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A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
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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