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Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01
Aromatherapy for Clients With Special Needs
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
In previous articles, we've explored some myths about aromatherapy and focused more on the idea of using essential oils safely. This article will continue an exploration of using aromatherapy in massage treatments for clients with special needs.
When I went to massage school in 1984, cancer was a contraindication for massage.No questions, no exceptions. Today, we are aware of the great benefits massage can have for a client with a cancer diagnosis, and less convinced that massage will cause cancer cells to migrate to other areas of the body. With certain exceptions, such as cancer of the lymphatic system, massage therapists routinely see clients in all stages of cancer and even provide relief in the hospice setting.
How does the use of aromatic essential oils during massage affect clients with cancer? For the most part, they will have the same positive effects for the cancer patient as for other clients, with one notable exception: the client engaged in a course of chemotherapy.
Aromatherapists Jane Buckle, Ann Percival and Pam Conrad are RNs who have studied this issue and worked with many clients in active chemotherapy. As a result of their observations and research, it's suggested that because essential oils can compete with the receptor sites for chemotherapy, essential oils can be applied in massage up to two days before a chemo treatment, and then should not be used for nine to 10 days after chemotherapy is administered. At all times during the chemo regimen, keep the dose of essential oils low by using only two drops per ounce of carrier oil or lotion.
It's felt that inhalation to counteract accompanying nausea is acceptable. Peppermint can be inhaled unless the client has cardiac problems or is on the chemo drug 5FU, as peppermint enhances absorption fourfold. Ginger also relieves nausea, but it can reduce clotting time. Spearmint is another choice which is considered especially good for children. Essential oils of carrot seed, lavender, helichrysum and geranium are beneficial for the skin after radiation treatments. These same essences help reduce the formation of scar tissue.
There has been research on the use of essential oils to prevent and treat some forms of cancer. One such research paper can be found online at www.positivehealth.com/article-list.php?subjectid=49. Although this does not fall into our scope of practice, if we avoid diagnosing and prescribing, there is no problem in simply knowing the benefits of essential oils that contain monoterpenes and using them in your massage blends. The monoterpenes are found in the essential oils of many plants, including: lemons, oranges, grapefruit, caraway, dill, bergamot, peppermint and spearmint. People contact these monoterpenes in their diet on a daily basis; they are found in grasses and tomatoes and are associated with vegetables and some evergreen trees.
As we already have learned, citrus oils have many helpful properties, but expressed oils (squeezed from the rind) have phototoxic properties and should not be used before exposure to the sun. Steam-distilled oils are safer and bergaptene-free. Bergamot can be purchased without the phototoxic elements.
Caraway and dill-seed oils should be used in small amounts and highly diluted, as they are known skin sensitizers and are toxic at high levels. They are contraindicated for use with pregnancy, babies and children. Mint oils also should be highly diluted due to skin sensitivity, and avoided during pregnancy.
The psychological, emotional and spiritual effects of essential oils are of great value for the client with cancer or any life-threatening illness, as well as for those who are experiencing the illness of someone dear to them. The "evergreen" oils (pine, juniper and cypress) carry the message of everlasting life and relieve excess emotion. Frankincense and lavender bring a calm sense of protection and connection to spiritual strength. Mandarin soothes the inner child. Marjoram, bergamot and rose calm the heart and lift the burden of grief.
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