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World Acupuncture Oriental Medicine Day

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Since 2002 October 24th has been recognized as World Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine day.

The day is designed to increase public awareness of the presence and benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is an opportunity to recognize the growing role that traditional Asian medicine plays in our global health care system.

It is estimated that 36% of U.S. adults have used some form of complementary and alternative medicine. This is according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

Among the most common practices are acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese herbal medicine, tai chi and qi gong.

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine conducted a study and found that approximately one in ten adults had received acupuncture at least one time and 60% said they would readily consider acupuncture as a potential treatment option.

With increased exposure it is our hope that more people will experience the value of these complimentary modalities and recognize that options other than pain medication exist to treat pain.


7 Ways To Stay Healthy This Fall

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Here are 7 ideas to naturally reduce your risk of infection from colds and flus.

  • Receive Acupuncture Treatments:

    Acupuncture is both calming to the nervous system and stimulating to the immune system. This allows the body to deeply rest and relax. Combining acupuncture points for relaxation with points known to improve immune function and promote white blood cells counts is a great way to stay healthy this fall and winter. Come visit us at Inner Gate Acupuncture here in lovely Portland.

  • Avoid Touching your Face: 

    Although this may sound easy, generally people touch their faces 2-4 times a minute. That's almost 2000 times per day!

  • Keep your Love Life Healthy:

    Research done at Wilkes University found that having sex once or twice a week is linked to higher levels of immunoglobulin A.  An important antibody, which protects us from bacteria.

  • Get Lots of Sleep:

    Making sure that you get enough rest helps your recovery time and can also prevent illness. During sleep your immune system releases important chemicals that help prevent infection.

  • Keep your mind calm:

    Stress and anxiety can greatly diminish your immune system’s ability to protect your body.  Meditation is a great way to boost the immune system.

  • Wash your Hands Regularly: 

    You don’t need special anti-bacterial soap but you do have to take the time to wash your hands after touching lots of surfaces, before eating, and after being exposed to sick people.

  • Exercise:

    Sweating and the build up heat in your body associated with exercise have been shown to improve your immune system’s responsiveness.

Benadryl Linked to an Increased Risk of Dementia

What is the Problem?

There is growing evidence that anticholinergic medications may be linked to the development of dementia.  In the Journal of American Medical Association a recent study was published that examined possible links between these medications and dementia.  

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Antihistamines, tricyclic antidepressants and bladder control medications are the main classes of anticholinergic medications.  The recent study, which took place at the University of Washington, examined over the counter and prescription medications.  

What are Anticholinergic Medications?

Anticholinergic medications block the function of acetylcholine in the body.  Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter.  It functions to transmit messages throughout the nervous system.  In the body, it communicates with muscles and stimulates contractions.  In the brain, acetylcholine is associating with learning and memory.  

There is a natural decrease in the production of acetylcholine associated with aging.  Adding medications that also limit acetylcholine can have a strong negative impact on brain function and memory.  In fact, the main side effects associated with these medications include short term memory loss, difficulty with concentration and drowsiness.  

What was the Study's Conclusion?

The study which examined 3434 people over the course of 10 years concluded that there was a definite link between long term anticholinergic medication use and the development of dementia.   Taking an anticholinergic for the equivalent of three years or more was associated with a 54% higher dementia risk than taking the same dose for three months or less.

What can you do?

Geriatrician Malaz Boustani of the Indiana University School of Medicine developed the anticholinergic cognitive burden scale, which compares anticholinergic drugs according to the intensity of their effects on the mind. Click here for a link to the scale.  It is best to avoid drugs with a higher score.  

Also consider using natural therapies as a way to avoid use of these drugs.  Chinese medicine and acupuncture can be used as a drug free option for many of the conditions associated with anticholinergic medications.  

Sports Injuries

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After an injury is sustained a number of physiological changes occur. There is localized swelling and tissue damage. The body begins the healing process by infiltrating the injured tissue with cells that specialize in preventing infections and clearing away the damaged tissue. Then the body begins to bring in cells, which rebuild the damaged tissues.

Five things Inner Gate Acupuncture can do for you:

     • Accurately diagnose
     • Use manual muscle testing
     • Use muscle balancing techniques
     • Teach you proper stretching and strengthening techniques
     • Get you back in your game

During the initial phase of injury acupuncture treatments can help manage the inflammation, reduce the local pain and promote circulation. This type of early treatment reduces the time required for full recovery. It also helps control the pain. When athletes are required to perform soon after an injury, although we don't generally encourage this, there are several techniques we use to quickly reduce swelling and return athletes to their sports. 

Re-injury is a major complication of sports injuries. Acupuncture directly addresses all of the involved muscle groups and also the antagonist muscle groups to aid in complete recovery. Acupuncture is also used to address the dorsal nerve roots, which innervate the affected tissue. These techniques when used correctly restore normal proprioception and muscle spindle fiber function.