Mindfulness

Twelve Ways to Heal Eczema Naturally

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016

Twelve Ways to Heal Eczema Naturally Here are twelve ways to heal eczema naturally that I have developed over 24 years of specializing in the natural treatment of skin disorders with Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. One of my first cases in the clinic as a student was a newborn baby from Israel with scalp eczema. I treated him with Chinese herbal medicine alone, which the mom took and he got through her breast milk. He was all better within three weeks. I am still in touch with the mom, who returned to Israel, and 24 years later she reports...

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Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

An article today in the Guardian about a village in Sardinia  with a high incidence of centenarians, despite high levels of obesity and tobacco consumption got me pondering about the role of  Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. The main point being this, leaving aside DNA, which is a big part of health and wellness, what Chinese Medicine calls your “Pre Natal Qi” (another words, the Qi you were gifted by your parents at conception, akin to being born with a savings account, your “Post Natal Qi” , which is the money you deposit or withdraw from that...

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Anger and Fear: How Our Nervous Systems Make Us Sick

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016

Anger and Fear: How Our Nervous Systems Make Us Sick   Chinese Medicine attributes a minimum one third of disease as due to the effects of excessive amounts of emotions like anger and fear, but also sadness, grief, worry, on our bodies via the nervous system. This also includes the effects of chronic, habitual low levels of anger and fear, another words how our nervous systems make us sick, because the minute you have an emotional state you also have a nervous system response and a cascade of phsyiological responses to that nervous system response. In both Chinese Medicine...

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How Emotions Create Disease

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016

How Emotions Create Disease (When Unprocessed) We know from Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, and we should understand from Science based Anatomy and Physiology, that, not only are the mind and body a “continuim”, but more accurately stated, Mind and Body are indivisible, and really the same thing. The brain, and the central nervous system that grows out of it, is physical body. What you do with the brain, which in the modern West we call “the Mind” is a sort of non-physical, or meta-physical expression of the material brain. And what we do with our brain, from playing poker...

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Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015

Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning One of the challenges of modern life is balancing the stress response with the relaxation response. Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning, found in Yoga, Tai Qi, and Mindfulness Meditation (Buddha was, after all, a Yogi before becoming an Awakened One) is a fabulous way to take your body and its nervous system out of the fight or flight response into a state of deep calm and repose. Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning is a valuable component of a healthy lifestyle, and really useful for people with nervous system related functional disorders like IBS irritable bowel syndrome, IC...

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Stress and High Blood Pressure: Seven Ways to Keep it Down

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015

Stress and High Blood Pressure: Seven Ways to Keep it Down, adapted from the Harvard Medical School Health Beat Newsletter:   When it comes to preventing and treating high blood pressure, one strategy that M.D.s often overlook is managing stress. If you often find yourself tense and on-edge,  if you tend to impatience and irritability, or road rage, or tossing and turning at night, or lieing awake staring at the ceiling thinking of work or the day that’s passed, try these seven strategies to reduce stress. Get enough sleep. Inadequate or poor-quality sleep can negatively affect your mood, mental...

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Mindfulness Meditation from Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Posted by on May 5, 2015

Mindfulness Meditation from Thanissaro Bhikkhu My favorite teacher of Mindfulness Meditation, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, does not have his photograph on any of his many books, and they are distributed free of charge.  Thanissaro Bhikkhu is also know as Thanajan, or Ajaan Geoff. He is a Buddhist monk in the Thai Forest tradition, and I find him to be the most intellectually satisfying and clear concise teacher of Buddhist meditation from the Theravada tradition. Theravada Buddhism is also called Southern Buddhism, and it relies upon the earliest texts of Buddhism, which are in the Pali language,  and the tradition of the...

