Acupuncture and Mainstream Medicine

Posted June 29, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

Acupuncture and other complementary therapies are increasingly being integrated into conventional treatment programs at hospitals, health and wellness centers. A sampling of programs may include acupuncture, massage therapy, hypnosis, stress management, and nutritional counseling. Millions of individuals have turned to acupuncture to treat everything from back pain and allergies to migraines and arthritis. Based in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is moving into the medical mainstream on a rising tide of new research studies and case stories. Health professionals are recognizing the importance of melding conventional and complementary medicines. There is increasing evidence that acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment option, and its use has become widespread in general practice, pain clinics and rheumatology and physiotherapy departments. Acupuncture has become increasingly utilized by conventional practitioners as the underlying mechanisms of acupuncture are better understood. Traditional Chinese medicine theory determines illness as resulting from imbalances or blockages in a person's Qi, or vital energy. The flow of energy is restored when acupuncture needles stimulate certain points within meridian channels that traverse the body. Acupuncture has been determined to be based on modern physiological principles. Many conventional physicians believe acupuncture stimulates the nervous system. The opioid and other neurotransmitters involved in needle stimulation affect pain perception, mood and health. Public interest in acupuncture has increased access to acupuncture therapy. More medical schools are offering course work in acupuncture. At the University of Miami’s Center for Complementary Medicine, researchers are studying the use of acupuncture to treat drug addiction, Parkinson’s disease and cancer. The number of health care professionals studying acupuncture has been steadily growing. Licensed acupuncture practitioners are discovering new career opportunities as integrative providers within mainstream medicine. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is one of the most rapidly growing health care professions in the United States, according to the National Acupuncture Foundation. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine program includes comprehensive training in acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbology, Tui Na, Oriental nutrition, biomedical sciences, and clinic. The Oriental Medicine curriculum prepares graduates for national exams and graduates can apply for licensure in most states that license and regulate acupuncture and Oriental medicine. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

June 23-Call Your Representatives for The Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act

Posted June 25, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

On June 23 call your representatives and ask them to support HR 646, The Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act. Acupuncture & Massage College is asking the AOM community—practitioners, students, schools, state associations, and our patient community—to flood the phone lines. Call your congressional representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor HR 646. Call your senators and ask them to co-sponsor a companion bill to HR 646. Call the President at (202) 456-1111 and ask him to include HR 646 in the Healthcare Reform Act. Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has reintroduced legislation that would make acupuncture a covered service for Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program participants. H.R. 646, introduced in House on January 22, would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of qualified acupuncturist services under part B of the Medicare Program, and to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for coverage of such services under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act would provide access to acupuncture for Medicare's 44 million beneficiaries and the 8 million federal workers, their dependents and retirees who are covered under the FEHB. Hinchey has introduced The Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act since 1993, his first year in Congress. Hinchey previously advocated for acupuncturists at the state level, where as a member of the New York State Assembly, he introduced and secured passage of legislation to license acupuncturists in the state. "Passage of this bill would provide 52 million Americans with health coverage for acupuncture services. This is the humane thing to do and I encourage my colleagues to pass this important piece of legislation," says Hinchey. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) formed a consensus in 1997 that acupuncture works well for many ailments and should be included in national health care insurance plans. There are numerous studies which support acupuncture therapy as an effective form of treatment for a wide range of health conditions. More and more acupuncturists are signing up to become acupuncture providers for insurance companies. Many private insurance companies now offer policies that cover acupuncture and related services performed by an acupuncturist. You can find out if your insurance provides acupuncture benefits by calling your insurance company's patient information or benefits line. This number can be found on your insurance card. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. June 20. … Read More

President Obama’s Comprehensive Health Reform

Posted June 23, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

President Obama is working with Congress to pass comprehensive health reform to control escalating health care costs, guarantee choice of doctor and assure affordable health care for all Americans. If health cost growth persists, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that by 2025, one out of every four dollars in our national economy will be tied up in the health system. The Administration believes that comprehensive health reform should: Guarantee choice of health plans, invest in prevention and wellness, reduce long-term growth of health care costs for businesses and government, end barriers to coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions, and improve patient safety and quality of care. Polls have shown that voters rank health care among their top concerns. Obama’s health care plan aims at health care solidarity, similar to plans in Europe and Canada. By restructuring current health care coverage, everyone would be ensured guaranteed health care access through both private and government plans. Obama’s plan would build on existing private and public health care programs such as private individual health insurance, employer health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. A minimum comprehensive benefits package would be mandated, as would the ability to transfer health policies (portability), when purchased through the new Medicare-like public plan or the National Health Insurance Exchange. His plan for universal coverage assumes costs for the health care reform will be paid by discontinuing the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year and from savings in the system. Obama’s health care reform plan estimates that the average family will save up to $2,500 a year. A new poll suggests that Americans broadly support health reform. The Diageo/Hotline Poll finds that 62 percent of voters support the President enacting a major overhaul of the U.S. health care system, with 38 percent of voters strongly supporting a major overhaul. The new study also finds supporters of health care reform bring a sense of urgency to the issue. Among those who do support a major overhaul, 94 percent says that it is important for Congress and the President to pass health care legislation this year. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

