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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
August, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 08
Don't Believe Everything You Read Online
How the Internet Changed Aromatherapy Education
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Thirty years ago, to get information and education in the use of true essential oils, a person in the United States had few choices: go to Europe or England and take a course (costly), find a book or magazine on the topic (with not very many to choose from), find a person selling true essential oils nearby (rarer still) and take a class with them or have the good fortune to find that they were sponsoring a class given by a visiting aromatherapist from Europe or England (very infrequent).
Clearly, a lot has changed since then and there are now many more options including full professional training and a peer recognized exam that confers the RA (Registered Aromatherapist) designation. And there are many benefits of having the Internet. You can search and get information on many aspects of aromatherapy and lists of books to order. However, as companies and blogs and short articles on holistic health have proliferated online, so has information that would not be very wise to follow.
I love the Internet and all the gifts it brings. I'm glad my Massage Today columns are now archived and can be accessed online. However, it is disturbing to me and other professional aromatherapists to see many items online that convey wrong and even dangerous information to an unsuspecting public. I do not doubt that the authors themselves are as misinformed and unaware of the dangers in what they are promoting as their readers. But the fact that this kind of information, masquerading as knowledge, is so easy to access makes it important that the person seeking advice about aromatherapy remembers several things.
First, know the source. Do they have the credentials in aromatherapy training that give them the ability to offer information that could affect your health and well-being? Second, look at the sources credited by the author and apply the same scrutiny to them. And third, know the basic safety information about using essential oils so you can recognize when something seems and really is off base.
One of the first safety rules of aromatherapy is to keep essential oils out of the eyes. How important is this? It's not just to avoid an unpleasant stinging sensation. Many essential oils are solvents that can strip varnish off wood, hardly something you would put in one of the most delicate and important areas of the body. Often, we don't even place them on the delicate tissues around the eyes because of skin irritation potential and because the volatility of the aromatic molecules will cause them to enter the eye if applied at close range.
Recently, a very highly respected educator and long-time aromatherapist came across a blog post that recommended treating eye conditions by using drops of essential oils placed directly in the eye. The educator shared this blog on Facebook with the suggestion that her peers contact the blog writer and ask them to remove the post to prevent people from the very real potential of serious and possibly permanent eye damage if they followed this advice. Several were so concerned that they reported the post to the FDA. Eventually, the writer did remove the post. But who knows how many people had already read that and will think of trying the suggestion in the future?
All too often, information that comes from the herbal tradition is transferred to using the essential oil. It may be harmless to make an herbal eye wash or put an herb soaked compress over the eyes in some cases, but the herb form and the essential oil are not the same in composition and function, and certainly not in potency. When word of the dangerous blog post got to Robert Tisserand, another highly respected author and educator in aromatherapy, he considered the topic important enough for this detailed article about the dangers of using essential oils in treating the eye, including other examples of misinformation: http://roberttisserand.com/2013/02/essential-oils-and-eye-safety.
Years ago, I subscribed to the newsletter of a famous holistic integrative medicine practitioner and was stunned one day to see what might have been a wonderful piece on using essential oils as natural mosquito repellents contain the suggestion of using an undiluted skin application of the essential oil of Pennyroyal. This essential oil is considered toxic and is not used in any application of aromatherapy. I contacted them about my concern and it took a very long time to get that post removed, along with a retraction statement. During this time, it was also revealed that these blogs and articles are not written by the famous professionals themselves and they frequently don't even know what is written by their “paid for” staff. However, even if he had written it, this famous holistic practitioner was not actually trained in the essentials of aromatherapy practice and safety.
Here are four basic safety rules as recognized by most professional aromatherapists and member organizations (not necessarily multi-level companies) in the U.S. and abroad:
And if you want to get information about using essential oils to affect a physical condition, consult aromatherapists with qualifications such as the RA (Registered Aromatherapist) or approved schools and leave the Internet surfing to other, less potentially dangerous issues.
For more safety and approved schools information, consult www.naha.org or www.alliance-aromatherapists.org. For more information on skin sensitization, see the archives of “The Aromatic Message” at www.massagetoday.com/columnists/enteen.
Click here for more information about Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT.
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