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Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!"
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.
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)?
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.
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.
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.
April, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 04
Healthy Dissent and Alignment
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Currently, the United States spends about 1.5 trillion dollars a year for health care, and that figure is projected to double in less than 10 years.To quote Dr. James Mercola, "The sad tragedy is that we are spending all of this money on disease management focused on drugs and surgery, and our return on this investment is profoundly poor. More and more people do not have the energy they need to get through the day, while millions of others are suffering with painful crippling diseases because they have violated basic health principles."
The sad truth is that the basic principles of health are carefully not taught. Of course, this benefits the allopathic-pharmaceutical cartel, which only makes money if people are sick. Last year, health reporter Nick Regush explained it this way:
Unfortunately for the health of Americans, the medical monopoly is not going down gracefully, but kicking and screaming. It is mostly screaming, "Quackery, anything and everyone but us is quackery." Their only hope is to gain control of and co-opt the alternative health care movement, which is more than a movement, but a trend; a wave of change sweeping across the country. Why are the alternative disciplines desperately seeking the approval and acceptance of the dying, allopathic medical cartel? Why they do this instead of establishing themselves as the clear, health-care alternative is beyond me. The need to be accepted, to be "normal" is so strongly programmed into people, isn't it?
The public is running toward us with open arms and wallets, and we are dragging them back into the allopathic system so insurance will pay for it. History proves that insurance will not pay for enough of it for true alternative health care to be effective. Allowing only 10 visits a year for fibromyalgia, 20 visits for chiropractic, etc., is probably worse than nothing, as it drives people back into the allopathic system for care. The allopathic gatekeepers will put massage and other alternative treatments on the shelf once they gain control of them through insurance. Look back and you will see that "manual medicine" was deliberately phased out of the medical system once already. Once the allopaths gain control over it again, history will repeat itself. When that happens, with no alternative available to the public, the sickness system will blunder on, continuing to be the leading cause of death. Think about this as you lust after the fabled pot of gold at the end of the insurance rainbow, and the acceptance of the medical community.
Dissent is everywhere these days. Consider the following quote:
Dissent is good. From dissent comes change, progress and improvement in the human condition. May we always view honest dissent as healthy and welcome it.
I promised more on smallpox this month, but more information is rolling in as we speak, so stay tuned. In the meantime, if you are concerned about this issue, start looking into homeopathy.
Last month, I asked the question, " In relation to posture, what are the three most important bones in the human body to have properly (correctly) aligned on the horizontal planes?" According to Jerry Hesch, a physical therapist from Albuquerque, N.M., and one of the foremost experts on sacroiliac joint dysfunction (and a really great guy), the three bones are the talas, the sacrum and C-1.
For a chiropractic perspective, I asked Dr. Jason Cupp, DC, from Iowa City, Iowa (another great guy). He suggested, that from a straight chiropractic perspective, the three most important bones are L-5/sacrum, T-5 and C-2. He finds that C-1 tends to shift laterally, but remains on the horizontal plane, while C-2 is more likely to rock or tilt.
According to I.A. Kapanji, L-5 is tightly bound to the sacrum by ligaments and has minimal ability to move on its own. Therefore, one could argue that where goes the sacrum so goes L-5. C-1 and C-2 are really a working unit. Think about this for a minute.
What to do about it? Start with a careful assessment of each of these bones, its joint system and the patient's overall posture. This is done visually and by palpation.
Specific massage techniques, precise stretching, manipulation and strengthen exercises have been the methods found most effective to align these bones. Drugs have not been found to be affective or to bring about changes in alignment of these bones unless the drugged patient falls, in which case the resultant movement seldom brings about a desirable correction. Of course, any thrusting manipulation must be done by a provider with an appropriate license.
No Therapist Is an Island
Often it is best for the patient if a multidisciplinary approach is utilized. Through some combination of massage therapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapy and exercise, change may be accomplished faster and last longer. Of course, not every one of these disciplines needs to be involved; however, any two or more can work together, based on the needs of the patient, to accomplish the desired goal.
There needs to be more networking and interdisciplinary cooperation, with each provider respecting the value of the other's techniques, recognizing the limitations of their own, with the focus always on the good of the patient, never on the good of a practice or a profession. Think the pharmaceutical cartel and its puppet politicians will allow that to happen? If this is an unpleasant question for you to ponder, continue reflecting on the three bones, and how to best bring about skeletal (and maybe even planetary) alignment.
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