Herbal medicine is man's oldest form of healing, yet maintains its relevance in today's society. Throughout the ages all cultures have had their Medicine Man, and at the base of all their treatments you will find a strong herbal lore.
Some people may dismiss this today, yet we find that most drugs were first based on one therapeutic property of a plant, such as digitalis extracted from the foxglove plant for the use of cardiac complaints. With the high cost of drugs and their many side effects, many people are turning back to the herbal world, finding great results with old and new herbs alike. Indeed, many scientific trials have been conducted, and are still being undertaken to verify the effectiveness and safety of the plant medicines.
Herbal extracts (tinctures), capsules or tablets of dried and powdered herb are available for almost any condition or complaint. The parts of the plant used can be the flowers, stems, leaves, roots or all together and even bark from trees and shrubs.
In days gone by, the herbalist would make their own extracts and herbal products. Nowadays there is very strict government legislation for the production of standard herbal products with strict quality control, producing superior products of mostly organic origin.
When used as recommended, herbal products are safe, effective and have no, if minor temporary side effects and are generally cheaper than drugs. They work on all the body systems and contain many nutritional properties such as vitamins and minerals.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which was developed in the 18th Century by a German physician and chemist, Samuel Hahnemann. In the last 200 years, its effectiveness has been clearly established and today, homeopathy is used worldwide. It is used in the treatment of chronic disease, acute conditions and minor accidents which require first aid.
Nutrition is the study of what gets into the cells of the body for survival. In order to function at optimal performance, the body needs macronutrients, (carbodhydrates, proteins and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). These are generally supplied in the food that we eat. However, in order to supply the body with the daily required amount of these nutrients, we need to eat a large variety of foods, preferably home grown, organic and unprocessed foods In practise, this does not happen. Foods have been processed to prolong their shelf life with many chemical additives, and have been grown with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. In many cases, the processed food such as breakfast cereals are so depleted, that the manufacturers have to put back the lost vitamins and minerals due to the manufacturing process. If its not in the food then where are you going to get it? The only prudent answer is that you may have to supplement even the best diet that you can eat with natural vitamins, and good quality, bio-available minerals and herbs.
Communication, business and personal relationships, whether with a partner, children, friends, family, or collegues are some important features in our lives that do not always run smoothly.
When communication breaks down or anger, tension and resentment are not expressed in a constructive manner in relationships or friendships, it is useful to have some counselling to help establish what the expectations in the relationship are and to establish what is important for each party concerned.
Counselling provides conflict resolution and insights into feelings and concerns, grievances may be expressed and problems resolved. The counselling process provides a safe and non judgemental environment for a person to express their opinions and emotions, and helps the person find solutions and if appropriate, gain negociation skills to obtain win-win situations in those cases that may otherwise be difficult to resolve.
In most cases only a few sessions are needed to resolve conflict and provide a satisfactory outcome.
Naturopathy is a natural holistic form of medicine. Holistic medicine addresses itself to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of those who come for care. It views health as a positive, vibrant, joyous state of vitality, not just the absence of disease. It emphasizes the uniqueness of the individual and the importance of tailoring treatment to meet the person's individual needs. A number of therapies are used to improve vitality and restore and maintain optimal health.
Nutrition, massage, homoeopathy, herbal Medicine, acupressure/acupuncture, kinesiology, Bach flowers and other flower essences, counselling, Reiki, and many other natural therapies may be employed in assisting the client to a better quality of life.
Naturopaths commonly offer advice in the management of such things as digestive disorders, skin problems, stress related complaints, menstrual and reproductive problems, headaches, fatigue, lowered immunity, arthritic problems and many more.
Naturopaths do not treat disease directly as diseases are symptoms of deeper problems. Instead they attend to improving the body systems functions and this allows and directs the body to heal itself. We all have an innate healing process at work at all times and the body only needs a little direction in many cases and the body will get better itself, often very quickly.
The concept of "stress" was formalized by Hans Selye in the 1930's after observing laboratory animals getting stress related diseases due to being subjected to unpleasantness. The term is borrowed from engineering and was introduced to medicine in the 1920's by a physiologist named Walter Cannon in the sense that we understand it today.
Selye presented the concept of stress with two ideas: 1. The body has a surprisingly similar set of responses to a broad array of stressors 2. Under certain conditions, stressors will make you sick.
In a situation of stress, certain body systems like digestion, immune system, reproductive system and growth go into survival mode and become inhibited in order to spend the energy otherwise used for digestion etc. on survival.
In our daily lives, many things become "stressors". Sitting in a traffic jam when you need to be somewhere at a certain time is a stressor. Going to work that is boring and unchallinging is a stressor. Tension in a relationships is a stressor. Lack of sufficient money to pay the bills is a stressor. Coping with illness is a stressor.
