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Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
November, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 11
The Long Path of Healing
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
The recent tragedies in New York and Washington, D.C.have brought both great sadness and, paradoxically, a new spirit of working together to heal our wounds. Even as the sense of crisis and shock begins to abate slightly for many of us, the long-term efforts of coping with loss and moving onward toward integration and healing are only beginning for those directly affected. The full impact of the losses will be years in its unwinding. Many will need understanding and nurturing touch, now and into the future. There will be many opportunities in which our skills of touch and caring can help.
The effects of the tragedy go far beyond our first thoughts of those lost. Washington Post columnist Avram Goldstein wrote that, since the tragedy, doctors have been reporting an increase in pain problems.5 Peter Staats, chief of pain medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, is quoted as saying that the reactions leave no doubt about the strength of the mind-body connection. "Pain more than any other area of medicine has the mind and the body interlinked," said Staats. When our sense of safety and our perception of a reliable future are upended, the resulting tension and anxiety take root in our bodies until we can restore a positive framework of deep interconnection, support, and social cohesion.7
The effects of the tragedy also extend deeply into the next generation. Amy Waldman of the New York Times wrote about the unprecedented number of young children who simultaneously lost a parent, sometimes their only active parent, in the destruction.8
Waldman goes on to comment on the magnitude of the load placed on surviving parents and on social workers in caring for and counseling the affected children. Thousand of those lost were young parents with correspondingly young children. Having lost my own father in a civil aviation crash when I was four, I well appreciate that these losses plow an emotional furrow that extends into the bedrock of a child's personality. Maxine Harris 6 is correct in characterizing such a loss as being "forever." She notes the tendency of children who have suffered the early loss of a parent to become overly and prematurely responsible and independent. There will be much to do in reteaching affected children how to play and how to trust and rely on the world of friends around them.
In assisting the healing of trauma and stress, we are practitioners of touch, not psychologists. Yet, in bringing people back to the inner awareness and subtle sensations of their body, what Eugene Gendlin4 calls the felt sense, we can do much to initiate a healing response. It is on this foundation that the body-oriented trauma-healing therapies of Carolyn Braddock,2 Clyde Ford3 and Peter Levine7 find the basis for their success. It is also on this foundation and level of body and touch that we can work to move our world society and culture toward the sanctuary and sane society envisioned by Sandra Bloom.1
In 1995, my friend and fellow massage instructor, Maureen Manley, journeyed to Croatia with a troop of dancers and musicians. Their declared goal was to work with the children and women in the refugee camps; to use their music and dance to bring some small sense of joy and play to lives overturned by war and chaos. While there, she worked with the women, providing and teaching to them the basics of massage, so that they could begin to help each other to heal. Manley observed that:
In practicing and teaching bodywork, I have noted that sometimes the most profound interventions appear superficially simple. It takes little in kinesthetic practice to lay a hand gently upon someone's chest or abdomen in a manner to actively pace their pattern of breathing. It also is not particularly difficult to ask a client to experience their sense of breathing and the sensation of the area in which your hand is upon him or her. Yet the result can be both profound for the client and difficult for the touch practitioner. The profoundness comes from the simple acts of encouraging sensate awareness and in pacing the essential life rhythm of breathing. 2,3 The difficulty comes not in the technique itself, but in the focus and awareness required in staying present and sensing the series of slight physical transitions a client may experience - shifts in the felt sense.4 Even starting from such profound simplicity, there is much to be done, and much that we can accomplish together.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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