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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!"
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.
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.
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 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.
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 2-4 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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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)?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 02
The Money Trap
What Do Your Fees Say About You?
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
Jennifer is a talented CranioSacral Therapist who cringes whenever I broach the subject of raising her fees. "How can I?" she asks, comparing her rates yet again to those of a well-known therapist in her city who barely charges more.
Comparing yourself to other therapists is one of several money traps you may fall into in your own practice. The problem is, when you let your fear dictate your peace and prosperity, your clients may end up paying even more dearly than you do.
Consider this: Do you feel less than fulfilled with your fees? If so, there's likely a hidden fear that's stopping you from embodying your self-worth. When you acknowledge that fear and find a healthy way to address it, you open the channel to greater prosperity. And you give your clients the opportunity to gain even deeper transformation from your work.
Money Mirror of Love
When it comes to your finances, do you typically experience cycles of feast or famine? Do you charge healthy fees yet still find yourself complaining of empty pockets? Those are symptoms that you're struggling with the money mirror of love, which reflects your fear that people won't love or accept you if you make more than they do.
Ultimately, what you really want most in this case is a sense of connection. But how can you connect with your clients in a way that's as empowering for them as it is for you? Try this breakthrough belief on for size: "I help other people more when I model a healthy acceptance of my own achievement and abundance."
When you accept that your natural ability to attract money actually serves other people, you'll see the wisdom in no longer playing small. And you'll experience the joy of giving and receiving more from your hands-on gifts.
Money Mirror of Boundaries
Have you ever wanted to raise your fees, but believed your clients wouldn't pay more? Do you frequently give in when you're asked for a discount? Or participate in a lot of hands-on trades?
You're struggling with the money mirror of boundaries, which reflects the limiting belief that other people getting what they want is more important than you are.
Here's the brutal truth: When you take away someone's right to decide what they will or won't pay, you rob them of personal power.
To break through this money mirror, make a list of 30 results people get from working with you. Get crystal clear on the transformation your work provides. Then stand firmly inside your own boundaries, knowing you never have the right to decide anything on behalf of your clients. Only they can decide for themselves, and that's true empowerment.
Money Mirror of Courage
When someone asks about your fees, do you feel yourself shrink inside? Do you do your best to keep your rates low and rarely raise them? Those are signs you're reflecting the money mirror of courage, which symbolizes your desire to serve rather than stand out in the crowd.
To break through the faulty belief that who you are isn't special or significant, start by having compassion for yourself. Treat yourself gently and understand that it's only fear blocking you from charging what you're worth. Then choose the date you're going to raise your fees.
When you face your fear of charging more and discover that good things happen as a result, you embrace your inner power. And you can enjoy the fruit of your income even more.
Money Mirror of Deservability
Do you give away your services or feel guilty when you're not doing more? Do you compare yourself with other practitioners the way Jennifer does? That's a sure sign you're dealing with the issue of deservability, which indicates the fear that you're not quite good enough as you are.
When you accept that you're perfect right here and right now, and you allow yourself to appreciate the benefits your clients get from your work, you begin to act from a place of expansion. And you model for others that they're more than good enough as well.
Remember, money is a measure of the impact you're making in the world. When you shatter your money mirrors, you and your clients will enjoy healthier results.
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