Broth made by boiling poultry, beef or fish bones until they break down. They can be boiled for as little as four hours or as long as 48. You can make it yourself in a soup pot or slow cooker. And when the bones are boiled long enough, they start to disintegrate and release nutrients and proteins — like calcium phosphate and collagen — in higher quantities than what’s found in regular broths. (See also GAPS diet references, which starts with drinking bone broth)
Remedies in empathology include affirmations, exercise and dietary changes. Practitioners emphasize a body/mind approach, using applied kinesiology and other means to assess physical and emotional imbalances in a person.
Through environmental therapy, practitioners seek to identify significant factors and probable causes of illness or allergy in the individual’s life, home, and work. They then work with the individual to lessen or eliminate the impact of toxins and allergens.
This ancient Chinese art holds that arranging one’s environment into certain harmonious patterns can bring a sense of abundance, balance and happiness into one’s life. From the proper placement of the headboard to the addition of water to a garden, Feng Shui combines beautiful design concepts with an underlying sense that a person’s space can be an important factor in their psychological and spiritual well-being.
GAPS diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
The GAPS diet is based on the SCD (the Specific Carbohydrate Diet). Purported to help with learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders and physical problems, such as autism, hyperactivity and attention deficit, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, epilepsy and more. (Reference)
This technique concentrates on using images or symbols to train the mind to create a definitive physiological or psychological effect. Practitioners may teach clients how to relieve physical problems caused by stress, such as tension headaches. The technique has also been effectively used in some cancer treatment programs for pain management.
This form of energy therapy uses a very light hands-on approach to align and balance the human energy field.
The use of botanicals for their nutrients, chemical constituents, healing actions and their energies for maintaining, improving and restoring health. Herbalists are practitioners of herbalism, applying the effects of herbs on the structure and function of the body and mind. It is a traditional form of healthcare worldwide. Many licensed healthcare professionals such as acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, a few medical doctors and even some veterinarians also incorporate the use of herbs in their practices.
Practitioners focus on the whole person, with a special emphasis on how the mind is connected directly to the body, and how a person thinks and feels affects him or her at a cellular level.
The philosophy of holistic medicine states that the practitioner must use safe methods of diagnosis and treatment while emphasizing the care of the whole person, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Most forms of natural medicine adher to this basic definition of holistic medicine.
Intuitives help their clients reach a better understanding of their characters, past influences and future prospects. Practitioners may choose to use various forms of divination (tarot, astrology, numerology) in their work or they may rely on natural psychic talents. Medical intuitives focus on health issues affecting the client.
Lucuma powder delivers an abundance of healthy benefits when added to your favorite food or beverage. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, lucuma is gluten-free and a source of antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals necessary for bodily functions and of benefit to the immune system. | MORE
Popular around the world, massage incorporates the use of touch to stimulate circulation, relax muscles and promote a sense of well-being. Licensed in Oregon state, massage therapists can combine a variety of techniques for their client’s benefit.
A mental technique, meditation helps to focus and calm the mind, creating a restful state of physical being.
Midwives work with women so they can experience a healthy pregnancy and a safe natural childbirth as well as provide them with necessary education and follow-up care. In Oregon licensure is voluntary for midwives who perform on-hospital births, but these “lay midwives,” may not legally perform medical procedures such as suturing and adminstering IV fluids and medications. Licensed direct-entry midwives (LDM or LM) can perform these prcedures and must meet educational and experience requirements that include passing a national exam. They can perform births in non-hospital settings such as homes and birth centers. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are RN’s with hospital-based midwifery training, and are the only midwives with hospital privledges.
Adhering to the principles of holistic medicine, naturopathic doctors can use various natural methods to treat patients, including nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy and lifestyle counseling. In the state of Oregon, naturopathic doctors (ND) are legally defined as physicians licensed to diagnose and treat in a general family practice. Some NDs are also licensed midwives or licensed acupuncturists.
Reiki is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life energy” in Japanese, and Reiki practitioners are trained to detect and alleviate problems of energy flow on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
Sustainability (read more detail)
There may be as many definitions of sustainability and sustainable development as there are groups trying to define it. All the definitions have to do with:
- Living within the limits
- Understanding the interconnections among economy, society, and environment
- Equitable distribution of resources and opportunities
However, different ways of defining sustainability are useful for different situations and different purposes. For this reason, various groups have created definitions of:
- Sustainability and sustainable development
- Sustainable community and society
- Sustainable business and production
- Sustainable agriculture
Practitioners teach patients how to lessen the impact of stress on their well-being. Exact techniques vary depending on the practitioner’s training and interests.
Yerba mate, sometimes called just mate, is made from the dried leaves of an evergreen holly (Ilex paraguariensis) native to South America. Yerba mate literally means “gourd herb” or “herb cup.” The biggest consumers of mate are the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and especially Uruguay, where it’s consumed in 92 percent of all households.
Much like coffee, yerba mate’s most obvious effects are increases in physical energy, mental clarity, and focus. At 85mg per 8-ounce serving, yerba mate contains somewhat less caffeine than coffee. Unlike coffee, it rarely causes caffeine jitters or interferes with sleep, and is not acid forming. | MORE
Some yoga teachers emphasize yoga exercises that relieve stress, improve circulation or boost the immune system. This gentle form of low impact exercise can often be tailored to help people with limited mobility due to stroke, arthritis or other chronic diseases.
Lisa Estvold-Cascade, BA, CNC. Advice and guidance from a gentle, holistic perspective