Your Body Is Designed to Heal Itself

Holistic Healthcare practitioners are being utilized in greater numbers, specifically since the Human Genome Project results completed in 2003 completely undermined the long held concept of genetic determinism.

Once thought to be in the domain of the genes, the control of health and behavior are now dynamically linked to the environment, and more importantly, our perception of the environment.
Holistic Healthcare practitioners believe you need to pay attention to the body, the mind, emotions, and the spirit. The techniques differ and the emphasis will differ depending upon the person’s needs.

o “Americans make more visits to holistic health care providers (some 600 million a year) than to M.D.s and spend more money out-of-pocket to do so about $30 billion a year by recent estimates.” Newsweek, 12/2002.

o “A recent study performed by the American Massage Therapy Association revealed that 28 percent of people received a massage from a massage therapist in the past five years, up from 17 percent in 1997. Eighteen percent said they had a massage in the past 12 months. That’s 10 percent higher than was reported in 1997.” American Massage Therapy Association, 8/2002.

The body is designed to heal itself provided it has the proper support to do its job. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is based on a concept of balanced qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, that is believed to flow throughout the body. Qi is proposed to regulate a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Disease is proposed to result from the flow of qi being disrupted and yin and yang becoming imbalanced. Among the components of TCM are herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises, meditation, acupuncture, and remedial massage.

Holistic, Metaphysical, Energy or Mind, Body, Spirit healing has existed since the beginning of time amid religious beliefs and practices, along with the mystery, superstition, fear, and misunderstanding. Holistic Healing is now becoming recognized regardless of what anyone chooses to believe or think. Ask almost anyone about their spiritual well-being and they will probably tell you, “Yeah, I am a spiritual person, I go to church frequently.” Therein, the confusion arises out of the association of healing with religion. The majority of people, including religious leaders, do not understand the difference.

Definition: “HEAL” 1. To restore to health or soundness, 2. To set right, repair, 3. To restore a person to spiritual wholeness, 4. To become whole and sound, to return to health.

Definition: “SPIRIT” 1. The vital principle or animating force within living beings, Incorporeal consciousness. There are about twelve more elaborations mostly to do with various religious implications.

The techniques in Holistic Healthcare are un-invasive and unlike traditional medicine seldom have side effects. We recommend that if you break a leg or have a deep laceration to find an emergency hospital room for setting the broken bone and fitting a cast or suturing a laceration.

Another difference among Holistic Healthcare practitioners is the length of treatment. Some will be able to almost work miracles in a single session. Other times it might take a lifestyle change on your part to gain any benefit, which might require more sessions to discover what lifestyle change is best for you. Holistic Healthcare practitioners foster a partnership with the person to effort the unique and highly effective healing process.

Licensing and certification of practitioners varies from state to state. Check your state for licensing and certification requirements.

Holistic Healthcare practices include:

o Acupuncture

o Aromatherapy/flower essences

o Ayurvedic medicine

o Bio-feedback

o Chelation therapy

o Chiropractic

o Essential Oils

o Guided imagery

o Herbology/Herbal remedies

o Homeopathy

o Hydrotherapy

o Hypnosis/Regression

o Iridology

o Massage

o Meditation/visualization

o Mind, Body, Spirit healing (using the unconscious mind)

o Movement and exercise therapy

o Naturopathy

o Nutrition therapy

o Osteopathy

o Reiki/energy medicine

o Relaxation response

o Reflexology

o Therapeutic touch

o Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

How does one find Holistic Healthcare practitioners? Every community has resources: Natural food stores, natural vitamin and supplement stores: Hi Health, Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, Wild Oats Market, Trader Joe’s, AJ’s Fine Foods. These stores frequently have Free publications, which have Holistic Healthcare provider information. Also, Internet directories are great resources. A few directories are listed below.

Castor Bean Oil Uses and Benefits

For thousands of years now, Castor Oil has been used internally and externally for its many amazing health benefits. Most of it comes from the major finding that it can improve the human body’s immune system. Its health and medicinal uses lists many diseases and problems that can be solved, including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinison’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Arthritis and Rheumatism, Gastrointestinal Problems, Menstrual Disorders, Migraines and Skin Diseases, among others.

Aside from the one above, the following are the other benefits of Castor Bean Oil:

It has anti-inflammatory properties that make excellent massage oil to relieve arthritic joint pain and sore muscles. All you need to do is dip a cotton pad into the oil, place it over the sore part, cover it with a plastic wrap and place a hot water bottle or hot compress over the affected area. You can reuse the oil pack later, if you keep it in a zip locked bag and refrigerate.

For constipation, use it as laxative. Take it orally; a teaspoonful that can be mixed with orange juice or any fruit juice of your preference to take away the bitter taste. If symptoms persist, consult your physician. Traditionally, Indians would boil the castor seed and then later on drink it with a milk or water as a relief to arthritis and to alleviate lower back pain.

It promotes healing by boosting up the lymphatic system. It is its way to support the immune system. It does not require the oil to be ingested; just external application needed. Studies show that using castor oil packs promotes lymphocyte production in the body. Lymphocytes are mainly the lymphatic tissues (spleen, thymus gland and lymph modes). Lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from the tissues and transported to the blood for elimination. This process is called lymphatic drainage. When the lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make the body sick. Lymphatic congestion causes inflammation and disease.

Brewed beans have been reported to treat constipation and dysentery, medicate inflammatory bowel disease and heal bladder and vaginal infections. To treat gynecological infection, you can make poultices out of the leaves of the castor. In addition, these poultices could also be used to stimulate the production of breast milk. This will best benefit the nursing mothers. Another use of the castor oil for women is to give relief on menstrual and abdominal pains.

Modern medicines report the same positive treatments results more. Castor oil can be used for antimicrobial purposes. Its anti-inflammatory properties can treat skin inflammations and it also has the ability to remove pains. Because of the recinoleic acid present in the oil, absorption of medicine by the body is enhanced. When the oil is absorbed through the skin, lympphocyte count increases. Increased lymphocytes speed up the removal of toxins from the tissues, and promote faster healing.

Another great report from the American Cancer Society is that the bean oil shows promise in the treatment of cancer. People treated by chemotherapy can find great benefit from the castor oil. Castor oil can be used as a means to transmit a drug that can help treat cancer and tumors. Through castor oil, these cancer drugs can better reach and fight its target. In addition, the castor plant’s ricin can be combined with an antibody in order to contract tumors so it won’t develop into cancer. Of course as Stomach Clinic Procedure, all drugs are tested on the patient to eliminate drug allergy complications.

Aside from medicine, industries get their share from the benefits of the said bean oil. It has numerous applications in transportation, cosmetics and manufacturing industries, like adhesive, break fluids, caulks, dyes, electrical liquid diabetes, humectants, nylon plastics, hydraulic fluids, inks, lacquers, leather treatments, lubricating grease, paints, pigments, refrigeration assistants, rubbers, sealants, textiles, washing powders, and waxes. High voltage capacities get better use of it because petroleum based lubricants was appropriately named Castrol.