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Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
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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