Alternative Medicine Careers on the Rise

Posted April 04, 2017 by Anton Rivera, B.A. & filed under Acupuncture, Alternative Medicine, Careers, Massage

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the fastest growing health care professions in the United States today. Increasingly, Americans are allocating their health care dollars toward holistic health and alternative medical treatments, services and products. … Read More

Shiatsu Massage Training: Become an Expert

Shiatsu is a Japanese word that translates to "finger pressure" in English. It's also an Asian bodywork therapy that was developed in Japan with influences from traditional Chinese medicine and some Western medical therapies. Getting shiatsu massage training is just one of the many ways you can focus a massage therapy career. … Read More

Tui Na Massage

Tui na is a type of massage therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture and herbalism in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. Tui na (pronounced "twee naw") translates into “pinch and pull,” according to the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing. … Read More

Degree Programs at Oriental Medicine Schools

Traditional Chinese medicine is a fast-growing health care profession in the United States these days. More Americans are opting for a holistic approach to their health. They are incorporating acupuncture, massage and other natural practices into their lives on a regular basis as a way to stay healthy and treat illnesses. Americans may use complementary and alternative medicine as their primary source of health care or as a supplement to other treatments. In fact, Americans spend $30 billion annually on complementary medicine, which means demand for practitioners is up. … Read More

Visual Guides to Massage Techniques

Are you new to studying massage therapy or considering it? Even if you're a graduate of a massage program or a practicing therapist, visual guides to massage techniques offer an excellent resource for anyone immersed in the field. Find out how. … Read More

What Are Yin and Yang Aspects?

You have probably seen a classic Yin and Yang symbol before. It looks like two elongated teardrops — one black, one white — nestled within a circle. Each has a dot of the opposite color in the head of the teardrop. Yin and Yang are fundamental concepts in the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine. References to Yin and Yang date back to 700 B.C.E. in the book I Ching, according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation. … Read More

Massage Techniques: Swedish Massage Therapy

Swedish massage is a widely practiced and popular massage therapy technique in the United States. This form of bodywork aims to improve blood circulation to the heart, among other positive health perks. As part of a Swedish massage session, a therapist will use the hands, forearms and elbows to manipulate a client's muscles using long, gliding strokes. Other techniques that may also be used include kneading, tapping, applying a circular pressure and stretching. … Read More

What Are Yin and Yang in Chinese Medicine?

The concepts of Yin and Yang serve as the foundation of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The earliest reference to Yin and Yang is approximately 700 B.C.E. in an ancient text called I Ching, according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation. Yin and Yan theory — considered the most important in TCM — drives the understanding of health and wellness among practitioners of this ancient system of health care. The theory informs how diagnoses are made, and underpins the physiology, pathology and treatment of illness. It is an important part of the study of TCM. … Read More

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