By Anne Salazar Dunbar,
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.
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 Dan Segal
As more people choose clean, healthy, local food, it’s clear most of us have more than one reason for our choices. We may want to support farming methods we see as cleaner, safer and healthier for all creatures—an endorsement. We may want to keep more of our money in the local economy. For some it’s about community, the vibrant, essential bonds that good food nurtures. Of course all these reasons make sense, and at some level, they’re factors for just about all of us. Most peopl...