Alternative Health News
Do No Harm, Do Some Good
It's a common misconception that physicians who take the Hippocratic Oath swear to "do no harm." Actually, they don't; this phrase appears in the context of a different work by Hippocrates where he first instructs doctors to "help."
Top Five Tips for Creating Decadent Destination Retreats
It was a cold December in 2009 when MaryFrances Barbisan, a registered nurse and massage therapist, escaped the frigid Canadian air with a last-minute getaway to Mexico.
When Cancer Involves the Liver
It was a home visit and my client had advanced pancreatic cancer, metastasized to the liver. He was struggling with pain and breathing. Liver involvement had given him ascites, an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen. He also had leg swelling and difficulty breathing.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Watering the Seed and Watching it Grow
In July 2012, I shared an article in Massage Today called "Planting the Seed: Nurturing Touch for Japanese Orphans," about the Liddle Kidz Foundation volunteer outreach in Japan after the devastating 2011 earthquake.
Reducing Hypertension with Massage Therapy
Elevated blood pressure has often been called the "silent killer" due to the fact that one may never know that hypertension is a problem until a heart attack or stroke strikes.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Random Apps of Kindness and 100 Days of Prizes
The massage industry is filled with people who constantly give of themselves to help others achieve a healthy life.
Treatment with No Clear Protocol
Recently, in one of my seminars, a relatively new therapist with two years of experience said, "I like to do therapy when there is an ABC treatment protocol. That way I know exactly what to do." And I thought to myself, you are absolutely correct.
Bringing Your Massage Therapy to the Level of Transformation
In this day and age, clients who are in pain are seeking rapid relief and rehabilitation long term. Many have turned to massage and unfortunately have not had the relief they are seeking.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Enhancing Detoxification with Safe Vacuum Therapies
The term detoxification can be interpreted many different ways, from substance abuse and foreign objects in the body to weight loss and "seasonal/regular cleansing." As professional massage therapists, our clients trust in our knowledge to help them to detoxify their bodies.
Hands That Remember
Last spring, I took an advanced mentorship class in oncology massage lead by Tracy Walton. One of our assignments was to reflect on how to say goodbye to our terminally ill clients.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Mismatched Solutions to Our Most Pressing Problems
In the quest to make massage therapy into a profession, our stakeholder organizations have been engaged in various large-scale projects over the past five years to put some cornerstones into place.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!