Topic: alternative medicine

Western Science Says Acupuncture Really Works For Chronic Pain. Now Can Western Insurance Cover It?

Western Science Says Acupuncture Really Works For Chronic Pain. Now Can Western Insurance Cover It?

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, and probably because it has measurable benefits that keep practitioners in business. But getting western medicine to approve–and include it under health insurance policies–has been a different story. Now, a new study proves that acupuncture does actually reduce chronic pain, and not because of the placebo effect. More »

Surgery With A Side of Spa: More Hospitals Offering Alternative Therapies

Surgery With A Side of Spa: More Hospitals Offering Alternative Therapies

A recent survey by the American Hospital Association and the nonprofit Samueli Institute found the number of hospitals offering ‘complementary and alternative medical therapies’ such as acupuncture and massage is on the rise. Five years ago, just 27% of the hospitals surveyed offered such treatments; in this most recent survey, that number jumped to 42%. Some say the shift represents a recognition by medical professionals that integrating alternative therapies into hospital care can be more effective than traditional treatment alone. But some take a more cynical view: Hospitals are simply giving patients what they want, and what they’re willing to pay more for, even in the absence of evidence that these treatments work. More »

Weekly Acupuncture Fixed The Bladder Infections That My Doctors’ Antibiotics Couldn’t

Weekly Acupuncture Fixed The Bladder Infections That My Doctors' Antibiotics Couldn't

Bladder infections are one of those pesky little issues that plague women more than men. About 20% of women will get a bladder infection in their lifetimes. Considering how easily they can be treated, that number doesn’t sound outrageous. But when they come back, it can get a lot worse. Nearly 20%of women who have a UTI will have another, and 30% of those will have one again. Of the last group, 80% will have recurrences.

I’m in that last group and have had chronic bladder infections for almost a decade. Little did I know when I woke up one morning a few years with a subtle pain in my lower abdomen that first time that the pain would intensify and plague me for years. I spent countless hours researching and seeing doctors to find a cure. And despite all the rounds of antibiotics they put me on, it wasn’t until I saw an acupuncturist that things really started to get better.

The first time it happened, I thought that maybe it was just a passing cramp, since it was that time of the month, but as the day went on it stopped being subtle and started to pulsate. Then it started to hurt when I peed. I had felt this once before and I knew the symptoms probably meant it was a bladder infection. More »

Win a $50 Heavenly Acupressure Mat In Our Final 40 Days of Giveaways

Win a $50 Heavenly Acupressure Mat In Our Final 40 Days of Giveaways

Our final 40 Days of Giveaways is here. If you’re late to this spring fling: Blisstree is rewarding you – one last time – for giving up your vices in favor of healthier habits. Today we’ll give away our final sweet prize to one reader just for becoming our Facebook fan. And our last present to you is all about relaxation, restoration, rejuvenation, and release. We’re giving away one (1) Heavenly Acupressure Mat (worth $50) to one reader who simply “Likes” Blisstree on Facebook. Stress? See ya never. More »

Natural Remedies: Confessions of an Acupuncture Addict

Natural Remedies: Confessions of an Acupuncture Addict

I know I’m an acupuncture addict. I’ve been getting regular or semi-regular acupuncture treatments for years now, and for various health-related reasons. Well, two, actually. The main reason is to help ease acute physical symptoms of Hailey-Hailey, a rare, genetic, chronic skin disease that I’ve written about for Blisstree a few times. The other reason is for pregnancy-related symptoms like edema (lower leg or feet swelling), anxiety, or sleep deprivation. But I like to think that I’m an acupuncture addict in the best way possible. I’m not the kind of person who spends money on things that don’t work or are a waste of time, so if I thought acupuncture was simply an ancient Eastern promise never to be fulfilled, I would’ve ditched the entire practice a long time ago. (Plus, in the city where I live, acupuncture treatments aren’t exactly cheap, and most health insurance plans only cover part of the cost of some sessions, if at all.)