How to Get New Massage Clients

Posted May 27, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

A massage practice’s success relies on regularly acquiring new clients or getting your client base to book appointments on a repeat basis, either weekly or monthly. As a massage therapist, you must build trust with potential clients so that they will not hesitate to call to make an appointment. Your website content can strengthen your ability to not only find new clients but also to turn them into repeat clients. The information on your site must be comprehensive, knowledgeable and educate the potential client about different types of massage and the health benefits massage therapy offers. Your site content should include several informative articles about what conditions and ailments massage therapy treats and client testimonials. Content should clearly communicate to the potential client your expertise in your field, which will build trust and allow them to confidently make the call for an appointment. In addition to informative and educational content, your site should emphasize what types of massage therapy you specialize in. From your potential client’s perspective, you must be able to provide a solution to their health condition. Build trust by offering free consultations to discuss their condition with them. You must be able to communicate what you know about massage and holistic health care, how you can meet their health needs and specifically how massage therapy can provide them with a solution to their pain, stress or ailment. A website that only offers basic information, such as your list of services and rates does not motivate potential clients to call you for an appointment. You must take into consideration your potential clients’ understanding of massage therapy and then make an effort to educate them about massage therapy and how it directly benefits well being. You must go beyond a sales pitch and build trust. This involves providing a site with content-rich material covering all aspects of massage therapy. To get new clients, your site should also project what your philosophy is regarding massage therapy, optimal health and healing. You must emphasize your ability and expertise as a healer. This is all part of communicating with potential clients how you can provide a solution to their health condition and the pain and discomfort they are experiencing. Once they understand that you offer an effective health care solution, they will be motivated to call to make an appointment. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

BPA Chemical Linked to Human Health Risks

Posted May 21, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to make plastics, plastic additives and epoxy resins, is found in a variety of products including baby and water bottles, food and beverage can linings, sports equipment, medical and dental devices, CDs and DVDs, and household electronics. Tests indicate that the chemical leaches out of food and liquid containers, especially when exposed to heat. BPA is an endocrine disruptor which mimics the body’s own hormones, causing adverse health effects. BPA can cause behavioral changes in infants and children, trigger the early onset of puberty in females and is associated with heart disease, diabetes and other ailments. Several states, including California, Connecticut, Michigan, and New York are considering legislation to ban BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. Minnesota is the first state to pass legislation banning BPA in products marked for use in babies, infants or children. The Food and Drug Administration is currently trying to estimate a safe exposure level to BPA. Consumer pressure has resulted in some retailers and manufacturers eliminating BPA from their products. According to a study published recently in Environmental Health Perspectives, Americans may be exposed to far more of the BPA chemical in plastic than researchers have suspected. Previously, researchers have believed that individuals are exposed to BPA primarily through food containers, such as metal can linings and water bottles. Scientists have also previously surmised that BPA passes through the body quickly, within 24 hours. The recent study data showed that fasting adults still had high levels of the chemical, even though they had eaten nothing for the previous 24 hours. The study authors, from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, suspect hat it’s possible that BPA remains in the body much longer than scientists had believed, perhaps stored in fat. Adults in the study may also have been re-exposed to BPA through sources other than food. People seeking to minimize their exposure to BPA should avoid canned food and polycarbonate plastic containers unless the packaging indicates the product is bisphenol A-free. Avoid microwaving food in plastic containers and do not put plastics in the dishwasher or use harsh detergents to avoid leaching. For information about acupuncture for health and wellness call Dr. Richard Browne, Acupuncture Physician, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Diet Pattern Associated with Increased Risk of Diabetes

Individuals who consume excess amounts of cheese, low-fiber grains, eggs, fried potatoes, tomato products, and red meat have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in Diabetes Care. Study results found that a diet pattern containing these particular foods can produce increased levels of two proteins in the blood, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 and fibrinogen. These proteins are indicators of inflammation in the body’s system and are linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. … Read More

TAI CHI AND QI KUNG DAY

Posted April 28, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

TAI CHI AND QI KUNG DAY Saturday May 2nd. 10 AM to 2 PM FEE: $20 per person … Read More

Getting in Step with Your Fitness Routine

Posted April 27, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness, Uncategorized

If you’re one of many exercisers having trouble sticking to an exercise routine, you’re not alone. Linda Shelton, a fitness and wellness authority and author, has a solution: Work with, not against, your fitness personality type. … Read More

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