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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.
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 Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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.
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.
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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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?
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.
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.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
April, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 04
Aromatherapy for Clients With Special Needs
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Continuing on the topic of safe use of essential oils, it is important to know some of the current perspectives on using aromatherapy during pregnancy and childbirth. This is one area that holds some widely differing opinions.I personally have known a woman who went through two "perfect" pregnancies while working full-time in a small aromatherapy shop making blends and pouring oils, and then delivered beautiful, healthy babies. Still, I believe it is better to be safe than sorry when treating this emotionally sensitive client population.
As part of the safety information contained in The Aromatherapy Practitioner Manual, Volume I, Sylla Sheppard-Hanger writes:
Distillation water, which results from the method of steam extraction of essential oils, is commonly called a floral water, hydrosol or hydrolat and would not be appropriate for massage. For the purposes of relaxation and lifting the spirit, Sheppard-Hanger suggests using the following essences in small doses: geranium, lavender, neroli, rose, jasmine, petitgrain, patchouli, mandarin, Roman chamomile, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
Salvatore Battaglia, in his widely used text The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, cites research from another publication that suggests the main cause of infant mortality is premature birth, in which stress plays a major role. Because of this and the heightened sense of smell during pregnancy, conscious and caring use of aromatherapy can be of great benefit. The use of essential oils in bath, inhalation or room diffusion also is suggested.
For backache, Battaglia suggests spike lavender, cajeput and lemon, which will relive pain and tone muscles supporting increased weight. For morning sickness, inhalation of ginger, lavender or spearmint is suggested. For constipation, try chamomile, neroli, sweet orange, tangerine and black pepper. For leg cramps, try geranium, lavender, cypress, ginger and black pepper. For edema, try a foot massage or soak with grapefruit, sweet orange, geranium, tangerine or lime, as applicable.
When using the essences in the massage blend for pregnant clients, the more diluted the essence, the better. Do not exceed the normal 2 percent solution (approximately 7 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil). I have used even less than this to great effect for a client in her eighth month, suffering with leg pain and fatigue due to circulation problems (not deep vein thrombosis, which is a contraindication for massage and requires prompt medical attention). I gently applied light effleurage with a mixture of rosemary and geranium (1 drop each into half an ounce of carrier oil). I gave her what I had left over, and her daughter applied this for her at home. She reported great relief. I also found that a blend of two drops of lavender, one drop of sandalwood and one drop of ylang ylang bestowed relaxation, relieved lower backache and produced a state of peaceful euphoria for pregnant clients, particularly those in the last trimester.
Aromatherapy is a great support during childbirth. Some essences are known to strengthen and deepen contractions and at the same time, relieve pain. Others remove anxiety. Jasmine is a famous aid in the labor room, often combined with clary sage, lavender, chamomile and neroli or rose.
English aromatherapist Patricia Davis says that neroli (also called orange blossom) is the first aroma the newborn should experience. The beautiful, gentle essence of neroli has strong spiritual qualities and is calming to the smooth muscles of the intestines, while it facilitates easy breathing. Neroli can be diffused in the labor room, where everyone will benefit along with the baby or the receiving linens can be fragranced with a few drops or a spray of neroli hydrosol.
If a client is suffering from postnatal depression, Battaglia recommends the essential oils of bergamot, rose, neroli, clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, frankincense, mandarin, patchouli, rosewood, tangerine, vetiver and/or ylang ylang.
As always, your clients will have a preference or dislike for some aromas and could have sensitivity to certain essences. Screen for these, use proper dilution methods, and you will add a welcome aromatic support to your pregnancy massage.
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