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Building Kidney Yang and Jing
Kidney yang, if we include mingmen fire, is the energy and heat source for the whole body. Jing is the essence of yang, and is stored in the kidney, extraordinary channels, and in the bone marrow, which in TCM also includes the brain.
A Very New Year: It's Time to Track
As we enter 2017, we find "affordable care" is not so affordable for many individuals. They are discovering what employers learned long ago: Health care is expensive – and keeps getting more expensive.
Change on the Horizon? New White House Spells Shift in Health Care Policy
On the morning after Election Day, many in our country were surprised to learn that not only did the Republican nominee win the White House, but also that the House of Representatives and the Senate remain under GOP control.
The Key to Recovery
Starting in the 1970s and developing over a decade of assessment and improvement, the South Bronx's Lincoln Recovery Center staff refined the method of using five basic ear-points, which became the NADA protocol for the treatment of addiction.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion.
What Are Prebiotics – and Why Should You Care? (Part 1)
In previous articles, I spoke about the different kinds of fiber and their effects, and the potential risks of taking probiotics without also consuming prebiotic soluble fiber (PSF) in foods and/or supplements [see August & October 2016 issues].
Case Study of Benign Hand Tremors
Patients without degenerative diseases causing tremors are often given the diagnosis of essential tremors, for which treatment options are limited to lifestyle changes and medications.
Increase Your Practice Income With Retail Products
With only so many hours in a day, there is a cap on the revenue an acupuncturist can generate by way of appointments. Once your appointment book is filled, you can't really add more without burning yourself out.
The Mysterious Divergent Channels
The divergent channels are among the most mysterious entities in all of Chinese medicine. They are rarely mentioned, lacking reference in modern TCM study, and rarely used within popular Chinese medical treatment.
Losing Your Mind? Try Coconut Oil
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is currently the 6th leading cause of death in America according to the CDC. It affects over 5 million Americans and 50 percent of nursing home residents (2014), and is projected to spike to 16 million by 2050.
Top 2017 Health & Fitness Trends
We really did sign up for a career of learning and development. Now that you have built a strong foundation of your manipulation skills, nutrition base, movement assessments and business knowledge, it's time to keep up with the American College of Sports Medicine's 2017 worldwide health and fitness trends.
MD-DC Affiliations Under Fire
I am George P. McAndrews, lawyer for the chiropractors in the Wilk, et al., v AMA, et al., antitrust suit that resulted in an injunction against the AMA and others, banning them from interfering in lawful professional relationships between medical physicians and doctors of chiropractic.
Your Patients With Cancer Need You
It was a chilly Minnesota morning in March 1999 when she asked to speak to me alone. My then-busy chiropractic practice wasn't built for much privacy, but I quickly scooted the 60-some-year-old, white-haired patient to my exam room, as the open adjusting area was buzzing with excitement.
An Education in Stroke Risk and Chiropractic
Dr. Steven Shoshany's ninth appearance on "The Dr. Oz Show" may prove to be his most significant, as he addressed questions related to the death of Katie May, who suffered two strokes in February 2016, hours after her third visit to a chiropractor for what she described in a Twitter post as a pinched nerve in her neck experienced during a photo shoot days earlier.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Time for Change?
The University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic Student Government Association sponsored a panel discussion on Oct. 25, 2016.
Acute Locked-Back Syndrome: Cause and Correction
As we all know, occasionally a patient will present with acute-onset low back pain with or without a precipitating incident. A distinguishing feature of the presentation is visible lateral antalgia, both standing and walking.
Scar Reduction With Acupuncture & Microneedling (Part 1)
Applied correctly, modern skin needling techniques can form part of a holistic treatment and incorporate the principles of Chinese medicine.
Clinical Outcomes & Safety for TCHM
The practice of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCHM) may appear archaic to those who misunderstand the theories and principals that guide it. In fact, TCHM continues to evolve and new systems are consistently being discovered and applied within the tradition.
January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01
Non-Contagious Skin Rashes, Part 1: Contact Dermatitis
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President
I frequently am surprised by what people request or respond to after they read my Massage Today columns. The things I often think will generate a lot of interest or discussion land with a thud (for instance, avian flu and whooping cough), and the topics I think must be old-hat and overdone for massage therapists generate an enormous amount of interest.Such has been the case for my articles on herpes simplex, warts, psoriasis and superficial cysts. So, to keep to the skin diseases trend, I offer the first of a two-part article on dermatitis and eczema: common, confusing, and frequently overlapping conditions that many massage therapists see and deal with on a daily basis.
The terminology around dermatitis and eczema is extremely confusing, largely because there is no universal consensus on what each term really means. If interested readers pursue this topic to get more information, they might be frustrated to find that some resources seem to use the word eczema to be synonymous with atopic dermatitis, while others (including this one) differentiate atopic dermatitis as a subset of eczema. Welcome to the world of pathology research!
In all the reading I have done on these topics, this is how I have ultimately organized the dermatitis/eczema hierarchy. (This is not the only way to organize these concepts, but can be a useful tool to see how these conditions relate to each other.)
For this discussion, we'll pick the simplest of these skin conditions: contact dermatitis. This is, as the name implies, inflammation of the skin where it has been touched by an allergen or irritating substance. This is different from skin rashes related to reactions that are not from direct skin contact: hives related to stress, or psoriasis, which involves skin cells that reproduce too rapidly.
Contact dermatitis comes in two forms: as a result of irritating or damaging exposures, or from a localized allergic reaction.
Once in a while, we can afford to damage our skin in this way. It heals fast, after all, and all is well again within a few days. However, if a person submerges their hands in caustic, irritating chemicals, or even just water, over and over again, the skin may sustain longer-term damage: contact irritant dermatitis. It's distinct from contact allergic dermatitis because everyone who scrubs their tub without gloves damages their skin, while not everyone has an allergic reaction to latex or nickel.
One group of allergic contact dermatitis outbreaks is probably familiar to most people: reactions to poison oak, poison sumac and poison ivy. The allergen in these plants is an invisible oil called urushiol, and about 75 percent of the population has a reaction to it. Urushiol is significant because not only can it remain potent even after months on tools or other surfaces, but it also can disperse in the air when plants are burned, leading to allergic reactions on the skin and possibly even in the respiratory passages of people nearby.
Massage for Contact Dermatitis?
If a client has contact dermatitis, it's important to identify what the triggers are and to avoid them in a massage setting. In other words, if this client is allergic to almond oil, it's important to have alternate lubricants available. (Many lotions contain almond oil, so read labels carefully.) But if a client has a red scaly mark where the button on their jeans hits, or around their wrist where their watch lies, this is not a significant issue for massage - we certainly won't catch the condition and we won't spread it (unless we use the watch as a massage tool!).
If a client has contact irritant dermatitis because of exposure to harsh chemicals or other substances, massage with lubricant might speed the healing process. Be aware, however, that massage brings blood to the area, and we want to avoid making itchy spots itchier. Also, we want to be careful about any scratching or blisters that might compromise the shield of the skin to invite infection: these make any kind of contact dermatitis a local contraindication.
For Next Time
In my next column, we will continue this discussion of non-contagious skin rashes with an exploration of eczema. In the meantime, if any pathology issues come up for you and your clients, feel free to let me know: What's on your table?
Many thanks and blessings!
Click here for previous articles by Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President.
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