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Emperor's College serves as a health and wellness provider for the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles and shares Oriental Medicine with some of the most extraordinary athletes in the world.
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
By Shai White-Gilbertson, PhD, MSCR, Dipl Ac, CTR
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve. Luckily, I figured out what was happening quickly and started needling nearly every day.
By Kelley Pendleton, DC
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly? An authentic person is one who is genuine and truthful in their interactions; one whose words and actions are congruent.
By Douglas R. Briggs, DC, Dipl. Ac. (IAMA), DAAPM
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online. Leg length inequity has become a very controversial topic, as many either fail to recognize its significance or the possible causes.
By Matthew Enright, DOM
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care. You all have heard the excuses of costs, frequency of visits, the length or timing of a treatment plan, and even the commute to your office.
By Pamela Ellen Ferguson, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA® and GSD-CI, LMT (TX)
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body. It's an art requiring not only focus, but trust to block the monkey mind from doubting or dismissing the sheer simplicity of the theory. To find that point in a glance. To fix a point with your eye first of all.
By Miranda Gensler, LAc
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped. So how can we improve communication between acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) and biomedical practitioners?
By Changzhen Gong, PhD
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. As a system of medical treatment, acupuncture's prevalence and robustness are continuously demonstrated by strong public demand, growing scientific evidence, and vast institutional support.
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