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The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
December, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 12
New Beginnings for a New Year
By Angie Patrick
We all are thinking about New Year's resolutions this time of year. You hear everyone talking about the weight they wish to lose or the relationship they hope to find. Maybe you hear your friends wishing for better jobs or better pay. Universally, people want to be better, do better, feel better and live better. It's a common thread that runs through our society, as well as in our industry.
I often have wondered why those of us who have such great intentions fail to meet our goals and expectations. In January, we are "full steam ahead" on the resolutions that we make, yet sometime in February or even March, you see the train running out of steam. Why does this happen? Why do we set goals for ourselves and then fall short of meeting them? Personally, I think we jump in and make broad statements about how we will attain great things, without the first clue as to how to achieve those great things.
Success is not elusive, and it does not just happen. It's attainable by each and every one of us. We are not put here to fail; we are all here to contribute and succeed. The key component to this contribution and success is planning. You cannot simply expect to lose weight without actually doing something to make it happen. The odds of winning the lottery are pretty slim at best, and the better job will not fall into your lap; you have to educate yourself and search for it. Setting goals and then making the changes needed to achieve these goals go a long way toward creating your success.
Let's take a look at your business. Maybe you are a new graduate or perhaps a seasoned therapist looking at goals for your business. You would like to have a sound practice that will allow you to live well and provide all the things you need. This seems like a goal anyone would want to achieve, yet how do we get there? How do we make this dream a reality? I think we need to pave the road ahead with smaller goals - planned steps in reaching the overall goal of success.
Start with education. Sounds basic, but you would not believe how much there is to know out there. New modalities are cropping up every day, it seems. Each time I open a trade journal or paper, I learn something new. The education you receive while in school should be looked upon as your base education. Yes, you can begin working as a therapist once you graduate; however, there are so many more things to know, trends to watch and market changes to follow. Read as many articles as you can about new ideas and treatments emerging on the market. From Thai herbal ball treatments to rejuvenating facelift massage, there are a plethora of valuable treatments you easily can learn and add to your repertoire. This will increase the scope of potential clients you can book because your range of service has continued to expand.
Bolster your business with strong marketing. Find ways in your community to network and be a part of the economic future of your town. Join the Chamber of Commerce and attend the meetings. You would be surprised how many business leads you can gain by circulating your business cards at these meetings. Offer on-site chair massage for corporate offices, meetings or special events. Expand on this idea by printing an incentive on your business card, such as 10 percent off your first visit. You stimulate the buying drive in the prospective client and greatly increase your chances of a first booking. For those seasoned clients, offer them a handful of cards to share with their friends. A word-of-mouth referral is absolutely golden, and no amount of money can buy that kind of promotion.
Contribute. By volunteering your time and skill at charitable events, your exposure is magnified. You can reach a broader audience and market yourself and your skills to more people. Not only are the benefits to your business growth and exposure great, you also have the added perk of doing something good for your community. This type of industry and community participation is good for the soul.
Finally, commit. Make a commitment to yourself and your business to follow through with the steps you have put in place. It's highly doubtful you will ever look back at the steps you have taken and instead, wish that you had done nothing. That commitment may mean making some sacrifices on your part, while giving your time, talent and services, but the end result is well worth the effort you put in.
These are just a few ideas for how to begin planting the seeds of success for your business. When you know the basics, you can expand on these ideas and come up with your own original flavor and style. Most importantly, these ideas do not have to cost a fortune to implement, so you can begin right away. When you make the proper preparations to succeed, the sky is the limit and your business can and will reach new heights.
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