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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
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.
July, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 07
Combating Some Aromatic Myths
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
It appears like a good time for another "Aromatic Myth" column after some of the information about the safety of essential oils has been circulating in the media and on the Internet recently.Strange things are happening. There is misinformation circulating about the use of two very popular essential oils: lavender and tea tree.
A short while ago, the Board of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy received a copy of an article appearing in The New England Journal of Medicine citing the case of three prepubertal boys from Denver who had developed some breast tissue. The condition is called gynecomastia. The researchers concluded that this abnormality was caused by the estrogenic effect of the miniscule amount of lavender and tea tree oil in some over the counter soap, shampoo and lotions. Their article, in a prestigious medical journal that is widely accepted as an authoritative resource, warns the medical community to caution parents about using products containing lavender and tea tree. So, is it true? Should we judge the use of essential oils based on this article? What do we tell our clients who talk about this report and ask for our opinion?
A press release by Robert Tisserand, a highly respected researcher and English aromatherapist, issued shortly after the article appeared, stated:
Derek Henley, who authored the research on which these reports are based, has said there is "not enough evidence to suggest people should stop using products containing these essential oils, even young boys," and that no firm conclusions can be drawn.
The details given about the cases are sketchy, but there is good reason to believe that tea tree oil could not have had any effect at all and that, in another case, lavender oil could not have caused gynecomastia. Further, the researchers failed to check for chemical hormone disruptors, such as parabens, pesticides and phthalates that may have been in the products concerned.
Laboratory testing did show evidence that both essential oils had an estrogen-like action, and this had not been previously reported. However, it cannot be assumed that the same (affect) will happen in humans. Any correlation between the laboratory testing and the three cases in question is, at best, circumstantial.
Prepubertal gynecomastia is an extremely rare condition. Both lavender and tea tree oil are present in aromatherapy cosmetics used by millions of people, who should be assured that they can continue to use them safely."
In a four-page letter to The New England Journal of Medicine, citing previous research on tea tree oil and asking for a retraction, the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association (www.attia.org/au) states:
When such science is amplified by publication in a respected journal, and the media beats up the story, it has damaging consequences all out of proportion to the facts. This article was uncritically reported around the world causing alarm and commercial impacts and fear. Is this responsible?
The journal refused to retract or to print the ATTIA letter and accompanying research article.
The lavender and tea tree information was closely followed by a report from Tony Burfield of www.cropwatch.org that the European Union cosmetic regulators were going to effectively eliminate the use of citrus oils in perfumes. "In our view, this once more confirms the Brussels 'anti-naturals' fragrance ingredients machinery is operating in overdrive, becoming a vendetta of scandalous proportions." Yes, citrus oils are known to contain a chemical that increases sensitivity to sunlight; however, citrus oils have been used for centuries in perfumes and personal products. A list of the fragrances alone that will be affected carries many famous names, old and new. And what this decision might do is put citrus oil producers out of business, so it won't just be the perfume industry that is affected.
Our concern here is practicing massage with essential oils in a safe way. In previous articles, I have said that I prefer to use essential oils in diffusion only for children under 7 years of age and in highly diluted amounts (i.e., up to three drops per oz of carrier oil) for those between 7 and 12 years of age. The ratio of essential oils to other components in over-the-counter personal products is much lower than this. As an active member of the aromatherapy community for 20 years, I have heard of a problem using lavender and tea tree on children. Nor have I been told of medical research that supports such a warning - and there is extensive medical research on essential oils. Nor have I heard evidence linking citrus oils to major health issues.
I don't plan to stop using these oils now and I encourage you to continue to use them with the proper dilution and consideration for allergy/sensitivity, age and other safety issues such as pregnancy. For more information, please read my previous articles in the archives or go to www.naha.org and search the safety section and frequently asked questions.
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