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Environmental Toxins: Cause of Modern Illness, Part 2
In Part I of this article, we detailed the variety of environmental toxins assaulting our bodies. These include pesticides and herbicides; plastics; preservatives; cosmetics; gasoline additives, solvents and glues; and heavy metals.
Fight Colorectal Cancer With Folic Acid
CRC is the second most common cause of cancer mortality in the U.S. and Canada. Although genetic susceptibility plays a role in the etiology of CRC, dietary factors, including certain vitamins, have also been shown to influence the development of the disease in various studies.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing: Importance of Opening the Sensory Portals in Classical Chinese Medicine
The Chinese medical classics are not just clinical guides. They give advice; ways we can awaken more fully into conscious awareness.
Three for One: The Cervical Distraction Test
Taking the time to do an exam is important, but it is time spent. The exam serves as a way to physically validate your clinical impression following a history and clinical consultation.
The App Advantage: Get More for Less
You may have noticed the list of "app-exclusive" articles in the directory on the front page of the print issue and in the Table of Contents on page 4. You can't find these articles in print or even in our online archives.
Professionalism and Evidence-Based Health Care
Today's chiropractors are facing a conundrum with the Affordable Care Act and its health care reform requirements, including evidence-based practice and health technology assessment.
The Way of Zen Performance Enhancement
Working with elite athletes and implementing various techniques to keep athletes focused and at their optimal performance for a sustained period of time includes incorporating various meditation techniques that counterbalance their sport-specific physical and mental demands, which is an important element of success throughout the years.
We Get Letters & Email
Rethinking Our Approach to Immunization; Coming Together for the Good of Our Patients.
Show Up and Show Respect
I was recently asked about my chiropractic philosophy. My answer surprised my questioner.
Helping to Create the Healthiest Generation
The imperative to create the "Healthiest Generation by 2030," envisioned by the American Public Health Association (APHA), was in full force at the APHA's 142nd Annual Meeting held in New Orleans from November 15-19, 2014.
Right Back Where We Started?
More than 25 years after Judge Susan Getzendanner issued her historic opinion in the Wilk v AMA anti-trust case, evidence suggests that despite increasing collaboration between doctors of chiropractic and their allopathic medical counterparts, when it comes to organized medicine, we may be right back where we started.
How to Use Online Video as a Tool to Market Your Practice
Health care practitioners, including chiropractors, should consider online videos as a key element of their Internet marketing strategy. In the next three years, videos are expected to account for nearly 70 percent of all consumer online traffic, according to Cisco.
AWB Makes a Difference in the Yucatan
We are in the sleepy town of Izamal, located about an hour from the Merida airport where our group arrived last night. Later that morning, on a bus winding through the dusty roads of the Yucatan, fourteen acupuncturists, two facilitators from AWB and two tour guides make their way to the small rustic town of Popola.
Taking the Freeze Out of Adhesive Capsulitis
Adhesive capsulitis or "frozen shoulder" is a relatively common condition resulting in severe shoulder pain and global loss of glenohumeral joint range of motion. Incidence of the condition is approximately 3 percent in the general population.
Movement Assessments: The DC's Sphygmomanometer
I think back to when I was going through chiropractic school outpatient clinic. I was embarrassed to have my family and friends come in for treatment because initial evaluations took three hours to complete.
The Static Postural Pelvic Exam
I include a static postural analysis in my evaluation routine whether you are a patient in pain or an elite-sport athlete in training. In my day-to-day practice, I require patients to stand still while I "just look" at them.
Two for One: The Cervical Distraction Test
In today's healthcare system, diagnoses and treatment plans follow a western medical model - especially if you work with attorneys or insurance companies.
Trouble Down Under: San Zhen Therapy for Lower Jiao Issues
In the last several columns, I have discussed many clinical options for utilizing San Zhen or Three Needle Therapy. In this installment, I will continue this trend and discuss several foundational patterns which can be found in several very common clinical presentations.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Occupational LBP in Primary- and High-School Teachers; Treating MVA Complications With Chiropractic Care; Neck Pain: Immediate Effects of Active Scapular Correction; Taping Benefits Stride, Step Length in Fatigued Runners.
Acupuncture and its Place in the Integrative Healthcare Practice: The Need to Move from Modality to Profession
Acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) has grown and flourished from its inception thousands of years ago in China. In surrounding regions of Asia, AOM developed as a response to differing cultural, pathological, health and wellness care needs.
Happy New Year 2015 Gong Hoy Fat Choi
Welcome to the year of the sheep! We begin a new year guided by the sign of a quietly and creatively organized animal.
