Well we’re one step closer to a skinny pill…
Scientists have found a compound from the thunder god vine, used in traditional Chinese medicine is responsible for reducing the weight of obese mice by up to 45 percent.
The compound known as Celastrol reduces food intake by 80 percent causing the dramatic weight loss in the obese mice. It could potentially be used to improve the health of many
Thunder god Vine
people suffering from obesity and associated diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
There’s a chemical found in the Chinese herb known as Han Fang Ji called tetrandrine which switches of the channels the ebola virus uses to enter and infect cells.
These cellular channels known as TCPs (or two pore channels) are what cells use in calcium signalling. In order for the ebola virus to take hold inside the body, these cell switches need to be turned on.
After looking at various other drugs and substances that are used to turn these switches on and off, scientists discovered that tetrandine doesn’t appear to cause any harmful side affects.
Many people have tummy troubles like bloating, irritable bowel syndrome or acid re-flux. These conditions can cause an extreme amount of discomfort to sufferers.
Chinese medicine has long been revered for it’s power to relieve people of many ailments with digestive issues being among them.
We’ve narrowed down 3 key points to make it easier to understand how traditional Chinese medicine has been used in the treatment of digestive conditions.
#1 Understand the role “Qi’ plays in your body.
Qi (pronounced “chee”) is best defined as energy or a body’s life force.
Obviously the human body runs on energy which is why it needs to be fueled with food. A lot of people don’t realise however that our organs, along with the different foods we eat also have their own Qi.
Struggling with that constant niggling ache in your neck and shoulders?
You’re not the only one!
Many people are turning to acupuncture to relieve their pain rather than reaching for a regular (and often expensive!) dose of pain medication.
Acupuncture works in 3 ways to give you fast and effective relief.
Tendinitis is a common injury that occurs to tendons, typically due to repetitive action, such as raking or cleaning. The tendon is a thick cord-like structure that attaches bones to muscles. When a repetitive action strains that tendon, it becomes inflamed and irritated, causing pain and discomfort. Other causes for tendonitis include arthritis, gout, and adverse reactions to certain types of medicine.
Tendinitis is the cause for more than half of Workman’s Compensation complaints, representing 56% of claims. The type of pain associated with tendonitis includes tenderness at the point of injury, numbness, tingling, and stiffness. Sometimes the joint will swell and remain sore long after the injury has healed.
Tendinitis isn’t just work or exercise-related, as tendons tend to lose elasticity with age. Although any tendon in the body can become inflamed and sore, tendinitis mostly affects the shoulders, heels, elbows, and wrists. The inflammation can even cause an infection within the tendon sheath (tissues).
Nicotine’s strong addictive qualities make quitting smoking a tough task for many smokers.
Ultimately, whatever helps someone stop smoking is worth it for long term health.
How Can Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Help?
Acupuncture helps reduce cravings, irritability and restlessness while promoting calm and relaxation. When combined with Chinese Herbs it also helps detoxify your body and kick-start your healing processes.
For people who have never experienced Acupuncture, it can seem a daunting idea – some person sticking needles into your body.
Many people hear of Acupuncture for a treatment such as stopping smoking but Acupuncture has some surprising treatments you may not have heard of.
Acupuncture Surprising Treatment No.1
Acupuncture is used as a treatment for allergies, especially common is hay-fever.
Yep, that’s right, a few sessions of Acupuncture and you’re good to go for about 4 weeks. Studies published in the American Journal Of Chinese Medicine show it’s successful in around 80% of patients, in reducing or eliminating symptoms and I experience similar results in my own clinic.
Read more about the study and learn more about Acupuncture for Hay-Fever
Acupuncture For Treatment Of Heart Disease
When it comes to alternative therapies, acupuncture is certainly one that comes to mind for treating a variety of ailments including heart disease.
Angina and high blood pressure are both issues that affect the heart and they can both be successfully treated with acupuncture therapy.
Unfortunately heart disease can be slightly more serious, with 2 out of 3 Australian families affected by heart disease, and an Australian dying from the disease every twelve minutes.
Why Use Acupuncture For Menopause As A Treatment?
For women experiencing menopause it can be a difficult time. Hot flushes manifest as heat all over the body, or at least parts of it and sometimes redness or blotches, along with heavy sweats or cold shivers.
Many women opt for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which is an effective form of treatment. The hormones being replaces are Oestrogen and Progesterone. The only problem with this treatment is there’s the chance of increased risk of heart disease, breast, ovary and uterine cancer and a stroke.
For women who opt not to take HRT or would like to compliment HRT, acupuncture for menopause treatment could be the answer.
Banish Winter-Blues! Acupuncture For Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Those who find themselves a ‘little down’ or suffering from ‘winter blues’ may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Here’s the rundown of what this actually means, the signs to look out for and the best treatments and advice.