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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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?
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
June, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 06
The Fifth Element: Integration
By Robin Zill, LMT
Author's note: The 10 Elements of the Spa Experience are designed to teach the consumer and professional about the integrated nature of the spa experience. This is the fifth article in a 12-part series and focuses on the fifth of the 10 elements: Integration.
It is no secret that the underlying saga of the modern American is often one of time-impoverished disconnection.The search for greater understanding of optimal health has taken our culture by storm. We know we have sacrificed our need for an integrated world view for one that emphasizes measurements, quantities, efficiency and money. We are finding out that such a view doesn't always work for us, or for future generations. The fifth element of the spa experience, integration, speaks directly to these issues. We define integration as the personal and social relationship between mind, body, spirit and environment. Located in the center of the circle, the search for personal integration is at the heart of the spa experience.
So, how does the global spa movement address the need for integration? After all, it encourages the need for evolution in industries such as medicine, beauty, resort & hospitality, massage, nutrition, and fitness, to name a few. But even the word integration has lost some of its original intent for the industry. "Mind, body, spirit" often means nothing more to the consumer today than a wellness clinic that has a doctor, massage therapist, nutritionist, and acupuncturist (or a host of other services) renting space under the same roof and sharing a receptionist. The client pays for each of the services separately, and there is no cost-effective way to use the knowledge of this eclectic team in a comprehensive and holistic manner that really meets the needs of the individual in a profitable business forum. We are evolving however, and the desire for the "spa experience" is increasing exponentially in almost every market segment. In order to create the next-century profession, we need to create a synergy between all the various market strands. We need a common language.
The Ousia* (oo SEE ahh) concept, built upon the 10 elements, has begun to define for me the importance of sharing our individual journeys with the goal of creating a new common language. We need to rediscover our roots and update our thoughts, theories, and values. The ousia philosophy consists of four steps designed to facilitate an integrated spa experience: insight, cleanse, nourish, and transform. The steps are based on the Asclepian healing journey of the ancient Greeks.
Asclepius was the god of healing. Those who sought healing began with a simple step: the decision to seek a healthier life. An individual had to walk to the temple on his or her own. During the journey, the seeker saw others returning from the temple. Already the healing journey had begun, because the seeker realized she was not alone. At the temple, she experienced the Greek comedies and tragedies. The arts reflected back the joys and pains of the human experience. (Every healthy culture throughout history embraced the necessity of the arts and beauty in the healing process.) This part of the healing process corresponds to step one: insight.
The next step in the journey is cleanse: the process of purification through water. The ancient baths and bathing rituals of this time attest to the importance of this. Asclepian guests enjoyed a wide range of bathing experiences that prepared them for the therapeutic and transforming experiences to come.
The third step in the ousia journey is nourish: to feed the body, mind, and soul what it uniquely needs. Whether it be food, exercise, massage, medicine, or counseling, experienced staff members find appropriate ways to customize the treatment for the individual.
In the Asclepian journey, the next part of the path was the most important to achieving personal integration. This was the experience of rest and dreaming, letting the unconscious speak. In ancient Greece, the seeker traveled down an elaborate maze-like corridor, eventually ending up in a dream chamber. Again it was up to the individual to ask for greater guidance through dreaming. If lucky, the seeker received a meaningful dream and in a sense were transformed. In order to complete the journey, the seeker needed to leave something of him or herself behind; a sacrifice for the next traveler on the healing path.
In The Web of Life, Fritjof Capra says it this way: "When we see a network of relationships among leaves, twigs, branches, and a trunk, we call it a tree. When we draw a picture of a tree most of us will not draw the roots. Yet the roots of a tree are often as expansive as the parts we see."
Integration demands that we not ignore the "roots" or the "leaves." When all the elements of a spa experience are achieved, they add up to an elusive wholeness. That wholeness brings balance to the cultural pendulum and leads to more integrated lives, rich in connectedness.
Remember, spa is a people's movement. Your voice is important. You can e-mail me at .
* Ousia (oo SEE ahh) : essence, nature; that which makes a thing what it is; a person or object seen from within, yet not a material substance. Applied to our search for fulfillment, ousia denotes divine essence.
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