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The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05
Stimulant Essences, Part I
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
In my previous article, I discussed some of the major sedative essential oils for relaxation and pain relief ("Essential Oils for Pain Relief." Feb. 2005, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/02/08.html).But for those clients who require pain relief without relaxation and sedation, or have conditions such as arthritis, the properties of the stimulating essential oils will be of greater benefit. These highly aromatic essences have the ability to increase circulation, detoxify, and bring warmth and energy to affected areas, making them useful aromatic tools for therapeutic and sports massage.
There are more than a dozen commonly used stimulant essences. Those with application for joint and muscle pain relief are: basil, bay, sweet birch, black pepper, clove, eucalyptus, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lemongrass, peppermint, pine and rosemary. Stimulant oils can be blended with sedative oils for a more balanced experience or to add certain properties. The resulting overall effect will depend on the ratio of stimulant to sedative oil used. For example, a blend of lavender, rosemary and basil would be more stimulating than a blend of lavender, rosemary and sandalwood. Or, if using a sports massage blend of lavender, rosemary and juniper, a ratio of four drops lavender to one drop rosemary and one drop juniper will be more relaxing than two drops of lavender to two drops of rosemary and two drops juniper. Consider the first, more relaxing blend for a post-sport's massage, the second and more stimulating blend for a pre-match massage.
The qualities particular to each individual essence, along with its aroma, will indicate which one to use in a given blend. Because the stimulant oils are potent and can be irritating, especially for those clients with sensitive skin, it is best to use them highly diluted; that is, a small number of drops in a blend. Always dilute these essences in carrier oil before allowing them to contact the skin. Six of the commonly used stimulating oils are profiled below. Ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lemongrass, peppermint, pine and rosemary will be profiled in the next Aromatic Message.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) relieves headache and migraine, is tonic to the respiratory system, and helps relieve distress in the upper digestive tract. Basil stimulates blood flow and is thought to lower levels of uric acid in the blood. These properties make basil effective for joint pain, general muscle pain and deep muscle spasm. Basil also sharpens the senses and helps clear the mind, so remember basil when you are doing a relaxing, pain-relief massage on someone who has an event shortly after a treatment that demands focus and concentration - a meeting, an exam, a golf game, etc.
Bay, or Laurel (Laurus nobilis) stimulates appetite and settles the stomach while it is tonic to the liver and kidneys. Combined with juniper, bay is used for rheumatism, muscle pain and sprain. It can help remove congested blood in bruises, and lower inflammation and scarring in wounds. Think of bay if you are doing head and scalp massage for its stimulating action that clears dandruff and congestion of hair follicles.
Sweet Birch (Betula lenta) is an invigorating, pain-relieving essence with diuretic properties. Birch removes uric acid accumulations in the joints making it a good choice for the treatment of arthritis. It also relieves rheumatism and muscle pain, and helps the body release toxins by stimulating the sweat glands. Birch has high levels of methyl salicylate, the pain-relieving component in aspirin. It is a very powerful oil, best used highly diluted in acute situations for a short period of time.
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) is a very stimulating essence that gives courage and vitality. It relieves muscle aches, pain and stiffness by dilating blood vessels and bringing circulation to the area. It promotes digestion and elimination and helps detoxification. Like other stimulant oils, black pepper is helpful to warm up muscles before participation in sports. Like birch, it is best used in small doses and for short periods of time.
Clove (Eugenia carophyllata) is an antibiotic digestive essence that has also been used in perfumes as an aphrodisiac. It has a long history of use for pain relief in dentistry and also relieves rheumatism, arthritis and tension headache. Clove is best used on a local area, as opposed to full body. It is uplifting and strengthening.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is a familiar aroma that conjures the idea of medicine. It is cooling and decongesting and has the most pain-relieving effect when combined with juniper and lemon. Use the aroma of eucalyptus in a sports or pain-relief blend to encourage the image of healing and relief for the client.
Editor's note: Check out the new online Aromatherapy Center hosted by Shellie at www.massagetoday.com/topics/aromatherapy.php.
Click here for more information about Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT.
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