The body's stress response (fight and flight) was designed for our survival, and is a necessary part of our body's function. However, if the stresses are a daily recurrence and inescapable, the high levels of stress hormones (glucocorticoids) may result in breakdown of systems and disease, which may cause high blood pressure, burst your white blood cells, make you flatulent, ruin your sex life, premature aging and possibly damage your brain.
There are a number of ways to reduce the high levels of stress hormones brought about by the stress response: Time management Increasing predictability and control Managing pain and chronic disease Exercise Massage Meditation Hypnotherapy Social connectedness
A comprehensive approach to minimizing the effects of stress would typically consist of a number of sessions in which stressors are identified and coping strategies put in place, addressing time management and getting a sense of control over our lives, together with a program of proper nutrition as we excrete more nutrients at times of stress than we can absorb from food and a suitable program of exercise, which has a glucocorticoid lowering effect. Sessions of meditation, massage and hypnotherapy are a most useful approach to stress reduction and can form an important part of the program.
The program consists of 10 sessions, having 2 sessions per week (or 3 if desired) of 1 hour duration. The frequency and type of treatment will be defined during the first assessment and depending on individual preference. Goals will be set and strategies given to maintain the positive benefits.
Recommended packages could be either a full or a mini program, providing you with a discount of 15 % on the fees: THE FULL PROGRAM: 10 visits of 1 hour duration, comprising massage ,kinesiology and counselling. THE MINI PROGRAM: 5 visits of 1 hour duration, as above.
You may wish to have a personalised package to suit your needs, which can be discussed at the time of your visit or email for more information.
Enar and Bemer 3000
Both the Enar and Bemer systems are very effective for pain relief. People suffering from chronic pain due to back or joint problems, chronic headaches, digestive problems and inflammation, will find great relief from their pain. Treatment with these systems will consist of a series of regular short sessions, in which the appliance is placed at the area that needs healing, or a whole body treatment may be used. Other pain relief strategies will be discussed during this treatment. The Enar system is also used for face lifts, scar reduction and rejuvenation of the skin. Contact the office for more information.
Applied Physiology (AP) is an advanced Kinesiology system and a powerful system of stress management developed in the United States by Richard Utt. It is based on the science and art of muscle/fascial monitoring to learn about the states of stress in the body. The body's own "bio-computer" directs the course of therapy.
Stress management techniques
AP's comprehensive acupressure techniques are based on the Five Elements Theory of Chinese acupuncture. Stress correction occurs at many levels, from the cell to the organ to the emotions, including the whole being. Often, one or more acupuncture points will be stimulated with an instrument called a "tei shin". Or, two points will be held until simultaneous pulses can be felt, thus balancing a circuit. No acupuncture needles are used in Applied Physiology, only non-invasive acupressure techniques.
What type of conditions respond to AP techniques:
Since over 50 percent of all illnesses are said to be stress-related, a powerful system capable of relieving these "stress" conditions can significantly effect our health and general wellbeing. Heart disease, high blood pressure, colitis, asthma, kidney disease, peptic ulcer, depression, obesity, arthritis and cancer are some of the conditions for "stress" has been implicated as a significant factor. Resolution of stress can thus go a long way to improving these conditions that impact so negatively on our lives.
When stress imbalances are relieved, remarkable transformations can take place in body chemistry, organ and brain function. Even long-standing stress, such as depression, can be effectively resolved. By balancing stress, skin conditions and stresses caused by food and the environment have been relieved. Common complaints of hay fever, and muscular aches and pains including back pain, can often be quickly eliminated, or greatly improved. The after effects of accidents and other traumas can be diffused rapidly and effectively. Even clients with intractable conditions such as muscular dystrophy and polio have experienced increased use and co-ordination of muscles.
How does Applied Physiology work?
The AP system uses biofeedback from the muscles to detect "stress" in any system in the body and guide the types of corrections to be applied. Muscle biofeedback is used because muscles are related to various organs and energy systems within the body, as they relate to the Five Element Theory of Chinese Medicine. By monitoring a muscle associated with these energy systems, it is possible to get a "read-out" of the states of stress in any organ or system in the body.
In Applied Physiology, biofeedback from and "indicator muscle" provides a "Clear circuit" into the bio-computer which co-ordinates our physical function, largely subconscious. Indeed, the activities that run our bodies normally take place outside our conscious awareness. For example, most of us are not aware of how we digest our food or regulate the oxygen and sugar levels in the blood. Nevertheless, using an indicator muscle, we can communicate directly with the body's own innate intelligence.
