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Diagnosing and Treating the Root Causes of Pain

Tuesday, 01 June 2010 12:42

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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Homeopathy for Digestive Complaints

Saturday, 01 May 2010 11:32

By Jane Schantz, FNP

Homeopathy may be used at home to treat a variety of digestive complaints. Stomachache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can all be treated, regardless of the cause (infection, food poisoning, over-indulgence, etc.). Homeopathic remedies may be used alongside other home treatments and herbal remedies. As mentioned in previous GreenLeaf articles, having a homeopathy book or two is a must if you are going to use this safe and gentle system of healing (see recommendations at the end of this article). Based on the principle of “like cures like,” these books will describe the specific symptoms for which a given remedy may be effective. There is no one, two or three homeopathic remedies for diarrhea, for example, there are many; the trick is to find the right one based on the symptoms being experienced.

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Notice Your Neck While You Read This

Monday, 05 April 2010 07:43

By Mona Sulzman

A February 23 New York Times article, "Stand Up While You Read This," claims that prolonged sitting--at work, in the car, in front of the TV--not only sets you up for heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers, diabetes, obesity, and a shorter lifespan, but also cancels out the benefits of regular exercise. This did not surprise me.  I know people who work out hard and frequently, sit ten or more hours a day at work, and fail to lose weight, lower blood pressure, or reduce stress. Modern sedentary life, despite its fitness mania, does not support wellbeing. But as an Alexander Technique Teacher, I also know that how you sit, stand, and move, which the article completely ignores, affects your health and lifestyle choices.

The article also makes no mention of musculoskeletal problems, although back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 451 and prevents many people from sitting, standing, or walking comfortably, as well as from exercising. According to New York neurosurgeon Jack Stern, 85% of people with chronic back pain have this problem because of how they sit, stand, and move. Many people come to me for Alexander Technique lessons because they long to exercise, go for long walks, or get back to Yoga, but chronic back or joint pain, a result of how they have engaged in these activities and/or how they sit, prevents them from doing so. Once they relearn how to sit, stand, and move, they gradually increase physical activity.

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