I Felt it in My Fingers First
I'm not afraid to say it. Massage therapists make better acupuncturists. I'll tell you how I know, but first I have a question: What do a microcurrent device, a laser and a hippie massage therapist have in common?
Animal Acupuncture Gaining in Popularity
We have just finished the year of the fire hoarse and now it is time to spend some time alone, daydreaming and thinking outside the box in terms of where our profession is headed. The sheep person is well organized and creative so this should not be difficult to do.
Ringing in the Billing New Year
What are the new modifiers that replace modifier 59? Will they allow doctors of chiropractic to be paid for 97140, manual therapy, when done with chiropractic manipulation?
Age and Fertility: Why We Should Worry Less About Age and More About Overall Health
Recently, on one of the acupuncture alumni forums, the topic of age and fertility came up when a practitioner posted a question regarding a patient that was about to turn 40-years-old.
Aromatic Abdominal Massage
In massage school, we learned the proper draping and general techniques for working the abdominal muscles, including the pattern and use of vibration to help the body's elimination process through the large intestine. The abdominal area is one that is often overlooked in a regular massage session, though special techniques might be employed when the abdominal muscles provide a source of relief for muscle and joint pain. However, there are other times when knowledge and application of abdominal massage techniques can truly boost health and quality of life for your client.
When a client or other individual reports having difficulty with proper elimination, adding certain essential oils to a massage blend specifically for that area can boost positive results. In our stressful world, problems with elimination can exist for many. It is often seen, and sometimes expected to occur, in adults as they age. A sluggish metabolism, lack of exercise and diet all play a part. On the more subtle emotional level, there have been losses and there is fear of more to come, causing an unconscious resistance to letting go. Not having healthy, regular eliminations can cause many other issues for the body, as well as the mind. The use of essential oils can allow you to address both the physical and emotional levels in relieving this problem.
Real World Example
I had a client who was in her late 70s and required weekly massage for general stiffness and circulation issues. One day, she revealed that she was seeing a doctor who had not helped her with a chronic problem. She was upset because she didn't know what to do about it now. Apparently, no matter what she tried, she had not had a bowel movement in more than four weeks. I told her that the next time I came to see her, I would be happy to give her an abdominal massage with specific essential oils for this problem. She had already experienced the relaxing and anxiety relieving effects of her regular aromatherapy massage, so she agreed to let me try.
I arrived the following week with a small bottle of a specific blend to relieve constipation that I chose from essential oils suggested in the Clinical Index of The Aromatherapy Practitioner Manual, Vol II, by Sylla Sheppard Hanger. From the list for Laxative properties, I selected sweet fennel (Foeniculum vulagre var. dulce), ginger (Zingiber officinale), sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana), rosemary verbenone (Rosmarinus officinalis var. verbenone) and I added a drop of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis var. dulcis) for overall encouragement, digestive health and to create a more pleasing aroma.
In 1/4 oz of carrier oil, I added one drop of fennel, ginger and rosemary verbenone, and two drops each of sweet marjoram and sweet orange. I applied this blend using traditional massage techniques for the abdomen and the vibrational pattern for the large intestine. I gave the client the remaining blend to apply in the same circular motion over the next few days, if she felt the need.
When I returned, she reported the miracle. It wasn't long after I had left her home that she began releasing, and she had continued to do so daily. She appeared relieved both physically and emotionally by this change for the better and was going to start a program of water exercise. I asked if she had mentioned this to the Doctor. She had, and told me the usual response I would hear after a client had reported other amazing results using essential oils to their physician. He was impressed and encouraging, but not at all interested in studying aromatherapy.
It is important to remember that knowledge of the client and their physiological and psychological make-up at the time is the key to choosing the essences that will work best. The essences I chose have other effects on body, mind and spirit that were also helpful for this specific client. I strongly suggest that, instead of copying the blend I made to use whenever necessary, research a blend for this problem if it is presented, taking other effects of the essential oils listed into account for the specific person involved.
The blend I used might have great results, but there are other essences suggested in the Manual as well as in Chapter 31 in The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia. This chapter focuses on the digestive system and gives other suggestions for essences not mentioned in my blend, such as carrot seed (Daucus carota), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), peppermint (Mentha x piperita) and pine (Pinus silvestris). It also gives an overview of the issue of constipation and other suggestions for the problem that might be suggested to the client. The chapter on digestion will suggest aromatherapy techniques for all the other issues of this system, too.
As with all aspects of using essential oils for self or others, remember to follow proper dilution and safety procedures. Use of certain essential oils may not be appropriate for constipation that occurs during pregnancy or in children under the age of ten.