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Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
February, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 02
Leaving on a Jet Plane
By Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc
I just came back from the airport, and judging by the crowds, it appears that more people are comfortable with flying again! With $300 fares to England or $600 to Japan, how can we resist? Make sure to clip this article if you think that wanderlust may take you more than an hour or two outside of your time zone.A client who is headed off to a faraway destination might appreciate you passing on these tips!
The secret to getting over jetlag is to reset your bodyclock to the time of your destination. Our body has a circadian rhythm in which different meridians are more active at certain times of the day. Our bodies know when we need to wake up, eliminate, eat, study, etc. We can use acupressure points to tell our body when we need to do these things at different times due to time zone changes. This simple technique will save you many muzzy-headed days while your body tries to figure out what is going on. Make it easy on yourself and energetically tell your body where it is on the globe and what it needs to be doing!
Each of the 12 meridians has two hours when it is strongest. There are certain points on each meridian called Horary points that resonate with that meridian in particular during that time of day. Points relate to each of the Five Elements on each meridian but the Horary points are the element of that meridian's element. For example, Lung is Metal, Lu 8 is a metal point so Lu 8 is the Lung meridian's Horary point, the Lung meridian's, "be all you can be" point. So Lu 8 is the point that you want to stimulate during the Lung time of day of the place you want to reset your bodyclock to.
As soon as you reach the airport and have settled in and are waiting to get on the plane, reset your watch for the time at your destination. For example, if you are going from New York to San Francisco and it's 7 a.m., set your watch for 4 a.m. and visualize that indeed it is that time. Some like to imagine a Luis Bunuelish clock with hands turning quickly backwards but I like to feel that time of day. For 4 a.m., I picture the quiet darkness getting ready to reveal dawn. While I am doing this, I press Lu 8 for about two minutes with either the edge of my thumb or a retracted ballpoint pen. As I am pressing the point, I am breathing deeply with intention and in my mind, I am in San Francisco at 4 a.m., the Lung time of day.
Continue this way for the next 24 hours or longer if you are still in airports and changing planes. (I will never forget my "bargain" flight to Japan that took 36 hours!) You don't have to remember to stimulate the point exactly in the middle of the two-hour time period, although those with the technical know-how to set their watch to remind them will have an easier time of it. (That type of technology is beyond me!)
Seasoned traveler Pamela Ferguson has an entire self-shiatsu routine to be performed at regular intervals during your flight. If you start to feel claustrophobic, look above your head, expand into that space and stretch. Squeeze the back of your neck and the top of your shoulders. Knuckle-rub right below the outside of your knee. Take off your shoes and rub the bottom of your feet and ankles. See her Self Shiatsu Handbook for detailed instructions of this wonderful routine and may more self-care techniques.
Throughout your whole trip, remember to drink lots of water to keep yourself well-hydrated. Avoid alcohol and coffee. When you arrive, make sure to walk outside in the moon or sunlight to adjust your biological clock. Be absolutely sure not to look back on the time zone you are coming from until you are ready to return. The worst thing to do is say, "Well, in my time it's 2 am." You'll be undoing all of the reprogramming you're working on!
Using this technique, I have flown half way around the world without missing a beat. I remember calling my son when it was noon in Thailand and midnight in Maryland back home. I walked around the street markets and temples until 7 pm (still pressing my points), went to sleep that night and got up early for class the next morning refreshed. Try it and see what a huge difference it makes the next time you travel!
Click here for previous articles by Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc.
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