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Specializing in, Fertility/IVF/IUI, Gynecological and Me********on Disorders, Menopause Syndrome, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Asthma/Bronchitis/COPD, Psoriasis/Eczema/ Acne/Skin Disorders, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Disc Disease/Sciatica. We also offer customized treatments for Addiction and Smoking Cessation, Alzheimer's Disease, anxiety and depressi

Specializing in, Fertility/IVF/IUI, Gynecological and Me********on Disorders, Menopause Syndrome, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Asthma/Bronchitis/COPD, Psoriasis/Eczema/ Acne/Skin Disorders, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Disc Disease/Sciatica. We also offer customized treatments for Addiction and Smoking Cessation, Alzheimer's Disease, anxiety and depressi

Acupuncture Relieves Insomnia and Extends Sleep  Acupuncture is an effective treatment for the relief of insomnia. Two i...
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Acupuncture Relieves Insomnia and Extends Sleep

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for the relief of insomnia. Two independent research teams from the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine found acupuncture over 90% effective for the treatment of insomnia. In addition, Li et al. found an important biochemical basis for the efficaciousness of acupuncture in the treatment of insomnia. GB14 and Yintang are needled on a woman's forehead in this picture.

Li et al. conducted an investigation and determined that acupuncture increases biochemical concentrations that benefit sleep. Acupuncture increases the concentration of gama-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in cerebrospinal fluid and increases bodily serotonin (5-HT) levels. Serotonin is involved in the regulation of many bodily functions including appetite, cognitive function, mood, and sleep. GABA is a neurotransmitter that produces inhibitory responses to postsynaptic neurons in the adult brain.

In one of two recent investigations at the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, researchers tested two acupuncture insomnia treatment protocols. One protocol, called Tiao Shen, achieved a 93.3% total effective rate for the treatment of insomnia. The second treatment protocol, a standardized form of body style acupuncture, achieved a 73.3% total effective rate. Sixty patients were randomized into two equal groups in a semi-protocolized trial.

Now, a new research by western medicine community has also emphasized how important sleep is for human beings, and lack of sleep/insomnia in severe cases can have dire consequences.

The immediate consequences of losing out on sleep may be harbingers of long-term repercussions.

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Globe and Mail: Maverick bridged Eastern, Western science
'Double doctor,' at first skeptical, embraced acupuncture, explored alternative therapies while warning of dangers of prescription drugs
Special to The Globe and Mail
February 28, 2013
In the time-honoured tradition of scientific rigour, Dr. Bruce Pomeranz set out to disprove something, and in the process, ended up proving it.

Dr. Pomeranz was among those naysaying scientists who thought acupuncture was "full of beans," as he once put it, and, quoting his mentor, "just placebo, a distraction." Then, two things happened. First: A Chinese student of his began studying acupuncture on anesthetized animals, and showed that it helped alleviate, if not eliminate, their pain.

"If it was placebo, then it should not have worked, because for placebos you need consciousness," Dr. Pomeranz later observed. "I thought it was very fishy that acupuncture worked in farm animals. That it also worked on infants had me wondering as well."

He didn't publish these results "because I knew nobody would believe me. It didn't make sense, because you had to give acupuncture for half an hour. You can block pain by rubbing yourself, or with electrical nerve stimulation, but that works in milliseconds. Acupuncture took a half hour to get going and lasted an hour or two. It made no sense in ordinary neurophysiological terms, where things happen rapidly in fractions of a second."

So, he began a series of experiments to disprove the theory that acupuncture worked by triggering the body's own natural painkillers.

The second development: Dr. Pomeranz - a neuroscientist, one of whose specialties was pain - was at a conference in 1975 that announced the discovery of endorphins, a naturally occurring analgesic that blocks pain pathways in the brain. He rushed back to Toronto "because I suspected that it was endorphin effects that we were seeing [in acupuncture]. I suspected that it took half an hour for endorphins to build up, which is why it takes half an hour for acupuncture to start working."

