The latest research & treatment news about Hepatitis C infection, diagnosis, symptoms and treatment.

About Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has gathered acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles for professional massage therapists and people living with liver disease.

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Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana with Hepatitis C

June 20, 2007 22 Comments

A 2006 report demonstrated the benefits of marijuana for people undergoing interferon and/or ribavirin treatment for Hepatitis C. On the other hand, recent studies have shown the use of marijuana may increase the acceleration of the disease process and possibly cause decreased immune function. The information presented in this article is not intended to encourage or discourage illegal activity, but rather to provide the reader with proven facts about marijuana's impact on the liver.

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A Cure for Hepatitis C?

May 25, 2007

Spring 2007 brought a wave of health-related news professing a cure for Hepatitis C. While this publicity inspired hope in millions of people living with chronic HCV, it also sparked frustration and confusion. Learn more about the recent announcement that implied a cure for this disease, as well as what the details of the newsworthy study actually mean for you and your loved ones.

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Pain Relievers and Hepatitis C

May 10, 2007 38 Comments

People with chronic Hepatitis C suffer from the same sprains, strains, and body aches as everyone else. In addition, Hepatitis C symptoms can include musculoskeletal pain, joint pain, headache, episodic abdominal pain and liver pain. However, many typical, over-the-counter pain medications can damage an already vulnerable liver. For those with Hepatitis C, finding a way to ease their pain without encouraging liver injury can feel like an uphill battle.

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Hepatitis C and Damp Heat

April 18, 2007

Symptoms of Hepatitis C and damp heat both include jaundice, fever and thirst. Learn how to determine if you're suffering from damp heat accumulation, as well as foods you should add to or eliminate from your diet that will make a profound difference in your health.

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Fatigue and Hepatitis C

April 4, 2007

Chronic fatigue, the most commonly reported symptom of Hepatitis C infection, affects between 65 and 75 percent of those diagnosed with the disease. Learn what factors contribute to excessive tiredness and lack of energy associated with Hepatitis C, and discover what steps you can take to help manage fatigue.

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How Your Immune System Can Help Defeat Hepatitis C

March 29, 2007 6 Comments

Eighty-five percent of HCV patients develop chronic Hepatitis C. The remaining 15 percent have acute Hepatitis C, which spontaneously resolves within weeks or months. Learn how the health of your immune system determines whether the virus progresses to advanced liver disease and what you can do to help support your immune system.

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Night Sweats: Another Approach to this Common HCV Symptom

March 23, 2007 1 Comment

Night sweats are a common symptom of chronic Hepatitis C infection. Though Western medicine has neither a concrete explanation nor a solution, Traditional Chinese Medicine has ways of dealing with this uncomfortable symptom. Learn more about the causes of night sweats and what you can do to manage and minimize their impact.

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How Hepatitis C Can Affect a Patient's Sex Life

March 15, 2007 1 Comment

While some chronic Hepatitis C patients maintain normal sexual function and a healthy interest in sex, many experience reduced libido, erectile dysfunction and diminished sexual satisfaction. Learn how Hepatitis C impacts the sex lives of both men and women and how opening up about these issues can help improve patients' quality of life

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Hepatitis C's Other Symptoms

March 15, 2007 2 Comments

Although most people with chronic Hepatitis C do not exhibit symptoms of the "silent" epidemic, a significant number will experience its impact in organs other than their liver. Learn how to recognize these lesser-known conditions to help in the early detection and treatment of Hepatitis C.

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Can Saliva Transmit Hepatitis C?

March 8, 2007 47 Comments

With over 5 million Americans infected, the Hepatitis C virus is the most common cause of liver disease today. Although it is believed to be primarily transmitted through blood to blood contact, there are indications that other means of contracting Hepatitis C are possible. Of primary interest to those concerned with the number one cause of liver disease is the possibility of transmitting Hepatitis C via saliva.

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