Oh my gosh, I just counted the days to graduation and it leaves
me with two feelings--a feeling of dread and one of joy. Dread, and
I am not going to fib, because next few weeks are going to be tough
with so much studying that has to get done between my six clinic
shifts. Joy, because after six years of schooling (undergrad and
master's), I will be able to share with the community everything I
have learned by applying it to my patients.
At the same time, as goes with most graduates, I wish I had a
year of residency to follow a master in my field. In the next few
weeks I will be on the search for someone whom I can shadow once a
week to increase my skills, especially in herbal medicine and
needle technique. I have spoken with a few of my instructors and
they have done something similar and found great useful knowledge
from their master herbalist or acupuncturist. I know there is one
acupuncturist in California, whom I might contact, that specializes
in the pulse. His name is Jimmy Chang, but he does charge a fee to
follow him, so I'm keeping my options open.
As a student at National, you have the option to use the DC, ND
or MT clinics at a low cost or for free. I advise going to see the
other medical students in their clinics so you can see what their
patient visit consists of, as well as what they treat and how they
may benefit one of your patients. National prides itself on
integration and prepares students on how they may incorporate it
into their practice.
I began to see an ND student at the beginning of the trimester
to help me with a cleanse. She gave me advice of what to take and
eat and what to eliminate from my diet, but she has also
incorporated some constitutional therapies for me, one of which is
Fellow ND student helping me with
Hydrotherapy is the use of alternating hot and cold water to
bring about homeostasis to many bodily functions. My intern has
specifically tailored my treatments to boost my immune system and
increase my parasympathetics to reduce my feelings of stress. The
treatment usually lasts an hour and consists of alternating hot
then cold towels over the chest then the back. Usually, during the
cold phase, electrodes are placed on certain areas of the body. The
patient is then wrapped tightly for a certain amount of time. The
time is chosen by the intern to meet the patient's individual
needs. After my treatments, I am extremely relaxed. I believe they
have helped me manage my stress and keep my immune system high so I
can better fight off any colds during this extremely busy
Trust me, I love acupuncture and know it is great for relaxation
and boosting the immune system, but I also know there are other
options that can be explored, like naturopathic medicine or Tai Chi
or yoga, etc.
During our last week of the tri, Dr. Yurasek was talking about
bee venom therapy. I know he uses it in his practice and at a
hospital where he also works, and he has had success with it. I
later went and sat in on his class to watch his presentation.
Apitherapy, as it is called, is the medicinal use of products made
from honeybees. The main product of discussion was the bee
venom. Bee venom therapy has been practiced in China, Ancient
Greece and Egypt. But growing scientific evidence suggests
that various bee products promote healing by improving circulation,
decreasing inflammation and stimulating a healthy immune response.
Amber Rose, PhD, AP, LAc, LCSW, is a licensed acupuncturist who
has written a book, Bee in Balance, and provided bee venom therapy
free to patients in need. Charles Mraz has made the therapy
more popular by the publishing of his book, Introduction to Bee
Venom Therapy. Mraz learned apitherapy from Bodog Beck who brought
apitherapy to the United States from Hungary. Beck studied under
Austrian physician Phillip Terc, who published the "Report about a
Peculiar Connection between the Bee Stings and Rheumatism." Mraz
cured his arthritic knees with bee venom therapy at the age of 15.
He later bred the honeybees and treated patients in New York. Dr.
Yurasek was able to converse with Mraz at the age of 93, and he
told Dr. Yurasek how apitherapy works.
Bee Sting? Bee Venom is administered by trained therapists
(American Apitherapy Society) in the form of a direct sting by the
bee. The venom is injected into the skin. Acupuncturists use the
bee to sting certain acupuncture points, which will aid in the
recovery of the patient. The venom bladder pumps for about 5
minutes. There is a specific protocol to follow when initiating
treatment and the therapist is always prepared if an allergic
reaction takes place.
Dr. Yurasek has treated approximately 30 people and has had
success especially with a boxer who was only able to move his
joystick on the wheelchair he was in. After about 6 treatments, the
gentleman was able to comb his hair and dress himself. Eventually
he was able to stand. Every individual is different and will have
different results. However, studies suggest that BVT may improve
symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, bursitis,
tendonitis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue
I am very excited about this therapy and want to learn
more. Dr. Yurasek is trying to get approved to lead his own
study at our school with the Department of Research. To learn more,
you can visit the American
I am on break right now and trying to read the books I haven't
gotten to yet. Sounds nerdy but I am always looking for new ways to
improve my needling style. But, I also made time for some fun at my
girlfriend's wedding and celebrating my one-year wedding
See you all next trimester!
• Clinic Success
• Rainy Saturday
• Business Planning
• Bee Venom Therapy
• Kinesio Taping
• SACA Seminar
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