by Sara Calabro
Acupuncturists do more than just poke people with needles. They use non-needling techniques, such as moxibustion and cupping, and some prescribe herbs...
Editor´s Note: Sara posed a great question to acupuncturists around the country: 'What is the one thing you wish your patients did to be healthier?' Read on for the 12 great tips revealed!
by Mika Ono, Yuan Wang, & Warren Sheir
Congees (rice porridges) are a staple in East Asia. This congee features perilla seeds (a.k.a. Beefsteak plant seeds or "zi su zi" in Chinese), which are used in traditional Chinese medicine to ease coughs and asthma...
Editor’s Note: This rice-based meal is easy to digest and is recommended when a person is feeling sick or experiencing chronic conditions. By adding your herbs, spices, or other foods, you can tailor your congee to fit your specific needs. More articles about food therapy, nutrition, and diet can be found on our Holistic Nutrition page.
by Lynne Sullivan, DC
The immune system is your body’s defense against invasion by foreign substances such as bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. It is composed of a complex system of specialized tissues, cells, and organs whose purpose is to recognize and destroy these harmful invaders, thus preventing the development of infection and disease. Supporting and enhancing your immune system through healthy lifestyle choices as well as implementing select nutrients and herbs, and most of all having a healthy nervous system, will help reduce your susceptibility to colds, the flu, and other infections and diseases...
Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wisniewski: People who get adjusted regularly are healthier overall. These patients report they are sick 1.5 times per year as opposed to people who do not get adjusted are sick 7 times per year. Dr. Lynne describes simple ways to have a healthy and fully functioning immune system in this article.
by Christopher Hobbs
Holistic treatment for insomnia is multifaceted and incorporates many techniques including herbal medicine, vitamin and mineral supplements, lifestyle changes, improved sleep hygiene, massage therapy, behavioral therapy, meditation, diet, exercise, hypnosis, acupuncture, relaxation, guided imagery, and homeopathy. A treatment approach is aimed at precluding all the potential causes of insomnia rather than simply providing symptomatic relief...
by Karyn Siegel-Maier
For centuries, the fragrance of herbs has been captured in pillows and sweet bags to purify and scent the home. They were known by European mothers anxious to lure their offspring into tranquil sleep, by those seeking relief from headache or depression, and by the solitary who yearned to find true love. Fragrant herbs were sewn into pillows and placed at the head of the bed or between the linens. Often, their scent would be carried from open doorways and windows where they were carefully hung...
Editor's Note: In this article Karyn Siegel-Maier offers in-depth information about how to create herbal dream pillows that can help ensure that your dreams are peaceful and sweet!
by Dr. Brian Casteels
Have you ever had a sore back, or a soft tissue injury? Whether it be acute or chronic, it can negatively affect your life and you may still be suffering. A focused approach, based on a proper assessment will have the best results and can help to rebalance your system. A combination of herbal medicine and acupuncture can be very effective tools in relieving your pain...
Editor´s Note: This article explains how and why acupuncture and herbal medicine are used to treat pain. Whether it is decreasing muscle soreness and inflammation, improving healing time, or helping regenerate damaged tissue, acupuncture and herbs are safe and effective modality for any pain condition.
by Jackie Rive
Is your dog itchy? Suffering from itchy skin and constantly scratching. Natural Remedies could be the answer. Natural remedies and herbal treatments can offer a gentle, non invasive solution to this problematic condition...
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: 60-80% of most conditions seen by veterinarians deals with skin. Itchy, flaky, dry, shedding skin. Which one affects your dog?
Animals & Pets
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: If you'd like to delve deeper into the insight of how to treat a Kapha self, this is the video for you! Ayurvedic practitioner and herbalist Khabir Southwick gives some excellent insight and practical tips on how to live with a Kapha prakruti. He focuses on lightness, energy and movement and stimulating digestion with spices and herbs. He also discusses dinacharya in detail and the times when Kaphas should be exercising and eating. Very valuable for the stagnant Kapha in your life. Enjoy!
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