Like I said, I know I’m an acupuncture addict. But what I didn’t know is that I’m such a preachy acupuncture apologist. More »

Win a Heavenly Acupressure Mat Worth $50 (Today Only)

Win a Heavenly Acupressure Mat Worth $50 (Today Only)

Consider today’s new 40 Days of Giveaways your own personal relaxation station. If you’re late to this spring fling: Blisstree is rewarding you for giving up your vices in favor of healthier habits. Each weekday from now until May 3, we’ll give away a different prize to one reader just for becoming our Facebook fan. And today’s prize is all about relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation. We’re giving away one (1) Heavenly Acupressure Mat (worth $50) to one reader who simply “Likes” Blisstree on Facebook. Time to say see ya to stress. More »

Win a $50 Heavenly Acupressure Mat In Our 40 Days of Giveaways

Win a $50 Heavenly Acupressure Mat In Our 40 Days of Giveaways

Ready to relax? Well, we’ve got a new 40 Days of Giveaways prize to help you do just that. If you’re late to this spring fling: Blisstree is using the season of Lent to reward you for giving up your vices in favor of healthier habits. Each weekday from now until May 3, we’ll give away a different prize to one reader just for becoming our Facebook fan. And today’s prize is all about relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation. We’re giving away one (1) Heavenly Acupressure Mat (worth $50) to one reader who simply “Likes” Blisstree on Facebook. Time to seriously say see you later to stress. More »

Win a $50 Heavenly Acupressure Mat In Our 40 Days of Giveaways

Win a $50 Heavenly Acupressure Mat In Our 40 Days of Giveaways

Guess what? It’s time to seriously chill out. And we’ve got a new 40 Days of Giveaways prize to help you do just that. (If you’re late to this spring fling: Blisstree is using the season of Lent to reward you for giving up your vices in favor of healthier habits. Each weekday from now until May 3, we’ll give away a different prize to one reader just for becoming our Facebook fan.) And today’s prize is all about relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation. We’re giving away one (1) Heavenly Acupressure Mat (worth $50) to one reader who simply “Likes” Blisstree on Facebook. Time for some serious stress relief. More »

Sick and Tired: Chronically Ill All My Life — But No Diagnosis

Sick and Tired: Chronically Ill All My Life -- But No Diagnosis

Me: Alex, I’ll take “Mystery Illnesses” for $1,000 please.

Alex Trebek: This elusive condition consists of chronic headaches, fatigue, insomnia, weakness, chemical sensitivities, irritability, gas, bloating, intolerance to heavy exercise, and requires excessive rest.

Me: What is…chronic fatigue?

Alex: No, I’m sorry, chronic fatigue is incorrect. Janice?

Janice: What is…hormonal imbalance?

Alex: Sorry no, that’s also incorrect. Oh wait, I’m just now getting word that answer may be partially correct. But not entirely. Ted, would you like to attempt to answer?

Ted: Uh, what is…actually, I’m sorry, I have no idea.

And so goes the game of my life. In reality, it’s not nearly as fun or glamorous as a game show, but it’s definitely as challenging.

My story really has two parts. And I’ll just tell you now that the first part has a happy ending. But I don’t want to spoil it all, so you’ll have to read through and find out how the second part ends. More »

Win a $50 Heavenly Acupressure Mat In Our 40 Days of Giveaways

Win a $50 Heavenly Acupressure Mat In Our 40 Days of Giveaways

Relax. And have we got a new 40 Days of Giveaways prize to help you do just that. (If you’re late to this spring fling: Blisstree is using the season of Lent to reward you for giving up your vices in favor of healthier habits. Each weekday from now until May 3, we’ll give away a different prize to one reader just for becoming our Facebook fan.) And today’s prize is all about relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation. We’re giving away one (1) Heavenly Acupressure Mat (worth $49.99) to one reader who simply “Likes” Blisstree on Facebook. Time to really relax, people. More »

Morning Links: Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled for Salmonella Poisoning

Morning Links: Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled for Salmonella Poisoning

Acupuncture for Menopause – Ancient Chinese medicine to the rescue: Research shows acupuncture can alleviate hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. (ScienceDaily)

Peanut Butter Recall – Skippy’s peanut butter has recalled two varieties of its peanut butter for salmonella contamination. Yum. (TIME)

Does Natural Deodorant Really Work – We’d love to stop putting aluminium on top of our glands, but can natural deodorant really keep us fresh as a flower? (Well + Good NYC) More »