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How does this ancient art really work? | The Science Behind Acupuncture

What some people may not realize is that with energy-based healing, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. If you’re someone who is skeptical about how modalities like Acupuncture actually deliver results, or have just never experienced it yourself, this article will help you understand a bit of the theory behind this ancient practice.

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One of the main functions of Acupuncture is to eliminate toxins from our body.

What is a toxin, and how does it enter my body in the first place?

Merriam-Webster defines it as: a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation.

In layman’s terms, toxins are anything from an outside source that is poisonous and detracts from our optimal health. We can’t really avoid them entirely, but there are ways to recognize their presence, and there are lifestyle changes we can make to limit/eliminate them.

Among them, is Acupuncture. Here’s a chronological breakdown of how it all works:

Step 1:  Toxins enter the body. They accumulate in us from a variety of sources: medications, poor diet, lack of exercise, the environment, stress…and the list goes on. They can show up as just about anything like headaches and pain; fatigue; skin breakouts…even bad breath! (More on this here.) We can combat these symptoms by eliminating toxins. And that brings us to step number two: The Acupuncture treatment.

Step 2:  Points activated by needles. Hair-thin needles are inserted into trigger points on the body (these are designated points of electrical sensitivity.) This stimulates corresponding receptors in the body which begins the healing process.

Step 3:  Hormones & chemicals released.  Prompted by the needles being inserted (and gently twisted), certain hormones and chemicals are released which can reduce pain and other unwanted symptoms, regulate the endocrine system and calm the nervous system.

Step 4:  Enjoy the benefits!  Now that systems have been regulated and toxins have been eliminated, the patient is on their way to a much healthier self. As a result of Acupuncture, patients will notice benefits like improved breathing, circulation, and strengthened immune system; decreased pain, irritation, stress/anxiety, and fewer symptoms of illness and disease. During and following the treatment, patients also report full body relaxation and stabilized mood, due to increased serotonin levels.

There is of course much more to this complex but amazing healing practice, but this should give you a more digestible understanding of the power of Acupuncture.

Interesting fact: Acupuncture was the catalyst for the opening of A Caring Light Natural Health Clinic. Its success treating a family member’s asthma prompted Tammy to transition from being a full time registered nurse to begin learning alternative therapies like Acupuncture. And she is still as passionate as ever about it 14 years later. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tammy by email at acaringlight@gmail.com.

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When life gives you Lemon Oil…

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It’s Tuesday and that means another Top 5 list! This week, it happens to feature March’s ACL Oil of the Month: Lemon essential oil!  This delightful citrus oil is one of the top immune boosters, and boasts a plethora of other practical uses (all of which will combine to build up your immune system.) Keep reading to find out some of my favourites, and get some ideas to improve your Spring with Lemon!

1. Forget that artificial stuff that you buy at the grocery store! Pure lemon essential oil is a tasty and healthy option to add to your favourite morning beverage (or at any time of day, really!) Lemon is also useful for cutting down phlegm, and an amazing supporter of digestion so if you tend to fall victim to those nasty seasonal allergies, or stomach problems (chronic or acute), this oil has got your back.

2.  You can easily combine several drops to any cleaner (I suggest a natural one) for some extra elbow grease  – and to save you a little scrubbing. Other cosmetic household uses include: Furniture polish – mix with olive oil/bee’s wax for an impressive shine; Stain remover – add to carpet cleaner or laundry detergent to help get rid of hard-to-remove stains; Air freshener – rather than use store-bought spray that contains harmful chemicals (whether they admit it on the label or not), mix with water in a spray bottle and spritz away that stench!

3.  In today’s fast-paced world, it can be incredibly easy to get distracted when you are trying to focus. The brain benefits from Lemon oil in two major ways: Increases alertness and aids concentration. Inhale directly from the bottle; use in a diffuser; or rub it on your forehead and bottom of your feet to help you focus. There’s nothing gray about that…okay it’s all grey up there, but you get the point.

4.  Has this winter gotten the best out of your skin? Frigid weather is notorious for drying out the ol’ epidermis, but this versatile oil just keeps surprising us! Mix with coconut oil and use as a natural moisturizer (try it in your hair too at night). Also, if you have particularly oily skin, try adding a couple drops to your foundation or apply directly to the face to reduce oiliness.

5.  If you’re like me, you tend to get overly zealous at the supermarket and buy produce in bulk, leaving you in a panic to use it all up before it goes bad. Or perhaps you’re going out of town for a few days and have a refrigerator full of unused veggies. Here’s a hack to save on waste: Give your fruits and veggies a lemon bath by adding a few drops of the oil to a bowl of water. Then dunk your produce into the water for a few minutes and you’ll be eating the benefits for days!

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The Power of Being Positive

We can’t control everything that life does to us, but we can control how we react to what life does.

How we start our day, determines how our day goes. If we wake up thinking it’s going to be an awful day, guess what, it will be!

