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By Douglas R. Briggs,
DC, Dipl. Ac. (IAMA), DAAPM
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain. When talking with attorneys or case managers, I often comment that my primary job is not to fix the patient's pain – my job is to fix the problem. That may sound like semantics, but the difference can be significant.
 
 
 
By Lauren St. Pierre-Mehrens, MAcOM, LAc
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House. Dr. Wu Qian-zhi, Vice President of Faculty at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas, and Dr. Wang Meng-qing, Chief Physician and Director of the TCM Pediatrics Department at the first hospital affiliated with Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Changsha, China, co-authored the book in collaboration with a number of other practitioners.
  
By Christian Yehoash, Congress Chairman and Gerd Ohmstede, President
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world. From May 12-16, 2015, the 46th Annual TCM Kongress Rothenburg with its main topics "TCM Adjuvant Therapies in Oncology, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Sun Si Miao: Physician and Philosopher," will present a various set of around 200 workshop and lectures.
 
 
 
By Marilyn Allen, Editor-at-Large
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine. Please ask yourself, "Who did I talk to today about Acupuncture?" How did I share this medicine today? Did I pass out business cards today? If the answer is yes, how many did I give out? Ten is the magic number.
  
By Stephanie Beck
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit. This mimicked the same false hope that building a big fan base of followers on social media was going to get your updates to the front of all the newsfeeds.
 
 
 
By William Morris, DAOM, PhD, LAc
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice. Here, I want to expand upon the attempts to transform conventional biomedicine into a more sensitive and socially responsible "biopsychosocial" model. Given the richness and depth of the early Chinese world view, a more comprehensive and distinct set of possibilities arise.
 
 
 
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