Editor's Note: This is a simple acupressure tutorial anyone can try for relieving back pain. Acupressure is a type of energy medicine that has roots in acupuncture, but you use your own touch instead of needles.
by Ziki Dekel, LAc
Acupuncture is one of the oldest systems of medicine still practiced today. It has its roots in ancient East Asia and its practice can be dated as far back as the Stone Age in China. The basic precept of acupuncture is that illness and pain are the result of blockages and imbalances that can be corrected through the insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points on the body. When inserted, the needles access the body's reserve of vital energy, called Qi. To fully understand acupuncture we have to consider some of the philosophical traditions behind Chinese medicine...
"In 1844, American inventor Elias Howe, puzzling over how to design sewing machine needles, reportedly woke from a dream in which he was being chased by cannibals carrying spears with holes in the pointed tips. He then realized that machine needles would need holes at the front end."
~from Deirdre Barrett's book The Committee of Sleep regarding dream-generated creativity
by Jack Rowe
A 'swale' is simply a long, shallow depression in the ground, designed to collect or redirect water. In general, permaculture swales are used to mimic the water-collecting and -holding abilities of a thick forest mulch.
Swales are most useful in reforestation of degraded, mostly-bare, arid or semi-arid hillsides, to direct water to trees (this water would otherwise run off the bare soil and be lost to the local landscape). In a healthy forest with a thick mulch of leaves or needles covering the ground, very little runoff occurs and swales would usually be unnecessary. A healthy forest is very good at managing its own water resources—if it ain't broke, spend your time fixing something that is.
Editor’s notes: Swales are ditches that are created to help water seep into the soil, making it more available to plants rather than letting the water run off your land. This also prevents erosion of precious soil. Here’s a description of different kinds of swales.
by Erin Taylor
I WAS HIT BY A DRUNK DRIVER LAST NIGHT
Yes, you read that right. I was hit by a drunk driver last night. Thank God I walked away without a scratch, but needless to say, it was pretty scary...
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: In the middle of turmoil when someone could really loose it, Erin Taylor shares her experience and puts her life skills to use. This is one licensed therapist/parenting coach who practices what she preaches.
Family & Parenting
Editor's Note from Dr. Jeffrey Tucker: Laser therapy is becoming part of mainstream medicine, because of strong scientific evidence. It's simple - laser helps tissue regeneration and enhances healing and has anti-inflammatory effects...
by Amy Hitchcock
I am a self-taught assemblage artist (B.A. in art history), living in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts with my husband and 9-year-old daughter. In 2001, I was 37 years old and experiencing what would be my first symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. My body below my ribs was partially numb with a pins-and-needles sensation throughout...
Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Beautifully written and inspirational, Amy tells her story as she struggled with MS and found art to be the one thing that kept her going, kept her inspiration, and most importantly found a deepness of healing in her artwork.
Arts & Art Therapy
from ABC NEWS
Pairing an ancient Chinese medicine technique with in-vitro fertilization treatments can tip the odds in favor of women waiting to get pregnant, a new German medical study has found. The study, published in the April edition of the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, found that acupuncture, an important element in the 4,000-year-old tradition of Chinese medicine, increases the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in-vitro fertilization...
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