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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
January, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 01
Cancer Patients Look to Massage for Pain Relief
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
It's the word that strikes fear into the heart of anyone who hears it. You hear the doctor talking, you hear the dreaded "C" word, but you can't believe it's your life being discussed. You come to the realization that it's true: you have cancer.Suddenly your life changes, and you have to tell your family, discuss treatment options and medications. Your life becomes a whirlwind of hospital and doctor visits as you try and keep your head above water. The emotional and physical pain can be overwhelming. The options presented might address one, but not the other, so where do you turn when it feels as though the world is closing in on you?
Many people find that the help available to patients as they fight this disease or recover from its effects isn't enough to deal with the pain and discomfort it causes. Many turn to massage and other forms of alternative therapies as a last resort, only to find it's exactly what they need.
The 2005 Consumer Survey released by the American Massage Therapy Association revealed that the use of massage was tied with medication as the preferred form of pain relief. Twenty-eight percent of those who responded to the survey ranked massage and medication as the form of treatment that brought them the greatest pain relief, with nearly 46 percent of those polled having had a massage at some time to relieve pain. More than half of the respondents in the 18-to-34 age group had a massage for the relief of pain. The survey also showed that 93 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that massage therapy can be effective in reducing pain.
These results are nothing new to breast cancer patient Jenna Glazer. "It's given me a calm place, an hour during the day where I don't think about cancer, where I focus on relaxation, where I focus on healing," Glazer said. Wendy Miner, a member of the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, said, "Our patients typically come in with a number of complaints nausea, fatigue, anxiety, pain, depression and massage is very effective in reducing those complaints as much as 50 percent."
Breast cancer survivor Sheila White also knows the benefits of massage when dealing with pain. In 2004, White had a lumpectomy to remove a cancerous tumor; she also had 12 lymph nodes removed from under her arms. White experienced pain in her chest and under her arms after the surgery, but the pain medication she was prescribed just wasn't dealing with the problem. After several months of pain, she was diagnosed with lymphedema, a condition in which fluid builds up in the lymph nodes and causes swelling. Another doctor finally prescribed massage therapy to deal with the condition, and White couldn't be happier. "I've improved 90 percent of what I was," she said. "I fought it and fought it to not take [prescription pain medication]. The pain was winning, but now I'm in control. I'm controlling the pain," she said.
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America are one health care group emphasizing the type of care that combines high-tech surgery and traditional therapies with complementary medicine that focuses on nutrition, spiritual support, mind-body medicine and naturopathic medicine. They utilize an integrated team that combines the strengths of occupational, physical, speech and massage therapists to meet a patient's needs. The types of massage therapy used include Swedish massage, reflexology, lymphedema massage and myofascial release.
"It [massage] does a lot to lower respiratory rate and blood pressure," Miner said. "It also does a lot to decrease the different stress hormones and to increase natural killer cells and lymphocytes, which help with the immune system."
Patients now have more options to explore when dealing with the stress and trauma that comes with a fight against the disease. Perhaps now the fight against the dreaded "C" word won't seem like quite so hopeless and daunting a task.
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