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Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
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We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
April, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 04
Stay in Touch With ... Ayurveda, Part II
By Karyn Chabot
"Stay in Touch With..." is a periodic column designed to provide an overview of a particular technique or modality. If you would like to contribute to this column, please e-mail .
Editor's note: Read part one of Karyn Chabot's article in the March issue at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/03/06.html.
Dr.Vasant Lad taught his staff of massage therapists to say (or chant) the sounds of Hari Aum to make the experience more powerful and auspicious. Aum or om is the sound that contains all possible sounds made by all possible creatures through all possible times, and the sound made by Gaia (Mother Earth) herself as she dances her dance of creation, sustenance and absorption. It is the sound astronauts have reported hearing when they are launched into space. Alexander Graham Bell was perplexed and intrigued by this sound. While he was inventing the telephone, he noticed that the sound of aum was always present when he tapped into the "airways," regardless of his geographical location. Saying the name of God with great reverence is auspicious, no matter what name you're saying. "Hari" translated from Sanskrit has many meanings: 1) Pure existence without thought; 2) The end of knowledge; and 3) Choice-less, passive awareness. Hari is Shiva, king of oneness and it is also Vishnu, the protector. It is also Krishna. Silently saying the sounds of Hari aum or chanting them out loud before each healing session invokes a loving, gentle force where no duality exists. The sounds of Hari aum create a sacred space in the room. The actual sound of "aaahhhh" is the sound of the Creator. You will find that in every culture and religion the name for God has the sound of aaahhh somewhere in it. If you question where the sound aaaahhhh is in Jesus, keep in mind the Hebrew pronunciation was "Yesh-u-ah." Wayne Dyer, an internationally renowned author and speaker, advocates using the sounds of aaahhh during meditation to manifest and create the things you desire in your life. Bodywork techniques that will sooth the vata dosha include:
Compression therapy, using 10-pound handmade heated sandbags will initiate the relaxation response. You can fill them with sterile sand from any hardware store or with volcanic black sand. Compression immobilizes the muscle, so there is a surrendering that must occur on the part of the client. When the body stops twitching and wiggling to find comfort, only then can we attain the inner stillness we all seek.
Sandbags create a perfect amount of pressure and can be heated on an oil heater. Laying sandbags on the top of the thighs will encourage the femurs to ground more deeply into the hip sockets. When the hip sockets are not in perfect alignment, it increases the likelihood of disturbing vata because spaces within all joints belong to the vata dosha, especially in the hips. It also helps redirect the energy downward by simply increasing body awareness in the legs.
The roots of hot stone massage therapy can be found in India. Stones are the ancient bones of the earth. There is an ethereal pulse within the earth and within each stone, and this pulse will harmonize perfectly with the human pulse, if we allow it. Dr. Naina Marballi, BSAM, DAC, owner of Ayurveda's Beauty Care in New York City, a sister school to Sacred Stone Center for Holistic Education and Therapy in Middletown, RI, reports that part of her curriculum at Poddar College and Mombai University in India was a course called "Shila Abyhanga." Shila is a Sanskrit word for stone and abhyanga is a Sanskrit word for oil massage. She told me that this course dates back more than 5,000 years as part of the standard protocol for most medical Ayurvedic physicians.
Another profoundly effective healing modality is Swedhana therapy, which integrates steam tent that fits perfectly on the massage table. It's a powerful addition for those therapists who need to save their hands. Shirodhara therapy is an ancient sacred treatment to the forehead and crown of the head. Shiro means "head" and dhara means "flow." Warm, herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream over the client's forehead and crown for 20-50 minutes. Shirodhara helps disperse negative electrical impulses that accumulate at the skull from stress. It opens the third eye, increases intuition, and renews the sweetness of life. It also has powerful medical value for healing neurological disturbances and chemical imbalances within the brain.
There are many books on the subject of Ayurveda that include lists of foods that pacify the doshas. Let these Ayurvedic food lists be your "training wheels." These training wheels will assist in developing your intuition. Living intuitively is synonymous with living in harmony with nature, which is the very foundation of Ayurveda. Do not get caught up in food lists and lifestyle rules. Educate yourself with the knowledge of Ayurveda, apply the principles to your life, then learn to eat and live intuitively.
Become aware of how your body feels after you eat a certain food or do a certain exercise, or if you go to bed by a certain time. Each person is a conglomerate of many attributes and a beautiful mixture of the Five Great Elements. You are not just a vata person, a pitta person or a kapha person. We contain all the doshas within us. Yet, we are all genetically predisposed to one - maybe two - doshic attributes that will have a preponderance to go out of balance more easily than other doshic qualities. Knowing how your body tends to go out of balance is extremely helpful. This is something that can be observed and intuited through meditation and keen body awareness or with the help of a skilled Ayurvedic practitioner or doctor.
Determining your imbalance is just as important - if not more important - as determining your Prakruti (constitution). Your Prakruti may not always be the same as your imbalance. The Sanskrit term "Vikruti" refers to imbalance. Most Ayurvedic self-tests are designed to determine your Prakruti, not your Vikruti.
Observe your actions and thoughts without judgment. Know your body; know yourself. When you observe yourself this way, observe the observer. "Watch the Watcher," as my teacher Dr. Lad would say.
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