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By Amy J. Sear, AP, Dipl. OM
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal. Yes, starting in 2016, every NCCAOM Diplomate will have to do at least two hours of study in approved ethics courses.
By Kimberly Thompson, LAc
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients. The reason I decided to to become an acupuncturist is because of the recommendation of another acupuncturist. She and I felt qi in similar ways. Her advice to me was to attend acupuncture school, with the promise that in the end I would finally realize why I felt what I felt.
By David Twicken, DOM, LAc
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky. The history of this category of points is very interesting. Chapter 21 of the Ling Shu, "Cold and Hot Diseases," presents a variety of points that treat conditions including muscular pain, rheumatism and conditions of the face and neck (the chapter also lists acupuncture points by regions of the body, information about the luo collaterals and a type of seasonal treatment).
By Changzhen Gong, PhD
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception. Although there is some affinity between traditional Chinese medicine, which is based on ancient Chinese metaphysics, and classic Western medicine, which was based on ancient Greek metaphysics, it is true that at this point in history traditional Chinese medicine is a very different system from modern conventional medicine.
By Craig Williams, LAc, AHG
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice. Despite its common occurrence, I am consistently perplexed at TCM practitioners who opt to use generic herbal "sleep formulas" in lieu of appropriately prescribed TCM medicinals/formulas based upon TCM pattern differentiation. I often wonder why this occurs. Why would a practitioner with years of training resort to using generic herbal formulas over TCM pattern differentiation?
By Lawrence Howard, LAc, MSAc
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
By Stephanie Beck
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