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Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
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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