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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
April, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 04
The Path of a Healer, Part 1
By Rita Woods, LMT
Editor's note: The contents of this column are the views of the author, and should not be considered as medical advice.
I'm calling this series of articles "The Path of a Healer" because it is just that; a path to follow to get somewhere. I received a call one day from a therapist and, during our conversation, she said, "I didn't go to massage school to be a healer, per se, but it looks like that's what I'm doing." Many therapists are healers or want to be healers, but going to massage school doesn't make anyone a healer. So what is a healer?
To me, a healer goes beyond the tangible. They seem to be a part of something bigger, something cosmic in nature, connected to a mass consciousness and are universal in their interactions with others. They seem to understand there is more than meets the eye and have found their own special way to interact with and use that source of energy.
My sister attends Mass with Father Joe, known for being the "Healing Priest" and many report astounding healings from him. Shamans, monks, yogis, doctors, spiritual healers, ministers, witch doctors and regular people all over the world are healers. But what is it that's sets them apart from a regular practitioner in their field? The healers I know are compassionate, caring, loving and appreciative in nature and they often are dedicated to a practice or discipline. I think they know, either consciously or unconsciously, that there is a cosmic matrix that connects all matter and within this field of energy is where miracles happen. So, in this article, we will look at the "Divine Matrix," as Gregg Braden calls it, and look at the possibility that all things are connected in a very real way.
The new physics has provided us with ample research to turn our belief system about our world upside down and inside out. It doesn't take a lot of effort these days to find legitimate scientific proof of bi-locating photons, parallel universes, the superstring theory and such. Just watch the science channel. But what I want to focus on today are experiments that support the theory of our ability to not only interact with the world around us, but to influence it and actually change it. This is an important concept to accept because without that knowing, you are limiting your ability as a healer. You receive as you believe. So, let's look at one interesting study and just know that there are many more supporting similar findings.
The U.S. Army decided to conduct a study dealing with emotions and the immune system. They wanted to know what kind of effect the emotions have on the immune system. For the sake of space and time I'm going to paraphrase this, but you can read about it in Braden's book or by doing a Web search. The Army hired Dr. Cleve Backster to conduct this ongoing project. Prior to this Army experiment, Dr. Backster's research had been discussed in a book in the 1970s called "The Secret Life of Plants." (As an interesting side note, the chlorophyll molecule in a plant is similar to the hemoglobin molecule in a person. This gives science a method of measurement for evaluating the benefits of a "healing" on the plant.)
In his earlier work, Dr. Backster had devised some equipment to evaluate the reactions of plants to various stimuli. After "hooking up" a plant, he decided to eat lunch before continuing. He had brought a sandwich from home and was preparing to eat it at his desk in the lab when a spider walked across his desk. His first thought was to kill it, but before he even moved his hand, the equipment to which the plant was hooked up went wild. The plant sensed the oncoming action (smacking the spider) and responded to that energy shift. Everything is connected. There is nothing that is not connected to everything else. This pioneering work on how human actions affect plants was what led the Army to design this new experiment.
The Army took samples of DNA from volunteers and, using sophisticated equipment, attached sensors to the DNA that was capable of recording changes. The volunteer was then exposed to a variety of intense emotional stimuli through pictures and video. As soon as the volunteer experienced a peak or dip in emotion, their DNA (which was in a container in the room) demonstrated a powerful electrical response at the same time. They then moved the DNA sample to another floor in the building, repeated the experiment and got the exact same response. Think about this; in order for this to happen, there has to be some sort of medium through which this information is exchanged. Dr. Backster continued this work and moved the DNA to another city more than 350 miles away and still got the same results. It's also interesting to note that there was no lapse in time between the emotion and the DNA reaction. Whatever this field is, it is not regulated by time and space. To see our potential in working with this "source," it's important that we recognize we are a part of the world and not separate from it. The most important thing to me in this experiment is the suggestion that human emotions affect living DNA.
Human emotions are said to be the catalyst of creation. Your feelings are your personal GPS system as to whether you are making the right choice. It is the power and passion you feel that drives you to excel and achieve great things. It's the unquenchable desire to learn that pushes us to new discoveries. Emotions are neuropeptides stored in the tissue, according to Dr. Candace Pert, and their impact on the brain is astounding. It is believed that many healers demonstrate specific brain activity that the general population does not exhibit. Dr. Dolores Kreiger, the developer of Therapeutic Touch, recognized a specific brain pattern that must be present for a client to have a "successful" healing session.
Brain patterns and activity as they relate to healing will be our next article. Did you know that happy people have a well developed left frontal lobe? Or that London taxi drivers (because of the many curvy streets in that city) have an overdeveloped section of the brain that deals with spacial relationships? You can train your brain. You can change your thinking. And when you do, your world will change as well. The final article in the series will be a "how to" guide with exercises and disciplines that can help change your body's chemistry and your brains activity to put you on "The Path of a Healer."
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