Kowmudis Accupoint Treatment Centre to conduct free acupuncture …

To comemmorate Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, the Kowmudis Accupoint Treatment Centre, Hyderabad is organising a free acupuncture medical camp at its centre in Vidyanagar, Hyderabad on October 24, 2013. The main aim is to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture.

The Camp will be open to public for free between 9 am to 7 pm, informed Dr Uma Rao, of Kowmudis Accupoint Treatment Centre.

According to Dr Uma Rao, a doctor of medicine from University of Colombo and diploma holder from Bharat Sevak Samaj, a National Development Agency promoted by Government of India, acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing known to mankind. It originated in China nearly five thousand years ago. The fact that it is still being practiced after thousands of years, speaks for the efficacy of this treatment for the laws and principles it is based. Acupuncture treatment is usually carried out by inserting very fine needles in specific points in the body and considered it as an amazing alternative medicine. An estimated 36 per cent adults in India and in other western countries use some form of complementary and alternative medicine, acupuncture is one of them. Though it is considered traditional Chinese medicine, it is practiced in India for many years. Hyderabad too is a centre for acupuncture with over 200 clinics and individuals practicing this alternative medicine.

Dr Rao further informed that though it is regarded as “cure-all” for anything and everything, but awareness about it as an alternative medicine is still low in Hyderabad. Hence, we at Kowmudis decided to create awareness and spread the message about the importance of acupuncture through talks, seminars, free acupuncture camps, discussions, poster presentations etc.

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the largest University in the world with 35 lakh students in all its courses put together runs post graduate diploma programme in acupuncture programme. But, such training centers are very few in the country, while the demand is more.

Dr Rao stressed, “We even plan to conduct series of short term training programmes such as diploma in acupuncture which is considered as very good vocational course by the government. Also we the 200 plus acupuncture practitioners in the twin cities need to be brought under one platform, form an association and work as one unit to create more awareness about it as an effective alternative medicine for many ailments.

It is interesting enough to note that though acupuncture is successfully practised in India, but due to lack of proper Governmental support it suffers from under utilisation and under development said Dr Rao and added, while WHO suggested for its wider application and development through concerted Governmental efforts.

Berberine the Next Magic Bullet?

Berberine the Next Magic Bullet?

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Berberine the Next Magic Bullet?

Chinese medicine has been using this herb to treat diarrhea, diabetes, high blood pressure, high lipids and tumors for centuries. The rest of the medical community is catching up with the benefits of this ancient herb and many research studies are underway to provide scientific documentation to its anecdotal claims. Let’s examine the current scientific literature on each of these diseases and disorders.

Diarrhea
In a study published in 2011, the researchers showed that the ability of berberine to inhibit and to kill a strain of bacteria that causes diarrhea, called Shigella, was almost the same as that of ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic.1

Diabetes
Other researchers, publishing in “Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine,” drew conclusions from 14 clinical studies that involved 1068 study participants. This research compared lifestyle modifications for diabetes with berberine or with a placebo. Berberine combined with lifestyle modification showed significantly lower blood sugar, even more than just oral hypoglycemics including metformin, glipizide, or rosiglitazone alone. Just as important was that these studies found no serious adverse effects from berberine taking berberine.2

Hypertension
Berberine has been shown to lower blood pressure in hypertensive rats.3 A well controlled study in humans has not been done yet.

Hyperlipidemia
In a review published in 2013 of eleven clinical trials that included 874 participants, berberine was shown to significantly reduce total cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein. There was quite a remarkable increase in HDL, the good lipoprotein. Again, no serious adverse effects were seen in the participants taking berberine.4

Tumor suppression
Numerous publications report the ability of berberine or its metabolites to induce tumor cell death5 render the tumor more sensitive to chemotherapeutic agents6 and prevent tumor cells from migrating and invading other tissue7. Does it have these effects on all types of tumors? The scientific proof isn’t there yet, but studies of many different tumor types are underway.

Weight loss
A study published in “Phytomedicine” in 2102 reported a 5 pound weight lose in Obese human subjects given berberine at a dose of 500 mg three times a day for 3 months.8 This study is promising, not just because of the modest weight loss, but because these study subjects also showed significant reduction in triglycerides of 23% and a decrease of 12% in serum cholesterol.

Does berberine work as the ancient Chinese medical folklore purports? Probably. And modern day medicine has just started to explore the breadth of disorders this herb can treat and the mechanisms of its actions. Current research suggests that even newer uses for berberine may exist to treat Alzheimer’s, prevent kidney stones and prevent some of the damaging effects of abdominal radiation.

1. Pharm Biol. 2011 Jan;49(1):94-100. doi: 10.3109/13880209.2010.500295. Epub 2010 Aug 25.
Antidiarrheal activity, chemical and toxicity profile of Berberis aristata.
Joshi PV, Shirkhedkar AA, Prakash K, Maheshwari VL.

2. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012;2012:591654. doi: 10.1155/2012/591654. Epub 2012 Oct 15.
Berberine in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systemic review and meta-analysis.
Dong H, Wang N, Zhao L, Lu F

3. Pharmacology. 1999 Dec;59(6):283-9.
The antihypertensive effect of the berberine derivative 6-protoberberine in spontaneously hypertensive rats.
Liu JC, Chan P, Chen YJ, Tomlinson B, Hong SH, Cheng JT.

4. Planta Med. 2013 Apr;79(6):437-46. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1328321. Epub 2013 Mar 19.
The effects of berberine on blood lipids: a systemic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Dong H, Zhao Y, Zhao L, Lu F.

5. Oncol Rep. 2013 Jun 19. doi: 10.3892/or.2013.2543. [Epub ahead of print]
Berberine induces apoptosis via the mitochondrial pathway in liver cancer cells.
Yip NK, Ho WS.

6. Acta Biochim Biophys Sin (Shanghai). 2013 Sep;45(9):756-62. doi: 10.1093/abbs/gmt075. Epub 2013 Jul 3.
Berberine sensitizes ovarian cancer cells to cisplatin through miR-21/PDCD4 axis.
Liu S, Fang Y, Shen H, Xu W, Li H.

7. Tumour Biol. 2013 Feb;34(1):215-21. doi: 10.1007/s13277-012-0531-z. Epub 2012 Oct 12.
Berberine inhibits the migration and invasion of T24 bladder cancer cells via reducing the expression of heparanase.
Yan L, Yan K, Kun W, Xu L, Ma Q, Tang Y, Jiao W, Gu G, Fan Y, Xu Z

8. Phytomedicine. 2012 Jul 15;19(10):861-7. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2012.05.009. Epub 2012 Jun 26. Lipid-lowering effect of berberine in human subjects and rats.
Hu Y, Ehli EA, Kittelsrud J, Ronan PJ, Munger K, Downey T, Bohlen K, Callahan L, Munson V, Jahnke M, Marshall LL, Nelson K, Huizenga P, Hansen R, Soundy TJ, Davies GE.

By: Sheryl Wood