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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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.
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?!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 06
Heating Up Your Practice Safely: Feedback From Readers
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
After receiving many compelling comments to the two-part series, "Heating Up Your Practice Safely," I was inspired to publish some of the common questions and insightful comments I received. As always, I appreciate your questions and comments and am always open to being educated by my readers.
"Thank you for the much-needed article on safety while using heat during massage therapy. I would just add multiple sclerosis to your list of conditions in which to avoid heat. Though it is considered to be an auto-immune condition, some may not know that and cause great harm. Thank you so much."
Thank you for your response to my article. Multiple sclerosis is an important addition to the list of diseases contraindicated for heat therapies. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling auto-immune disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. More specifically, the body's own defense system attacks the myelin sheath (the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in the central nervous system) leading nerve fibers vulnerable to damage. The injured myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is interrupted by scar tissue, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or incomplete, producing the variety of symptoms that raise a red flag for heat therapies. Among these are numbness, tingling, weakness, spasticity and unsteadiness of a limb. Fever, hot baths, sun exposure, and stress have all been associated with triggering or exacerbating an attack. Thanks for your contribution.
"I enjoyed your article in this month's Massage Today on hot stone therapy. I practice in Florida and as of March of this year my liability carrier (International Massage Association) announced that due to the increase in claims due to burns, they will no longer cover hot stone therapy. I have talked to other massage therapist with different carriers and they have had the same response. I've also noticed in various spa advertisements that they have dropped hot stone therapy from their ads as well, and one has changed from hot stone to warm stone.
"I have wanted to take a course for some time now but am shying away from doing so because of the change in policy. My question to you is, if the client signs a consent form and ends up with a burn and the therapist is not covered, what the legal ramifications would be. Of course this would have to happen now! Thanks for your input and I look forward to your forthcoming articles."
It appears as though your current massage malpractice insurance policy no longer meets your individual needs. I don't give legal advice, but I do know it's never wise to gamble with one's livelihood by carrying a policy that does not cover all the modalities you practice. It may be time to switch insurance carriers.
"I think you have pointed out a lot of great things in your article about hot stones. I would have liked to have seen something about the hygiene, i.e., how to care for the stones, cleaning and sanitation, since the stones are kept in the perfect environment for bacteria to flourish."
Thank you for your response. You bring up a crucial issue. Due to the increase in bacterial and virus outbreaks over the last decade, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has put a major emphasis on hand washing and routine sanitary procedures, especially in health care settings. Hospital and clinical settings are a major cause of the spread of many of these "super bugs." Unlike the common cold or a flu virus, these new super bugs spread by direct skin-to-skin contact or with contaminated objects. Carelessness or lack of proper sanitation procedures may make the massage therapist a perfect route for transmission of infection.
According to the South Carolina MRSA Infection Protection Act: "Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a common staph infection which is resistant to many antibiotics and which is increasingly prevalent in health care settings. A study published in the 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that MRSA infections occur in approximately 94,000 persons each year and are associated with approximately 19,000 deaths; approximately eighty-six percent are health care associated."
In our practices, we have an obligation to ensure each client is protected from these "super bugs" with the safest routine clinical procedures. Different practitioners have their own unique way of sanitizing and/or cleaning their stones and massage tools. Some boil their stones in salt water or wipe with alcohol, others scrub the tool with soap and hot water. I've even heard of therapists using the dishwasher to sanitize the stones. With all the different methods of sanitation what is the safest standard procedure?
One of my teachers, Jenny Ray at Sacred Stone Therapy, has provided me with the latest information on sanitary procedures from the Geothermal Therapy Association (GTA). According to Ray, "The CDC has recently approved GTA recommendations as sufficient for protecting the client from H1N1, HIV AIDS, MRSA and other staph infections. The recommendations are as follows:
Stones should be washed as soon as possible after treatment, as the longer the oils and bacteria stay on, the harder they may be to remove. The critical issue is that the antiseptic routine must be done between each individual client. For more information, refer to the GTA Web site at www.stonewalkersassociation.com which will soon be moving to www.geothermaltherapy.com.
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