Exercise and Alzheimer’s

the Alzheimer's brain is on the left

Many people have been touched by Alzheimer’s through family or friends. Here’s a great article from the New York Times reviewing a Cleveland Clinic research study on exercise, Alzheimer-risk patients, and the e4 gene. People who carry the e4 gene and are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s based on family history may lower the risk with consistent exercise. […]

Food Fight: Agave Versus Honey

Agave versus Honey: which one should you use?

  This question recently came up when prepping for baking. You may find this information useful, too: Calories agave 60 – honey 64 Glycemic Index (GI) agave 17 – honey 60-74 Something to consider: agave is about 1 1/2 times sweeter than honey so you need less of it. But- one tablespoon of honey has about 64 […]

Relieving Neck Strain

neck_alignment

The proper alignment of the head and neck is to have a slight lifting of the head off the spine. This creates space between the cervical vertebrae and relieves muscle tension instantaneously. Most of us have the bad habit of letting our heads fall back, with the chin lifted, or forward, in a slouched position. […]

Acupuncture and the Limbic System

fMRI of Limbic System sections, courtesy of the NIH

Previously we published an article on the Limbic System, describing its function and positing acupuncture’s effects on it. This month, we found a study that supports this idea: Effects of Electroacupuncture versus Manual Acupuncture on the Human Brain as Measured by fMRI, published in the academic journal Human Brain Mapping in 2005. You can read […]

Acupuncture and Women’s Health

Menstrual Cycle Wheel

Menstrual Irregularities from Western/Eastern Perspectives From a western point of view, menstrual irregularities originate as functional disturbances of the hypothalamus-pituitary axis (HPA) or the ovaries, tubes, uterus, or cervix. Eastern medicine (acupuncture and Chinese herbs) collects its data a different way to arrive at the same end, and devises a treatment plan that will alleviate […]