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Acupuncture, Massage, Newsletter - October 2006 | Issue 29

In this issue you will find: Important PCOM Dates
  • October 24 – North American Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day
  • October 24 – New York Open House
  • October 28 – Chicago Fall Open House
  • November 2-5 – Pacific Symposium

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Pacific College Celebrates North American Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day

In an effort to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, each Pacific College campus is supporting this day in a unique way.

Both San Diego and Chicago will offer $10 treatments to new patients in the clinic, and $10 off treatment for current patients on Tuesday, October 24, 2006.   These treatments will be by appointment only.

New York will be hosting a celebration from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2006.   The festivities will include complimentary community style acupuncture for relaxation and stress relief, Qi gong/energy exercise workshops, massage therapy demonstrations/workshops and lectures on acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

To join us for any of these celebrations or for more information please call (800) 729-0941.

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Pacific Symposium 2006: Offers The Popular Restoration Track & Advanced Acupuncture Techniques Workshops

The 18th annual Pacific Symposium returns this year, November 2 –5, 2006 at the beautiful Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego for four days of learning and sharing. This year features new faces, and old favorites, all of who are recognized leaders in the Oriental medicine field.

A highlight of this year’s Symposium is the popular Restoration Track.
The Restoration Track is a hands-on, relaxing series of workshops that provides an in-depth exploration of bodywork and massage. In addition to the restoration track, for the first time a new series of Advanced Acupuncture Techniques Workshops is being offered to provide the opportunity to learn advanced needling, palpatory diagnosis, pulse analysis, and pain management methods.  This tract is invaluable to practitioners due to its diverse techniques taught by the most experienced professionals in the field.  Both the Restoration Track and Advanced Acupuncture tracts provide two alternatives to the general session lectures.

The keynote speaker for this Symposium is Ted Kaptchuck, author of The Web That Has No Weaver, whowill be discussing how man’s view of illness and health have changed from the religious traditions of pre-Confucian times to the rational perspectives evident in the Nei Jing.  Kaptchuck will also discuss the quality of Eastern medicine care versus the quantitative approach in biomedicine.

Ted Kaptchuk, was involved with the first Symposium in 1989, and each time he has been a speaker he has been in high demand. Currently, Kaptchuk is the associate director of the Center for Alternative Medicine Research and Education at Boston 's Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

Come join us for the 18th annual Pacific Symposium.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best speakers from around the world.
To register for this event go to www.Pacificcollege.edu/Symposium or call (800) 729-0941.

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Knee Pain Decreased with Acupuncture

Knee pain is an ailment that is commonly experienced, especially in active adults. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 11 million visits are made to physicians' offices each year because of a knee or knee-related problem. It is the most often treated anatomical site by orthopedists, and one of the most oft-examined sites among general practitioners.

The knee is one of the most frequently injured joints due to its size, and the complexity of the structure.  Knee injuries can be caused by several factors. Most complaints of knee pain result from some form of trauma, such as a torn or ruptured ligament; a broken or fractured kneecap; torn cartilage; or an accident that causes damage to the area or strains the knee beyond its normal range of motion. Other conditions that can lead to knee pain include infections; arthritis; hemarthrosis (blood in the knee joint); cysts; and bone tumors. Being overweight can also contribute to knee problems by causing excess strain on the ligaments and cartilage.

Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving certain types of knee pain, especially arthritic conditions of the knee and knee joint.

On December 21, 2004, the Annals of Internal Medicine published the results of an NCCAM-funded study of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee. The study team was led by Brian M. Berman, M.D., Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine and Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

The randomized clinical trial at the University of Maryland followed 570 participants for 6 months, making it the longest and largest study of acupuncture to date. In the study, 190 of the participants received acupuncture treatment and 191 received a "sham" acupuncture procedure that the team had developed and tested in earlier research. A third group (189) attended an educational program developed by the Arthritis Foundation. All participants were allowed to continue using some conventional care for osteoarthritis, such as certain anti-inflammatory medicines. By week 8, the acupuncture group had better function than either the sham or the education group. By the 14th week, the acupuncture group also reported significantly less pain than the two other groups.

Also, a 1999 study comparing electroacupuncture to ice massage and transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS) for subjects with osteoarthritis found that acupuncture decreased pain and stiffness levels and increased muscle strength and flexion in the knee. Smaller studies have confirmed that acupuncture is beneficial in reducing knee pain, stiffness and physical disability in patients with knee and knee-related problems. It can ease the discomfort some subjects feel while waiting for knee surgery, and in some cases, it may even be considered an alternative to surgery.
As with any other form of care, however, remember that not all patients will respond to acupuncture. Make sure to discuss the situation thoroughly with your acupuncturist before undergoing treatment for knee/leg pain (or any other condition).

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Black Tea Aids Oral Health

According to the latest research, black tea is beneficial for overall oral health.  Black tea, the most common among the three types of teas –black, green, and red – help to prevent bad breath and facilitates the well being of your teeth and gums.

Polyphenols, one of the key components of black tea, have been found to inhibit growth of oral bacteria. New research presented by Christine Wu and Min Zhu of the University of Illinois states that catechins and theaflavins—polyphenols present in tea leaves—inhibit the growth of the oral bacteria. The bacteria killing action takes place over a 48 - hour incubation period.  

Research further reports that the two tea compounds also help to eliminate bad breath. The compounds inhibit the proper functioning of an enzyme that acts as a catalyst in the production of hydrogen sulphide, which contributes to bad breath. These research findings were presented at the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C.

Black tea also comes in handy to ward off mouth infections such as strep throat and dental cavities. Researchers have found that polyphenols in combination with green tea extracts inhibit bacterial growth. These compounds when added to toothpaste or mouthwash increase their efficacy many times in combating microbial agents. Random surveys have reported that black tea reduces the incidence of dental cavities. Tea is a natural source of fluoride, therefore helping to promote healthy tooth enamel. Also, tannins present in black tea inhibit the growth of plaque-causing bacteria apart from inhibiting the action of salivary amylase, thus making their contribution in cavity prevention.  Studies have thus concluded that black tea may safely be recommended as a substitute for more acidic beverages, which contribute to dental erosion.

Black tea also has a role to play in prevention of oral cancer. People with a precancerous condition termed oral leukoplakia can cut down on the risk of oral cancer by drinking black tea. A study funded by the National Tea Research Foundation of India, has revealed that the polyphenols in black tea reverse cancer-causing changes to the DNA of cells lining the mouth. Oral leukoplakia is characterized by white patches or plaque in the mouth that are tough to do away with.

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Chinese Wisdom: Quote of the Day

“Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.”

- Chuang Tzu