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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
Yin and Yang Deficiency, Part III
By Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc
In the last two issues of Massage Today, I presented the general characteristics of yang and yin deficiency. As previously discussed, yin deficiency has heat symptoms, but milder than with a full-heat condition.You can fine-tune your assessment by determining which primary meridians are involved. This month's article, I'll try to answer the question you all have been e-mailing me about and patiently waiting for a response to: What can you do about yin deficiency? (Thank you, I appreciate hearing from you all!)
Generally speaking, you shouldn't use moxa with any yin deficiency, because of course, you don't add heat to heat. With deficiencies, use soothing, tonifying pressure that draws the yin to that meridian. A general yin treatment protocol is to hold your mother hand on Sp 6 and palm press up the three yin meridians on the legs until you reach Ren 4. Hold those two points together for a few minutes, breathing deeply and encouraging your client to breathe into the points. Then keep your mother (support) hand on Ren 4 as you palm press up the three yin meridians of the legs. Work slowly and deliberately, with the intention of drawing yin up from the earth and gathering it into the hara/belly/dantian area. Repeat on the other leg. Combine this treatment with the following more specific treatments.
In most cases, you can hold the yuan points with the shu points of the particular meridian that seems to be most affected. For example, to treat Kidney yin deficiency, have the patient lie face down and prop up his or her feet with a bolster. Hold Ki 6 and Ki 3, keeping your mother hand there as you gently thumb press into the Kidney meridian, going up the leg, stopping at Ki 9, Ki 10, ending at the Kidney shu points, Bl 23s, holding them bilaterally with your thumb and index finger. Hold this combination for a few minutes. Then keep your support hand on the lower back as you bring the other hand up, slowly thumb pressing the Kidney meridian to meet the hand holding the shus. "Kenbiki" (gently rock) the lower back, then hold your palms over the Kidney area with a vibrating motion. Repeat with the other leg.
For Heart yin deficiency, have the patient lie face down with his or her hands to the sides. Rub the center of the palms vigorously, then hold Ht 7 and Ht 6 together with one of your thumbs while you thumb press up the Heart meridian to the Pericardium and Heart shu points with your other hand. Hold both sets of shus bilaterally with your thumb and index fingers, then follow the hand holding the wrist points up to meet at the shu points. Hold the Heart and Pericardium shus together with both of your hands. Repeat with the other arm.
For Liver yang rising caused to Liver yin/Kidney yin deficiency, you want to subdue Liver yang and tonify Liver and/or Kidney yin. With the patient face-up, hold GB 2 bilaterally and press out to the temples to Taiyang. Still working bilaterally, press around the ears, especially GB 6, GB 8 and GB 9. Work on the neck and occiput, holding both GB 20s, pulling slightly toward you. Move to the patient's side, keeping one support hand on GB 20 and thumb pressing down the top of the shoulders, down the Triple Heater meridian on the arm until you reach TH 5. Hold GB 20 with TH 5. Repeat with the other arm. Do the general yin deficiency protocol on the legs. Have the person lie face down. Thumb down his or her shu points, then do the Kidney yin deficiency protocol. Press GB 38s bilaterally, then GB 41s and 43s, with the intention of grounding the yang to the feet. End by holding Ki 1s and Lv 3s together with your thumb and index fingers bilaterally.
With Lung yin deficiency, position the patient face-up. Hold Ren 12 with Ren 17 for a few minutes, then Ren 17 with Lu 1. Keep one hand at Lu 1 for support as you gently thumb press the Lung meridian, ending and holding Lu 9 with Lu 1 for a few minutes as you encourage slow, deep breathing. Rub Lu 10 vigorously with both of your thumbs to disperse the empty heat. Hold Lu 9 at the wrist as you thumb, press down the Lung meridian from Lung 1. Use Ren 17 and Ren 12 to slowly transition to the other side and repeat with the other arm. Make sure to hold the Lung shu points when you work on the back.
Treat Stomach yin deficiency after finishing the general yin deficiency treatment. Hold Ren 12 with one hand as you press from St 21 down the Stomach meridian to St 36. Hold these two points together. Continuing holding ST 36 with your mother hand as you thumb press with your hand from Ren 12, meeting at ST 36 and rubbing the point gently with your knuckles. Continue holding St 36 with one thumb as you press down the Stomach meridian with your forearm. Repeat with the other leg. End by holding Sp6s, St 41s then Sp3s bilaterally.
Of course, you will have to try to track down the behavior that caused the problem in the first place, like improving eating habits for Stomach yin deficiency. For any yin deficiency, suggest to the client that he or she may want to spend more time at home or make the home environment more relaxing and yin.
According to Hope Karan Gerecht, author of my favorite Feng Shui book, Healing Design:
Alex Tiberi suggests buying a pet to help tonify yin. A dog needs you to nourish and take care of it, more so than fish or other types of pets. There is nothing like the feeling of the unconditional love from a pet when you arrive home. Plus, you get the added benefit of gentle yin-tonifying exercise, by having to take it out for a walk regularly! This is particularly true of older people who don't exercise regularly or have the opportunity to care for anyone anymore.
Since people who are yin deficient are already depleted, they need to avoid stimulants that will cause them to use more energy than they have, such as alcohol, coffee and sugar. Pungent spices also should be avoided, as they will create more heat.
Daverick Leggitt writes in Helping Ourselves: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Food Energetics:
Foods that especially tonify yin are: apples, asparagus, cheese and milk (in moderation), chicken and duck eggs, clams and oysters, crab, cuttlefish, duck, honey (in moderation), kidney beans, lemon, malt, mango, peas, pears, pineapple, pomegranate, pork, rabbit, string beans, tofu, tomato, watermelon and yams. Another excellent reference is Leggitt's book, Recipes for Self-Healing.
Chinese herbs are also beneficial, used in conjunction with Asian bodywork therapy for supporting yin.
With such a focus in our culture on the value of yang -- doing rather than being, and going rather than relaxing -- you may find several of your clients suffer from some sort of yin deficiency, to put it mildly. Even if you forget all of the differentiation and treatments mentioned in this article, and just give your clients the space to receive, feel nurtured and renewed, you will be starting to address and treat their yin deficiency! One of the most enduring and valuable yin-supporting "techniques" is to be present and peaceful.
Click here for previous articles by Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc.
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