An introduction to the ancient Taoist exercise system of Tao Yin- Includes 45 fully illustrated exercises that promote flexibility, strength, and balance in one's physical, mental, and spiritual energy - Addresses the health needs of the musculoskeletal system and the unique physical stresses of a modern urban lifestyle In the Western world, exercise focuses mainly on physical fitness and developing muscular strength. In the East, exercise systems balance fitness practices for the body, mind, and spirit. This balance is strongly emphasized in the Taoist system of Tao Yin, one of the oldest and most diverse forms of exercise in China. Tao Yin focuses on creating balance between internal and external energies and revitalizing the body, mind, and spirit with a combination of strength, flexibility, and internal energy exercises. Its ultimate goal is for the practitioner to become pure, responsive, and full of energy, like a child. In Energy Balance through the Tao, Master Mantak Chia introduces 45 fully illustrated Tao Yin exercises to Western readers. He explains the history behind the practice and its connections to other complementary Chinese exercise forms, such as tai chi. In this book Chia focuses on the lying and sitting positions of Tao Yin, which improve health and structural alignment and, once mastered, strengthen movements and postures in standing positions. The benefits of these remarkably simple exercises include harmonizing chi, developing strength and flexibility through tendon stretching, relaxing the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm, releasing toxins through the breath, and training the "second brain" in the lower abdomen to coordinate and direct these processes.
The complete guide to available therapies for individuals suffering from osteoarthritis and other arthritic diseases.- The most up-to-date information on this disease that strikes one in six people. - Includes case histories, practitioners' perspectives, and a complete resource guide to the organizations, publications, and Internet sites devoted to arthritis. For those suffering from arthritis and other arthritic diseases such as gout and fibromyalgia, The Arthritis Bible is the most up-to-date and complete resource to available treatments--both alternative and conventional. Forty-three million Americans--one in six of us--are afflicted with arthritis, yet the traditional medical community continues to offer only the limited number of treatments found within the narrowly proscribed boundaries of Western medicine. And while many alternative therapies do provide relief, too many have become victims of the "flavor-of-the-month" mentality, their true merits being lost amidst hype and unwarranted claims before adequate research has been done. The Arthritis Bible supplies the latest wisdom on conventional drugs, exercise, physical therapy, diet, vitamins and minerals, traditional herbs, nutraceuticals, homeopathy, and folk remedies. It also advises how to choose the right medical approach and practitioner, and includes a complete resource guide to the organizations, publications and internet sites devoted to arthritis. For anyone seeking relief from the painful and often debilitating consequences of arthritic diseases, The Arthritis Bible is a must for the shelf.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING placed as much emphasis on nurturing the spirit as it did on honing fighting ability. This extended to the study of the healing arts and the use of herbs not only for injury management but also to increase sensitivity, improve energy levels, and, most significantly, raise consciousness. Many of the greatest figures in martial arts history were as renowned as healers as they were as warriors. This history has left behind an extensive healing tradition that includes an immense repository of herbal formulas.The Warrior As Healer provides more than one hundred of these recipes and formulas that have been used for centuries to stop bleeding, speed the healing of fractured bones, and increase vitality, as well as to improve focus and calm the mind. In addition to custom formulas, it includes a guide to using many patent medicines available in Chinese apothecaries. Anyone ready to take his or her martial arts practice to a more profound level will find The Warrior As Healer an essential companion.
Ayurveda, the ancient Indian "science of longevity," is a holistic healing system that restores internal balance, health, and a sense of well-being through consistent attention to natural lifestyle, good eating habits, and the healing power of herbs. The author explains how sunlight, heat, air, and water, together with animal, vegetable, and mineral substances are applied in therapy to stimulate the body's natural immunity and healing capacity. One of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, Ayurveda emphasizes health education and the vital relationship between humankind and medicinal plants.
A Practical Introduction to the Life-Changing Power of AYURVEDA
Transform yourself and kick unhealthy habits to the curb once and for all with a cleanse based on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Using food as medicine, certified Ayurveda practitioner Kerry Harling will help you get to the root causes of ill health and bring your body, mind and spirit into balance. Ayurveda works because it's not a diet; it's a holistic approach to living that's tailored to your "dosha," or unique metabolic type. Kerry's 25-day cleanse is perfect for those new to Ayurveda because it is broken down into three distinct, easy-to-follow phases with more than 60 delicious recipes.
The first phase clears out your digestion, ridding your body of toxins that lead to illness and lethargy. In the second phase, healing foods and daily practices ignite your digestive fire, transforming your physical and emotional health. In the third phase, you'll reintroduce foods based on your individual needs and learn how to maintain this new lifestyle. Each phase has a day-by-day schedule, an illustrated yoga sequence, a guided meditation, pranayama (breathwork) and journal prompts to support your journey.
