Alternative Health News
Acupuncture and Alzheimer's Disease
When a new patient walks in the door, how many of us think, I have the honor and privilege of taking care of this patient for rest of his or her life?
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.
Patterns of ADD and ADHD: A TCM Diagnostic and Treatment Perspective
Treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) with Chinese and Western medicine alike can be a challenge if proper diagnostics are not applied.
Vagal Nerve Toning: Clinical Pearls for Pain, Stress, Trauma & Much More (Pt. 2)
Acupuncture is a powerful treatment therapy for the vagal nerve, both directly and indirectly.
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.
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.
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).
Interprofessional Education and Acupuncture: Opportunities and Challenges
The World Health Organization recently published the WHO Global Report on Traditional and Complementary Medicine 2019, in which the WHO calls for government recognition of credible traditional and complementary medicine health professionals to be included in each country's health care system.
Understanding Professional Credentials: Certifications vs. Certificates of Qualification
The NCCAOM nationally accredited Diplomate of Acupuncture [Dipl. A.C. (NCCAOM)], Diplomate of Chinese Herbology [Dipl. C.H. (NCCAOM)] and Diplomate of Oriental Medicine [Dipl. OM (NCCAOM) ] certifications are measures of professional competence within the acupuncturist community.
Traditional Chinese Medicine to Combat Acid Reflux: A Science-Based Approach
Gastrointestinal (GI) conditions are among the most common health problems in America today. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, more than 60 million Americans suffer from acid reflux alone.
The AWB Opioid Initiative: Prevention and Healing for Families and Communities
As an organization focused on healing trauma, Acupuncturists Without Borders is launching a national program to address the opioid crisis through specialized trainings and treatment protocols provided by licensed acupuncture practitioners in authorized clinical settings.
The Chinese Medicine Forestry Trust – Healing the World One Tree at a Time
No one can be in any doubt any longer that our precious planet, or rather the rich, complex, self-evolved plant and animal life that lives on it, is under grave and imminent threat.
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 Does Your Student-Loan Debt Stack Up?
Paid off your student loan yet? If average student-loan debt for graduates of AOM programs in this state is an indication of the nationwide reality, you're not even close.
Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue in TCM Practitioners
It's challenging to work in any aspect of health care. Whether we are in addiction services, Western medical care, psychological services, or traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), we not only encounter a range of physical and psychological symptoms and syndromes, but we are also in contact with patients who are by definition stressed.
Dosing Our Medicine: How Many Treatments?
A patient walks into your office with years of IBS and headaches. They want to feel better. You do your full questioning, make a diagnosis and give them an amazing acupuncture treatment. And then what do you do?
True Healing: Finding Purpose in Pain
What do we think of when we hear the word healing? For many, the first conclusion is that healing means to get better. But what if this belief and concept about healing isn't the whole picture?
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.
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?"
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.
Formulas for Winter Spleen Health
During the winter holidays, patients often experience months of higher consumption of fatty meals, high-sugar desserts and poor food combinations.
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.
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.
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.
Patient Reactivation Done Right
Most practices we work with have an archive of "lost patients" who are no longer active for a variety of reasons: cost, don't think they "need" your services, moved out of area, unhappy experience, change in insurance, lack of a personal connection, or even death.
The Power of Algae Nutrition
You may not know much about algae, but you should, because it may be your last shot at being properly nourished.