National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine [NCCAM] - nccam.nih.gov Home Page What Is Wabi-Sabi? The Japanese view of life embraced a simple aesthetic that grew stronger as inessentials were eliminatedand trimmed away. -architect Tadao Ando Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It's simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all. Wabi-sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores; aged wood, not Pergo; rice paper, not glass. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. Wabi-sabi is underplayed and modest, the kind of quiet, undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discovered. Daisetz T. In Japan, there is a marked difference between a Thoreau-like wabibito (wabi person), who is free in his heart, and a makoto no hinjin, a more Dickensian character whose poor circumstances make him desperate and pitiful. Sabi by itself means "the bloom of time."
20 Painkillers in Your Kitchen - Healthy Holistic LivingHealthy Holistic Living Make muscle pain a memory with ginger When Danish researchers asked achy people to jazz up their diets with ginger, it eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness for up to 63 percent of them within two months. Experts credit ginger’s potent compounds called gingerols, which prevent the production of pain-triggering hormones. The study-recommended dose: Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily. Cure a toothache with cloves Got a toothache and can’t get to the dentist? Heal heartburn with cider vinegar Sip 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water before every meal, and you could shut down painful bouts of heartburn in as little as 24 hours. Erase earaches with garlic Painful ear infections drive millions of Americans to doctors’ offices every year. Chase away joint and headache pain with cherries If you’re struggling with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches, a daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache. Got gas?
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture Homepage Ayurveda - Basis For Ayurvedic Philosophy Vata is a force conceptually made up of elements ether and air. The proportions of ether and air determine how active Vata is. The amount of ether (space) affects the ability of the air to gain momentum. If unrestricted, as in ocean, air can gain momentum and become forceful such as a hurricane. Vata means "wind, to move, flow, direct the processes of, or command." Vata enables the other two doshas to be expressive. Vata governs breathing, blinking of the eyelids, movements in the muscles and tissues, pulsations in the heart, all expansion and contraction, the movements of cytoplasm and the cell membranes, and the movement of the single impulses in nerve cells. The effect of Vata on our body or microcosm is described in the table below. See Also: Characteristics of Vata Types Signs of Vata Dosha Imbalance General Tips on Health and Wellness For Vata Types A Food Plan to Balance Vata Dosha Pitta is a force created by the dynamic interplay of water and fire.
Perimenopausal Brain Fog: Acupuncture and Herbs to Stimulate Brain Activity Return to ITM Online Perimenopausal Brain Fog Acupuncture and Herbs to Stimulate Brain Activity by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon In a recent report in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine (5), an acupuncture protocol was described for treatment of menopausal syndrome that focused on attempting to improve mental activities. The primary therapy was based on a set of four acupuncture points, three of them along the center line of the body (governing and conception vessels) and one as a pair of points on either side of the spine (bladder meridian): baihui (GV-20) needled posteriorly and horizontally 0.5 cun with reinforcing-reducing method fengfu (GV-16) punctured slowly toward the mandible 1 cun with reinforcing-reducing method qihai (CV-6) needled perpendicularly 1.5 cun with reinforcing-reducing method shenshu (BL-23) needled by twirling obliquely toward the spine 1.5 cun with the reinforcing method May 2005
Meditation in Devon & Cornwall Ayurveda Overview What is Ayurveda? Considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science, Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that is designed to help people live long, healthy, and well balanced lives. There are two main types of Ayurveda: traditional and Maharishi. How does it work? Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, according to Ayurvedic beliefs, each person has a distinct pattern of energy -- a specific combination of physical, mental, and emotional characteristics. Vata -- energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and heartbeat. Everyone has vata, pitta, and kapha, but usually 1 or 2 are dominant in a particular person. From a Western medical perspective, stress relief seems to be one of the ways Ayurveda works to help fight illness. What should I expect from an Ayurvedic treatment? Ayurvedic treatment focuses on rebalancing the doshas. Pranayama -- breathing exercises. What is Ayurveda good for?