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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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Lavender is one of the most beloved and widely used essential oils. Its gentle, sweet aroma and soothing benefits make it a must-have for essential oil users far and wide. Here is a list of some of its most powerful uses.

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1. Calming & relaxation.  We all have anxiety inducing moments in life, and sometimes need a little help calming the nervous system. Put a couple drops of your forehead and/or inhale for calming and de-stress.

2. Minor cuts.  For alleviation of pain and for a fast healing process, apply Lavender directly to cuts, It will also help clean and kill bacteria.

3. Acne & eczema.  Mix with olive or massage oil and apply topically for relief from itchiness and reduce redness.

4. Improve sleep.  Apply and rub in 2 drops to bottom of feet before bed for improved sleep. Inhale, and/or place a couple drops on your pillow. Sweet Lavender dreams!

5. Heal/prevent burns.  Immediately upon burning, apply directly onto inflamed area to sooth and prevent blistering/redness.

Thanks for stopping by to read! I hope you learned a few things, and look forward to sharing the many benefits of other Essential Oils in the future. As always, if you have any questions, or would like further information on the oils, feel free to email acaringlight@gmail.com. Don’t forget to sign up for the ACL newsletter for more info like this if you already haven’t! 


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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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The Power of Essential Oils

Why essential oils are healing oils!   In order for anything to be healing to our bodies, it must be able to get into our cells.  This is the reason why essential oils (therapeutic grade) provide awesome healing.  Their molecules are tiny enough to penetrate our cell walls.  They enter our bloodstream and are capable of passing through the blood-brain barrier.  Essential Oils act like chemical messengers, and communicate with our cells even at the DNA level.  These oils evaporate easily, because of their small molecular size, making themselves available to be inhaled and share their aromas.

When you breathe oil molecules into the back passages of your nose, they go straight to the central part of your brain called the limbic system or emotional center, which manages all of your emotional experiences.  This part of the brain only responds to smell.  This is why certain feelings and memories are aroused when you smell a particular aroma.  For example, the smell of an apple pie may take you back to your grandma’s as a little child or the scent of someone’s perfume may remind you of someone.  Another aroma may unlock a memory you had buried deep, as a traumatic event, which you couldn’t deal with at that time.

Essential oils act differently than many medicines today.  They usually don’t cause side effects.  You know how you might take something for arthritis, and it helps with the pain, abut it may cause stomach problems, so you have to take another medicine now for your stomach problem.  It’s a vicious circle!  With the oils it’s usually the opposite. For example you may be using peppermint oil for your sinuses, and it may also give you extra energy, and help you to be more alert.  These oils can provide healing on all levels: physical, emotional and spiritual.  They are natural and were man’s first medicine.

Did you know that tow of the gifts the three wise men took to Jesus at his birth were the essential oils of frankincense and myrrh?  Frankincense was more precious than gold in those times, and it was used only for royalty.  Myrrh is an antibacterial and excellent for healing wounds.  It is believed that myrrh was used on umbilical cords, and may have helped Mary, Jesus’ mother heal from childbirth.

Want to learn more about these amazing oils, and their healing properties or attend a free workshop call Tammy Norris-Taylor of “A Caring Light”, an alternative health clinic @ 215-0117.


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Your Body’s Energy

You have energy circulating in your body, the same as you have blood circulating.  Good health is dependent on both.  In layman’s terms I compare energy to the wind.  You cannot visually see the winds, but you can see and feel its effects.

Imagine the wind blowing garbage across the street.  The energy circulation in your body pushes toxins (garbage/waste) out.  It does this various ways:  respiration, perspiration, voiding, bowel movements, etc.  When your energy circulation is not functioning properly, health problems arise.

Energy flows through twelve main organs, spending approximately 2 hours in each organ.  It starts in your lungs at 3:00 AM, and finishes in your liver, just prior to starting the process over.

The organs each have a paired organ, and if you have problems with one, most likely you’ll have a problem with the other.  For example, if you have breathing problems, you may notice your breathing is worse between 3:00 and 5:00 AM as this is when the energy is going through the lungs.  If there is an energy blockage there, the circulation is compromised, causing shortness of breath, which may cause you to wake up.  Upon awakening, you breathe deeper or get up, thus helping your breathing.

The large intestines are the lungs paired organ, so often people with breathing difficulties have problems with their bowels, example constipation.  The body is not excreting enough toxins; a build-up of toxins causes an imbalance in the energy circulation.  Also, if you have lung problems, you may have skin problems, as the skin is known as your third lung.

Things which compromise your immune system, also compromise your energy circulation, like stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, poor eating habits, dehydration, etc.

Many of today’s alternative health treatments deal with trying to balance your energy circulation to restore your health.

If you are interested in learning more, email us at acaringlight@gmail.com or call 506-961-9905.


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Our Sixth Sense

We all have a sixth sense, also sometimes called intuition or vibes.  Some of us are more aware of this sense, and use it to our advantage.  This sixth sense is our natural inner genius.  You may recognize it as that “gut feeling” you get.  Our largest group of nerve endings is located in our gut, and is called the solar plexus.

We all get those little gut feelings, or thoughts.  Sometimes they can serve as warning signs, if we would just listen and act upon them.  If we are doing, or about to do something and it just doesn’t feel right, then we shouldn’t, even if there isn’t any explanation for these thoughts/feelings.  Usually if we ignore these vibes something “not good” happens, or we miss an opportunity for something better.

You need to free your attention to hear your sixth sense.  You should be mindful to every feeling, thought, and hunch, aha moment, bright idea, and I wonder… you experience as important signs of your sixth sense.

If you want this sense to guide you then you need to be as open to them as possible.  Become flexible in your thinking and actions; learn to go with the flow.  As your sixth sense guides you from moment to moment, it often suggests that you forget your original plans and redirect your course of action, without questioning, without resisting.

To connect to this guiding sense, we have to be mindful to let go of anything heavy, unloving, negative, dramatic or fearful.

Today most of are exhausted, not getting enough rest, too busy and stressed, which causes us to lose awareness of our intuition.  In the dictionary some definitions of intuition are: “to notice”, “to pay attention”.

Ways to active you sixth sense “is to sleep on it” when looking for guidance.  Sleep allows your emotion to rest and the spirit to wake up.  Also you must eat properly if you want to become more in tune with your “vibes”.  You need nutritious food that supports your physical body, as you need energy to focus.  We need to allow ourselves “down time”.  This refreshes our body, and gives us time to refuel, so we can hear that subtle “little voice”.  Our egos keep telling us that we must keep going no matter what, but our spirit knows we should rest.  The world will be ok, even if we take a break, and we will be able to help others more if we are at our optimal potential.

Amazing things happen when we get enough sleep, eat properly, exercise, and take it easy.  Our stress is decreased, we are better natured, have less physical pain because our nerve endings relax, and our spirit rejuvenates and begins to shine.  We are then “grounded”.

You must be grounded to listen and to trust your sixth sense.  When you aren’t grounded you can’t draw enough energy to activate your higher awareness, and it seems like nothing goes right.  We exaggerate our problems, feel insecure, are restless, go in circles, trip over our own feet, can’t focus, spend a lot of energy and get little accomplished.

For fun, try keeping a sixth sensor journal, and just see how many times this sense has served you well.  It’s reassuring knowing that we really do have “help” behind the scenes.

Some of the information shared has been taken from a book by Sonia Choquette called “Trust Your Vibes”.

A Caring Light offers services which can help you relax, become grounded, and more aware of your sixth sense.  This sense can really help make our lives easier and more rewarding.