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An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
Stay in Touch With ... Energy Medicine
By K.G. Stiles
"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 .
This installment of "Stay in Touch With..." features an article on "Energy Medicine," by K.G.Stiles.
One of the simplest definitions of energy medicine I've come across is, "Something that affects well-being at the deepest level of our being." Since the advent of Einstein's unified field theory, ongoing research has shown the exquisite interconnectedness between body, mind and spirit. Scientific discoveries reveal that all life is made up of networks of matrixes (Latin for womb). We have entered an energetic era, one in which we are redefining our understanding about our world and ourselves. We are residing in an age when energetics, not just of the body, but of all of life, are reshaping our world.
Developing an awareness of and learning to manage and integrate one's energy systems are primary skills to develop in order to experience well-being in life. The following is a helpful exercise for those wishing to initiate an awareness of working with the energetic realm of experience.
Exercise: As you are falling asleep tonight, repeat 20-30 times to yourself, "I will wake up feeling great!" Combine a mental picture with the feeling you would enjoy experiencing feeling great. Upon waking in the morning, repeat the affirmation to yourself, "I feel great!" Over the next three weeks, use this same affirmation before going to sleep and upon waking. You will begin to notice a shift in your level of energy at the start of your day, which you can maintain throughout your day simply by reaffirming, "I feel great." You are taking steps to reprogram and reinforce your subconscious mind (one of your most powerful resources) with positive habit patterns.
How does energy medicine work? Applied quantum physics. The science of quantum physics views us as incredible multidimensional networks of vibrating waves that intersect in points of light, to be seen as a quantum particle when in focus - an idea, or image in matter - and when unfocused, as a moving wave of infinite possibility.
The truth quantum physics reveals is that we can choose our perception of reality. Problems arise when we get stuck in our perceptions. We become addicted to seeing life in a particular way, repeatedly creating the same experiences for ourselves. Simply put, our bodies, minds and emotions don't heal because we forget to let go and allow the particle to become the wave once again. How do we free ourselves from this situation and help our clients to do so as well?
The importance of intention and focus. Intention refers to one's motivation; it in no way implies force, or involving your will in the outcome of a session. It must be noted that a practitioner is not responsible for how a client responds to treatment. There are many variables influencing a client's response ability. Two important variables are attitude and life force (the capacity for healing).
Focus refers to a practitioner fully engaging in the present moment, opening to serve the client's needs and allowing for the possibility of healing to occur. The greatest skill a practitioner can develop is the ability to observe without attachment to outcome. In quantum physics, we know nothing happens that isn't first observed. So, your focus should be observing your client without judgment. This act creates the space for healing to occur.
Exercise: Over the next three weeks, practice attuning and being fully present with your client, observing without judgment, allowing the free flow of information to guide you in a session. Notice changes in the quality of results and ask clients for feedback about their experience. Notice how energized you feel at the end of your workday.
Fundamentals of practice. From both the metaphysical, traditional literature and current scientific hypotheses, we understand that the physical form has an underlying energetic crystaline form or template, and that this template can be identified, measured and mapped. We also know that certain vibrational patterns correspond to particular areas of the body. Vibrational or energetic forms of bodywork, like homeopathy, require minimal amounts of stimulus for optimal results.
The body, like any intricate musical instrument, requires adequate tuning for correct function. When tuned properly, the body will resonate to create a distinctive tone and vibrational pattern that correlates with its own unique frequency. All musicians know locating the exact pitch at which a note is to be held is critical. Any small deviation creates a totally different frequency or tone. Also, the quality of the tone is affected by the way an instrument is played. The body is as sensitive to touch as a fine Stradivarius.
The message of touch with clear intention is basic to energy medicine. A two-way channel, or loop of communication, occurs between the energy medicine practitioner and the client; musical alchemy, if you will. To work effectively with the body, a depth of sensitivity to the subtle dimensions of a client's being must be developed. Mastery in the field of energy medicine requires the practitioner to develop the art and skill of an accomplished musician; subtlty of feeling and touch is essential for creating the safe space required for facilitating powerful shifts within the client. The client will respond and fully process energetic shifts over varying amounts of time. This wise way of working adds depth and dimension to the quality of healing possible for our clients.
Exercise: At the start of a session, place your left hand on your client's solar plexus/diaphragm and visualize a shimmering light or energy surrounding you both. Allow the energetic contact between you to vibrate. Notice any sensations. Instruct your client to breathe deeply and relax, allow yourself to naturally synchronize with your client's energies.
Through exploring some of the philosophical concepts related to the body, we begin to see how the physical form represents a reflection of all levels of the human energy fields. An understanding of these subtle fields also provides a theoretical basis for understanding how and why energy medicine works. Just as one studies anatomy and physiology of the gross human form, so too can we explore the anatomy of the subtle dimensions that link the human form. In terms of a "human energy system," the body is a well-ordered technical structure of emotional responses. Our emotional anatomy is as real and organized as our physical anatomy. Through the revelations of quantum physics, we now know our thoughts and emotions have creative authority within our cell tissues; this realization is fast becoming a central governing principle in our lives. Energy medicine recognizes the power of our thoughts and emotions. Our perceptions about the way things work are undergoing a profound shift. We can, through the intention and focus of our thougts and emotions, co-create our days and influence the future we experience. The science of quantum physics teaches us we can access and change our past through a shift in our perceptions.
Developing a 15-minute daily practice of envisioning - clearing your energies and concentrating your mind - can enhance your ability to focus your energies. You will release stress and reprogram your habits of mind, or attitudes. Engaging your body in some way through various forms of movement and exercise will further enhance your ability to focus and help establish new, healthier emotional patterns. There are many techniques you can employ; the following are only a few suggestions:
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