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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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
June, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 06
Bending Spoons: Power to Create the Practice You Want
By Rita Woods, LMT
Massage therapists are a rare breed of people. When most people of the world see despair, the massage therapist sees a ray of sunshine. When most people of the world see hate and anger, the massage therapist can find love and peace.The massage therapist is typically on the cutting edge of spiritual awakening, of acknowledging a deeper purpose to life, and is tolerant to life's injustices. After all, massage therapists are healers at heart and you can't be a healer if you are judgmental, depressed or angry.
But when you take the events of the world in the last few years and combine that with our evolution and awakening on a spiritual level, it's easy to understand why people are acting out with violence and depression. Negativity plus uncertainty equals confusion. It's a well-known fact in the world of salesmanship that a confused customer does not buy. A confused person either does not take action or they react wildly and irrationally. It's like bumping into a wall over and over again.
You have clients who are caught in this web and may have stopped coming to see you. Your business may be dropping off which is creating a similar cycle for yourself. You are a good person with good intentions, so it's hard to believe this is happening to you. Some of you may completely change your life. Move to a new city, change relationships, shift your practice or even close your office. It's not you; it's the shift in consciousness that is changing the way you live, forever. Do you feel it too?
The good news is (and this is good news) that you have more power to create the life you want than ever before. When your world is in a state of flux, it can be molded. It becomes malleable like a ball of molten glass on the end of the glass blower's rod; it must be made into something by thought and action. Failure to recognize this opportunity will leave you with a blob that serves no purpose for you.
Your thoughts will indeed be the architect of your future. Your challenge is to watch and control what you are creating. Your dreams and aspirations are attainable. It just appears as if the rules for reaching them have changed.
Guard your thoughts as you would a precious commodity. They are your future. Here's a challenge for you: keep a small notebook with you for a week. Make two columns on each page. One column for negative thoughts and one for positive thoughts. Every time you have a thought, mark it on the notebook in the appropriate column. At the end of the week, see what you are creating. I know, it's sort of a pain to do that every time you have a thought, but try. Until you know what your mind is doing unconsciously, you will not have control of your creations.
Recently I attended a weekend marketing workshop. One of my goals is to create excellent marketing material for therapists who are certified in my face massage program. So my action was to attend a workshop to get help from people who know more about it than I do. Much to my surprise, my biggest ah-ha moment came at lunch when we learned to bend spoons. Now, I did not go to this event to learn to bend spoons, nor did I have any idea that would be on the agenda. I just wanted to learn better marketing tactics. Lunch was a ladies-only luncheon sponsored by the promoter's wife. She is great about finding ways to empower people and this experiment was no exception. Because I believe we all need to be coaxed out of our comfort zone, I want you to try it too.
First, go buy some thin cheap spoons at the dollar store. You will be physically bending the spoon not thinking it to bend. The spoons we used snapped and broke if bent with too much force. Therefore, we knew when we pushed too hard too soon - before it was time. To get started, standing is best. Your energy flows better and you are in a more powerful position when your spinal column is straight. Hold the spoon resting your thumb on the area between the handle and the bowl-like section. Center and ground yourself energetically, you may want to take off your shoes to help ground.
Visualize the energy coming in through your left hand and out the right. Rub the spoon in the spot where you want it to bend. Imagine it heating up in that area. Stay with that for a few minutes until you feel ready. You should feel the area warming and there will be a slight drag under your thumb. Then with your thumb, begin to push it to bend. It will take some effort but do not force it. It will succumb and bend. I watched our hostess bend two spoons then twist the ends like a pretzel. Amazing. Did I bend mine? Yes, but right at the end, I forced it too fast and it snapped.
My lesson: keep the pressure on but don't try to force it to happen. Massage therapy continues to grow, research continues to validate the benefits of our work and therapists continue to seek new and better ways to help people. But let's face it; your world is not the same as it was just a year ago. It's time to step out of the old box, be courageous and challenge yourself. If you lead, others will follow.
I'd love to hear from you about challenges that you and your clients are having. I'd also like to know if you tried bending a spoon. Please email me at and let me know.
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