November 10, 2015

“… everything on the earth has a purpose, every  disease  an herb to cure it, and every person a  mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.

— Mourning Dove, Salish, 1888-1936

The healing traditions of Native Americans go back for thousands of years, as the many indigenous tribes of North America learned that by mixing herbs, roots, and other natural plants, that they could heal various medical problems. But, remedies were not the only part of the Native American healing process. Many modern medicines are based on the plants and herbs tha

November 10, 2015

Sound as medicine

“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies.” “Sound enters the healing equation from several directions: It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system–the healer within.”

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November 9, 2015

(also known as celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, Coeliac disease).

  Coeliac disease is a common genetic disorder that affects the small intestine and the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients. Coeliac disease can be serious, and if left untreated, can result in such conditions as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, malnutrition, small intestine cancer, and anaemia. It can affect anyone but it more common in people with genetic disorders like Turner Syndrome and Down Syndrome. People with conditions like type 1 diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease, autoimmune liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis and microscopic colitis are also at risk of developing celiac disease although it is more often seen in people of northern European descent. In coeliac disease, the lining of the small intestine is damaged by the body’s own immune system after a person eats a food containing gluten. Gluten is a protein found in certain grains, such as wheat, oats, barley, and rye. When partially digested foods containing gluten reach the small intestine, an abnormal reaction occ

October 30, 2015

Massage therapy is one of the oldest health care practices known to history. References to massage are found in Chinese medical texts more than 4,000 years old. Massage has been advocated in Western health care practices at least since the time of Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine.” In the fourth century B.C. Hippocrates wrote, “The physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with rubbing” (the ancient Greek term for massage was rubbing). Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, feet, or a massage device. Massage can promote relaxation and well-being, can be a recreational activity, and can be sexual in nature.   General types of massage therapy

  • Traditional Eu

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October 26, 2015

Volunteers are needed for a study on curcumin and saffron for the treatment of depression.

Curcumin (from turmeric) and saffron are spices believed to have several health benefits and are receiving increased attention for the treatment of a range of health problems.  Recent research has shown that both these spices have  mood-lifting effects and there are promising findings for the treatment of depression. The aim of this study is to investigate the antidepressant effects of either curcumin only capsules, or a combination of curcumin and saffron capsules for the treatment of people with depression.  As a result, we are seeking volunteers to participate in this 12 week study.   Volunteers must be aged between 18 and 65 years, be living within 60kms of the Perth metropolitan region  (travel to Murdoch University is not required), be of good general health, and not currently taking any medications (except for antidepressant medica

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October 21, 2015

Smoky quartz is formed when the aluminium impurities in clear quartz are subjected to radioactive decay. If there is enough aluminium in the crystal, the colour of the quartz can turn completely black. This rock is called morian. When treated with enough heat, the crystal will become clear again.


Hardness: 7 Colour: Smoky brown/grey to black Lustre: Vitreous Chemical Composition: SiO₂


.Concentrates energy .Aids focus .Calming .Grounding .Draws out negative energy


October 20, 2015

  Malachite is an altered form of copper. When the copper is exposed to air and moisture, the metal corrodes, producing a green patina. In underground ores, when the malachite replaces the copper, it is then known as a secondary ore. Another similar secondary ore of copper is azurite, which is easily discernible from malachite due to it’s bright blue hue.  


Hardness: 3.5 – 4 Colour: Composed of bands of different shades of green Lustre: Dull to Earthy, polishes well Chemical Composition: Cu₂CO₃(OH)₂


.Associated with growth and abundance .Relieves pain .Absorbs envi

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October 18, 2015

Although many studies strongly suggest a relationship between what we eat and long term brain health, the picture is confused and confusing.  Researchers are increasingly looking at ‘food synergy’, the idea that, although the effects of single foods or nutrients may be small, when you combine them in a healthy diet they can pack a powerful punch.  In particular a Mediterranean style of eating is associated with longer life expectancy and lower rates of chronic diseases, including dementia. Many experts now argue that ‘food synergy’ is likely to be more important that the effects of any single nutrient and that a combination of dietary factors is likely to have the greatest effect on long term health. This might explain why the results of some studies we have looked at have been unexpected or disappointing and why supplements don’t always seem to be beneficial. Reference: Healthy eating to reduce the risk of Dementia

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October 17, 2015

Sonopuncture – ultrasonic stimulation of acupuncture points for 10 to 39 seconds using small sound heads 5 mm diameter.

  Sonopuncture – Origin, Benefits, Efficacy, Methodology, And Side Effects The human ear can hear sound waves ranging between 20 cycles per second and 20,000 cycles per second. If the frequency of sound is above 20,000 cycles per second, it is at a pitch too high for the human ear to hear. This type of sound is called ultrasound. Ultrasound waves can be obtained by applying an alternating current to a quartz crystal, thus making it vibrate. What Is Sonopuncture? Where Did It Originate? Sonopuncture is also known as ultrasound puncture. It involves the use of narrow, cylindrical, high-frequency beams of sound instead of needles, as is done in acupuncture.

  • Sonopuncture is most useful at frequencies between 750,000 cycles per second and 1,000,000 cycles per second.

How Is Sonopuncture Beneficial? Sonopuncture has proved to be effect

October 17, 2015

  Kinesiology means ‘the study of movement’. The term is also used by complementary medicine practitioners to describe a form of therapy that uses muscle monitoring (biofeedback) to look at what may be causing ‘imbalances’ in the body and attempts to relieve these imbalances. The kinesiology approach examines ‘unresolved stress reactions’ in a person and provides techniques intended to help the body’s natural healing process.

How kinesiology developed

Kinesiology stems from chiropractic’s and applied kinesiology. It is also based on the ancient Chinese acupuncture theory of chi energy. Unlike applied kinesiology, where muscles are tested for strength, the more recently developed forms of kinesiology use muscle monitoring as a form of biofeedback to the subject. Evidence of effectiveness of kinesiology Many nervous system diseases can affect muscle strength. Kinesiology is based on an energy model of health (not a medical one). There is little evidence of the underlying philosophy and claims of benefit. Choosing a kinesi