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Review of Findings: The Use of Acupuncture for Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Post Racial Battle Fatigue

Current research.

My current area of interest is the use of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to treat the racial health disparities suffered by African Americans in the United States. Specifically, the effects of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) and Post Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF). Both are caused by the prevalence of Systemic White Racism (SWR) found in the United States against People of Color (POC).

PTSS defined by Dr. DeGruy outlines the historical and epigenetic effects of several hundred years of chattel slavery and systemic disenfranchisement of African Americans. While the effects are many the three main characteristics: Vacant Esteem, Marked Propensity for Anger and Violence, and Racist Socialization. Her work explains the source for many of the negative emotional scars and behaviors common in the African American community.

RBF is the term coined by WA Smith. It describes the huge negative emotional impact for African Americans, and other people of color (POC), who have to live voiceless in a world that purposely treats them as less than their white counterparts. Never having the capacity to feel safe, respected, or equal in hostile white dominant environments have a deleterious effect on the body and the mind. His work was revolutionary just for calling attention to the obvious. That being stuck in constant racist environments, with no ability to defend oneself, for school or work has a negative impact on the physical and mental health of African Americans. Continue reading “Review of Findings: The Use of Acupuncture for Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Post Racial Battle Fatigue”

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Doctoral Statement

I sat and did some heavy meditating before I decided to go through with starting school up again. I’m holding a cactus stone made out of amethyst, hematite, and quartz.

Sooooo… I’m taking the plunge and I am now officially signed up to start a doctoral program in the fall. I have absolutely no idea when I plan on having the time to do this. Mobile business, single mom, homeschooling, puppy, and somewhere in there is supposed to be a social life (don’t look too hard). Logistical planning aside, I know some really awesome things are going to come out of this besides another degree and more alphabet soup behind my name. For example, I had to write an essay about my practice as a part of my admissions package. Aaaaand I’m feeling pretty proud of it. Considering this is coming on the heels of my one year anniversary, it was nice to sit down and put the scope of my practice on paper. Heck, it might even help me get around to writing a business plan. Yup still don’t have one lol. I’ll get to it… (it’s not really on my to do list lol).

Anyway, this is what I wrote: Continue reading “Doctoral Statement”

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Tea

Tea is awesome in the morning. White, green, black, red, puh-er, flower, herbal, heck hot lemon and water; doesn’t matter what kind of tea you like. Yes different teas have different qualities. Just pick one that you like and preferably without too much sugar. Tea is associated with China because the leaves used from Camellia sinensis is an evergreen shrub native to Asia. fresh tea.jpg

What you may not know is tea is the original prescription in Oriental Medicine. Tea or “tang” means decoction. Different herbs were gathered together in a recipe and tossed in according to their properties. There is a chemistry that happens when you allow things to steep in hot water. This chemistry was the basis of Chinese herbal formulas. This is why a Chinese herbalist has to control an eye roll when we are asked what herb is best for….

So in your search for perfect mornings have some tea. Doesn’t matter what kind. Luckilyy for you, tea has a ton of health benefits. Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, encourage weight loss, lower cholesterol, helps digestion, bring about mental alertness, and it has antimicrobial qualities. My favorite tea I make at home I call Juju. (cause its a little bit of magic in a cup). It’s made with fresh not dried ingredients. YES fresh ingredients, it makes a huge difference in flavor and medicinal property. In a stock pot (spaghetti pot) bring fresh water to a low boil toss in: Continue reading “Tea”

Acupuncture, Perfect Mornings

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How are your mornings these days? Mine have been pretty awesome. Folks have asked me why haven’t mentioned acupuncture as a part of a perfect morning. Well, it can be. I just didn’t want to seem like I was playing favorites.

Whatever you need to improve your morning acupuncture can help. Acupuncture is great for relieving stress, depression, and anxiety. Acupuncture is wonderful for mental clarity, focus, increasing energy, and taking care of aches and pains. Besides, most people take a really good nap during treatment and who couldn’t use that? So what’s not running smoothly in your mornings? #getpoked

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Unusual Tale of Acupuncture, Racism, and African American History in the USA 

This one is a little long but you can do it!

As a person of color (POC) living in the current climate of racial tension in the United States, I’m proud of the many people who have finally been motivated to take a stand. I am bitter that it has taken so long to rouse the people of this country, again. I took a stand years ago when I decided to become an acupuncturist. Yup, I fight one tiny pin at a time (we will come back to that statement at the end). I took a stand because I was tired of fighting the medical system. A broken medical system that didn’t care about me or people who looked like me. (if this is news to you check out medical apartheid) Confused? That’s because you probably didn’t know that Acupuncture was brought in part to the USA by Mutulu Shakur, the Black Panthers, and the Young Lords in the 1970s. That’s right Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are a part of African American history that has nearly been lost.

Let me explain. Continue reading “Unusual Tale of Acupuncture, Racism, and African American History in the USA “

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The Benefits of Adding Acupuncture to Stroke Recovery

An Overview of Scalp Acupuncture

When it comes to treatment of stroke and traumatic brain injury, a different approach combining oriental medicine and western medicine is used. This new approach led to a relatively new type of acupuncture called Chinese Scalp acupuncture. This contemporary technique integrates the use of acupuncture techniques with the medical knowledge of neurology.

Dr. Zhu traces the origizhus-scalp-acupuncturens of modern scalp acupuncture to the work of Huang Xuelong, who in 1935 introduced the concept that there is a relationship between the scalp and the cerebral cortex. Scalp acupuncture really got its start in the 1950s with the mapping correlating areas of the brain on the scalp. This took nearly 20 years. During the 1970’s, scalp acupuncture was developed as a more complete acupuncture system.  Three major contributors to the development of this system, Jiao Shunfa, Fang Yunpeng, and Tang Songyan each proposed different diagrams and groupings of scalp acupuncture points. In 1977 Scalp acupuncture was formally recognized in a national acupuncture text book Acupuncture and Moxibustion.

Today, Scalp acupuncture is not a single system, but a multiplicity of systems still in development both by the Chinese (Zhu) & the Japanese (YNSA), with a 30+ year history of practical experience. Continue reading “The Benefits of Adding Acupuncture to Stroke Recovery”

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Back Pain

How Acupuncture Helps.

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Back pain is in fact, one of the top reasons people seek medical care. Back pain is a very common problem that affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. Low back pain, tight traps, and knots in rhomboids all can become a chronic or ongoing problem that will eventually lead to dysfunction and pain in a nearby limb. Unfortunately, back pain isn’t always easy to diagnose or treat with Western Medicine. Everyone knows atleast one person who is struggling to manage back pain with nothing more than a fist full of prescribed pills, physically therapy (PT) and perseverance. When the pills and PT fail the last resort is surgery. However, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is more common than people care to talk about.

What if long before the hail Mary pass of surgery is thrown, there were more options than pills and PT? Continue reading “Back Pain”