Therapies

There are many differing health therapies and services available today. Remedies4Health would like to make you aware of some of them and provide you with explanations, options and some of the choices available, thereby allowing you to make informed decisions on your health management.

Historically, all of the great medical traditions - from Ancient Chinese Medicine, the Indian Ayurveda Medicine and the Ancient Greek, (from which our modern conventional western-style system of medicine has developed), believe in the basic concept of a powerful bond between the mind and the body.

Modern living is increasingly stressful. We work longer hours and spend less and less time caring for ourselves. Stress-related diseases and conditions are at an all time high due to our increasingly fast-lane lifestyle, economic and social pressures, poor diet, physical inactivity and global pollution. By taking care of our body, allowing it to be properly cleansed, nourished, exercised and balanced, we are providing ourselves with the ability to effectively heal and recover, as well as enhancing health and increasing longevity.

Unfortunately, because of widespread quackery in the field of alternative medicine, most people today have a poor opinion of what the various medical therapies and services can offer them. Medicinal treatments come in many shapes and sizes; there are 'home remedies' shared among families and friends (see our ebook), there are the over-the-counter supplements and medications that you can buy locally at supermarkets and health shops without a prescription, some medications that are available only from pharmacies or chemists, and prescription medicines that are only available from doctors and specialists. A few selected medications are only available after meeting special Ministry of Health criteria and a special authority issued.

There are various types of manipulative healing practitioners such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and massage therapists, to name just a few. Manulitative healing is becoming much more accepted by mainstream orthodox medicine as research increasingly demonstrates the importance between movement and function.
Much attention in recent years has been focused on the so-called 'alternative' treatments and many are currently undergoing scientific research to see if they really are safe and effective. There are also those miracle cures sold through magazine advertisements, TV infomercials and some dubious Internet sites. How can you tell which of these may really help treat your medical condition and which will only make you worse off, financially, physically, or both?


Here at Remedies4Health we have aimed to give you an overview of the therapies and treatments available and provide for you some high quality researched products that have proven to be highly beneficial to your health.

You should feel free to explore all your health options, remember that these therapies and treatments should not be viewed as being competitive, but should be seen to be complementary, after all, their goal is to help you regain and maintain your health. It may, at times, be appropriate to combine therapies. Many therapies work in a complementary way. Undoubtedly, treatment is a highly individual experience and some therapies will suit certain people and others will not.

Enquire about the training and expertise of the person administering the treatment (for example, registration and certification). The practitioners listed in the Remedies4Health directory are required to have trained, qualified and registered in their particular healing discipline; hold a current practising certificate and must abide by the code of ethics particular to their practice.

They are also required to meet the standard of practice set by Remedies4Health. If you have any questions, or are interested in listing please do not hesitate to contact us at: info@remedies4health.com.


Acupuncture
Has been practised in China for around 2,500 years and has become one of the most widely used alternative therapies by western health practitioners. Acupuncture is based on the meridian theory, or channels, of energy; Yin (water, cold and stillness) and Yang (fire, heat and movement). It was not until the late seventeenth century that the western civilisation first learned of acupuncture from the Jesuit Missionaries. In Europe acupuncture became widely practised by the medical profession during the first half of the nineteenth century.

The therapist views the meridian energy channels like rivers that flow along the body, supplying energy to all the muscles and organs. Also, along these channels are Acupuncture points. Acupoints are said to cover the body and are grouped into the various meridians which represent the energetic balance of each of the main body organs. Qi, (also known as vital energy), is believed to flow through these meridians and illness is thought to be reflected in an imbalance of this flow. It is these points that the acupuncture practitioner is manipulating to achieve the desired affect. No point on its own is thought to have any therapeutic properties; rather it is the combination of points that produces the desired effects.

Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of very fine needles into these acupoints, around the body to stimulate the flow of your Qi and bring Ying and Yang back into balance. It is a relatively painless procedure and the sensation is usually dull, tingly or slightly warm. It can be used for a wide variety of conditions, particularly the treatment of pain. It has also been used to help withdrawal and addiction, from tobacco, alcohol and hard drugs with a good rate of success.




NZ Acupuncture Practitioners.




Alexander Technique
Is a practical therapy of improving ease and freedom of movement, balance and co-ordination that was originally practised by Frederick Alexander, born in Tasmania, Australia in 1869. His technique of vocal training developed into a technique he later termed "respiratory re-education" .

Some conditions that might be relieved by the Alexander Technique include:

  • Backache, due to posture
  • Vocal disorders
  • Stress relief
  • Hypertension
  • Asthma
  • Anxiety states (e.g. performance anxiety & panic attacks)
  • Migraine
  • Tension Headaches
  • Rehabilitation after stroke, injury, or surgery

Aromatherapy
Originally thought to have derived from Ayurvedic medicine over 5,000 years ago in India, aromatherapy can be traced through many ages and civilisations. It has been recorded in Chinese medicine in 4,500BC, and the Egyptian civilisation around 3,000BC were particularly aware of the art of aromatics. When Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1922, many of the aromatic preparations contained within were still fragrant.

Aromatherapy means "treatment using aromatic scents". It is a method of caring for the body with aromatic botanical oils such as Lavender, Rose, Jasmine, Eucalyptus, Pine, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Citrus, Rosemary, Thyme and Geranium to name a few. There are approximately 150 different essential oils, and although some are extremely rare, they have been cherished for centuries for their heady aromas and health enhancing properties.

The essential oils are carefully extracted from the various parts of plants, flowers, trees, fruits, barks, roots, leaves and seeds. Each essential oil displays its own distinctive therapeutic, psychological, and physiological quality. Aromatherapy essential oils can affect your mood, and may be used to soothe ailments by their ability to invigorate the mind and body, by providing mild pain relief, enhancing skin-cares, alleviate tension and fatigue, reduce anxiety and enhance relaxation. They may be added to a warm bath or massaged into the skin, inhaled directly or diffused to scent an entire room.

Aromatherapy Essential oils are very concentrated and often need a base or carrier oil to dilute them for some applications or uses, particularly so in massage. Base oils, also known as carrier oils, should be unrefined cold-pressed 100% nut, vegetable or seed oils. Some popular carrier oils are; apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, grape-seed oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba oil and wheat-germ oil. To get the maximum benefit from essential oils, they should be produced from the natural, pure, authentic materials.

Many of the synthetically made oils do not contain the same properties or qualities and are much less likely to work, if at all. Many massage therapists and ayurvedic practitioners also include aspects of aromatherapy in their treatments.

A recent study in Britain has revealed that aromatherapy has been found to alleviate the symptoms of dementia in elderly people. In place of the cocktail of sedatives often prescribed to pensioners whose behaviour is aggressive or unpredictable, researchers have found that lemon balm and lavender oil achieve the same effect without the side-effects. Three trials completed in the last year have shown ”significant beneficial effect” with no side effects according to the New Zealand Nursing Review, Jan 2003.

Aromatherapy is not recommended for babies and young children as the active concentrate of the oils is unable to be measured and their skin is much too delicate. A baby is unable to communicate its response or reaction to aromatherapy oils and as some aromatherapy oils are potent enough to slow or even stop a baby’s respiration, they are best avoided.

        

Ayurveda
‘The Science of Awareness’ is a holistic system of medicine that is indigenous to and widely practised in India. Ayurveda was first recorded in the VEDAS, the world's oldest surviving literature, and this method of remedial treatment is said to have been practised in daily life in India for around 5,000 years. The Universe according to Ayurveda is composed of the five great elements (Panchmahabhuta) - Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth and it is believed that these elements are responsible for all the living and non-living substances in this universe. Ayurveda's basic theory states that the body's functions are regulated by three 'irreducible physiological principles' called doshas, whose Sanskrit names are vata, pitta, and kapha. Like astrologic "signs," these terms are used to designate body types as well as the traits that typify them. Ayurvedic proponents often claim that the symptoms of disease are always related to the balance of the doshas, which can be determined by feeling your wrist pulse or completing a questionnaire. Some practitioners wildly claim that the pulse can be used to detect diabetes, cancer, musculoskeletal disease, asthma, and "imbalances at early stages when there may be no other clinical signs. This has no scientific proof. For as far back as history has been recorded, spices have played a valuable role in world culture and in addition to culinary purposes, they have been used as medicines, in perfumes and even as religious offerings.

Around 3,000 B.C., what is today known as the spice trade, began along the Arabian peninsula. Spices were carried by camel caravans from India and the orient into Europe. By the middle ages, spices were in such a high demand that they became extremely powerful commodities. Expeditions to seek new sources for the highly coveted spices eventually resulted in the discovery of the new world. Spices are ingredients in many Ayurvedic remedies, and when consulting an Ayurvedic practitioner, it is very likely specific spices or herbs will be recommended to include in your diet.

It is believed that every main meal should contain a basic element of Ayurvedic ancient dietary wisdom, including all six tastes - sweet, sour, salt, bitter, pungent and astringent. Some popular Ayurvedic spices and herbs are turmeric, cumin, fennel Seeds, coriander, ginger and cinnamon. Ayurvedic practitioners may also combine the use of colours, aromatherapy and herbs in their treatments. Meditation is also a significant therapy in Ayurveda. The knowledge of Ayurveda is also said to be based on designing the right lifestyle and diet. It is promoted as a nurturing therapy which focuses on the attainment of complete balance on a mental and physical level. Ayurveda is believed to reduce stress, increase positivity, and enhance natural completeness and inner harmony. It is also believed to increase your natural well-being by balancing the body and mind helping to keep you free from disease. Except for the benefits of relaxation and meditation and perhaps a healthy dietary lifestyle, there is no scientific evidence to support any of the many claims made by some practitioners on behalf of Ayurvedic medicine.

