Articles, Studies & Web links


Through the elegant application of acupuncture and herbal formulas, Chinese medicine offers effective treatment for most conditions addressed by conventional medical approaches: drugs or surgery.
In addition, many conditions that western medicine does not yet have an effective treatment for are well treated with Chinese medicine, especially chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and Parkinson's disease.

In 1980, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a list of 40 commonly encountered clinical disorders that acupuncture treats effectively. In 1997, research by the NIH (National Institutes of Heath) confirmed this list of conditions. [1] Recent research and the inclusion of Chinese herbology expands this list considerably:

Partial List of Conditions Treated Effectively by Chinese Medicine

Click on the links integrated into the conditions list for articles and studies highlighting the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating specific conditions.  More articles, studies and web links on general Chinese medical and health care topics are included below the conditions list. See Kath's Blog  for the lastest information.

Video About Chinese Medicine & What Acupuncture Treats (1 min)

Lung Conditions
colds & flu

Heart Problems
  chest pain/angina
high blood pressure
high cholesterol

Uro-genital Disorders
  bladder and yeast infections (UTI's)
incontinence and frequent urination
sexual dysfunction

Auto-Immune & Chronic Disease
  Parkinson's disease
chronic fatigue
thyroid disorders
tumors (including side-effects of
   chemo and radiation treatment for
    cancer, HIV and AIDS)

Gynecology & Obstetrics
menstrual pain
irregular menstruation
PCOD (Polycystic Ovary Disease)
excessive uterine bleeding
   complications in pregnancy
   including: morning sickness,
   fatigue, hypertension, breech
   position, delayed labor, mastitis,
Perimenopausal Syndrome

Musculoskeletal & Neurological
  pain (headaches, back, neck,
   shoulder, knee and joint)
carpal tunnel
sports and traumatic injuries
muscle tears
arthritis (including rheumatoid
   and osteoarthritis)
herniated discs
Bell's Palsy
Parkinson's disease
Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose and Throat
post-nasal drip
sore throat
ear ringing
dizziness and vertigo
Bell's Palsy
   (early stage: first 3-6mos)
blurred vision

Stomach & Bowel Problems
  IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Crohn's disease
ulcerative colitis
   (Gastro-esophageal Reflux
   including: heartburn & acid reflux)
food allergies
abdominal pain

   including: eczema & hives,
   itching, dry skin

Psychological Disorders
stress relief
panic attacks
   (alcohol, nicotine, drugs, sugar,

ear infections
colds & flu
sleep disorders

Other Benefits
  increases energy & vitality
stress reduction & deep relaxation
enhanced athletic
    & physical function
improved immune function


[1] Acupuncture: NIH Consens Statement 1997 N ov 3-5; 15(5): p 10.

Articles, Studies & Web links

For articles and studies highlighting the effectiveness of Chinese medicine in treating specific conditions, click on the links integrated into the conditions list above. For the latest information, see Kath’s Blog.

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Additional Information:

LA Times: Fertility Acupuncture & IVF Study

Landmark German IVF Study

Sperm Quality Study

Pregnancy & Labor Studies

More Info on Fertility Treatment


We Are Acupuncture (1 ½ min)
Dramatic video shows what acupuncturists can do.

Acupuncture For Frozen Shoulder: Dramatically Improved During First Treatment! (2min)

Army Using Acupuncture for Troops in Afghanistan (3min)

Fox News Video (2min): Acupuncture Keeps Broadway Dancers Dancing

Duke University Shows Acupuncture More Effective than Drugs for Headaches (3min)

9,000 Needle’s Documentary (6 min)
Moving trailer for documentary about body builder/stroke victim who goes to China for acupuncture.

Chile Earthquake Victims Receive Acupuncture for PTSD (6 min)
In this moving video, patients describe their experiences with acupuncture for PTSD.

Wall Street Journal Columnist Gets an Acupuncture Treatment (2min) 

Wall Street Journal Discusses Acupuncture: How it Works & Some Conditions Treated (2min) 

Today Show Favorable on Acupuncture (5min)
The Today Show explains acupuncture and interviews Dr. Danial Hsu, DAOM of Pacific College of Oriental medicine (PCOM – Bartlett’s almamater).  His patients receiving treatments discuss their experience..

CBS Early Show Acupuncture Demonstration (5 min)
Demonstration of an acupuncture treatment given by Dr. Daniel Hsu, DAOM, a fellow alumnae from Bartlett's acupuncture college, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

NBC: Duke University Uses Acupuncture Anesthesia During Surgery (1 1/2 min)
A short NBC video reporting on Duke University's use of acupuncture anesthesia for breast cancer patients. For more background about acupuncture anesthesia, see Kath's blog post

Amazing Qi Demonstration (10min)
Acupuncturist lights paper on fire, turns on a light bulb and pushes a chopstick though a table top using only Qi in this dramatic demonstration.  A patient of mine has been treated by John Cheng and attests that this video is legit.

Chinese Medicine & What Acupuncture Treats (1 min)

Cartoon Bears Discuss Acupuncture (4min)
Two cute cartoon bears discuss acupuncture, including education & training, and what Chinese Medicine treats.

School Me in Chinese Medicine (30min) 
Two recent grads from my acupuncture college, PCOM, discuss the history & theory of Chinese Medicine, including herbal medicine, in this thoughtful and thorough explanation.

