March Wellness Newsletter

Herbalists in the Jungles of Belize

Welcome to the March Wellness Clinic Health Newsletter where we hope to provide you with information that will make a difference to your health through complementary and integrated therapies and natural medicines.

MAYAN HERBALISTS. First let me apologize for missing the February eNewsletter. We were away visiting some herbalists in Belize Central America. We met with Dr. Rosita Arvigo, author of "Sastun --My Apprenticeship with a Mayan Healer" and "Rain forest Remedies". And, Bush Doctor, Harry Guy. The ancient Mayan people had quite and evolved system of Herbal Medicine.

T.V. SERIES: We have been working with Natick Pegasus TV producing a series of programs on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. By next week we will have produced eight 30-minute programs, to begin airing on local cable TV. We will let you know when we are able to post them on our website.

Very best wishes to you and your health.
Geoff D'Arcy, Lic. Ac., D.O.M.

Dr. Rosita's website....

Study of the Month: Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture significantly improves fibromyalgia symptoms, according to a study by Mayo Clinic scientists.
The biggest improvements were seen in pain, anxiety, and fatigue. "However, activity and physical function levels did not change," write David Martin, MD, PhD, and colleagues.

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of chronic pain. It causes widespread pain and tenderness in the muscles and soft tissue (including tender points) as well as sleep problems, fatigue, and other symptoms.

Martin's study included 50 fibromyalgia patients whose symptoms hadn't improved with other treatments.
Half of the patients got six acupuncture sessions over two or three weeks. The other patients got the same schedule of fake acupuncture treatments.

Those who got true acupuncture had notably bigger improvements in fibromyalgia symptoms than those who got fake acupuncture, write the researchers.

Results were based on questionnaires completed before the study, immediately after treatment, and one and seven months later. The largest benefit was seen one month after the treatments ended, the researchers note. They write that acupuncture was well tolerated, with minimal side effects.

Less Fatigue, Anxiety
In a Mayo Clinic news release, Martin says, "This study shows there is something real about acupuncture and its effects on fibromyalgia. "We expected the acupuncture to improve the pain. We didn't really expect the largest benefit to be in fatigue or anxiety." The lack of change in activity or physical function "doesn't surprise me, as we see this pattern in other chronic pain problems," Martin continues.

Click here to read the Mayo Clinic acupuncture study..

Herb of the Month: Turmeric

As many of you might know I have been studying and following Turmeric research for some time. I hope to go to Okinawa to study fermented turmeric. Please find below some of the exciting research on this facinating medicinal spice.

A growing body of laboratory research suggests the spice turmeric has potent anticancer activity -- and researchers have launched a slew of human trials to find out just how powerful it may be.

"I think the promise is enormous," said Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., chief of the cytokine research laboratory in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas, Anderson Cancer Center. Aggarwal has conducted numerous lab and animal studies of turmeric and its primary component, curcumin, and recently gave a lecture on the topic at the annual conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

Turmeric is a yellow powder made from the roots of a plant in the ginger family. It is the main ingredient in curry powder and is widely used in Indian and Southeast Asian cooking.

Many cultures also use turmeric for medicinal purposes, to treat everything from heartburn to arthritis. The idea to try turmeric against cancer developed as researchers learned about the role inflammation plays in cancer.

"Turmeric and curcumin are anti-inflammatory," Aggarwal said. "That has been described in traditional medicine like Ayurveda for thousands of years."
Lab and Animal Studies Show Effect on Many Cancers
The early lab research Aggarwal and others have done focuses on curcumin, the most active compound in turmeric. The studies show that curcumin can indeed slow inflammation. It also appears to slow the spread of cancer (metastasis), slow down the growth of new tumor blood vessels (angiogenesis), and cause cancer cells to die the way normal cells do (apoptosis).

What's more, these effects don't appear to be limited to just one type of cancer. Curcumin has shown effects in lab studies against metastatic melanoma, mantle cell lymphoma, and other cancers. Most recently, Aggarwal published a study in the journal Clinical Cancer Research showing that eating curcumin could keep breast cancer from spreading to the lungs – at least in mice. In addition, it appeared to enhance the positive effects of the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel and lessen the severity of its side effects.

