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A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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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