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By Bill Reddy, LAc, Dipl. Ac.
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information (RFI) from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released in mid-March. The RFI was in conjunction with the proper implementation of Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), provider non-discrimination.
By Elizabeth Gomes, LAc, RN, ACN
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone! Most patients I work with want to eat healthy and make lifestyle changes, but they don't know how. A 62-year-old, single college professor (Mr. P) came in to my practice with insomnia. When I looked at his diet, it consisted of donuts for breakfast, fast food for lunch and dinner and sweets and sodas in between.
Stories of Practice Success
By Brenda Duran
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow. That experience opened new doors for her that would lead her to a profession based on ancient philosophy.
By Stephen Semptimphelter, EAMP, LAc
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time. And even worse, there was blood. Big needles that punctured fingers and arms, and big bumps left on my arm from a vaccine.
By Drew Nystrom, LAc
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings. Too much turkey dinner on Thanksgiving can leave the most robust stomach and individual incapacitated on the floor for a good portion of the evening cursing themselves for indulging in that third helping of dinner and pie.
By Dan Martin, OMD
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily. Lincoln Hospital got their experience from Miami Drug Court, which is nationally recognized. Acupuncture offers a basis for psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery.
By Kenton Sefcik, RAc, DiplAc, DiplTCM
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo. In fact, as I'm sure it's happened to you, patients are more than happy to openly discuss all of their health concerns if it is set up right. I like to explain to female patients that menstrual health gives a Chinese medicine practitioner a lot of great diagnostic information.
By Wolfgang Luckmann, AP, LMT (Fl.19842), DipHom
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind. Aspects of the mind and the emotions are related to all the organs: the Spleen is linked to worry and anxiety, the Liver is linked to anger, the Heart to joy, the Kidneys to fear and fright and the Lungs to sadness and grief. Furthermore, all the organs are said to store aspects of the spirit.
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