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What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
December, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 12
From Stressed Out to Self Care
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
What does climbing a rock wall have to do with self-care? It's all about reaching new heights of self-awareness by renewing, revitalizing and jump-starting your spirit. Do you have to climb a rock wall to achieve this? Certainly not.The point is to do something outside the box, something that stretches you beyond your comfort zone and challenges you to focus on yourself.
As massage therapists we spend hours taking care of other people's needs. Yet many therapists shy away from spending time and money on their own needs. If this rings true for you, join me as I share my experience of climbing out of my box and into a new awareness of myself. I hope my story will inspire you reach new heights of consciousness.
Climbing Out of the Box
Self-care begins with how we spend our time. This concept became clear to me when my best friend and I recently celebrated our birthdays at Canyon Ranch Spa Miami. In the middle of this get-away I turned to my friend and said, "Wow, how different would all of our decisions about life be if we could make them in the absence of stress?" Under stress we see time as the enemy. When we are fighting the clock, we fail to see the possibilities available to us. Instead of enjoying our time and making empowered decisions, we react to situations and put off the "good stuff."
By taking a few days to care for my body and spirit, I felt the pressure of time slip away. For three days I did exactly what I wanted. I ate when I was hungry, worked out, rested and had an absolute blast laughing at myself doing Zumba. Then, I made the stretch... although I'm terrified of heights, I decided to move way out of my comfort zone by challenging myself to climb a rock wall. Getting up the wall was tough. I can tell you it took six attempts, each time getting a little higher than before. But with the support and encouragement of my best friend and my instructor, Wally, I made it.
Then it was time to come down, which meant I had to actually let go of the wall. Much like life, letting go can be scary. It requires us to release our sense of control. Even with the harnesses securely in place, I felt my heart race with the fear of falling. At points I wasn't sure I was going to make it. The only thing I could do was to feel the fear and do it anyway. That sense of overcoming my fears and succeeding at something was so motivating. Yet it also made me realize how much time we all spend inside our comfortable box, fighting the clock, ignoring our needs. When we are slaves to our routines and we view time as the enemy, there's no space to grow, to rest and renew our spirits. There is no time to actually enjoy our lives.
How Are You Spending Your Time Currency?
There's a quote by Carl Sandburg, "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." So, if time is the currency of life, how are you spending yours? Many of us live our lives for the illusive "someday." To me, this word "someday" is the scariest word in the English language. "Someday I will... get in shape... slow down... learn how to play guitar... go back to college... have enough money to retire... begin to eat right... stop waiting and start living." That someday is your life. That someday is TODAY!
Create Your Own Self-Care Plan
When you go to the doctor's office, he or she will assess your symptoms, make a diagnosis and create a plan of care based on your needs. If you were to assess your symptoms right now, what would you discover? Are you stressed out, overwhelmed and stretched too thin? What is the diagnosis and plan of care based on your spiritual, emotional and physical needs right now? Here are some guidelines to help you come up with a self-care plan. But remember, only you can follow through and make your someday now.
Tip #1: Save for Your Own Spa-Cation
Tip #2: Let Nature Recharge Your Spirit
Tip #3: Engage Your Passion
Tip #4: Let Music Move You
Tip #5: Scare Yourself a Little
Tip #6: Invest In Yourself
Tip #7: Connect with the Divine Every Day
I could go on and on with ideas about how to honor your needs and care for yourself. But the bottom line is, you have to make the commitment to care for yourself with loving compassion.
Climbing Your Own Wall
Thomas Edison perceived that, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." And from the Scriptures, "Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't get discouraged and give up." (Gal 6:9 TLB). We often apply these principles to our work, but what would our lives look like if we also applied them to our self-care needs? How would your "someday" look then? Don't settle for a mediocre life, my friend. Spend your coins wisely.
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