More information is available at The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine




Bach Flower Remedies
Are based on the philosophy of Dr Bach, a physician, bacteriologist and homeopath who practised in Harley St in the 1930’s. Upon leaving London he then went to Oxfordshire whereby he researched and developed a system of healing directed specifically at the personality, its moods and emotional outlook. His philosophy was based on the belief that nature is simple and provides all that we need for survival -food, water, air and warmth, and so nature will provide us with a means to get well.

His belief was that negativity or disharmony within oneself was the root cause of disease therefore both man and nature must be in balance to achieve harmony. He put together a collection of 38 flower remedies and categorised them into 7 groups of negativity. These include: despondency and despair, fear, lack of interest in daily tasks, loneliness, worrisome, overly sensitive to influence and ideas, and uncertainty. By correctly combining various flowers, a Bach remedy is able to be matched to your emotional state.

Rescue Remedy, probably the most well known, is widely used for many stressful situations including dental visits, exams, interviews, bereavements and almost any stressful situation. The overall effect is a very empowering one as well as being reasonably safe to use. Certification for a Bach Flower Foundation Practitioner has recently been introduced in the UK.

  

Biofeedback
Biofeedback originated within the field of psychophysiology in the late 1960's, to describe laboratory procedures (developed in the 1940's). Research subjects were trained to alter brain activity, blood pressure, muscle tension, heart rate and other bodily functions that are not normally controlled involuntarily. Biofeedback is a training technique in which people are taught to improve their health and performance by using signals from their own bodies. This information may take the form of external instruments. For example: Using a thermometer to take your temperature is a common kind of biofeedback. Clinical biofeedback uses specialised instruments to monitor your various physiological processes as they occur. Moving graphs on a computer screen and audio tones that go up and down "reflect" changes as they occur in the body system being measured. There are three main approaches to biofeedback:

  • Skin temperature methods: Adrenaline, released under stress, diverts blood from the body surface to the core of the body, in preparation for response to danger. As less warm blood is going to the surface, skin temperature lowers.
  • Skin electrical activity methods: Stress tends to make you sweat more. Skin that is damp (due to sweating) conducts electricity more effectively than skin that is dry. These methods of biofeedback measure the amount of electricity conducted between two electrodes on the skin.
  • Muscle electrical activity methods measure the electrical activity of muscles under the surface of the skin. This is useful in measuring the tension of the particular muscles.

Biofeedback is not an active form of treatment, it is more of an educational process for learning specialised mind/body skills. Nothing is being done to you when you are hooked-up to biofeedback equipment. You are simply being given some extra feedback about the state that your body is is in.

Useful for athletes and sports-persons to gauge bodily performance and for people suffering from stress or anxiety states as biofeedback may help to identify some bodily response to triggers which may help to control these responses. For example, to know when and how to slow down respiration and take deeper breaths may help in an acute stressful situation.


Bowen Technique
Bowen Technique therapy is based on the principle that our bodies have an inherent, continuous, self-healing and self-correcting healing process that when correctly stimulated affects the autonomic nervous system - the system responsible for stress reactions such as the “fight or flight” reaction, as well as the recovery responses of the body.

Bowen is said to reduce the “stress-oriented” dominance of the sympathetic part of the nervous system so muscle tension decreases, nerve hypersensitivity is reduced and the sensual nerves that control acute pain in the body are interrupted. Also the parasympathetic nervous system is thought to be stimulated and enhanced, increasing blood and lymphatic flow, nourishing tissue and reducing inflammation.

Bowen Technique therapy consists of series of precisely placed motions of the thumbs or fingers over specific tendons, muscles or nerves.

Bowen Technique is a therapy that has applications for pain relief, injury recovery, stress reduction, enhanced performance for sports and work, as well as for the maintenance of health and wellness.

Bowen Technique may accelerate pain relief, hasten recovery from injury and illness, diminish the effects of some chronic illnesses, and reduce surgical recovery time. Bowen can succeed in releasing a locked joint, muscle or non-responsive condition that has been repeatedly treated, trained and stretched with no lasting change.


Buteyko
Buteyko is a system of breathing exercises that is used to correct and alleviate some of the symptoms of allergies, asthma, COPD, emphysema, hyperventilating, rhinitis and sinusitis.

The system was originally devised by Dr Konstantin Buteyko, an honours graduate of the First Medical Institute in Moscow. During his training, Dr Buteyko had been given a practical assignment monitoring the breathing patterns of diseased patients - it was from this study that his interest in respiration and its effect on the body developed. He carried out extensive research on the breathing patterns of his patients and had highly successful and many positive results with his breathing exercises. The research into Buteyko breathing exercises was further developed during his time at the Central and Lenin Medical Libraries.

By the end of the 1960's, Buteyko's breathing method was being used with great success in clinics all over Russia. The teachings have gradually spread to the West and are now fairly widely available. It is recommended that the Buteyko method is best carried out by a practitioner that is registered with the Buteyko Institute of Breathing and Health.


Chiropodists
A good Chiropodist will make the difference between walking in comfort or putting up with painful feet. Chiropodists assess, diagnose and treat abnormalities and diseases of the feet. The aim of chiropody services is to care for, and where possible prevent, the recurrence or the development of foot problems. All foot cares are catered for including nail care plus treating common foot complications and ailments such as diabetic feet, corns and bunions.
UK State Registered Chiropodists can be identified by the letters SRCh after their name. There is no difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist.
The Podiatrists Board of New Zealand is the NZ body for the occupation of Podiatry (and Chiropody) in New Zealand.




Chiropractic Therapy
Chiropractic therapy or 'Treatment by hand' was a form of therapy originating in ancient Greece. Chiropractors diagnose and treat patients whose health problems are associated with the body’s muscular, nervous and skeletal systems, especially the spine. Chiropractors work to restore proper motion to joints that are not moving properly. The approach chiropractors use for health care is a holistic one, focusing on the overall well-being of the patient.

This requires the consideration of many factors that affect health, the body, mind and spirit, including exercise, diet, rest, nutrition, environment and heredity. X-rays are often used to assist with diagnosis. Chiropractic therapy has been shown to be effective for acute and chronic low back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches (including migraines), stress, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, other sports injuries and posture problems. Individuals with bone fractures or tumours, acute arthritis, bone or joint infections / inflammations, or advanced osteoporosis however should avoid chiropractic therapy in those areas affected by any of these conditions. In New Zealand registered and approved chiropractors are now able to be accessed as a first line treatment provider for some injuries covered by ACC.


NZ Chiropractor.


Colour Therapy
Colour therapy, also known as Chromatherapy, is based on the theory that certain colours are infused with healing properties. This is an ancient therapy that is derived from Ayurvedic medicine, an ancient form of medicine practised in India for over 5,000 years. Colour therapy was also used in ancient Egypt and China, in fact, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), each body organ is associated with a colour. In Qigong, healing sounds are also associated with a colour, which in turn relates to a specific organ or emotion. The therapy uses the seven colours of the rainbow to promote balance and healing in the mind and body.

Colour therapy is thought to aid in promoting the energy flow of the colour magnetic fields, which then strengthen and assist the cells to repair. It is based on the idea that every individual person contains the five basic elements of the universe: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Spirit. These 5 elements are present in specific proportions unique to an individual's personality and genetic make-up. When these elements are thrown out of balance it is believed that an illness may result. Colour therapy uses the energies inherent within the colour spectrum which is composed of different frequencies or wavelengths of light energy. Each of the seven colours of the spectrum has associated specific healing properties.

Violet promotes enlightenment, revelation, and spiritual awakening. Colour therapists use violet to soothe organs, relax muscles, and calm the nervous system. Indigo is sedative and calming. It is said to promote insight or intuition. Indigo is thought to be useful in controlling bleeding and abscesses.

Blue promotes and enhances communication and knowledge. Therapists believe blue eliminates toxins, and is used to help treat liver disorders and jaundice. Green is associated with balance and is located in the middle of the colour spectrum.

Green is calming, and used by therapists to promote the healing of ulcers. It is said to have antiseptic, germicidal, and antibacterial properties and is sometimes used by holistic colour therapists to treat bacterial infections.

Yellow is a sensory stimulant associated with wisdom and clarity. Yellow is thought to have decongestant and antibacterial properties, and is useful in stimulating both the digestive system and the lymphatic system.

Orange promotes pleasure, enthusiasm, and sexual stimulation. Colour therapists believe it has antibacterial properties and may be useful in easing digestive system discomforts (for example, flatulence, cramps).

Red promotes energy, empowerment and stimulation. It is thought to improve circulation and stimulate red blood cell production.

Colour therapists often relate the seven colours of the colour spectrum to specific areas of the body known as the chakras. In yoga, the chakras are specific spiritual energy centres of the body. The therapeutic action of colours is related to the chakra they represent: Colour may also be used around our environment to achieve certain calming or healing effects. Home décor, furniture, and decorative accessories may all be selected in specific colour families.

