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Integrative Health

Holistic integrative medicine by definition seeks to balance the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements of well-being so that we feel whole in every sense. When a healing system recognises all of these elements, it may be considered truly “holistic.” A system treating only one element, such as the physical, ignores those elements of a person necessary to create true healing.

It may be that only one element is primarily presenting as […]

Integrative Health2022-01-09T23:43:20+00:00

Medicinal Honey, Heat and Enzymes

Raw honey contains essential minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, flavonoids, amino acids and probiotics (Lactobacillus Kunkeei) and has been used for millennia as both food and medicine.

But what’s the deal with the enzymes you ask? Well, enzymes are biochemically active “smart” protein molecules which target and manipulate other molecules in order to alter them in some way.

Invertase for example, is added by the bees to increase the potential concentration of sugars held in […]

Medicinal Honey, Heat and Enzymes2022-01-05T18:15:13+00:00

Antiviral Properties of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is unlike any other oil on earth (from the only palm in its own genus) and is another of a handful of staples on the planet that have been used as food and medicine for millennia. The high percentage medium chain triglycerides contained in coconut oil are found in very few other naturally occurring sources, besides mother’s milk, goat’s milk and palm kernel oil (not the same as palm oil.)

Coconut oil is anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral.

So […]

Antiviral Properties of Coconut Oil2021-04-13T16:07:03+00:00

Opportunity within Crisis – the potential for systemic healing

“Covid-19 is like a rehab intervention that breaks the addictive hold of normality. To interrupt a habit is to make it visible; it is to turn it from a compulsion to a choice. When the crisis subsides, we might have occasion to ask whether we want to return to normal”

In Charles Eisenstein’s thought provoking essay The Coronation, taking a macro perspective of the current global pandemia, (possibly a largely inflated morbid panic and concomitant […]

Opportunity within Crisis – the potential for systemic healing2020-05-20T13:22:01+00:00

Science continues a slow catch up in validating age old healing traditions

The cells of plants, animals, and humans store and release observable light particles called biophotons. (If you want hard science, you can visit this NCBI article) Each cell in the body releases over 100,000 biophotons per second, which carry energy and information throughout the body. Biophotons weave a web of light that connects cells, tissues, and organs, and creates the biofield. Biophotons stored in each organ, give that organ its own […]

Science continues a slow catch up in validating age old healing traditions2022-01-05T19:25:55+00:00

Evolving Models of Medicine: Pathogenic vs Biofield Sciences and “Healing”

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body.

How does consciousness catalyse the healing process?

In this talk, given at the Chopra Foundation 2016 conference, Dr. Shamini Jain (Assistant Professor UCSD; Founding Director, Consciousness and Healing Initiative) describes her published research with healing in cancer survivors, and explains why forwarding the research field of biofield science will empower us […]

Evolving Models of Medicine: Pathogenic vs Biofield Sciences and “Healing”2020-04-21T22:28:21+00:00

The Tao of Bodywork

why we need massage and bodywork
“In order to survive in the high-stress world of high-tech, we more than ever need the high-touch psycho-technologies and body-work methods that are the enduring legacy of spiritual practice and the human potential movement.”

from Thoughts on the Relationship between Technology and Spirituality.

According to Oriental medicine, dis-ease appears when the body loses it’s harmony with nature, because the alternating currents of […]

The Tao of Bodywork2021-08-10T22:08:18+00:00

Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Scientific Method

Our primary knowledge about Traditional Chinese Medicine including the use of herbs and acupuncture is based on empirical evidence, i.e. that which we can verify with our five senses. In other words, through trial and error over some 5000 years.

Medical science tends to regard this evidence as inadmissible, claiming it too vulnerable to the placebo effect and without any intrinsic worth. Animal testing and double-blind methodology is scientifically preferred. (Double-blind studies necessitate the administration of the tested substance […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Scientific Method2022-01-05T18:31:40+00:00

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupressure for Spiritual Growth

By Joni Renee Zalk, LAc

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was intertwined with wisdom. It was holistic medicine at its finest, believing in the mind/body connection. It utilised all aspects of wisdom, combining healing on many aspects from spiritual, mental, physical and emotional.

Practitioners today, mainly focus on the physical and emotional symptomatology and forget the spiritual, mental and other transformative treatments that are available to our patients. During [1911-1949], Sun Yatsen, the new president of […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupressure for Spiritual Growth2020-07-13T15:14:12+00:00
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