To all my wonderful patients, colleagues, and friends:

Sincere thanks for a great year,
see you in 2012!

Medical Abbreviations= Huh?

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Have you ever been given a referral or a prescription, whether from your TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) practitioner or your Western medicine practitioner, that looks like it was written in a secret code? Medical abbreviations are used to increase efficiency but can sometimes be confusing. It’s good to know what your practitioners are recommending to help you. Here is a list of commonly used medical abbreviations to help you decode your prescriptions.

aa- of each
ac- after meals
ad- up to
ad lib- use freely
admov- apply
agit- stir, shake
aq- water
ATC- around the clock

bid- twice daily
BM- bowel movement

cap- capsule
cf- with food
cib- food
comp- compound
crm- cream
CST- continue same treatment

dil- dilute
div- divide

emuls- emulsion
elix- elixir

gtt- drop

h- hour
hs- at bedtime

lin- liniment

opd- once per day

pc- after meals
po- orally
prn- as needed

q- each, every
qid- four times daily
qs- a quantity sufficient

sl- sublingually
sob- shortness of breath
sol- solution
stat- immediately

tab- tablet
tid- three times daily
tinct- tincture

u.d.- as directed

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Gua Sha Anyone?

Whenever there is a new visitor to the practice, I try to mention that there are four basic “tools” an acupuncturist usually uses to help the patient meet his or her health goals. Herbal medicine, nutrition advice (reflecting traditional Chinese medicine concepts), exercise recommendations (also reflecting the TCM health perspective) and of course acupuncture itself make up the four tools. By now just about everyone has heard about  acupuncture needles. They are usually what a patient will experience during an office visit. Needles activate a patient’s energy- the thing acupuncturists call qi (chee) in Chinese or ki (key) in Japanese. In reality, the needles are only one way of accomplishing this. Some acupuncturists never use needles in their practice. Other qi-manipulating tools include tuning forks, lasers, machines that deliver small electrical charges, moxabustion (discussed here), cupping (discussed here), and today’s highlighted tool: gua sha.

Gua sha translates as scraping/scratching to dispel disease. It’s a technique employing a smooth-edged tool such as the water buffalo horn gua sha tools in the picture to the upper right or often a Chinese soup spoon. Gua sha works by applying pressured strokes to oiled or non-oiled skin over acupuncture points, meridians or areas of the body to bring about change.

Ask for it at your next visit!

Legs Up the Wall – Viparita Karani

Insomnia- It’s enough of a problem to keep you awake at night worrying about it!

All kidding aside, the National Sleep Foundation conducted a study in 2002 and found that 58% of adults in the U.S. experienced symptoms of insomnia a few nights a week or more. If you find you are a part of this statistic worry not! There are many things to do to get you to sleep or to help keep you there.

I’m borrowing today’s sleep tip from a yoga pose. It’s a medication free, do anywhere, gentle and effective sleep tonic.

The number one thing to remember is to use caution as you get into, and out of, the pose. As you can see from this post’s picture, it’s a relatively simple pose to take. Find a place where you can scootch your bottom up against a wall. This may be the most difficult part because your legs feel like they are in the way until you can get your bottom right up to the wall. Once there you can then extend your legs upward. The wall supports your legs and the floor supports the rest of your body. The woman in the picture has her hands turned upwards but you can place your hands however they feel comfortable.

Take the time to quiet your inner thoughts while you let gravity do the work. This pose should feel completely comfortable. If it doesn’t, this may not be the right sleep solution for you. Gently lower your legs to one side and move away from the wall.

One to three minutes should be enough for you to feel the difference. With as little effort as possible, transition from the floor to your bed.

Sweet Dreams!