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The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
May, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 05
Good Nutrition: Keep It Simple
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
Is there a subject more talked about or written about than diet and nutrition? Just look at any Web site, magazine, newspaper or list of non-fiction best sellers and what do you see? Articles or books detailing the latest Hollywood weight-loss plan, dire warnings about contaminated or suspect food sources, or advice from experts on eating this and not that; could we be suffering from information overload.
First things first: No nutritional program or diet is right for everybody. Even the "new" food pyramid carries a caveat that the amounts from the food groups or activity areas need to be calculated individually for each person. This is why we might wish to consult with a registered dietician or certified nutritionist if we have specific concerns or challenges. The USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has created the MyPyramid.gov Web site, which is a terrific place to begin to make sense of all of this. Food groups are simple. In order of importance: grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and proteins.
Fats should equal 20-30 percent of the total daily caloric intake; proteins 30-40 percent; and carbohydrates 40-50 percent. Your body weight, divided by 2, equals the number of ounces you need to take in; more with heightened activity level. So if, for example, you weigh 200 pounds, you need to take in 100 ounces of water.
A word about fats: your body needs them but you will wish to make most of your fat sources from fish, (omega 3 and omega 6) nuts and vegetable oils. Saturated fats (solid at room temperature) should be limited and trans fats avoided whenever possible.
Read the "Nutrition Facts" on the package. If you cannot identify (or pronounce) most of the ingredients, why would you consume them? If you are looking for a quick snack, fresh veggies and fruits can always be kept within reach. A handful of your favorite nuts or whole-grain crackers (maybe with a couple of small cheese chunks, for fun!) might be just the right thing between massage sessions.
Keep an eye on sodium and sugar levels in prepared foods and beverages. While sodium is essential in maintaining fluid balance, too much can have an adverse effect on overall electrolyte values. Sugars, especially refined or processed, contribute calories to your daily count with few, if any, nutrients. Remember, high fructose corn syrup is just sugar by a different name. Some often overlooked bits of info on the "Facts" panel are serving size and servings per container. The amounts listed are per serving. If there are four servings and you are consuming the whole thing, multiply those values on the panel by four to be accurate.
While there are no newly uncovered facts and probably no groundbreaking ideas here, the message is clear. Good nutrition is neither too complicated to understand nor too difficult to obtain. Today's supermarkets are exactly that: super markets. All year 'round, most anywhere in this country, you will be able to find a staggering array of whole grains, either raw or in baked goods; the freshest vegetables, fruits, dairy products and meats. In mixing them by content, color and/or source, you can guarantee yourself and your family the building blocks of essential, good nutrition. Combined with a commitment to increased physical activity, you have a recipe for health and wellness.
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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