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IN THIS ISSUE:
1) WHAT SCIENCE SAYS CRYSTALS CAN DO FOR YOUR HEALTH
2)GINGER HELPS RELIEVE INFLAMMATION CAUSED BY RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
3) BENEFIT OF ESSENTIAL OILS
4) UPCOMING NO COST ONLINE
EVENTS: YOUR TOOLS FOR BETTER HEALTH AND BETTER LIFE
1) WHAT SCIENCE SAYS CRYSTALS CAN DO FOR YOUR HEALTH
By Becca Roberts
Crystals are pretty, mystical and stimulate the imagination. They just might be one of the most popular trends in alternative medicine.
It is believed by some that holding crystals or positioning them on different areas of the body can bring both physical and mental benefits. The idea is that crystals interact with the body’s energy field and create balance and alignment.
Many people use crystals for stress and focus, while others believe that crystals have the power to heal physical ailments and illnesses.
How much truth is there in the theory that crystals have the power to heal the body?
Let’s take a look at the crystal history, lore, and science behind it to answer that
Crystals are a group of minerals. Quite simply, they are beautiful, semi-rare stones – some are clear and others are bright colors.
Jude Polack, founder and director of bewater, a company that sells crystal-filled water bottles, explains that crystals have a long history of being used for wellness.
“Archaeological finds show that amber was used for protection and wellbeing in Britain 10,000 years ago,” she says. “Records from ancient Sumer show that crystals were used for wealth and health.”
In Egypt, Polack notes that several stones were used for medicinal and ritual purposes, including:
* Lapis lazuli
According to Polack, Leonardo da Vinci allegedly had a gemstone on his desk and claimed, “Amethyst drives away bad thoughts and speeds thinking.”
Some in the alternative medicine community believe that these stones have real healing
A common belief is that crystals interact with the body’s energy fields, also known as vibrational energy. The idea is that crystals, with their unique energetic vibrations, can redirect and re-channel the flow of energy, helping to loosen areas of the body or energy field that are “stuck”.
“Crystals have strong healing powers, and when we touch them, healing is activated immediately,” says the cosmic energy healer Eva Antoniadou.
As the crystal vibrations interact with the body’s natural energetic frequency, the body should feel focused, relaxed and clear.
“Crystals absorb energy from pressure and movement and convert it into an electronic frequency,” says Polack. “It is this frequency, unique to each type of crystal, that users rely on when working with crystals, and since many pain and anxiety relief devices operate on similar principles, we believe they can help in these areas. “
Compared to these therapies,
any frequency that a crystal emits would be negligible.
When it comes to science, there is almost no evidence of crystal healing.
Two researchers, brothers Pierre and Jack Curie, conducted a study in 1880 and found that changing the temperature of crystals and applying pressure to them can generate electricity.
This is known as the piezoelectric effect.
The work of the Curie brothers suggests that holding crystals may have little effect on the body’s energy levels, but whether this effect can produce healing power is still open to debate.
Another study by CC French on crystals and healing was presented at two international conferences in 1999 and 2001, but was never published in a peer-reviewed journal.
In the study, 80 volunteers received either real crystals or fakes. Six participants said they felt nothing. The rest said they felt a change in energy.
In other words, the knock-off crystals were just as
effective, suggesting that the placebo effect worked its magic.
As psychologist Richard Wiseman told The Telegraph at the time, “It suggests that the power of crystals resides in the mind and not in the crystals.”
Even some people who work with crystals believe that the real power of crystals lies in the placebo effect.
Polack, for example, believes that crystals work through a combination of the placebo effect and by creating changes in energetic frequency.
“A combination of an inherently strong placebo and the aforementioned energetic properties of certain crystals certainly seems to have a real impact on the body,” she says.
When thinking about including crystals in your wellness routine, it is important to be realistic about what they can and cannot do.
Crystals are sometimes used to support mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression.
There is no scientific
evidence that crystals have a significant impact on energy, emotions, or mental health. Do not substitute crystals for medical treatment for anxiety, depression, and other diagnosable conditions.
Instead, use them to create a sense of groundedness and centeredness while following the advice of your doctor or psychologist.
And if you feel like crystals are helping, they are always worth using, even if it’s just for the placebo effect.
Crystals can have a supportive effect, not treat.
Improvement In Mood or Outlook
Crystals can also support you when you are feeling down or stressed.
Just as they can help with mental health problems, crystals can help you lift your mood. They can be used as a tool to evoke feelings from:
* Spiritual meaning
* A sense of something bigger than yourself
This probably has more to do with your relationship with the crystal
than with the crystal itself.
Pain and sickness
While some crystal practitioners believe that crystals can help with real physical ailments, there are still no scientific studies to support this theory.
