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Pain: Considering Complementary Approaches (eBook) | NCCAM

Check out this free e-book download from the National Institutes of Health on considering complementary approaches to pain.

PainBookCoverTo download – follow this link and pick your preferred download format: Pain: Considering Complementary Approaches (eBook) | NCCAM.

‘Virological penicillin’: Plant MIR2911 directly targets influenza A viruses

In a new study, Chen-Yu Zhang’s group at Nanjing University present an extremely novel finding that a plant microRNA, MIR2911, which is enriched in jinyinhua2honeysuckle, directly targets influenza A viruses IAV including H1N1, H5N1 and H7N9. Drinking of honeysuckle soup can prevent IAV infection and reduce H5N1-induced mice death.

-via ‘Virological penicillin’: Plant MIR2911 directly targets influenza A viruses.

jinyinhuaHoneysuckle – known as Jin Yin Hua  in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a commonly used botanical particularly in the treatment of seasonal illness (colds and flus).  In TCM Jin Yin Hua has several therapeutic actions related to it’s ability to clear heat.  While herbs are usually used in combination rather than singly, each herb will still have representative properties and actions.  Jin Yin Hua’s ability to clear heat is used commonly to treat  febrile disorders, upper respiratory disorders, sores and abscesses due to heat toxins, and diarrhea and dysentery.  A well known formula containing Jin Yin Hua is Yin Qiao San (sometimes spelled Yin Chiao San) – that you may have received from your acupuncturist or seen at a health food store.  This formula has Jin Yin Hua as a primary herb and is traditionally used to treat the early stages of warm disease patterns  – what you may experience as a cold or flu – with symptoms that may include:  slight fever, aversion to cold, slight aversion to wind, sore throat, thirst and cough.  If you feel like you’re catching something and have these symptoms – visit your local licensed acupuncturist and see if Yin Qiao is right for you**!  PS – acupuncture is super effective at the early stages of seasonal illness – if you think you are coming down with something, come on in.  There’s lots we can do to help you get through it faster and with less intense symptoms.  If you’re not sick, come on in and make sure all your systems are go!

 **Please be aware that not all colds and/or flus will present this way and Yin Qiao San may NOT be the best formula for you – it is important that you are assessed by a licensed practitioner**


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How does your brain respond to pain? – Karen D. Davis | TED-Ed

A great quick look at how our brains respond to pain.  There’s even a small visual shout out to acupuncture on the section of why different people respond to different types of treatments.  Check it out!

via How does your brain respond to pain? – Karen D. Davis | TED-Ed.

Anatomy Riot: a review

You’re a dancer, a teacher, a yoga and pilates instructor…needless to say your body is your life; so what happens when it starts working against you and major surgery (and lengthy recovery) becomes your most viable option? 

Emily Running, a professional dancer, aerialist and yoga teacher  faces this very life altering question.  In this memoir about a pivotal point in her life, Emily explores not only the physical after-effects of injury and recovery as an athlete who has built her professional life around her body and it’s abilities, but also the financial, emotional and social implications of these events.   An engaging story of confrontation with self and identity, vulnerability and strength.  A must-read for anyone who has ever experienced chronic pain or injury – Emily reminds you that you’re not alone and what you feel is real and that the struggle can open up new perspectives.

What happens when your reality comes to an abrupt edge? What if you determine that your best option is to jump? What do you focus on when in the middle of the free-fall? Twelve years into her career as a professional dancer, aerialist, and yoga teacher, a critical diagnosis forces Emily to make a life-altering decision: should she go through with a surgery that could end her struggle with chronic pain, but could also destroy her life as she knows it? With her career, her health, and her identity at risk, her future seems precarious at best. Journal entries, emails, text conversations, and notes from doctors appointments guide the reader through her story. Captured with unique insight, Emily reveals the powerful connection of our minds and our bodies, the tangle of mental and emotional turmoil associated with giving up that which defines us, and the vital influence of the people that surround us. Anatomy Riot is a bravely honest and strikingly vulnerable depiction of withstanding adversity with commitment and grace. (Anatomy Riot by Emily Running)

Anatomy Riot is currently available on Amazon.com as a Kindle edition (readable on any smartphone, computer or tablet when you download the free kindle reader app), and coming soon on other e-reader platforms. 

Of note: Emily is a dear friend of mine and I have watched her throughout this experience only to be consistently amazed at the heights to which she has spectacularly recovered and grown.  She is truly an inspiration, and it has been an absolute honor to take but a small part in this journey with her as her acupuncturist (read about some of her experience with me in the book!).  Having just finished reading Anatomy Riot, I am struck by how Emily has been able to translate her personal circumstances in a way that speaks to the broader struggles that so many of my patients face when confronted with pain, injury, surgery and/or recovery: the exasperation of not being able to do what you could before, the depression, the patience required (and frustration experienced) to recover (possibly incompletely) and the sense of identity loss and subsequent reflection and re-finding of self.