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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
June 16, 2004
Stone Massage and Cancer
By Sonia Alexandra, LMT
In 2003, massage therapy generated $4 billion, yet it has taken decades to bring us to where we are today. One contributing factor to this tremendous growth are new and innovative spa treatments.One of the fastest growing and frequently requested modalities is stone massage. As its effectiveness has become known, this therapy has become increasingly available in spas, salons and resorts, and in a most unlikely environment: hosiptal oncology departments.
There is something wonderful about a warm, aromatic stone placed on the body. The relaxation process begins immediately, showing us that through deepest relaxation we can reconnect directly to our inner most self. The more relaxed we are, the more effective the treatment results. The application of massage in conjunction with warm stones helps dissolve stress, increase circulation and induce systematic changes on both localized and systemic levels, greatly relieving stress issues that most people experience.
The alternating use of warm and cold stones is quite beneficial since the stones effectively facilitate decongestion when directly applied to the tissue by directing blood flow to other areas of the body, and increasing metabolism and elimination. This method is also effective in the treatment of edema and can be incorporated as a remedy to aid in soothing headache, relieving muscle stiffness by stimulating the healing process -- something every cancer patient can greatly benefit from.
Stone Massage Day
Obviously, massage cannot cure cancer; however, research has shown that a variety of touch modalities, including stone therapy, positively affects some cancer treatement side-effects, including fatigue, insomnia, pain and nausea. Many of us have seen the devastating side-effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Chemotherapy and radiation deplete the body's immune system and traumatize every cell. Cancer weakens one's hope and slowly separates a patient's body and soul.
Stone massage is a source of calming, soothing and nurturing. This gentle loving touch aids on every level, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The devastating side-effects of chemotherapy, radiation and drugs leave patients dependent on their weekly massage sessions to help them cope.
In many hospital oncology departments, stone massage days are warmly welcomed. An increasing number of oncology departments nationide have lifted restrictions related to massage and cancer patients; however, one should be properly trained before becoming involved in this groundbreaking area of massage. Contact the American Cancer Society for more information.
Some tips when utilizing stone massage with cancer patients:
Remember, sessions will vary per patient and doctor recommendations must be strictly followed.
The therapeutic effects of warm gentle stone massage can be invaluable, no matter what stage of cancer a person suffers from. Just to see the smile of a patient's face as we apply our hands with warm aromatic stones, can be immensely rewarding.
Since cancer will likley affect all of us at one time or another, nature's gift of stones in the hands of a skilled therapist can produce profound change on many levels. What a difference we can make.
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