Clothing may be chosen in specific colours for its healing or invigorating properties. Colour therapy can also be used in conjunction with both hydrotherapy and aromatherapy to heighten the therapeutic effect. Spas and holistic healthcare providers may recommend colour baths or soaks, which combine the benefits of a warm or hot water soak with healing essential oils and the bright hues that are used in colour therapy. While colour therapy may be an effective treatment for promoting relaxation and general overall well-being, or as a complementary therapy for treating some minor ailments, individuals with serious chronic or acute health problems should not rely solely on colour therapy for treatment.

Anyone with a chronic or acute health concern should seek the advice of their qualified medical practitioner.


Counselling and Psychotherapy
There are several types of counselling or psychotherapy services however their prime goal is to help you to understand in the mind what is happening in your life and provide the mechanisms to help you to find solutions. It looks at the person as a whole and considers the many complex factors that have contributed to making every person unique. It is a positive learning process of discovery. This process helps people to better understand the experiences in their life, their responses to them and the resulting actions they have taken. It then assists you to resolve problems by increasing awareness of the inner self and strengthen coping mechanisms to make clearer choices, and thus achieve a more lasting independence. It is about understanding and listening to yourself on all levels, body, mind and spirit.

The process is helpful for anyone trying to make sense of their life, confronting specific issues or for deeper self exploration. It has proven effective for those troubled by relationship challenges, intimacy anxieties, compulsive behaviours, stress disorders, addictions or co-dependency, weight management and eating disorders or those experiencing grief. Increasingly nowadays we have come to realise the link between our physical ailments and emotional state.

Councelling or psychotherapy services many be found privately within the community or obtained via a referral from a doctor (GP). Funding is available to eligible persons in NZ for these services.


Cranial Osteopathy
Cranial osteopathy is a type of osteopathic treatment with a gentle yet extremely effective approach that promotes the release of stresses and tensions allowing the brain to unite to a healthy state. It was developed by Dr. Sutherland in the 1930’s who noted that the design of the bones in the skull permitted slight motion and that any restriction of normal motion due to injury, trauma, or disease could affect a person’s health.

Cranial osteopaths believe they are able to identify that a rhythm exists in the flow of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord (cerebral spinal fluid) and some that conditions may be diagnosed by detecting deviations in this rhythm and corrected by manipulating the skull. The skull is made up of 26 bones which are intricately connected in such a way that during the rhythmical cycle of involuntary motion, the skull can actually change shape very slightly to accommodate the normal involuntary motion of the brain inside.

Blows to the head, for example birth trauma, or car accident victims can block or disrupt this movement. This is believed to cause a wide variety of problems both in the head and elsewhere in the body. Using involuntary motion in the tissues, cranial osteopaths believe they can feel whether a person is functioning in the best way they can and if they are in an optimum state of health, or whether there is something preventing healthy movement of the tissues from occurring.


Crystal Therapy
The use of crystals and minerals to promote healing is not new. The concept of the chakra system in the human energy field has its origins in Indian Hindu teaching over 5000 years ago, where there has always been a great awareness of the energy centres in the human form. The chakras within the body are specialised energy centres, linking the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies together. It is believed there are seven major chakras associated with a major nerve plexus and each chakra has a direct effect on specific glands or functions of the body. Dysfunction of the chakras is thought to indicate a predisposition to illness. The activity of the chakras can be determined by various methods such as use of colour, crystals or meditations.

The electromagnetic fields encircling the body are referred to as the human aura, which appears as light and fluid-like and with the help of special Kirlian photography it is now possible to see the colours of the human aura. Crystals also emit different vibrations which is believed to have a very definite effect on energy flow and each chakra also has its own rate of vibration and specific colour which has an effect upon the body as well as the aura. The degree of brightness or dimness of the aura is thought to be indicative of the state of well being within an individual. The benefits of crystal therapy are said to induce deep relaxation, release stress and promote energy. It is said to help a variety of conditions that appear to be related to modern living.

Crystals for healing purposes should be naturally grown. Quartz crystals, most commonly used, are composed of silicon dioxide and may also contain trace elements. When trace elements are present in quartz crystal the colour and the frequency of the quartz is affected. For example the colour of amethyst, a pale lilac to dark purple crystal is caused by the presence of manganese in the original quartz. This additional trace element has changed not only the colour, but also the rate of vibration of the crystal. When different crystals are used as a treatment, their specific vibration is thought to not only have a specific effect on the energies of the body, but also on the human aura.

How to Cleanse and Prepare Healing Crystals. Before you begin using any of your crystals, you should cleanse them thoroughly. Cleansing is a very important process of preparing crystals and gems - be they precious or semi-precious - particularly before using them for healing purposes. You do not know where your crystals or gems may have been before they got to your hands so it is very important to properly cleanse them of any negative energy and contaminants that might have become attached to them. Either method or even a combination is recommended.

Clean them with fresh running water. Leave your crystals or gems under running water for six to seven hours. A flowing creek or stream is best. This method is one of the easiest and requires very little effort. Running water is, essentially, a very powerful method of cleansing.
Bury your crystals in some earth overnight. Come morning, rinse them off thoroughly. This method will work well for those who have a nice patch of garden with lots of rich soil.
Hold your crystal or gem in the flame of a candle. Keep it rotating in the flame for about 5 minutes. The powerful cleansing properties of fire will help to clear all negative energy.
Place your special gems amongst a heap of quartz for several days. This method is believed to revive the inherent energy of your gem through contact with the quartz.
Energize your cleansed crystal or gem With natural Sunlight. For best results, you should make use of the most powerful source of Yang energy to cleanse and purify your gems.
In addition to the other methods of cleansing and purifying, all gems - with the exception of red coral and ruby - should be immersed in raw milk for at least three hours to remove all impurities. Substitute with soapy water for your red coral, and put your ruby in lemon juice. It is recommended to keep your gem completely immersed for at least three hours. This method is believed to effectively draw out all the impurities present in your gem and dissolve them altogether.


Himalayan Salt Crystal Therapy


Himalayan Crystal Salt Therapy
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Diet & Nutrition
Obesity is a world-wide chronic condition that has become the world’s number two killer, secondary only to smoking. Overweight and obesity are major causes of preventable deaths and combined with our sedentary lifestyles is increasing at an ever alarming rate worldwide. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of premature death from many causes but specifically, hypertension (high blood pressure), type II diabetes, hypercholesterolaemia, coronary artery disease, gallbladder disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, sleep apnoea, and respiratory conditions, as well as some cancers of the colon, endometrium, breast and prostrate.

Dieticians and Nutritionalists are trained in the health education aspects of healthy diet and good weight management, especially when related to the dietary needs of people with underlying various medical or health conditions.





VITAMINS are complex chemicals found in food and used by the body for growth, development, metabolism and health. Of the major vitamins, some are water soluble and some oil soluble. Water soluble vitamins must be taken into the body daily because they cannot be stored and are excreted within 1-4 days. These include the B group vitamins and Vitamin C. Oil soluble vitamins can be stored for longer periods of time in the body’s fatty tissue and in the liver. These include Vitamins A, D, E and K. Both types of vitamins are needed for good health.

VITAMIN A improves immunity and maintains the mucous membranes of the lungs and intestines. Essential for healthy eyes, skin and hair it is found in fish liver oil, dairy foods, eggs, butter, margarine, liver and kidneys. In addition, some food manufacturers fortify a wide range of products with vitamin A. Breakfast cereals, pastries, breads, crackers, cereal grain bars and other foods may be fortified with 10% to 15% of the recommenced daily value for vitamin A. A deficiency in Vitamin A may lead to an increased susceptibility to infections, impaired bone growth and eyesight, skin and hair problems. Beta Carotene may be converted to vitamin A by the body. Many people confuse beta carotene and vitamin A. They are NOT the same. BETA CAROTENE is the precursor of vitamin A, and the body must convert it to vitamin A. Carotenes are a group of highly coloured plant compounds and are abundant in many foods. Found in yellow, orange, red and some dark green fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A is only naturally available from animal sources. It improves immunity and helps to protect against the signs of ageing.

B GROUP VITAMINS are essential for healthy skin, hair, nails and eyes. They provide energy and are vital for normal functioning of the circulatory and nervous systems and promote the growth of new cells and tissues. Vitamin B6, otherwise known as pyridoxine, is the form most commonly used in supplements. B Group vitamins are found naturally in meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, yeast, breads, cereals, nuts, seeds, legumes, milk and leafy greens. A deficiency in Vitamin B can lead to anaemia, tiredness, and depression, inability to deal with stress, skin ailments and premature greying of the hair. Vitamin B12 Supplement.

VITAMIN C produces collagen that is essential for healthy bones, skin, cartilage and teeth. It also assists the body to absorb iron and improves the stress response. Vitamin C is found in all fruit and vegetables particularly citrus, kiwifruit, strawberries, tomatoes and capsicums. A deficiency in Vitamin C can cause loss of appetite, easy bleeding and bruising, tiredness and depression and may eventually lead to scurvy.

VITAMIN D is essential to help the body to absorb calcium and phosphorous for healthy teeth and bones. Vitamin D is produced naturally by the action of sunlight upon the skin. Vitamin D is also found in sardines, tuna, salmon, egg yolks, milk, cheese, sprouted seeds, margarine and oils. A deficiency in Vitamin D can eventually lead to rickets or other bone and muscle ailments.

