Iridology is a method of diagnosing the body's state of health. The iris is divided into segments like a clock and each segment relates to a particular organ or system. An iris torch is used to identify various shapes and colors in the iris which indicate the condition of organs and systems. Studying these markings in the iris and noting the changes in them forms the basis of an iris diagnosis. Like many diagnostic methods used in naturopathy, iridology is not new, it dates back to Egypt in 4000BC, also in Palestine and was rediscovered in the 20th century in Germany and North America.
A healthy balanced diet is necessary to maintain a healthy mind and body. Nutrition is an orchestra of many different substances that help to maintain your body's biochemical balance, thereby maintaining good health and correcting ill health. It is preferable to obtain vitamins and minerals from our food, but there are times when supplements are required.
There is more to nutrition than the quality and type of food however. The body needs to be able to effectively digest and assimilate the nutrients in food. How we feel and what we think (attitude/emotions) has an effect upon our mental and physical body. As an example, poor digestion may be caused by something such as worry, anger or resentment. Our mind and body are only as good as what we feed them, whether it is food, or thoughts. Eczema may be cleared with vitamin B and essential fatty acids, or simply by blowing off steam. Insomnia can be helped by increasing calcium or magnesium in the diet, exercising after work to wind down, or letting go of anxieties.
Modern cupping uses a variety of sliding and stationary cups for back pain, scar tissue, tight muscles, occupational overuse symptoms, as well as for detoxing, facial massage, cellulite or just to feel wonderful. Whether you are an athlete, a frequent user of computers, a body therapist, in need of relaxation or just to experience feeling good, modern cupping can help.
There are various methods that can be applied. A variety of types and sizes of flexible silicon cups and glass cups are applied to an area of the body which has been oiled to create suction. The cups are then moved over the skin in various directions to increase circulation and reduce muscular tension. Stationary cups can be applied to trigger points and acupuncture points whilst other cups are moved around and stretching of various muscles can be included to improve mobility and reduce pain and tension in a short time. Cupping is becoming increasingly popular amongst professional athletes and is one of the therapies offered at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Allergy symptoms are the result of an inappropriate immune response producing physiological and/or psychological symptoms in varying degrees. These symptoms may also increase in frequency or severity following trauma and/or stress.
Accunaet is a system for assessing, identifying and balancing the mind/body response to an allergen. Accunect techniques along with the vials used in NAET and Allergy Antidotes are used to desensitise one's reaction to an allergen/substance. Accunaet works best in conjunction with naturopathic treatment.
Homo (human) - toxico (toxin) - logy (study) is the study of the influence of toxic substances on humans. It is a system of medicine that has been well researched and documented in Europe since the 1930's and has been integrated into medical practices worldwide. Homotoxicology believes that 'all disease is a response to a toxin, that symptoms are a reflection of adapting or responding to this toxin and that disease follows a specific, predictable pattern through the body if it cannot rid itself of toxins.
Restoration of health therefore is through regulation rather than suppression. For example eczema is usually treated with hydrocortisone which suppresses the symptoms. Any disease that is suppressed tends to become chronic and moves to deeper lying organs or tissues'. Like peeling the layers of an onion Homotoxicology reverses this process of disease, following Herrings law of cure which states recovery of health will go from the inside out, from vital to less vital organs, from the torso to the extremities'.
Detoxification is a primary goal in homotoxicology therapy and environmental toxins are increasingly proven to be at the core of serious health issues, even before conception has taken place.
Dr. Edward Bach, a homeopath, immunologist and bacteriologist, developed 38 flower essences in the 1930's. He believed a healthy mind, is the key to recovery from ill health. Bach flower essences are effective at invoking a subtle change or balance of attitudes and emotions. The flower essences help us to cope and react to situations in a manner less detrimental to our health. For example, Rescue Remedy is a well-known Bach flower formula that is used for traumatic situations or experiences.
Emotions play a large and important role in our mental and physical health. The majority of patients symptoms may be a direct result from emotions or negative thoughts that they are experiencing such as; anger, resentment, fear, lack of confidence, low self image etc. Research has identified the mind/body connection, which the medical profession has termed psychoneuroimmunology. Lynne McTaggart and Dr Bernie Siegel are two of many health practitioners who give a fascinating insight on how it works. Time may shed more light, but the fact remains, what you think and how you feel have tangible effects.
Like herbs and nutritional supplements, flower essences are chosen according to what each person needs and to what mental/emotional/physical or lifestyle factors are affecting their health. For example, skin conditions may be caused from an unhealthy diet, lack of certain nutrients, inefficient bowels, congested lymph, an infection or hormones. However, many skin conditions have an emotional or mental cause (attitude) and this is where the Bach flower essences can be of enormous help.
Bach flower essences work well in combination with other remedies such as herbs and nutritional supplements. They are a safe, simple and very effective form of treatment to restore mental, physical and emotional balance.
A herb is a medicinal plant that contains various chemical compounds and nutrients such as; minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, anti oxidants, protein, amino acids, oils, phytosterols. As a simple illustration, aromatic and resinous oils such as thymol in thyme are a germicide effective against streptococcal infections, Chamomile contains calcium salts for bones, and in combination with magnesium and potassium reduces cramps and tension that cause symptoms such as period pain. Valerian is extremely high in magnesium making it effective for insomnia, muscle tension, constipation, anxiety and stress related symptoms in certain personality types.
Research has shown that St John's Wort may be effective for depression, ginger for reproductive and digestive conditions, garlic for the immune system and high blood pressure, and Comfrey and Calendula are specific herbs used externally for a range of skin conditions.
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