Shortly after that, he produced the first scientific evidence to show that acupuncture indeed relieves pain by inducing the body to release its own morphine-like compounds, endorphins. And unlike drugs, the ancient procedure had no side effects. "He changed the whole medical paradigm," said his daughter, Elyse.

Equally at home in a laboratory or classroom as he was sitting in a mud bath pondering the nature of consciousness, Dr. Pomeranz helped bridge Eastern and Western medical traditions by normalizing acupuncture in North America, bringing relief to millions - including drug abusers. In 1980, he found that acupuncture alleviated morphine withdrawal in animals, leading to the treatment of human addicts.

He also ruffled medical feathers when his other research showed prescription drugs were killing tens of thousands of people needlessly, and by keeping an open mind about homeopathy, a practice widely derided by doctors as quackery.

Dr. Pomeranz was the maverick scientist from central casting: quirky, irreverent, and unafraid to buck medical conventions (the frizzy hair and dancing eyes were nice touches). One former colleague said he appeared to dabble in the "fringe." A one-time student of his blogged: "He did research into a lot of kooky subjects, mostly to do with alternative medicine, but also into ESP and telekinesis. Wacky stuff."

But he was hard to ignore, for here was no lightweight flake but a "double doctor," as his mother loved to point out - he was a graduate of McGill University's medical school and had a PhD in physiology from Harvard University. In 2003, he was honoured by Columbia University as "the father of alternative medicine."

He died in Toronto on Feb. 15 of cancer. He was 75.

"He was more rigorous than any scientist I have ever come to know since," said Jason Lazarou, who studied under Dr. Pomeranz as a graduate student. "And it was only because of this level of rigour that he was able to sway medical dogma in favour of acupuncture. As a direct consequence of his work, an untold number of people suffering from pain have been successfully treated with acupuncture while avoiding serious side effects of pain pills. Bruce accomplished the greatest goal that all practitioners of medical science strive for: to have a positive impact on the lives of people living with illness."

Bruce Herbert Pomeranz was born in 1937 into the Montreal romanticized by Irving Layton and Mordecai Richler. He was the only child of Goldie and Abe, who had fled Eastern Europe and operated a dry-goods store on the city's fabled St. Laurent Boulevard. As class clown, young Bruce often found himself out in the hall.

But as a high school graduate with the third-highest marks in the province, he beat McGill's quota on Jewish students and earned bachelor's and medical degrees. He soured on a simple practice when, as a resident, he had to tell a family their baby had died but was forbidden from saying it did so as a result of a botched procedure. He briefly flirted with becoming a psychiatrist. Instead, he went off to Harvard, where his 1967 doctorate got noticed for its fresh take on kidney functions.

For two years, he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - at just 29, its youngest yet. He returned to Canada in 1968 to teach zoology and, later, physiology at the University of Toronto. He retired in 2003.

"What is mind? What is consciousness? Can our minds exist without our brains? No? Then how do you explain ESP?" recalled Dr. Lazarou, now a neurologist, of his mentor's first class before budding scientists. "How do you fit that in our current model of how the brain works?"

By the end of that first lecture, "he had 200 students hooked on brain science. And I was one of them."

A life-altering moment came in the 1970s, when Dr. Pomeranz's first wife sought alternative medical treatment in England. Dr. Pomeranz himself suffered from a degenerating spinal disc and he wore a small brace. Following treatments he had not planned to get, he never had back problems again, and his skepticism about so-called alternative and complementary remedies shrunk. "He said that once you see a white crow, you can no longer say there's no such thing," recalled his daughter.

Apart from his findings on acupuncture, Dr. Pomeranz is most closely associated with two other studies. In 1988, he co-authored a paper in the journal Nature that presented data seeming to show that briskly shaken solutions containing human antibodies could provoke their usual biological response even when they had been diluted trillions of times. What confounded scientists was that well-established theory says at that level of dilution, no molecules of the original substance and therefore none of its properties could be left in the solution. The paper seemed to support aspects of homeopathy involving "water memory."

