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Understanding the Powers Within

Excerpted from Chinese Medicine for Maximum Immunity: Understanding the Five Elemental Types for Health and Well-Being By Jason Elias, Katherine Ketcham Nature's richness lies in its power to nourish oil living things; Its greatness lies in its power to give them beauty and splendor. - The I Ching You are a unique individual, unlike any other human being on this planet. Just as your fingerprints are yours and yours alone, so arc your ideas, opin

Laying On of Stones and Crystal Patterns

Excerpted from All Women Are Healers: A Comprehensive Guide to Natural Healing By Diane Stein Laying on of stones and gemstone crystal patterns are both the newest and the oldest of women's healing techniques. An outgrowth of Goddess women's Intense Interest In crystals and gemstones. In the past ten years, healing work with stones reaches back into the herstory of every culture. Quartz crystal composes fully a third of the physical makeup of Goddess Earth, and gemstone

Healing Herbs A to Z

Excerpted from Healing Herbs A to Z: A Handy Reference to Healing Plants By Diane Stein In 1985 when I wrote The Women's Spirituality Book (now titled Diane Stein's Guide to Goddess Craft), I wanted to include a chapter on using herbs. At that time, I had been working with herbs for a few years and was very excited about it, but I felt I didn't know enough to write even a chapter on them. When I wrote All Women Are Healers five years later, I got a little braver and did

The Aura

Excerpted from The Women's Book of Healing: Auras, Chakras, Laying On of Hands, Crystals, Gemstones and Colors By Diane Stein Women's healing, like Women's Spirituality, is a connecting of the seen with the unseen, and women's sensitivity to the unseen, her psychic ability and knowledge, is healings greatest hope today. Women's use of psychic sensitivity, of intuition of aura awareness, has been laughed at and repressed in Western patriarchy, but is recognized and respe

Gemstones A to Z; A Handy Reference to Healing Crystals

Excerpted from Gemstones A to Z; A Handy Reference to Healing Crystals By Diane Stein A Rainbow of Rocks and Colors When I first discovered gemstones and crystals for healing and metaphysics, there was very little to choose from. Working with gemstones primarily meant using clear quartz crystals, always from Arkansas and usually small, rough, unpolished quartz points of an inch or two in size. Colored gemstones included only a few basic choices

Healing with the Goddess

Excerpted from Essential Psychic Healing: A Complete Guide to Healing Yourself, Healing Others and Healing the Earth By Diane Stein Healing with the GoddessThe healing that I do for others has always been based upon my own healing journey. What works for me in my own growth I develop into techniques to use in healing sessions and ultimately to teach other healers. The techniques that prove successful continue, and by using them in varied situations they evolve into heal

Acupuncture; The Ancient Chinese Art of Healing

Excerpted from Acupuncture; The Ancient Chinese Art of Healing: How it Works Scientifically By Felix Mann General Considerations Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of medicine in the practice of which a fine needle pierces the skin to a depth of a few millimeters and is then withdrawn. The only thing of real importance in the study of acupuncture is to know at what point to pierce the skin in relation to which disease.

Pregnant Women Could Benefit From Higher VItamin D Doses

By Margarita Nahapetyan Pregnant women should take 4,000 IU of vitamin D every day - 10 times more than doctors currently recommend - to decrease their risk of preterm birth and infections, according to a new study that appears to be the first to investigate the safety of high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy. Current recommendations for daily intake of vitamin D during pregnancy range from 200 IU (international units) a day to 400

Vitamin D May Prevent Heart Disease

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to a new study, low levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The findings are based on the researchers' previous work linking low vitamin D levels to higher risk for heart disease. Scientists from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, carried out two studies where they analyzed levels of vitamin D in patients who visite

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Acupuncture Could Ease Dental Fear

By Margarita Nahapetyan Acupuncture can prove helpful in the management of the stress and could significantly reduce anxiety that is associated with dental treatment, scientists from the United Kingdom and Denmark have revealed. It is estimated that severe dental anxiety, known as odontiatophobia, affects approximately 5 per cent of individuals in Western countries, with another 20 to 30 per cent having moderate anxiety. A number of t

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Calcium Can Help Us Live Longer

By Margarita Nahapetyan Eating a diet rich in calcium could help us live longer, a new research by Swedish scientists suggests. Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm came to the conclusion that men who consumed a lot of calcium in their diets were 25 per cent less likely to die over the next 10 years, when compared to their counterparts who had a minimal intake of this mineral in their food. None of the men were taki

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Vitamins Degrade In Kitchens And Bathrooms

By Margarita Nahapetyan Kitchens and bathrooms turn out to be wrong places to store our vitamins. A new study came to the conclusion that high humidity and temperatures, such as those from stoves, dishwashers and showers, can hasten the degrading of vitamin C potency and shorten the shelf life of health supplements. Scientists at a Purdue University found that the most common types of vitamin C used in vitamin supplements and other fo

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Oxytocin Hormone Can Help People With Autism

