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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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
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?"
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
December, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 12
Word Watchers: Putting Your Vocabulary on a Diet
By Cary Bayer
In this column, I have previously talked about the conscious use of affirmations to help you, as a massage therapist, expand the ways you think. This is vital and wise if you want to truly prosper.After all, as Norman Vincent Peale, who taught the world how to think positively, said: "Change your thoughts and you change your world." It's just as wise, however, to change your speech. If you want to lose weight, watch what you eat; if you want to prosper, watch what you say. Think of this kind of conscious attention to your speech as "Word Watchers."
Speaking of eating, you've been told that you are what you eat. This explains why some people are hotdogs; others are hams; and still others, couch potatoes. If you've eaten out in Jamaican restaurants, you have, no doubt, also run across your share of "jerks."
Two thousand years ago, people asked Jesus what they should eat and what they should drink. His reply surprised them then, as it still does today: "...not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man" (Matthew 15:11). If some of the following words come out of your mouth, isn't it time to stop letting your speech bring you down? Remember: What holds you back also holds back the number of massages you do - and that holds back the amount of money that you bring in.
I have been a life coach to dozens of massage therapists over the past few years and have heard them speak regularly in ways that are highly dis-empowering. But this is not just specific to massage therapists - the general population does it all the time. It just happens that massage therapists are, by nature, a great deal more sensitive than the average person, and they can correct their behavior more quickly and easily. (Also, as a massage therapist who helps people rejuvenate and come into greater balance, you have a greater responsibility to help people maintain a more conscious lifestyle.)
Fearing a layoff at her husband's job, a part-time massage therapist in a recent class of mine said that she was "waiting for the other shoe to drop." Another massage therapist started a sentence with the phrase, "With my luck..." - implying that since his is so bad, there is no chance his desires will ever be realized. Another called herself "a credit card junkie."
Whew! Can you see how talk like that sets your progress back big time? Someone who speaks this way repels money and prosperity. Who wants to be massaged by a junkie or someone waiting for shoes to drop? Your words are heard by the subconscious part of your mind and are taken literally, even if you speak them in an exaggerated or humorous way. Let me repeat that: Your words are taken literally by the subconscious part of your mind.
Don't get me wrong. I love humor more than the next guy - and I know first hand how valuable it is. I use it regularly in teaching, and I have worked as a professional comedy writer and comedian. But make sure that when you use humor, it's not to dis-empower yourself in a self-deprecating manner. Your words are also messages broadcast throughout the universe; make sure that the messages you send out are consistent with your higher Self, not your "lower" self.
The following expressions are from the lower self. If you speak in a similar way, I encourage you to eliminate those words from your vocabulary. You'll be glad you did.
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