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Scar Reduction With Acupuncture & Microneedling (Part 2)
Protocols & treatment Timing
Five Branches University Has First Hospital TCM Residency
Established in 1984, Five Branches University (FBU) has campuses in Santa Cruz and San Jose, Calif., which serve the communities of Santa Cruz, the Monterey Bay, and Silicon Valley.
The winter season is upon us and offers unique challenges for the clinician and patient alike. To effectively navigate through the winter season there are two main TCM medicinals, Huang Qi and Gan Jiang, to consider, as well as two important formulas which feature these two TCM treasures.
Prepare for the End, From the Beginning: Wealth Building and Retirement with the Tao
Yin and yang flow into and out from one another continually. Beginnings become endings and endings become beginnings again. Wholeness and cycles are the nature of Tao.
Nutrition for Menopause: Front-Line Therapy for All Phases
Of all the changes women experience during their reproductive life, there is no doubt the most dreaded are the three phases of menopause. This is not surprising since all of the symptoms associated with menopause are replete with unpleasantness.
The Acupuncture Channel System (Part 1)
The earliest Chinese reference to channels is in the Mawangdui Medical Manuscripts,1 which are dated to the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty (475 BC-221 AD). The text presents 11 channels. There are no acupuncture points listed in those channels.
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Our Country Needs Us Between Elections, Too; Continuing Care: We Aren't There Yet; Our Associations Need to Do More.
A Conversation With Dr. Betty Edmond
This month's column is an exclusive interview with Betty Edmond MD, newly elected CEO/President of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas.
Low Back Pain in Running Athletes
After 7 million years of adapting to upright postures, the lumbar spine and pelvis have become remarkably adept at managing ground-reactive forces associated with running.
An Opportunity & a Responsibility
Nearly 80 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose every day, and spine-related pain is one of the principle drivers of opioid use. This unfortunate situation creates both an opportunity and a responsibility.
Another Step Forward for Chiropractic
Chiropractic is now available to 86,000-plus Latter-Day Saints missionaries and you are invited to become a provider. LDS membership in not required; our only concern is that our missionaries get the best quality care available.
True Practice Mobility for the Chiropractic Profession
When natural disasters occur, chiropractors can literally travel to the other side of the world to offer humanitarian relief in less than a day. The chiropractor's license to legally practice, however, can't make it past the state line.
An Education in Gluten Sensitivity
A relatively new syndrome officially documented as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or gluten sensitivity (GS) was officially recognized and published in the new list of gluten-related disorders in 2012.
News in Brief
Updated Neck Pain & Whiplash Guideline; Attention, IHS DCs; New VP of Institutional Advancement At Palmer; N.J. DC Interns At U.S. Olympic Training Center; Chiropractic Society Of R.I. On The Front Lines.
Qigong for Substance Abuse
It is commonly believed that substance abuse, in addition to harming one’s physiological state, hurts the spirit. There is also a belief that one’s spirit does not weaken due to substance abuse, but rather, the person finds solace in addiction due to an already weak spirit.
Let's Clear Up the Collection Confusion
This is an often-misunderstood practice swirling with misinformation. First, a few basics: Insurance is a contract between the patient and the insurance company. The insurance company is simply making a payment for services or care on behalf of the patient.
Crow Like the Rooster
As we welcome in the Year of the Rooster, we look at some of its major characteristics: confidence and communication, which suits the image we have of the Rooster...strutting in the farmyard, crowing to the others that it's time to wake up.
Anti-Aging With Dr. Ping Zhang
Jennifer Waters, TCM practitioner and writer of the Acupuncture Today column, "Talking With the Masters" sat down with Dr. Ping Zhang to discuss aniti-aging with acupuncture.
A New Year and Vision for the ACA
Inadequate pain management coupled with the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse has taken a severe toll on the lives of millions of people in the United States. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioids.
The Case Report: A Valuable Tool
Case reports are a valuable form of descriptive research. The most basic form of practice-based research, a case report is a detailed account of the history, presenting symptoms, assessment, observations, treatment and follow-up of an individual patient, discussed in the context of prior and potential future research.
Flirting With Alternative Therapies
There are about as many adjunct therapies being marketed to acupuncturists as there are acupuncturists. While some may remain purist in their application of traditional Chinese medicine, others choose to explore new horizons of treatment.
Shoulder Rehab: Start With the Scapula
The scapula is an incredible display of elegance and movement within the biomechanics of human motion. It's evolved for mobility and stability in the scapulo-thoracic region, giving us the ability to do things that are uniquely human, such as throwing with accuracy.
