The field of holistic therapies is very vast. It ranges from Homeopathic, Naturopathic and Ayurvedic doctors to Reiki and Body Talk practitioners. Different therapies work for different people and sometimes it may feel like trial and error until you find the therapy or practitioner that helps you.
So how do you go about choosing the ‘right’ therapy? To find the right therapy, therapist or practitioner, you need to ask yourself and the therapist / practitioner the right questions:
1.) Why are you seeking this therapy? Is it for a specific condition; is it of physical or psychological manifestation; do you have a diagnosis; what helps ease the condition and what exacerbates the condition?
2.) Talk to the therapist or practitioner before the consultation – this helps them ‘plan’ your session and if they cannot help you, they would be able to tell you beforehand
3.) Open yourself up to the healing modality and all that it has to offer. Being able to communicate openly with the therapist / practitioner is also very important.
4.) Be aware of your body / mind and any changes that have occurred. If the therapist / practitioner refer you to a different practitioner, it is a good idea to investigate.
In this day & age stress is pretty much unavoidable. But we can learn to deal and cope with it.
January generally adds a little more stress to our lives. This stress could come in the form of stressful family issues, weight gain, health or financial issues, or a combination of things. ‘Stressors’ will be different for everyone.
Here are some quick tip & lifestyle management tips to help you manage stress:
I decided to write up about bone health (as well as nails and hair), because in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), winter is the season where bones, hair and nails is mostly affected. I am sure many can relate with increased skeletal pain and dry, brittle hair and nails.
An holistic health approach is necessary to look after our bones and skeletal system. When thinking of healthy bones we need to think of nutrition, exercise, hormonal balance, medication and the health of the rest of the body.
When it comes to nutrients, most of us assume that more calcium is the answer, but it is not.
“Bone health depends not so much on calcium intake, but rather on its metabolism and utilization. The major players in this regard are vitamin D, vitamin K, and magnesium — which are woefully under-publicized in the campaign against osteoporosis”. 
Magnesium is in actual fact the key mineral in bone health, and taken with collagen is even better. One study showed that taking calcium supplements increased bone density by 7%; Magnesium supplements increased bone density by 70% and Magnesium and collagen increased bone density by 170%.
Cellulite is the build up of adipose (fat) in the subcutaneous tissue causing dimpling of the skin, most prominent on the hips and thighs. Cellulite doesn’t only depend on your size, thin people are affected too.
The cause of cellulite is not exactly known, but all of these factors play a role: an imbalance of subcutaneous tissue, too much sitting or being stationary, clothing, hormonal imbalance and diet.
Why is it most prominent in women? Because of the hormone oestrogen. When oestrogen is released fluid builds up in the adipose (fatty) tissue. When hormones are imbalanced it also decreases the production of elasticity in the body.
What is premature greying?
Premature greying is when a person’s hair starts growing grey in their 20’s or 30’s. It is when the cells that produce the colour of hair, melanocytes, stop producing pigment. Genes are said to play a large role in whether or not you have a predisposition to going grey early. However, other factors involved are dietary and lifestyle habits. Following a healthy diet and lifestyle lower your chances of premature greying.
Although there are no definite diseases or illness related to premature greying, according to traditional Chinese medicine, the quality of your hair is linked to the quality of your blood and the energy of the kidneys.
Conventional treatment for Varicose veins usually surgery or stocking. However, there are also other methods of treating Varicose Veins, as well as the root cause, such as nutrition, improvement of circulation and other natural therapies.