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AHRQ releases report on CAM and back pain

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The AHRQ has released a new report:

AHRQ has released a new evidence report on which complementary and alternative medicine therapies are being used to treat back pain. Complementary and alternative medicine includes therapies such as acupuncture, massage, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic spinal manipulation, and patient self-treatment. The report's authors found only limited research to understand the patterns of complementary and alternative medicine use for back pain, although it does appear that chiropractic spinal manipulation, massage, and acupuncture may be the most commonly used therapies. The authors found that most studies provided minimal information on the severity and sources of back pain; few concurrently evaluated the use of multiple complementary and alternative medicine therapies; and few evaluated complementary and alternative medicine therapy use in regions of the back other than low back. Furthermore, most studies provided only minimal details about the specific subtypes or variations of complementary and alternative medicine therapies used and most did not state the type of provider who applied the therapy. The evidence synthesis, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Back Pain Utilization, was conducted by AHRQ's McMaster University Evidence-based Practice Center and funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Here is a new holistic healing conference on Body, Mind and Spirit:

After last year's success, nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, massage, physical and occupational therapists, energy healers, nursing faculty and anyone interested in the growing field of integrative health are encouraged to attend the Holistic Therapies: Energizing Body, Mind and Spirit conference, Friday, Feb. 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Conference Center in St. Paul. The $135 fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, materials and a continuing education certificate.

"Last year's conference was a wonderfully relaxing and healing day," said Jodi Barry, past attendee and Chaplain at Mercy Hospital. "There were great choices for breakout sessions, a lot of information given and suggestions on how we could follow up on our own. To me, this was a unique conference in that presenters were happy to share. Not only did I enjoy myself, I was able to bring some practical applications to my work at the hospital."

This collaborative conference, hosted by Anoka-Ramsey Community College in partnership with Mercy Hospital, North Memorial Hospital, Regions Hospital and Unity Hospital, begins and concludes with keynote speaker, Chunyi Lin. Lin, founder of Spring Forest Qigong, co-authored the bestselling book, "Born to Heal," and the Qigong chapter in the Mayo Clinic's, "Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine."

The main portion of the conference includes breakout sessions that allow participants to learn more about subjects that most interest them, expand their knowledge of integrative health and healing and learn new healing techniques.

Breakout sessions include:
• Music Therapy: Music for Health, Healing & Wellness
• The Art of Needling: an Acupuncture Demonstration
• The Role of the Labyrinth in Holistic Healing
• Tai Chi Chuan: A Spiritual Path for Healing Mind & Body
• Feng Shui in Health Care
• The Freedom of Forgiveness: Introduction to a Healing Method that Works
• Shedding Angels Can be Therapeutic
• Hope and Healing Lessons Learned from Patients and Families

Complementary and alternative medicine gets exposure in Ireland:

majority of people believe that alternative/complementary medicines are effective, according to the results of a new poll by

Alternative medicine is a term used to describe a practice that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine. Examples include homeopathy, hypnosis, acupuncture and naturopathy.

Complementary medicine generally refers to the same interventions when they are used in conjunction with mainstream medical techniques. The two are often referred to under the umbrella term complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM.

We asked our registered readers whether they believe CAM is effective.

Of those who answered, 60% said yes. However almost one in four - 23% - do not believe CAM is effective. A further 17% were unsure on the matter.

News about CAM and acupuncture:

Acupuncture NW & Associates, the Puget Sound's premier fertility enhancement clinic, will open a satellite office in downtown Tacoma in February 2009. Acupuncture NW & Associates ( has helped hundreds of families achieve the dream of having children.

Acupuncture NW & Associates has been featured in the Seattle Times, KING 5's Evening Magazine, KOMO 4 news with Kathi Goertzen, Seattle Magazine and Alternative Medicine Magazine. Several of the clinic's practitioners have also written articles for RESOLVE's national Family Building Magazine. The clinic has spoken in front of many audiences including the Seattle OB/GYN Society and the Seattle Endometriosis Society.

Acupuncture NW & Associates is excited to bring acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Mayan Abdominal Massage treatments to the Tacoma community. The clinic has years of experience working alone or in conjunction with western medicine to reach the common goal: a healthy baby.

Here is a quote from a patient: "Thanks again for everything...Acupuncture NW & Associates. You have been so incredibly supportive. I know that I couldn't have gotten through these last couple years without all of you. It really has meant so much to me to have such a caring health care team and I know that it is because of you that I am able to celebrate a pregnancy today!"

About Acupuncture Northwest & Associates:
The Puget Sound's premier alternative medicine clinic specialized in fertility enhancement, offering acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, Mayan abdominal massage and hypnobirthing classes.

Seeking relaxation? Try a bath bomb:

Bath bombs or bath fizzie are used for making bath an wonderful experience. The difference between a bath bomb and bath fizzie is that bath bombs are solid form and fizzies are in grain form. Generally bath bombs are of round shape, but these days they are available in various shapes and sizes, various colors and of various scented. They can be rounded like a cricket ball, heart shape or there may be many different designs on the body of the bath bomb. Bath bombs may be of different colors like pink, rose, white, light green and may be in combination of 2 or more colors. Bath bombs are available these days in practically any imaginable color.

Bath bombs are mainly made of sodium bicarbonate (and other soluble carbonates) and citric acid. Other contents like color, scent, aroma are added as required. It usually contain 2 parts of sodium bicarbonate and 1 part of citric acid and enough water to make the powders stick together. Than other ingredients are added as required.

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