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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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Vitamin D Test Errors

By Margarita Nahapetyan Quest Diagnostics Inc., the world's largest provider of medical diagnostic tests, which has locations nationwide, admitted on Thursday that it provided possibly wrong and inaccurate vitamin D test results to thousands of people over the past two-year period. The Lenexa-based clinical division of Quest Diagnostics, located in Madison, NJ, has about seven labs that perform the tests, and about half of them were involved. Quest collects m

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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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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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An Overview of Health and Healing

Excerpted from Eight Weeks to Optimum Health By Andrew Weil, M.D. Health is wholeness and balance, an inner resilience that allows you to meet the demands of living without being overwhelmed. It you have that kind of resilience, you can experience the inevitable interactions with germs and not get infections, you can be in contact with allergens and not suffer allergies, and you can sustain exposure to carcinogens and not get cancer. Optimal health should also bring wit

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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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Depression: A Loss of Soul, a Rebirth of Self

Excerpted from The Energy Prescription : Give Yourself Abundant Vitality with the Wisdom of America's Leading Natural Pharmacist By Constance Grauds, R.Ph., Doug Childers What Causes Depression? Science links depression to an imbalance in our brain's biochemistry, with a reduction in neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine, and with a malfunctioning of the neural circuits that regulate our moods, sleep, appetite, sex drive, willpower

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Herbal Prayer Ties, Feathers

Excerpted from The Medicine Wheel Garden: Creating Sacred Space for Healing, Celebration, and Tranquillity By E. Barrie Kavasch Celebrations are enhanced with your prayers when you make these simple offerings. Prayer ties are a great way of weaving herbs from the medicine wheel garden into all your ceremonies. All you need for this is small squares (or circles) of red cloth, red string or thread, and some loose tobacco or other dried herbs. Sometimes I start with a thre

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Indian Healing - The Navajo Blessing Way

Excerpted from American Indian Healing Arts: Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for Every Season of Life By E. Barrie Kavasch, Karen Baar Among the Navajo, the Blessing Way (Hoshooji, or Long-life Empowerment Ceremony) restores vitality and well-being during several key life passages. Like other major Navajo healing ceremonies, this is a major event whose throbbing rhythmic chants and prayers envelop everyone attending. Most important, though, is what it does for the "one-sun

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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

Pain - Unconscious Rage and Unbearable Feeling

Excerpted from The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain By John E. Sarno, M.D. In reality, we have three minds: the conscious, the unconscious and the subconscious. This book is concerned primarily with the first two. The third, the subconscious, is the realm of perception, cognition, language production and comprehension, reason, judgment, physical and instrumental skill and the wellspring of creativity. It is a fascinating area but is relevant her

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Qi Gong - The Master

Excerpted from The Healing Art of Qi Gong : Ancient Wisdom from a Modern Master By Master Hong Liu, Paul Perry Master Kwan's cave was the presidential suite of sacred caves. It was a gift of nature, a place where healing arts were intended to be practiced. The cave was divided into three sections. The first room in the cave was a large living room where people would come to be treated or to visit. All of the furniture in this room was made from

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The Five Elemental Energies

Excerpted from The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs By Ron Teeguarden Yin and yang describe the primary polar aspects (or forces) of an entity or process. However, yin and yang can be defined even more subtly in order to understand the exact degree or stage of yin or yang in a cyclical process. The Chinese thus further defined yin and yang so as to refine the Great Principle. In so doing they developed the Principle of the Transformation of the Five Elemental E

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Vitamins Are Not Needed For Healthy Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to a new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, many healthy children and teenagers take vitamins and mineral supplements that they simply do not even need. Researchers from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, analyzed the data on more than 10,000 American children and teenagers ages 2 to

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How Your Life Affects Your Hormones

Excerpted from The 30-Day Natural Hormone Plan: Look and Feel Young Again - Without Synthetic HRT By Erika Schwartz, M.D. Life changes, expected or unexpected, sudden or planned, produce shifts in hormone levels. During these shifts, symptoms develop and alter life as a whole. Understanding the connection between life changes and hormone shifts is critical to being able to adjust lifestyle, diet, exercise, and stress management to weather the storms and keep the hormone

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Conventional Treatment of Hormonal Imbalance

Excerpted from The Hormone Solution: Naturally Alleviate Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance from Adolescence Through Menopause By Erika Schwartz, M.D. I believe it's critical for you to know your options. My evaluation of current hormone imbalance treatments is based on both clinical and scientific information. Beyond my personal clinical experience, my staff and I have conducted a thorough and exhaustive research of the literature, both lay and professional. 

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Acupuncture

By Margarita Nahapetyan Acupuncture has been a major part of primary health care in China for the last 5,000 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow Qi through the body that are essential for health. Qi is believed to flow through channels, called also meridians, in a body. These meridians and the energy flow are accessible through more than 350 acupuncture locations. Interruptions of this flow a

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Healing Through Prayer

By Margarita Nahapetyan Nowadays in the United States millions of Americans offer prayers on a daily basis to heal themselves, their families, friends, colleagues and even people they briefly know, considering it as the most common complement to medicine, vitamins, herbs, acupuncture and other healing remedies. Prayers are offered everywhere - in churches, mosques, ashrams, "healing rooms," and prayer groups. Surveys have found that perhaps half of Americans

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Healing Herbs - Natures Best Medicines

Excerpted from The New Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to Natures Best Medicines By Michael Castleman Twenty years ago, when I wrote the first edition of The Healing Herbs, it was clear that herbal medicine was becoming increasingly popular. But no one involved with herbal healing in the late 1980s had any inkling of the explosion in popularity that herbal medicine would enjoy as the 20th century turned into the 21st. And in my wildest dreams. I could not have imagine

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Ginkgo: Where East Meets West

Excerpted from Gingko Biloba: An Herbal Foundation of Youth For Your Brain By Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D, M.Ac., Suzanne LeVert Millions of Americans have decided to jump on the growing ginkgo biloba bandwagon. Some do so after reading about the herb's properties in a magazine or a book like this one. Others begin taking it after their doctors or other health care practitioners recommend it. But just what is ginkgo, and can it help you? Those are the two main questions we'l

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Older Women Do Not Benefit From Multivitamin Use

By Margarita Nahapetyan The largest study ever of multivitamin use in older women found no evidence that using pills can prevent postmenopausal women from developing heart disease and common cancers. Half of all Americans take vitamins and other dietary supplements on a regular basis, and multivitamins are the most commonly used, the authors write in the Archives of Internal Medicine journal. "People want to take control of their heal

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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

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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Acupuncture: Touch with Needles

Excerpted from Miracle Touch: A Complete Guide to Hands-On Therapies That Have the Amazing Ability to Heal By Debra Fulghum Bruce What Is It? With acupuncture, the practitioner stimulates Qi by inserting needles into meridians, the veinlike routes under the surface of the skin. By twisting the needles, energy blocks are removed and the balance and flow of energy along the pathway are restored. Where Did It Come From? &

Energy Medicine for Healing, Recovery, and Transformation

Excerpted from Hands of Life: Use Your Body's Own Energy Medicine for Healing, Recovery, and Transformation By Julie Motz My own journey into energy healing has been an attempt over decades to truly inhabit my body, although this was not at all clear to me when that journey began. It started one February night in 1970 with my introduction to Fusion Groups, in the heyday of the human potential movement. The current glut of tabloid talk shows, in which everything is being

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