Are You On The HUNT?

Are you searching for something that might help break a habit?

Are you looking for something to help you get through a rough time?

Are you looking for something that will help regain your balance?

Maybe an alternative or complementary therapy is just the thing you need.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies can be found in peer-reviewed medical journals, health magazines, and all over the internet. The National Institute of Health reported in the 2007 National Health Survey that 38% of US adults use complementary medicine. Complementary medicine is used along with conventional medicines. Alternative medicine is used instead of conventional medicine. CAM has become so popular now that everyone knows at least a few of them. Therapies may include healing with herbs and vitamins, breathing techniques, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage, tai chi, energy work, aromatherapy, and reflexology. These techniques can help modify your current brain/body condition or promote a healthier mind/emotional state. I will mention my favorites.

Reflexology – This is an ancient art of study in the reflex points in your hands and feet. Stimulating these points by applying pressure can generate attention back to the organ and restore its function or balance. The trained therapist will work on these reflex points for half an hour to an hour. It may involve essential oils and usually music. The treatment will relax you and you will be amazed at the results. This is a great treatment to try if you don’t like disrobing for a massage treatment. I have had several of these treatments and I schedule them once or twice a month. Wish I could do more.

Tai Chi – Tai Chi is an ancient form of martial art with slow movements and originated in China. Tai Chi research studies showed that it improves balance and helps to reduce falls. This flowing form is sometimes called “meditation in motion” The slow movements bring peace of mind and gives you the ability to sense your body in space. Tai Chi helps muscles and ligaments, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 2 diabetes. Any age can learn this practice. Harvard Medical School recommends Tai Chi for rehab and any aging condition. I personally practice the first form every morning.

Essential oils – Essential oils are made up of chemical compounds that can help us with several types of issues of the mind/body. I will give you an example. The Journal of Aromatherapy gives information about cinnamon oil (cinnamomum zeylanicum). The first use was thousands of years ago for colds, flu, digestive problems, rheumatism and kidney problems. Just to name a few of its uses. We commonly use it for a spice. The major compounds of cinnamon leaf are eugenol (80-90 %), eugenol acetate, and cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamon bark has different compounds where cinnamaldehyde is 45% and eugenol is 4-10% with other compounds in lesser degrees. The compounds of cinnamon can help with antimicrobial (inhibiting micro-organisms), antiseptic, astringent, parasiticide (kills parasites), and vermifuge (expel worms). Cinnamon can also stimulate circulation, respiratory, and cardiac. This is just naming a few benefits. What else can differ in the compounds of a plant is where it is grown and how it is grown.

If you are looking for an oil, look for therapeutic grade, organically grown, and usually says pure. Essential oils are very volatile which is another way of saying “use caution.” They are extremely concentrated. Never take internally unless you have researched its uses. They should always be diluted before applying. Rule of thumb is 12 drops per ounce for adult use and cut that by 50% for children. You can use a carrier that can be an oil like almond, jojoba, or fractionated coconut oil. I like using an organic lotion with my oils. It’s best to do research on the oil you are thinking of using to make sure you are aware of all its benefits, safety cautions, and applications. The oils that come to mind for being used internally are peppermint, lemon, and lavender.

Diet: What diet is best? Keto? South Beach? Atkins? Mediterranean? Glycemic Index? Vegan? There are so many to choose from that it becomes overwhelming. Any medical condition that you take medication for will have diet restrictions. If you have a chronic disease, especially one like diabetes, you will have to develop a meal plan. If you are an avid health fitness buff, your diet will be based on your needs for working out. Our lifestyles, beliefs and physical conditions dictate our diet.

I believe in the techniques I mentioned above because they have helped me, or I have seen them help others.

It all comes down to what you believe in that will work for you.

To Your Health,
Margie

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