuko-shin and others. Many of these devices are used for the needle-phobic patient as well as in pediatric acupuncture. In addition there is an entire system of Japanese acupuncture where needles are not inserted or only superficially inserted on or over acupuncture points. This is called Toyohari.

In summary, acupuncture has many styles. Simply because needles are not inserted, does not make the treatment a “simulation.” Once again we see how difficult it is to “blind” treatments which actually involve patient participation. This method makes sense when you give someone a placebo sugar pill, but is very difficult to assess the effectiveness of hands-on type of treatments.

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1. Luo X, Pietrobon R, Sun SX, et al. Estimates and patterns of direct health care expenditures among individuals with back pain in the United States. Spine. 2004 Jan 1;29(1):79-86.

2. Martin BI, Deyo RA, Mirza SK, et al. Expenditures and health status among adults with back and neck problems. JAMA. 2008 Feb 13;299(6):656-64.

3. Stewart WF, Ricci JA, Chee E, et al. Lost productive time and cost due to common pain conditions in the US workforce. JAMA. 2003 Nov 12;290(18):2443-54.

4. Yuan J, Purepong N, Kerr DP, et al. Effectiveness of acupuncture for low back pain: a systematic review. Spine. 2008 Nov 1;33(23):E887-900.

5. Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Avins AL, et al. A randomized trial comparing acupuncture, simulated acupuncture, and usual care for chronic low back pain. Arch Intern Med. 2009 May 11;169(9):858-66.

Scott Denny, PhD Invited to Join the HEEL Rx Club

About nine months ago the HEEL Rx Club started its work. The intention was to create a club that provides something special and adds some useful benefits to the practice of natural medicine, and in particular the use of HEEL natural medicine sin their injectable form to which oftentimes have a turbo effect in helping patients with a variety of health conditions.


The HEEL Rx Club now has approximately 500 members and Scott Denny, PhD, AP, DOM is one of those original members because of his work in natural medicine.


Heel was originally founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1979 by Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg, MD, as Biological Homeopathic Industries (BHI). Dr. Reckeweg, who also founded Heel in Baden-Baden, Germany in 1936, relocated to the United States to continue his scientific investigations and introduce U.S. practitioners to Homotoxicology and the Heel products involved in its application.


Today, Heel is one of the largest homeopathic pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world, with distribution in over 60 countries. “Heel” stands for Herba est ex luce, which translates to: “plants come from the light”.


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Study: Americans use ‘alternative’ treatments for chronic pain

Americans frequently use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to deal with chronic pain, according to a comprehensive federal survey.

Thirty-eight percent of adults and 12 percent of children use some form of CAM, which is also called “integrative’ medicine, according to the report by the National Center for Health Statistics. Unlike alternative treatments, CAM methods are often used in conjunction with conventional treatment practices. 

For adults, CAM use has remained steady since the last survey was taken in 2002. But the most recent data shows increases in the use of acupuncture, deep breathing, meditation, massage therapy and yoga.

What the study doesn’t reflect is how many people are interested in CAM “but don’t know how to pursue it,” said Robert Dumont, a Loyola University Health System pediatrician who practices CAM–including Chinese medicine, herbal, acupuncture and homeopathy–and was not involved in the research.

“There’s a silent majority that doesn’t have the wherewithal or know-how to approach it. No one has ever quizzed people: ‘If you could safely do this, would you?'” he said.

Also, more people would pursue CAM if more doctors offered it, he said. But, he added that “I find that physicians in general are more resistant [to CAM] than patients.”

Still, the numbers may help guide research agenda.

“What I’m most struck with is how people are turning to CAM methods to treat chronic pain,” said Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM.) “This has important implications for where we need to invest research dollars.”

Adults used CAM most often to treat pain including back pain or problems, neck pain or problems, joint pain or stiffness/other joint condition, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

The most commonly used CAM therapies among U.S. adults were:  Nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products (17.7 percent) Most common: fish oil/omega 3/DHA, glucosamine, echinacea, flaxseed oil or pills, and ginseng, Deep breathing exercises (12.7 percent), Meditation (9.4 percent), Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation (8.6 percent), Massage (8.3 percent), Yoga (6.1 percent).

Who uses CAM?  

