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Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
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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