“We never recommend using crystals to treat any disease or injury, although there are certainly many,” says Polack.
While using crystals is unlikely to harm you, follow your doctor’s instructions when it comes to any physical injury, chronic pain, or illness. The more support you get from different modalities, the better. That doesn’t mean crystals can’t be a tool in your tool kit.
By combining the placebo potential of crystals with the science of meditation, the two can work together to produce a positive effect.
A 2021 review found that mindfulness meditation (MM) had a significantly greater effect on relieving military-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to control conditions.
2021 study of 53 adolescents in an inpatient psychiatric unit found that MM was an effective and relatively immediate intervention for reducing anxiety. The study also found that MM was especially beneficial for symptoms of psychosis.
If you believe crystals make a difference, adding them to your meditation practice is likely a winning combination. If you are unsure or skeptical about crystals, just skip them and meditate instead.
All in all, if you take a moment to hold a crystal, it can affect your energy in subtle, barely measurable ways.
More importantly, it invites you to slow down, breathe, and focus your mind on one thing. This meditative practice in and of itself will likely help you become more comfortable.
Some studies show that crystals have the power to create an electrical charge, but that’s all the evidence shows.
While it is unclear how much this affects your energy field, it is clear that many people believe
that they will benefit from using crystals.
“Ultimately, in our experience, crystals are as individual as the user in terms of their potential effect,” says Polack.
We can never be sure whether crystals will help us through energy or through the placebo effect. However, as long as you do not forego medical care, crystals can be a helpful addition to your wellness practice.
Meg Walters is a writer and actress from London. She is interested in topics such as fitness, meditation and healthy living in her writing. In her free time, she likes to read, do yoga and have a glass of wine every now and then.
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2) GINGER HELPS RELIEVE INFLAMMATION CAUSED BY RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
by GreenMedInfo Research Group
Medicinal herbs such as turmeric, cardamom and ginger have long been found to have therapeutic and healing effects on
illnesses that target the bones in the feet and knees, including osteoarthritis.In a new study, however, researchers observed the effects of ginger on rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling of joints in the wrists, hands and feet. There is an approximately 2% incidence rate of rheumatoid arthritis around the world, with at least 1.3 million Americans affected by this painful disorder.
To understand how ginger can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, researchers from Iran University of Medical Sciences ran a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial and administered ginger powder to rheumatoid arthritis patients for 12 weeks.
Study: Ginger Can Help Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis
In the 12-week study, researchers from Iran assigned participants into two groups that would either receive 1,500 milligrams (mg) of ginger powder in capsules or a placebo. They
measured disease activity score and the gene expression of immunity and inflammation factors such as NF-κB, PPAR-γ, FoxP3, T-bet, GATA-3 and RORγt before and after the intervention. They concluded:
"In RA as an autoimmune disease, the immune system is impaired and it seems that ginger can improve immune function in patients with this disease and other autoimmune diseases. The results showed that ginger decreased the expression of T-bet gene significantly."
The results of the study showed that ginger reduced manifestations of the disease via increasing FoxP3 gene expression alongside decreasing RORγt and T-bet gene expression. The T-bet gene was shown to trigger the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis among patients.
Researchers conclude that ginger is effective in reducing the manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis and improving immune system function. They recommend conducting further studies on the effects of ginger consumption on autoimmunity,
inflammation and clinical manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis.
Additional Evidence-Based Therapeutic Effects of Ginger
Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) is a medicinal herb that contains bioactive terpenes, which is only one among various components that make it a plant powerhouse.
In the early spice trade, ginger was exported from Southeast Asia and India and delivered to Europe. Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine consider ginger a "digestive fire" because the root is warm and stimulating.
Because of its therapeutic effects, ginger has been known to have "anti-emetic, antifever, anti-cough, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-hyperlipidemic, and anti-cancer properties."
A 2016 study revealed that ginger is effective in treating knee osteoarthritis[v] when combined with echinacea extract. In fact, patients who received 25 mg of ginger and 5 mg of echinacea showed significant improvements in swelling, with
a decrease in knee circumference. Ginger oil can also be used to provide short-term knee pain relief.
Likewise, ginger can treat the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. In a 2014 study, patients with premenstrual syndrome received two ginger capsules and took it daily from seven days prior to menstruation to three days after menstruation for three cycles.
After up to three months of treatment, researchers found ginger effective in treating the symptoms of menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea). Other research that studied the effects of ginger within the first three to four days of the menstrual cycle supported this claim.
Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis targets the joints in the hands and feet and often begins at ages 30 to 50. Perhaps one of the worst parts of rheumatoid arthritis is the stiffening of the joints in the morning, which can last for an hour or two. The pain can also last the entire
One difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis is that the latter does not lead to stiffening of joints. Some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include low fever, loss of energy, loss of appetite and the growth of firm lumps in the elbows and hands. Some of the known natural treatments for rheumatoid arthritis include exercise, yoga, acupuncture and vitamin D.
To find out more about the effects of ginger as a medicinal herb, GreenMedinfo.com has compiled 322 medical abstracts about this wondrous natural healer. We also provide a comprehensive database of rheumatoid arthritis research where you can learn more about this painful, debilitating condition and how to manage it using natural solutions.
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3) BENEFIT OF ESSENTIAL OILS
We all know that a particular smell can evoke a strong memory, such as your father’s cologne, the aroma of meat roasting in the oven, or even the comforting scent of freshly washed towels, but essential oils take it one step further. Not only do they each have their own aroma which offers health benefits, they can also treat skin problems, assist with digestion, help you to have a better night’s sleep and even help you to relax and feel more positive about life and certain situations.
It is said that Mother Nature always provides a cure for any diseases she also creates, so if you are troubled with dry flaky skin, a fungal infection, or even the common cold, there are essential oils which can help by applying them to the skin, combining them with a carrier oil to give yourself a massage, or warming them to fragrance the air so you can breathe them in…and in some cases you
can even consume low amounts.
Although essential oils may seem expensive when you see them standing on the shelf in a very tiny bottle, you simply need to know the effectiveness and potency of what is inside to know that they are worth every penny.
Essential oils are taken from certain plants cells or glands. The smell you breathe from a flower is the essence of the plant that is removed and placed into that little bottle you can buy. Of course, only a small amount of oil can be found in any one plant, therefore it can take a lot of plants to obtain enough oil to fill a small bottle with essential oils. In fact, it takes roughly 50 roses to create just one single drop of essential oil.
The result is a highly potent extract with a powerful aroma and many health benefits. Due to the potency, only a small amount should be used at any one time. That being said, you will likely keep that little bottle of essential oil around for a long
Most people add to their essential oil collection over time, since buying every single oil at once would be expensive and probably unnecessary. You will discover your favorites as you experiment with them.
Lavender is perhaps the most versatile oil. The aroma is relaxing and it also helps heal skin irritation, cuts and bruises. Placing a few drops in your bath or on your pillow can help you to sleep.
Tea tree oil can be used topically and is great for blemishes and fungus. You can use it on athlete’s foot or dab it on acne or spots to aid healing.
Peppermint is stimulating and purifying and it can increase mental alertness when inhaled. You can also mix a drop or two into water and drink to help ease indigestion.
Clove oil is well known to help with toothaches. Use an earbud to dab small amounts of clove oil onto the tooth causing discomfort, doing your best not to get any oil onto your gums.
oil has natural antibacterial properties and some people like to place a few drops on the tongue to fight the flu.
Grapefruit oil is great for dealing with jet lag and it is also a natural antiseptic, so you can use it not only on yourself but also in homemade household cleansers.
A detailed list of all the benefits of essential oils is far too long for this short introductory article on the subject. However, it definitely is a subject worth reading more into, as after all, we are all seeking optimal health throughout our lifetime and who better to help heal us and give our body strength than Mother Nature?
4) UPCOMING NO COST ONLINE EVENTS: YOUR TOOLS FOR BETTER HEALTH AND LIFE
I am excited to invite you to check out the following online events:
You can sign up even when the event is over or you are not able to attend. You will get access to the recording.
Energy Medicine Summit November 1–5, 2021: join more than 30 of today’s highly sought-after teachers, doctors and healers — including Dr. Karen Kan, Eileen McKusick, Mona Delfino, Dr. Shamini Jain, Dr. Maya Shetreat, Rollin McCraty, PhD, Dr. Bradley Nelson, Dr. Sue Morter, and others — bringing to light the curative and evolutionary powers of a wide range of proven energy practices!
Demystifying the Herbal Formulas of Chinese, Ayurvedic & Western Plant Medicine for Enhanced Healing, Immunity & Resilience :October 30, David Crow, one of the world’s leading experts in botanical medicine and grassroots healthcare, will explore highly effective plant medicine formulas and how they serve different functions when they are consumed.
3 Keys to Unlock Your Powers of Mediumship: An Evidence-Based Path to Communicate With Your Spirit Guides & Loved Ones Beyond
the Veil. On Saturday, November 6, Suzanne will offer captivating insights and guide you in a process to help you open to your own innate gift
Supercharge Your Chakra Practice: How to Heal Your Energy Centers & Unleash the Full Power of Your Life Force.
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