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Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
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.