Introduction Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder characterized by chronic achy muscular pain that has no obvious physical cause. It most commonly affects the lower back, the neck, the shoulders, the back of the head, the upper chest and/or upper thighs, although other areas of the body may be involved. The pain is usually described as burning, throbbing, shooting, or stabbing. Activities such as lifting and climbing stairs are often very difficult and painful. Depression is frequently...

A patient comes in, has several acupuncture sessions and then keeps losing weight. If you don't know how acupuncture works, this can look like magic. However, modern physiology explains this phenomenon. Acupuncture stimulates biological reactions in many organs and systems and increases metabolism. There is a direct connection between the nervous system and endocrine system and it is responsible for the weight loss. Acupuncture has been known for thousands of years. It is a classical method...

BY HELENA AMOS, M.AC., L.AC., MD (EUR), WITH MICHELLE ALONSO   People have been fighting the effects of aging for centuries. Cleopatra in ancient Egypt was known to take baths in milk to smooth and soften her skin. The early Greeks were said to use algae and mineral-rich seaweed for anti-aging and weight loss treatments, while the Romans would slather themselves in olive oil after a good sweat session in their famed sauna-like bathhouses. But ancient Chinese medicine could...

The keystone of acupuncture and Oriental medicine has always been awakening the body's natural intelligence to heal itself and restore balance to the system of energy pathways      (called "meridians") that crisscross the body. If the meridians within your body have become depleted you can suffer from tiredness, infertility, weight gain, depression, digestive problems, hair loss, arthritis, and feeling chilled no matter the temperature. The endocrine system is responsible for hormonal...

Especially during the holidays, you’ll likely find yourself somewhere where you have no control over what is served — a party, an event or a friend’s house. But that doesn’t mean you need to lose control and devour whatever sugary concoction your host has made. These 15 strategies can become incredibly helpful for your next dinner party or other holiday social gathering: 1.Make special requests. Tell your host about any food sensitivities you might have. Most will be more than happy...

The number of people in the US with food allergies varies. Some estimates claim as many as 1 in 4 people have some type of food allergy. Just because you don't exhibit obvious signs of a food allergy like hives or digestive problems doesn't mean you are allergy-free. The immune systems response to allergies can appear up to 72 hours after digestion, and in many different places throughout the body, so it is important to watch for these 13 warning signs:                  ...

WHEN Andre H. Lagrange, a neurologist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, saw the ominous white spots on the patient’s brain scan, he considered infection or lymphoma, a type of cancer. But tests ruled out both. Meanwhile, anti-epilepsy drugs failed to halt the man’s seizures. Stumped, Dr. Lagrange turned to something the mother of the 30-year-old man kept repeating. The fits coincided, she insisted, with spells of constipation and diarrhea. That, along with an odd rash, prompted...

The entire spectrum of diabesity, including all of its complications–diabetes, elevated blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol–are simply downstream symptoms that result from problems with diet, lifestyle, and environmental toxins interacting with our unique genetic susceptibilities. And the reason these dietary and lifestyle factors lead to diabesity is because they create a condition known as insulin resistance. As your insulin levels increase it leads to an appetite that is...

Metabolic syndrome is a health condition that everyone's talking about.  Although it was only identified less than 20 years ago, metabolic syndrome is as widespread as  common cold . According to the American Heart Association, 47 million Americans have it. That's almost a staggering one out of every six people.The risks of developing metabolic syndrome increases as you age. So what is this mysterious syndrome -- which also goes by the scary-sounding name Syndrome X -- and should you be...

Are You Allergic to Rain? Dust mites, animal dander, molds, and pollen are among the most common environmental triggers of asthma attacks and allergy symptoms. For some, however, a spring or summer thunderstorm may lead to a flare-up of symptoms. Research shows an association between thunderstorm activity and worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms; one study found a 3 percent increase in emergency-room visits for asthma attacks in the 24 hours following...