The inappropriate treatment approach to back pain and post-surgical pain from tonsillectomies and wisdom teeth removal are driving forces behind the opioid epidemic
Insurance claims data reveal 60% of children between the ages of 1 and 18 with private insurance fill one or more opioid prescriptions after surgical tonsil removal. Dentists wrote 18.1 million prescriptions for opioids in 2017
Research shows opioids (including morphine, Vicodin, oxycodone and fentanyl) fail to control moderate to severe pain any better than over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen
The American College of Physicians’ guideline for low back pain call for the use of heat, massage, acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments as first-line treatments. When drugs are desired, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants should be used
While clinical practice guidelines call for nonpharmacological intervention for back pain, most insurance plans avoid paying for such treatments, favoring opioid treatment instead
In the general scheme of life, there really isn’t a magic bullet to great health, although there are certain habits that resilient individuals tend to adopt. Some may be familiar, others a bit more unexpected.
Robust people normally do not burn the midnight oil. Good sleep each night is the foundation for keeping the immune system Continue reading →
Trigger finger occurs when your finger or thumb moves into a bent position. In severe cases, it can lock into this position. This problem occurs when the covering of the tendon in the affected finger narrows. You are more prone to trigger finger if you perform repetitive tasks that involve gripping or have certain medical conditions like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Continue reading →
Osteoporosis needs no introduction. In Chinese medicine, doctors take a different approach to its causes and how to bring about some relief. Here are five pieces of health advice for those who have been diagnosed with this bone-weakened state.
1. Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan: an Herbal Powerhouse
The name of this remedy may sound weird, but it consists of powerful plants found growing wild in Asian hillsides and wetlands. The ingredients in this herbal formula, in English, include Lycium fruit, astragalus, dang gui, both white and red peony, and fleece-flower root. There is good evidence behind this one, too. In one study of 76 patients with osteoporosis, 57 people were improved, Continue reading →
“Qi” is the essence of life that flows through nature and our bodies. Most of Chinese medicine is fixated at realigning the flow of Qi to restore health. One type of massage that is very popular, and very soothing is called “Tui Na.”
First, a quick look at the concept of Qi. Meridians are the energy channels that the Qi flows through. Continue reading →
Need an excuse to get a massage? A new health breakthrough in the area of natural health news has proven that this alternative therapy could reduce inflammation in the body. Since inflammation is implicated in a wide swath of chronic diseases, it seems that seeing a massage therapist might not be just about stress relief. Continue reading →
Chronic pain and muscle spasms can put a serious cramp in your lifestyle. When it hurts to get out of bed, hurts to get dressed and hurts to carry out daily activities, life becomes torture. But a wonderful Chinese technique called gua sha can scrape away that pain and actually offer enough relief to make pain medications unnecessary. Continue reading →
Everyone knows that the circulatory system has a very famous, much loved central component called the heart. The heart works non-stop 24/7 for an entire lifetime circulating blood. The lymphatic system is a specialized component of the circulatory system that doesn’t have the advantage of a central pump. The flow inside the lymphatic vessels is unidirectional because of one-way valves that keep the lymph from traveling backwards but the circulation depends largely on movement. Continue reading →
Essential oils have been used for centuries in ceremonies and for general health. Today, the use of essential oils for massage and in baths is both pleasurable and soothing. The oils are also widely used to improve health. However, essential oils are highly potent and can cause side effects if used incorrectly. Precautions should be followed to ensure safe handling and use of essential oils.
Safe use of essential oils
Keep essential oils out of reach of children and use them with great care. Use a weaker dilution on children as their bodies are smaller and their skin is more sensitive.
To many adults, that fact that young children insatiably ask, “Why?” over and over again can be maddening. But if you try that open-ended questioning technique on yourself to discover the roots of your health problems, you might be shocked at what you find. And a path to better health may open up before you.
Many children ask, “why?” again and again and again until the routine grows annoying. But children are still in their inherent genius stage and have not yet learned to inhibit their curiosity. So when a child incessantly asks, “Why?” he is authentically seeking to understand the deep root reason for things and the relationships that exist between the various causes and effects in a chain of circumstances.