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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
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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