Women (42.8 percent, compared to men 33.5 percent), Those aged 30-69 (30-39 years: 39.6 percent, 40-49 years: 40.1 percent, 50-59 years: 44.1 percent, 60-69 years: 41.0 percent), Those with higher levels of education (Masters, doctorate or professional: 55.4 percent) , Those who were not poor (poor: 28.9 percent, near poor: 30.9 percent, not poor: 43.3 percent), Those living in the West (44.6 percent), Those who have quit smoking (48.1 percent).

CAM Use Among Children?

Overall, about 1 in 9 children use CAM methods, but the researchers noted the numbers might be higher than results indicate, especially among adolescents who might not tell their parents they were using CAM methods. Children are five times more likely to use CAM if a parent or other relative uses CAM, the survey found.

Other characteristics of adult and child CAM users are similar—factors such as socioeconomic status, geographic region, the number of health conditions, the number of doctor visits in the last 12 months, and delaying or not receiving conventional care because of cost are all associated with CAM use. 

Among children who used CAM in the past 12 months, CAM therapies were used most often for back or neck pain, head or chest colds, anxiety or stress, other musculoskeletal problems, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).

 The most commonly used CAM therapies among children were: Nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products (3.9 percent) Most common: echinacea, fish oil/omega 3/DHA, combination herb pill, flaxseed oil or pills, and prebiotics or probiotics, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation (2.8 percent), Deep breathing exercises (2.2 percent), Yoga (2.1 percent).

 The survey, conducted as part of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), had several limitations. It relied on the respondents’ memory and or their willingness to accurately report their use of CAM. The data was also collected at a single point in time so it didn’t follow an individual’s use of CAM.  

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Medicine For The 21st Century – Helping Your Body Heal Itself Naturally

Why biological medicine?

More and more people are choosing biological medication when ill.  The reason for this change is two-fold; the growing awareness and benefit of living a healthy lifestyle and, concerns over the possible side effects of chemical drugs.

What does the term “biological medicine” really mean?

Biological medicine is treating the body as the whole system which means treating mind, body and spirit.  Biological medicine helps the body heal itself through the activation of its own defence mechanisms.  This concept of biological medicine is also found in homotoxicology and homeopathy.

What is homoeopathy?

Dr. Saumel Hahnemann developed the area of medicine known as homoeopathy over 150 years ago.  Homoeopathy can best be described as treating an illness with a medicinal substance which, in a healthy individual, causes symptoms similar to those of the disease itself.  Like an inoculation, homoeopathic medicine activates the body’s own defense mechanism and stimulates the immune system into action.

Why are homoeopathic medications diluted?

Almost all medicinal substances used in homoeopathy are derived from plants.  They are diluted, or attenuated (homoeopathically processed), in order to prevent the individual from reacting too violently to the medicinal substances.  An alchol solution is used to attenuate medications taken as drops, sterile saline water for ampoules and lactose (milk sugar) is used for tablets.

What is homotoxicology?

Expanding on the fundamentals of homoeopathy, Dr. H.H. Reckeweg developed homotoxicology views illness as the bodys natural process of defense against the disease-causing materials known as homotoxins.  These body defense processes manifest themselves in a variety of symptoms such as fever, inflammation, dirrhea, weakness and general malaise. Dr.H.H. Reckeweg used his own medications that he termed “antihomotoxic” preparations when treating patients.

How do antihomotoxic preparations work?

Antihomotoxic preparations consist of a number of medicinally active, homoeopathically processed substances.   Each component amplifies the effectiveness of the others, thus providing effective help to an even complicated pathological processes. Antihomotoxic preparations activate the body’s own defensive system, thereby neutralizing the disease causing homotoxins.

For which diseases can antihomotoxic preparations be prescribed?

Antihomotoxic medications are successfully employed in treating chronic illnesses, ailments of the respiratory system, worn joints and rheumatic disorders.  Also, excellent therapeutic results can be achieved when treating gastrointestinal tract disoreders, dissiness, influenza etc.  Antihomotoxic medications should always be taken under the supervision of a health care practitioner.

What are the advantages of antihomotoxic medication?

Antihomotoxic preparations have very few side effects and they may easily be combined with other types of medications.  This advantage is particularly important to chronically ill patients who are required to take several medications at the same time.  It means reducing the unpredictable risks of intolerance and side effects, thereby improving the quality of life for the patient.

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