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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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three Ways to Train Your Mind for More Clients
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.