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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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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.


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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.