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Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
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.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
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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