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Exciting News: Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Obtains Grant Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Pacific College has some exciting news to share – another step toward Chinese medicine going mainstream. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) granted the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) New York campus $670,000 dollars for the project titled Evidence Informed Practice: Faculty and Curriculum Development. The grant focuses on training acupuncture faculty and students to utilize research so that clinical acupuncture practice can be informed by evidence – optimizing the quality of patient care. We are proud to join a small and elite group of Oriental medicine colleges that have been successful in receiving NIH funding.
The grant went into effect on September, 2013 and will span five years. This project is a collaboration with Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU), as well as Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, where principal investigator Dr. Belinda Anderson is an Assistant Clinical Professor. PCOM-NY and Einstein have collaborated before and are currently in their 6th year of an inter-professional student education exchange program.
The grant’s principal investigator, our very own Dr. Belinda Anderson, is Academic Dean and Research Director at PCOM’s New York campus. Dr. Anderson has a rich history as a researcher. With a PhD from the University of Sydney (Australia) her earlier work in the field of molecular biology resulted in the first genetically engineered veterinary vaccine. Dr. Anderson holds a master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and specializes in fertility and women’s health. Dr. Roni Evans (Dean of Research) at NWHSU, an internationally recognized expert in Evidence Informed Practice, and Dr. Paul Marantz (Associate Dean for Research Clinical Education) at Einstein will assist Dr. Anderson with undertaking the grant.
We could not be more excited about this grant and the opportunity it offers us to participate in the progress of Chinese medicine research and efficacy.
Getting a massage is something that most of us enjoy, but seldom do. Part of the reason for this is that many people view massage as a luxury, and something that is easy to put off for special occasions. But did you know that massage is actually a powerful form of preventative medicine?
With consistent massage, you can drastically reduce your risk for serious stress-induced health conditions like heart disease, asthma, diabetes, depression, and even Alzheimer’s disease, among others. No one can deny that massage is enjoyable, but the point is that it is also much more than a simple leisure activity. In our fast-paced society, it’s easy to put your health on the back burner. Massage is an activity that can make a real, long-term difference in your health and is also a wonderful experience. There are many great reasons to book an appointment.
Are you ready to start seeing a massage therapist more regularly? Get the most out of your time on the table and target your visits to your specific needs. Check out our list below where you can determine which form of massage is best for what your personal health goals.
Symptom(s): Everyday Stress
Massage choice: Swedish massage
Swedish massage is great for patients who simply want to unwind. It uses a variety of techniques to relax muscles by applying light, moderate, or deep pressure to muscles and bones. This form of massage is known to increase the range of motion at joints and promote blood circulation to the heart.
Symptoms: Headaches, Insomnia, Injury Recovery, and More
Massage choice: Shiatsu
Shiatsu massage incorporates aspects of Japanese massage, traditional Chinese medicine, and Western anatomy. Shiatsu is generally performed on the floor and uses pressure that is applied through the fingers. The patient rests on a padded mat rather than a table.
Symptoms: Muscle Tension and Tightness
Massage choice: Thai massage
Thai massage is a great choice for athletes and dancers as this technique involves a significant amount of stretching. The bodywork is performed on the floor and involves a lot of yoga-like poses. Often called the ‘lazy man’s yoga’, Thai massage can loosen and stretch your body in the same way that a vigorous yoga class can, but in a much more restful manner!
Symptoms: Illness, Lower Back Pain, Built Up Tension
Massage choice: Tui Na
A form of Chinese manipulative therapy, Tui Na is often combined with other forms of Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and cupping. Tui Na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial art principles to bring the body to balance. Do you love when a massage therapist digs in to those shoulder muscles at just the right spots? Tui Na is for you.
Massage Suggested for Cancer Patients: Reflexology
Reflexology involves the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas on the feet and hands that is thought to reflect a map of the body, with each part of the feet and hands in alignment with a specific organ. The premise of reflexology is that it is a targeted practice that can affect all areas of the body with reflex responses. This type of massage improves circulation throughout the body.
Lymphatic massage is another excellent form of massage for cancer patients. Massage therapists trained in lymphatic massage use techniques that gently palpate the lymphatic system to help healthy drainage of toxins in the body, and to promote healing and the immune system.
Curious about other massage modalities? Want to learn more about these ones? Don’t miss our article about all forms of massage!
Ready for your massage? Visit our website and click the “clinic” tab at the top of the page to schedule an appointment! We look forward to healing you.
Anxiety is something that a number of us deal with on a day-to-day basis. Try out these foods to ease your stress and anxiety levels. Happy healing!
Oriental medicine in the news this week:
- Navy Psychiatrist’s Acupuncture, Meditation Methods Embraced by Special Operators - Read about our U.S. Navy and their use of East Asian medicine
- Acupuncture Heals Facial Paralysis - Acupuncture provides a solution to patients dealing with facial paralysis
- A Bayer to Buy Traditional Chinese Medicine Group Dihon-Bayer signs an agreement to buy Dihon Pharmaceutical Group, a Chinese herbal medicine maker
- Ancient Chinese Medicine Joins Cancer Fight- The bark of the Amur cork tree is being tested for treatment of pancreatic cancer.
