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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
April, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 04
Let “Show and Tell” Boost Your Massage Business
By Cary Bayer
"Show and Tell" was one of the earliest games you played in kindergarten. You loved it so much you still remember it half a lifetime later. Your teacher had you play it so you could learn how to share with others, and how to speak in public, essential skills that still serve you today.So, as they used to say on "The Lone Ranger," go back with me now "to those thrilling days of yesteryear" when you were about 5 years old. See if you can recall standing up in class with what you brought to school to talk about - a doll, a new coloring book, maybe your very first baseball glove.
Can you feel the excitement you had for this item, how your heart raced just looking at it? When you loved something, you loved it with all your heart. You were passionate about life, enthusiastic for what each day could bring. That particular day, you had brought one of your very favorite things to school to show the other boys and girls.
Let's say it was your favorite teddy bear. There you were, with your "Cubby" or whatever you called it, telling your classmates about the softness of his fur. You talked about the delicious squeak that he made when you pressed his belly. You squeaked him and your classmates "oohed" and "aahed." You described how cool to the touch his little nose was, the nose you cuddled up against at night when you went to bed. You described his beautiful eyes; to you they were jewels in the midnight sky.
By the time you finished describing your stuffed animal, virtually everyone in class wanted his or her very own cubby. You "sold" them on your adorable pal, even though you weren't trying to sell anything. You were 5 years old - what did you know about selling? Nothing ... and that's just the point. You inspired them to buy - or more precisely, to have their mom or dad buy this wonderful item. You weren't trying to; you simply were telling them from your own heart about something you loved with all your heart.
Now, fast forward 40 or however many years, to the present day. You don't own Cubby anymore. There still are things in your life, however, that you do love, that you're passionate about and have gained great value from. If you are wise and fortunate, whatever that thing is has been transformed into your career. (Hopefully, it's massage, and if so, your livelihood is a "lovelihood.")
If you're a self-employed entrepreneur, it's your task to share massage work with others. The act of telling them about your craft is what we call sales. Now, you might be wondering what sales has to do with "Show and Tell." Actually, quite a lot. In "Show and Tell," you told others about something you love. When you own a massage business, you also can tell people about something you love. Instead of it being a furry stuffed animal, it might be your shiatsu-healing touch, or your hot stone massage.
If you're like most adults, you might worry about bills you have to pay (and, therefore, how much money you need to make) and strive hard to sell. You focus on each prospective client or customer as a ticket to getting your bills handled or your debt reduced. Or, you might be too shy to "sell" yourself. Last I looked, selling yourself is another word for slavery, and that's been illegal for a good century and a half. Even prostitutes don't sell themselves, though they might rent for the hour. You can sell your services, you can sell your expertise, but you can't sell yourself.
If you're wise, you'll do something foolish. You will incorporate your inner child into your business, and let that 5-year-old kindergartener enthusiastically describe the healing effects of the massages you give. When you do that, you won't be selling. You will be telling - just like you did when you were small. The person to whom you're speaking is no longer a "prospect" in an adult's mind, but a "person" to your inner child, and will catch your enthusiasm and be wowed by it. They already need what you do, so there's a good chance they will ask you for it. That's the time to let your adult come out, and let them know what it costs to have it. This actually does them a favor.
When you played "Show and Tell" in kindergarten, you inspired many people to have want what you had; but then you sat down without giving them the chance to have it. You teased them; in effect, you were selfish because you inspired desire, but gave them no way to fulfill it. You were 5 years old and so were they; there was no harm, no foul.
But now that you're 45 years old, for example, when you inspire desire, you can give each person a way to fulfill it. Talking about price in this context won't feel uncomfortable - if it ever did for you - because price (or the money that it costs for your service) is what enables a potential buyer to have the very thing that you're so passionate about. You're actually doing them a favor.
The difference between "Show and Tell" and "Show and Sell" is very little. "Show and Tell" is for children; the presentation of something that arouses passion in the presenter and the listener. Since it takes place between 5-year-olds, no goods or services are transacted. "Show and Sell" is for 45- and 55-year-olds, even though it involves your inner child and your listener's inner child. The presentation also arouses passion in the presenter and the listener - and the listener is given the opportunity to have what you offer. That opportunity is what we, as adults, call sales.
Bring out your inner child in your massage business and enthusiastically sell what you love to do. You'll live longer, make more money, and enjoy your life so much more than you do now.
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