Alternative Health News
Q&A With Dr. Gene Bruno, the Founder of Animal Acupuncture in the United States
The following is part 1 of an interview by Marilyn Allen, AT editor at large, with Dr. Gene Bruno, who introduced animal acupuncture into the United States in 1972.
The Road to Medicare Recognition for Acupuncturists: Draft Bill in the Works
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) are working on behalf of the acupuncture profession to establish Medicare recognition for qualified acupuncturists.
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.
It's Time to Stop Promoting Weight Loss for Health: Why and What We Can Do Instead
The stigma surrounding obesity is strong and pervasive, giving rise to a multibillion-dollar industry preying on "get thin quick" schemes, drugs, supplements and crash diets or cleanses.
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.
An Award That Will Help Acupuncture Grow
For any profession – particularly a health care profession such as acupuncture – to grow, several critical components are required on an ongoing basis, one of which is recognition outside of the profession itself.
Spirits of the Points: Small Intestine Official (Pt. 1)
The small intestine official is the brother to the heart, the supreme controller. It is also called the "transformer of qi" and is known as the "alchemist," as it sorts and separates the pure and essential from the waste.
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.
Is Your Patient at Risk of Falling? Clinical Pearls for Assessment and Prevention
Nearly 15 years ago, my EMT unit arrived on scene to find a small, elderly woman lying on the cement slab of an apartment complex.
What Your Education Didn't Teach You
Evaluate the patient. Identify areas of concern. Develop a treatment plan. Follow up. Your ability to care for your patients is what comes naturally to you and is what you have been trained for.
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.
Calif. Exam Bill Gets Timeline Extension
With A.B. 918, legislation that would replace California's acupuncture licensing exam (CALE) with one or more National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine exams as determined by the board, generating considerable debate, the legislation has become a two-year bill.
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.
Growing Your Virtual Practice Transcends COVID
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the look and feel of many acupuncture clinics. Once-bustling waiting rooms have sat empty while patients waited outside for their temperature checks, patient volume reduced to facilitate cleaning and spacing, and, increasingly, acupuncturists have been offering their services online.
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.
Step #1 in Treating Addiction: Defining It
As both a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine and an addict in recovery, I have long been asking the question, "How does TCM get and keep someone clean and sober?" Straight-ahead answers have not come easy.
Does De Qi Mean De Qi Sensation?
De qi has been recognized as a key issue in acupuncture research because of its possible relationship with clinical efficacy. However, what is de qi in reality?
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.
When Research Catches Up to Reality
Science is constantly revealing what we thought we knew as incomplete. Many studies are retrospective, requiring a series of events to occur before the impact of the intervention is known. Here are a few recent examples that emphasize why medication / vaccine safety isn't as straightforward as early research often implies.
Investing in Health: Point Combinations to Calm the Mind, Boost Qi and Awaken Hope
One of the most important concepts in all systems of medicine, traditional and conventional alike, is that of prevention. Prevention is perhaps the most foundational idea governing traditional Chinese medicine.
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.
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.
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?"
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).