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From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Taking Another Step Toward a Secure Future
In 2008, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) released a literature review on chiropractic care for low back disorders.
Chiropractic Around the World: WFC Country Reports December 2015
The following country updates are reprinted with permission from the December 2015 World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Quarterly World Report. Information is excepted for space and edited to DC-specific style guidelines.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 2)
Evidence is growing that the silymarin complex of flavonolignans from milk thistle can impact serum ferritin and iron overload in various clinical circumstances.
RAND Study Recruiting DCs
Dr. Ian Coulter, RAND / Samueli chair for integrative medicine and senior health policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, has issued a call for participation, recruiting doctors of chiropractic for a practice-based research study that will examine "the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low back pain and neck pain."
Is There a Neurological Basis and Correction for Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration, aka AMD (age-related macular degeneration), is a common eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 years and older, according to the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 1)
Food and supplement safety is a topic that often comes up when I speak to chiropractors for CE relicensing, even when it is not the advertised subject.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Treating Pain: The Hypermobile Coccyx
When I write about the coccyx, I recognize that I am talking about a relatively small subset of patients. When I write for Dynamic Chiropractic, I am trying to reach 60,000 chiropractors.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
The MRI: What to Do With the Results
As I wrote in my previous article on this topic, it is my goal for you, the doctor, to be an expert in interpreting MRI images yourself; and to be able to independently make decisions based upon a combination of clinical presentations and findings, followed by the MRI images.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Do Doctors Lie to Patients? (Do You Lie to Yours?)
In a previous column ["When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)," Oct. 1, 2015], I discussed the issue of patients lying to doctors, and the many reasons why this can occur.
Lab Rats (Roaming the Streets)
The title of this article is an accurate description of American consumers (regardless of age) in the modern era.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Enhancing Performance in Cross-Fit Athletes
Cross-fitness centers are expanding in number and increasing in popularity. To remain relevant to this growing portion of society, practitioners need to learn about the exercises and injuries common to this group.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
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By Editorial Staff
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be edited for space and clarity, and published in a future issue or online.Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or regular mail to:
Rave Review for Ralph Stephens
Regarding the article "Of Cabbages and Kings" (Sept. 2004, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/09/12.html), this article is so right on. I am using it as my theme for my Eagles Toastmaster meeting. Thank you Massage Today for such compelling articles and most of all to Ralph R Stephens. Ralph: Say hello to your Auntie Lynnette, a wise lady.
Mitzi Zappala Daniels
The 11th Commandment
I would like to add an 11th Commandment of Prosperity to Cary Bayer's article, "The 10 Commandments of Prosperity," (Oct. 2004, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/10/07.html): "Thou shalt not let others take advantage of you either emotionally or financially." Being in a healing profession allows our empathy to stand out. Many times people can detect this and can try to use that trait to aid their cause. However, since our skills are honed for the good of our clients/humankind, it's important that we understand our self-worth and have the integrity to say "no."
Nina Hanson, LMT
Editor's note: The following letters are in response to Cliff Korn's October editorial, "Thoughts on Being Part of Medicine" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/10/09.html).
More Thoughts on "Thoughts"
I had the privilege of reading Massage Today from my wife, who is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Ohio. I read your commentary from the October 2004 issue.
I am a licensed osteopathic physician with approximately 30 years of practice. I practice from a traditional osteopathic standpoint. The majority of my practice is dealing with osteopathic hands-on therapy.
As it stands to date, my profession is evolving into an understanding of osteopathy being most appropriate when we can take a patient to their most relaxed state. In this state, it is hoped that there will be a shift in the psyche of that patient to go to a complete state of relaxation and peace, and let go of the grief of their suffering. The idea of specifically focusing on manipulation as a form of specific treatment for specific diseases may begin to take a secondary role in the future.
Therefore, the benefit of relaxation massage whose purpose is to take this patient to a state of peace may have ultimate value as far as being primary for the "medicalization" of massage. I hope your profession never lets go of the thought of relaxation as a form of medical therapy.
One advantage my wife has as a massage therapist is that when a patient comes to her, that patient has made the commitment to let go of their stresses, anxieties and sufferings with the hope that she will take that patient to a state of relaxation and peace. Often times, orthodox medicine cannot do this as part of medical therapy. The concept of taking the patient to a point of peace and stillness within their spirit is an osteopathic fundamental for balancing the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is the neurological basis for much control of disease and suffering within the medical milieu.
Kenneth J. Klak, DO
I have been a licensed massage therapist for 15 years with over 300 hours of CEUs. When I took the state board exam, I had to take both a written and a practical exam. Now, all you need is to take a written exam for a hands-on profession. The [massage therapy] CEUs required, in most cases, are so repetitive they are a waste of time and money. My collection of CEUs does not come from any medical source other than the psychiatric realm for stress release. Most of my clients are "little old ladies" with a variety of complaints. A lot are suffering from lack of touch.
I do not want to see a cadaver, cut up and dissected. I do not hurt people with my therapy. I do not choose to be a Rolfer or deal with other musculoskeletal problems. I have been pressed into studying therapies that I will never use, and must pay dearly for them. I refer clients (they are not patients-that is a medical term that we can be sued for using here in the Sunshine State) to osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, and on several occasions, to other LMTs trained in colonic irrigation.
For those who are in the same position as I am, I would like to propose a cap on mandatory CEUs. I feel no need for further instruction, where you can read a leaflet, color in the right circles, and mail it off with over $200. I feel, by personal choice, a total of 100 credit hours of CEUs is enough. If you want to continue more studies, they should not be mandatory, but voluntary. If that does not satisfy you, then, by all mean go to a medical or chiropractic school. I do not choose to!
Alice Paprocki, BS, LMT
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