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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.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
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.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
November, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 11
By Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc
Yin/yang theory is the foundation of shiatsu and all other forms of Asian bodywork. It's definitely a "cool" symbol, as it appears on surfboards, notebooks, pendants, etc., but many are unaware of its meaning beyond that.Simply, yin and yang reflect all phenomena in the universe. First mentioned in texts dating back to 700 BC, the theory of yin/yang was developed from observing the ebb and flow of the cycles of nature. Yin and yang are not only opposing forces, they also are mutually dependant on each other: neither can exist in isolation. They are contained in one another, change into each other, and consume one another. When the yin of the night becomes the darkest, it transforms into the yang of dawn.
In a future article, I'll talk about how important it is to consider all aspects of yin and yang in your practice; today, it seems more appropriate to discuss the transformative aspect of yin/yang-the fact that extremes create their opposites. If we move into the greatest part of the yin/yang orb, it starts to flip over into the opposing energy. For example, particularly during winter, what happens to individuals who "go and go," paying no attention to their hibernation-slow-down cues, staying up late, getting up early, etc. (yang yang yang)? They get sick and collapse into a big, phlegmy ball of yin. But it's kind of nice because they can finally stop and rest (because they can't move!) It's peaceful, and they take care of themselves and rebuild.
September 11th -- if there was ever an extreme, we saw it then, in the sheer hatred, destruction and horror of those planes hitting the World Trade Center and the subsequent attacks. It was so extreme, it seemed to flip into an opposing energy: an outpouring of love, generosity and a determination to rebuild. Even Hollywood found it appropriate to be more quiet and release only "yin" films!
I have been so struck with the compassion pouring from people, and the deep self-reflection that this event seems to have initiated. The eye contact and smiles from people in the street suggest an appreciation for each moment of the life we have here together. The most powerful metaphor for me is the mass blood donations across the U.S. Do people realize, at least on some level, what we know in Chinese medicine: that the Spirit/shen is housed in the Blood? And do they realize that we are giving our Spirit to circulate as one? I truly believe that people have become more sensitive to and aware of the web that connects us all.
A simple technique for soothing the Spirit is a mu-shu combo. Do you remember my column in the September issue? (Editor's note: See "I'll Have a Mu-Shu Combo" on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/09/14.html.) Hold Bl 14 (Pericardium shu point) with Ren 17 (Pericardium mu point). You can do this at the end of a bodywork session, with the client face-up. Stand at the side of your client and reach under his or her back with one hand, cupping your hand beside the spine at the level of T-4 (Bl 14). At the same time, use your other hand to hold the point directly between the nipples in the center of the sternum (Ren 17). Hold for a couple of minutes until you feel the points soften and pulsate. Have your client breath into the points. Make sure to have some tissues ready for tears; this can be a very powerful release!
If you work on the floor, the best way to perform this soothing technique is with your client face-up again, but with you standing above their head. Take your feet and slide them under your client's back, alongside the spine. When you are between the client's shoulder blades, turn them sole-to-sole so that the medial aspect of the balls of your feet press into Bl 14 bilaterally. Hold the point directly between the eyebrows with one hand (Yintang) and place your other hand on the point in the middle of the client's sternum (Ren 17). This position gives you the added advantage of adding another point to the combination used to calm the Mind/Spirit (Yintang). In addition, your client's chest is lifted, opened and relaxed, allowing for deep breaths into life, connecting with one's own Corporeal Soul (po).
Again, I'm so grateful for this work we do. It feels so right to touch people at a deep level, where they are supported through the array of emotions surfacing. They might feel fragmented and broken, their shen scattered, but we can remind them of a space in themselves that has always been completely, forever whole; a place where we are one.
Click here for previous articles by Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc.
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