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The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
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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