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Desert: A Metaphor from the Study of Genetics
In most of the human lives I know about, there are stretches of time which feel stagnant, or worse. We can feel adrift, or wounded and sidelined, and these times don't seem to carry much usefulness while they are unfolding.
I was sitting in a Pizza Hut in Peoria, Ill., with my friend Reggie, sometime in the spring of my senior year in college, when he started doodling on his paper placemat. In those days, the company had a picture of U.S. on the mats, showing all the locations of the "Huts" in the country.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 2
The Da Cheng includes symptoms for the source-luo points that indicate when to use them for treatment. Yang defines the method as the guest-host (it is one of a variety of acupuncture point combinations called guest-host).
News in Brief
Investigating the Cellular Impact of Mechanical Force; National Board Seats (Not-So) New Officers at Annual Meeting.
The Three Heater Official
This Official, belonging to the element Fire, is responsible for maintaining and regulating the heating system of the body, mind, and spirit. It is named for its function. The trunk is divided into three "burning spaces" or "jiaos."
Meet Cheyenne: Your Future Colleague
Allow me to introduce you to Cheyenne (Chey), the daughter of some of our family's closest friends. We attend and serve at the same church together, and have known each other for many years.
Sports Medicine 101: Surgery or No Surgery?
In the world of sports medicine, many careers are saved by surgeries that correct traumatic damage to the body. Muscle tears, ligament damage, fractures, spinal disc herniations, and joint instabilities are a few of the issues frequently addressed with surgical intervention.
Key Changes and Updates to the 7th Edition CNT Manual
Acupuncture Today recently interviewed Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac. regarding the updates to the CNT manaul.
Q&A With the First VA Chiropractic Residents
As you may have read previously, a major step forward for the profession occurred in July 2014 when the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting a chiropractic residency program at five locations.
Marketing with a Microphone
When given an option, it stands to reason that people prefer to do business with those they know, like, and trust.
Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology: Version 2.0
The Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology consensus, published in 2001 by the collaborative efforts of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology, has guided radiologists, clinicians and the public for more than a decade.
Free Yourself From the Pocketbook Practice
Let's take a journey together; there's an important lesson to be learned. Imagine a town or city just like yours.
Chinese Doctors Poke Holes in Australian Study
A recent Australian clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2014 by Rana Hinman, et el., evaluating the effectiveness of both needle and laser acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
Should You Change an Athlete's Natural Running Form?
Once past the ankle, impact forces travel at about 200 mph into the knee. In addition to allowing the quad to absorb force, bending the knee (E) prevents the hip and pelvis from moving up and down too much (F), which is important for injury prevention and efficiency.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 3)
A patient with sacroiliac fixation and dysfunction ordinarily demonstrates a noticeable leg-length inequality when placed in the prone position on the adjusting table.
An International Life: An Interview with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield
I met Mary Elizabeth Wakefield during her class last summer in Seneca Falls, New York at the Finger Lakes School of Chinese Medicine.
NCCAOM Video Contest
The NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest "Because it Works!" 2015.
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved: A Seat at the Table
Numerous organizations have risen to the challenge of providing care to medically-underserved populations and here we feature one such group.
Going On-Site With Chiropractic Care
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released a position paper highlighting the financial, clinical and patient-satisfaction benefits of providing chiropractic care at on-site corporate health clinics.
The Risks I Took
We all take risks when we choose this profession. For some, it is not knowing if you can make a living practicing TCM. For others, it is parental or cultural disapproval.
Treatment of PTSD: An Opportunity for the Practice of Integrated Medicine
PTSD is widespread across America today. Not only do many of our honored men and women in uniform bring it home with them from the war zones they have been active in, but it often follows any life-threatening event people go through when their lives have been in danger.
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
Essential Safety When Using Essential Oils
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Continuing on the theme of aromatherapy myths and misconceptions, I would like to help clarify some misinformation that is the basis of one of the most popular current myths. This particular myth has been accepted by a large number of practitioners and might provide some welcome income.Nevertheless, the following information is true and the facts can be checked. Understanding and exploring this information, along with seeking more education on the use of essential oils, can provide you with the awareness that will help to avoid the complications which have been reported over the years concerning the use of undiluted essential oils on the skin.
One of the guiding principles for safe use of essential oils is this: Always dilute essential oils before use on the skin. There are a few notable exceptions, such as in the case of cell-regenerating oils like lavender. However, when applying an oil such as lavender "neat" (undiluted), we use a drop or two for application to a burn, cut (due to proven cell-regenerating and antiseptic properties), insect bite (due to proven anti-inflammatory, itch-reducing properties) or to the temples for headache relief (due to proven sedative, pain-relieving properties). Even the use of a "safe" oil such as lavender neat for a specific period of time can create sensitization that will affect the user whenever they apply that particular essential oil in the future.
In the considerable amount of literature available on the subject of the physical effects of essential oils, research and testing have shown that some essential oils are potential allergens and others have very harsh effects on the skin if applied undiluted. "Harsh effects on the skin" from using undiluted essential oils does not refer only to an allergic response such as a rash, which also is possible, but to damage to the tissue itself, indicated by redness, an itching or burning sensation, soreness and occasional peeling. If left alone, the irritation might clear up on its own, but a strong reaction for a very sensitive skin type could require application of an anti-inflammatory, such as cortisone cream, or for the more holistic-minded, calendula or aloe vera gel.
Understanding this basic principle helps unravel the myth which suggests that after dropping undiluted essential oils onto the skin for an intended therapeutic effect, heat and redness of the skin indicates "toxins are being released" and shows that the underlying muscles and tendons are being healed of some abnormality.
Commonly used essential oils known to cause, or have the potential to cause, skin irritation are: basil (Ocimum basilicum), bergamot (Citrus bergamia), birch (Betula lenta), black pepper (Piper nigrum), cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), clove (Eugenia aromatica), expressed (cold pressed from peel) oils of lime, lemon, orange and grapefruit (Citrus limetta, limonum, sinensis and paradisi), lemongrass (Cymbopogon citrates), oregano (Origanum compactum), Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris), Siberian, balsam or silver fir (Abies siberica, alba, balsamea), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) and in some cases, tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) and peppermint (Mentha piperita).
Again, if any of these essential oils are placed undiluted onto the skin and a hot, red irritation manifests, this is the result of damage to the skin cells, and that damage might require help for repair. These same oils, if used in dilution (in some cases, very high dilution), are perfectly safe unless there is a specific sensitivity or allergic reaction to a specific essential oil.
More information on this topic can be found at the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy Web site: www.naha.org/safety.htm. Also available is a full research paper about a specific technique that promotes the use of undiluted essential oils on the skin. If you wish to expand your knowledge and experience of essential oils further, there are several opportunities to hear world-class speakers at conferences here in the U.S. Some offer continuing education credit for massage therapists and nurses. Search for "aromatherapy conferences" online or get information at www.aromatherapyconferencetours.com and www.naha.org. There also are many schools of aromatherapy that provide quality education and also are listed on the NAHA Web site. Further reading on the subject of safe use of essential oils also might include The Aromatherapy Practitioner Manual, Vols. I and II, by Sylla Sheppard Hanger.
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