Throughout history, sound has been used to help people and boost the spirit. Chi Kung Masters believe that sound can heal the body. That’s because humans have a natural instinct for sound therapy. Just think about how a favorite song can lift your mood. Sound healing synchronizes brain waves to achieve profound states of relaxation, helping to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of the cells in our bodies. An excellent article, "Sound Healing - How It Works and It's Health Benefits" by author Gayatri Bhumik offers an expanded incite into the many options for sound healing. You can follow Gayatri on Instagram, @gontheroad!
The Six Healing Sounds of the Chi Kung are both a practice and a meditation and have been employed for 1,000's of years predating the development of Chinese Medicine. These "healing" sounds synchronize brain waves to achieve profound states of relaxation. The tonal sounds are made using the force of breath (the diaphragm), the vocal cords and mouth. However, the activity engages the whole body and the mind. Practice of this meditation activates your endocrine system, there by improving health. When our endocrine system is functioning fully we light up with the vivacious energy of good health. We have better mood and less moodiness, serotonin increases, we are calmer and sleep better. Anxiety and depression are eased.
The six healing sounds as a meditation and practice are beneficial for those suffering from anxiety or PTSD. They are a valuable tool to destress at the end of a busy day or as a way to get off to a good start each day.
One can practice all six sounds in one session or concentrate on just one sound for a number of days. Making the practice your own and finding the easiest way to add it into your routine is pragmatic and beneficial any way you can make it work. Practicing once a week with a friend or family member allows you to compare notes on the feelings you have after a session.
The Six Healing Sounds are as follows:
As a Certified Chi Nei Tsang Practitioner I use these healing sounds in the treatment room. They are sounds many folks naturally begin to make when they are "unwinding" energetically. If you think about it you will realize we make these sounds often. Pay attention to the times you or others make certain sounds and you'll see how natural a form of expression these sounds are!
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Cilantro - Coriandrum sativum
The love it or hate it herb, truly. Most people perceive the taste of cilantro (coriander leaves) as a tart, lemon/lime taste, but 3–21% of people think the leaves taste like dish soap. This disparity is linked to a gene in some people that allows them to detect the taste of specific aldehydes that are also used as odorant substances in many soaps and detergents.
Native to Southern Europe, North Africa and Southwest Asia this herb is able to be cultivated in many other locations around the world. Its cultivation by humans dates back to the ancient Greece of the second millennium.
The mature seeds of cilantro are referred to as coriander a popular ground spice that has a nutty slightly sweet flavor. Both the leaver, cilantro and the seeds, coriander can be found in many culinary dishes as well as being used medicinally as well as an essential oil.
Cilantro is taken by mouth fresh or in capsule form is excellent for cancerous conditions. It is highly beneficial to remove toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead, or aluminum from the body. I recommend my clients do a heavy metal detox at least one time per year. Cilantro is part of that protocol.
Cilantro, appear to have more antioxidant activity than the coriander seeds due to the high phenolic content. Coriander leaves contain beneficial flavonoids, polyphenols, and phenolic acids. The polyphenols present include kampferol and quercetin, which have also been shown to have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. These plant metabolites have attracted interest and study for their potential protective role against oxidative damage and its associated diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancers. The leaves of the plant are high in vitamins A, K, and C, as well as calcium.
Incorporating this herb in food, taking it as a nutritive support or for the benefits it offers as a powerful antioxidant this herb packs a punch on every level!
I came across this wonderful photo when I was searching for an image for Bridge to Health's monthly Meet-up, Chi Nei Tsang Learn & Share during which I will be teaching Laughing Chi Kung.
It may seem odd to practice laughing, but there is actually scientific data that suggests that the importance of "learning to be happy" when your younger is essential to maintaining happiness through out your lifetime. It seems that unless you cultivate your ability to be happy and enjoy life you can actually lose the feeling of happiness as you age. Happiness is then inevitably lost!
The Proverbs 17:12, tells us a "happy heart does good like a medicine".
The many benefits of laughter help us to cultivate our sense of happiness and brings so much more to the table.
Benefits of Laughter
Beyond practicing laughter as a form of healing meditation and the cultivation of chi (energy and information) it is important to keep life on the lighter side.
