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Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
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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