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Is Breast-Feeding Really Better-Well Blog New York Times?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014

Is Breast-Feeding Really Better? or, “To breast-feed or not to breast-feed, is that even a question?” Besides the obvious emotional factors, in which the baby gets to feel and smell and taste her mother in moments of such closeness they were used in Renaissance Art in Italy as one of the preferred ways of showing the Christian Diety, Joshua of Nazareth, as a suckling infant, Madonna with Child (note: the mother in this depiction comes before the infant),   besides all that psychological stuff that, even without Freud, but with common sense  it seems obvious could contribute to creating...

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The Effect of Hot Weather on Anger

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014

Here is a link to a post on my old blog about the effects of hot weather on anger and the relationship between the feelings of frustration, anger, irritability,  even rage, and the sensations of heat in the body itself.  There is a link in the other article to an article in Scientific American about how hot weather sparks aggression, and, even historically, revolution. What is so interesting is that now that we know how the essential biological mechanism of the fight or flight response drives the sympathetic nervous systems, we can explain in biological terms what Chinese Medicine...

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Acupuncture for Pain Relief vs. Vicodin, Norco, and Oxycontin

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014

Acupuncture vs. Vicodin and Oxycontin for Pain Relief. One of my many pet peeves regarding the neglect of Acupuncture for Pain Relief in Bio Medicine/Western Medicine, or Allopathy as they call it in the British Commonwealth, is the same as my pet peeve with government. How can such smart people be so smart some of the time, and so dumb other of the time? The answer is blind spots, blind spots born from the self selection for overly confident people that leads at times to arrogance, at other times to Doctor Denial Syndrome. (such as in the willingness to...

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Vata in Winter

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

I would like to talk about one of my favorite teas to pacify Vata in Winter: R-U-Ved ProVata Tea. First, though, lets just talk about the relationship between what happens to Vata in Winter and the qualities of the elements Air and Space, or Wind and Ether (as in etheric)  that the Vata dosha is a manifestion of.   Ayurveda describes the ways in which different kinds of foods, climates, activities, exercises, relationships attitudes, mental training, cultural ethos, stages of life, and times of year and the day can either elevate (increase, vitiate, aggravate) or pacify (balance or reduce)...

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Scientific American on How Meditation Benefits the Brain.

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013

Great video on the Scientific American page on the benefits of Meditation. Meditation in under the category of Mental Culture in Buddhist tradition; things we do to cultivate our mental abilities about ability to be good human beings. http://www.scientificamerican.com/video.cfm?id=how-does-meditation-change-the-brai2013-10-30&WT.mc_id=SA_CAT_BS_20131101Here’s the link...

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Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic The essence of Chinese Medical Philosophy, which underpins the practice of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, is the need to live in harmony with nature, what the classics call “heaven and earth.” Heaven, because the sun and moon and weather all come from the sky (ndeed, when we think of each of our four seasons we think as much about what the sky looks and smells like–from the cold crisp nights of winter when the smell of snow is in the air, to the moist balmy days of spring, to...

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Your Ayurvedic Dosha and Mindfulness Meditation

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013

Great article in the New York Times called The Morality of Meditation about recent science research into the practice of Mindfulness Meditation. Research done by neuroscientists and psychologists into the effects of  Mindfulness meditation show “mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory and scores on standardized intelligence tests,” but more interestingly,  this study demonstrated an increased compassionate response to other people’s suffering on the part of meditators after a simple 8 week meditation course. The implications are staggering. This has been my own personal experience with both myself and people I have taught mindfulness meditation practice...

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Trigger Point Pain, Acupuncture, Mindfulness, and the Anti-inflammatory Diet

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013

A patient came in recently for acupuncture with terrible upper and mid back trigger point pain that began one day recently after taking a nap. In fact, he had woken from this nap with such bad chest and back pain that he rushed to the ER, fearful of a heart attack. His cardiovascular system checked out fine, and the doctor, who examined him, actually did a physical exam and noted that his back was extremely tight. He also discussed the issue of anxiety, and this patient left the ER with a prescription for Valium. Upon this he came to...

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