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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
April, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 04
Unwinding Meridians to Reverse Anemia
By Kenneth R. Koles, PhD, DSc, RAc, LMT; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
One of my patients has a mother, who we will call "Helen," out of respect for privacy. She was in the hospital recently for heart surgery. At 87 years old she was in fine health, but she had been feeling a bit rundown. Nonetheless, her doctor recommended she go ahead with the surgery because she was "so healthy."
While the operation went well, within a few days Helen was suffering from anemia. Either she was leaking blood internally or her bone marrow was no longer making blood. Her doctors gave her a transfusion and she said she felt better, but only for several days. Then she had another transfusion and another, and a pattern began repeating itself: transfusion, anemia, transfusion, anemia.
Finally, the dear woman had enough. She refused any further transfusions and was preparing to die when her son called me to treat her with a combination of techniques from acupuncture and CranioSacral Therapy (CST). Together, these two modalities are highly effective at strengthening the flow of energy throughout the body. If you think of the cranial rhythm as ocean waves, acupuncture meridians would be ocean currents. Combining the two can dramatically increase your ability to resolve a wide range of medical issues.
When I first worked with Helen, I focused on "unwinding the meridians" using the craniosacral rhythm as my guide. To unwind an acupuncture point along a meridian or energetic pathway, you simply place a finger on the point using virtually no pressure, just allowing light energetic or electrical contact. Then you feel for the craniosacral rhythm. You might experience this as a very subtle wave that flows first in one direction then in the other for three seconds each way.
Once you feel the craniosacral rhythm, you blend and harmonize with it to encourage it to move more easily and fully. Enhancing the craniosacral rhythm this way is like using your legs to pump yourself back and forth on a swing. As you move in one direction, you swing your legs up at the height of the arc to go higher. Use this same principle to enhance the craniosacral rhythm by adding your intention to the flow of energy through the points, moving in the same direction of the craniosacral rhythm.
Energizing the Sea of Marrow and the Sea of Blood
The first time I treated Helen, I focused on stimulating blood production at the sea of marrow, where blood and cerebrospinal fluid are created. The sea of marrow encompasses the acupuncture points named governing vessel 20 (GV20) and governing vessel 16 (GV16), which are both in the middle of the skull.
GV20 is on the sagittal suture at the approximate midpoint of the line that would connect the top of the two ears. There's a slight depression on the suture at GV20. GV16 is at the base of the head just below the external occipital protuberance (the bump at the base of the skull on the midline). I unwound Helen's Sea of Marrow by first harmonizing with the cranial rhythm at one point, then the other, then harmonizing both points together.
The second time I treated Helen, I focused on unwinding her sea of blood to make sure I covered all the bases. The sea of blood includes the stomach 37 (ST37), stomach 39 (ST39) and bladder 11 (B11) points.
If you measure using the widest part of your thumb, ST37 is six thumb widths below the base of the patella, and one thumb width lateral to the crest of the tibia. ST39 is three thumb widths below stomach 37, and one thumb width lateral to the crest of the tibia. And B11 is one-and-a-half thumb widths lateral to the spine at the level of the base of the first thoracic vertebra.
Shortly after her second treatment, Helen said she was feeling fine. She was finally making and circulating enough blood to go to rehab and then return home. With a combination of light touch and healing intention, I was able to help strengthen her flow of healthy energy, allowing her body to create more blood and reverse her anemia. Having the privilege of supporting Helen as she moved from a state of not wanting to live to being up and ready to go is a tribute to the wisdom of the meridians and the craniosacral rhythm.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
Kenneth R. Koles is a certified Upledger Institute instructor who teaches "Unwinding Meridians: Applying Acupuncture Principles to CranioSacral Therapy." To learn more visit www.upledger.com.
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