You can do this by....
Laughing Chi Kung:
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THESE IDEOLOGIES AND FADS DO NOT WORK AND ARE UNSUSTAINABLE!
WHAT DOES WORK IS A CONSISTENTLY DILIGENT ATTEMPT TO MAKE BETTER CHOICES.
I have seen many fads in the health and diet industry come and go over the years. Most of them are unlivable! Eating dogmatically according to some philosophy be it Keto, Vegan, Vegetarian, Fruitarian or the "#@%& it all" SAD Diet which many people still believe it doesn't matter what you eat. Many companies offer a panacea of supplemental nutrient support. They say you can't be healthy unless you consume our protein shake and other nutrient capsules. Costly and unsustainable, certainly not natural!
One of the more recent fads is intermittent fasting. This means restricting food intake on a daily basis by extending your nighttime food'less fasting period by not eating until later in the day. In most cases early afternoon. This is okay on occasion, but when practiced as a lifestyle it is dangerous to your health. Followed consistently intermittent fasting can lead to nutritional deficiencies, anorexia, binge eating, blood sugar fluctuations and metabolic imbalances.
As a general rule the body does best on a regular consistent schedule. Your liver has the ability to anticipate what you are going to eat and when. This pattern is the "hum" of your daily biological life. When you force the body to fast consistently and continuously the body's natural metabolic rhythms are thrown off. On the other hand, when we fast for over three days the body goes into ketosis and begins to burn off any cellular debris. This state allows for consistency in blood sugar levels due to auto-metabolism. In other words your immune system is breaking down cellular debris and the protein byproducts are now available to the body. The longer you fast the deeper the cleansing effects.
Here's the difference...when you break a fast you reintroduce foods slowly. Starting from very light foods and gradually working your way back to protein rich foods and fats. This gradual transition is biologically programmed into your body's DNA. Fasting is a natural part of the cycle of life.
Intermittent fasting doesn't bring the body into a true state of ketosis. It is stressful to the adrenals and liver. It can lead to eating heavier meals to make up for the calorie deficit. Eventually metabolism lowers and although you may have some short term benefits of feeling lighter and losing some weight, in the long run your appestat (the region of the hypothalamus of the brain which is believed to control a person's appetite for food.) will be thrown off.
Proponents of intermittent fasting are not always looking at the bigger picture of the health of the body over time. There is a tendency in this community to place importance on being thinner and having less body fat with an underlying drive to always be "working" at controlling the body through the mind! That is not a natural way to live. We want to endeavor to find our own balance. This balance comes from within. That is not to say you may have a period of time in which your appetite is lower. Pay attention to that and accommodate your needs in a way that is right for you. That may mean skipping a meal, or going lighter for a few days. It may mean you undertake a season of detoxing or fasting. But then you regain your balance and allow the body to get back to it's daily rhythm, naturally!
The same holds true for eating ideologies...Keto, Vegan, Vegetarian, fruitarian, raw food. Your cells may not agree with your ideological of dogmatic food strategy! You may believe you are making the planet a better place by eating vegan and you would be right in that your elimination of animal products is creating a tiny impact on consumption, supply and demand. You may feel better for now, but this lifestyle is fraught with the potential for nutritional deficiencies that can be dangerous and impactful as you age. If this is your choice, you must be well educated to maintain your nutritional balance.
The same is true for keto, which is the Atkins Diet recirculated. Dr. Atkins died of a heart attack! This is a diet fraught with imbalances. Healthy forms of carbohydrate are important sources of fiber, zinc and other nutrients.
The truth is humans are omnivores. We can eat all kinds of things! That's why we have survived all these 1000's of years. However the best diet is one that stays close to natural. Staying away from processed foods, trans fats and junk foods is just smart. I love the way Michael Pollan puts it, "eat food, not too much, mostly plants#
My belief is that a healthier body and mind come from making consistently better choices based on loving yourself. Think of it this way, would you impose upon child or pet some of the crazy diets and fads you have tried? Would you stuff nutrient pills down their throats or make them drink awful combinations of things that taste terrible. Would you feed that child or pet the SAD diet, forcing them to eat it in spite of seeing that it's making them fat and unhealthy! Have you done this to yourself?
