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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
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.
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.
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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