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When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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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