It's About Health
I went shopping for sheets the other day. I learned a new term, "cotton-rich." It is becoming hard to find what percentage of cotton vs. plastic is in the sheet fabric. While some labels were giving percentages, and a very few were 100% cotton, most were "cotton-rich" or just cotton-blend.
As I shopped, our beloved Congress was voting on a law that would allow food manufacturers to put about anything into our foods and not have to tell us. If companies break the new national "voluntary labeling" law, there are no penalties. However, if some renegade state tries to require better for its citizens – that is illegal and could cut off federal funds. The law will take away from individual states the right to require honest labeling of food, in particular Vermont – bless you VT, you tried. Can't have states rights anymore and can't have one state require higher standards than another. That would be too much trouble for Big Food, Inc. to print honest labels or to make food to higher standards of quality. This revolves around Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO ingredients. Notice they are no longer plants but organisms. Many other countries in the world have banned GMO containing foods while the U.S.A. tries to force "Frankenfoods" down the world's throats. We are to shut-up and consume.
Our beloved Senators and Representatives are on the take for this, some receiving as much a $2,000,000 from the Agriculture and food lobbies for their campaigns. How do you suppose they voted? Yes, against the will of the majority of citizens. We have the best politicians money can buy and they go to the highest bidder. Congress has the lowest approval ratings imaginable yet people keep re-electing incumbents. "It is all the rest of them. Mine is good." Trust me, yours is on the take, too.
So, what does this have to do with massage? Well, I for one would like to know what is in the sheets I have my patients laying on. I would also like to know what is in the food I eat as I would prefer to eat non-GMO foods. GMO-foods are known by the rest of the civilized world to cause a host of health problems. I suspect they are contributing to soft-tissue conditions as well, visceral-somatic reactions, but that will never be allowed to be researched.
Isn't massage about health? It used to be. Can't have health in general or healthy soft tissue in particular without good nutrition; it's part of the package. Massage used to be a part of the alternative to the sickness industry. Now too many in our profession want to be a part of, integrated with, the third leading cause of death in the U.S.A. (Medical Errors) Do you really think they want us? They ran "manual medicine" out of the system in the 1950's. It is only health problems (sickness, disease, injuries) that make money for our sickness care system, so of course they are all in favor of GMO foods and not very accepting of alternatives to the allopathic system. Causes cancer – great – can't be enough of that, pass the sunscreen. Oh and ban those guns, they don't kill or injure that many people. It's a good distraction to keep people stirred up about regulating guns. Keeps their minds off of the 250,000 people killed each year by medical errors in the U.S. alone. We do not care about life, we care about political agendas. Some lives matter; some lives don't. Some causes of death matter; some causes don't. Massage professionals are better off providing the public - who wants us - with an alternative to the sickness system, which (with a few exceptions scattered about) doesn't want us.
It's an election year. Things could change. Don't complain about the results if you don't vote. Vote your conscience and feel good about it. But remember, as Mark Twain wrote, "If voting mattered, they wouldn't let us do it." (Not paid for by any political candidate or party...But I approved this message!) Let not your heart be troubled by this election. No matter what the outcome, the world won't end anytime soon and trust me – we'll all go to work the Wednesday after the election just like always (or whatever you do on Wednesdays).
Did You Know?
The Medical Boards were deliberately created to protect physicians from the public by granting them a monopoly and limiting their exposure to liability. The lie is that professional regulation (licensing) is only to protect the public. Had to tell the public that, for their own good, to get the Boards passed and create the public health bureaucracy. Never has the public gone to the legislatures of the various states and demanded a profession be regulated (licensed). It is always the profession that goes to the legislature and begs for a monopoly to be granted by the government and various systems of protection from competition and liability be provided by that monopoly. Together they come up with some excuse, like to protect the public, to justify the monopoly being granted. Lobbyists get their cut, politician's campaigns get contributed to, and the public loses again. The EpiPen price scandal is a result of a government granted monopoly.
Point being – those of you massage therapists in un-licensed states – save yourselves. Do not ask for licensing, go for a Right to Practice Act. You will be so glad in the long run if it is done properly. Licensing has made a lot of money for some sectors of our "industry." It has not improved the quality of massage therapy being provided to the public, quite the opposite. What's more important? Sadly, it depends. Further, licensing has not protected us from adult entertainment, raised our incomes, or given us more recognition by other professions. Because we did it so wrong and so poorly, it is just a tax on us.