Never underestimate the power of positive thinking!! Our thoughts really do affect how we react to life. Energy follows thoughts! Also known as manifestation. How many times have you been thinking of someone you haven’t seen in a long time, and you soon run into them, or they call.

It’s so important to see the glass half full, instead of half empty. To see the silver lining in the cloud. Our thought processing center can’t be in two places at once, so when you start thinking negatively, literally tell yourself to stop, and make yourself think of something positive. If you have to, say something positive over and over again (affirmations), even if you do not believe what you’re saying, your words get taken in by your subconscious mindand the subconscious controls many aspects of our lives.

We have an energy frequency, which is measured in megaHertz. The more positive we are, the higher our frequency , and we attract the same. For example you can not tune your radio to 96.9, and expect to hear 103.9.  Thus we can only attract positive,  if we are being positive!

Loise Hay, an author, who has done extensive work with emotions, states, “What we think about ourselves,  becomes the truth for us. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.”

There are numerous, inspirational/motivational books, and web sites,  ( http://www.LouiseHay.com, simpletruths.com), which have positive quotes and affirmations. I suggest starting your day off with these, to help you have the best day possible. It may not be easy at first, but all things become easier with practice.

Remember, if you become inspired, you will inspire others, and they will… it’s a domino effect! Ever watch the movie” Pay It Forward”? I highly recommend it!Also Louise Hay’s book ” You Can Heal Your Life”.

Some quotes/affirmations:

“In the affinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole ,and complete. My life is ever new. Each moment of my life is new and fresh and vital.

I use my affirmative thinking to create exactly what I want. This is a new day. I am a new me. I think differently. I speak differently. I act differently.

Others treat me differently.

My new world is a reflection of my new thinking. It is a joy and a delight to plant new seeds, for I know these new seeds will become my new experiences.

All is well in my world.”   Louise Hay

“People often tell me motivation doesn’t last, and I tell them bathing doesn’t either. That’s why I recommend it daily”   Zig Ziglar

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”  Martin Luther King

“It’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice”   Anonymous

“Today everything will be supplied to me”  Melody Beattie

 “All things are possible if you believe.” Mark 9:23


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S.A.C. Healing Therapy (Spiritual Alignment Connection Healing)

This is an extremely powerful FIVE part energy healing therapy. This involves the practitioner using their hands to focus their attention on bringing balance into the chakra system of the client. The practitioner uses 

A series of different moves to clear blockages and energy cysts within the chakra system and auric field of the client. This facilitates healing on all levels: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In many cases emotional blockages are considerably reduced. This therapy assists in the reduction of neck, back and leg pain. People who have experienced this healing therapy report increased levels of self esteem, self confidence and inner peace. 

The S.A.C. (The Spiritual Alignment Connection) works on stimulating DNA strands and meridians points through out the body. The meridians are tangible pathways that carry life force energy into and out of the body. Every organ and physiological system: lymphatic, endocrine, central nervous system, reproductive, skeletal, digestive, circulatory is served by at least one major meridian, and every cell of the body is accessible via the intricate pathway of meridians. The meridian system is the ‘energy bloodstream’ that brings vitality, balance, and cellular regeneration to every part of the body. This allows the practitioner to charge the meridian which in turn balances the physical organ. This is a great way to keep all of systems charged and working at full charge.

For more information on this therapy, please contact Debbie Maillet @ 506 532 5242 or email debbiemaillet17@hotmail.com


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Heal, De-stress and Relax: Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese form of stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the Asian concept of life energy and is done by “laying on hands”. A subtle energy flows from the hands of the practitioner into the client, and it’s this energy that creates the relaxation and healing effect. It often feels like a warming sensation on the area being worked on.

In Japan this energy is called Ki (key). Ki is in everything; plants, animals, humans, food, water, earth, sunlight…

The Ki within the physical body, mind, and emotions are affected by our thoughts and feelings. If we have positive ones, our Ki will be strengthened, and we will be more confident, have more energy, enthusiasm, and be more likely to succeed at what we do.

The scientific theory of Reiki shows that some of the healing aspects of it have been demonstrated to exist using known laws of physics and biology. An important part of functioning of the human body is it’s electrical nature. You have electrical currents flowing through the nerves, blood, all organs and cells. These currents are weak compared with the electrical current flowing through the wiring in your home, but they are exactly the right strength for the human body, and are a necessary part of sustaining life.

All illness starts first in the human energy field before manifesting in the physical body.

The human energy field is a matrix of subtle energy fields that surround and penetrate the physical body. These fields contain the blueprints for the physical body and tell the organs, tissues, and cells what to do, and how to function. The energy fields also contain blueprints for our emotions, thoughts, and higher levels of consciousness.

Ki (subtle energy) is affected by the mind, causing it to support our health, or to move us toward toward dysfunction, illness, and disease.

During a Reiki session, this energy (Ki) flows into the client’s energy field and around the organs and tissues, helping to remove “bad” Ki. The natural flow of “good” Ki is restored along with the person’s health. Reiki provides a higher level of nurturing to the body’s organs and tissues. It also works on the mind, emotions, and spirit. This makes us feel better than before.

