Alternative Health News
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Massage Therapy Reduces Suffering for Patients With Advanced Illness
Patients suffering with advanced cancer or other life-limiting illnesses often experience chronic pain, anxiety, and decreased quality of life.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Building Community: A New Way to Socialize Your Practice
Social Media can seem like a slippery slope when, in fact, it is fairly easy to understand. With social media platforms, you can connect with current and potential new clients, build strong customer loyalty and increase brand awareness.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Tai Chi: A Way to Find Balance
I have reviewed many aspects of health by researching topics for the self-care articles that I contribute to Massage Today. From the importance of sleep, to how our brains benefit from being active, I feel like I now have a more balanced approach to wellness.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Maybe That's Not Tennis Elbow
Lateral epicondylitis, commonly referred to as tennis elbow, is one of the most prevalent upper extremity overuse conditions.
The New Little Black Dress: How to Incorporate Himalayan Salt into Your Practice
Salt therapy has been around for thousands of years, but not until recently has the spa industry started to embrace its use and incorporate Himalayan salt into their treatments — and for good reason. Himalayan salt has a variety of health benefits for both the client and practitioner.
Create Community and Grow Your Practice
Many healthcare providers are fortunate to enjoy the freedom and independence of owning their own businesses. However, the constant demands can lead to a lonely and isolating experience unless you make an effort to get out of your office.
Tissue Consistency: One Secret to Professional Satisfaction
Trust your hands' kinesthetic sense of when the consistency of a client's tissue texture becomes more pliable, soft, and elastic. That's a therapeutic effect.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Change is the Only Constant
The FSMTB, still refuses to provide necessary information and support materials on its MBLEx licensing exam to applicants and schools while sitting on a cash reserve of more than $5 million and awarding its executive director an average pay raise of 18%.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
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.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
No Pain, No Gain and Its Effects on Our Clients
The expression "no pain, no gain" got popular in the early 1980's when actress Jane Fonda started to produce workout videos. It expressed the belief that in order to get strong muscles, one must train hard and suffer over and over again.