June 29, 2016 |
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will offer acupuncture to all of its patients beginning in July, joining a growing number of pediatric medical centers providing alternative therapies. The hospital plans to add other unconventional options, including therapeutic massage and aromatherapy, in the next year, said Maria R. Mascarenhas, medical director of the new Integrative Health Program. "Our patients and families have been asking for it and seeking these therapies outside of CHOP," said Mascarenhas.
November 16, 2015
Q: My dog has been getting acupuncture for arthritis, and it really seems to help. I'm curious how it works. A: Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, thin needles into the skin at strategic points on the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, these points were known as meridians, through which "chi," or life force, flowed; in modern medicine, we know them as the vascular, nervous and muscular structures of the body. Insertion of the needles at specific points is said to help activate healing by stimulating nerve endings and releasing certain substances that relieve pain, reduce inflammation and improve blood flow and oxygenation.
January 15, 2015 |
Dan was sure he did not want to conceive more children. Sure enough to have a vasectomy nine years ago. But that was before the divorce, before the joint custody arrangement that meant seeing his kids less than half the time, and before he ventured onto OkCupid and found Mary, who loved indie music, camping . . . and children. They e-mailed for two months - never talking on the phone, which both of them find "awkward" - before they met. Mary planned a date with an easy escape clause; she proposed that they meet for drinks at PJ Ryan's, just downstairs from her apartment.
September 22, 2014 |
Crawford Hill is a mountaineer and rock climber who enjoys outdoor exercise. For the last three years, pain in his lower back has curtailed such pleasures. In fact, when he walks on level ground, he must stop and stretch every quarter-mile, and when he walks uphill, the pain brings him to a halt. Seeking relief, Hill had back surgery last year and has tried stretching, physical therapy, epidurals, chiropractic, acupuncture, Feldenkrais, and cranial-sacral bodywork. All to no avail.
September 29, 2013 |
Donna Ialeggio, a staff veterinarian at the Philadelphia Zoo, has been trying to cure a black-necked swan's bumblefoot for 31/2 years. She's finally found something that seems to be working: acupuncture. "The speed with which this is healing is just phenomenal," she said Wednesday as she watched Christina Fuoco, a vet in private practice with training in acupuncture and canine rehabilitation, prepare to treat Jackson, a nine-year-old swan. The back of his pale pink foot - what would be a heel in humans - had a hard, swollen lump that was once badly infected and three or four times larger.
September 11, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Acupuncture gets a thumbs-up for helping relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches and arthritis in a review of more than two dozen studies - the latest analysis of an often-studied therapy that has as many fans as critics. Some believe its only powers are a psychological, placebo effect. But some doctors believe even if that's the explanation for acupuncture's effectiveness, there's no reason not to offer it if it makes people feel better. The new analysis examined 29 studies involving almost 18,000 adults.
October 3, 2011 |
For breast cancer survivors like Marie McCrone, the worry never quite stops. Despite a lumpectomy and lymph node removal in 2002, she feared recurrence of the cancer or the onset of lymphedema, a painful swelling of the arm that can occur long after surgery. "I heard all sorts of horror stories about it," recalls McCrone, 52, of Warrington, Bucks County. "How you might get it just from lifting a grocery bag. " Four years later, she heard about a weightlifting program for breast cancer survivors being tested at the University of Pennsylvania..
August 1, 2011 |
In May 2005, it seemed like an intriguing match. The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine announced a partnership with the Tai Sophia Institute, a center for complementary and alternative medicine based in Laurel, Md. The collaboration sought to combine Penn's expertise in traditional, evidence-based Western medicine with Tai Sophia's strengths in non-Western therapies such as acupuncture. But resistance on the Penn campus was fierce. Neal Nathanson, a Penn epidemiologist who echoed the views of many, called the collaboration "a return to voodoo medicine" and said in a recent interview that it "put us in bed with an outfit that we didn't support in terms of the principles.
February 21, 2011
New evidence that zinc might zap common-cold symptoms The common cold doesn't get a lot of press, but it causes plenty of misery and is estimated to be responsible for 40 percent of missed workdays. And there is no proven treatment. There is, however, zinc - a mineral that inhibits rhinovirus replication and has been in and out of favor since researchers first suggested it for colds in 1984. A review of 15 high-quality studies involving a total of 1,360 people published last week by the Cochrane Library, a respected medical clearinghouse, found strong support.
February 23, 2005 |
Nothing worked for Don Underwood - not surgery or painkillers, muscle relaxants or physical therapy, steroid injections or massage. Nothing stopped the debilitating back spasms he'd suffered for almost four decades - until he met Anna D. Lee of Cherry Hill, a physician who treated him with an automated needle gun invented by her engineer husband. The needle was inserted into his throbbing back, causing the muscles to twitch and then relax, a painful procedure that over time brought sustained relief.