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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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
December, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 12
Sollite: Color and Light Therapy
By Anthousa Helena, LMHC, LMT
Our bodies are composed of dynamic colors and light. Modern biophysics has confirmed that humans are made up of bone, muscle and tissue, as well as a body of energy consisting of quanta of light.Light is an actual substance moving with peculiar styles of vibrations according to the particular colors that compose it; at a rate of nearly 186,000 miles per second, it is easy to see that it must have great power.
Light and color are a frequency of energy that is based on wavelengths and cycles per second of electromagnetic vibration. This theory is in accord with the ancient mode of the Indian Vedas that declared the human being as part of a universal wavelength known as the electromagnetic field that includes all forms of life in nature. Noted spiritual author Georg Feuerstein stated that "Light is the principle underlying all manifestation; we, our bodies and our minds, are light."
Today quantum physicists have discovered that things are not solid and that all matter is "frozen light" substantiating that everything we experience is energetic in nature. On a cellular level, as electrons move and communicate from one atom to another, a spark of light is created called a photon proving that our cells speak to each other through light. The nerve ganglia all over the body may be reasonably likened to electric wires for conducting photons, collected by the skin and eyes, and distributed to all the internal organs and cells. Therefore, even our cellular health is dependent upon a state of equilibrium and an abundance of these life-giving photons. Based on scientific findings, medical science has shown that light stimulates, regulates and stabilizes our physiology.
As you can see, light is a major factor in our health and well-being. A lack of light can lead to ill health, which can cause an array of various mental, emotional, and physical symptoms. Photophilia and malillumination are two terms that medically refer to light starvation. Most of us have heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which creates a variety of symptoms due to lack of exposure to sunlight.
The powerful emanation of light from the sun contains life-creating and life-sustaining properties. Light therapy pioneer, Dr. John Ott, states, "Light is a nutrient much like food." The ultraviolet rays and full spectrum light from the sun are essential for the production of vitamin D which has a great affect on our nervous system, heart, liver, kidneys and the metabolism of calcium, phosphorus and hormone production.
Early researchers, such as Drs. Babbitt, Pleasanton, Ghadiali and Spitler, clinically found that colored lights applied to the skin have profound curative effects on bodily ailments; moreover, when applied through the eyes (ocular phototherapy), colored lights restore balance to the vital functioning brain centers of our body.
Whether the color is reflected in the form of a food, a light bulb, a painted wall, or the clothes we wear, they affect our moods and the way we react to others and interact with the world. Every color has its own individualized unique character traits and potencies. Each cell and tissue system is endowed with and vibrates with a predominate color. Since living things consist of light and color, they can absorb colors purposefully and specifically to bring balance, and facilitate healing on physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual levels. Let us look at the characteristics and attributes of the color green and how it affects us on all these levels.
Fact: Did you know that before the advent of antibiotics in the early 1930s, hospitals would paint the walls of the recovery rooms green for its healing properties known to quicken the reparative factors after surgery?
The color attributes for green are outlined as follows:
On a physical level:
On a psycho-emotional level, green assists in resolving issues related to:
Green on a spiritual level is associated with the Heart Center (Chakra):
Colors have opposite positions in the spectrum wheel or range of frequency within a wavelength. Each color has specific effects attributed to it and its use in healing purposes. A simple rule to follow is that colors either stimulate or sedate. An easy acronym to remember is ROYGBIV: red, orange, yellow are hot colors that stimulate; green is neutral; and blue, indigo, violet are cool colors that sedate. The color that has reverse attributes of another color is called its opposite and because of its opposition, has a unique effect when used together for balancing, attuning and awakening. Here are the basic colors and their opposites:
Green and magenta are the only two exceptions to the rule of opposition. They are dual aspects of the same frequency so they are somewhat like opposites - but not. Remember that green is in the middle of the spectrum and considered a neutral color. Magenta is like green for its quality as an equalizer; the difference being that since it is a higher frequency, it connects more with higher-self issues of clearing and connection than the density of the physical body and lower-self issues.
This marriage of higher self and lower self or union of Spirit and Matter is the function of the soul. You are the instrument, the channel, and the vehicle for your soul-light. Your soul is your Essence of the Infinite Divine within that fills you and flows through you as your life force. In the presence of your Soul, the light has free passage for all obstacles to be energetically transformed back to its original perfection of health.
Without your soul-light fully expressing, most of what runs our lives are mental constructs, accumulated blockages, fears, karmic binds, ego illusions, and seemingly inescapable traps of limiting beliefs and patterns. The soul does not experience fear, lack, loss, illness, etc.; it only knows unconditional love, joy, abundance, light and health. Our soul is our healer!
This concept is working "out of the box," out of the realm of the limitations of the mind. The infinite awareness that is within all of us and is really our true selves can assist you and your clients from the inside out. We are whom we have been waiting for. The battle between ego and soul for dominion over the human life is over. We are spiritual beings experiencing a human existence. Turn wholeheartedly to the Light within yourself and then share that with everyone that crosses your path. You will be amazed at the healing that takes place.
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