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Modernization of Chinese Medicine
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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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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