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Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
January, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 01
Working With Women, Part 2
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
This article continues to explore the essential oils that work well in the female reproductive system and benefit certain psychological issues women face during the menstrual, childbirth and menopause cycles. Please refer to other articles in the MT archives for information on how to use essential oils safely in dilution.
LAVENDER: The old familiar favorite, Lavandula angustifolia or officinalis has a fresh, soft scent and name that derives from the Latin, lavare, to wash. It is a powerful antiseptic and has a host of physiological properties, is a notable pain and tension reliever, and is famous for its healing action on the skin. Gabriel Mojay refers to its reputation as an aromatic "rescue remedy," as it works to calm strong emotions that threaten to overwhelm the mind.
Smoothing the flow of qi energy, lavender releases mental energy that has become stuck in a habitual rut and it instills calmness and composure. It is valuable for relieving premenstrual tension and menstrual pain and is the most popular essential oil for inhalation or massage during childbirth, reducing pain and anxiety, and creating an uplifting emotional atmosphere.
SWEET MARJORAM: Origanum marjorana derives from the Greek words oros and ganos, meaning "joy of the mountains." For the ancient Greeks, marjoram was associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty and fertility. Young married couples were crowned with its flowers. Both strengthening and profoundly relaxing, marjoram helps relieve worry and feelings of emotional deprivation. It has beneficial antispasmodic and emmenagogue properties on the uterine muscles, making it helpful for menstrual cramps and pain. Some aromatherapists caution against overuse of marjoram, as it can tend to deaden the emotions with prolonged use and the essential oil (unlike the "crowning" herb and spice form) is known to be an anaphrodisiac, which lessens the sensual desires.
Deserving of their own special section, the wonderful essential oils derived from the petals of flowers have a long tradition in work with females, from perfumes to therapeutic blends. Each and every flower invokes a certain archetypal feminine quality that can be used to bring this out in someone lacking that particular virtue or to resonate with what is already a strong personality characteristic. Despite the fact that these essences are more costly than most other aromatic oils, only one drop in a blend can add the qualities that will deliver the needed communication. When the cost per drop is known (by dividing the cost of 1 ml by 25 drops), most come in at under $2 a drop at current retail prices. It is important to know your supplier, as these precious petals are often adulterated, sometimes with synthetics, or stretched with a similar scent or by adding a small amount of carrier oil.
JASMINE: This wonderful perfume and medicinal essence is native to Persia, China and northern India, where it is known as "queen of the night" because the fragrance is released after sunset. The Hindu version of Cupid had jasmine blossoms on the tip of his arrows to pierce the heart with desire. Its name, Jasminum grandiflorum, derives from a popular female name in Persia, Yasmin.
Mojay tells us that the comforting sweetness of the aroma is inseparable from the calming and uplifting effects on the mind. Jasmine is one of the most effective essential oils for nervous anxiety, restlessness and depression. Therapeutically, it has a warming, restorative and decongestion action on the urogential organs and is a renowned aphrodisiac, with an especially effective ability to conquer fear of vulnerability and depression that blocks the ability to share physical pleasure and affection.
Jasmine is a typical part of the labor/delivery blends, combining with lavender and clary sage. Here, according to Patricia Davis, it helps relieve pain, strengthen uterine contractions and later facilitates expulsion of the placenta and postnatal recovery. Jasmine is also used to relieve spasms due to delayed and painful menstruation. The jasmine feminine archetype is a passionate, bewitching seductress who is also very comfortable with herself; a grounded, powerful, courageous female energy typified by Cleopatra, who used it to perfume the sails of her barge. Today, it resonates with a strong matriarch or business woman who is still decidedly feminine, such as Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey or Michelle Obama.
NEROLI or ORANGE BLOSSOM: The common name of Citrus aurantium var. amara, the blossom of the bitter and sweet orange trees, derives from the region near Rome where a 17th century woman lived. Anna Maria, Princess of Nerola, so loved the fragrance that she used it to perfume her clothing. The range of expression of Neroli can be seen in the fact that at one time it was used by the prostitutes of Madrid. At another time, it was the favorite flower for bridal bouquets because it symbolized purity and virginity.
In any situation, it is a gentle tonic for the nervous system, relaxing the smooth muscle of the intestine and uplifting the spirit. It helps ease restlessness, insomnia, palpitations and high blood pressure, along with relieving mental and emotional tension, nervous depression, and chronic anxiety. It benefits those who are highly sensitive or easily alarmed and agitated. It has no direct action in the reproductive system, but is helpful for postpartum depression and is a wonderful first scent for infants. The neroli feminine archetype is spiritual, wise and forever young, with an elegant, somewhat shy air of refinement, like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy or Meryl Streep.
ROSE: Of the many varieties of rose, aromatherapists use mainly the Rosa damascena (damask rose) and the Rosa centifolia (cabbage rose). Although these varieties are pink and white, Rosa derives from the Greek rodon, meaning red. Rose, according to Salvatorte Battaglia, also has the most diverse therapeutic properties of all essential oils, effective in all levels of life, soul, spirit and body. It is easy to see why it is called "the queen of flowers."
Rose opens the heart and soothes feelings of anger, fear and anxiety, and comforts in times of loss, dissolves psychological pain, feelings of unworthiness and rejection, and opens the door to love, friendship and empathy. It is purifying and regulating on the female reproductive organs and a tonic to the uterus. It regulates menstruation and relieves menstrual cramps and excessive bleeding. It is a powerful aid in the psychological issues that accompany the transition of menopause. The feminine rose archetype is the ultimate combination of gentle, nurturing, beauty and heart-centered sensuality. Its range of mother/goddess qualities make rose sacred to Aphrodite and seen in visions of the Virgin Mary.
YLANG YLANG: This double name is a corruption of the Filipino word alangilang or "flowers that hang or flutter in the breeze." The botanical name, Cananga odorata, hints at the powerful, heady, spicy and exotic aroma. A frequent and favored constituent of perfumes, ylang ylang is also effective against infections of the intestinal tract and has a calming action on the heart, quickly relieving palpitations from anxiety. The voluptuous aroma makes this another powerful aphrodisiac, especially in the ability to relieve fear, anxiety and the urge to withdraw from contact.
Suzanne Fisher-Rizzi says it is beneficial for PMS associated with extreme mood swings just before the onset of menstruation. A classic PMS blend would include ylang ylang with chamomile, clary sage and geranium. The female ylang ylang archetype is temperamental, passionate, seductive and fiery with a strong radiance and confidence, such as Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz or Madonna.
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