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The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12
We Get Letters & E-Mail
More Perspectives on Legislative Problems in PA
By Editorial Staff
The following three letters to the editor comment on LaRose Daniels' article, "Legislative Problems in Pennsylvania," which appeared in the November issue.(To read the original article, click here.) The first letter was submitted by LaRose herself; the second and third letters were submitted by members of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), which is also working on exemption language for the proposed bill.
Thank you for this opportunity to respond to Ms. Flagg's comments regarding the article about legislative problems in Pennsylvania. Ms. Flagg suggests that APTA waited until it was too late in the process to get an exemption into the bill. This is inaccurate.
APTA has made its needs clear all along, which resulted in polarity therapy having a title exemption in the bill, until Ms. Flagg unilaterally removed it. Once it was removed, APTA has asked repeatedly that it be reinstated, and has provided the coalition in PA with model language as developed by the energy practices of the Federation.
Unfortunately, the coalition, of which APTA is a member, is not working according to the consensus process. It is a serious problem when one practice decides it can override and dictate to another practice.
LaRose Daniels, MS, RPP
This is in reply to your November cover story. For the record, AOBTA has been involved with the PA legislative coalition since the beginning. George Fleck began working with them, and we stepped in when we took over as AOBTA state representatives.
In the last few meetings, the mood in the coalition has changed. Previously, it had been one of joint effort and concern for all involved. Now, the AMTA just wants the bill passed, and it seems that it doesn't care who it affects adversely. AMTA truly believes its exemption wording will cover any touch profession that doesn't want to be in the bill, and we disagree. Our continued objections to the wording were not recorded in the minutes of any of the meetings. If AMTA didn't insist on having such a broad scope of practice, we wouldn't have the need for specific exemptions.
The PA bill isn't great for massage therapists, either, since they would share a revolving seat on the board with dieticians. So, for two years, they'd have no control over what goes on. Who would want that?
As Asian bodywork therapists, we are not opposed to licensing, so long as it's equitable. But we demand a voice in the legislative process, and want to have a seat on a board that legislates to us. Is that so hard to understand? We primarily want exemption from this bill because it gives us absolutely no voice. The Nursing Board (with one dietician or massage person) could easily ignore our Asian bodywork therapy education and credentials, requiring that we all go to massage school. (This has happened in other states.) This could severely limit our practices. We're not saying it will happen, but it could, and we need to be wary of that.
Despite AMTA's statement about only granting exemptions to practices with "recognized legal definitions," the bill, as it now stands, does have an exemption for reflexology by name. It is our understanding that reflexology does not have legal trademark status for its modality. At the coalition meeting, it was explained that, because reflexology had been working with the coalition for a long time, it was allowed the requested exemption.
As we've noted before, the AOBTA has also been involved in the coalition process for a long time, yet we were not given the same courtesy. If the AMTA can give a specific exemption to one profession, it must give it to others. We must stand up for ourselves and fight for our rights, before they are swept away.
Pattie Middlemiss, MSN, RN, ABT
Susan Wood, ABT
I have been a Jin Shin Do® practitioner for 27 years. Our profession has had its own "legal definition" for about 30 years. Twenty years ago, even though I had studied my profession for seven years, I was required to attend massage school for a year to qualify to sit for a licensing exam to touch in New York State. I am now a Pennsylvania resident, but I see the same type of legislation being proposed here.
In response to the comments submitted by Retta Flagg and Ron Precht, I think their words point directly to the concerns of non-massage bodywork practitioners. First, the discussion over the exemption clause at coalition meetings did not begin at the July meeting. AOBTA representatives questioned the language from the beginning, and sent to the coalition president language agreed upon by six of the seven members of the Federation of Massage, Bodywork and Somatic Practice Organizations, of which AMTA is a member.
The AMTA language leaves a large opening for interpretation by massage-oriented regulating agencies (as in New York) to define all touch therapy as massage, and thus to subsume all other bodywork practices under its auspices. This of course would require anyone practicing non-massage bodywork in states with these laws in the books to spend significant time and money to study a discipline unrelated to their work, just to be "legal" under these definitions.
I do not begrudge people their attempts to strengthen their economic base, except where it infringes unfairly on the livelihood of others. Essentially, this tactic supports a monopoly on touch therapy education and definition.
Deborah Valentine Smith, LMT
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