Essence & Qi

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Balancing Yin & Yang with Aromatherapy

We are part of Nature and channeled into the cycles of Nature. Hence the Five Element theory, which provides us with a set of correspondences by which we can link our physical and psychological characteristics with the seasons, the elements, times of day, specific foods, animals and so on. In ancient rural China this was a far simpler process than in our modern Western highly urbanized society and yet the rules remain unchanged. The health and sense of wellbeing of the individual is in direct relationship with his or her social and environmental matrix. This includes such factors as the quality of our food and water, the air we breathe, weather conditions, relaxation, sleep, work, exercise and relationships of all kinds.

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Massage Therapy for Tendonitis

Tendonitis is the infinitesimal tearing of the tendon fascicles due to overuse of the tendon, resulting in inflammation and irritation and thereby causing pain in the affected area.

Treatments for tendonitis are rest, icing, discontinuation of heavy activities and application of anti-inflammatory medicines, with surgery as the last alternative. Massage therapy is also becoming extremely common as a cure for tendonitis. 

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Holistic Nursing: More Opportunities to Heal

Florence Nightingale was born nearly two hundred years ago, and her nursing insights are still in use today. In addition to her contribution of “environmental nursing”, in which she drove significant hygienic reform in hospitals, Nightingale was ahead of her time in her connection of the mind and body. One of the founders of what’s known today as a holistic approach to medicine, Nightingale recognized the importance of caring for the whole person. She was one of the first in Western medicine to encourage a patient’s preventative and self-care.

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Silvia Killingsworth on the ethics of eating an animal that has been characterized as “the closest we’ll get to meeting an intelligent alien”:

"It is impossible for us to fully know the inner lives of octopuses, but the more we continue to study them and other forms of life, the…

What do you think? Should we stop eating animals we know are somewhat intelligent? Where do we draw the line? Or is vegetarianism, or even veganism, the inevitable ethical conclusion?

An Ayurveda Diet for Stress Relief & Weight Loss

Ayurveda is an ancient healing tradition that views a person’s physical and emotional well-being as based on the proper balance of vital energies. Ayurveda and Oriental medicine share this fundamental belief in the importance of balanced energies. Both traditions view weight fluctuations in terms of how balanced a person’s mind, emotions, diet, digestion, metabolism and appetite are. 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation and Yoga

"Yoga is the effort to still the thought and feeling waves of the mind."

This “effort” comes from finding a calm place within us. A place where the body is relaxed, the mind is quiet, and the attention is focused neither in the past nor the future, but in the immediate moment.

To reach this calm and relaxed place, you needn’t be sitting cross-legged with your eyes closed, or hanging upside down on a tree limb. You can meditate just about anywhere in any position.

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