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The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
Beijing Red Cross to Host Training Program
Massage Therapists Encouraged to Participate
By Kurt Hellinger, DC
The Beijing Red Cross Traditional Medical Exchange Center, also known as the Beijing Institute, has scheduled a two-week training program May 15-29 for licensed massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and other health care providers and their families.
The Beijing Institute, under the direction of Dr.Wan Sujian, is part of the Beijing Red Cross Society and the Beijing Public Health Department, and is also a restorative hospital that utilizes traditional Chinese medicine in its treatment approach to the health care needs of the local population and villages. For years, groups of health care professionals have studied with the Beijing Institute, training and receiving certification in the various aspects of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The institute performs medical work in the field, and the visiting doctors are asked to help by adjusting patients who rely on the government to provide health care.
In the past, when traveling with groups of health care professionals, we have treated entire villages. The trip this May includes a trip to an "orphanage village," where the villagers have received and raised disabled orphans for decades. The Beijing Institute, working together with the orphanage, visits periodically to treat the children and also has set up a training program in which the children who are able are educated in TCM so that one day they can become doctors in the Chinese public health system.
The trip scheduled for the American group will include approximately two days of Red Cross mission work. The rest of the time, we will be touring three cities: Beijing, Datong and Chengde, where we will visit points of interest, experience Chinese culture and marvel at the natural wonders of the country. The trip also includes an extensive training program for the doctors and interested students in which participants are given daily treatments, including medicinal foot baths, followed by full-body tuina and qigong treatments. Doctors are instructed in theory and hand techniques; led through group exercise and meditation to improve the health and skills of the doctor; and given certification at the end of the program. The author has spent many vacations visiting Dr. Wan and his staff, and the hand techniques they teach have had a great effect on improving my own soft tissue manipulations.
The trip will be a vacation for the doctors and their families, as we travel and stay in excellent accommodations; enjoy local cuisines and cultural shows; visit mountains and temples; attend banquets; meet other health care professionals; and share ideas. Over the years and every year during the milder months, groups of doctors, students and patients from the U.S., Europe and Japan visit the Beijing Institute to travel through China, receive training and treatments, and enjoy stimulating and interesting vacations.
Those who have not yet visited China may be surprised at the quality of the Chinese travel and tourism industry. While traveling with the institute we will enjoy the privileges of being with a medical group affiliated with the government, which provides us with access and ease of travel as well as security. Dr. Wan is a retired four-star general in the Chinese army. He is also an internationally known lecturer on traditional Chinese medicine, and was recently featured in a PBS documentary about qigong masters and TCM healing methods.
The trip in May 2003 is open to interested practitioners and students. As the U.S. group leader, please contact me at the address below if you would like more information, including complete travel itinerary and costs.
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