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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
Twelve-Step Program to the Post-ABT Exam Party
By Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc
In my last column (in the June issue), I suggested how to organize a study group to learn the Asian medicine portion of the NCE. This seems to be the major concern of massage therapists taking the exam, even though it is well-known that the NCE can be passed without knowing the answers to any of these questions.Regardless, many people wrote saying that they appreciated the guidance. I also received letters requesting something similar to study for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) exam. I recommend that you use the outline that comes with the exam booklet! This article is based more on my shiatsu program. All of my graduates last year passed the exam, so you may be able to study and review this information and also do well!
If you plan on taking the ABT exam, hopefully you are already registered, as the deadline is August 9. This leaves you 12 weeks to bone-up on your traditional Asian medicine foundation concepts. Get together with as many as you can and commit to supporting each other in knowing this material cold. (Cold being yin, means you learn it to the deep dark depths of your being!)
A good way to organize your time is to divide these 12 "steps" by the number of people studying together, and assign who will teach each week. So if you have 12 people in your group, each person will teach one segment of this material one time. It's best to teach the information that you know the best, so you aren't just reading from a book. Make it fun and interesting, and include as many audio-visual aids as possible. Give out handouts. If you don't know what you are teaching at all, don't worry, you will know it by the time you finish preparing your lesson!
Also, have all the people who are not teaching that week write down five questions on the material presented the previous week. Start each class with a review from the previous week - it could consist of nothing more than answering those questions. Cut the questions apart (so that each question is on a separate piece of paper), put them in a bag and pass it around, randomly picking and answering questions. (This strategy gives everyone the opportunity to think about and consider each question, rather than people just calling out the answers.) You didn't have time to make up questions? Well then, you'll have to make up 10 for next week! A study group takes more of a commitment than just meeting once a week; you have to work at learning this information!
By the way, this system works for any number of people. If there are just two of you, alternate between teaching and writing questions based on the information you've learned the prior week. If it is just you, study the material in a methodical way, and compile a bank of questions to test yourself later.
12 Steps/ 12-Week Program
[Unless otherwise specified, the page numbers referenced in brackets appear in Foundations of Chinese Medicine by Giovanni Maciocia, Churchill Livingston Press.]
Yes, I omitted a lot of detail from this outline -- for example, just about all of the yang organ pathologies. That's because you need to pull back and focus on the big picture. You probably are not going to run across Heat in the Small Intestine in your practice and most people wouldn't consider it "entry-level" knowledge.
Yes, I also left out Western medicine. You need to have taken at least 100 hours of it to sit for the exam but it's such a small percentage of your knowledge base that I wouldn't spend too much of your time reviewing every muscle origin and insertion. (Just as I don't recommend massage therapists learn Asian medicine for the NCE, unless it was a significant part of training.)
I also didn't include questions on the different forms of ABT. Don't worry about the different techniques for styles you don't know. You couldn't possibly, nor would you want, to learn them all. It's more important to know the basic theory. Pulse and tongue is included in all 12 weeks. It's part of learning the signs and symptoms; for example, a reddish tongue for yin deficiency and a swollen, pale tongue for yang deficiency.
One last thing: several textbooks have test questions in the multiple-choice style used on the NCCAOM exams. Check them out to see if they might be useful. TCM Study Guide Series Acupuncture, Kang Tai Press, Chicago; and Tests: Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Foreign Language Press, Beijing.
Again, I am not telling you what is on the exam, but I am giving you an approach that I know works. I am committed to you succeeding; write me and let me know how you did!
Click here for previous articles by Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc.
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