By Margarita Nahapetyan Oxytocin, a hormone associated with emotional bonding between mothers and their babies and linked to romantic love, may help people with autism become more sociable and pay better attention to visual cues on other people's faces, claims a new study from France. Oxytocin is a hormone known to promote delivery and lactation. It plays a significant role when it comes to enhancing social and emotional behavior. Pre

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The Way of Qigong; The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing

Excerpted from The Way of Qigong; The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing By Ken Cohen Sometimes we learn the lessons we most desperately need in the form of illness. That was my experience, and I know it is the experience of many persons who will read this book. Let me explain why Kenneth S. Cohen's insights could have helped me, and why they will benefit you. As a first-year student I attempted to drop out of medical school because of ch

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Spine Care Made Easy

Excerpted from A Consultation With the Back Doctor By Hamilton Hall, M.D. Phineas T. Barnum, often regarded as America's greatest showman, lived by his own maxim, "There's a sucker born every minute" I am always disappointed when his words ring true in the world of spine care. Our technology is constantly opening doors to avenues that will lead us forward in our conquest of back and neck pain. But it also opens doors onto blind alleys where charlatans wait to prey upon

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The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines

Excerpted from The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines: Vitamins, Minerals, Nutritional Supplements, Herbs, and Other Natural Products By Michael Murray, N.D. Natural Medicine Today According to the 1999 Gallup Study of Vitamin Use in the United States, nearly one out of two adults (48 percent) now report current use of nutritional supplements, with 42 percent of the adult population taking three or more supplements daily. These numbers have in

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Chinese Medicine: Harmonizing Organ Network Relationships

Excerpted from Between Heaven and Earth; A Guide to Chinese Medicine By Harriet Beinfield, Efrem Korn Different people have different patterns of conflict that reflect their constitutional dynamics. Key problems often arise between the Five Phases along the fee sequence-this refers to distorted interactions occurring between the Lung-Liver, Liver-Spleen, Spleen-Kidney, Kidney-Heart, and Heart-Lung. Since we define problems within the context of these relationships, we d

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Perfect Health; The Complete Mind, Body Guide

Excerpted from Perfect Health; The Complete Mind, Body Guide By Deepak Chopra, M.D. A Place Called Perfect Health Remarkable transformations have occurred in the world since I wrote the first edition of Perfect Health almost a decade ago. Ten years ago the ideas that there was more to health than the absence of disease, that natural approaches could enliven our intrinsic healing system, and that the human body was a network of energy and informa

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Benefits Of Acupuncture And Exercise For Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new evidence has demonstrated that exercise and electro-acupuncture treatment can reduce sympathetic nerve activity in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders, that affects an estimated 10 per cent of women of reproductive age. Among the problems that are linked to the condition are increased levels of androgens (including t

High Vitamin D Levels Contribute To Weight Loss

By Margarita Nahapetyan Vitamin D appears to play a potential role when it comes to losing weight, possibly through the effects of metabolism, claims a new study by scientists at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The experts revealed that getting more sun and having plenty of vitamin D in the body, make it much easier to lose unwanted weight. "Vitamin D deficiency is associated with obesity, but it is not clear if inadequate

Acupuncture Helps Relieve Pregnancy Symptoms

By Margarita Nahapetyan It turns out that acupuncture can be very helpful when it comes to relieving indigestion and heartburn, the symptoms that bother many women throughout their pregnancy, says a new study from Brazilian experts. Indigestion is quite common during pregnancy, with 45 to 80 per cent of future mothers experiencing discomfort with stomach pain, heartburn, reflux, belching and bloating. Symptoms tend to get worse by the

Multivitamins Can Slow Aging Process In Women

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to a new evidence by U.S. scientists, taking multivitamins may help women live a longer life by preventing parts of their DNA from shortening. Telomeres, or the end portion of chromosomes, protect chromosomes from damage. The experts say that the length of telomeres may be an indicator of biological aging. The longer the telomere, the longer the cell can replicate. Telomere length is believed to be ke

Antioxidant Vitamins Reduce The Effect of Exercise

By Margarita Nahapetyan Taking antioxidant vitamins C and E may reduce some of the most important beneficial effects of exercise, says a new study by German scientists, who found that taking these vitamins after a workout appears to prevent physical exercise from improving the body's energy regulation. Dr. Michael Ristow, of the University of Jena, and his colleagues have shown that antioxidant supplements like vitamin C or E can inte

Benefits Of Acupuncture For Lower Back Pain

By Margarita Nahapetyan The U.S largest scientific study of back pain and acupuncture found that acupuncture can relieve chronic low-back pain much more efficiently than customer medical treatment than involves medication and physical therapy. The study also found that the toothpick method, which involved no piercing of skin, was just as effective as needle insertion. Several studies have indicated that simulated acupuncture or shallo

Lack Of Vitamin D Leads To Teen Diabetes And Heart Problems

By Margarita Nahapetyan Lower levels of vitamin D in teenagers are associated with a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and high blood sugar, reports a new U.S. study. The "sunshine" vitamin is needed for the development and maintenance of strong bones, but the new study has found an association between vitamin D and other possible health benefits. The research involving teenagers confirms the results that have been se

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