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Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
September, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 09
Expedition Costa Rica a Rewarding Experience
By Gwen Coveny, BA, CMT
Expedition Costa Rica July 2003 was a volunteer project led by Elvis Mairena, a Costa Rican native and massage therapist currently practicing in New Jersey who uses his skills to provide healing touch to people in need.Our group of massage therapists learned of the expedition through the International Massage Association and the Somerset School of Massage Therapy (SSMT), where Elvis just completed a year of training.
I helped coordinate the expedition, which included a total of seven volunteers, all of whom paid their own travel expenses. In addition to Elvis and myself, other volunteers were Paula Suyehiro, BS, CMT, from Marin County, Calif.; Jessica Kansiz, a massage therapist from New Brunswick, N.J.; SSMT students Amanda Whitehead and Rebecca Morse; and MaryAlyn Garcia, a friend from Arizona who assisted us with Spanish translation.
We spent our first day administering massage at Manos Abiertos ("Open Hands"), a convent for disabled children. These children were afflicted with Down syndrome; paralysis; blindness; and major deformities. Some of the children were on respirators. Most were mentally disadvantaged; many couldn't speak at all. Some children were confined to cribs and could only be lightly massaged or given energy through hand placement. It was emotionally difficult at times, but these children appreciated the touch.
We also worked in a children's clinic in Orotina, where we massaged disabled children and their parents, many of whom traveled from several hours away to experience massage. During the sessions, we worked with clothed individuals on massage tables; mats; regular chairs; and in wheelchairs, depending on their conditions.
We worked with elderly patients at a home called Albergue del Anciano ("Inn of the Ancients") in Quepos. This was particularly rewarding, as many of the patients told us about their lives, and expressed their happiness over having visitors. One man who had been paralyzed for years miraculously experienced some movement in his legs after a massage by Elvis and Amanda! Despite the disfiguring conditions of many patients, most were proud to be in their 80s and commented that they wanted to live longer.
Most of the places where we worked were small, run-down clinics. There was a great deal of poverty, but the patients were clean and well-cared-for by the nurses and staff members, who showed a lot of love and dedication. The staff also seemed to appreciate the attention and touch we provided to their patients.
We learned so much and fought back many tears during this humbling experience. We found the Ticos (native Costa Ricans) to be very kind, humorous and generous people. We were often reminded of how fortunate we are to have our health, and of the relative wealth many of us enjoy in the United States. We learned how to use our massage skills to reach out in ways we hadn't known were possible - it was truly amazing.
Plans for future expeditions are already underway. If you would like more information, please contact Elvis Mairena at (732) 754-4963.
The following expedition volunteers can be contacted with comments and/or questions:
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