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Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
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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