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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
May, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 05
Educating Others and Spreading Awareness
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
I received my massage license back in the day when you had to convince chiropractors that massage could benefit their patients. Although there is still a need to educate the public and medical communities, the massage profession has come a long way since then. However, for the most part aromatherapy is still in the dark ages of acceptance by mainstream medicine although many nurses are now trained in this method and some hospitals do have aromatherapy as part of treatment. I was recently asked by a department head of the Greenville's hospital system to visit a family member in the ICU and, along with massage, bring whatever essential oils would help. We are making headway, and awareness of the benefits of using essential oils is growing but there is still a need to educate the public and offer good, reliable information.
I received a letter from a reader that, with her permission, I am going to share. Her experience is not uncommon for those in holistic health or CAM. It touches on an issue I had written about in an earlier column and shows the pervasive nature of misinformation when it comes from what should be a reliable source.
CarolAnn Hawkins, LMT wrote: "I am an LMT who enjoys your articles on essential oils and working with women. I have a question. On a recent pediatric visit with my two girls, I mentioned the use of a shampoo with tea tree for head lice, and our doctor warned us about using products with lavender and tea tree. She said that there has been a link to prepubertal gynecomastia/breast enlargement in boys. I requested (more information about) this observation, and it seems based on three boys who all seemed to have used some sort of shampoo, lotion or soap containing the two essential oils. They have concluded that is the reason for their breast enlargement. I have been using essential oils for over 17 years, and I feel this study has maligned the most commonly used essential oil, lavender, which I have always considered so safe. I reserve tea tree for oral hygeine, tick bites and deep puncture wounds. If you have any information regarding this topic, I would appreciate any and all."
And here is my answer: "Yes, we at NAHA [National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy] know all about that misleading information and the unwillingness of the New England Journal of Medicine to print letters from very reputable aromatherapists refuting the (very) faulty science in those claims. It was two boys in the same town, not in the same home. Another boy in one of the homes used the same products with no ill affect and no other such cases were reported. Compared to side effect information on medicines, why would this even get into a medical journal?
I am sure you are only too aware that the traditionally trained physicians have a hard time accepting anything about herbs, aromatherapy, etc. It's not in their training, but pharmaceuticals are a big part and come near the end as well. I am sure that it feels very 'safe' to a new physician to think that he can just follow the prescribed route, give the prescribed amount and not have to make his own judgments. I know I was anxious about massaging people when I first left school...imagine the difference for someone in a position of power over health and how they might need reassurance?
Perhaps you can educate your doctor by giving her some materials from the following link. You can read more on the topic of lavender/tea tree and gynecomastia here: www.naha.org/safety.htm, including a PDF by Robert Tisserand and an article by Tony Burfield. I had written about this in an earlier issue of Massage Today as well."
Generally speaking, when hearing information that sounds strange, too good to be true or makes negative judgments about essential oils, it's best to get the facts before answering or forming an opinion. Resources like the link above, given to the public and medical practitioners makes information more credible. Reputable peer groups in aromatherapy provide sources of education and information needed to be a professional practitioner. Some of these groups include the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, the International Federation of Aromatherapists, the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. Membership in peer organizations provides the resource for up-to-date, current, reliable information on what is happening in the field of aromatherapy. Finally, practicing aromatherapy with knowledge and proper safety is good for the practitioner, clients and the growth and reputation of the whole profession.
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