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The Natropathic Approach To Medicine

If you’ve been listening to the medical community recently, you may have heard the word “natropathic” mentioned every so often. You might have heard it, but you may not have much of an idea of what it means and simply dismissed it as medical jargon.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Natropathic medicine specifically looks at the root causes of health and disease and seeks to restore, promote, and/or maintain optimal health by using individualized natural therapies. It blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine.” -Jennifer Kaumeyer, N.D.

Natropathic contains the idea of natural. This is the idea is that your body is designed intelligently and can naturally heal, restore and maintain your health.

This is opposed to the idea that a disease indicates that the body is unable to maintain health and the immediate cause of the illness or pain needs to be addressed.

The natropathic doctor is a primary care doctor who has an understanding of how your body works and what is needed to support the proper functioning of your body. You exist in a physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social environment. And, each of these areas can affect your health.

To determine the causes of your illness or pain, that natropathic doctor spends time learning about your life and environment. He or she will do necessary diagnostic tests to help determine the state of your physical body.

Natropathic treatments involve improving dietary, social and lifestyle choices. Natropathic doctors teach you about better choices to maintain and restore health. Your doctor may use any scientifically verified treatment that any other doctor might use. When needed, your natropathic doctor will prescribe pharmaceuticals or refer you to a specialist.

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Chinese Medicine: Cold Energy

Every Chinese Doctor I have been to says that I have cold energy in my stomach. So I am always willing to try anything to get rid of this cold energy. Rather than living a healthy life of constant physical activity, restricted computer use, and all the other modern things that we do to make us unbalanced creatures – I chose to put myself through ancient practices – like STOMACH FIREBURNING or MOXA (mugwart) steaming!!!!

So the philosophy behind fireburning is that the fire’s heat will warm up your stomach – it will start moving the cold energy out and help you restore your yin energy. After 5 times of lighting a fire and putting the fire out on my stomach – I felt so wonderful.

In between each fireburning, the doctor massaged my stomach – it’s the best feeling in the world. It felt as if he was caressing every part of my large and small intestinal track and giving it lots of love and care. And the best part is that in the end- when the fire burning is done correctly – he takes off the saran wrap, medicine cloth, and starts Doggy Paddling down from the top of my stomach to the very bottom of my intestines – you can HEAR A RIVER of activity going on inside! it’s totally FREAKY – I could hear a river gurgling – as if he was totally giving me a full plumbing system overhaul!

He said that when performed with the right type of fire shapes, the doggy paddling takes all the released coldness and moves it out.

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The whole entire time I focused on using qi gong breathing techniques – because I am super sensitive to energy I could feel the cold air flowing out of the bottom of my feet.

But then for a few minutes before or after the process – sometimes I feel that I am inadequate as a human being when I do these things because it reminds me of how out of touch I am with my body, the earth, and the stars. So going to the Chinese doctor for me is like a form of rebirth and a bit of self-punishment (for not being healthy when I am living in the states).

The 4 Basic Qigong Breathing Methods by Da ZiRong, Qigong Master Trainer

But then I think – is it only when I travel – when I’m farthest away from everything and everyone that I intimately know – is that the only time I feel that I can take care of myself without feeling guilty? Is it only when I am unreachable that I recover from everyday life in the states – when my family stuff is so far away that it is absolutely out of my control?

Then I start thinking that’s stupid tricia – peace is where you are – but sometimes I feel that the only way to really extract myself out of my own life is to leave the country and cross an ocean away. I wonder if this is a pattern of modern life now – middle class people overworking and then leaving for a few months every year or few years to prevent burn out and just to re-balance. It certainly has become a pattern in my life – is the amount of traveling we do equivalent to the amount of stress we have at home? Sometimes I think so.

Well anyways, this is seriously the best form of self-punishment – when the doctor tells me that my yin-yang isn’t balanced – it actually makes me really excited to become more balanced again. I am always excited for them to say – “OK. Here your energy is blocked, so that’s why your hair is turning white or that’s why your bowel movements aren’t regular.” When they tell me how unbalanced I am, I start thinking about how I can take better care of myself.

The Most Basic Secret Of Yin Yang

After fireburning, the doctor told me of all the herbs and foods that I should eat to heal my body. For example, I need to eat more lemon peels. This time the doctor told me that my health was pretty good, but my back and neck is messed up from years of sitting in front of a computer. Plus I haven’t been meditating or dancing as much lately 🙁

So I love this herbal/ancient practice – only in China…only in China. In India I tried going to the medicinal doctor – I actually went to 3 of them because I really wanted to give it a chance – well each on told me that I was too much of a “pita” and they threw my naked body on a slap of hard wood and started dumping herbal oil on me and then the woman rubbed the oil on me forcing my bones into the wood table and I slid around like a dead fish – I tried to grab onto the wood but it was impossible! – may sound wonderful-(hmm hands + oil) BUT NOT!!!!!! it was painful and the worst part was that I didn’t feel more balanced afterwards. SO I’ve decided China is the place for me to go for medicinal care.

