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Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
A Survey of CAM Approaches to Obesity
By Karen Stretch, assistant editor
Obesity is fast becoming an epidemic of outrageous proportions in the United States. The numbers are staggering: about two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. And a host of recent reports indicate that it isn't getting any better.A December 15 study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicated that immigrants who had lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years were more likely to be obese. Other significant report findings have indicated that almost 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is obese and that obesity may account for up to 20 percent of all cancer related deaths.
But it's not just adults that are putting on the extra pounds. According to the Fall 2004 newsletter from the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 16 percent of children and adolescents are overweight. In addition to cancer, all of this extra weight is causing a myriad of health problems - type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke are just the tip of the iceberg.
The economic costs of treating the conditions brought on as a result of being overweight were approximately $117 billion in 2000. Doctor visits, medicine, hospital stays, lost wages from illness and disability, and loss of future earnings from early death were all factors which contributed to the astronomical amount spent on treatments for obesity and related conditions.
The causes of obesity can be attributed to many factors, including behavioral - consuming excessive numbers of calories and not getting enough exercise; environmental - living in areas that are not conducive to outdoor activities; and genetics.
New programs and initiatives have recently been put in place by the federal government to address obesity and the diseases that stem from it, and research is being done to figure out more effective ways to help treat and manage the problem.
The NCCAM, which is an active participant in this research through its participation in the NIH Obesity Research Task Force, is exploring ways in which complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) might help treat obesity-related conditions. Part of this includes supporting studies that examine the safety and effectiveness of several weight-loss plans, including Atkins, Zone, and Ornish. Researchers are also looking at practices from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as potential approaches to the obesity crisis, including:
Can Massage Help?
Because massage therapy stimulates blood circulation, helps the lymphatic system eliminate toxic waste, and increases the production of gastric juices and saliva, which are both important digestion aids, it may be one of several approaches to helping people regain control and adjusting their lifestyles to facilitate weight loss and healthy living. Additionally, the relaxation and stress-reduction properties of massage may help people deal with some of the emotional issues that contribute to overeating and weight gain.
Ayurvedic is one form of massage that may help aid in the treatment of obesity, as well as the conditions that are caused by obesity, by stimulating the body's circulatory systems. Udvathanam is a typical Ayurvedic massage that involves using herbal powders for 30-minute periods a day for 14-28 days. In addition to treating obesity, Udvathanam is used to treat hemophilia, paralysis, and rheumatic ailments.
Abhyangam is another type of Ayurvedic massage that uses oil and strokes, which are given according to the diseases for 45 minutes a day for 14 days. This treatment is thought to be quite useful in treating obesity, especially for diabetic gangrene, a condition that is caused by a lack of blood circulation in the extremities.
Other CAM Approaches to Obesity
Certain herbs are also used in the treatment of obesity. Herbs typically act as metabolism boosters, laxatives, diuretics, and appetite suppressants. When using herbs, patients should first consult with a physician since certain herbs can have serious interactions with prescription drugs (especially antidepressants that contain MAO inhibitors) and foods. The following list includes just a few of the many herbs that aid in weight loss:
Acupuncture can aid weight loss by releasing endorphins that help to calm and relax the body, thereby making it easier to deal with stress and anxiety that can result in binge eating. Endorphins also affect the digestive and hormonal systems that may be running too rapidly or too slowly, including metabolism.
A consultation with an acupuncturist before undergoing treatment for weight loss is helpful in order to establish an individual's pattern of overeating. The acupuncturist will check the pulse to assess the state of a person's energy and more specifically, to measure the health of stomach energy: The practitioner will also check the tongue for any cracks, peeling or swelling on the stomach area. A yellow or white coating may be an indicator of heat or coldness in the stomach that may provide answers as to why the person is gaining weight.
Look for updates on CAM approaches to obesity, as well as the latest news and information related to the obesity epidemic in future issues of Massage Today.
For more information on the NCCAM research studies, visit http://nccam.nih.gov.
Editor's note: Before beginning any weight loss program or undergoing treatments, always consult your physician, and encourage your clients to do so, as well.
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