by Anthony M. Giovanniello, MSAc, LAc
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.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Jonci Jensen, ND
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!
by Sholeh Patrick
I've long had this fantasy that Western medicine will merge with Eastern, that medical schools will absorb ancient wisdom and simpler treatments into a blended approach to health...
Editor´s Note: This is a great patient testimonial for chronic headache relief. The author explains how and why acupuncture works in a reader-friendly way. I hope her positive experience with acupuncture encourages other people to try this amazing ancient practice.
by Nick Farrell
While Tarot is famous for being used for divination, its use as a spiritual tool is written much less about. This is somewhat strange as the great occult schools of the 20th century, such as the Golden Dawn and Builders of the Adytum used tarot less for divination and more for spiritual development...
by Virginia Iversen
Kirtan and swadhaya are both Bhakti Yoga practices. Bhakti Yoga originated thousands of years ago in ancient India...
Editor's Note: There are four traditional schools of Yoga, and these are: Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Raja Yoga. While a Yogi or Yogini may focus exclusively on one of these approaches to Yoga, that is quite uncommon. For the vast majority of practitioners of Yoga, a blending of the four traditional types of Yoga is most appropriate. One follows his or her own predisposition in balancing these different forms of Yoga. This piece helps to better explain Bhakti Yoga.
by Bill Reddy, LAc, DiplAc
You’re sitting comfortably in a restaurant waiting for your appetizers to arrive when it happens. It feels as if someone abruptly set the thermostat 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Beads of sweat begin to form on your forehead and neck and you wonder if your face is getting beet red...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Bill Reddy is a nationally board-certified licensed acupuncturist who studied under graduates and professors from Beijing and Shanghai medical schools. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium. He is the former President of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia and professor at the Virginia University of Oriental Medicine. He is the author of over 60 publications, lecturer, an avid practitioner of Qi Gong and Tai Chi, and practices at the Pinecrest Wellness Center in Annandale, Virginia.
by Dr. Paul Jarard
Kids live active, stressful lives. They attend school, do homework, participate in competitive sports, play video games, and meet their friends at the mall. In addition, they deal with divorce, new schools, tough neighborhoods, illnesses, bullying, and pressure to get excellent grades...
Editor's Note: Several studies show that children who practice yoga have less stress. This article describes one such students where students learn how to breath their way through difficult situations, how to refocus their thoughts and look at difficult situations differently, how to have better overall health from practicing asanas (poses) as well, and more. This looks like a vialbe alternative/addition to school curriculum. Namaste!
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