VITAMIN E is an antioxidant, in that it protects against free radicals in the body. FREE RADICALS are unstable chemicals that can cause disease. Environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides can also spawn free radicals. Normally, the body can handle free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, tissue damage can occur. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age. ANTIOXIDANTS neutralise free radicals by donating one of their own electrons, ending the 'electron-stealing' reaction of a free radical.

The antioxidant nutrients themselves don’t become free radicals by donating an electron because they are stable in either form they act as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to disease. Required for healthy circulation and healthy muscles, Vitamin E also heals scar tissue. It is found in acai, meat, nuts, seeds, wholegrain cereals, vegetable oils and egg yolks.

VITAMIN K plays an important role in blood clotting. Without vitamin k, even a small cut could cause continuous bleeding in the body. The protein in the body most affected by vitamin K deficiency is a blood-clotting protein called prothrombin. Prothrombin and other clotting factors are dependent on vitamin K for production. It also plays a role in bone health, and may help to prevent osteoporosis.

Good sources of vitamin K include spinach, lettuce, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Cow's milk is also a good source of vitamin k. Some of the body's vitamin K is also supplied by bacteria living in the intestine rather than by dietary sources.

New-borns are especially prone to vitamin K deficiency. Breast milk is low in vitamin k and can supply only approximately 20% of the new-born infant's requirement. Babies are born with low levels of vitamin K in their body and they do not have any vitamin K-producing bacteria yet in their intestines as their digestive tracts are sterile. As a result, a form of vitamin K deficiency, called hemorrhagic disease of the new-born, may develop therefore vitamin K supplements are recommended to babies at birth.

ENZYMES The miracle of life would be impossible without enzymes. Enzymes are at the heart of all the body's activities, from digesting the food we eat to blinking our eyes.

"Man is not nourished by what he swallows, but by what he digests and uses."
--Hippocrates


Without enzymes, there would be no life as we know it, since the human body is actually a series of thousands of enzymatic reactions happening at every moment! No mineral, vitamin or hormone can function without enzymes.
Research scientists have found evidence that impaired digestion, as well as decreased enzyme activity in the blood, is directly related to the aging process and many of the illnesses and chronic degenerative conditions so prevalent in modern society. These studies suggest that as we age, the number of enzymes and their activity levels decrease. Enzyme supplements help prepare food for effective nutrient absorption and help maintain strong and healthy digestive and immune systems.

CALCIUM is regarded as one of the most vital and important minerals in our body. It regulates nerve and muscle function as well as growing and maintaining healthy bones, teeth, and nails. Calcium is also essential for blood clotting. An average man contains about 1.5 Kilograms of calcium and an average woman about 1 Kilogram. Over 99% of the calcium in your body is in bones and teeth with the remaining 1% found in the blood, lymph and other body fluids. calcium is found in milk, cheeses, yoghurts, almonds, brazil nuts, soya beans, egg yolks, carob, tofu, kelp and brewers yeast.

FOLIC ACID is so named after the latin word for 'foliage', as it was originally isolated from leafy green vegetables. The terms folic acid and folate are generally used to refer to the same substance. Folic Acid is essential for the synthesis of DNA and RNA, the genetic material of cells. It is essential for the development of the brain, spinal cord and skeleton of the unborn foetus. The formation of healthy red and white blood cells requires folic acid and it is also used in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which regulate brain functions inclulding mood sleep and appetite. A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reinforces the particular importance of folate in managing hypertension.

Researchers at the Harvard Medical School found a general correlation between a high intake of folate and a reduced risk of high blood pressure.
More specifically, women in the younger age group who consumed a minimum of 1 mg of folate daily decreased their hypertension risk by more than 45 percent, compared to women who consumed less than 0.2 mg every day. In the group of older women, risk was cut by nearly 20 percent when folate intake was at least 1 mg.

Here are some foods that contain high folate concentrations:
Chicken Liver: 100 gms contains 770 micrograms (mcg)
Braised Beef Liver: 100 gms contains 200 mcg
Lentils: 1/2 cup (cooked) contains 180 mcg
Asparagus: 1/2 cup contains 130 mcg
Spinach: 1/2 cup (cooked) contains 130 mcg
Kidney Beans: 1/2 cup contains 115 mcg
Orange: one medium orange contains 45 mcg.

IRON is essential as it forms part of the haemoglobin in red blood cells which carries oxygen to the cells via the bloodstream. It is crucial to our overall mental and physical health. Red blood cells contain a protein called Haemoglobin and each haemoglobin molecule contains 4 iron atoms. The iron in haemoglobin binds oxygen when it passes through blood vessels in the lungs and releases it in the tissues. After releasing oxygen, haemoglobin binds carbon dioxide, the water product of respiration, and carries it back to the lungs to be released. The red blood cells and the iron that they contain are recycled and replaced every 120 days. Haem-iron, found in meats, poultry and seafood is easily absorbed by the body. Approximately 25% of the iron found in red meats is able to be absorbed. Non-haem iron as found in eggs, kelp, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and grains, has a very low absorption rate of under 5%.

The tannins present in a cup of tea will also hinder iron absorption whereas vitamin C will enhance iron absorbtion.

A deficiency in iron causes tiredness, difficulty concentrating, a poor appetite, more susceptibility to infections and will eventually lead to anaemia.

POTASSIUM is vital to maintain the nerves, cells and muscles, promoting normal blood pressure and heart rhythm. Predominantly potassium is found in avocados, bananas, seeds, nuts, potatoes, pulses and cider vinegar. A deficiency in potassium my lead to extreme thirst and tiredness and may produce such tendencies as callous formations on the soles of the feet, hair loss, and eventually cardiac abnormalities.

SODIUM is required for the regulating of fluids within the body. Required for muscles and nerves, it is predominantly found in common table salt. Also found in ham, sausages, yeast extract, bread, cheese, and some takeaway foods. Excessive sodium is becoming more of a problem these days leading to increased fluid retention, weight gain, hypertension and some renal problems.

SELENIUM is a trace element that is thought to protect against disease and have anti-aging properties. A powerful ant-oxidant, it is found predominantly in Brazil nuts and walnuts, but also in smaller quantities in shellfish, kelp, wheat-germ, barley and oats. When taken with Vitamin E, selenium enhances the effects of both. Selenium is naturally deficient in New Zealand soils.

ZINC is an important mineral for healthy skin and eyes. It is essential for taste, smell and appetite and plays an important role in immunity. It is also important for reproduction. Found in meats, liver, eggs, fish, shellfish, legumes and wholegrain cereals.

DIETARY FIBRE is obtained from plants and is broken down in the large intestine. It helps to relieve constipation and lower cholesterol as well as promote a normal bowel function. Dietary fibre is found in grains, cereals, fruits, nuts and seeds.

POLYUNSATURATED FATS are the only source of the essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6. They both help to lower blood cholesterol and blood triglyceride (fat) levels protecting the body from heart disease and stroke, as well as being essential for physical growth. The Omega-3 fatty acids are found in tuna, salmon, sardines, mackerel, linseed, canola and Soya oils. Omega-6 fatty acids are available in sunflower, corn, flax seed and safflower oils, and also in Soya beans, walnuts and Brazil nuts.

PROTEIN is responsible for building and repairing body tissues and production of antibodies to fight infections. Excessive protein is usually stored in the body as fat. Protein is found in meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, cheese, Soya beans and in smaller quantities in nuts, seeds, grains and legumes.

A healthy dietary lifestyle is an important factor in controlling overweight and obesity however, regular physical exercise is too often forgotten or ignored. Exercise should be an important ingredient in any weight loss programme. Exercise raises the metabolic rate, increases fat burning potential and enhances all weight loss programmes. Regular exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle and 30 minutes a day will enhance your overall health condition as well as significantly contribute to good weight management.





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Doctors and Medical Specialists
Regardless of what might be said about 'overspecialised' medicine, there is little doubt that the tremendous progress of medical science has created a greater need today for the medical specialities than ever before. Scientifically advancing surgical skills, diagnostic and treatment methods and technological advancements, demand the full time and attention of specialist doctors and physicians in the continual advancement within the expanding field of medical care.
Medical science is bound together in its many continuing advanced specialities, by research, knowledge and reciprocity. Best Practice care with resesarched standards forms the foundation of the modern orthodox health system.

The General Practitioner (GP), holistically cares for their patients’ well-being and are usually the first contact for a health concern or doctor consultation. The majority of doctor consultations occur here in the Primary setting. They may then refer some of the more complex, acute or serious cases through to the various specialist physicians who are able to carry out a more advanced level of care with highly skilled and scientifically technical treatment options available. There are specialists available in both the public and private health sectors and you should discus with your GP the best options available for you, the main difference being waiting time for an appointment and cost.

The specialist and the general practitioner are quite dependent upon each other for a complete and competent service to their patients and each practitioner, regardless of their field of practice, is equally important in the advanced management and treatment for the health needs of their patients. A highly skilled team approach using the latest in scientific medical information Medical practitioners are also required to undergo Continuing Medical Education (CME) and must meet a minimum requirement to maintain their annual practising certificate.



