The discussion about the perils of ingesting essential oils dates back to the beginning of Modern Aromatherapy in the early 1970s. How do we know what is right for us? Before we can decide, we need to take a look at the various schools of thought in aromatherapy: the British, the French and the Californian/American...
Currently, we are seeing herbal medicine reaching out to many people in our society. There are increased numbers of herbal students, practitioners, and schools engaged in learning and promoting the use of herbal medicine. All this appears to reflect a booming state of herbal medicine, but if we really respect our tradition as a living organism it becomes evident that Currently, we are seeing herbal medicine reaching out to many people in our society. There are increased numbers of herbal students, practitioners, and schools engaged in learning and promoting the use of herbal medicine. All this appears to reflect a booming state of herbal medicine, but if we really respect our tradition as a living organism it becomes evident that the original vitality of the system is expiring. The deeper layers of its pulse are becoming weak...
Everyone is doing it – this thing called yoga. Doctors are prescribing it as a natural therapy to reduce stress; physical therapists are recommending it to help patients rehabilitate; personal trainers are suggesting it as a complementary activity to cardio and weight training and schools are offering it as an elective in physical education courses – learning to balance the mind, body and spirit.
Simply put, yoga means “union” – uniting breath and movement, uniting mind and body – being present in every moment – not thinking about the next.
Some herbalists hold the idea that there can be a “clinical herbalist” who is practicing herbology but doesn’t know or recognize plants and many times cannot make the simplest medicine. We have seen many sincere students of acupuncture or naturopathy come out of schools who are extremely stressed due to the academic and financial pressures. They were taught all the academically appropriate things but they were not shown what it is to be a True Human being nor were they given the initiatory steps to what a true healer is.
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Sir Ken Robinson states eloquently how our warped educational system is educating children out of their creative capacities. Through excellent intelligent examples he shares story after story of brilliant creativity and how powerful it is when it is allowed to be unleashed. We could have possibly lost a famous woman who produced some of the world's most successful musical theater productions in history if she would have been medicated like first suggested. We fully resonate with his case for creating an educational system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Our Acupuncture Ambassadors are dedicated to sharing their knowledge of this ancient medicine with those in need by treating patients, setting up sustainable clinics and schools to train personnel charged with their care...
Editor’s Note: In January, ATH, showcased Mindful Medicine Worldwide. This month, I’d like to bring the Holistic Health Community’s awareness to Acupuncture Ambassadors. Their mission is to “organize sustainable Acupuncture treatment clinics and training programs worldwide to care for refugees, victims of violence, war, international conflict and the poor.” Thank you Mr. Giovanniello for your passion and commitment to bringing effective and affordable medicine to all. For all your L.Ac.’s out there wondering “how else can I help?” I recommend you read this article for inspiration.
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: A documentary following the first ever Bay Area Unified District Poetry Slam where over 25 high schools created slam teams and competed over two weeks in an amazing display of youth voice, community and explosive poetry! Shot and edited by Jamie DeWolf, additional shooting by Michelantony "Micah" Dunston and Gabriel Hurley. If you don't know about slam poetry or understand it, this video will introduce you to the power of the spoken word. Youth Speaks programs are giving students a voice - and an alternative to violence as a vehicle for self-expression. Watch this and be amazed at the talent and insight.
One of the women I learned from is named Cascade Anderson Geller, she has helped to create the herbal medicine training at three of the accredited naturopathic medical schools. Cascade has been teaching people about “produce aisle medicine” lately and I thought you all might also appreciate the teachings.
Editor's Note: Dr. Jensen gives some great self-care tips in this article about poultices. Almost makes me want to go out and injure myself so I can try some of these!
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