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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates
IN THIS ISSUE:
1) HOLISTIC MEDICINE
2) EXPERIENCE THE PROFOUND HEALING POWER OF CHINESE REFLEXOLOGY & DRAGON SPIRIT MEDITATION
3) BEAUTY SECRETS FROM ANCIENT GREEKS
4) UPCOMING NO COST ONLINE
1) HOLISTIC MEDICINE
By Sayed Tayib
Holistic therapies tend to emphasize proper nutrition and avoidance of substances such as chemicals that pollute the body.
Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person. That is, instead of treating an illness, as in orthodox allopathy, holistic medicine looks at an individual’s overall physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being before recommending treatment. A practitioner with a holistic approach treats the symptoms of illness as well as looking for the underlying cause of the illness.
Holistic medicine also attempts to prevent illness by placing a greater emphasis on optimizing health. The body’s systems are seen as interdependent parts of the person’s whole being. Its natural state is one of health, and an illness
or disease is an imbalance in the body’s systems.
Holistic therapies tend to emphasize proper nutrition and avoidance of substances such as chemicals that pollute the body. Their techniques are non-invasive. Some of the world’s health systems that are holistic in nature include naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine.
Many alternative or natural therapies have a holistic approach, although that is not always the case. The term complementary medicine is used to refer to the use of both allopathic and holistic treatments. It is more often used in Great Britain, but is gaining acceptance in the United States.
There are no limits to the range of diseases and disorders that can be treated in a holistic way, as the principle of holistic healing is to balance the body, mind, spirit, and emotions so that the person’s whole being functions smoothly. When an individual seeks holistic treatment for a particular illness or
condition, other health problems improve without direct treatment, due to improvement in the performance of the immune system, which is one of the goals of holistic medicine.
The concept of holistic medicine is not new. In the 4th century B.C., Socrates warned that treating one part of the body only would not have good results. Hippocrates considered that many factors contribute to the health or otherwise of a human being, weather, nutrition, emotional factors, and in our time, a host of different sources of pollution can interfere with health.
And of course, holistic medicine existed even before ancient Greece in some ancient healing traditions, such as those from India and China, which date back over 5,000 years. However, the term “holistic” only became part of everyday language in the 1970s, when Westerners began seeking an alternative to allopathic medicine.
Interestingly, it was only at the beginning of the
twentieth century that the principles of holistic medicine fell out of favor in Western societies, with the advent of major advances in what we now call allopathic medicine.
Paradoxically, many discoveries of the twentieth century have only served to confirm many natural medicine theories. In many cases, researchers have set out to debunk holistic medicine, only to find that their research confirms it, as has been the case, for example, with many herbal remedies.
Many people are now turning to holistic medicine, often when suffering from chronic ailments that have not been successfully treated by allopathic means.
Although many wonderful advances and discoveries have been made in modern medicine, surgery and drugs alone have a very poor record for producing optimal health because they are designed to attack illness. Holistic medicine is particularly helpful in treating chronic illnesses and maintaining health through proper nutrition and stress
There are a number of therapies that come under the umbrella of “holistic medicine.” They all use basically the same principles, promoting not only physical health, but also mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Most emphasize quality nutrition. Refined foods typically eaten in modern day societies contain chemical additives and preservatives, are high in fat,
cholesterol, and sugars, and promote disease. Alternative nutritionists counter that by recommending whole foods whenever possible and minimizing the amount of meat—especially red meat—that is consumed. Many alternative therapies promote vegetarianism as a method of detoxification.
The aim of holistic medicine is to bring all areas of an individual’s life, and most particularly the energy flowing through the body, back into harmony. Ultimately, of course, only the patient can be responsible for this, for no practitioner can make the necessary
adjustments to diet and lifestyle to achieve health. The practice of holistic medicine does not rule out the practice of allopathic medicine; the two can complement each other.
A properly balanced holistic health regimen, which takes into consideration all aspects of human health and includes noninvasive and non pharmaceutical healing methods, can often completely eradicate even acute health conditions safely. If a patient is being treated with allopathic medicine, holistic therapies may at least support the body during treatment, and alleviate the symptoms that often come with drug treatments and surgery. In addition, holistic therapies aim at the underlying source of the illness, to prevent recurrence. Here are some of the major holistic therapies:
* Herbal medicine.
* Naturopathic medicine.
* Traditional Chinese medicine.
* Ayurvedic medicine.
