Health

Sleep Challenges: Getting at the Root of the Problem

By Anne Salazar Dunbar, 

Master Herbalist

One of the biggest challenges for a health practitioner is insomnia. Not only because so many people have it, but also because the reasons for insomnia vary greatly.

There are some great natural herbal products available these days to help folks get to sleep, or go back to sleep. Generally speaking, these products are band-aids that are not addressing the underlying issue. However, because sleep is so important to overall health, using these herbal sleep aids can be very helpful, until the real problem can be discovered and resolved.  Herbal sleep aids tend to nurture and support the nervous system, and for the occasional bout of sleeplessness, that is usually all you need. But with chronic insomnia, one needs to delve deeper into the causes. 

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Diagnosing and Treating the Root Causes of Pain

By Amanda Lewis, L.Ac.

In general, to treat any illness in Chinese Medicine, we must first clarify what is referred to as the “branch” and “root.” Using the “Four Methods of Diagnosis” — looking, listening, asking, and feeling — we can pull apart the branches, or secondary signs and symptoms, in search of the main causes, or root. Generally speaking, acute illnesses are seen as branches, while chronic imbalances are the root.

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  • By Kristie Snyder,
    GreenLeaf Editor

    In April, “going green” is on all of our minds as we prepare to celebrate the 39th annual Earth Day, mindful of the urgent threats of climate change and the challenges we face in creating a sustainable society. Being “green” is a central part of what GreenStar is all about — it’s right there in our name —  and we’ve long used the color green to express who we are, a tradition continued with our new logo.

    Part of GreenStar’s mission statement is “exercising ecologi...

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