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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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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