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Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12
Yin and Yang Deficiency, Part IV
By Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc
The first three installments in this series covered the general characteristics of yang and yin deficiency and yin deficiency in depth, including treatment. You can refer back to those articles online if necessary (www.massagetoday.com/columnists/esher/articles).
As you would imagine, a person with yang deficiency lacks yang's energizing, warming and transporting functions. Yang deficiency symptoms appear mostly cold, but of small magnitude. This is called Empty-Cold because the cold is caused not by excess yin, but by the relative lack of yang. So if you look at the figure below, you will see that it is only because there is less yang that the symptoms appear yin.
An Excess Cold condition will give you symptoms showing the cold is predominant, whereas the cold caused by Yang Deficiency will be fairly mild in comparison.
Notice that the horizontal line in the figure signifies "normal balance." In the yang deficiency diagram, the yin is not excess, meaning, above normal. Instead, there is only more yin because there is relatively less yang.
The figure below shows a true Full Cold condition -- yin consuming yang.
Chilliness and aversion to cold obviously are key symptoms of both yang deficiency and full cold, but you may find it more localized in a full cold condition like in a joint, the stomach, abdomen, intestines or testicles. Either way, when there is pain caused by cold or yang deficiency, heat will improve it. If it is a yang deficiency, touch will make it feel better; if it is a full cold, pressing will make it feel worse.
Both have symptoms of no thirst, but clear, abundant urination. With yang deficiency, urination can be more frequent, particularly at night, because the yang is not strong enough to hold the urine in the bladder for a long time. For the same reason, sweating with no exertion is a symptom of yang deficiency. The yang is so weak, that it can't hold the moisture in the skin. Since heat/yang is needed to transform food, either can have symptoms of loose stools. If it's an excess, getting rid of it will make you feel better, but if it is a deficiency and you are not getting the nutrients you need from the food, you will feel worse.
Again, think of yang as energetic in nature. If yang is deficient, the person doesn't have energy, and feels tired, listless, apathetic, and possibly unconfident. There may be no "get up and go" in the morning. Yang deficiency is common after people retire; they may feel they haven't accomplished anything important and that their lives have no purpose.
Symptoms such as a slow, deep pulse signifies cold if it's full, but if it's weak or empty, it indicates yang deficiency. The complexion is pale with both an excess cold and an empty-cold condition, but it tends to be brighter with the former and duller with the latter. The tongue is pale in both cases, but has a tendency to be swollen with yang deficiency. This is because the yang is unable to transport the fluids resulting in accumulation. The tongue coating is thick and white for a full cold, and wet, thin and white for an empty cold.
These are all symptoms of a general yang deficiency, but you certainly don't need all of them to be yang-deficient. Always look at the big picture to see what the overall predominant assessment is, and then look more deeply to find the involvement of the zang-fu and treat accordingly. In the next column, I'll differentiate between four common types of yang deficiency and three types of full cold, then discuss how to treat each one of them.
Click here for previous articles by Barbra Esher, AOBTA CI. Dipl. ABT & Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc.
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