An indicator muscle is simply one that is in balance or homeostasis - neither "under-stressed" nor "over-stressed". There is clear communication between the muscle and the brain. A clear indicator muscle is like a perfectly working electrical circuit in a house. We can check out a lamp by plugging it into the working circuit. If the lamp fails to light, it indicates an electrical problem within the lamp itself. We would then check out each circuit within the lamp separately to find and fix the problem. Similarly, in AP we "plug in" a variety of points on the body while monitoring a clear indicator muscle. Changes in the indicator from locked to unlocked and visa versa tell us about the state of stress in the muscles, tissues, organs, meridians and emotions related to these points. Once stress imbalances have been located, the Applied Physiologist works with the person to relieve stress and return the body to balance and health.
Kinergetics was developed by Philip Rafferty in 1991. Kinergetics is a painless, fast, non-invasive method of healing that works on the body's energy fields and is usually effective in helping a wide range of health problems. These include pain, limitation of joint motion, muscle injuries and sprains, T.M.J (jaw) problems, allergies, candida, as well as psychosomatic condition, especially where the underlying factor is related to emotional stress. It can also be used to assist in the elimination of toxins, such as mercury from the body.
Kinergetics can be used to improve general hydration and the body's ability to utilise water, which assists the process of detoxication and blood cleansing. At a deeper level, it can be used to identify and clear stresses in the subtle bodies, which are often the cause of physical manifestations.
Kinergetics helps with:
In Kinergetics, muscle testing is used to identify the areas of stress, pain or imbalance and also exactly where the correction is required. The only correction is healing energy, channelled through the hands, usually into an organ, gland, chakra or muscle.
Neurological Organisational Technique - N.O.T.
The Neural Organizational Technique got its name from exactly what it intended to do. Neural is for nerve, Organizational is obviously for organization and Technique is a way of doing. It is a way of organizing the nervous system and therefore the body it controls.
This neural organization is the very thing which has given us the ability to survive and function under every possible situation. Some of the outward signs are the co-ordination of our stride or "gait", when we walk and run, our sense of balance and posture, hand-eye coordination, sense of direction etc.
The organized neurological function of the brain itself depends on the very subtle and synchronous respiratory motion of the bone of the skull, which pumps the cerebral spinal fluid. This is responsible for proper drainage and circulation within the brain and skull. We must consider the many reflex (automated) neurological functions which centre the pelvis to gravity and to the head, and those which right the head to gravity, the environment and the pelvis to maintain the alignment of the spine. Using Kinesiology as a tool of evaluation we are ably to identify and correct these dysfunctions and as a result we see dramatic changes take place, almost immediately.
By dealing with CAUSES and NOT SYMPTOMS we are able to correct many dysfunctions and conditions which have often been difficult to treat in the past. Such conditions as:
Whiplash and head injuries
Cranial or head injury is probably the most undiagnosed, and therefore untreated physical problem. Because injury involves nerves and muscles that hold the head on the shoulders, a system of reactive muscles comes into play and this also affects the stability of the hips and pelvis, becoming a major player in the cause of lower back pain!
Research by Dr. Ferreri D.C., has led to the understanding of the cause of and the treatment from such diverse conditions as bed wetting, bladder incontinence, uterine and prostate problems, respiratory and circulatory problems stemming from diaphragmatic insufficiency, all sorts of back problems, and other health conditions. As further research was done, the sequence of taking food into the mouth, biting on it, chewing it thoroughly and then swallowing it (the feeding sequence) specifically related to the neurological control of the sequence of the digestive mechanism. The jaw or TMJ is also involved when we speak, when we are in pain, when we are emotionally stressed, plus many more situations. It takes up over 80% of our brain's function! We may also have clicking jaws, face pain and tinnitus. There is a close relationship between the jaw and the sacrum, often contributing to lower back ain and it is also involved with Dyslexia and Scoliosis.
Dyslexia and ADD/ADHD
Dyslexia and ADD often involve eye tracking and auditory processing difficulties. This means that the child cannot focus attention on what is seen or heard for very long. We have found that at the base of may of these problems is a disorganised nervous system. Many times there is a head injury, often from birth or accident or falls as a baby. When the various reflexes for the eyes, ears, TMJ are evaluated and re-activated, the child or adult begins to process the information in a more meaningful way. This, of course, is what parents and teachers are looking for and is found in the N.O.T. program! Often there will be emotional problems and food allergies to deal with.
Scoliosis is NOT A SPINAL PROBLEM - the deformity of the spine is a result of having a condition we call scoliosis (curvature of the spine). The cause of the bending comes from having hypertonic or too-tight muscles pulling in a constant way, causing a rotation and bending of the spine over a period of time. Generally, an injury to certain reflexes found on the head and pelvis, both front and back, along with certain hormonal changes around the start of puberty is the major cause. NOT can correct this situation.
NOT can also help with many other conditions, such as: