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Ohio Medicaid Covers Acupuncture Starting In 2018

Ohio Medicaid Covers Acupuncture

Ohio Medicaid Covers AcupunctureHealthCare Too is based in Ohio and very excited to see that Ohio Medicaid covers acupuncture for pain management as an alternative to opioids. Acupuncture has a very low risk profile, is not addictive and has helped manage pain for millennia. Offering acupuncture as an alternative to Ohio Medicaid recipients not only will reduce opioid addiction deaths but will also lower costs.

 

Ohioans with Medicaid can start seeing an acupuncturist next year after the state expanded its coverage for the treatment for certain types of pain.

State officials and medical professionals are increasingly aware of how opioid overdose deaths tend to follow high use of prescription painkillers.

However, as new rules curb access to prescription opioids, people with chronic pain still need treatment options and acupuncture could be part of the solution, the state Medicaid office says.“After further research on acupuncture, we saw the greatest degree of effectiveness in controlling symptoms for low back pain and migraines,” said Brittany Warner, spokeswoman for Ohio Medicaid.

Theresa Mhanna, a licensed acupuncturist at Red Dragon Oriental Medicine in Waynesville, said it’s rare that health insurance covers acupuncture. She said the decision could encourage more acceptance of the treatment.

“It basically has opened the door to other insurance companies to say we’re recognized,” she said.

Mhanna said she has previously treated a few people who had their opioid prescriptions reduced.

Her emphasis is on holistic treatment, she said, and getting at the root cause of an ailment, including talking through lifestyle changes.

“When we start treating people for these physical illnesses, it’s exciting to watch people evolve,” she said.

Ohio Medicaid will cover up to 30 acupuncture visits per year.

Source:  Ohio Medicaid expands acupuncture coverage for 2018

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What Is Cupping? Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing

What Is Cupping?

Cupping has been around for millennia in the Middle East and Asia. However, Western nations have only begun to embrace cupping. So what is cupping and why does it work? Explanations range from massaging sore muscles to flow of Qi. Here are some highlights from an article from the University of Minnesota’s University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

What is cupping?

Cupping applies suction to the surface of the body to draw out pathogenic factors or to invigorate the flow of Qi at the surface of the body.

Cupping is usually done by inserting a flame into a small glass cup to remove the air and create a vacuum. The cup is then deftly inverted onto the surface of the body where the cup is held firmly in place by the suction created by the vacuum effect. This method is called “fire cupping.” There are also specially designed cups fitted with air lock valves that allow practitioners to remove the air with a hand-held pump.

Frequently, the practitioner will apply a lubricant to the skin before placing the cups, and then move the cups back and forth across certain area of the body. This combines the effects of cupping with dermal friction therapy (gua sha) and is called “sliding cup” technique.

Source: Cupping | Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing

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Treating menopause naturally: herbs, home remedies and holistic therapies

Treating Menopause Naturally

Treating Menopause NaturallyToo often we start with the premise that menopause is a medical condition that must be treated medically. Nothing could be further from the truth. Menopause is certainly a change… physically, mentally, spiritually– and can adversely affect quality of life. While some women may need medical intervention, there are less-invasive and lower-risk approaches for treating menopause naturally. A holistic care plan may help many women through the changes with less discomfort and better able to engage in a post-menopause life. This article lists many options, ranging from medical interventions to herbs and supplements to exercise.

 

Menopause is a normal physiological process — and possibly the only major physiological change we can choose to be conscious of. It is not a disease that has to be medicated — as it is frequently perceived in medicine. As 90 per cent of women reach the age of 60 in the Western world today, successfully managing the change can be a vital issue.

In many cultures, women don’t experience adverse symptoms associated with menopause. For example, Asian women have less frequent and less severe hot flushes, suggesting that dietary and lifestyle practices can make a difference. Research shows that the reduction of symptoms is associated with their flavonoid-rich diet. It also suggests that botanicals with a high flavonoid content could be effective in managing menopausal symptoms.

Menopausal women may suffer from a variety of symptoms, including hot flushes and night sweats, which can affect their quality of life. Although hormone therapy has been the treatment of choice for relieving these symptoms, it has been associated with increased breast cancer and cardiovascular risk, leading many women to search for natural, efficacious, and safer alternatives, such as botanical remedies and dietary supplements. Data from clinical trials indicate that foods and botanical medicines are useful to reduce menopausal symptoms, improve bone density and reduce the incidence of chronic disease, setting the foundation for long-term health.

Source: Discover how to treat menopause with herbs, home remedies and holistic therapies | WellBeing.com.au

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Acupressure App May Ease Menstrual Pain, Try These Home Remedies Too!

Acupressure Eases Menstrual Pain

Acupressure Eases Menstrual PainAcupuncture points have long been used to help with menstrual pain. Acupressure eases menstrual pain as well but finding the points on the body in order to apply pressure has been a challenge. Now a new app, AKUD, helps women learn to locate the points. The clinical evidence is promising. The article also provides other remedies for menstrual pain such as several teas and massage.

A new study, conducted by researchers from Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, shows that women who used an acupressure app reported significantly less menstrual pain than women who didn’t. The study that was published in the Journal American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology examines the use of a particular app called AKUD which was developed by the team itself with the help of acupressure experts from China, Germany and the U.S.

The app was designed for the target audience of women in their 20s and 30s who have seen to use their phones for various daily tasks. This made it easy for them to use an app that helps them learn about the pressure points to ease menstrual pain.

Source: Acupressure App May Ease Menstrual Pain, Try These Home Remedies Too!

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Employee wellness education

Employee Wellness Education

Employee wellness educationIt great to have a benefit… but it is really only a benefit if you know about it and can use it. Enter employee wellness education and accountability.

 

“Another problem that stops employees from making really important changes is a lack of accountability,” the authors write. “Start employee resource groups so people with similar goals can meet regularly and hold each other accountable. This ensures everyone stays dedicated to adopting healthier habits.”

Employers should encourage their workers to create their own wellness plans, with company-provided health journals so they can log activities, track their progress with wellness challenges, and add new goals. Managers might also want to hold weekly check-ins with their teams to determine how they’re sticking to their personal plan and whether they need help reaching their goals.

“The trick is determining how to build a culture of well-being and how to encourage your employees to take personal responsibility for their health,” the authors write.

Employers should remember the three E’s – educate, engage, and encourage. They need to build a comprehensive communications plan explaining the benefits that are available, how to access them and why they’re vital to workers. Employers should then train all levels of leadership on how to engage the entire staff with their benefits and any wellness programs on a regular basis.

Source: Why do some employee wellness benefits go unused? | BenefitsPRO

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Aromatherapy Buying Tips — Buyer Beware

Aromatherapy Buying Tips

Aromatherapy Buying TipsAt HealthCare Too we try to select products that benefit you. However, we are human and really want you to understand holistic health products before buying and using. This article gives some useful aromatherapy buying tips that may help you to find the best product. We try to help with tips and articles but there is nothing like your own research!

Aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy, is defined by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. The term was first coined in 1937, but since then, the definition has become an all encompassing name for products including diffusers, beauty items and more.

In order to get the most from your aromatherapy experience, it’s important to understand how the term is being used on modern-day products, said Jessie Violet, a licensed massage therapist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

“Many people have a tendency to think that if something is advertised as aromatherapy that means it’s something natural,” Violet told HuffPost. “Some of those products that you see in stores are completely unregulated by any laws … and their use of the term aromatherapy can be just a product with perfume. It indicates nothing about its natural status.”Some of those products that you see in stores are completely unregulated by any laws … and their use of the term aromatherapy can be just a product with perfume.

Jessie Violet, licensed massage therapist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Integrative MedicineThese products can spark a smile or help ease a worried mind, she said, but that’s often based on a consumer’s likes or dislikes of the scent as opposed to any natural benefits. In order to ensure you’re purchasing actual aromatherapy products, she advises shoppers to always read the label.

Source: Aromatherapy Is A Perennial Wellness Trend — But Buyer Beware | HuffPost

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Wellness Evidence: Is massage good for you, or does it just feel nice?

