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The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
November, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 11
Essential Oils for Pain Relief, Part 2
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Part one of this article discussed using analgesic and anti-inflammatory essential oils to relieve pain. Essential oils that treat the nervous system and bring down swelling may be only part of the picture when dealing with pain relief.Joint pain and muscle injury or chronic stiffness may also require bringing more circulation into the area and removing toxins. Essential oils that are considered detoxifiers and rubefacients and are known for their anti-rheumatic effects can boost even the best massage technique and help provide lasting relief. Part two explores the use of anti-rheumatic, detoxifying and rubefacient essences.
Anti-rheumatic properties provide relief for joint pain in conditions such as osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis and gout. They may be chosen for their anti-inflammatory action, as in the case of German and Roman chamomile, but detoxifiers and rubefacients, which increase circulation in the muscle tissue and skin, are frequently required. Detoxification is an important factor in conditions of chronic inflammation to help restore the immune system and help the body heal. Some essences known for their ability to detoxify are carrot seed (Daucus carota), sweet fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), juniper berry (Juniperus communis) and lemon (Citrus limon). Other essences that could be included are grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).
Carrot seed works with the liver and kidneys to help process and release toxins. It is said to purify the blood and help restore liver cells. Most commonly used for skin conditions where inflammation or ulceration is present, soothing carrot seed can also be added to blends to generally support the liver function and as a diuretic aid.
Sweet fennel has a long history as a digestive aid, but it is also a diuretic that assists in elimination of excess water and a lymphatic decongestant that relieves blockages and helps the body release toxins. Traditional aromatherapy cautions against the use of sweet fennel for people with epilepsy and during pregnancy. This may be due to the levels of the ketone, fenchone, and the estrogen-like action of trans-anthole. Some aromatherapists, such as Battaglia and Tisserand, feel that this would be true for ingestion, rather than a drop or two in a treatment blend.
Juniper berry is aromatherapy's most famous and commonly used detoxification essence. A powerful diuretic and decongestant for lymph, juniper is known to bring down uric acid levels, making it especially helpful for joint pain. The diuretic action includes some irritation of the renal epithelium and so it is best not to use juniper on a continuous basis or in cases where there is kidney infection or inflammation. It is also generally contraindicated during pregnancy.
Lemon is a mild diuretic essence which is considered cooling and recommended to clear heat, dampness and phlegm. As such, it is considered a helpful detoxifying oil. Expressed lemon oil is not used before prolonged exposure to sun due to phototoxic properties. Steam-distilled lemon oil does not have this contraindication.
Grapefruit is a lymphatic stimulant that is cleansing and decongesting for the liver, and rosemary, particularly Rosemary ct. verbenone, is a tonic to both the liver and gallbladder. A classic detoxifying blend (diluted into one ounce of carrier oil) for arthritis:
Juniper and rosemary also have rubefacient properties that increase circulation and bring a feeling of warmth to relieve stiffness. Other rubefacient oils are black pepper (Piper nigrum), ginger (Zingiber officinale), pine (Pinus sylvestris) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool). The rubefacient oils might not be used during the acute inflammatory onset of joint pain but are very helpful during chronic stages.
Black pepper warms as it increases circulation and also stimulates the spleen to produce new blood cells. It is recommended for muscle and joint stiffness. Ginger is a circulatory stimulant that is a tonic to the heart and recommended especially for poor circulation in hands and feet. Pine's stimulating effect on circulation has made it a familiar ingredient in liniments for joint pain and for muscle ache due to overexertion. It also has diuretic properties. Pine oil, if oxidized, can cause skin irritation so older pine essential oil must be used in high dilution. Thyme is a very warming oil that is said to remove blockages in joints and restore mobility to both joint and muscle tissues. It is particularly indicated for sports injuries. Thyme oil is also an immune-stimulant, as it increases production of white blood corpuscles. This helps strengthen the immune system where there has been repeated infection. A warming blend (diluted into one ounce of carrier oil) that promotes detoxification and pain relief:
Generally speaking, the subtle aromatherapy qualities of the warming, rubefacient oils bring courage and stamina which can be very much needed when dealing with both acute and chronic pain. The anti-inflammatory, analgesic essences relieve tension, anxiety and a feeling of anger about circumstances. The detoxifying oils clear the mind, remove a sense of burden, with juniper particularly helpful for clearing excess emotions and the citrus oils for creating optimism. Taking the client's mental and emotional state into consideration always helps indicate the right oils for a massage blend.
Editor's note: For more information on essential oils and treatment blends, log onto www.massagetoday.com and click on "Aromatherapy Central."
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