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Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
August, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 08
Extending the Benefits of Massage By Using Aromatherapy
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Most massage therapists interested in using essential oils as part of their sessions can easily relate to the idea of the physical properties of each of the oils and how they can be applied for a client's specific needs.Those familiar with the concept of subtle aromatherapy, which I have written about in previous columns, also know that a client can have the specific mental, emotional and spiritual energies that are part of the symptoms being presented directly addressed and assisted by using appropriate essential oils in the massage oil blend. But what happens after the client leaves the office?
On the purely physical level, essential oils can take from 18 to 24 hours to be processed and eliminated by the body. This is one of the reasons it is important to educate yourself and your clients about certain contraindications, such as increased UV impact on skin cells for the expressed citrus oils of lemon (Citrus limon), lime (Citrus aurantifolia) and bergamot (Citrus bergamia). Another example is the heightened intoxicant ability of clary sage (Salvia sclarea) that could easily cause unpleasant affects for a client who might consume alcohol at a dinner or party shortly after their massage. But this long lasting quality of essential oils is also a great benefit when working with clients who have chronic or acute inflammation and pain. It greatly enhances and extends the relief the client gets from the hands on techniques.
Along with delivering the essential oils to the body through application, simple inhalation of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has been shown to relieve pain and stress. The question of whether it is the stress relief achieved by inhalation alone that is responsible for the lowered pain experience has not been determined, but that has been suggested as a distinct possibility by research oriented aromatherapists like Robert Tisserand. Other essential oils with anti-anxiety properties, such as Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana), patchouli (Pogostemom cablin), rose (Rosa damascena) and ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) can also demonstrate this stress relieving effect upon inhalation. Certainly, both therapist and client receive these benefits during the use of an aromatic massage oil blend.
Other ways to extend massage benefits with essential oils include giving the remainder of the blend to the client for home use. In a previous article, I mentioned that in order to sell an essential oil or blend, the therapist must have a retail license and collect taxes where required by law. But if the blend involved is part of the client's session, an extra amount can be created and given to the client as part of that session. This would require the massage session to cost more of course, but it does bypass the retail issues.
I would advise that whenever the client is going to leave with an aromatherapy blend for home use, they be given a "directions for use" form with the blend so they will know exactly what to do with it once they are at home. Verbal directions heard when a client is relaxed and focused on check out issues might not be retained as well. If they are given only the remaining massage oil, it can be used as a spot treatment a certain number of times a day and it can also be mixed into bath salts and used in a bath. If a small bottle of the undiluted blend itself is given for some reason, be sure to also include directions for proper dilution before use on the skin. Undiluted essences would be appropriate for room diffusion and inhalation, for dilution into honey, cream or bath salts for bathing, or for being added to an unscented carrier oil to create more for topical use. That could be helpful if the client is not going to be able to return for several weeks and they are dealing with a chronic issue, like arthritis. Essences I might avoid for bath use would be peppermint (Mentha x piperita), as it can be highly irritating to sensitive skin or mucous membranes, lemon (Citrus limon) and pine (Pinus sylvestris), unless it is certain that these are not old oils that have oxidized to become more irritating, and the above mentioned expressed citrus oils of lime and bergamot, due to their phototoxic potentials.
Be sure to keep a record of the exact essential oils and amount of drops to amount of carrier oil that was used for each client and the directions for use given. The good reports received about the extended benefits from using essential oils when the client returns will not only bring satisfaction but could easily result in increased referrals.
General Aromatherapy Bath Directions
Draw a hot tub that is not so hot that it will cause excessive perspiration. While the tub is filling, add all or part of the diluted aromatic massage oil to 2 cups of Epsom salts, mixing well. And undiluted blend can be added by drop to a tablespoon of honey or a cup of heavy cream. Up to 15 drops may be used and let the aroma be your guide. Again, mix well for complete dilution.
Once you are seated in the tub, add the essential oils (salts, honey, cream) to the water and swirl, inhaling deeply. Soak for 10 minutes and enjoy!
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