At MD Anderson alone, Aggarwal said, doctors are testing curcumin in multiple myeloma and advanced pancreatic cancer. The institution is also seeking funding for a study of curcumin in women with breast cancer, he said. Studies from other institutions, both in the US and overseas, are looking at curcumin as a potential treatment for myelodysplastic syndromes, and for preventing colorectal cancer in individuals with familial adenomatous polyposis or with sporadic polyps. Curcumin is also being studied as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease and psoriasis.

Read....A Cancer Treatment in the Spice Cabinet?

Our Practitioners

Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine offered by:
Geoff DArcy, Lic. Ac.
Yuanling Liu, R.D.,Lic. Ac.

Acupuncture offered by:
Betty Woo, Lic. Ac.
Pavel Jalynytchev, Lic. Ac.

Chiropractic offered by:
Pheng Kouch, D.C.
Wendy Kagan, D.C.

Massage Therapy & Bodywork offered by:
Patrick Crowley, LMT.
Judy Fiatorone, L.M.T.

Integrative Mind-Body Medicine
Eva Selhub, M.D.

Holistic Pain Management and Chelation Therapy
Arthur Gertler, M.D.

Judy Dempewolff, Ph.D.

Kathy Mongeau, R.Y.T.
Yoga Therapy

Read more about our practitioners at...

Practitioner of the Month, Patrick Crowley ~ Massage Therapist.

Patrick Crowley, ABMP, has studied,taught, and/or performed body oriented practices for 24 years. He has trained in and practices massage, shiatsu, cranial sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, yoga, New Dance, Contact Improvisation, developmental movement, experiential anatomy alignment techniques, disabilities work, and somatics. His teaching has been influenced by study in vipassana meditation, Budo Taijutsu, Tai Chi, Pilates, sacred dance, shamanic studies, improvisational theater, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Psychodrama, and leadership development.

Classes & Workshops offered this month at the D.W.C.

Diet-Detox Program, lose weight and detox with natural foods.
3 Tuesdays evenings, 6:30 to 8:00pm from April 24th
Geoff & Po D'Arcy, cost $60, RSVP, 508-650-1921

Thursdays, 4:30pm
Please call and speak with Betty Woo.

Wednesdays 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm, Lunch Time Yoga Class with Kathy, Mongeau, RYT

Friday 9:45 -10:45 am Patrick Crowley, LMT

Individual Yoga Therapy Sessions available.
Please call and speak with Kathy Mongeau.

Mark your calendar...April 28th Wellness Day

Wellness Day Free Lectures:
12:00 pm... Herbs/Food for Health
12:30 pm... How does Acupuncture work?
1:00 pm.... Diet/Weight-Loss Detox
1:30 pm... Chelation & Detox Testing
2:00 pm.... Neck/Back Pain Free
2:30 pm.... Natural Herbal Skincare
3:00 pm.... Stress, Health & Illness.
3:30 pm.... CAM for Depression & Anxiety
4:00 pm.... Qi Gong /Acupuncture
4:30pm..... Chair Yoga - All Levels.

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The Range of our Clinic and Practitioners

We are proud to offer you a wide range of natural complementary therapies provided by a team of highly skilled practitioners. We can work with you individually or as a co-ordinated team.


If you are not sure which practitioner or therapy plan is best suited for you, please dont hesitate to call me and we can discuss the best practitioner/therapy plan possible.

Clinic Director, Geoff D'Arcy 508-652-1975

In This Issue:

Herbalists in the Jungles of Belize
Study of the Month: Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia
Herb of the Month: Turmeric
Our Practitioners
Practitioner of the Month, Patrick Crowley ~ Massage Therapist.
Classes & Workshops offered this month at the D.W.C.
Mark your calendar...April 28th Wellness Day
Schedule your appointment on-line or call your practitioner directly!
The Range of our Clinic and Practitioners
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