Rather than counting calories or determining ratios of macronutrients in a one-size- fits-all approach, you'll receive guidance with the freedom to customize the plan that feels right to you. You'll also learn to prepare nourishing and delicious meals with beautifully photographed recipes, such as Pumpkin Saffron Soup, Cooling Coconut Curry Soup and Sesame Ginger Salmon Salad. With Kerry guiding the way, you can achieve long-lasting wellness that brings your body, mind and spirit into complete harmony within 25 days. You'll emerge on the other side rejuvenated, glowing with vitality from the inside out.
Acidic wastes from processed food and chemical additives have detrimental effects on the human body. When acidic wastes accumulate, they can cause organs to malfunction, causing degenerative diesease. The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet has helped thousands of people restore overall health by showing how to balance the body's acid-alkaline to detoxify toxins based on metabolic type. This edition has now been fully revised and updated with new information on heavy metal foods, alternative treatments and supplements and continues to provide an easy-to-follow food combination and herbal therapy regimen.
This completely revised edition includes:
- New research about heavy metal foods and acid alkaline balance. Such as chelators that move metals from the bones to the brain where they are more destructive.
- Warning on potentially harmful effects of some nutritional supplements
- New research and alternative treatments for various health conditions caused by the body's production of acidic waste
Forget the traditional acid-alkaline food lists. Discover how The Acid-Alkaline Balance Diet will help you lead a longer and healthier life.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed, and misdiagnosed, disorders in children. This guide focuses on the root causes of ADHD and offers a natural and holistic approach to combat the disorder, encouraging families to find solutions that don't rely on psychostimulant drugs like Ritalin. Discover the many benefits of treating ADHD with a mixture of nutritional supplements, herbal medicines, and parenting techniques that foster self-esteem, creativity, self-discipline, and confidence.
Adolescents need to understand the consequences of risky sexual behavior, including unplanned pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and sexually transmitted infections. Yet these topics can be difficult to discuss and teach effectively. In a concise and convenient format, Adolescent Sexual Health Education: An Activity Sourcebook offers easy and creative exercises that educators and instructors can use to help adolescents understand and reduce their risky behaviors.
Within the pages of this invaluable resource, you will find more than sixty ready-to-use activities designed to educate teens about pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and STI prevention. Each exercise is drawn from prevention programs that have been scientifically proven to change adolescent health behaviors, and will teach teens how to discuss sexual issues in an honest manner, postpone sexual activity, negotiate condom use, gain a better understanding of gay, lesbian and bisexual issues, and more.
- The book offers many types of exercises, including:
- Group discussions
- Role plays
- Homework assignments
- Group activities
- Instructor-led discussions
- Additional exercises, including field trips, guest speakers, and more
Adolescent Sexual Health Education: An Activity Sourcebook offers a wide range of activities which can easily supplement an existing program or provide the foundation for an entirely new one. Most activities can be led by classroom teachers, facilitators, or health educators with no prior experience, and are suitable for a wide variety of settings, including community-based organizations, health clinics, or classrooms.
The most complete resource of its kind on alternative medicine- Herbal remedies, dietary supplements, and alternative therapiesTheir specific usesWhich ones really work (and which ones don't)What to watch out for- Christian versus non-Christian approaches to holistic health- Clinically proven treatments versus unproven or quack treatments- Truths and fallacies about supernatural healing- Ancient medical lore: the historical, cultural, and scientific facts- And much, much moreAlternative Medicine is the first comprehensive guidebook to nontraditional medicine written from a distinctively Christian perspective. Keeping pace with the latest developments and research in alternative medicine, this thoroughly revised edition combines the most current information with an easy-to-use format. University lecturer and researcher D nal O'Math na, PhD, and national medical authority Walt Larimore, MD, provide detailed and balanced answers to your most pressing questions about alternative medicine--and to other questions you wouldn't have thought to ask.Also includesTwo alphabetical reference sections: Alternative therapiesHerbal remedies, vitamins, and dietary supplementsA description of each therapy and remedy, an analysis of claims, results of actual studies, cautions, recommendations, and further resourcesHandy cross-references linking health problems with various alternative therapies and herbal remedies reviewed in the book
Aromatherapy has successfully infiltrated our world. The flowers are speaking and we are listening. Innocuously, most people have a bottle of lavender, peppermint, or even oregano tucked away in the back of the drawer or medicine cabinet for an emergency bout of insomnia or nausea or to conquer a cold or flu. We have been told that flowers heal and cure and we believe. Through positive experimentation, most people understand that essential oils can be used, not only for beauty or as perfume, but also for medicinal purposes.With the trend toward more natural remedies, aromatherapy is quickly becoming a staple for those who want to empower their own health and healing and avoid costly doctor visits. People are waking up to the inherent powers of nature and doing so with brilliant results. However, most people don't yet know the depth and breadth to which essential oils can heal and help. Aromatherapy for Sensual Living is here to teach. With the daily use of essential oils, your immune system will be stronger, you will look more youthful, and you will actively be aligning yourself with the divine knowledge held within the plant kingdom. You have virtually endless options to choose from to empower your health and open a treasure trove of luscious libations to tempt and tease.