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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.
RAND Study Recruiting DCs
Dr. Ian Coulter, RAND / Samueli chair for integrative medicine and senior health policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, has issued a call for participation, recruiting doctors of chiropractic for a practice-based research study that will examine "the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low back pain and neck pain."
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.
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."
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.
Lab Rats (Roaming the Streets)
The title of this article is an accurate description of American consumers (regardless of age) in the modern era.
Do Doctors Lie to Patients? (Do You Lie to Yours?)
In a previous column ["When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)," Oct. 1, 2015], I discussed the issue of patients lying to doctors, and the many reasons why this can occur.
The Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 2)
Evidence is growing that the silymarin complex of flavonolignans from milk thistle can impact serum ferritin and iron overload in various clinical circumstances.
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.
Taking Another Step Toward a Secure Future
In 2008, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) released a literature review on chiropractic care for low back disorders.
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.
Chiropractic Around the World: WFC Country Reports December 2015
The following country updates are reprinted with permission from the December 2015 World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Quarterly World Report. Information is excepted for space and edited to DC-specific style guidelines.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 1)
Food and supplement safety is a topic that often comes up when I speak to chiropractors for CE relicensing, even when it is not the advertised subject.
Enhancing Performance in Cross-Fit Athletes
Cross-fitness centers are expanding in number and increasing in popularity. To remain relevant to this growing portion of society, practitioners need to learn about the exercises and injuries common to this group.
Is There a Neurological Basis and Correction for Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration, aka AMD (age-related macular degeneration), is a common eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 years and older, according to the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.
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.
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.
The MRI: What to Do With the Results
As I wrote in my previous article on this topic, it is my goal for you, the doctor, to be an expert in interpreting MRI images yourself; and to be able to independently make decisions based upon a combination of clinical presentations and findings, followed by the MRI images.
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."
Treating Pain: The Hypermobile Coccyx
When I write about the coccyx, I recognize that I am talking about a relatively small subset of patients. When I write for Dynamic Chiropractic, I am trying to reach 60,000 chiropractors.
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.
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.
Aromatic Allergy Relief
The end of summer and early fall is often a time when people exhibit symptoms of allergy (allergic rhinitis). There are blooming weeds and even sensitivity to mold that forms on fallen leaves. Sometimes, it's hard to tell whether the itching eyes, congestion, sneezing and even sore throat are this allergic response, rather than the common cold. But, fortunately, in either case, essential oils can provide relief.
For the massage therapist, this information is helpful when you have your own symptoms of allergy and don't want to alarm your clients or take over the counter medicines that can also make you drowsy. It can also be a benefit to both you and the clients who show up for their appointment, bleary-eyed and congested.
A ground-breaking piece of information came to my attention recently, provided by Robert Tisserand, via the Tisserand Insitute. It has applications for many conditions, including allergic response. "Some very new research has revealed that the brain is 'drained' by lymph vessels, showing for the first time a direct connection between the brain and the immune system. This suggests that inhaled essential oils could have effects on our immune system, which could have great relevance, again, in the treatment of some neurological diseases." (www.nature.com/nature/journal/v523/n7560/full/nature14432.html)
We know that both allergies and colds are related to the immune system — in the former, the immune system produces histamine when it comes into contact with a certain substance; in the latter, the immune system is not strong enough to resist a viral load. How wonderful to have this evidence now that simple inhalation of essential oils can positively affect the immune system. Inhalation is also the fastest and most direct method of essential oil delivery, too. For the massage therapist, this means all you have to do is diffuse essences in the office or treatment room in order to create a therapeutic effect on the client and yourself. To increase exposure for the client, adding an essential oil to the massage blend prolongs the inhalation of essential oil molecules, even when the client no longer notices the aroma. Once an essential oil has exhausted the olfactory nerve and delivered its information to the brain, the experience of aroma is lowered, or disappears. However, essential oil molecules remain in the air, diffusing from the skin, where they are still inhaled and have effects.
Aromatherapists have often said that essential oils "boost the immune system." And that comment could mean anything from the ability to create white blood cells, to the stimulation of white blood cells already present, to taking an active role in overcoming the invasion. For allergies, there are several oils that are able to lower histamine levels. Certain essential oils also have anti-inflammatory and decongesting properties. Since there are many to choose from, the LMT can make a blend and vary it, too. That is a bigger benefit for the therapist, who is breathing the essential oil molecules in the same location for a long time. But it also allows for more specific effects to be selected, both on physical and mental/emotional levels, and targeted for the best outcome for a client's immediate needs.
When dealing with a known allergic respiratory response, there are two essential oils that are said to lower histamine levels: German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Blue Tansy (Tannacetum annum). Fortunately, one or two drops of either is sufficient, as both are blue in color and will turn massage oils this color. I've used German chamomile (also called chamomile blue) in high dilution without creating issues with clothing or linens. Of the two, the tansy has a sweeter scent, but even German chamomile is acceptable when blended with other essences.
For those who suffer from allergic bronchial asthma, an uncommon essential oil from Morocco, Amni Visnaga has proven effective. It appears to stabilize the mast cell and prevent histamine release, and has also shown promise with allergic bronchial asthma because it is said to dilate the bronchia and relieve bronchial spasms. Use this sparingly because it is also photo-sensitizing, hepatotoxic in large, prolonged doses, and is said to have a very unpleasant aroma.
More common anti-inflammatory essential oils include: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis). Both of these would be preferred in blends for children. In the decongestant category, there is: Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis), Laurel leaf (Laurus nobilis), Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. 1,8 cineole). Adding a citrus essential oil to the blend creates relaxation and relieves anxiety. It can also make the blend have a more pleasant aroma. Sweet orange (Citrus Sinensis var. dulcis) is often chosen as it is not considered photosensitizing.
A sample diffusion blend might include, 5 drops per small area nebulizing diffuser:
A sample massage oil might include, in 1 oz carrier: