The Bayer HealthCare R&D center in Beijing. (Photo/CFP)​German pharmaceutical giant Bayer announced on March 3 that it has signed an agreement to buy privately-held Chinese traditional herbal medicine (TCM) maker Dihon Pharmaceutical Group, reports the website of Shanghai's Xinmin Evening News.

Phellodendron amurense image: Andrzej Otrębski, Wikimedia​The bark of the Amur cork tree (Phellodendron amurense) has traveled a centuries-long road with the healing arts. Now, it is being put through its paces by science in the fight against pancreatic cancer, with the potential to make inroads against several more.

Acupuncture could help in the dentist's chairPalle Rosted told Reuters Health. “But it is a good start.” Rosted is a consultant acupuncturist with Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield, England. He was not involved with the current study. The researchers recruited 20 people with a history of gag reflex in the dental chair to have upper and lower teeth impressions taken under normal circumstances and then immediately after acupuncture. Participants ranged in age from 19 to 80.

After conventional treatments failed to cure a tiger's chronic ear condition, a zoo in Ramat Gan, Israel, used acupuncture to deal with the condition.

migraineA new study published in Archives of Internal Medicine analyzed 29 studies involving 17,922 adults concluded that acupuncture is effective to relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches and arthritis.

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