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Building Kidney Yang and Jing
Kidney yang, if we include mingmen fire, is the energy and heat source for the whole body. Jing is the essence of yang, and is stored in the kidney, extraordinary channels, and in the bone marrow, which in TCM also includes the brain.
A Very New Year: It's Time to Track
As we enter 2017, we find "affordable care" is not so affordable for many individuals. They are discovering what employers learned long ago: Health care is expensive – and keeps getting more expensive.
Change on the Horizon? New White House Spells Shift in Health Care Policy
On the morning after Election Day, many in our country were surprised to learn that not only did the Republican nominee win the White House, but also that the House of Representatives and the Senate remain under GOP control.
The Key to Recovery
Starting in the 1970s and developing over a decade of assessment and improvement, the South Bronx's Lincoln Recovery Center staff refined the method of using five basic ear-points, which became the NADA protocol for the treatment of addiction.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion.
What Are Prebiotics – and Why Should You Care? (Part 1)
In previous articles, I spoke about the different kinds of fiber and their effects, and the potential risks of taking probiotics without also consuming prebiotic soluble fiber (PSF) in foods and/or supplements [see August & October 2016 issues].
Case Study of Benign Hand Tremors
Patients without degenerative diseases causing tremors are often given the diagnosis of essential tremors, for which treatment options are limited to lifestyle changes and medications.
Increase Your Practice Income With Retail Products
With only so many hours in a day, there is a cap on the revenue an acupuncturist can generate by way of appointments. Once your appointment book is filled, you can't really add more without burning yourself out.
The Mysterious Divergent Channels
The divergent channels are among the most mysterious entities in all of Chinese medicine. They are rarely mentioned, lacking reference in modern TCM study, and rarely used within popular Chinese medical treatment.
Losing Your Mind? Try Coconut Oil
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is currently the 6th leading cause of death in America according to the CDC. It affects over 5 million Americans and 50 percent of nursing home residents (2014), and is projected to spike to 16 million by 2050.
Top 2017 Health & Fitness Trends
We really did sign up for a career of learning and development. Now that you have built a strong foundation of your manipulation skills, nutrition base, movement assessments and business knowledge, it's time to keep up with the American College of Sports Medicine's 2017 worldwide health and fitness trends.
MD-DC Affiliations Under Fire
I am George P. McAndrews, lawyer for the chiropractors in the Wilk, et al., v AMA, et al., antitrust suit that resulted in an injunction against the AMA and others, banning them from interfering in lawful professional relationships between medical physicians and doctors of chiropractic.
Your Patients With Cancer Need You
It was a chilly Minnesota morning in March 1999 when she asked to speak to me alone. My then-busy chiropractic practice wasn't built for much privacy, but I quickly scooted the 60-some-year-old, white-haired patient to my exam room, as the open adjusting area was buzzing with excitement.
An Education in Stroke Risk and Chiropractic
Dr. Steven Shoshany's ninth appearance on "The Dr. Oz Show" may prove to be his most significant, as he addressed questions related to the death of Katie May, who suffered two strokes in February 2016, hours after her third visit to a chiropractor for what she described in a Twitter post as a pinched nerve in her neck experienced during a photo shoot days earlier.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Time for Change?
The University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic Student Government Association sponsored a panel discussion on Oct. 25, 2016.
Acute Locked-Back Syndrome: Cause and Correction
As we all know, occasionally a patient will present with acute-onset low back pain with or without a precipitating incident. A distinguishing feature of the presentation is visible lateral antalgia, both standing and walking.
Scar Reduction With Acupuncture & Microneedling (Part 1)
Applied correctly, modern skin needling techniques can form part of a holistic treatment and incorporate the principles of Chinese medicine.
Clinical Outcomes & Safety for TCHM
The practice of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCHM) may appear archaic to those who misunderstand the theories and principals that guide it. In fact, TCHM continues to evolve and new systems are consistently being discovered and applied within the tradition.
June, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 06
The Power of Inhalation: Diffusing Essential Oils
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
When using essential oils as part of a massage practice, most of the focus goes on properties that can help relieve muscles and joints when applied topically. But the power of inhalation itself is sometimes overlooked, as are other therapeutic uses for essential oils that rely on this method alone.
These methods are useful in certain circumstances, such as:
While the efficacy and route of absorption of essential oils through the skin is a topic filled with speculation, there is no doubt about the instantaneous and powerful affect of inhaling aromatic molecules. When essential oils are exposed to air, they quickly transform from the liquid to gaseous state which makes it possible for them to enter the nasal cavity. From here, they can bind to olfactory cilia and develop into an electrical charge which is carried on the olfactory nerve into the brain, stimulating our aroma recognition as it reaches the olfactory bulb and continuing on to the hypothalamus where it influences the lower autonomic and endocrine systems and the hippocampus, where it stimulates or creates memories. It can also remain a gas, entering the respiratory system where it is absorbed into the bloodstream via the nasal mucosa or the alveoli in the lungs.
Diffusion is the method of releasing essential oils into the air. There are many ways to do this, including sprays and placing drops on cotton, but the newer forms of electric ultrasonic diffusers that produce a cool mist are currently the preferred method of delivery. There is no chemistry changing heat involved, the molecules created are smaller and disperse rapidly, and this can also be one of the least obvious and most cost efficient ways to incorporate one or a blend of essential oils into the client session. Some have optional light features that can be used to impart a color glow to the area if desired. These diffusers use very few drops of essences to produce an affect and can be timed to one hour or increased to cover more than one session. They are also very easy to clean, usually requiring only a wipe with a paper towel. And they are often filled with regular tap water.
Working specific to the individual, it is also good to have an ionizing air purifier in the room. Run this after the session to clear the build up of aromatic molecules between clients. That is also advisable after any other form of aromatherapy session. It considers the next client, but it also counteracts buildup for the therapist. Smaller sizes to cover the area of a massage room are often easily affordable.
I've included some recipe ideas for diffusion during a massage session.
Relaxation and anxiety relief without sedation:
Relaxation and pain relief:
Revitalizing and uplifting:
And during cold and flu season, to protect the client and the therapist:
If clients respond well to the diffused blend, consider carrying small diffusers and premade blends for a potential retail opportunity.
Click here for previous articles by Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT.
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