It blew up in the authors' faces, with widespread denouncements and vicious attacks. "Unfortunately, the scientific community went after us like the Spanish Inquisition going after heretics, but that's another story," Dr. Pomeranz recounted in a 1996 interview. But asked if he still believed homeopathy works, he replied: "I don't know. I would love to do more research, but there is no grant money for homeopathy research."

A decade later, in a study that made headlines around the world, Dr. Pomeranz and Dr. Lazarou revealed some of the dangers of Western medicine. Their paper showed that an estimated 100,000 Americans are killed a year and another two million are hospitalized as a result of improperly prescribed pharmaceuticals. Prescription drugs, they found, were the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States.

In all, Dr. Pomeranz published 66 papers on acupuncture research in refereed journals, and eight acupuncture textbooks.

There's no evidence he ever ran afoul of his profession in the way of censure or warning. Except for the homeopathy study, no one spoke out against him publicly. He had nothing against doctors, but merely tried to correct Western misconceptions about alternative medicine as placebo.

Dr. Pomeranz leaves his wife, Miriam Varadi, daughter Elyse, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.


Tired of insomnia? Research shows acupuncture may be the fix

(Natural News) According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 40 percent of U.S. women and 30 percent of U.S. men suffer from insomnia, a condition characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep. Fortunately, the traditional Chinese medical therapy of acupuncture may provide safe, effective relief and help millions get a good night' s sleep.

Lack of sleep can have a wide variety of negative consequences, from daytime drowsiness, irritability and occupational impairment to depression and an increased risk of various health problems. Unfortunately, the most common treatment for insomnia in the United States consists of pharmaceutical drugs such as sedatives, hypnotics and antidepressants, which may carry serious and dangerous side effects.

In contrast, acupuncture is considered noninvasive, safe and side effect free. It consists of inserting thin needles into specific parts of the body ("meridians") that vary depending upon the problem being treated.

A component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is also increasingly recognized as an effective, evidence-based therapy by the Western medical establishment. Traditionally, it is often combined with other Chinese therapies such as herbal treatments, diet and lifestyle modifications, and energy practices (such as Quigong).

Acupuncture and insomnia

An early review on the effectiveness of acupuncture as an insomnia treatment was conducted by a postdoctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh and published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing in 2003. The researcher reviewed 11 separate experimental studies published in the English language between 1975 and 2002. Every single study found that acupuncture treatment significantly improved the symptoms of insomnia.

Most of the studies had been led by Chinese medical doctors and published in either the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture or the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The researcher noted that few of the studies reviewed, however, were randomized clinical trials.

Addressing this concern, a review of six separate randomized, controlled trials was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2009. All six studies were conducted in Hong Kong or mainland China, and all compared auricular (ear) acupuncture with either a placebo or another treatment. In four of the studies, auricular acupuncture was compared with pharmaceutical drugs, in another it was compared with routine non-interventionist care, while in another it was compared with "sham" auricular acupuncture (in which needles are inserted into random locations rather than the prescribed to meridians).

In contrast with the 2003 review, five of the studies included in the 2009 review had been published in Chinese.

The researchers found that across all six studies, auricular acupuncture performed better than the comparison or placebo treatments. Acupuncture produced better outcomes in terms of sleeping for at least six hours per night, remaining asleep during the night, and feeling refreshed at the time of waking.

In addition, patients who underwent auricular acupuncture actually recovered from their insomnia better overall than those who received treatment with the pharmaceutical drug diazepam (originally marketed as Va**um).

Improve your sleep quality

Further evidence suggests that acupuncture may improve not just sleep duration, but also quality. One study, conducted by researchers from China's Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University and published in the Chinese Medical Journal in 2009, found that four courses of electro-acupuncture therapy led to significant improvements in sleep quality (including REM sleep and slow wave sleep time) and in daytime social function. Notably, 67 percent of participants were still free of insomnia one month later.

"Electroacupuncture therapy could be a promising avenue of treatment for chronic insomnia," the researchers wrote.

Acupuncture treatments are now covered by many private health insurance plans in the United States.

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