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Assessing and Treating Pericardium-6 (Neiguan): Gate to Well-Being
S. Gardner-Abbate
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Abstract: According to Chinese medicine, the "Inner Gate," PC-6 (Neiguan), ranks as one of the most important points in evaluating the inner state of the organism, regardless of its physical or emotional nature. Through palpation that evokes an objective reaction from the patient or subjective feelings on the part of the practitioner of tissue tension, tendon hardness, etc. any stagnation or deficiency in the body, particularly Qi stagnation, can be both measured and dispersed. While stagnation is often cited as the root cause of much illness, the clinical utility of assessing stagnation becomes apparent. Additionally, the practical ease of palpitating this point makes it possible for patients to monitor their own health, which empowers them to address their life situations, and assist in restoring their internal harmony as preventive health care.

A Biochemical Hypotheses for the Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Substance Abuse: Acupuncture and the Reward Cascade
S. Scott, W. Scott
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Abstract: This paper explores the physiological basis of the acupuncture effect in the treatment of addiction and focuses on the relationship of acupuncture to the reward "cascade." It proposes that the reward cascade combined with endorphin mechanisms may provide the biochemical framework to explain the mechanisms by which acupuncture provides relief from the symptoms of drug withdrawal, aids in the recovery from addiction, and may help prevent recidivism.

Colored Light Theraphy: Overview of its History, Theory, Recent Developments, and Clinical Applications Combined with Acupuncture
A. Cocilvo
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Abstract: Light therapy has a long history, dating from ancient Egypt to the contemporary treatment of seasonal affective disorder. In the early half of this century, Dinshah Ghadiali, MD PhD, refined a sophisticated system of color therapy. Influenced by a strong background in mathematics and physics, he determined specific "attributes'' of the colors of the spectrum, i.e., their specific effects on human physiology. Later research has confirmed many of his concepts and spawned evolution of new systems for application of light therapy including irradiation of acupuncture points. According to the author, his system dovetails nicely with traditional Oriental medicine theory, relating colors to the internal organs and meridian system. Of particular note is recent Russian research which has shown that light is conducted within the body along the acupuncture meridians leading the authors to ponder: Do acupuncture meridians function as a light (photon) transferal system within the body, not unlike optical fiber? Case studies provide support for the clinical benefits of light therapy. The emerging contemporary color therapy systems of Mandel (Colorpuncture) and McWilliams (Chromo-pressure) are discussed, and a newly patented device is introduced.
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