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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Works on all negative emotions. EFT is often done on a one to one basis but may also be available in group sessions. It has a good success rate for traumas, phobias, generalised anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, addictions and many other irrational mental patterns and behaviours. It is often used with other therapies such as psychotherapy and counselling (and in fact many of these practitioners also practice EFT), to maximise the effect.


Feldenkrais Method
Is named after the originator, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), who was an engineer, physicist and judo expert. The Feldenkrais method aims to create awareness through movement and functional integration. It is a practical, gentle and scientifically-based system for improving the postural and movement habits which contribute to muscular, spinal and joint impairments. This is achieved by offering a practical way to realise our body’s potential more fully. It is useful for stiff necks, some spinal problems, flexibility, postural improvement and repetitive strain injuries. Feldenkrais is also beneficial for the easing of some pain symptoms and the reduction of stress and tension. The Feldenkrais method is said to provide remarkable benefits and may be used to complement and enhance the effects of other healing therapies such as chiropractic, yoga and gym work.


Herbal Remedies
Herbal medicine is the traditional healing form of all cultures and is still recognised in many parts of the world as the first medicine. It is a major component in many indigenous or traditional medicines and a common element featuring in Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, Naturopathic and Oriental medicines. Modern science increasingly supports the use of herbs for health as we come to understand their gentle but effective properties. Many commercial pharmaceuticals and nutricals are based on the properties of herbal medicine. Herbalists must train in anatomy and physiology, pathology, biochemistry, botany, differential diagnosis and pharmacology as well as studying over 100 herbs and their applications along with the philosophy of herbal medicine. The training involves 3-4 years of full time study including extensive clinical experience.

An initial consultation with a herbalist will usually last 60-90 minutes with a thorough case history being taken covering health from childhood, family health trends, diet and lifestyle as well as some physical examinations such as blood tests. Herbal remedies are very natural however may also be very potent so extreme care must be taken with the preparation of any herbal remedy. Herbal remedies may react with any medication that you are taking.





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Holistic Pulsing
Is said to ease tension and integrate areas of body and mind and emotion. Holistic pulsing is a technique of freeing body tensions and bringing about deep relaxation by attuning to the rhythms of the body. It is an easy, natural way of unblocking, without trauma. It works on all systems of the body and is always enjoyable and often blissful. It has also been reported to stimulate immune response and enhance toxin release.

During a session the practitioner applies rocking and gentle stretching to the body. No oils are used and there is no need to undress. The body is rocked with a gentle rhythmic pulse. This can be very quiet or can become quite vigorous. The pulsing can be continuous or it can fade to periods of total stillness before the practitioner starts up again. Emotions may surface and laughter is common. Towards the end of the session you rest for a long period while the experience of the pulsing movement is integrated and absorbed. Holistic Pulsing is beneficial for people of all ages. This form of body-work is profoundly relaxing and highly enjoyable and can take you deeply into yourself. Holistic Pulsing is integrating all aspects of the human-being: the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.


Homeopathy
Deriving from, homeo (similar) and pathos (suffering) is a holistic system of medicine that was founded in the early 19th century by German physician, Dr. Hahnemann (1755-1843). Practices at that period were based on the ancient Greek ‘humeral’ theory which attributed disease to an imbalance of four humours (blood, phlegm, black motions and yellow bile) and the four bodily conditions (hot, cold, wet, and dry) that related to the four elements (air, earth, fire, and water).

Physicians of the era would attempt to balance these humours by treating the symptoms with opposites. For example, fever (hot) was believed to be due to excess blood because patients appeared flushed; therefore, balance was sought by ‘blood-letting’ in order to cool the patient. Hahnemann called these practices "allopathic" (allos -opposite, pathos -suffering), and attempted to challenge these theories.

Classical homeopathy rests on three principles:
The law of similars, or "like cures like", originally derived from the successful treatment of malaria with cinchona bark. The bark contains quinine, which helps in the treatment of malaria but also causes fevers, symptoms of malaria. Homeopathy states that a disease is cured by a medicine which creates symptoms similar to the patient in a healthy person. The homeopathic physician determines which remedy best matches the symptoms the patient is experiencing and prescribes it.

The single remedy; states that a single medicine should cover all the symptoms the patient is experiencing: mental, emotional, and physical. A classical homeopath would tend not to prescribe one remedy for a headache and another for an upset stomach but rather find a single remedy that covers all symptoms.

The principle of the minimum dose. First the homeopathic physician only prescribes a small number of doses of the homeopathic remedy and waits to see what effect it will have. The remedy is then prescribed in an infinitesimal dose. Homeopaths believe that the effects of homeopathic remedies are strengthened upon successive dilutions as long as the remedy is violently shaken between each dilution. Remedies are typically used in extremely high dilutions.

Practitioners of homeopathy believe that concoctions with as little as one molecule per million is enough to stimulate the body's healing mechanism.

One of the stranger concepts of homeopathy, proposed by Dr. Hahnemann, is that the potency of a remedy increases as the drug becomes more and more dilute. Some drugs are diluted so many times that they don't contain any molecules of the substance that was initially diluted, yet homeopaths claim that these are their most potent medications. It is believed that the essence or electromagnetic energy of the original substance contained within the solution will stimulate healing.

It is the use of infinitesimal doses that is the most controversial aspect of homeopathy and the reason why most conventional doctors claim it functions only as a placebo. However, a number of controlled studies have been performed which in fact show some equivocal effectiveness of homeopathic medicine in treating a few ailments. Because the substances used in homeopathy are extremely small, there are no side effects, adverse reactions, or contraindications.

However simply because it is sometimes reasonable to treat "like with like" it does not follow that it is always reasonable to treat like with like. For example; the symptomatic treatment of diabetes is not more sugar but insulin. Homeopathy conflicts more with the basic laws of physics, chemistry and pharmacology than with clinical medicine. No matter what ails you, treatment is with a diluted, like remedy.


Hydrotherapy
Also known as water therapy; requires use of water in all forms (hot, cold, steam, or ice) to relieve discomfort, enhance healing and promote physical well-being. This may consist of therapeutic spas, plunge pools, saunas, thermal springs, hot / cold showers, lane swimming, water aerobics, hot water bottles and ice packs to name a few, that make up some of the practices of hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is often very successfully combined with aromatherapy and colour therapy as well as the manipulative therapies like physiotherapy or the relaxing therapy of massage.


Hypnotherapy
The scientific conception of hypnotism wasn't born until the late 1700s. The father of modern hypnotism Franz Mesmer,an Austrian physician believed hypnosis to be a mystical force flowing from the hypnotist into the subject (he called it "animal magnetism"). Originally known as mesmerism, after Mesmer,James Braid, who was a 19th century Scottish surgeon, originated the terms "hypnotism" and "hypnosis" based on the word hypnos, which is Greek for "to sleep." It is a trance state characterised by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination however a hypnotist can't get you to do anything you don't want to do. People have been pondering and arguing over hypnosis for more than 200 years, but science has yet to fully explain how it actually works. In some studies, EEGs from subjects under hypnosis showed a boost in the lower frequency waves associated with dreaming and sleep, and a drop in the higher frequency waves associated with full wakefulness. Brain-wave information is not a definitive indicator of how the mind is operating, but this pattern does fit the hypothesis that the conscious mind backs off during hypnosis and the subconscious mind takes a more active role. Thus the predominant school of thought on hypnosis is that it is a way to access a person's subconscious mind. Hypnosis gets in touch with your subconscious or behavioural patterning and allows your mind to revisit past issues and resolve them. This then enables you to be able to move on and ‘get over it’. By using a combination of techniques such as hypno-analysis and creative neuro-linguistic programming, it is possible to not only remove an effect, but more importantly to identify the original cause thereby gaining more control over situations and moving on past old issues. A hypnotist is someone who induces the state of hypnosis, and a hypnotherapist is a person who induces hypnosis to treat physical or mental illnesses.


Iridology
Means the study of the colouration of the eye. Iris comes from the Greek name for the goddess of the rainbow. The Greeks noted that eyes came in various colours and markings. When you look closely at your iris you will see a pattern in the delicate fibres that make up the coloured part of the eye. This pattern is absolutely unique and unchangeable, many iridologists claim that the iris is a better identifier than an individual’s fingerprints. The iris is also said to reveal the changing conditions of the body.

Iridology is based on the unsubstantiated assumption that every organ in the human body has a corresponding location within the iris and that one can determine whether an organ is healthy or diseased by examining the iris rather than the organ itself. Through various markings, signs, or discolourations within the iris, iridologists believe study may reveal inherited weaknesses and strengths. By determining exactly where a particular marking lies, at a specified time in the day, iridology claims that detection a potential health problem may be made. Iridology claims you are able to tell an individual of their inherited and acquired tendencies towards health and disease, your current condition in general, and the state of every organ in particular.

Iridology cannot detect a specific disease and should not be relied on to do so, but it may advise an individual if they have over or under cellular activity in specific areas of the body. For example, Iridologists believe they can detect an under-active pancreas that may indicate a predisposition to a diabetic condition.

By finding your potential weak areas, it is thought that iridology may be able to help you nip a disease in the bud, long before any symptoms or disease have become established. Iridology goes way beyond claiming that the eyes often provide signs of disease. However evidence for this belief is scientifically lacking and no proper scientific testing has been carried out on these claims.

Specific eye problems and diseases should be referred to Ophthalmologists and optometrists who are able to identify ocular health problems by examining the eyes.


