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An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
July, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 07
Dialoging With the Nonconscious Mind
By Ken Piercy, MTI, CST-D; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
Recently, I conducted a CranioSacral session that took an unusual turn. "Serena" (name changed to protect privacy), a woman about 50 years old, was in for the second time. As she got on my table and began to relax, she became quiet and still.I was instantly drawn to the left side of her abdomen, where I placed my hands. I sank in a little deeper, focusing on the energy cyst I was feeling. An energy cyst is a highly compressed ball of disorganized energy that originally entered the body in the course of an injury or trauma. Essentially, it's the "energetic imprint" of trauma, and it can contain emotional as well as physical energy.
Within minutes, Serena spontaneously began telling me that she could see a little girl, but she could only see her head. She said the girl was in a yellow light, and that her hair was matted and unkempt. The little girl also had no eyes.
My training taught me that it's essential to get permission from the client's Inner Physician before proceeding. This ensures that it's always the client who sets the agenda. It's not up to the therapist to decide to go into a client issue. It's up to the client, and that includes her conscious and nonconscious mind.
After getting the green light from Serena's Inner Physician, I moved gently into using therapeutic imagery and dialogue. I asked Serena what the little girl was doing. She told me the girl didn't have any spark, that her brother had taken it away. Suddenly, Serena said, "He shouldn't do that to me, a 6-year-old girl."
After 10 years of practicing CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, I've come to learn that a shift like this - from third person to first - is usually significant. So I asked Serena, "Do what?" She said, "He was behind me. He snuck up and squashed me." She went on to describe the scene in the woods, the pain, the violation of trust. Then she said her brother told her, "If you tell mom, I'll kill you."
The Ego Takes a Back Seat
This was obviously a traumatic experience for a little girl. I could feel the tension build in Serena's body. With my saying nothing more than "Tell me about it," she was able to discuss the scene in enough detail to gain some clarity around it. As she did, I could feel her tension begin to dissipate.
That's when I asked Serena what she wanted to do with this experience. It was her experience, after all; it wasn't my place to tell her what to do. Surprisingly she said, "Don't go to the forest. You'll leave me there!" Of course I hadn't mentioned the forest, and my own ego immediately began thinking that I would never leave her there anyway. But this session belonged to Serena, not to me. It was no place to defend what I thought I would do.
Indeed, the therapist's ego has no place in the treatment room. Whether I understood what was going on for Serena or not is irrelevant; I was just looking for signs in the tissue that my client was in some way releasing the energy of emotion that's embedded there. The therapist must adapt to the client's pace, never the other way around.
So instead I simply asked, "Is there a place that's safe for you to take this?" Serena thought for a moment, then said, "There's a place for the pain in the ocean. Look! There are ocean people." I'm not sure who the ocean people were or what they looked like, but it wasn't important at the time. She brought them up and they could take the pain. That was good enough for me.
Feeling the shift in her body, I asked Serena what she was experiencing. She said, "One of them took the pain and put it inside of him. Then they all went back into the ocean with the pain and now they're fine."
After sensing the relaxation come into Serena's body, I inquired, "So, where are we now?" She talked about a young girl who went to a gorgeous garden and was happy to stay there. She didn't want to leave, so I suggested that we could come visit whenever we want.
The Conscious Mind Returns
Throughout all this, I had spent the entire session on the left side of Serena's abdomen, never moving. It felt like the right thing to do. After a few minutes of allowing the peaceful feeling to permeate, I felt Serena move her arm. She said, "Wow, I must have drifted off." I was surprised by her comment, but it indicated to me that her nonconscious mind had not connected fully with her conscious mind.
A few weeks later, Serena came in for another session. She told me that after the previous session, she had woken up in the middle of the night and suddenly remembered it all quite clearly. She shared her surprise that she had spent years in "talk therapy" about that very issue, and yet it still came up through her body. Note: Even when something may seem unresolved from a session, it's important to remember that the therapeutic process continues long after the client leaves your table.
I was grateful to Serena's Inner Physician for allowing the imagery and dialogue to play out at her speed and her understanding. And I was happy to have learned from Dr. John Upledger and Stan Gerome, LMT, who both facilitated my understanding of using therapeutic imagery and dialogue in a CranioSacral session. To learn more about SomatoEmotional Release (SER), read Dr. John Upledger's article "Releasing Emotions Trapped in the Tissues" (June 2008 issue).
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
Ken Piercy, MTI, CST-D is a diplomate-certified CranioSacral therapist with a thriving private practice in Dallas. To learn more visit www.kenpiercy.com.
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