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Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
Reiki Practitioners SPARK Healing
By Rebecca J. Razo
It's a beautiful September day in New York City. At a perfect 72 degrees, a slight breeze dusts the clear sky and gently waves an American flag raised high atop a pole directly in front of Ground Zero.The mood is somber and reverent as people gather to remember those who lost their lives exactly three years earlier. Some weep; some leave flowers and letters; some sing; others just stare in awe at the gaping hole where the Twin Towers once stood majestically over the city.
A few miles down the road at Washington Square Park, dog walkers, vendors, street performers, locals and tourists are out in full force, making the most of the beautiful day. In a grassy corner of the park, a group of Reiki practitioners known as SPirited Action, Release and Kindness (SPARK) have set up shop and are providing free Reiki sessions throughout the day.
SPARK was organized on the first anniversary of Sept. 11 as a way to help facilitate healing. Massage Today (MT) had the opportunity to speak with SPARK Executive Director Dave Gorczynski (DG), who goes by the name Kaiyo, about this unique organization.
MT: How did this project come about?
DG: Shortly following Sept. 11, my friend Richard Kanter and I could see that it would be easy for people to hold onto the tragedy of that day, but very few would remember the many positive memories, such as the volunteers who came from all parts of the United States to help, and the incredible selflessness that took place. It was a real testament to human resiliency. I was a Reiki master and he was studying CranioSacral Therapy, and we decided to offer our services to the public on the first anniversary of 9/11, since we knew it would be a stressful period.
We talked about it for months and then in June 2002, we met a friend of my family, Aitreyia. She was an energy worker from Tucson, Ariz., and Richard mentioned the idea to her. She immediately wanted to be a part of it, and within a week had eight people with tickets purchased, ready to [fly in] from Arizona.
On the first anniversary, with park permits in hand - the Parks Department has been extremely supportive of our event - our group of 17 set up tables in Battery Park for three days and Washington Square Park for one [both in New York City]. In Washington Square Park, our event coincided with a peace vigil, and when the park finally closed at 12:30 [in the morning], we still had 25 people on the waiting list for sessions. We realized it was just the beginning and that we were fulfilling a real need.
In 2003, both Richard and Aitreyia began playing much smaller roles due to geographic and time constraints, but the organization continued to expand with more participation from New Yorkers. By September, we grew to 50 practitioners and started working in multiple parks simultaneously. SPARK also began a collaborative relationship with September Space, a New York-based nonprofit with 9/11 roots. From the inception, we have called ourselves SPirited Action, Release and Kindness. We feel very strongly about the action portion and even stronger about our no-strings/free services policy when working with the general public.
MT: Is this something you will continue to do every September 11?
DG: Yes. We will continue every September 11, and our services are open to everyone, not just those [directly] affected by September 11. We try to make this as clear as possible. We would like everyone in need of our services to feel welcome.
MT: How many volunteers are currently involved?
DG: At this time, our group consists of approximately 90 practitioners, with an active core of about 50 or so. Since many come to participate from outside of New York City, it becomes difficult for them to be part of the active core for events in the city.
MT: Does your organization participate in events at any other time of the year?
DG: Yes. "SPARK in the Park" is our own annual event, but we enjoy partnering with other organizations to provide free energy work throughout the year. In October 2003, we took part in the "Walk to End Domestic Violence" to offer sessions at its wellness fair. The fair was at the end of the walk and was a place for domestic abuse survivors to receive makeovers, financial advice, and now, energy work. We were very well received.
SPARK is currently working with attorneys to become a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which we expect to occur before the end of the year.
MT: Thank you so much for your time, Kaiyo.
For more information about SPARK, visit www.sparkinthepark.org.
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