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TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
News in Brief
By Editorial Staff
A Walk to Better Health
Bastyr University, an educational institute in Kenmore, Wash., that offers degree programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, naturopathic medicine, nutrition, and other health science disciplines, has opened what is believed to be the first publicly available traditional reflexology healing path in the nation.The path, which officially opened in September, was designed by Elizabeth Marazita, a licensed acupuncturist and doctoral student at Bastyr, and funded by Helen Higgen, a long-time friend and supporter of the university.
While reflexology paths may be few and far between in the United States, they are common in parks and gardens throughout Asia. "Just as we know what a football field is, everybody in China knows what a reflexology path is," Marazita explained.
The path at Bastyr was created to coincide with the principles of reflexology, which links health and well-being to points on the feet, hands and ears. The path is three feet wide and 64 feet long, and was constructed using local river rocks placed in cement; it is located at the edge of Bastyr's medicinal herb garden behind the university campus. Among the path's signature features are a concrete entrance with the words "Walk of Health" carved in Chinese, and a circular emblem that pays tribute to the five Chinese elements: Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire.
In addition to serving the public, the path will also be used as a practical lab for reflexology coursework in Bastyr's natural medicine program, making it the first educational facility of its kind in the United States.
Spa Sanitation: Does Yours Pass the Test?
It may not be something we like to think about, but let's face it: spa sanitation is a prevalent concern among both spa professionals and spa goers. Spa Secure, an international benchmarking and licensing program that ensures professional spa excellence, recently issued a list of the top six spa sanitation errors found during recent site visits.
"Typically, spa directors and owners are nervous when we physically go through their site to look for sanitation issues, licensure and scope of practice given each technician's licensure training, education and skill sets," said Melinda Minton, executive director of Spa Secure. "However, even spas that are going the extra mile to do everything correctly are missing the mark when it comes to a few basic considerations."
Those sanitation issues that "missed the mark" include:
"I think that spas want to provide a clean, safe environment for their clients. We have spoken to many spas that put a lot of attention and money into keeping their facility clean. Raising awareness in the industry is a perfect solution to enhancing the standards at spas for the benefit of our industry as well as the consumers served," Minton noted.
For more information about Spa Secure, visit www.spasecure.com.
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