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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
Healing the Wounds of War
A nonprofit group is bringing the benefits of alternative medicine to those who need it most.
By Stephane Babcock
The Serbian siege of Sarajevo in the mid-1990s has left scars on the land, its people and their spirits.For four years, from 1992 to 1996, the city's inhabitants suffered through ethnic cleansing, torture, rape and being cut off from food, electricity and medicine. Ten years later, the Healing Hands Network, a U.K.-based charitable organization that brings healing in the many forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), is helping the people in the region to rehabilitate physically and emotionally.
Since 1997, Healing Hands has been sending two practitioners a week from April to October, treating more than 10,000 people. CAM treatments offered include massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, reiki and acupuncture. Patients are referred to the organization by the Association of Concentration Camp Victims, the Center for Torture Victims or the Association of Civil Victims of War.
"The impetus came from a group of complementary therapists who visited Sarajevo in 1996, shortly after the end of the war, and realized how much their therapies could help the people there," said Deirdre Parrinder, one of the organization's volunteer practitioners.
The volunteer practitioners operate two treatment rooms from a rented house in the old area of Sarajevo, as well as from outreach homes in three surrounding areas that were Serb-controlled during the war. Four practitioners always are on hand, with two new volunteers arriving each week and staying for two weeks. There also are two interpreters on hand who help organize the patients' visits and manage the office. Practitioners work half of the time in the rented house and the other half in one of the outreach homes. "The first year I went (2005), we worked in a building in one area in which some of the patients had been held and tortured during the war," reminisced Parrinder.
To join the missions to Sarajevo, practitioners need to be fully qualified, have insurance that can be extended to cover work in Bosnia and must raise money to cover airfare, living expenses during their stay and a contribution for the Healing Hands general fund. "Although most of the volunteers are British, Healing Hands has a few volunteers from other European countries, and is open to volunteers from other countries," said Parrinder.
Practitioners who volunteer their time, money and background with Healing Hands do so for many reasons, each unique to the individual. "In one way, working in Bosnia was a natural extension of my career path," said Parrinder.
The benefit to the volunteers comes in the form of memories that have their own way of healing. "On the first day of my second visit, I went to work in an outlying area of Sarajevo and there, waiting outside, was a man who told me he had not had any knee pain since I had treated him the previous year," recalled Parrinder.
Some of the memories remind Parrinder of the hardship faced by the residents of Sarajevo. "One woman lost 22 family members, including her husband, daughter and son-in-law. Another woman saw her three sons blown up by a landmine. Another woman lost her whole family, a husband and two sons."
The efforts of Healing Hands have not gone unnoticed by the people who have benefited and the country that needed them. "In Bosnia, there is a healing tradition called bio-energy and people are very open to the work of Healing Hands," said Parrinder. "The work of Healing Hands is greatly appreciated. To quote Muzafar Teskeredzic, Union Secretary of the Civil Victims of War, Sarajevo Canton Citizens Association, 'Our members say Healing Hands gives them a reason for living.' He added that some people were happy to go without food to travel to the treatment centers."
Healing Hands has plans to visit other areas in need of their healing missions. "They will probably send a few volunteers to Kosovo next year," said Parrinder. "There also is a project starting in Kenya at a Nairobi woman's hospital with rape victims. This project will concentrate on involving local therapists [and] showing them how Healing Hands works, and will be organized differently from the work in Bosnia."
To find out more about the Healing Hands Network, visit www.healinghandsnetwork.org.uk.
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