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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.
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
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
By Elaine Stillerman, LMT
I was sitting at the airport waiting for a connecting flight when I noticed a young mother wearily pushing a baby carriage. She found a seat facing me and sat down with a sigh. She glanced over at her sleeping newborn, adjusted the baby's blanket and closed her eyes for a much-needed nap.About 10 minutes passed and the mother's head dropped forward as she fell into a deep sleep. Suddenly, the baby began to fuss and mom woke with a start. As her baby's cries got louder, two large stains appeared on the front of her blouse.
Touching, hearing, seeing, smelling or even thinking about your baby can stimulate milk let-down. Breast milk is absolutely perfect for babies and its benefits are well-documented. Breast milk provides numerous advantages to the infant's general health, growth and development and, at the same time, significantly reduces the risk for numerous acute and chronic diseases.1 Research in the U.S., Canada, Europe and other developed nations cite a decrease in the incidence and severity of diarrhea,2-4 lower respiratory infections,5-6 ear infections,7-9 urinary tract infections,10 allergic diseases,11 possible sudden infant death12 and many other physical benefits among breastfed babies. Other studies suggest breastfeeding might help boost IQs and cognitive development.13-15
Nursing mothers also reap numerous benefits to their recovering bodies and emotional health.16 To begin with, breastfeeding increases the levels of oxytocin (the maternal hormone or the hormone of motherly love), resulting in less postpartum bleeding and faster uterine involution or healing.17 There also is evidence that nursing helps new mothers lose their pregnancy weight faster.18 There is improved re-mineralization during postpartum for those women who nurse19 and a reduced risk of ovarian cancer20 and premenopausal breast cancer.21 Breastfeeding seems to really make a difference with regards to breast cancer risks. Data on 150,000 women from 30 countries established that each year of breastfeeding reduced a woman's lifetime breast cancer risk by 4.3 percent.22 In the U.S., this could mean reducing the number of women with breast cancer by 7,500 annually.23 Other studies showed that nursing mothers are a third less likely to be depressed.24
Equally important is the emotional bond between mother and child that nursing fosters. Breastfeeding provides a unique intimacy between a mother and her child, offers comfort to a fussy baby and is an incomparable method of communication. There are some practical advantages, too: Breastfeeding doesn't cost anything, the milk is available at all times, provides the appropriate nutrition and always is the perfect temperature.
Massage for Healthy Breasts
A gentle massage will help keep the breasts healthy, reduce or treat engorgement, keep the milk ducts unblocked and the milk flowing. A professional massage practitioner might offer this care or teach the new mother how to do it for herself. The following steps will guide you in giving breast massage:
There are several acupuncture points that can ease breast soreness and engorgement and encourage milk let-down. For example:
Another wonderful recipe for engorgement is the ginger compress. Grate one cup of peeled ginger root and secure it in a cheese cloth. Place the ginger in 1 quart of water, which you bring up to the boiling point. Turn off the heat once the water starts to boil and leave the ginger in the heated water for about a half hour, or until the water takes on a yellow tinge. Let the water cool enough before placing two washcloths in the liquid. Wring them out (make sure the water is a comfortable temperature) and place a washcloth on each breast. When the cloths cool, put them back into the water.26
Nipple care also is an important part of healthy breasts. If the nipples crack after the first few days of nursing or if there is pain while nursing, the new mother should try a different nursing position and speak with her doctor, midwife or a lactation consultant for more advice. Avoid using soap while bathing and express a few drops of milk on the nipples to keep them supple. Or, rupture the veins of a cabbage leaf and wear them in the bra. Old tea bags also work, but they can stain your clothing. One drop of rose oil is very effective, but the nipples must be cleaned before nursing. Lansinoh, an over-the-counter product, also is a wonderful remedy for sore or cracked nipples, but cannot be used by women with lanolin allergies. After each feeding, the nipples should air dry before mom gets dressed. Make sure the wet nursing pads are replaced to avoid discomfort.27
For Those Who Can't or Won't
This seemingly instinctive behavior is a learned behavior. Not every new mother can or chooses to nurse and not every baby can easily nurse. The important concept is that the baby is fed, loved and nurtured. While it commonly is accepted that "breast is best," the choices a new mother makes about her body and her child need our support and respect.
Click here for previous articles by Elaine Stillerman, LMT.
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