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Does Chiropractic Care Really Make Sense?

Does Chiropractic Care Really Make Sense?

The Role of Chiropractic in Treatment Beyond the Resolution of Symptoms

Do you have the same nagging injury that never seems to go away? Are you suffering needlessly with back pain? Are you fed up with taking painkillers? Do you want to find out what is causing your pain? If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then chiropractic may be a solution for you.

Typically, the chiropractic patient enters the office with some kind of pain. Back pain, neck pain, hip pain, leg pain, arm pain, shoulder pain, etc. comes in all different shapes and sizes. However, all of these pains share one common thread, they are all symptoms. Symptoms tell you that something in your body has gone wrong. They serve as a warning system to alert you of a deeper problem. Healing occurs regardless of the symptoms experienced. The quality of healing depends on the effectiveness of locating and addressing the cause.

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Many people in today’s society experience pain due to abnormal structure of the neuromusculoskeletal system. The neuromusculoskeletal system comprises the human frame and posture. Abnormal postural structure not only predisposes the human body’s systems to abnormal function, but may ultimately result in an injury or chronic condition.

Altered alignment of the human frame may lead to poor healing and repair of the body tissues. These architectural and pathological changes may occur in muscle, ligament, bone and central/peripheral nervous system. Chiropractic aims at therapeutically restoring these pathological deformations of the neuromusculoskeletal system and spine to allow for optimum function of the human frame and nervous system.

Correct spinal mechanics and the health of the whole neuromusculoskeletal system are interdependent. Therefore, chiropractic treatment focuses on restoring proper spinal mechanics (such as a chiropractic realignment) which will, in turn, influence the function of the nervous system.

Chiropractic Realignment

Chiropractic rehabilitation enhances the healing process and assists the body in its efforts to heal itself by controlling the long-term degenerative changes in the human frame and posture. Care is based upon the human process of healing. Chiropractic care classifies the healing process into fairly distinct progressive stages. Consequently, conservative chiropractic rehabilitative care flows with these stages. It is not the intention of this article to provide an in-depth review of rehabilitative chiropractic care and/or the healing process; rather, the purpose is to highlight some of the pertinent concepts in understanding how one can achieve better health through chiropractic care.

Acute inflammatory stage. This initial stage of response to injury lasts up to 72 hours. The goals of care during this phase of healing are directed at reducing the reactive inflammatory response and eventual removal of debris from the tissues. Clinical management includes the use of chiropractic adjustments, ice, heat, gentle range of motion exercises, and passive stretching.

 

Repair stage. The repair stage lasts from 72 hr. up to 6 wk. and is characterized by the synthesis and deposition of collagen (scar formation) in an attempt to regenerate damaged tissue. During this stage the body’s main concern is the increase of the quantity of collagen to replaced damaged tissue. However, this new scar formation is not fully oriented in the right direction and is of a mechanically inferior quality. Clinical goals during this phase include freeing early adhesions and maintaining muscular tone and ligamentous integrity.

Remodeling stage. This stage lasts from 3 wk. to 12 months or more (depending on the severity of the injury), during which time the collagen scar is remodeled to increase the function of the new tissue. The rehabilitative goals primarily involve improving the quality, orientation and strength of the collagen. This is accomplished by alignment of global body positions and posture, increasing functional capacity, reducing stress/strain on involved injured structures, and management of disability.

So, when does the healing occur? It starts immediately after the injury and can last for over a year depending on the severity of the injury and the action steps taken to help the body heal efficiently. Addressing an injury as early as possible using chiropractic care can result in the best possible scenario of full recovery. Addressing your chronic injuries now results in the return of a pain free lifestyle, doing all the things you love to do.

*Troyanovich SJ, Harrison DE, Harrison DD. Structural Rehabilitation of the Spine and Posture: Rationale for Treatment Beyond the Resolution of Symptoms. JMPT 1998; 21(1): 37-50.

Holistic Medicine: Physical Health, Peace of Mind, and Clarity of Consciousness

Holistic Medicine: Physical Health, Peace of Mind, and Clarity of Consciousness

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Coyote Medicine

Coyote Medicine
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A medical student at Stanford in the ‘70s is prompted by a needless death of a patient to question his medical training.

His investigation inspires him to look to his Native American Cherokee roots to discover a holistic view of healing that sees illness as a response to an imbalance in the patient’s life. His journey to his tribal lands and willingness to learn from his elders brings to his readers an appreciation for the techniques of holistic medicine.

Worried that his status as a half breed will impede his acceptance into the tribal ways his story is as much about finding his place in the world as it is about traditional healing methods.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona is also a competent writer able to bring to the page historical background and tales of healing in a compelling manner while moving the story along with his own personal journey. His healing of a woman with endometrial cancer is his coup de grace near the end of his journey.

It also becomes clear that his status between the two worlds of modern medicine and tribal medicine is what allows him to become a bridge between the two though he is too humble to point this out.