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Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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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