Study Shows Acupuncture Relieves Hot Flashes From Chemotherapy (2min)
Acupuncture is shown superior to drug therapy in relieving hot flashes for chemo patients.  Study author Dr. Eleanor Walker discusses her findings in this short clip.

Chinese Medicine: General Information

Kath's Blog
Kath's blog on Chinese Medicine & Holistic Health has the latest articles and studies posted.

Wall Street Journal On Acupuncture

ABCNews on Acupuncture

Oprah Says YES to Acupuncture

Mayo Clinic Recommends Acupuncture

Huffington Post Recommends Acupuncture

Sloan-Kettering: Acupuncture Helps Ease Side Effects and Symptoms of Some Cancers

National Cancer Institute: Questions & Answers About Acupuncture

Huffington Post: Can Acupuncture Treatment Help Cancer Patients?

10 Great Reasons to Try Acupuncture

How Acupuncture Became Popular in US: James Resdon Story

TCM Tongue Diagnosis Wizard
Ever wonder what the acupuncturist is looking for when we inspect your tongue? With this online wizard you can diagnose your own tongue by choosing photos that look most like yours. The site explains what different presentations means to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioners. It’s interesting, thoughtfully designed, and you’ll learn about TCM diagnosis in the process. Try it :)

Cupping Therapy


History of Chinese Medicine

NIH Supports Acupuncture
NIH (National Institutes of Health) FAQs page supporting acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture NIH Consensus Statement
NIH (National Institutes of Health) landmark 1997 Consensus statement. "Objective. To provide health care providers, patients, and the general public with a responsible assessment of the use and effectiveness of acupuncture for a variety of conditions"
TCM World - The page gives a thoughtful and complete description of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi, acupuncture channels, yin and yang and five-element theories.
A wide variety of thoughtfully written articles about Chinese medicine, conditions treated and holistic health. Kath Bartlett MS, LAc is the Co-Editor of the Acupuncture/TCM page of this holistic medicine website.

General Health & Healthcare Information

Kath's Blog
Kath's blog on Chinese Medicine & Holistic Health has the latest articles and studies posted.

How to Speak Effectively to Your Doctor

Acupuncture Certification and Licensing

Licensed Acupuncturist vs. Certified (Medical or Chiropractor) Acupuncture

Are Acupuncturists Doctors?
Website for Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Kath Bartlett , MS , LAc's alma mater. The library page includes links to various healthcare databases, complementary and alternative medicine sites and online books with healthcare topics.
National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Information about certification with NCCAOM. Includes a list of NCCAOM certified practitioners, searchable by geographic region.
The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) . Discusses certification and accreditation requirements for acupuncture colleges.
North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Discusses licensing requirements for North Carolina acupuncturists.

www. ncalb
North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board. Includes a list of Licensed Acupuncturists in North Carolina

Asheville Area Doctors and Holistic Healthcare Practitioners

Physician Referral List
These doctors and counselors in the Asheville/Buncombe County area support patients in pursuing holistic medical solutions, including Chinese medicine and other alternative care modalities.
Website for Iyengar yoga instructor Lillah Schwartz's yoga studio. Iyengar yoga emphasizes the practice of correct anatomical alignment during poses.  Props are often used to help the body into the correct positions.  Because of the focus on proper anatomical alignment, Iyengar is considered by many to be one of the safest forms of yoga.  Class descriptions highlight specialty classes, such as Pain Relief (gentle class) MS and Chronic Conditions (slow-paced, gentle class) Yoga for Complete Beginners and Life Skills (stress management, meditation, etc.).

Medical Qi Gong Center
David Goldner, LMBT is a practitioner of medical Qi Gong.  Qi Gong translates as Qi (energy) work.  Medical qi going masters emanate healing qi from their palms to treat disease.  China has a qi gong hospital, documented in Bill Moyers’ ground breaking PBS special from the early ‘90s Healing and the Mind where advanced disease are treated using qi gong.  Learn more about David and medical qi gong at his website.

Health-related Books and Products
Back Care Basics - by Mary Pullig Schutz, MD. A doctor & Iyengar yoga instructor's gentle yoga program for back & neck pain relief. Teaches the patient to examine their pain and provides detailed instructions for modified yoga poses to use as a self-designed, home physical therapy program for recovery & prevention of injuries. Softcover. 248 pages.
The Woman's Yoga Book by Bobby Clennell.  I studied restorative yoga with Bobby for several years in NYC.  How I miss her expert instruction and that wonderful Friday evening relaxing yoga class.  This is a recent book she's written about yoga and lifestyle to support women's gyn health.  Softcover.  244 pages including 735 hand drawn illustrations by Bobby.  
Relax & Rejuvinate by Judith Lasater.  These are wonderful restorative yoga poses that anyone can do to relieve stress and restore energy.  There are several basic sequences and special ones focusing on such topics as during menstruation and back pain.  Softcover. 240 pages.
The Natural Import Company located in Biltmore Village, NC, offers the highest quality, organic & medicial quality macrobiotic food products available in the US or Japan. The majority of their products come from a Japanese company, Mitoku who works with small farms utilizing sustainable farming and traditional, artisan preparation methods.
This running shoe store employs certified pedorthists to properly fit your shoes.  Running shoes have a lot of variables in how to distribute weight.  The pedorthist will analyze your foot to find the correct shoe for you, and can make custom orthotics when necessary to ensure a proper fit.  A must for those with foot problems.

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