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

Diet And Cardiovascular Risk

A low-carbohydrate diet in which more fat and protein sources come from plants than animals may be protective against adverse health conditions, according to a recent Annals of Internal Medicine study. In an analysis, a higher-vegetable, low-carbohydrate diet was associated with a 20 percent lower risk of death. Conversely, a low-carb diet high in meat tended to be associated with a 23 percent increased risk of death. “These results suggest that the health effects of a low-carbohydrate diet may depend on the type of protein and fat, and a diet that includes mostly vegetable sources of protein and fat is preferable to a diet with mostly animal sources of protein and fat, “ writes Teresa Fung, Sc.D. of Simmons College in Boston, and colleagues. Low-carbohydrate diets have been associated with weight loss promotion and improved blood cholesterol levels. The researchers examined data from two studies, the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals’ Follow-Up Study. A diet assessment of a total of 85,168 women and 44,548 men found that low-carbohydrate diets with more meat tended to be associated with higher all-cause mortality. This could be due to the established health benefits of unsaturated fats, dietary fiber, micronutrients, and other vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that meat-based diets may be lacking. Tips for a healthy low-carb diet: • Avoid processed meats that contain saturated fats and nitrites. • Opt for fish over red meat. • Include nuts, avocados, olives, and other plant fats in the diet. • Eat a diet of whole foods rather than convenience snacks. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. 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

Acupuncture Treatment of Hot Flashes

Nearly 80 percent of women experience hot flashes during menopause. Caused by changes in estrogen, hot flashes typically begin with a rise in body temperature followed by perspiration, rapid heart rate and discomfort. Lasting from 30 seconds to a minute, they often occur at night. Women usually experience hot flashes for four years while going through menopause. They may begin two to three years before the cessation of the monthly period and last up to five years after the cessation of menses. Hot flashes are associated with an increased blood flow in the blood vessels of the chest, back, neck, and face. Symptoms of hot flashes may include: • Flushing. • Body warmth. • Night sweats. • Facial redness. Finding effective treatment options for hot flashes can be difficult. Hot flashes have been conventionally treated with estrogen and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, HRT has been linked to an increased risk for heart attack, breast cancer and stroke. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy option for the treatment of hot flashes with virtually no adverse side effects. Acupuncture, when compared to drug therapy, has a longer lasting effect on the reduction of hot flashes. Women also report that acupuncture improves energy and alertness. … Read More

Health Benefits of Physical Exercise for Women

Among mature women, those who regularly participate in physical activity during middle age are often in better general health, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health study. Qi Sun, M.D., and colleagues assessed 13,535 study participants, at an average age of 60. Those who had increased levels of exercise were less likely to have physical or cognitive impairments, heart surgery or chronic diseases. “Since the American population is aging rapidly and nearly a quarter of Americans do not engage in any leisure-time activity, our findings appear to support federal guidelines regarding physical activity to promote health among older people,” the authors write in the report, which appears in JAMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine. Exercise has the potential to enhance overall health and well-being with aging. Older adults need at least: • 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. • Or an equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. • More health benefits can be gained by increasing exercise up to or beyond 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity or 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity. Once- or twice-weekly resistance training, such as balance and tone training, can also improve attention and conflict resolution skills among older women. Resistance training can strengthen mental focus as well as improve muscular function. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. 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

Traditional Chinese Medicine And Lifestyle Recommendations

Posted January 06, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

In Traditional Chinese medicine lifestyle is very important in determining overall health. Treatment of a wide range of health conditions and common ailments includes the five pillars of Chinese medicine: Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na massage, qigong exercises, and lifestyle recommendations. Lifestyle recommendations include: • Adequate sleep. Being sleep deprived can weaken constitution and eventually cause illness. • Daily exercise, which strengthens qi circulation. • Stress reduction through yoga, qigong, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or pilates can prevent illness. Acupuncture can also be used as an adjunct therapy to improve lifestyle habits with treatment for smoking cessation, stress reduction and weight loss. Traditional Chinese medicine integrates holistic lifestyle recommendations and treatments for physical, mental and emotional stressors to bring about balance and health. Healthy lifestyle choices means making choices everyday that will enhance health and help prevent disease. Quality foods, exercise, restorative sleep, avoidance of toxins, and stress management are all significantly in our personal control. Research demonstrates that many chronic diseases are largely caused by lifestyle choices and habits. The fundamental principle of preventive health care is that one can utilize lifestyle recommendations that will support health and healing. By making appropriate lifestyle choices, according to season and individual characteristics, health can be optimized. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

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