by Candis Cantin, RH
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.
by Marcy Axness, PhD
I’ll begin by apologizing for even mentioning the BTS-word while summer is still (imho) in full flower. But by now it’s a quaint, old-fashioned notion that vacation extends until Labor Day — ha! These days some students have to devote that three-day weekend to cranking out their first papers or projects...
Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: In this first part of a two part series, Dr. Axness offers excellent suggestions on how to maintain balance and support our children to have a well rounded life as they re-enter school. The perfect article to read as you and your family head back to school!
Family & Parenting
by Lynn A. Robinson, M Ed
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a crazy past few months.
I spent two glorious weeks teaching and seeing clients in Japan which is always fun, but stressful. When I got back to the States my husband and I began the process of down-sizing our home in preparation for a move to a condo in the Spring...
Intuition & Symbols
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: High cholesterol is a challenge for many. Hyperlipidemia has a strong genetic component but we can do many things to keep it at bay with diet and lifestyle. Watching what we eat, keeping stress low, getting adequate rest and including cholesterol-lowering herbs and foods are some of the key steps we can take to keep the body pure. This video offers some simple Ayurvedic home remedies to help boost good cholesterol, HDL, and lower bad cholesterol, LDL. Interstingly, watermelon seeds have been shown to contain a glucoside named cucurbotrin that has efficacy in reducing cholesterol and tulsi and neem have "lekhana," or scraping properties, to help remove cholesterol from arteries. All in all, eat healthy, stay happy and check in regularly with your physician and Ayurvedic vaidya to maintain good health. Namaste
by Paul Gustafson RN, BSN, CH
What would you say if it was possible to comfortably shift your approach and response to what scares you most? In short order you could easily transition from white knuckle stress to pleasant memories of your carefree childhood anytime you chose. You have remarkable abilities to profoundly change how you view the world and to control the effect it has on you...
by Karen Kisslinger, LAc
I have been privileged to practice traditional Oriental Medicine for many years. This is a practice rooted in prevention and an integrated approach to health. It is an elegant and effective form of medicine. Yet its very roots and basic philosophy are overwhelmed and challenged by the sheer toxicity, high stress and lack of balance in much of modern life. Our commitment to health democracy can include a commitment to reversing these trends through our personal decisions...
by Jo Dunbar
Over the years, I have treated many cases of ME/CFS, and I would say that almost bar none – the background to this disorder has been adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands are our stress reactors – helping us to adapt to the changes in our normal daily lives. In the incredibly stressful world in which we live, life often throws up more challenges than we can physiologically cope with...
by Beverley Hawkins
As many of you may be aware essential oils can be very helpful in times of Emotional Stress and Disharmony. Because our sense of smell is hot wired directly into the limbic system of the brain, aroma can elicit a mood or memory response before you are even aware of what you have smelled, or sometimes even before you realize you have experienced an aroma at all...
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