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AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
December, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 12
Three Ways to Train Your Mind for More Clients
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Susan is a healer and teacher who's been practicing for 15 years. She loves what she does. And she's good at it. Yet she has a deep belief that people won't pay for her services. So even though she keeps her fees low, she has a hard time getting clients to say yes.And the ones who do come, often complain about her rates.
Natalie, a colleague of Susan's, thinks there are plenty of people willing to invest in their health. Even though her fees are substantially higher than Susan's, she easily attracts new clients. And they typically stay with her for months, even years at a time.
Here's what's interesting ... these two women graduated from the same training institute. Susan was Natalie's instructor. Yet Natalie's business is booming, while Susan still feels stuck. Why are these two women with the same training manifesting such different results?
The answer comes down to attitude. Natalie's open mind is naturally attractive to clients. Yet, in Susan's defense, we're always manifesting something, whether we like it or not. That's because our experiences are being controlled by our subconscious minds.
Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, says, "We operate 95 to 99 percent of our lives from subconscious programs. Your subconscious beliefs are working either for you or against you, but you are not controlling your life, because your subconscious mind supersedes all conscious control." The good new is, you can rewire your subconscious mind. Here are three techniques you can practice over the course of a day to cultivate a client-attractive mindset.
Give Your First Fruits to Spirit
While this technique is hinted at in the Old Testament, it's a practice that's more about energy than religion. Proverbs 3:9-10 says, "Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine." The Bible, like all spiritual texts, is written in layers. So there's a deeper spiritual meaning hidden in this verse. When you honor your connection to God, goddess, Holy Spirit, all that is — or whatever name represents the divine for you — you supercharge your manifestation efforts. Because the nature of the divine is to expand and create more life.
The key to making this technique work? Making it a habit. We recommend doing it first thing every morning, before your mind gets bogged down with the demands of your day. By giving your first fruits — your first thoughts of the day — you're making your connection to spirit a priority.
How you do this is up to you. You can meditate, walk in nature, do some journaling or read an inspiring book. The only thing you want to avoid in the process? Technology. (If you check email or Facebook while you're still in bed, we're talking to you.) So here's your challenge: For the next 21 days, take 17 minutes each morning to consciously connect to your personal expression of spirit. You'll be surprised at how clear, centered and happy you feel. And then your experiences will begin reflecting that happiness back to you.
A.I.M. for More of What You Want
Now that you've started your day off right, one of the best ways to cultivate a positive mindset is a technique we call "A.I.M." — Anchor, Integrate and Manifest. It's based on the natural law of resonance, which tells us that things of a like vibration will naturally gravitate toward each other.
Whenever you have an experience you want more of, you've already activated the energetic template for that experience. When you anchor and integrate that template in your body, you set up the internal vibration to attract more of those same experiences. Let's take our friend Leslie for example. Whenever she finishes a powerful session, she immediately takes a few minutes to sit and gaze out the window of her Montana home. Yet as she looks at the mountains, she doesn't think — she feels back to the session she just had. And to the sensation she gets in her body when she has the privilege of seeing someone transform in her presence.
We've all experienced those magical moments with our clients – when time and space seem to slip away and everything's flowing in divine right order. Yet Leslie is doing something brilliant most healers forget: She's setting up the energetic template to manifest more amazing sessions just like that one.
You can do the same thing. But first, you've got to start with your schedule. When you're booking clients, give yourself an extra 15 minutes in between.
Then follow these three simple steps:
That's what makes this process more effective than using affirmations. With affirmations — where you're acting as if — you're trying to generate an emotion you may not subconsciously believe. But with the A.I.M. Technique, you're using the energy and sensation that's already there to plant the seeds for more. And it can't help but multiply.
Make Time for Sensual Gratitude
Now that you've practiced the first two techniques, wrap up your day with gratitude. Now we know, gratitude's not a new spiritual tool. If you're like us, you've been keeping a gratitude journal since Oprah told you to. But we're talking about using gratitude in a very different way.
Most of us live in a perpetual cycle of stress and worry. Stress over what we've experienced already — and worry about what's going to happen next. But when we're caught in a no-win cycle like this, our consciousness is split between the past and the future. And very little of us exists in the present. Yet in our exploration of gratitude, we discovered a hidden alchemical side-effect: Gratitude has the ability to transport you through time — calling the parts of you that are stuck in the past or the future into the present moment. And the present moment is where all potential resides.
When you use the energy of gratitude to come into present time, you open yourself up to receive the creative support that surrounds you at all times. The secret to doing this effectively is a simple spiritual technology we call Sensual Gratitude. Here's how you do it: Take a few moments and allow each of your physical senses to light up: sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. Then notice what's in your immediate environment that you're thankful for right now. And dwell on it with each of your senses.
For example, "I'm grateful for this cup of tea. For its warmth in my hands. The sweetness of the honey. The smell of camomile. The way the steam rises from the cup. The silence of the evening." See how easy that is? It's deceptively simple, yet it has a powerful effect on the mind. In a few seconds, it acts like a reset button that relieves you of stress and worry. And it gives you access to the infinitely creative spirit that's flowing through you right now. It also shifts your focus to the positive experiences in your life — just before your conscious mind checks out for the night. Which means your subconscious mind can integrate those feelings of calm, joy and expansion while you sleep.
Susan's been practicing these three techniques every day for the last few months. And she just sent us an email to tell us she signed a new client for a 6-month program. Now she's starting to believe that maybe, just maybe, there are people out there who really will invest in their health. And they're starting to find her.
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