Acupuncture Recommended as First-Line Treatment of Back Pain

Acupuncture Recommended as First-Line Treatment of Back Pain

On February 13, 2017 the American College of Physicians released new evidence-based clinical practice guidelines recommending that people with back pain be first treated with non-drug therapies, including acupuncture, heat, massage or spinal manipulation. Further the ACP advised patients should use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs if drug therapy is desired, with the exception of acetaminophen (Tylenol) due to its ineffectiveness and potential for harm. Finally, opiod and narcotic-type pain medications should not be used for treating back pain except as a last option.

Whether acupuncture works by promoting the flow of Qi or by its action on powerful hormones and body chemistry, or both, the fact is it works.

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Natural Treatments for Tendinitis

Natural Treatments for Tendinitis

At San Francisco Natural Medicine, we take an integrative approach in treating acute and chronic tendinitis, often using acupuncture to address the local pain and inflammation while using both TCM and western herbal and nutritional formulas to promote healing, reduce inflammation and pain, and give the tendons nutritional support to speed recovery.

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Putting Out the Fire—Natural Approaches to Inflammation

Putting Out the Fire—Natural Approaches to Inflammation

As a naturopathic doctor, I’m often asked, “What are the most common conditions you treat?” I’ve found this question difficult to answer, since NDs are primary care providers and see people with a wide range of health issues, such as acute and chronic pain and injuries, illnesses, and hormonal imbalances as well as for prevention. But, as I think about this question, I realize that a very common condition I treat is part of many other common acute and chronic diseases. That condition is inflammation.

What is inflammation?

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