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
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
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
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
Excerpted from Earl Mindell's Peak Performance Bible: How To Look Great Feel Great And Perform Better In The Gym At Work And In Be By Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D.
The same tools that help you perform your best in the gym, on the playing field, and at work will help you lead an active and vibrant sex life. The flip side is that the same downers that sap you of energy and wreak havoc on your body can help destroy your sex life. In order to stay svelte, sexy, and in the game
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
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
Excerpted from Natural Health for African Americans : The Physicians' Guide (Physicians' Guide to Healing) By Marcellus A. Walker, M.D., L.Ac.
When most people first learn about natural medicine, they get very excited about what they put into their bodies. Then, the more they understand about healing and wholeness, the more they realize that what comes out of their bodies is just as important as what goes in.
Detoxification involves cleansing th
Excerpted from The Chiropractic Way: How Chiropractic Care Can Stop Your Pain and Help You Regain Your Health Without Drugs or Surgery By Michael Lenarz, D.C., Victoria St. George
What is life? Where does it come from? What is this wondrous thing we call a human being? And how do the fundamental molecules that make up a strand of DNA "know" how to come together to create living, breathing, conscious creatures-us?
These questions about the origin
Excerpted from Acupressure for Emotional Healing: A Self-Care Guide for Trauma, Stress,& Common Emotional Imbalances By Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., Beth Ann Henning, Ph.D.
Most people associate anger with its negative attributes: unresolved resentment, outrage, and hostility. Repressed anger can cause numbness, apathy, and depression, inhibiting your desire to strive toward your highest dreams. Excessive anger turns to rage
Excerpted from Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine By Saki F. Santorelli, Ed.D.
I have noticed within myself that helplessness sometimes comes clothed in a guise of helping that easily carries me into doing, planning, frantically scurrying about, imposing concepts on self and others. Born of fear and self-dissatisfaction, it is a trap and a subtle form of manipulation. Have you ever noticed this within yourself?
Much of the time th
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
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
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
Excerpted from Healing Joint Pain Naturally: Safe and Effective Ways to Treat Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Other Joint Diseases By Ellen Hodgson Brown
One reason arthritic damage has been considered inevitable and irreversible may be that most people with arthritis now take NSAIDs and other analgesic drugs for it, and these drugs have been shown to actually impede the body's ability to repair itself. Few studies have looked at the natural course of the disease without t
Excerpted from Earl Mindell's New Herb Bible By Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D.
The word herb has usually been used to refer to any plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities. For the purposes of this book, herb means any plant or plant-derived substance that is primarily used for medicinal purposes.
There are approximately 380,000 species of plants on earth that we have identified, and several hundred thousand that h
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
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
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
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
Excerpted from Matrix Healing: Discover Your Greatest Health Potential Through the Power of Kabbalah By Raphael Kellman, M.D.
Over the past several years, I've seen how useful Kabbalah has been, in my life and in the lives of my patients. I've had firsthand experience of how this ancient wisdom has exponentially expanded both my own and my patients' capacity to lead healthy, successful, and joyous lives. In Kabbalah, I've come to believe, are the real secrets of health
Excerpted from Gut Reactions: A Radical New 4-Step Program for Treating Chronic Stomach Distress and Unlocking the Secret to Total Body Wellness By Raphael Kellman, M.D., Carol Colman
The program outlined in Gut Reactions has helped my patients escape chronic pain and constant medication and enjoy pain-free, healthy lives. If you are living in pain, if you suffer from chronic GI distress, if you can't imagine getting through the day without antacids, I urge you to give
Excerpted from The Hormone Solution: Stay Younger Longer with Natural Hormone and Nutrition Therapies By Thierry Hertoghe, M.D.
I developed tools like these in pursuit of my own hormonal balance as well as for my patients. Since I'm forty-five, my glands aren't doing it on their own anymore. I started taking thyroid hormones to correct hypothyroidism when I was very young, thanks to my father. (This disease typically goes undetected in young people, and especially in yo
Excerpted from Acupressure's Potent Points: a Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments By Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.
Skin disorders that are caused or worsened by stress, nervous tension, or fatigue can be relieved by using acupressure's potent points. Acupressure enhances how we feel and how we look by releasing muscular tension and increasing circulation. There are many points that relieve acne, tone facial muscles, and improve the condition of the skin. Dr. Katsusuke Ser
Excerpted from Qigong; Essence of the Healing Dance By Garri Garripoli
In my research throughout China, I found that experts agree that the inner, meditative aspects of Qigong emerged from the ancient mystical traditions of Taoism, Buddhism and the animistic spiritualism that preceded them. The outward expression of Qigong, they say, comes from primitive Dao Yin dances. These were amongst the various tribal rituals and customs of many villages. They survived throughout