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If you are a reader of my blog and articles, you know that I am interested not only in the clinical effects of acupuncture, but also acupuncture research, and physiology of acupuncture.  This is why it is unfortunate that there is a lack of studies for acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment of Interstital Cystitis, a condition which I have very positive clinical result with acupuncture. There is one published case study which describes the acupuncture treatment course of a 31 year old women with IC for 5 years.  The treatment was very effective, over a course of 10 treatments there was a substantial reduction in pain and Interstitial Cystitis symptoms.  More work like this should be published along with larger trials,

The choice to be a vegetarian varies from person to person.  Some are religious, spiritual, philosophical, or for health.    I think it is healthy for many people to be a vegetarian, as long as they make healthy food choices.  At the same time, it takes work in order to build up the nutrients which we find in meat. Just to answer your question before you ask it, I am personally not a vegetarian, but I do not eat very much meat because it is better for my health and the environment. What does meat do in Chinese medicine? From a Chinese medicine perspective, eating meat, particularly red meat, builds blood.  And blood deficiency, or too little blood, is a primary