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The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
April, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 04
Techniques to Help Your Pediatric Clients
By Beth-ellen Zang, LMT, AHE, CNC
Used properly, cups can facilitate the body's ability to stay healthy and return itself to a balanced state when things do go awry. In working with infants, toddlers and weak or frail children, it's important to use the small face cups.After two years of age, you can begin using the larger, stronger vacuum cups carefully. Cupping addresses issues like colic, mastoiditis and ear infections, teething, asthma and lung conditions, magnets for bumps bruises and pain, easing soft tissue through growth spurts, muscle spasms (charley horse), scoliosis, indigestion, headache, fevers, sprains, swellings, nervous system sedation, excess excitation like crying and irritability, trouble falling asleep, ADHD and so much more.
First of all, no matter what issue is being presented, the first thing to do is evaluate the situation.
Less is better when treating anyone young or old. Be careful not to over treat. If an infant is having problems with colic, slow and gentle cupping techniques could help calm the nerves and help to draw fluid into the digestive system. Many infants have trouble calming down and cry for hours. Cups can facilitate the calming of the nervous system and help them relax.
In the case of ear infections and mastoiditis, teething and other head related issues, keeping the lymph flowing and muscle tissue soft can help relieve related pain and distress. With lymph flowing and a relaxed system, the body can concentrate on correcting itself and often the problem does not exacerbate or can run its course quickly.
Small cups with magnets attached can help relieve pain from bumps and bruises. They may help keep blood and lymph flowing so the area can heal more quickly.
During growth spurts, children often experience muscle spasms. Using specific techniques with the cups to sedate the central nervous system, softening the muscle tissue can help alleviate a lot of suffering for some children.
Lung issues can be greatly helped either by stimulating stagnancy or clearing congestion, helping to drain excess liquid from lungs or draw water towards them. It is very important to evaluate and apply appropriately.
Using cups to sedate the central nervous system can be invaluable if you have a child with ADD or ADHD.
Keeping the fluids in balance, the central nervous system calm and muscle tissues relaxed assists in the continued health of the body and contributes to the correction of body distress when it is out of balance.
I first started using the cups with my grandchildren. My grandson had pneumonia. I arrived at their house and he was extremely uncomfortable and could not breathe without pain. I spent about half an hour gently treating his whole body to relax him and then concentrating on his lung area as he relaxed more. He got up feeling great and breathing without any problems whatsoever. He continued to feel better and never relapsed. He went back to school two days later with a clean bill of health from his doctor.
Recently, an injured two-year old was brought into my office. She had had a pretty terrible fall on her face and had whiplash. She had a constant headache and backache. It took about fifteen minutes of gentle cupping technique mostly on the spine area, neck and some on her face around the nasal bones and mandible areas. One session had her back to her old self again.
Beth-ellen Zang is the Founding Director of Sedona College of Natural Health. She has had a private medical massage practice and has been a Lifestyle Awareness Facilitator since 1979. In 2005, she was certified as an Ayurvedic Health educator and is still studying Ayurveda with the Kerela Academy. Beth-ellen is a Certified Nutrtitional Consultant and has been a Certified ACE Massage Cupping Educator since 2006.
She can be reached at
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