- Acupuncture and Yoga Used to Treat Addiction-Inmates to be offered East Asian medicine treatment for their addictions
It’s safe to say that the majority of us have been nauseated at some point in our lives—especially if you’ve experienced pregnancy. The feeling is uncomfortable and unpleasant. Sure, there are over-the-counter medications to aid in our sick feelings, but natural remedies, such as ginger, often do the trick—faster and more effectively than your local drug-store can.
As a powerful, multi-functional herb, ginger is often used for mild stomach pain to severe nausea that can result from pregnancy. During the first trimester of pregnancy, many women experience cases of nausea and vomiting and although they call it “morning sickness,” it can last throughout the day. Fortunately, ginger is a wonderful remedy for women who want to rid the feeling of nausea.
We’ve gone into this in more detail here, where we suggested that ingesting as little as 1 gram of ginger root every day for four days can significantly reduce feelings of nausea and incidences of vomiting. Don’t suffer from an upset stomach, seasickness, or morning sickness any longer!
Ginger products are readily available and easy to find. This powerful herb is available in a number of forms including: capsules, tinctures, extracts, oils, and in raw form. Fresh ginger root is easily attainable and can be used to brew tea (for all you tea lovers out there!).
If you’re feeling nauseous, give ginger a try…why not?
Refresh yourself by infusing your water with fresh fruit! We guarantee your day will be a little bit sweeter..
Circulatory massage is the most common healing method used for enhancing the proper flow of blood through the entire body and providing relaxation to various muscles. This massage relaxes tensed muscles in the body and relieves stress thus improving the overall health of a person. Circulatory massage involves applying pressure (medium to deep), tension, vibration or motion to different parts of the body either with hand, arms or electronic massage devices. This massage was developed in Sweden and is now used in various parts of the world due to its unlimited benefits.
Circulatory massage therapy uses five different forms of massage strokes:
- The first form of stroke involves the application of stroke in a sliding or gliding way (smooth long strokes), most commonly known as effleurage.
- The second form of stroke is known as petrissage, which involves applying strokes in a kneading manner.
- The third form is known as tapotement, and the strokes are applied in a systematic and rhythmic tapping/slapping manner.
- The fourth form is known as friction stroke, where firm, deep, circular motions are applied.
- The last stroke is known as vibration stroke, where a rapid shake or vibration is applied to the targeted muscle.
All of these strokes have proven effective in improving circulation in patients.
Circulatory massage is performed in a very comfortable and relaxing environment. A session may last for duration of 30 minutes to an hour depending on the patient’s needs. It is generally carried out in a calm and quiet place with soothing music, a comfortable treatment table, and soft lighting. At the start of the treatment, the massage therapist begins with the application of oil, gel or lotion to the skin as it facilitates smooth movement and reduces friction. In instances of patients with serious health problems, it is always advisable to consult a physician before carrying out this type of massage.
This therapeutic style of massage has several benefits when carried out properly. Apart from being very effective in relaxing the muscles and increasing the oxygen flow in the blood; this massage helps the lymphatic system to remove toxins from the body. It also helps in reducing pain and stiffness of joints, lowering blood pressure, alleviating headaches, aiding in stress, promoting speedy recovery from illness/injury, and providing greater flexibility. Circulatory massage has also proven beneficial in improving the mobility in patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis.
This specific form of massage is a relaxing and rejuvenating therapy that can work wonders and improve the strength and vitality of patients. If you would like to schedule an appointment with our clinic, don’t hesitate! We are here to help and heal you.
The aging process can take a toll on our bodies. Although we become wiser with age, we also become susceptible to conditions such as chronic lung problems, arthritis, digestive disorders, and diabetes, to name a few.
The refreshing news is that the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) has options for seniors who are looking to alleviate their aches and pains.
The San Diego PCOM Doctoral Clinic will be open to treat elderly patients for a broad range of ailments on:
- Thursday, March 13
- Friday, March 14
- Saturday, March 15
Whether coping with Parkinson’s disease or heart problems, patients will consult with a team of highly experienced licensed acupuncturists and Western physicians. They will receive an in-depth consultation and treatment. To shed more positive light on the experience, the cost for the treatment is identical to that of a treatment provided by a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) intern.
New and returning patients are welcome! We are here to ease your troubles.
Please call (619) 574-6932 to schedule an appointment, refer a patient, or receive more information.
Oriental medicine in the news this week:
- Does Abdominal Massage Relieve Constipation? - Read about the effects that massage can have in dealing with constipation
- Acupuncture Could Treat Inflammation and Save Lives- Scientists have shown a direct connection between acupuncture and physical mechanisms that heal sepsis
- Acupuncture and Incense Help Turn a Breech Baby-East Asian medicine offers a new option for moms to be
- An Acupuncturist Speaks on the Myths of the Ancient Medicine- Kim Henckel, LAc, from Clifton talks about the myths surrounding her field of work
- Preserving the Natural Resources and Culture of Chinese Medicine -Learn about the preservation of herbal resources and medicinal authenticity in the realm of TCM
What do you think? Would you buy a Buddha pear? We think they are too cute to eat!
This Chinese farmer has discovered how to grow pears in the shape of Buddha: