Articles in the News

This is a collection of news articles related to Chinese medicine. Acupuncture seems to fascinate the media so that is quite over-represented but there are also stories on massage, meditation, tai chi, herbs and some of the overall concepts coming to the attention of reporters in the west. As the list has grown over time I have organised it into yearly blocks.

Since the media carries its own bias I have included links to the source material, opposing articles and sometimes a very brief summary of my thoughts.

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The BAcC list of media articles has a more comprehensive list, including copies of ones that only appeared in print.

Health CMi report on additional stories that do not find their way into the regular media, often summaries of studies published recently.


23-08-2018: The Metro:
Use honey to treat colds instead of antibiotics, doctors told
Chinese medicine has been using honey to improve other herbs' ability to strengthen our resistance to disease for millenia. Instead of just honey, try a formula that uses honey fried liquorice with some other herbs to address your specific pattern.

03-08-2018: The Atlantic:
How Racism Gave Rise to Acupuncture for Addiction Treatment
Interesting piece about how acupuncture came to be used for addiction among black communities in the US because of the distrust of the white western medical establishment. And for trivia fans: Tupac's stepfather was an acupuncturist!

11-05-2018: Independent:
Ginger reduces serious vomiting in gastroenteritis and 'could save lives', finds clinical trial
A piece of medical wisdom that has been known across the globe since the earliest medical texts of all traditions finally gets recognition from the scientific community.

10-05-2018: Express:
Liver damage: Eating THIS spice can form protective barrier around the liver
Nutmeg, used in Chinese medicine for a range of gastrointestinal diseases, finds its mechanisms in protecting the liver revealed in new research.

19-04-2018: Independent:
A Harvard Doctor Says These are the Best Exercises for your Body
Tai Chi comes second with a special mention for its benefits in improving balance and being adaptable to all levels of fitness, along with swimming, strength training, walking and Kegel exercises.

18-04-2018: BBC:
Health: Truth or Scare
TV show examines the headlines about acupuncture and tests it with a case of chronic migraine. Available on iPlayer for only 30 days after original broadcast.

Tory MP David Tredinnick asks if NHS can use traditional Chinese medicine after Brexit
I am not exactly a fan of David Tredinnick but he could have some influence over more Chinese medicine being available on the NHS if he gets his way (assuming there is one by the time the Tories are through with it).

21-03-2018: BBC News:
Many back pain patients 'getting wrong care'
While recommending exercise and criticising surgery, they follow NICE's recent downplay of acupuncture and manual treatments too, preferring drugs and talking therapies instead.

15-03-2018: Evening Standard:
The Opioid Timebomb
A special investigation on the dangers of opioid addiction. It mentions acupuncture, meditation, mindfulness, exercise, cognitive and behavioural modification and the importance of looking after overall health as alternatives to manage chronic pain, all of which are combined in a Chinese medical approach but they give no credit to this source, just that they deserve more scientific attention.

08-03-2018: Daily Mail:
Cosmetic Acupuncture to Help Fight Signs of Ageing
U-turning on its article the previous day, the Mail suddenly decides acupuncture is good but for cosmetic purposes.

07-03-2018: Daily Mail:
NHS spends £25million on acupuncture each year despite experts saying there is 'insufficient' evidence it helps fight pain
A one sided and sensationalist take on a BMJ article. Unusually for the Mail it took a negative spin. Perhaps the editor was finally told it does not originate from England.

28-02-2018: Daily Mail:
Eczema and psoriasis sufferers urged to stop using a 'dangerous' Chinese medicine because it contains a potent steroid
Based on a statement by the MRHA that discovered the presence of clobetasol propionate and two antifungal agents in Yiganerjing cream. A translation of the listed herbal ingredients is given here if practitioners wish to try and recreate a natural version of this formula.

13-02-2018: Daily Mail:
Inmates given acupuncture... to help them sleep better
and prevent the use of smuggled narcotics like 'Spice'.

01-02-2018: Daily Mail:
Acupuncture can boost chances of getting pregnant through IVF, reveals data
Source data could not be found so can be trusted to the exact extent that you trust the Daily Mail.

24-01-2018: The Guardian:
Mixing herbal remedies and conventional drugs 'could be harmful'
Not really news as this is well known but highlights the case for herbal medicines to be statutory regulated and prescribed by professional herbalists who understand these risks.






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