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Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
August, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 08
Coming Home To Her Own Cranial Rhythm
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
Janet* was an up-and-coming young hairstylist when panic attacks derailed her career. They'd roll over her in waves of anxiety, leaving her frozen and unable to move. And then the headaches would hit.Frightened, she finally withdrew. She fled the city, moved home with her parents and made a living styling hair out of their basement. She also started a rocky on-again, off-again relationship she knew, "wasn't good for her health." Janet didn't even recognize herself by the time she called Kerry Dontchos, PT, owner of the Dynamic Ease Wellness Center in Chicago, for help.
Kerry offers a seven-step integrative health program for women she calls out-of-control healers. "They're usually coming into their own after living for someone else," Kerry says. "Maybe they're doing everything their mother wants. Or they've morphed into what their boyfriend or husband wants. Or they're going along being a good employee, but they're not using their creative forces. They're not bringing their spirit to life." Ultimately, she says, they're letting everyone else pave their path for them. Until they wake up one day and say, "Hold on, that's not the path I want to take."
Discovering Her Energetic Boundaries
Kerry helps clients like Janet reclaim their self-worth and confidence by using holistic tools that get them in touch with their own bodies and energies, so they can discern "where they stop and where everyone else begins." She walks them through private retreats and programs that blend a range of modalities, from CranioSacral Therapy and Zero Balancing to meditation and clairvoyant energy healing.
"One of the big benefits they get out of our work is being able to clearly distinguish what a healthy, natural, balanced state feels like, and how that's different than what they're feeling on a daily basis," Kerry says. "Once they feel that difference and can understand it energetically and intellectually, they can start separating from all the pain, stress and worries they're dealing with. Then later, when the stress pops back up, they know that it's separate from who they are. And they can release it without taking it on as their own issue."
Kerry begins this sorting-out process by sitting down with her clients and talking about where they're struggling, what their concerns are and where they're stuck or in pain. "We also discuss which areas in their life they want to enhance. So we're always moving toward what they ultimately want." Once they determine the therapeutic goal, Kerry maps out a program of hands-on sessions and wellness coaching to help them get there. The program usually starts with a private retreat where she guides them through meditation and centering exercises to help them get clear on their priorities. Then they'll move to the table for some hands-on work.
Tuning Into Her Own Rhythm
When it comes to teaching women how to distinguish their energy from that of other people, one of Kerry's favorite tools is CranioSacral Therapy. Yet she uses it in a different way than most practitioners. "I teach them how to feel their own cranial rhythm as a significance detector," she says. When the pulsing rhythm of the craniosacral system suddenly stops, it indicates that something significant is happening in the body. The significance detector isn't hard to teach once they can feel the rhythm. But, feeling the rhythm is the challenge. So when they're on my table I'll place their hands on their body, then put my hands over theirs so I can accentuate the movement of the cranial rhythm as I point it out to them. Then I slowly take my hands away so they can keep feeling it."
When her clients are finally in tune with their own cranial rhythm, they're able to use it whenever they feel stuck and confused to reconnect to their own body and mind again. And make decisions that are true to themselves.
Coming Back Home to Herself
Not coincidentally, the last step of Kerry's 7-Step Dynamic Ease system is called "Coming Back Home to Yourself." After just a few sessions with Kerry, Janet's living on her own again and running a successful spa-party business hosting everything from bridal showers to mani-pedi parties for kids. She also became a yoga instructor. And she's in a new relationship. "She had to learn how to separate her energy from her mom's and her dad's and that old relationship to get what she wanted back into her life," Kerry says. "Then she brought all of that to her new relationship. Now she keeps telling me, 'I'm happy. And it's healthy!'"
*Name changed to respect privacy.
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