Acupuncture And CHi

Mind Body

March / April 2016

By Amy McDaniel

She slides the wooden and paper doors closed for the evening and reflects on her day as an acupuncturist in the busy town of Shang Hi. She rubs two common points on the sides of her calves because, although she should be tired, she knows massaging these pressure points will not only make her feel invigorated, but also help to keep her healthy.

HeartFulness Meditation and Relaxation: A Strategy For Holiday Stress

MindBody Meditation

January / February 2016

By Dr. Radheshyam Miryala and Dr. Ragini Miryala

The holiday season is here! As our enthusiasm for the festivities grows, so does an underlying level of stress. A 2008 holiday poll showed that over 80% of Americans anticipate stress during the holiday season. The cause of stress comes from many directions. One of the biggest culprits is financial pressure to purchase gifts, decorations, food, and other holiday related items. Another source may be strained relationships within families. Although we want to look forward to this joyful time of reconnecting with loved ones, reunions can become a place for toxic relationships to come to a head as family jealousies, regrets, and rivalries come to light. Other sources of stress include the multiple social obligations, weight concerns, shopping, crowds, and the ever increasing holiday traffic.

What Is the Role of Spirituality in the Healthcare Setting?


November / December 2015

By Dr. Victor S. Sierpina

Spirituality and religious beliefs may seem like an inappropriate topic to discuss in the health care setting. Perhaps such conversations are best held by a pastoral counselor, clergy, or the hospital chaplain. Patients and their families always have some value system in place, whether based in traditional religious structures, personal spirituality, or some philosophy of life. It is often helpful to elicit these beliefs in order to understand a person’s support system, how and why they make health care choices, and how they might affect palliative care or endof-life choices.

The Pursuit of Happiness

September / October 2015

By Michael Olson, Ph.D.

As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I was trained to assess, diagnose and treat mental and emotional illnesses in individuals, as well as relational patterns/problems in couples and families. The standard reference for classifying diseases (nosology) is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-V).1 This manual provides a standard system for naming and categorizing (nomenclature) mental and emotional illnesses.

CHANGE Finding Our True Motivation


By Michael Olson, Ph.D. & Catalina Triana, M.D.

May / June 2015

Heraclitus, the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher said, “Change is the only constant in life.” Browse the best-seller list and you will discover many books that focus on change. We are fascinated with change and care about starting and maintaining changes that will make a difference in our lives and in the lives of those we care about. What do we know from the research about the change process? Studies have shown that the core of what facilitates change is intrinsic motivation, or that which springs from one’s own core beliefs and values.