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Low Level Laser Therapy treatment protocol for Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is an ill-understood rheumatic disease causing a wide variety of symptoms that vary greatly from patient to patient. Wide-spread, deep burning pain is perhaps the most frequent symptom. Fibromyalgia pain occurs more commonly in the trunk, low back, hips, and shoulders. It is rare in the hands and feet. Onset is usually gradual and can interfere with even simple daily activities. It is more common in women and also has a stron association with mental stress and depression. Additional symptoms associated with fibromyalgia include fatigue, sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, headaches, irritable bowel-like symptoms, memory problems, anxiety and depression. Fibromyalgia...

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Acupuncture better than drugs for fibromyalgia

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Acupuncture and associated techniques are regularly used for a broad range of pain, neurological and psychological conditions.  The broad systemic affects of acupuncture appear to make it a valid treatment for a wide range of complex systematic conditions such as fibromyalgia and other related auto-immune/inflammatory based conditions.  To evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture for fibromyalgia, Iranian researchers from the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Shiraz, Iran, conducted a study comparing acupuncture treatment with fluoxetine (prozac).   30 patients with fibromyalgia were recruited and evenly divided into an acupuncture treatment group and a drug treatment group (fluoxetine, prozac).   Treatment was offered...

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Cosmetic Laser F.A.Q

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We have put together this FAQ from common questions that we receive about cosmetic laser. If you have a question that is not answered here please feel free to contact us by phone or email and we will be happy to answer your question. What is the difference between surgical lasers and cosmetic low level lasers? Power. Quite simply all lasers use the same technology but differ primarily in their power. High power lasers whose diodes are more than 500mW are class 4 lasers which have a cutting or heating effect and can damage tissue. These are useful for surgical...

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Facial Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine

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In Traditonal Chinese Medicine there are 4 primary methods of diagnosis, viz looking, asking, listening and smelling (traditionally written as one chinese character) and feeling (palpation). In modern TCM practice this involves looking at the basic constitution of the patient, observing the patients movement and manner as well as the nature of of any skin lesions and also the tongue. Asking involves elucidating the symptoms being experienced, while listening/smelling involves the detection of tell-tale sounds and smells that can corroborate a pattern. Feeling or palpation involves pulse diagnosis, feeling for ah-shi(tender) points as well as other more specialised disciplines such...

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Electroacupuncture on ST36 for obesity

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In an animal study to determine the effect of electroacupuncture at ST36 on food intake and body weight in rats, researchers found that rats receiving EA had significantly reduced food intake and body weight. The researchers found from subsequent analysis of medulla regions and ST36 skin tissue that the treatment caused increased release of a neuropeptide, POMC, in certain regions of the brain (NTS & HN). POMC is the abbreviation for pro-opiomelanocortin, it is a neuropeptide that has anorexinergic effects. Increased amounts of this neuropeptide inhibits food intake and reduces body weight.  Other studies have found that patients who combine...

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