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Laughing is Good for You! - A Laughing Yoga Experience

2014/05/23

I attended a Yoga Laughter session with Lynn Himmelmann in Withrow Park on May 4th, World Laughter Day. I must confess, I was feeling a bit self-conscious, so much so that on my way to the park I even thought about turning back. But I decided to give it a try. Besides, I said to myself, I love laughing and have no difficulty laughing, so why not? The day turn out to be sunny and warm, and slowly the group started to form. After introducing herself and telling us about her experience with Laughter Yoga for the last 10 plus years, Lynn guided us through a series of "exercises".

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Dandelion—Weed or Wonder?

2014/04/15

The dandelion is commonly underestimated. More often then not it is regarded as a weed or blight in the garden. Something to be gotten rid of. But the dandelion is really a Prince of the herb kingdom. It grows everywhere and is incredibly versatile, it’s leaves for example can be used in a salad of fresh spring greens. Fresh dandelion greens are one of the most successful greens used in a spring detox. The yellow flowers can be turned into dandelion wine, and the roots have been used throughout history as a wonderful remedy for the liver. Its chief constituents are taraxacin a bitter substance and taraxacerin which is an acid resin with inulin which is a sugar that can replace a starch. It combines easily with other remedies as an adaptogenic herb i.e. a herb that adapts and combines well with others This remarkable root is a diuretic, tonic and stimulant to the system especially the urinary organs, kidney and liver. Dandelion has been used historically in complaints of the liver, dyspepsia, as a laxative in constipation, irritated stomachs, and chronic liver congestion, as well as indurations of the liver and even certain skin conditions like eczema. A strong infusion of dandelion tea is wonderful for

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Acupuncture - Scientifically shown to be effective!

2014/04/10

The principles of acupuncture are firmly grounded in science. Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture is fairly new to the Western world, however it has been used in China effectively for thousands of years. I believe this amazing practice will be more available to the public through education and experience. Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of yin and yang of the life force known as gi or chi. Qi flows through meridians (pathways) in the human body. Through almost 400 acupuncture points in the body, this flowing life energy in the meridians can be accessed. Physical or mental illnesses are the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. If needles are inserted into these points with appropriate combinations, the energy flow can be brought back into proper balance. So the acupuncture points don't have any magical properties; they are simply convenient locations to needle. For instance, the most important acupuncture points located along the spine are directly connected to the nerves that supply the internal organs. I don’t think this is coincidence. In Western societies, acupuncture is explained including concepts of neuroscience. Acupuncture points are seen by Western practitioners as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body's natural painkillers such as opioids and serotonin. World Health Organization indications ‘for which acupuncture has been proved through clinical trials

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Treating Allergies Naturally

2014/04/03

Come spring or fall so many people complain about allergies. Whether it’s sniffling and sneezing or watery eyes itchy ears and throats. Allergies are irritating, annoying, and tend to interfere with daily function. There are so many products available to treat “allergies” it gets down right confusing. Essentially what’s going on in the body is an auto-immune response where the body is over producing histamine to cope with an influx of foreign molecules (pollen, dander, dust or even chemicals) which are over whelming the body. This is experienced as an allergy attack as certain tissues are overwhelmed. The question then becomes, why is the body over whelmed? And how can we help it? Most allergy medications tend to remove the symptoms but don’t treat the problem, and in desperation for relief we take these medicines to cope instead of fixing the system. As a homeopath, when I treat my patients with allergies, I

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Demystifying the Science: Efficacy and Effectiveness

2014/03/18

When reading through the scientific studies of homeopathy we are often faced with some scientific jargon. The biggest confusion I come across is when we are looking at the concepts of efficacy and effectiveness. When you are testing whether a treatment is “effective”, it means you are looking to see whether people get better compared to if they did nothing at all. You go to a homeopath, you feel better. You have had a positive effect from the homeopathic process. When studying effectiveness, there are usually a large number of people followed over a long time period to see how they do over time. Good quality studies compare the homeopathy group to a no treatment group. Other types of studies, “comparative effectiveness studies” will compare homeopathy to other forms of treatment for the same condition or circumstance. This will measure whether homeopathy is just as effective as another form of treatment. The analysis may then turn to whether the treatment is more cost effective or has fewer adverse events. The evidence is indeed very strong that homeopathy is effective.

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