Wellness Evidence

Wellness EvidenceQuite often we come across someone who is interested in a more holistic approach to health. Unfortunately, they hesitate because there is no wellness evidence. Without “evidence” so many therapeutic modalities are dismissed as placebo effect or even just “woo woo” (we’ve actually heard that term). Some systems like Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurveda have millennia of clinical outcomes. However, they are grounded in medical systems that predate even Hippocrates. Other therapeutic approaches developed much more recently. We need wellness evidence to shed more light on these complementary and alternative therapies.

Will a deep tissue massage really reduce aches and pains? Will a sauna clear up my cold? And will a foot reflexology session have a long-lasting effect on my overall health?

All common questions about various well-known spa modalities, but what are the scientifically based answers?

Recently key members of the Global Spa Summit (GSS) unveiled a new portal, Wellness Evidence, that gathers medical evidence for spa and wellness therapies.

It provides an easy way for people to check out the laboratory-based research that has been done to date on spa treatments.

“We do not need to wait for the research to happen. We need to aggregate the research that already exists and broadcast it,” says Dr Pelletier, an integrative health expert, university professor and one of the people behind the Wellness Evidence website.

Source: Is massage good for you, or does it just feel nice? | CNN Travel

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Vets Adopt Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain After Education – Pain Medicine News

Chronic Pain Education

Chronic Pain EducationDean Ornish once said, “Awareness-mindfulness-is the first step in healing.” The authors of the article Vets Adopt Alternative Treatments for Chronic-Pain After Education would certainly agree. When we think about it, chronic pain is not just something that appears during a clinical visit. Chronic pain is on-going so we need tools to deal with it on a daily basis. Chronic pain education is that first step in healing.

Veterans with chronic pain accessed more complementary and alternative treatments at a Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center after attending a “pain education school,” and those participating in a functional medicine clinic reported reductions in perceived stress and musculoskeletal pain, according to results of two studies presented at the PAINWeek 2017 meeting.

The lead investigator of both studies, David Cosio, PhD, a health psychologist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, in Chicago, told Pain Medicine News that while the VA system requires its facilities to offer at least two alternatives to traditional medical approaches to chronic pain, the pain treatment center serves a tristate area and offers 23 complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) options.

Dr. Cosio and his co-investigator Erica Lin, PharmD, a clinical pharmacy specialist also at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, conducted an analysis of data from their previous study of participation in an innovative pain education initiative to determine what “take-away” lessons might be reflected in the behavior of the participants after completing the coursework.

Upon entry into the pain education program, 44% of subjects (n=45) had not used any type of CAM. In the remaining 56%, CAM was used in different combinations, with 30% active, 41% passive and 36% transitional. After completing the program, 86% of subjects were accessing CAM treatments, and many more had entered into active modalities (24%) than passive (12%) or transitional (14%).

“As we educate people about the existence of these treatments, they are going to use them,” Dr. Cosio said. “I think that part of the problem [is] that patients may not be aware of the complementary and alterative medicine options that are available.”

Source: Vets Adopt Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain After Education – Pain Medicine News

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Most Popular Alternative Healing Therapies

Popular Alternative Healing Therapies

Popular Alternative Healing TherapiesTrying to stay healthy has been with us since the dawn of Humanity. Many popular alternative healing therapies have been around for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine like acupuncture and herbs started over 2,500 years ago. Ayurvedic Medicine started over 3,000 years ago in India. We exist at a great time because there are now more choices for health than ever. With education and awareness, these ancient therapies as well as modern gizmos and conventional allopathic medicine can all work together.

Alternative Healing Therapies are healing methodologies that differ from the usual line of treatment than that of a doctor. In other words therapeutic practices that are currently not considered as an integral part of conventional medical practice are classified as alternate healing therapies or alternate medicine. Many a times the benefits and healing abilities of these therapies are established through research, other times they may be unproven scientifically. With alternate healing therapies, healing, treatment and cure may be achieved through diet, self healing mechanism of the human body, various energies, herbal and other supplements and much more.

Over the last couple of decades there has been a renewed interest in holistic and natural and thus various therapies have found acceptance and are getting popular both in India and world over.

Source: Most Popular Alternative Healing Therapies | Business Standard News

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