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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06
The Man and His Mission, Part I
By Nancy Griffin
Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series on Sebastian Kneipp and Kneipp therapy, based on information from the Sebastian-Kneipp-Schule in Bad Wrishofen, Germany.
Born in 1821, the son of a poor weaver in the Bavarian region of Germany, Kneipp fell ill with pulmonary tuberculosis while studying for the priesthood. Inspired by German physician Johann Hahn, who wrote about the power and effect of fresh water on human health nearly a decade prior, Kneipp cured himself from his potentially fatal disease by taking full-immersion dips in the icy waters of the Danube and literally "shocking" his system back to health.
Using the healing system he developed through experimentation and observation, Kneipp helped cure a number of gravely ill patients (to whom he had actually been summoned to administer last rites). His unorthodox methods earned him the resentment of doctors and pharmacists; he was even arraigned before the court to answer charges of "quackery." His ecclesiastical superiors had him relocated to a small Dominican monastery at Wrishofen, located in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. His 1886 book, My Water Cure, became a bestseller, taking Germany by storm; after it was translated, it spread throughout the world. In 1889, Kneipp published The Way You Should Live, which explained his belief in a natural, healthy lifestyle and the importance of education. He died in 1897 at the age of 75, leaving a legacy in his wake: "I want all mankind to share my knowledge."
The Five Pillars of Kneipp Therapy
Naturopathy is rooted in Kneipp's healing system. One of the most important characteristics of Kneipp therapy is to gently stimulate the body "to give nature a gentle hand," thereby strengthening the immune system and raising the body's tolerance for stress. Kneipp was a strong believer in physical exercise, simple food and a "regular style of life for body, mind and soul."
Kneipp therapy consists of:
Hydrotherapy: Water functions as a natural stimulus to the body. It increases energy and disease resistance, and improves body-awareness. The therapeutic qualities of water also have positive effects on the psyche and the nervous and hormone systems. Kneipp hydrotherapy treatments are finely adjusted to suit the individual and situation.
Herbs/Phytotherapy: Kneipp had documented, scientific research that herbs and phytotherapy have prophylactic, or healing, effects on the body. Kneipp herbal treatments can be prepared in various forms, including teas; ointments; oils; baths and herbal wraps.
Exercise/Kinesiotherapy: Sensible physical exercise stimulates important functions of the body, including the musculoskeletal; cardiovascular and nervous systems; and the digestive tract. Massage is an indispensable supplementary treatment to exercise.
Nutrition/Dietetics: Kneipp believed that nutritional diseases are avoided or cured by a well-balanced, low-fat diet consisting of fresh food prepared in such a way that its vitamins remain intact.
Lifestyle/Regulative Therapy: Lifestyle and health education are the most important part of Kneipp's doctrine. Kneipp believed it is as important to live in harmony with one's social and natural environments as it is to lead a balanced life.
The specifics of Kneipp hydrotherapy treatments will be addressed in Part II.
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