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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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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