Archive for June, 2010

Military Leads the Way in Acupuncture for PTSD

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by Pamela Katz Ressler, RN, BSN, HN-BC, MS-PREP graduate student and PREP-AIRED blog moderator
With an estimated 17 percent of U.S. miliary personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with symptoms of PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Archives of General Psychiatry), the military is now leading the way in integration of western and eastern models of care into the healthcare system. Use of acupuncture, meditation, yoga, and tai chi are currently being utilized in conjuntion with allopathic medical and psychological care. A recent article in Statesman.com highlights these integrative efforts.
Click here to read the article.

1 comment June 24th, 2010

Study Highlights How Adensosine May Play a Role in Pain Relief with Acupunture

by Pamela Katz Ressler, RN, BSN, HN-BC, MS-PREP student and PREP-AIRED blog moderator
Thanks to MS-PREP alumna, Xu Cheng, for sending along a link to a recent issue of Nature Neuroscience which highlights a study on acupuncture’s pain reducing effect. In animal studies, the neuromodulator adenosine appears to play a significant role in the local anti-nociceptive properties of acupuncture. These observations indicate that adenosine mediates the effects of acupuncture and that interfering with adenosine metabolism may prolong the clinical benefit of acupuncture Click here to read the abstract of the study

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