Our New Safety Course Makes its Debut Posted on 06 Jul 10:02On January 1st, 2016 the NCCAOM changed its requirements to 2 hours of ethics and 2 hours of safety in addition to non-credit CPR. We weren't happy to see a four hour ethics requirement go by the board, as ethics never goes off the radar as an essential element in ongoing training for our profession. Nevertheless, we are dancing to the tune of the NCCAOM. Now, in addition to our two hour ethics course for you to use for your NCCAOM renewals our 'Safety Issue in Oriental Medicine' course is up and available. Just click here and be whisked to the page: http://www.thewholecircle.com/collections/ethics-issues-in-oriental-medicine/products/safety-issues-in-oriental-medicine.
New Two-Hour Ethics Course Makes Its Debut Posted on 17 Dec 08:47
On January 1st, 2016 the NCCAOM is changing its requirements to 2 hours of ethics and 2 hours of safety in addition to non-credit CPR. We're not happy to see a four hour ethics requirement go by the board, as our experience in delivering the first approved ethics course in the nation over these last ten years shows us that ethics never goes off the radar as an essential element in ongoing training for our profession. Nevertheless, in seeing a need we are filling it. So we have made a two hour ethics course for you to use for your NCCAOM renewals as long as you're renewing after 1/1/16. The content is compressed, the time rolls by very quickly and there is a new section on the use of social media and the special considerations in using it when it comes to your patients. The price is right and we hope you find it as useful, insightful and pleasant to use as the old four hour and five hour mainstays have been since 1/1/06. Just click here and be whisked to the page: http://www.thewholecircle.com/collections/ethics-issues-in-oriental-medicine/products/ethics-issues-in-oriental-medicine-1.
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Why Is Cold-Damp Invasion So Common After Exercise? Posted on 29 Dec 09:54
I've had many patients who, after exercise, wound up with a stiff and painful low back or outsized muscle stiffness and soreness. It bothered me that people neither prone to cold nor dampness routinely could be susceptible to what was obviously a Cold-Damp Invasion into the muscle layer, especially commonly so for those with pre-existing low back conditions. How could that be so? Obviously, this was also even more true for people who were already prone to Cold-Damp conditions.
Core body temperature for human beings is approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Perspiration, which is a Yin substance, therefore, coming from the interior of the body, until it escapes the pores, is also approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As it is an 'animated' substance before being secreted through the pores, held beneath the skin, it is, therefore, biologically active, as it is a part of our life. Once perspiration is emitted through the pores it becomes inanimate. It no longer really belongs to us. It becomes resting dampness. Further, its temperature drops dramatically in moments. That's how the body cools itself, by emitting heat transmitted along with the water of sweat.
So this now inanimate sitting wetness becomes Dampness by virtue of position and temperature and non-movement. Its temperature is now well below core body temperature and as the pores have opened to secrete the perspiration, this person is now vulnerable to the Cold-Damp re-entering through the same open pore system through which the sweat originally escaped to the outside. This, I assert, is the reason for this all too common phenomenon of low back injury or muscle stiffness and soreness after exertion in any temperature, even warm weather or elevated temperatures and certainly following exercise in which ANY perspiring was going on. This effect is magnified, sometimes dramatically, if damp clothing is allowed to stay in place for more than a few moments in many cases. This can include people sitting in a hot car for long enough that they perspire and now the wet clothing is sitting in direct contact with the skin. As soon as it cools, for example when someone arrives a a destination and peels his back away from the back of the seat of the car, the potential for harm begins.
The solution is for people who are vulnerable in this way to introduce a clean, relatively thick, dry, water absorbent cloth, like a small towel, between clothing and skin if the clothing still has to be worn for more than a few moments. Or, get out of the gym clothes and shower right away. For those who perspire in the region of the lumbar spine to any degree, a small absorbent cloth kept there while getting dressed in street clothes after exercising and then kept there until cool-down is complete can avoid those surprising flare-ups of low back pain due to Invasion of the Sinews by Cold-Damp.
Did You Ever Wonder What the Chinese Meant by 'Wind?' Posted on 29 Dec 09:22Did you ever wonder what the Chinese actually meant by external pathogenic Wind? It puzzled me for a long time---about 38 years to tell the truth. I used to have a patient in England who lived in a basement flat which had no windows and which was deep enough that no sounds could be heard from outside. She reacted terribly while in that basement, and even asleep, when storms would come through, which, of course, in England was plenty frequent. I believe I finally have figured out what the Chinese really were conceptualizing.
Meteorologically-speaking, wind occurs as a function of barometric pressure gradients. Except for tropical cyclones, like hurricanes, wind always flows from higher pressure to lower pressure. This sometimes means that even imperceptible differentials can cause the air to flow and we can't necessarily feel it when it does, nor does it seem that such low forces could possibly be a provocation as the speed is just too low to reasonably be expected to cause someone extra pain. Yet it does. So what's going on?
As you're no doubt aware, the human body is made up of between 50 to 90 percent water, depending on factors like age and condition. A great deal of the water in the body is bound up in cartilage and collagen, whose condition strongly affects joint and muscle health. In addition, fluids, of course, fill the individual cells, the blood vessels and interstitial spaces as well as the spaces where cerebro-spinal fluids are found. These fluids always have common atmospheric gases like oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide dissolved in them. When the atmospheric pressure drops, according to Boyle's Law, the dissolved gases will expand and cause the fluids in which they're dissolved to expand, pressing those fluids outward against sensitive nerve endings, producing pain. Similarly, when the pressure rises, the volume occupied by those dissolved gases will contract and change the amount of pressure exerted inwardly by the surrounding tissues, again, although less so usually, producing discomfort. Interestingly, according to a person familiar with things obstetrical, when there is a low pressure system some pregnant women's waters break prematurely. If they come to the hospital they are given drugs to stimulate labor, though the cervix is not ready. Almost inevitably this leads to C-sections.
So, these barometric dynamics are what the Chinese named external pathogenic Wind all those thousands of years ago. It's easy to understand why if Wind is combined with Dampness, why this double whammy is so painful in cases of joint and muscle pain. So the EP Wind also has a physical basis after all and is surely another example of just how clever our medicine really is.
Re-Approval Process Posted on 23 Nov 20:06
MOST EVERY STATE ACCEPTS THE APPROVAL FOR COURSEWORK BY THE NCCAOM AS THEIR OWN. NOT ALL DO. WE HAVE EXPLICIT APPROVALS IN THOSE STATES THAT DO NOT. PLEASE VISIT OUR NEWLY DESIGNED CURRICULUM CATALOG PAGE TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF COURSES, WITH EASY REFERENCE TO WHICH COURSES NEED AND HAVE RECEIVED SPECIAL APPROVAL BY VARIOUS STATES WHERE MORE THAN NCCAOM APPROVAL IS REQUIRED. IF YOU DO NOT SEE YOUR STATE SPECIFICALLY NOTED, COURSES ARE AUTOMATICALLY APPROVED. IN ADDITION, CERTAIN STATES LIMIT THE NUMBER OF DISTANCE LEARNING CEU’S THAT THEY WILL ACCEPT PER RENEWAL CYCLE. PLEASE CHECK ON THE PROVISIONS IN YOUR OWN STATE BEFORE ORDERING.