Kinesiology
Kinesiology is a combination of the Greek 'to move' (kinein) and 'logos' (discourse). It is usually accepted that Aristotle (384-322 BC) is the 'Father of Kinesiolgy' His treatises, PARTS OF ANIMALS, MOVEMENT OF ANIMALS, and PROGRESSION OF ANIMALS, described the actions of the muscles and subjected them to geometric analysis for the first time. He was first to analyse and describe walking, in which rotatory motion is transformed into translatory motion. Kinesiologists in effect combine anatomy, the science of structure of the body, with physiology, the science of function of the body, to produce kinesiology, the science of movement of the body. Applied kinesiology developed in 1964 by George Goodheart, a Michigan chiropractor. Adapted to diagnose or read (among other conditions), energy imbalances or nutritional values by pushing or pulling on different muscles, applied kinesiology looks at the body, mind and spirit. Applied kinesiologists use muscle assessments along with psychotherapy to precisely identify the location and/or the nature of any imbalances. A range of gentle yet powerful postural and physical corrections and treatments which are said to bring about instant relief or change and balance by removing toxins, relieving energy blockages, reducing tension and enhancing the body’s natural healing ability.

Applied kinesiologists may assist clients with their personal growth and development, fears / phobias, emotional freedom, muscle injuries, back problems, nutritional support and stress or anxiety management. Applied kinesiology is said to lead to increased physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Kinesiology is said to tap into energies that the more conventional modalities overlook by looking beyond the symptoms. Applied kinesiology does not treat named diseases. Nor does it diagnose them. It is concerned with imbalances in the body's energy. In this respect, applied kinesiology has close links with the acupuncture concept of energy flow. Applied kinesiology has little scientific data to back it up other than the biomechanical benefits. More information: http://www.usd.edu/~jarichar/HIST.html and http://www.watchman.org/na/namedak.htm




Laughter
Yes this is really an effective therapy. The old saying ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ is really not too far from the truth. In general, laughter improves your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. It can relieve stress and tension and aids in relaxation. Laughter stimulates the immune system, reduces stress, and helps to balance the body's natural energy fields, or auras. People who have developed a strong sense of humour generally have a better sense of well-being and control in their lives.

Did you know that it takes more facial muscles to frown than it does to laugh or smile? A report from the University of Maryland, USA reports that “We don’t know why laughing protects the heart, but we do know that mental stress is strongly associated with impairment of the protective lining of the blood vessels. This can actually cause fat and cholesterol build-up in the coronary arteries and, ultimately, a heart attack.”

If you want to burn a few extra calories, then laugh say researchers.

It's no match for running, cycling or pumping weights but scientists have confirmed that laughing out loud for 10-15 minutes a day burns approximately 10-40 calories, the amount in a small piece of chocolate.

It was calculated that this is equal to 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) a year if you do it every day.

Laughing makes people feel good and clearly, humour and laughter have a positive effect on ones attitude and overall health so treat yourself regularly to some laughter therapy. Laughter and happiness are essential ingredients that should be gently woven throughout all of our lives.


Magnetic Healing
All life on Earth exists in and responds to the magnetic field that surrounds and makes up the Earth, with the North and South Poles being oppositely charged. Our planet is a giant magnet. You prove this each time you use a compass, but beyond that probably don't notice it much. The use of magnetic healing therapy was first recorded by the Chinese in the Yellow Emperor's Book of Internal Medicine at approximately 2000 BC

Magnetic therapy works by polarising anions and cations within the body. This is thought to have the effect of stimulating the tissue salts from a state of inactivity and stagnation to one of order and alignment within the cellular tissues. Magnetic stimulation acts by getting the tissue fluids flowing again helping to remove waste products, reduce swelling and encouraging cell metabolism to a normal state. Injury tends to have the effect of depolarising any cells that have been damaged.

Magnet strength is measured in gauss -- a refrigerator magnet is 10 gauss, while magnets used to treat pain go as high as 10,000 gauss or more. The quality and strength of the magnet is critical to its success -- it must be strong enough to penetrate the affected tissue, which might be quite deep or at a distance from the site of the magnet. A basic magnet, one with about 300 gauss to 500 gauss, can penetrate an inch or so, but if you are wearing a magnet to relieve deep back pain from a disc problem, you are likely to need a stronger one. In that case, start with one that is well over 1,000 gauss and go higher if you find that isn't strong enough to ease pain. For pain in the finger joints, it was recommended to wear a wristband (not a bracelet that doesn't stay flush to the skin) that is at least 350 gauss.

Wearing magnets are not like taking an aspirin - you should plan to have a magnet on for some time. The good news is that magnets don't wear out - the magnetic energy itself will keep going and going.

Magnetic therapy may relax tense muscles, relieve soft tissue injury, relieve muscular and skeletal pain and in some cases help accelerate the healing process. The treatment involves the strategic placing of magnets on the body tissue, allowing the body to heal while you rest. Sleeping on a magnetic mattress or bed is said to counter the effect of stress, tiredness, arthritis, sciatica, carpal tunnel, asthma, headaches and migraines.

A research team at Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth, England, conducted a study that was recently published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on the use of magnets to relieve osteoarthritis pain.

The results were enlightening -- wearing magnets provided a significant reduction in pain, relieved sensations of burning and tingling as well as exercise-associated pain in those with hip or knee osteoarthritis or diabetic neuropathy.

Even though doctors don't know why magnets work, the studies repeatedly showed that magnets often can be more effective in providing pain relief than even drugs.

However anyone with a medical device such as a pacemaker -- or whose partner has such a device -- should not wear magnets. They can disrupt the work of the device. Pregnant women are also advised not to wear magnets for the duration of their pregnancy.






Massage
Is based on a hands-on manipulation (rubbing and kneading) of the soft tissues of the body including the connective tissue, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. There are many types of massage techniques. The most commonly known are Thai massage and Swedish massage. Massage therapists work to improve the circulation of the blood through the body and to speed the removal of metabolic waste products from muscles by encouraging the tissues to flush out lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It works by improving circulation without increasing the heart load, while at the same time, stretching the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple and reducing muscular tension.

Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system. It can help to reduce emotional or physical stress by enhancing general relaxation and it is often recommended as part of a regular program for stress management, anxiety or chronic pain syndromes. It is also beneficial in reducing the development of painful muscular contractures, if started early enough, after trauma injury accidents by enhancing tissue elasticity and flexibility.

Massage is believed to shorten recovery time from muscular strains and is also often used prior to a sporting event to help warm the muscles up, promote circulation and reduce the likelihood of a strain. Sleep is often improved with massage therapy due to the increased feeling of relaxation and better energy flow. A massage is usually relaxing and feels good. Most of us, however, could not explain the physical and physiological mechanisms causing the relaxation and pleasure.

Most of us probably suspect it has something to do with the enjoyment of being touched by another person, and with the physical movement of the massage.

Research shows that massage reduces the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymphatic flow, relaxes muscles, improves motion range and increases endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. Therapeutic massage enhances many medical treatments and helps people feel less anxious and stressed, relaxed yet more alert.

Scientists now also believe they can explain the ‘healing hands’ effect. Recent research shows that ‘therapeutic touch’ or TT works by stimulating the release of Immunoglobulin A, which serves as a first line of defence against invading micro-organisms and disease. In the research, a team from Tennessee State University investigated the clinical effectiveness of TT by giving the therapy to patients who had never had it before. The result was remarkable as the level of Immunoglobulin A was higher in those who had benefited from the treatment. Health improvement was reported in 59% of patients and 55% reported pain relief.

Therapeutic massage may help with; anxiety, arthritis (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid), asthma and bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic and temporary pain, circulatory problems, depression, digestive disorders- including spastic colon, constipation and diarrhoea, headache (especially when due to muscle tension), insomnia, myofascial pain (a condition of the tissue connecting the muscles), reduced range of movement or motion, sinusitis, sports injuries (including pulled or strained muscles and sprained ligaments), stress and temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). Since massage therapy is essentially an unregulated profession this has not stopped the profession from expanding to the point where even dogs and horses can now get a healing massage.




Meditation
Practising meditation involves learning to let go and free the mind allowing healing to take place like a current of flowing energy. It is believed that the mind must be at peace to heal. Meditation not only relaxes you, it releases endorphins and amino acids made by the pituitary gland that relieve pain. More importantly, meditation may provide a sense of inner well-being. Buddhist meditation as practised is known as Vipassana. Yoga may also involve the practice of meditation.


Naturopathy
A registered naturopath is a practitioner of Natural Healing (Complimentary Medicine), that has qualified in many aspects of medical science such as anatomy and physiology, diagnosis, recognition, treatment and prevention of disease, and acute and chronic health problems to a predetermined level.

Treatment by a Naturopath is directed at health restoration and health maintenance and may include, nutritional counselling, metabolic supplementation, herbal formulation, homeopathy, Bach flower therapy, cleansing diets and fasting regimes, iridology and some physical therapies such as massage or holistic pulsing. Treatment may also include diagnostics such as blood tests, or referral to a GP depending on the nature of the illness.

Natural Therapists are registered through the New Zealand Natural Health Practitioners Accreditation Board, The New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners and the South Pacific Association of Natural Therapies.


