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The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Chiropractic Around the World: WFC Country Reports December 2015
The following country updates are reprinted with permission from the December 2015 World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Quarterly World Report. Information is excepted for space and edited to DC-specific style guidelines.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Do Doctors Lie to Patients? (Do You Lie to Yours?)
In a previous column ["When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)," Oct. 1, 2015], I discussed the issue of patients lying to doctors, and the many reasons why this can occur.
Is There a Neurological Basis and Correction for Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration, aka AMD (age-related macular degeneration), is a common eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 years and older, according to the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 1)
Food and supplement safety is a topic that often comes up when I speak to chiropractors for CE relicensing, even when it is not the advertised subject.
Treating Pain: The Hypermobile Coccyx
When I write about the coccyx, I recognize that I am talking about a relatively small subset of patients. When I write for Dynamic Chiropractic, I am trying to reach 60,000 chiropractors.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Taking Another Step Toward a Secure Future
In 2008, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) released a literature review on chiropractic care for low back disorders.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Enhancing Performance in Cross-Fit Athletes
Cross-fitness centers are expanding in number and increasing in popularity. To remain relevant to this growing portion of society, practitioners need to learn about the exercises and injuries common to this group.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Lab Rats (Roaming the Streets)
The title of this article is an accurate description of American consumers (regardless of age) in the modern era.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
The Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 2)
Evidence is growing that the silymarin complex of flavonolignans from milk thistle can impact serum ferritin and iron overload in various clinical circumstances.
RAND Study Recruiting DCs
Dr. Ian Coulter, RAND / Samueli chair for integrative medicine and senior health policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, has issued a call for participation, recruiting doctors of chiropractic for a practice-based research study that will examine "the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low back pain and neck pain."
The MRI: What to Do With the Results
As I wrote in my previous article on this topic, it is my goal for you, the doctor, to be an expert in interpreting MRI images yourself; and to be able to independently make decisions based upon a combination of clinical presentations and findings, followed by the MRI images.
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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