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To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
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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