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Aloe Vera: Nature's Soothing Healer
Aloe Vera
Nature's Soothing Healer
Paperback      ISBN: 0892816279

The basis of a multimillion-dollar industry of health and beauty products, aloe vera has long been known for its healing attributes. Recently it has attracted the interest of the scientific and medical communities who are studying the plant and its powerful regenerative properties. Externally, aloe vera is used to expedite the healing of burns and other injuries, rejuvenate and soften skin and hair, relieve joint and muscle pain, and help control acne. It is commonly used by physicians to heal serious burn injuries and by dentists, dermatologists, and optometrists to reduce swelling and inflammation. Internally, aloe is effective as a treatment for constipation, stomach ulcers, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a host of other health problems.
In this book, the author discusses the properties of aloe vera and explains why it is effective in healing. She also explores the ways the plant has been used throughout history by cultures as diverse as the ancient Egyptian and Native American. Gage demystifies the proven curative properties of aloe vera and shows how it can be used to best advantage for a wide variety of problems.

New edition of the popular classic

Citing case studies and current research, Diane Gage presents a balanced view of the many uses of aloe vera.
The Alexander Technique: How to Use Your Body Without Stress
The Alexander Technique
How to Use Your Body Without Stress
Paperback      ISBN: 0892813857

The Alexander Technique, a revolutionary method of bodywork pioneered by the late F.M. Alexander, provides the key to successful body dynamics. Now, in this updated and revised edition, Wilfred Barlow's classic guide to Alexander's work explores every phase of the technique.

Today, the Alexander Technique has a world-wide following and is respected as a major contribution to the fields of medicine, education, and psychiatry. Barlow, the foremost exponent and teacher of Alexander's work, explains how your mental, physical, and sexual well-being are affected by the way you use--or misuse--your body. He shows you how to reduce mental stress and muscular tension by becoming more aware of balance, posture, and movement in everyday activities.
The Book of Ginseng: And Other Chinese Herbs for Vitality
The Book of Ginseng
And Other Chinese Herbs for Vitality
Paperback      ISBN: 0892814918

A doctor of pharmacology examines the healing properties of vitalizing plant substances known in China as the kingly remedies. Chief among these is the ginseng root, esteemed by the Chinese for almost seven thousand years as the most omnipotent of medicinal herbs. Fulder discusses the other kingly remedies, or harmony plants, which--like ginseng--act safely and with no debilitating side effects to revitalize the body's immune system.

More than 50,000 copies sold in previous editions (previous title: The Tao of Medicine).
Ginseng is well-known for its ability to:

- Regulate blood pressure

- Preserve sexual potency in older men

- Assist women through menopause

- Help with anemia, insomnia, depression, nervousness, appetite, stress and shock.

A widely recognized authority on ginseng, author Stephen Fulder was interviewed for an article on ginseng that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in November, 1992.

Confronted with the astronomical costs of medical care and the limitations of conventional medicine in treating immune deficiency diseases, Westerners are discovering the efficacy of plant medicines.
The Family Herbal: A Guide to Natural Health Care for Yourself and Your Children from Europe's Leading Herbalists
The Family Herbal
A Guide to Natural Health Care for Yourself and Your Children from Europe's Leading Herbalists
Paperback      ISBN: 0892814845

Applying their extensive experience as parents as well as professionals in the fields of naturopathy, pharmacology, and herbology, Barbara and Peter Theiss show how natural herbal medicine is the healthiest and most effective method to care for most of the family's health needs.

Explains why childhood illnesses and disorders of old age respond exceptionally well to herbal treatment, and includes chapters on healing herbs for women, the immune system, the common cold, and emergency first aid.

Shows how medicinal plants can effectively prevent and treat skin irritations, upset stomach, earaches, sore throats, stress headaches, pulled muscles and tendons, and many other conditions.
Accepting Your Power to Heal: The Personal Practice of Therapeutic Touch
Accepting Your Power to Heal
The Personal Practice of Therapeutic Touch
Paperback      ISBN: 1879181045

Since 1972, Dolores Krieger has taught Therapeutic Touch to thousands of health professionals around the world. In Accepting Your Power to Heal, she now shows all of us how to master this powerful energetic healing practice. Krieger points out that while this is not a miracle cure, Therapeutic Touch has proven to be safe and helpful in the treatment of a variety of conditions from PMS, headaches, burns, and bone fractures to asthma, reproductive problems, cancer, and AIDS. She encourages us to acknowledge our own innate healing abilities and provides experiential exercises to teach us the basic Therapeutic Touch techniques. The miracle, if there is one, is that we can all participate in the healing process and help our friends, partners, families, and even pets to feel better.

Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing
Light Emerging
The Journey of Personal Healing
Paperback      ISBN: 0553354566
Barbara Ann Brennan continues her ground-breaking exploration of the human energy field, or aura--the source of our experience of health or illness. Drawing on many new developments in her teaching and practice, she shows how we can be empowered as both patients and healers to understand and work with our most fundamental healing power: the light that emerges from the very center of our humanity.

In a unique approach that encourages a cooperative effort among healer, patient, and other health-care providers, Light Emerging explains what the healer perceives visually, audibly, and kinesthetically and how each of us can participate in every stage of the healing process.

Presenting a fascinating range of research, from a paradigm of healing based on the science of holography to insights into the hara level and the core star, Light Emerging is at the leading edge of healing practice in our time.
Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine
Between Heaven and Earth
A Guide to Chinese Medicine
Paperback      ISBN: 0345379748
"Comprehensive, encyclopedic, and lucid, this book is a must for all practitioners of the healing arts who want to broaden their understanding. Readers interested in the role of herbs and foods in healing will also find much to learn here, as I have. . . . A fine work."--Annemarie Colbin, author of Food and Healing

The promise and mystery of Chinese medicine has intrigued and fascinated Westerners ever since the "Bamboo Curtain" was lifted in the early 1970s. Now, in Between Heaven and Earth, two of the foremost American educators and healers in the Chinese medical profession demystify this centuries-old approach to health. Harriet Beinfeld and Efrem Korngold, pioneers in the practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine in the United States for over eighteen years, explain the philosophy behind Chinese medicine, how it works and what it can do.

Combining Eastern traditions with Western sensibilities in a unique blend that is relevant today, Between Heaven and Earth addresses three vital areas of Chinese medicine--theory, therapy, and types--to present a comprehensive, yet understandable guide to this ancient system. Whether you are a patient with an aggravating complaint or a curious intellectual seeker, Between Heaven and Earth opens the door to a vast storehouse of knowledge that bridges the gap between mind and body, theory and practice, professional and self-care, East and West.

"Groundbreaking . . . Here at last is a complete and readable guide to Chinese medicine."--San Francisco Chronicle
Dolphins and Their Power to Heal
Dolphins and Their Power to Heal
Paperback      ISBN: 0892814764

Since ancient times dolphins have been known to uplift and inspire human beings through empathetic interaction. Cochrane and Callen review the myths, legends, and history of dolphins as well as current research, showing how close contact with these graceful mammals can trigger our inherent healing powers. In a rich and detailed study of dolphins, the authors explore the animals' life cycle, behavioral patterns, and methods of communication. They also give careful consideration to the well-being of the dolphins themselves, emphasizing that human/dolphin encounters should, whenever possible, occur in the animals' natural habitat and on their own terms.
The authors describe recent case studies confirming that such contact can enhance the learning abilities of the mentally handicapped, bring relief to the emotionally disturbed, and encourage recovery from life-threatening illness.
Thirty-two color photographs capture the exhilaration of swimming and interacting with dolphins.

The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy
The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy
Paperback      ISBN: 0892816384
The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy offers the most elegantly comprehensive package on the whole art and science of aromatherapy written to date. It deservedly takes its place among the small handful of indispensable reference books on this fascinating therapy.
--Seza Eccles, Editor of Aromatherapy Quarterly⁞

Among the profusion of books on aromatherapy available today The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy is the first to explore the many aspects of this healing art in a single, illustrated volume. The author discusses all things aromatic, from essential oils to garden plants, with recipes for blending essential oils and practical tips for creating perfumes and beauty products. The numerous therapeutic uses of aromatherapy are applied to 10 major systems of the body with specific remedies given for more than 70 ailments.

Color photographs illustrate step-by-step a full-body aromatherapy massage, accompanied by specific advice on massaging pregnant women, babies, children, and elderly people. There is also a helpful section concerning sports injuries. Useful for the beginner, this comprehensive reference is an invaluable addition to the library of the serious student and professional practitioner of aromatherapy.
Homeopathic Medicine for Mental Health
Homeopathic Medicine for Mental Health
Paperback      ISBN: 0892812915

A physician and psychiatrist, Trevor Smith shows how homeopathy can be used effectively to treat a wide range of emotional and mental problems, including anxiety; depression and withdrawal; insecurity, shyness, and immaturity; fears and phobias; schizophrenia; an obsessional disorder.