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January Issue of Natural Alternatives
January 03, 2013

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


January 2013

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND TO YOUR FAMILY


IN THIS ISSUE:

1) MANAGE STRESS NATURALLY

2) CHAKRA CLEARING

3) HEALTH BENEFITS OF ORGANIC ROYAL JELLY


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1) MANAGE STRESS NATURALLY
By Cathy Wong, About.com


Although taking supplements can't cure your stress, certain herbal supplements may help boost your body's defense against the harmful effects of stress. In addition to managing your stress with lifestyle changes and relaxation techniques, you may consider taking supplements containing herbs known to act as adaptogens.


Adaptogens as Stress Supplements

Herbs classified as adaptogens are said to strengthen the body's resistance to all kinds of stress. Adaptogens are also thought to act as a general normalizer for the body. However, the use of adaptogenic herbs in supplements for stress has yet to be extensively studied in clinical trials. Here's a look at several herbs often found in supplements used for stress management:


1) Rhodiola
An herb long used in traditional medicine in Russia and some European countries, rhodiola may help fight fatigue among people dealing with chronic stress. For instance, in a small study published in 2009, scientists found that regular intake of rhodiola reduced fatigue and, in turn, enhanced mental performance in people struggling with stress-induced burnout. Study results showed that the 30 participants taking rhodiola supplements for 28 days had a greater improvement in concentration than those who took a placebo pill for the same amount of time.
2) Ashwaghanda
In ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India), this herb has long been prescribed for its supposedly rejuvenating effects. Although a number of animal-based studies have shown that ashwaghanda offers significant anti-stress and adaptogenic benefits, there is currently a lack of scientific evidence for ashwaghanda's stress-fighting effects in humans.
3) Ginseng
While Panax ginseng (more commonly known as Korean ginseng) is often touted for its anti-stress properties, very few studies have explored its adaptogenic effects in humans. In a 2003 study on rats, however, scientists found that regular intake of Korean ginseng may protect against some of the detrimental effects of chronic stress.


More Ways to Manage Stress Naturally
While taking a supplement may be helpful in coping with stress, identifying your top stress triggers and looking for ways to minimize them should be your first step in tackling stress. In addition to troubleshooting stress-producing problems at work, at home, and in other areas of your life, consider seeking stress relief through of your life, consider seeking stress relief through mind-body practices like yoga, meditation, tai chi, guided imagery, and biofeedback.


Should You Take a Supplement for Stress?
Since stress is a known risk factor for many serious illnesses (including depression and heart disease) and may contribute to other health conditions (like insomnia and high blood pressure), it's important to work with your doctor in managing long-term stress. If you're considering taking a supplement for stress -- or any other health problem -- make sure to consult your doctor before starting your supplement regimen.


2) CHAKRA CLEARING
By Khayriyyah Savannah 


Everything is energy, and energy is moving. Physical pain is the body’s way of communicating to our conscious mind that our life-force energy has become blocked in some way. However, addressing the physical symptoms may not always be the most effective way to heal.


Chakra is a Sanskrit word which literally means wheel and refers to the energy centers that interface between the dense physical body and the subtle or energy bodies. Because these subtle layers of energy are less dense, they are also more malleable than the physical body. That is why working with the energies can have profound effects on healing.


Chakra clearing is a technique used by energy healers to access the subtle energy body and infuse it with a healing charge. This charge provides a boost to the client’s own life-force healing energy. When the energy is encouraged to move in this way, it is capable of miraculous results. The body has the ability to self-heal, so activation of the life force through any energy modality will help this natural process.


Chakra clearing can also be used as a self-healing tool. Try this simple exercise — sit in silent awareness and imagine a pulsing energy flowing up and down your spine. Quiet your mind by focusing on your breath, and slowly move your awareness up from the base of the spine to just above the crown of your head. Imagine seeing colors and let them come into your awareness. When you reach the point above the crown, imagine a fountain of opalescent white light showering down around you. Notice any subtle pulsations or vibrations in the physical body as you slowly begin to move into conscious awareness.

 
About the Author: Khayriyyah Savannah, LMT, CYT, MBWP, Integrated Therapies for Women & Yoga Heals. 480-544-6495or ksavannah@cox.net.
Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 31, Number 2, April/May 2012.


3) HEALTH BENEFITS OF ORGANIC ROYAL JELLY
By Dr. Edward Group


Royal Jelly is unique and its health benefits are tremendous in bees and in humans. This creamy secretion, produced by worker bees, is fed to bee larvae to develop them into workers. However, if higher amounts of royal jelly are fed to a select few larvae, a metamorphosis occurs. They grow to be 40% larger than their sisters, live up to 40 times longer, and eventually develop into queen bees.


Royal jelly also offers a wide range of benefits to humans. As an all-natural super food, it is rich in protein, B vitamins, and a litany of other vital nutrients and minerals. One of these ingredients, acetylcholine, is believed to invigorate mental clarity and to improve memory. Royal jelly is the only compound in nature that contains pure acetylcholine.


Supports Mental Function
This natural compound was actually the first neurotransmitter ever discovered. It exists throughout the nervous system, the spinal cord, and the brain. Its purpose is to facilitate message transmissions between nerve cells and to regulate memory. When levels of this neurotransmitter are optimal, thought becomes more fluid, cognitive function is enhanced, and memory is improved.


The belief that RJ can enhance acetylcholine levels and improve mental function appears to have been corroborated to some degree by a recent Japanese study. After six months of constantly ingesting royal jelly, humans experienced improvements in glucose tolerance, mental health, and erythropoiesis.


Supports Skin Renewal
Organic royal jelly’s health benefits also extend to the skin. Royal jelly contains many of the vitamins and nutrients essential to skin health and acids that stimulate the production of collagen, necessary for skin renewal. Many women have reported that consuming royal jelly for only 30 days helped their skin become healthier, firmer, and visibly younger in appearance.


Helps Wounds Heal
Other Japanese studies seem to indicate that the active ingredient in RJ, Royalisin, has the ability to fight inflammation and to reduce the amount of time needed for skin abrasions and cuts to heal. The full extent of how RJ actually accomplishes its work continues to be the subject of ongoing inquiry.


Use Only Certified Organic Royal Jelly The health benefits of any natural substance may be diminished by GMO’s, radiation exposure, and synthetic chemicals. This is especially true for a natural compound as astonishingly unique as royal jelly. It is recommended to use organic RJ that produced by honeybees in organic environments that specifically are void of radiation, GMOs, and synthetic fertilizers.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM, globalhealingcenter.com


PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!


Thank you for reading.


Livia
http://www.natural-health-and-healing.com
Brampton, Ontario, Canada


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