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Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
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.
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!
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.
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?
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
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.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
The Life & Legacy of James Sigafoose, DC (1933-2014)
Surrounded by his family and closest friends, Dr. James M. Sigafoose passed away quietly on Thursday, July 3, 2014. With his wife of 60 years, Patsy, along with his children, Tina, Daun, Kieth, Selina and Carey – all chiropractors – at his side.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
Detoxification for Athletes: The Key to Winning Performance
One of the most dangerous culprits that affects an athlete's ability to perform at an optimum level also happens to be one of the most elusive.
From the Other Side of the Table
People come to us to gain freedom from pain, to feel better, to live better. As D.D. Palmer stated, "We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul." Therein also lies the rub.
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.
Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
Watch Out for Red Herrings
In clinical practice, when one condition mimics another, it makes it difficult to obtain an accurate and timely diagnosis.
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.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
Stimulant Essences, Part II
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Editor's note: Read "Stimulant Essences, Part I" in the May issue at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/05/06.html.
This article will continue an exploration of the properties and uses for the stimulating essential oils.Used alone or in combination with sedative oils, the qualities of stimulant oils make them powerful allies in the treatment of muscle and joint pain, and whenever there is a need for a warming, invigorating effect and increased circulation. Many of the stimulant oils are powerful antibacterial and antiviral agents that help in the prevention and treatment of common infections. And many stimulant oils have a detoxifying effect, as well.
With one notable exception (eucalyptus), the stimulant oils have had a long history as cooking spices, used not just for their taste and aroma, but also for their healing properties and to help preserve foods before the advent of refrigeration. Their familiar aromas will bring up memories - one of the effects of aromatherapy. Hopefully, they are good memories that include a sense of feeling nurtured and satisfied. (In case you are wondering, birch has been an ingredient in chewing gum, and birch beer and juniper berries are used in the distilling of gin.) Because these oils are potent, it is best to use a small amount in treatment blends. In most cases, one to two drops in an ounce of carrier oil is sufficient. High dilution will also prevent potential skin irritation (See my previous columns for more information on the uses of basil, bay, sweet birch, black pepper, clove and eucalyptus).
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is familiar as a kitchen spice and used by herbalists as a warming stomach tonic. In massage, ginger has analgesic properties, which help relieve muscle cramps, spasms and sprains, and combat the pain of arthritis and rheumatism. Ginger gives energy and a positive attitude.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) is classified as a "euphoric" - a quality that makes it useful for all types of stress. It relieves headache, migraine, jet lag and exhaustion. Grapefruit has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, a tonic effect on the liver and digestive system, and a cleansing effect on the kidney and vascular system, making it a good oil to use for detoxification and weight loss.
Juniper (Juniperus communis) is a major essence for detoxification, having a tonic effect on liver, diuretic properties that relieve common fluid retention, and a decongestant effect on intestinal mucous. Because it helps the body eliminate uric acid, juniper is used for arthritis and sciatica. It is also a common ingredient in after-sports massage blends to keep muscles free from painful stiffening. Juniper also clears excess emotion.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) Stimulating and revitalizing, lemongrass is helpful in the prevention and recovery from colds, sore throat and laryngitis. It stimulates circulation, has a toning effect on muscles and helps elimination of lactic acid, which makes it a good choice for pre- and post- sports massage or pain from overexertion. Lemongrass is also helpful for symptoms of jet lag, headache, tired legs and general fatigue.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) helps regulate perspiration. It will cool you down if you're hot, but also provide warmth if necessary. A versatile oil, peppermint is famous for protection and regulation of the digestive tract; it is also a cold and flu preventative, and clears congested sinus. Peppermint is an analgesic and relives muscle pain as well as headache and migraine. It revitalizes and clears the mind and is helpful in cases of shock and vertigo, driving long distances, or studying for long hours. Caution: like the famous jalapeno pepper, peppermint will cause intense burning if it contacts the eyes and mucous membranes, so keep it well away from these areas and wash your hands after use.
Pine (Pinus sylvestris) was inhaled in Egypt, Greece and the Middle East to combat pulmonary infections. It is used in soaps as a deodorant and disinfectant ("Pine Sol," for one). Like peppermint, it can warm or cool as needed. Pine stimulates circulation and is indicated for rheumatism and arthritis. It has a decongestant and antibacterial action on the skin but can also be very irritating, more so as the oil ages. Pine, like juniper and cypress, is in the evergreen category and is helpful for people dealing with grief and transition issues as it imparts the image of everlasting life. This is also why the pine tree was the focus of the winter solstice celebrations that predated its use at the Christmas holiday.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is the most commonly used stimulant essence in aromatherapy. Rosemary increases circulation, including the brain and scalp so it is said to enhance memory and encourage hair growth (not from male pattern balding but from congested for muscles, headache, dysmennhorea and has many of the cleansing properties of juniper. Rosemary helps tonify the skin, and relieves congestion and bruising. It is said that rosemary should be used with caution where there is high blood pressure and epilepsy.
Some blending tips: The combination of rosemary and juniper with lavender is a favorite for massage. To this, one might add eucalyptus and lemon or sandalwood. Rosemary, marjoram and birch are an effective combination for arthritis flare-ups (Don't use this birch blend on a continual basis.) Peppermint and helichrysum help soothe the pain of sciatica. Rosemary, juniper and lemon are a good detox blend, especially after overindulgence in food or drink.
As stated previously, more drops of stimulating essences will create an overall stimulating effect, while more drops of the sedative oils will create a pain relieving, relaxing blend. Seven drops total in 1 ounce of cold pressed nut, seed or vegetable oil is the usual ratio for regular massage. Remind your client that the essences will keep working for up to 24 hours, and a rosemary/juniper blend will increase the experience of detoxification. It's always best to avoid consuming more than one glass of alcohol after an aromatherapy massage.
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