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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.
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
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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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