Alternative Health News
The Trudy McAlister AOM Scholarship Fund
In October of 2005, at the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine's (AAAOM) annual conference in Chicago, Trudy McAlister received the Patient of the Year award from the AAAOM for her philanthropic donation.
The Benefits of Teaching Touch
This month the MTF took a look at a massage research review titled "The Effect of Massage Therapy on Children's Learning Process: A Review," written by Majid Emtiazy and Mahboobeh Abrishamkar. The article was published in the Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences.
Bondage and Liberation—the Luo Vessels and the Consciousness of Disease
The Luo are vessels of liberation. They are about bondage. Through them we can learn much about ourselves: what we tend to hold onto, how we define ourselves and our lives.
Melatonin for Weight Loss and Blood Sugar Regulation
An important review article published in the Journal of Pineal Research provides compelling evidence that the hormone melatonin can help to prevent and reverse weight gain and improve blood sugar levels in adults.
The Spirit of the Points: The Small Intestine
The Heart, also known as the Supreme Controller, is the blood sibling to the Small Intestine Official. The early Chinese considered their sovereign to be an expression of the Divine on earth – a truly inspired and enlightened leader.
Trust the Trends, Or Trust Your Instincts?
Being a massage therapist is all about balance. There's the balance between your customers' needs and wants, the balance between what's good for clients and what's good for business, and the balance between overseeing current business and forecasting for the future.
California Opioid Bill: Your State Needs it, Too
Ground-breaking legislation passed by the California Assembly (68-0 vote) and now under review by the state Senate requires doctors to inform pain patients about the dangers of opioids and the benefits of conservative care options before prescribing.
CranioSacral Therapy & The Rare Case of Vertigo
I had heard of folks getting dizzy and nauseous when experiencing vertigo, but I had never heard of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) until my husband Joe was diagnosed with it.
Orchestrating Health With East-West Medicine: UCLA's Center for East-West Medicine Celebrates 25 Years
UCLA's Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM) was founded in 1993 as the vision of Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, MD.
The Acupuncturists' Role in Spinecare
Spine disorders represent one of the most common causes of pain and disability in the U.S., and worldwide.
Learn to Speak the Language of Personal Injury
For many providers, personal-injury cases and working within the med-legal arena can often be a confusing and frustrating endeavor. After all, for the majority, personal injury is a niche.
The Experiential Dozen: 12 Formulas for In-Clinic Tea
Author Ted Kaptchuk, wrote, "The Web That Has No Weaver" in 1983. On the cover is a drawing which represents an herbalist spoon feeding a patient an herbal formula.
A Structural Challenge: Successfully Treating a Morton's Neuroma
Runners, triathletes, dancers, hikers, cyclists, almost all athletes, and even couch potatoes have shown up in my office looking for alternatives to surgery for neuromas. A Morton's neuroma occurs when the tissue in the foot (next to a nerve that leads to a toe) thickens and becomes fibrous.
The Clinical Use of Yin-Yang in Chinese Medicine
In my previous article in Acupuncture Today, "A Brief Discussion of Yin and Yang," I introduced the concepts of Yin and Yang, and briefly touched on the idea of the Tai Qi Circle.
Alligator Skin (Part 2): A Second Look at Business Contracts
I joined as the only female partner in an integrated medicine practice, shared with three other disciplines. Having developed a few scales (the first stages of alligator skin) and some good business sense, I started out with a one-year contract.
A Postoperative Story: The Surgery Explained & Secrets to My Recovery
If working with a joint replacement patient, be sure you know the rehabilitation protocols of the particular appliance. If you don't, with permission, consult with the surgeon to learn them. Otherwise, stay away.
How the Human Body Responds to Stress
This new series of articles will suggest a different perspective for you to view clients presenting with stubbornly chronic somatic dysfunctions. It will also propose a novel answer to the question, "How does the human body respond to stress?"
Stay Within Your Scope of Practice
I practice acupuncture in New Jersey. According to the our state laws, "Acupuncture is the stimulation of points by the insertion of needles (plus adjunctive therapies)."
Helping Your Clients Turn Back the Clock With Nutrition
The anti-aging market is booming because, well, who doesn't want to look young, healthy and vibrant for as long as possible? And while there are many anti-aging products and systems marketed to the public, few people realize the most effective way to slow down the visible passage of time is to give the body the nutrients it needs to be truly healthy.
Where Did You Say You Trained? The Importance of Verifying Credentials
Don't ever send me to an acupuncturist again, one of my buddies wailed during a pre-dawn call from Europe. I asked, did he hurt you? Use too many needles? Didn't listen? "None of that," she said.
What It's Like to Be a Hospital-Based Massage Therapist
It was the early 1990s the first time I ever saw a massage therapist in a health care setting in my home state of Minnesota. I was working at a nursing home at the time, and I learned of a resident who would receive weekly massages (which I thought was great).
Multiarticulate Muscles & Injury: Understanding the Mechanical Load
Muscles have a primary role in creating and limiting movement in the body. They are also the major focus of our work in massage therapy, with many injuries caused by improper loads on the muscular system.
Insights on Frontal Lobe Assessments—the How and Why
Neurological disorders in all age populations are steadily on the rise. As more and more people are living longer, surviving cancer, strokes, and living in an increasingly more toxic environment, we as practitioners need to be prepared for a new era of diseases of the nervous system.