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Sleep Challenges: Getting at the Root of the Problem

Thursday, 01 July 2010 21:21

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

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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