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The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
April, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 04
Alternative Medicine Added to NIH Database
By Editorial Staff
As of February 2001, more than 220,000 references, abstracts and full-text articles on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have been made available on the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.
PubMed, a service of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a massive online version of the library's Medline database, which covers 4,500 journals published in the U.S.and overseas. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine joined with the library to create the new CAM section.
Speaking on the new database, library director Donald Lindberg enthused: "This joint venture will offer health professionals, CAM practitioners, researchers, educators and consumers ready access to a comprehensive database of journal citations directly related to complementary and alternative medicine."
Chinese Dancers Feel the Power of Touch
In mid-February, members of the acclaimed Beijing Dance Academy were involved in a crash while on tour in Portland, Oregon. Two team members, Zhang Li and Sun Rui, were aided in their recovery by a massage therapist.
Dr. Shizeng Yang, a licensed massage therapist and a doctor of Chinese medicine, worked on the two teenage dancers using tuina, a massage technique that incorporates the same principles and energy points as acupuncture, but using fingers and hands instead of needles.
In the accident, Sun suffered a partially dislocated hip; Zhang was pinned under the troupe's van, suffering a badly bruised leg. However, both dancers have improved dramatically under Yang's care, along with the assistance of a local acupuncturist and herbalist. After the first week of treatment, Sun said his body felt "awake" and could walk without crutches; Zhang said her pain had eased to the point where she could stand.
Dr. Yang, who worked for the Chinese gymnastics team until 1992 and has taught at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, currently maintains a practice in Portland.
American Specialty Health Networks Stays Busy: More Agreements to Provide HMO Members with Massage
California-based American Specialty Health Networks (ASHN) has contracted with Tufts Health Plan, one of the country's largest HMOs, to provide discounts on massage therapy and acupuncture. Under terms of the agreement, Tufts Health Plan members have access to massage therapists and acupuncturists credentialed by ASHN.
The agreement between ASHN and Tufts Health Plan is the latest in a series of contracts between ASHN and HMOs across the country. In the February 2001 issue of Massage Today, we reported on several recent agreements making the news. (See "When Massage Meets Managed Care," in the February issue).
Commenting on the agreement, ASHN President and CEO George DeVries said: "Many Americans now use some form of complementary health care each year - chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, vitamins or herbal supplements. We are pleased to support the efforts of Tufts Health Plan to develop quality-driven, cost-effective programs for their members."
Bringing Complementary Care into the Mainstream
At some of the nation's leading hospitals, physicians and their staffs are increasingly providing patients with access to complementary and alternative care. A few recent examples of this trend:
Dr. William Jagiello, an osteopathic physician and chairman of the Mercy Center's integrative medicine committee, says that the growing popularity of alternative treatment is confirmation that "illness doesn't exist in a vacuum."
"At some point in the future, there won't be conventional and unconventional treatments," predicts Dr. Jagiello. "They'll all be melded into one system. The important thing will be identifying the best treatment for each patient, rather than whether it's mainstream or alternative care."
Merging Massage Programs
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., of Santa Ana, California, recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Grand Rapids Educational Center, Inc. (GREC) and its three campuses in Michigan and Indiana. In addition to programs in allied health, health insurance, and medical and dental specialties, GREC also offers a diploma program in massage therapy.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., is one of the largest for-profit post-secondary education companies in the U.S., now operating 54 colleges in 19 states. For more information on the massage program offered at its newly acquired campuses, contact Corinthian Colleges, Inc., at 1-888-741-4271.
The Healing Powers of Chocolate
There's a new addition to the landscape in Hershey, Pennsylvania, home to the world-renowned Hershey Foods Corporation. The town already overflowing with chocolate now features a chocolate spa.
Earlier this year, the Hotel Hershey opened its $7 million spa, featuring chocolate baths, fondue wraps, and a variety of food-related therapies. The spa also offers more traditional spa conveniences, including massage, facials, pedicures and scalp treatment.
Believe it or not, the Hershey spa is just the latest in a continuing trend of food-related spas in the United States and abroad. For years, spas in Asia and Europe have featured soothing body baths blending milk, saffron and honey. In the United States, several hotels provide food-related spa services, including hotels in Texas and Arizona that offer barbeque and cactus wraps, respectively.
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