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Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Gives the Gift of Massage
By Editorial Staff
Students and faculty from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) provided complimentary massage to an estimated 200 competitors at this year's U.S. Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.The tournament, held October 8-11 in San Diego, California, featured top athletes from the United States and 18 different countries.
San Diego-based PCOM also will participate in National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (October 20-26) by offering free tours of its classes in Thai and Swedish massage; acupressure; foot reflexology; Jin Shin; shiatsu; and tuina. In addition, the college will host demonstrations on massage and Chinese medicine at several area health food stores and hospitals during the week.
PCOM offers several massage certification programs, including massage technician; massage therapist; and Oriental bodyworker.
Massage on the Links
The Chiropractic & Massage Clinic proved popular at this year's "Wendy's Championship for Children" Ladies Professional Golfers' Association (LPGA) Tournament. Local massage therapists provided complimentary chair massages to golfers, patrons, caddies, tournament personnel and members of the media throughout the event, held August 4 in Dublin, Ohio.
The clinic was a feature of the Chiropractic Health & Fitness Expo, sponsored by, among others, the Ohio State Chiropractic Association. The Expo Team consisted of volunteer massage therapists and chiropractors.
"I just want to thank you for all the wonderful care and treatment we were given this week," effused LPGA professional Tracy Hanson, speaking with Karen Kelley, promotions coordinator for the expo. "This was needed very much, and all the players are talking about it [the clinic]."
Multidisciplinary Conference to Focus on Low Back, Pelvic Pain
As we go to press, the North American Multidisciplinary Approaches Conference is scheduled to take place October 18-20 in Seattle, Washington. The conference is sponsored by the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, in association with the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators.
This year's conference, the third such event organized by the Journal, will feature a panel discussion and presentations on effective treatments for low back and pelvic pain. Scheduled to present are:
CAM Research Opportunities in Arizona
The University of Arizona's Program in Integrative Medicine (PIM) has received a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). The grant will be used to establish the Arizona Complementary & Alternative Medicine Research Training Program, with specific funds designated for research Fellows, including two predoctoral, two postdoctoral, and two short-term clinical undergraduate trainees in 2002-2003.
As part of this program, the university plans to partner with Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. Naturopathic students will be eligible for two-month summer fellowships at the university; naturopathic physicians will be eligible for two-to-three-year fellowships.
"We face a real challenge, in that we have academic researchers who know about research, but don't know about CAM, and we have CAM practitioners who know CAM in the deepest sense, but haven't been trained as researchers," commented Victoria Maizes, MD, executive director of PIM. "With a program like this, there's the potential to address that challenge and develop healthcare practitioners who are grounded in both [CAM and research]."
Thai Hospital Opts for Alternative Care
Piyavate Hospital Plc in Bangkok, Thailand is making room for massages, spa services, yoga, meditation and herbal therapy in 400 of its 500 beds. The conversion is part of a joint venture with EBH Products Co., to open the Circure Alternative Medicine Medical Centre at the hospital in December. The new facility, believed to be the first of its kind in Thailand, will combine Western medical and alternative healing approaches.
Commenting on the hospital's venture into alternative medicine, hospital Chairman Dr. Boon Vanasin stated: "About 90% of ailments are not caused by infection, but by consumption patterns and pollution. Alternative medicine helps patients to protect themselves so they do not need a cure."
Dr. Boon also noted that the hospital would hold seminars on alternative medicine, with foreign health care practitioners invited to network and share information with their Thai counterparts.
Actress Bullock Makes Massage Part of the Set
Entertainers are renowned for the free gifts, or "perks," they have written into their contracts before going on tour or starting work on a new movie. Actress Sandra Bullock, the star of movies such as "Speed" and "Miss Congeniality," has taken the concept to a new level.
According to an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), one of Ms. Bullock's requirements is that she be provided with an onsite wellness center that includes licensed massage therapists.
"It's kind of fun just to see what you can get," Bullock told the BBC.
She also admitted that while she tries to get as many benefits as possible from a studio, she makes sure the rest of the crew gets to enjoy the benefits of massage.
"[These days] actors get such ridiculous perks that you might as well make some of those perks something that benefits everybody."
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