Navajo Health And Healing.
The Navajo culture has one fundamental core belief that is the basis for life: The Universe and everything in it is dependant on balance and harmony. The Navajo believe that everything in the Universe has two aspects, male and female. For the Universe to continue, there must be a perfect balance of this male and female energy, existing in perfect balance and working together in perfect harmony. This is called Hozho.

Humans have both aspects as well, and perfect health is dependant on keeping them in balance and maintaining balance in all things. When the balance is off, when the harmony is disrupted, it results in injury or illness. To be restored to health, the Hozho must be restored.

When a Navajo is hurt or ill, they will go to a specialized Medicine person, a diagnostician, to discover where the Hozho has been lost.

There are three types of diagnosticians in the Navajo culture: the hand trembler, the star gazer and the crystal gazer. Each has been given this gift by the Above Beings. The hand trembler runs a hand over the patient to find the disharmony, the star gazer, of course, looks into the night sky for the diagnosis, and the crystal gazer looks into a special quartz crystal. When the disharmony has been discovered, the patient is then referred to another specialized Medicine person, the Hataalii, who heals through a complex ceremony called a "sing".

A sing usually involves sand paintings and chants, and can last as long as 3 days. Many of the sings have been lost over time, but many are still known. The family of the patient will invite all of the patient’s family and friends to the sing, in order to support the healing.

Each sing is for a specific disharmony. They are so complex that a Hataalii can only know one, or in very rare cases, two. The sing must be done flawlessly. If a single mistake is made, the sing will not be successful. The ceremonies are handed down from generation to generation, given by the Hataalii to an apprentice who feels they have a gift for this.

The sand paintings are also called "dry paintings" and the patient sits in them. When the sing is finished, the sand painting is destroyed. They have become popular as art pieces, but a sand painting done to sell as art will never be 100% accurate. That would be an affront to the Universe.

To see some photos of sand paintings:

Navajo Sand Paintings. and Navajo Canyon Art.

In these modern times, Navajos of course utilize modern medicine when they are sick or injured, but Hataaliis work in conjunction with medical personnel to restore the patient to health. On the Navajo reservation, medical care is scarce, and traditional Navajo will often consult their Medicine people first.


Neuro-Linguistic Programming
NLP is the study of how language and the cognition of external events affect behaviour. It looks at how we use our brain to organise our experiences to make sense of the world. NLP interventions are typically brief, respectful of the clients' world view and usually highly effective. NLP is effective for dealing with phobias, past traumas and learned limitations. It is also useful for learning new behaviours, dealing with internal conflict, interpersonal conflicts, communication skills and making life changes.


Nursing
Nurses are found throughout most medical, healing and cultural practices. The prime area of a nurses expertise lies in the ability to provide a high standard nursing care, while ensuring their patients well-being and creature-comforts are catered for. The delivery of quality nursing care ensures that personal and prescribed medical needs are met at all levels of sickness or incapacity. From the basic assessment and caring, blood test or wound care to extremely highly technical sophisticated equipment monitoring, resuscitation and emergency techniques or procedures.

Nurses are lovingly woven like a thread throughout the health-care infrastructure comprising of the largest single component of hospital staff, they are the primary providers of hospital patient care, and deliver most of the world’s long-term care. Although about 60 percent of all employed RNs (Registered Nurses), work in hospitals, many are employed in a wide range of other settings, including private practices, public health agencies, health organisations, rest homes, nursing homes, doctors offices, dental clinics, diagnostic laboratories, insurance and managed care companies, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.

Other nurses work in careers as college and university educators educating future nurses or as scientists developing advances in many areas of health care, health promotion and wellness. The input that nurses as a group put into healthcare is enormous.

Some areas of nursing include the following, although there are also many more:

Accident & Emergency Orthopaedics
Anaesthesia Outpatient Clinics
Community Health Palliative Care
Critical Care/Intensive Care Paediatrics
Cardiology Plunket Nursing
District Nursing Practice Nursing
Geriatrics Nurse Practitioners
Gynaecology Private Nursing
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There are many nursing schools around the world and each country with their own standards and criteria. There are also differing qualifications within nursing. Nurse Aids may obtain a certificate following a 3 month part-time course, Enrolled Nurses register after passing a minimum 12 month course, Registered Nurses pass a minimum 3 year course or complete a diploma of Nursing and Nurse Practitioners register after completion of a university equivalent masters paper and upon acceptance by the Nursing Council. Nurses wishing to practice must hold a current practising certificate – issued annually, and if nursing in a foreign country must have passed that country’s criteria for practice, usually an exam.

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Occupational Therapists
Help people with physical, cognitive, sensory, motor, and/or psychological disabilities to master the skills needed for self-care, work and life. Occupational Therapists help people with disabilities to fulfil their roles and responsibilities as a spouse, parent, worker, and/or student. This is achieved through the use of therapeutic methods, applied technology and environmental modifications and adjustments.

Occupational Therapists treat each client on an individual level, based on their specific needs, goals, and desires and also to assist caregivers, families, friends, teachers and employers to understand and gain the skills necessary to support the individual with the disabilities that will promote or enhance their independence. Life skills such as; preparing drinks / meals, re-entering the workforce, performing usual job duties, using the telephone or computer, eating, doing the laundry, paying bills, independent mobility, cleaning house, personal care, taking care of family members, participating in hobbies, driving assessments and taking care of their pets, are just some of the life skills that are taught by an Occupational Therapist. Occupational therapists are available both in the public and private sectors of health.



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Osteopathy
Was founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who opened the first school of Osteopathy in America. Osteopathy places an emphasis on the musculo-skeletal system, (bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues). Osteo meaning bone & path meaning disease, osteopathy is a treatment that is designed to provide pain relief for the body's structural and mechanical problems. Osteopaths use their hands to carry out the treatment using a variety of techniques ranging from gentle release techniques to high velocity thrusts. Problems in the framework of the body are thought to disturb the circulatory system or nerves to any part of the body and affect any aspect of health.

Osteopaths work to restore the musculo-skeletal system of the body to a state of balance and harmony. Conditions that may be treated by an osteopath include: headaches, back pain, neck pain and stiffness, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, overuse injuries and joint discomfort.

There are several osteopathic qualifications. Diploma in Osteopathy is recognised by the letters DO on their qualifications. Bachelor of Science in Osteopathy is a degree in osteopathy. The length of training is the same for both, at least four years full-time training. The diploma course is recognised as being around the longest but recently some courses have been authorised by universities allowing them to offer degree passes.


Physiotherapy
Is a professional primary health care discipline directed towards the prevention or easing of physical movement dysfunction. Physiotherapy acts by encouraging the body to repair and move more efficiently. Physiotherapy is an essential part of the recovery process following soft tissue injuries, fractures, surgery (including joint replacement) and debilitating illness. Physiotherapy reduces acute pain and swelling, restores free movement of joints, releases stiff joints and soothes sore ones, strengthens muscles for powerful, effortless movement, stretches ligaments and muscles to increase flexibility, corrects balance of different muscle groups, assists in identifying postural and movement habits and relieves strain on muscles and joints. Many long-term complications, such as contractures, can be prevented by the appropriate physiotherapy treatment at an early stage.

Treatment techniques may include active and passive manipulation, mobilisation, stretching, exercises, massage, electrotherapy (for example ultrasound, TENS, or laser), strapping, splinting and supports. Heat, cold or hydrotherapy may also be indicated. The main emphasis is placed on helping patients to help themselves through individually prescribed exercises, posture and movement re-education, where required, along with advice on how to avoid recurrence of the injury.

A Chartered Physiotherapist must undergo a three-year Bachelor of Science degree involving detailed study of anatomy and physiology (structure and function of the body) and also in pathology which includes the understanding of the disease process. Physiotherapists are available both in the public and private sectors of health.


Podiatry
The profession of podiatry has developed from its origins in chiropody to become a medical speciality dealing with assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb. Podiatrists carry out all the treatments usually associated with Chiropodists, with the important difference that Podiatrists treat the entire lower limb, from the hip down, rather than just the foot. Podiatry has developed from a profession concentrating purely on the care of the feet to one concerned with the holistic approach to health. This includes 'biomechanics', which is concerned with the alignment of the bones in the foot and the resulting gait or symptoms to assessment and management of sports injuries.

Podiatrists are considered part of the professional health team when also dealing with medical conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Podiatrists along with medical doctors may prescribe for construction of foot Orthotics. Orthotics are individually and specially designed devices that are worn inside the shoe to control abnormal foot function and to accommodate painful areas of the foot. Properly designed limb Orthotics may compensate for impaired foot function, by controlling abnormal motion across the joints resulting in a dramatic improvement in foot symptoms and gait. Orthotics that are prescribed by the podiatrist and custom made for your feet, should not be confused with over the counter arch supports which may help the patient with minor arch discomfort, however they are often inadequate and do not control foot function properly.

Entry to the profession of podiatry is by successful completion of a degree in podiatry at a recognised school of podiatry, usually attached to a university. The degrees offered in podiatry are usually offered at honours degree level and are three or four year, full-time programmes. Podiatrists are available both in the public and private sectors of health.


