Shila Mathew, MD

Board Certified Psychiatrist, Medical Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine

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Acupuncture Effective for Neck Pain
Researchers from McMaster University in Canada concluded that acupuncture is moderately effective for treating neck pain. It is more effective than massage therapy and has no side effects.

Acupuncture Relieves Pain and Improves Function in Knee Osteoarthritis
Acupuncture provides pain relief and improves function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee and serves as an effective complement to standard care. This NIH funded study found that those who received acupuncture had a 40 percent decrease in pain and a nearly 40 percent improvement in function compared to baseline assessments.

In-depth Assessment Report

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia: Technology Assessment
A detailed report assessing the usefulness of acupuncture in treating fibromyalgia. Excerpted from a report from NHS.

Guest Articles


What Disorders Can Acupuncture Treat And How Does It Work?
Today, in China and Taiwan there are over 232,000 traditional Chinese medical doctors practicing acupuncture. In America there are more than 8000 qualified acupuncturists, 16 acupuncture schools and 2 medical schools teaching acupuncture. As a treatment it's accepted and practiced worldwide.
Lowering the blood pressure with the help of acupuncture
Doctors and scientists from the Irvine university of California have recently discovered a new method of lowering blood pressure. This method is based on electroacupuncture, which seems to have a significant effect in lowering blood pressure.
Acupuncture Treatment for Acne
Many studies have shown their highest success of acupuncture treatment for acne to be in those patients who also made lifestyle and diet changes, as well.
The Health Benefits of Acupuncture
The proponents of acupuncture rave about the benefits and efficacy of receiving acupuncture treatment sessions. There are also many studies that have substantiated some of the positive effects of acupuncture treatments on patients.
Acupuncture Eases Tension Headache Pain
The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture has proven to be an effective treatment for tension headache. It not only relieves pain, but also cuts rates of recurrence by almost half, a recent study indicates.

Weight Loss With Acupuncture - Can Acupuncture Help You Lose Weight?
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners or TCM physicians claim that acupuncture can help you to lose body fat by making you feel full and so will eat less. This curbs excess caloric consumption in the patient treated with acupuncture and is a great help in the patientís weight loss program.

How Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture) Enhances Fertility
TCM practitioner will carefully determine the state of your imbalances and prescribe an individualized program of herbs, acupuncture and diet to help you create the correct environment for fertility and pregnancy.

Can Acupuncture Help you Stop, and Eventually Quit Smoking?
Acupuncture is a highly effective method for treating all manner of addictions including nicotine. The application of acupuncture to help you stop and eventually quit altogether, involves the insertion of very fine needles into special points on the skin.

Acupuncture: A Benefit to the Well Individual?
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in many areas of health care. Areas such as postoperative nausea, chemotherapy side effects, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, headache, menstrual cramps, addiction, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, just to name a few.

Other Topics

Attention Deficit Disorder: New Perspectives
Over the years, the standards of assessment and treatment shifted from a comprehensive one, to one of almost exclusive focus on medication. While a percentage of our children were helped, with ability to stay focused and complete assignments, it seemed that an over-reliance on medications existed, and still does, with an almost complete absence of education on the principles of healthy lifestyle.

Talking To Your Emotions: How To Heal Your Life Quickly
What most people don't realize is that emotions are real things. The word E-Motion means energy in motion. Emotions become real the second you create them. However, where most people go wrong is they...

Addiction Treatment Centers Using Experiential Therapies
Life is experience. Substance dependence overtakes a personís ability to make her own decisions to experience life, and life is no longer actively participated in. Therefore, in overcoming addiction, it is vital to learn to re-experience life.

China Experience
Find out what Chinese rarely get sick and what they do when they do. The author surprisingly discovers a side of China that was hard to believe.


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