Because holistic medicine aims to
treat the whole person, holistic practitioners sometimes may advise treatment from more than one type of practitioner. This is to ensure that all aspects of health are addressed. Some practitioners also specialize in more than one therapy, and so may be able to offer more comprehensive assistance.
Many people who try holistic therapies focus on one area of their health only, often detoxification and nutrition.
However, practitioner’s stress that it is only when all areas of a person’s potential well being are tackled that total health and happiness can be achieved. They stress that the spiritual and emotional health contribute just as much as physical and mental health to a person’s overall state of well-being.
When seeking treatment from a holistic practitioner, it is important to ensure that they are properly qualified. Credentials and reputation should always be checked. In addition, it is important that
allopathic physicians and alternative physicians communicate about a patient’s care.
One of the main advantages of holistic therapies is that they have few side effects when used correctly. If a reputable practitioner is chosen, and guidelines are adhered to, the worst that typically happens is that when lifestyle ischanged, and fresh nutrients are provided, the body begins to eliminate toxins that may have accumulated in the cells over a lifetime. Often this results in what is known in alternative medicine circles as a “healing crisis.” This comes about when the cells eliminate poisons into the blood stream all at the same time, throwing the system into a state of toxic overload until it can clear the “backlog.” Symptoms such as nausea, headaches, or sensitivities to noise and other stimulations may be experienced. The answer to most otherwise healthy patients is often just to lie quietly in a darkened room and take herbal teas.
However, in the case of someone who has a serious illness, such as arthritis, colitis, diabetes, or cancer, (the list is much longer than this), it is strongly advised that they seek the help of a qualified practitioner.
Therapists can help patients achieve detoxification in a way that causes the least stress to their bodies. Traditionally, holistic medicine, in all its different forms, has been regarded with mistrust and skepticism on the part of the allopathic medical profession. This situation is gradually changing. In addition, many allopathic physicians, recognizing the role alternative medicine can play in overall health and well being, are actually referring patients to reputable practitioners, particularly chiropractic and relaxation therapists, for help with a varied range of complaints.
Holistic or alternative medicine practitioners are usually affiliated with an organization in their field. Training varies tremendously with the
category, and ranges from no qualifications at all—experience only— to holding a Ph.D. from an accredited university. Again, credentials and memberships should be checked by prospective patients.
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2) EXPERIENCE THE PROFOUND HEALING POWER OF CHINESE REFLEXOLOGY & DRAGON SPIRIT MEDITATION
Once upon a time, there was a girl who was fierce, adventurous, curious, and confident. She was strong AND sensitive, and followed the beat of her own drum.Then she was told to be quiet, that she had no worth, that her appearance was all that mattered. She began to doubt herself, to play small, and to ignore her inner voice.
If you’re like so many other women, her story is all too familiar… and painful.And the consequences of living this story, of enduring years of critical self-talk, can negatively impact your health and
This feeling of insufficiency can lead to energy imbalances at the root of many women’s health issues, including fatigue, migraines, breast lumps, painful periods, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, fibroids and cysts, infertility, premature gray hair, osteoporosis, menopausal symptoms such as insomnia and hot flashes…. and even the common cold.
The good news is that the ancient healing art of Chinese reflexology offers relief from these key physical and emotional imbalances — igniting a journey of self-discovery and self-healing.
On Saturday, February 29, Chinese reflexologist and author Holly Tse will share her unique holistic approach of Chinese reflexology and Dragon Spirit meditation to help you reconnect with your brilliance and replenish your body’s Qi during Reconnect to Your Inner Brilliance with Chinese Reflexology: Clear Blocked Energy & Return to Self-Love.
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In this hour-long free online event, you’ll discover:
* The foundations of traditional Chinese reflexology — and how massaging your feet clears energy blocks and assists with emotional healing
* A step-by-step Chinese reflexology demonstration — with a live model — to walk you through massaging a powerful point on your feet to release negative emotions and realize your inner brilliance
* Why feelings of insufficiency mean you often work twice as hard, settle for second best, and put others ahead of yourself — and how to turn this around so that you love yourself more and put yourself first
* Ways to break the habit of pushing yourself to exhaustion so you can replenish your body’s Qi — and feel balanced, resilient, and energized
* A powerful Dragon Spirit meditation for self-love to reclaim your power and connect with your soul’s perspective on how it sees you and loves you
More than anything, Chinese reflexology provides a simple path from powerlessness to reclaiming your body, mind, heart, and spirit — and feeling more love and compassion for yourself.
