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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.
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.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
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."
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.
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.
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.
April, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 04
Office Scents Make Sense
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
This month's Aromatic Message is appropriate for those who don't use essential oils to enhance bodywork treatments, as well as those who do. Simply introducing essential oils into the air of your office, waiting room and restrooms can clear, uplift, protect, relax and/or invigorate, depending on which oils you choose. Major spas certainly know and practice this subtle method of influencing clients and creating the desire to return. The method is called diffusion. Inhalation is the most immediate way to deliver an aromatherapy experience on all levels, so air diffusion has as powerful an effect as applying essential oils to the body. Although you won't run into issues of skin sensitivity with diffusion, there still are some important things to know and certain safety practices to follow.
Methods of diffusion range from simple to sophisticated and inexpensive to costly. Simple methods include placing drops of a pure essential oil or blend onto a material such as a cotton ball, piece of felt or unscented potpourri ingredients and letting the aroma fill the room. An air-spray can is made using essential oils and distilled water (put essences into a small amount of food-grade alcohol, like vodka, before adding water for greater dilution of essences.) Simply spray an area briefly two or three times a day. Direct the spray onto an air intake vent and it will fragrance the whole space if heat or air-conditioning is being used.
Heat accelerates the mobility of the aromatic molecules. To take advantage of this, a potpourri pot that keeps water hot but not boiling delivers an immediate effect. Simply add drops to the hot water from time to time. Unless you are extremely vigilant, it is best to avoid the "cup over candle" method in an office or waiting room due to the hazards of fire. However, a ceramic light bulb ring to which a small amount of water is added before your essential oils is appropriate. (Turn the light on, of course!) While they seem to be an easy alternative, I have found that the type of diffusers which use a cotton pad enclosed in a device that plugs into an outlet have the tendency to burn the oil and make the aroma less pleasant. Burning also will change the properties. (To avoid the "burn," water is added first to the light bulb ring or cup over a candle.)
More sophisticated and costly methods involve the use of electronic diffusers or "nebulizers." Some of these also come with a time-release setting, which I would suggest using. The aroma of a true essential oil will not be detected once the message of the essence is sent to the brain. However, the molecules remain in the air and will be detected by anyone entering (or re-entering) the area. Constant diffusion overloads the space and leads to negative responses such as headaches, lethargy or agitation. And the amount of essential oils required for continuous diffusion is an unnecessary expense.
Some important ideas to consider when choosing an essence or blend are: Don't choose essential oils known to sedate, such as lavender, marjoram, chamomile or clary sage, which is an "intoxicant" for the waiting room or reception area. Do choose them for the treatment room, unless you are doing aromatherapy blends in your treatment. Ylang ylang causes negative responses more rapidly if diffused on a continuous basis. Be cautious when using major stimulants such as rosemary. Add eucalyptus, thyme or bergamot to blends during cold and flu season. Stay away from those that have a history of allergic response, such as flowers, grasses and pine. Instead, opt for essences that are commonly encountered in life, such as citrus, spice, woods and geranium, which is a balancing, uplifting essence and common ingredient in cosmetics. Create a signature blend or vary your essences with the seasons or your own personal needs.
If you choose quality soap with essential oils, this alone can fragrance a restroom. Drying the peels of organic oranges, limes or grapefruit, and then placing small pieces in a pretty bowl with dried rose petals, lavender buds and pieces of cinnamon, clove or anise, is another attractive, natural way to fragrance an area.
Why should you choose true essential oils instead of fragrance products like plug-ins and scented candles? Recent studies have shown that certain chemicals in plug-ins and synthetic products can cause health problems. Many people are sensitive to the synthetic fragrances in scented candles and will react with sneezing or headache, even if the candle isn't burning. A soy candle with true essences will not have this effect unless the essences are specific allergens for that individual. Your clients may not be aware of these issues or even the reason for a negative response, but they will notice and appreciate an office fragranced with pleasing, natural aromas.
Hidden Hazards of Air Fresheners (NRDC Online Newsletter)
Could the floral scent of your air freshener contain toxic chemicals known to cause birth defects? NRDC recently tested 14 different air fresheners and found that 12 contained chemicals called phthalates (pronounced tha-lāt), which can cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. Even air fresheners marketed as "all-natural" or "unscented" contained the hazardous chemicals.In addition to phthalates, air fresheners might contain allergens, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde.
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