Polarity Therapy
Is based on the common thought that health is enhanced by balancing the life energy. Polarity therapy attempts to eliminate blockages in these channels which can cause imbalance and illness. The theory is that, if the body's currents are balanced, the person relaxes and is able to heal more efficiently. Polarity therapy is a kind of acupuncture without the needles. Polarity therapy is very similar to Tao Shiatsu and also a variant of Reflexology. It replaces the yin and yang opposition with the positive/negative energy charges of the sides of the body (the right side is positively charged and the left negative). In polarity therapy, the foot is the site of just one of many key massage points that is believed to restore the proper balance of energy or chi. Little scientific evidence is available to support polarity therapy.


Reflexology
Is based on the belief that there are zones and reflexes in the body which correspond to and are relative to other parts, glands and organs within the body. The big toe, for example, is considered a reflex area for the head. Reflexology maps the body with the feet, the right foot relating to the right side of the body and the left foot relating to the left side of the body. Because the whole body is believed to be represented in the feet, reflexologists consider themselves to be holistic health practitioners, and not foot doctors. (see Chiropodists/Podiatrists).

The ancient Chinese and Egyptians are said to have practised reflexology and it is still very popular in Europe. By manipulating specific reflexes it is believed to unblock the 7,200 nerve endings in each foot thereby removing stress, enhancing circulation and promoting the body to return to a state of equilibrium. Reflexes are worked according to individual body disharmonies.

Practitioners of reflexology claim that they can cure a variety of aches and pains by massaging the correct reflex points on the foot and that reflexology can cure migraine headaches and relieve sinus problems. It is thought to be able to restore harmony to hormonal imbalances and cure breathing disorders and some digestive problems. If you have a back problem, it is believed that a massage on the right spot on the foot may alleviate your suffering.

If you suffer from circulatory problems or have a lot of tension and stress, reflexology may provide relief. Reflexology is often combined with other therapies and practices, such as acupressure, shiatsu, yoga, and tai chi and may often involve the hands and other body parts or zones, not just the feet. Little scientific evidence is available to support reflexology.


Reflexology foot.

Reiki
Is believed to have begun in Tibet 2,500 years ago. It is an ancient form of healing practised by Tibetan Buddhist Monks before being revived in the 1800's by Dr Mikao Usui of Japan. It is believed that after fasting and meditating for several weeks, he began hallucinating and hearing voices giving him "the keys to healing."

Rei means spirit in Japanese and ki, is the Japanese version of chi, or universal energy, so Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) means ‘spirit life force’. It has only recently been introduced to the Western world where it has since made a rapid spread throughout the alternative health network. Practitioners of Reiki believe that health and disease are a matter of our ‘life force’, or ki, being disrupted and when our ‘ki’ is blocked or disrupted mental and emotional imbalances are likely to arise. Reiki involves the transfer of ki from the therapist to the patient. This has the effect of enhancing the body's natural ability to heal on all levels; the physical, mental, emotional and the spiritual, through the rebalancing of ki.

However Reiki healers differ from other therapies such as Acupuncture, Polarity Therapy or Tao Shiatsu in that they do not try to unblock a person's ki, but rather channel the ki so the person heals. Ki flows through the body of the healer into the patient through the air. The Reiki master maintains they are able to draw upon the energy of the universe, which cannot be detected by any scientific instruments, but which can be felt and manipulated by special people.

The two principal forms of Reiki that are practised are the Usui System (hands on), and the Radiance Technique (hands off) The Usui therapy follows a traditional pattern of hand positions placed on the body without pressure.

Reiki is believed to relieve stress, release emotional blockages, enhance natural healing, stimulate the immune system, relax muscular spasms, restore energetic balance and accelerate wound healing, as well as bringing about a feeling of deep relaxation and a sense of well-being, mental clarity and calmness. Reiki is also believed to relieve pain and ease emotional distress by enhancing a spiritual connection in the recipient. Reiki harmonises the body on all levels.

Reiki complements and enhances all types of medical treatment and incorporates many elements from other alternative healing practices, such as; Aromatherapy, Crystals, Homeopathy, Meditation, Naturopathy, and Spiritual Healing . According to practitioners it has no side effects and no contraindications, although it should not be relied on as a single source of treatment for those with serious medical problems but rather used as an accompaniment to treatment. Reiki is also compatible with other healing modalities such as conventional modern medicine, chiropractic therapy, massage therapy, physiotherapy, and psychotherapy. Currently minimal scientific evidence is available to support reiki.


Rolfing
The body's connective tissue or facia is a complex web that goes head to toe, side to side, front to back and is also in layers. Also known as the structural integration system, it holds everything in our body (bones, muscles, organs, and joints) in relation to everything else. Rolfing, initially practised by Dr. Ida Rolf, an American biochemist, aligns the major body segments through deep manipulation of the fascia or connective tissue. With the body in a state of balance, an individual's mental state, organs, nerves and natural healing system are believed to function more efficiently. When the body is aligned, it is thought that the gravitational force can flow through the body creating spontaneous self healing. Rolfing certainly helps to improve posture and bring the body's natural structure into proper alignment. This may bring relief from general aches and pains, improve respiration, relieve chronic back, neck, shoulder, and joint pains, repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, increase energy levels, and relieve physical and mental stress and anxiety. Rolfing is not a cure for any individual disease or physical problem, but rather attempts to restore balance and alignment to the entire body.


Rongoa Maori
Also known as Maori Herbal Medicine involves the utilisation of traditional Maori Healers or 'Tohunga', that not only combine the utlisation of traditional plants but also in response to traditional beliefs, there is a search for an infringement of a 'Tapu' as the true underlying cause of a condition.

Maori counselling,'Maherehere', is based on model developed by Te Korowai Aroha for use by Maori counsellors and clients so that Maori cultural values and systems are affirmed. Maori medicine is often used in tandem with standard medicine.

Learn more about the Maori people of New Zealand.


Spiritual Healing
Has been with us since time began. It arises through the recognition that we are ultimately spiritual beings and that illness is a spiritual emergency. Spiritual healing is often also practised within many religions and some cults. New processes and methods are being developed, and validated as real by science, to assist the healing process by practising professional healers. Reiki may also be considered a form of spiritual healing.


Tao Shiatsu
Also known as acupressure is a hands-on form of medicine that originated in Japan over 5,000 years ago. It is a process of healing that promotes harmony both within an individual, in their relationship to others, and ultimately with the source of all existence: The Tao. Shiatsu’s evolution has been predominantly influenced by the eastern philosophies of Taoism, Buddhism and Shintoism. Shiatsu utilises a combination of pressure and assisted-stretching techniques, some of which are common also within other therapies, such as massage and physiotherapy. Vital energy (known as ki in Japanese), flows throughout the body in a series of channels called meridians.

It is believed that sometimes ki can stop flowing freely and this then produces symptoms of an illness or ailment. Treatment may involve the gentle holding of hands, pressing with palms, thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees and feet on the meridians and, when appropriate, more dynamic stretches, manipulations and rotations. As the quality of ki improves, the symptoms associated with a lack of energy flow will gradually improve. The treatment is thought to stimulate and encourage the circulatory and lymphatic flow, release toxins and tensions from within the muscles, stimulate the hormonal system and immune system, and act on the autonomic nervous system, allowing the patient to relax and to get in touch with their own healing power.

Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions are thought to help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives. The benefits of Tao Shiatsu include an increased vitality, stamina and energy as well as providing relief for neck and back pain, headaches, migraines, depression, digestive problems, joint pains and stiffness, and sports injuries.


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Primarily uses mixtures of plant and bone material to cure diseases and may consist of acupuncture, Tui Na (a form of Chinese massage), dietary and lifestyle advice and herbal prescriptions. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for thousands of years. A qualified traditional Chinese doctor must recite hundreds of prescriptions or recipes by memory that have been handed down for generations, before he can practice independently.

QI : is thought to be transported around the body in meridians or channels.

These channels are believed to flow up, down and around the body. Every part of the body is thought to be covered by a channel. This flow of energy may be enhanced by Tui Na massage and has been used in China for over 2,000 years. It can be traced back to 1,700 BC where oracle bones show that Tui Na massage was historically used to treat children's diseases and some digestive complains in adults. Tui Na is a professional branch of Chinese traditional medicine that uses hand manipulations (massage) for therapeutic effect. It utilises the same theories and principles as acupuncture and herbal medicine, which are other two principal elements of traditional Chinese medicine.

Any one or combinations of these may be employed for the best treatment. Essentially this represents a holistic approach to health, where the whole person, rather than just the symptoms, are treated. Traditional Chinese medicine involves a complex system of examination, diagnosis and treatment. Preventative medicine is where Traditional Chinese Medicine works best.

Although traditional Chinese medicine has been around for many years many of the preparations still remain unsubstantiated and produced to a low quality.


Yoga
Meaning 'union', has been practised for many thousands of years in Asia and is one of the oldest known forms of healing therapy. Yoga as practised in western healing focuses on the physical structural postures, breathing exercises and meditation. Yoga works on the relationship between the mind and body seeking to bring into balance the different aspects of the body, mind and personality so that the participant ends up with energy, strength and clarity of purpose supported by the whole being.

For many devotees, yoga becomes a philosophy that offers instruction and insight into every aspect of life: the spiritual, the mental and the physical.

Yoga exercises are designed to efficiently improve muscle tone, relieve stress and tension and improve circulation. Correct breathing techniques can cleanse the body of unwanted toxins and relax the whole body. The benefits of yoga meditation are unique to the individual, but both physiological and psychological balancing is common.

 


 


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