A session feels good and relaxing. It helps develop wonderful feelings of joy, peace, love, and confidence. When we feel good or peaceful on the “inside” it helps decrease our physical pain. Reiki also works well when applied to an injured area, or any area affected by pain, whether it is from arthritis, or just soreness from tense muscles caused by stress. Reiki helps decrease anxiety, and can help lift us when feeling depressed.

To learn more contact Tammy Taylor@ “A Caring Light” (215-0117 or 961-9905). During August receive 10 % off a Reiki session.


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Metamorphosis

There is a complementary health treatment called metamorphosis. It helps mentally, emotionally, phsically and spiritually.

It involves energy work. We have energy circulating in and around our bodies. I compare this energy to the wind. We can’t physically see it, but we can feel it, and see it’s effect. For example, the wind makes tree branches move, kites fly, blows strewn garbage.

Metamorphosis originated back in the 1960’s from Robert St.John, a British naturopath and reflexologist.

Energy underlies all forms of life. Our energy can become blocked, and get “stuck” in paticular patterns. Every cell that makes up our body and mind holds memories of our experinces, not only from childhood, but even from our time in our mother’s womb. What our mother experinced during our gestation deeply affects us.

When an experince affects us strongly, the thoughts, emotions, and beliefs connected to that memory can set up energy patterns in which we become “stuck”. In a sense they keep us stuck in the past. These energy patterns can express themselves in a variety of ways, such as physical or mental illness, emotitional problems, limiting attitudes and beliefs, or repeating patterns of behaviour. Ever wonder why we keep doing the same things over and over again, even though we keep getting the same negative result or response from this behaviour.

Metamorphosis sees all mental, emotional, physical and behavioural problems as symptoms or expressions of energy patterns, which may have developed while in mother’s womb, or from early childhood experinces. We need help to get “unstuck” from these repetitive, negative patterns.

A Metamorphosis session is approx. one hour, and is done with clothes on. By using a light touch to the spinal reflex points of the head, spine, hands and feet,
the metamorphic practitioner acts as a catalyst (something that speeds up a process of change) to a person’s energy, thus helping bring about whatever changes of energy patterns that are needed. This enables the person to naturally shift those behavioural patterns that no longer serve them. The energy that was “stuck” is released, freeing them up from past influences, and allowing them to let go, and move forward. So many of us hang on, as we don’t like change, even though these changes usually are beneficial.

The sessions are non diagnostic. The practitioner is just a facilitator, helping the client’s energy to move along, to “let go” , so metamorphosis is really about self healing. It creates greater consciousness within, has the goal of bringing the client into the “present moment”. Many of us are either thinking about the past (“wish I had of or hadn’t done this or that”), OR we are thinking about the future( “I’m going to do this or that”), instead of enjoying the present moment. This causes unnecessary stress.

Our muscular system reflects the degree of underlying mental tension, and this tension leads to muscular aches and pain. Often people cannot relax or stay relaxed for any length of time, because the tension is mental rather than muscular. People with alot of underlying mental/emotional stress usually find a Metamorphic massage to be surprisingly relaxing, and may drift into a light sleep.

Great appreciation is given to Anne-Marie Arsenault, Metamorphosis course instructor, who lovingly taught much of this information and the technique.

Come experince this awesome treatment and learn to “let go”. During June, receive 20% off Metamorphosis! Call Tammy @ A Caring Light / 961-9905)


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Reflexology

It has been estimated that 70%-80% of all disorders re stress related. Imagine the health benefits if we knew how to relieve the stress in our lives.

Foot reflexology is an excellent alternative health treatment that can do this.  It is the practice of stimulating specific areas on the feet to elicit the body’s self-healing.  All parts, glands, and organs of the body are represented as reflexes on the “anatomical body-map” on the feet. Every body part responds to a session, as there are 7000 nerve endings in the feet, all capable of relaying electrical messages to the appropriate body part/organ.  ¼ of all your bones are in your feet.  2000 pores in bottom soles of feet.

Reflexology treats the cause, not the symptom.  It is possible that unexpressed emotions stored in the body’s tissue could be the root of the problem.  For example, if there is a lot of sadness the lungs’ reflexes should have extra attention, for anger, the liver’s reflexes are important.

Reflexology induces deep relaxation, blood vessels dilate, thereby increasing circulation and delivery of oxygen and nutrients.  It also aids in the removal of toxins.  A session helps muscles relax, frees nerves along the spine and relieves pain.  The body can only process a certain amount of sensory input at one time.  With reflexology, the client’s focus shifts to the pleasing sensation of the foot massage and pays less attention to the pain.  The body closes the “gate” to pain input and has temporarily stopped processing it.  Pain releases much easier when the body is relaxed.  In addition reflexology stimulates the pituitary gland that releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.

Therapeutic grade (medicinal) essential oils can be used with reflexology for added benefits.  For example, peppermint is used for an inflammatory condition, or lavender for stress.