Pack the Pantry Food Drive 2016

Posted November 06, 2016 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under News & Events, Uncategorized

AMC is participating in the Miami Rescue Mission's “Pack the Pantry Food Drive”. … Read More

Flexible Careers for Mothers: Massage Therapy

Posted July 19, 2016 by Joe Calareso, Director of Admissions & filed under Uncategorized

Busy moms know that creating a regular, predictable schedule can be a challenge. That makes working typical office hours or any kind of full-time shift difficult, if not impossible. … Read More

How to Research Acupuncture Training Programs

Posted July 12, 2016 by Joe Calareso, Director of Admissions & filed under Uncategorized

So, you want to be an acupuncture practitioner. Where do you start? Some of the first questions you may have are whether now is a good time for you to make a career change, whether the job is really a good fit for you and how to research acupuncture training programs. Doing online and in-person research, and also connecting with a reputable acupuncture college, can help answer questions you have. … Read More

How to Switch Careers in Less Than a Year

Posted October 06, 2015 by Joe Calareso, Director of Admissions & filed under Careers, Uncategorized

Let’s say you’ve decided you simply cannot continue down the path your current career is taking you. Whether it’s for personal, financial or emotional reasons, many people have gotten to the same point. The first thing you need to ask yourself is if this is simply a bad day, a bad month, or simply a bad period that will eventually be over. Giving up your career over something that is just a rough patch isn’t necessarily a good idea, so you’ll want to think hard about what is making you feel this way. … Read More

"I Want to Heal People" - Careers in Holistic Medicine

Posted September 29, 2015 by Morena McNally, Career Services Director & filed under Careers, Uncategorized

There is a school of thinking that says certain people are just natural born care givers. That they're born with a natural sense of empathy and a desire to take care of other people. Whether this is true or not is questionable, but it does seem that there are certain people in the world who really do appear to have a special gift for helping others. … Read More

Vitamin D For Disease Prevention

Diet can be responsible for a lack of the so-called ‘sunshine vitamin.’ Vitamin D deficiencies can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of cancer and osteoporosis. Researchers from London’s Kingston University have developed a new, highly accurate blood test that can detect associations between diet and low levels of vitamin D. This enables them, and other healthcare professionals to access the levels of, and use, vitamin D for disease prevention in their clients. With the new test, developed by Declan Naughton and colleagues, the different forms of vitamin D the body absorbs from diet and sunlight, known as vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 respectively, can be individually distinguished from closely related compounds. “Many people know that the main source of vitamin D is from exposure to sunlight because humans produce a type of vitamin D naturally from the action of sun on the skin,” says Naughton. “But what’s perhaps less well known is that another type of the vitamin can be found in foods. Our new test can measure all the forms of vitamin D, and potentially help us to understand what is causing the deficiency. Perhaps people just need more sun, or maybe they should be looking more closely at their diet too.” … Read More

Chinese Herbal Medicine For Menstrual Cramps

Women with menstrual cramps are often offered either nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or oral contraceptives. Many women find that these treatments are not effective or they cannot take the drugs, and more women would prefer a non-drug alternative, such as Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been used for centuries in China, being used in public hospitals to treat abdominal cramping that occurs prior to or during menstruation (primary dysmenorrhea). CHM results in significant improvements in pain relief when compared to pharmaceutical drugs. Chinese herbal medicine reduces overall symptoms and is better at alleviating pain than heat compression and NSAIDs. Herbal interventions for the treatment of menstrual cramps are most effective when started 5 to 7 days before menstruation and continued for about 10 to 15 days—until the second day of menstruation or throughout menstruation. Chinese herbal medicine can: • Yield better pain relief than conventional pharmaceutical therapies. • Relieve pain better than over-the-counter herbal health products. • Improve overall symptoms more effectively than conventional treatments. • Reduce dependency on medications. Chinese herbal formulas are often more beneficial than single herb remedies because the herbs work synergistically for conditions such as menstrual cramps. Chinese herbal formulas can regulate the menstrual cycle, relieve cramps, nourish and strengthen blood circulation, and enhance the flow of qi, or vital energy. Replacing NSAIDs with Chinese herbs can minimize the risk of adverse side effects, such as upset stomach, heartburn and ulcers while keeping you pain-free. … Read More

Acupuncture For The Knees

For years, studies have offered conflicting opinions on whether exercise is good for knees. A new report from the American College of Sports Medicine provides evidence that exercise is, in fact, good for the knees. Acupuncture can also improve knee health by relieving pain and strengthening joint function. “Several studies have already examined the impact of physical activity on the knee as a whole, but none have looked at the effect of physical activity on individual parts of the knee,” says Flavia Cicuttini, M.D., of the Monash University in Australia. “As it turns out, exercise affects each part of the knee differently, which helps explain why there have been conflicting reports for so long.” While exercise is linked to osteophytes, or bony spurs, there are no detrimental changes to joint space, the place where cartilage is housed. Exercise has beneficial effects on cartilage integrity, with evidence of greater volumes and fewer defects. Acupuncture can be beneficial for individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Acupuncture can decrease symptoms and improve quality of life when integrated into routine care. Acupuncture is most effective for individuals with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis who have moderate pain despite conventional medical therapy. Acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis: • Decreases swelling. • Reduces stiffness and pain. • Improves functional ability. • Reduces dependence on medication. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

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