Don’t miss your chance to learn how you can easily administer reflexology on yourself wherever you are and whenever you need it, to clear energy blocks that lead to health issues, feelings of imbalance, and more…
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During Reconnect to Your Inner Brilliance with Chinese Reflexology: Clear Blocked Energy & Return to Self-Love, you’ll learn easy hands-on methods you can use to replenish your Qi (life-force energy), release negative emotions, and realize your inner brilliance.
This event is free but requires registration. RSVP here.
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3) BEAUTY SECRETS FROM ANCIENT GREEKS
By Despina Karpathiou
For as long as one can remember, our Greek ancestors have been obsessed with medicine, natural healing and the mythological Goddesses of beauty. Our Ancient Greek goddesses beautified themselves using nothing but natural products sourced from the earth. Paintings of women with glowing skin and long, flowing hair grace the walls of most ancient Greek Temples.
Beauty trends and medicinal healing have evolved drastically since then. Gone are the days where honey was applied to a wound to disinfect it and tomato sauce was slathered onto burns (only Greek people will understand this).
My beloved yiayia (grandmother) once told me that chewing ground coffee beans stops diarrhea. I for one, have never tried this, so I don’t know how effective this is. She also told me I was fat at 14 years old, and at the time I was an athlete. See where
this is going?
Old wives tales never cease to amaze me, but God love our Greek grandmothers!
Over the last 50 years, doctors and skin specialists have revolutionized beauty products from containing natural ingredients to containing a plethora of artificial and scientifically ‘proven’ ingredients. Just look at your night cream, how many ingredients does it contain? Probably over 10! And many of us don’t even know what half the ingredients are!
Most people are unaware that the skin is the largest organ in the body and it is extremely porous, absorbing everything that it comes into contact with.
Maybe the answer is to slather ourselves in olive oil and take a long bath in full cream milk like Cleopatra. Or perhaps we should adopt a hippie lifestyle and live off the land, there’s nothing wrong with that!
Jokes aside, good health is about balance and knowing what to feed your body when it needs it. It’s about healing ourselves
from the inside out.
Starting from the inside, we should begin by looking at our diet and drinking habits. The body is made up of 60% water. Many people are severely dehydrated on a daily basis and don’t even realize it. The average woman needs approximately 2.1L of water per day while the average male needs 2.6L per day. This amount is only a guideline, if you work out every day or have a physically demanding job, then you need to adjust your water intake accordingly.
We should also look at the food we eat if we want to improve the overall health of our body and skin.
Let’s talk about “Skin superfoods”. And by superfoods, I don’t mean stuffing 2kg of kale into a juicer and trying not to puke while we force ourselves to gulp the bitter powdery liquid in the hopes we’ll be rewarded with abs like Jennifer Lopez. “Skin superfoods” can be found in the food that we eat everyday, or should be eating!
In combination with adequate water
intake, we should be feeding our bodies healthy fats like fish oil and avocado. Both are high in natural fats and Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega Fatty Acids are amazing for skin health! Greek yoghurt, honey (manuka or organic) are also incredible for your skin.
The ancient Greeks used yoghurt, honey and olive oil to nourish their skin.
Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory, making it fantastic for acne-prone skin.
Greek yoghurt (unsweetened) is also an incredible natural moisturiser which contains probiotics, proteins, vitamins and minerals, making it great as an anti-ageing mask.
Olive oil is a rich natural moisturizer. The natural fatty acids found in Olive oil can completely revitalize dry skin and also help boost the skin’s cell renewal process. Those who suffer from eczema can greatly benefit from olive oil.
Another thing we should do to help our bodies and skin is to move! Breaking a sweat on a regular basis can do
incredible things for your body. Going to the gym is also good for your skin, by getting the blood pumping and sending more blood through our arteries in turn allows for greater blood circulation and let’s not forget, endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone that floods our bodies after a workout. Nothing better than that!
Instead of looking to drugs as a first resort to ‘fix’ our ailments, we should first look at nature to help us. Getting outside, dancing till we can’t dance no more, breathing fresh air, getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water and tweaking our diet to include lots of healthy fats and protein, can do wonders for your health and overall happiness!
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Evolved Empath Summit : from March 9-13
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Reconnect to Your Inner Brilliance with Chinese Reflexology: Clear Blocked Energy & Return to Self-Love.
Find True Fulfillment & Stop Chasing After ‘More’: Why Your Ego Gets in the Way of Receiving Life’s Deepest Gifts.
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