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Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
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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