Here's the good news....regular seasonal detoxing gives you a chance to hit the RESET BUTTON! Detoxing and fasting resets the appestat, the part of your brain that controls hunger and a sense of satisfaction. The cleaner and stronger feeling you have in the body after a detox sets a new normal for you, becoming a motivating factor in consistently making better choices. As you continue to move forward with regular weekly mini-detoxes and longer seasonal detoxes you will find that you will gravitate toward what "feels good" in your body. You may have that cheeseburger and fires, and one cheeseburger does not your whole life make, but you will notice that it's heavy, greasy and not the nourishment that works best for you. So, the next time you have a choice you may only have the fries and a salad as a way of LOVING YOURSELF! Consistently making better choices!!! Naturally
Bridge to Health offers Detoxification options such as Seasonal Detoxes, Natural Weight Loss and 30 Day Detox Plans as an integrated part of a health balanced lifestyle.
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Look at those around you, what do you see?
Look in the mirror and tell me what do you see there?
Do you see a people/a person....
This is a bleak picture and it may seem a downer to ask you to look, acknowledge, become aware.
But, this is the first step toward a healthier you, a healthier community and a healthier world!
One of my clients seeking to undertake an upcoming Bridge toHealth On-line Seasonal Detox, asked me to explain detoxification. Prompted by his question I decided to post this blog to throw light on this subject. Starting with what will detoxification do for you and then moving onto to what is it..read on!
We DETOXIFY to HEAL!
When we take a break from richer heavier foods we are resting internal organs and allowing the body's natural defense force...IMMUNITY to take a break from cleaning up our daily indulgence, so this amazingly complex system can focus on "house "cleaning"
Regular fasting or periods eating lighter are an integral part of natural life for both animals and humans. However, we have insulated ourselves from seasonal fluctuations in available foods to the point that we fail to realize, sometime our bodies need a break from all this CONSUMPTION!
Detoxification, done regularly throughout the year and each month will restore body and soul to a cleaner lighter version of yourself, plain and simple. The clarity that comes from detoxing is the most remarkable aspect. All of my Bridge to Health Detoxers report an amazing feeling of being "high". Feeling empowered with a greater sense of purpose and higher level of energy!
We DETOXIFY to RAISE CONSCIOUSNESS
Maya Angelo said, "when we know better, we do better". This homey wisdom stated so simply is POWERFUL! The affect of knowing better is the ENLIGHTENMENT it brings! Enlightenment is the attaining of knowledge, insight and awareness. The more you have the better life is, for YOU, for YOUR FAMILY, YOUR PERSONAL COMMUNITY and the larger COMMUNITY of HUMANITY!
Think I'm getting carried away...
"Not Creating delusions is enlightenment." Bodhidharma
"Enlightenment means taking responsibility for your life" William Blake
"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making
the darkness conscious." Carl Jung
What is detoxification?
To detoxify means to rest the body from your usual diet.
It can be a simple as skipping a meal if you tummy is out of sorts, to restricting food intake in a variety of ways.
Bridge to Health offers 4 Seasonal guided and on-line detoxes to support the development of regular detoxing as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
Detoxification is not...
This lovely passage from the Book of Isaiah sums up beautifully the reason to fast and the benefits that come to us as we dedicate ourselves to enlightenment!
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed...
To help you make an educated choice about detoxification to improve your health and wellbeing... go to this link and schedule a free personal phone consultation with Certified Wellness Consultant, Vanessa Goldeen.
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The COVID-19 viral scare started just prior to my recent trip to California to undertake continuing training courses for my Chi Nei Tsang certification through the Chi Nei Tsang Institute/Tao Touch with Master Teacher Gilles Marin.
While we were there in the midst of the storm, Gilles offered the advice reprinted below. What he presents in in line with the foundation of my practice...it's JUST COMMONSENSE!
Below you will find reassurance and knowledge! Maya Angelo said, "when we know better, we do better"
We fear influenza because it does pose the potential to take lives. The elderly, the immune compromised and the young. Everyone else in between would be unlikely to develop symptoms that could be life threatening, IF they are in good health. Having a strong immune system is an investment you make in yourself.
The foundations of having a strong immune system are basic...
Reprinted by permission...Gilles Marin
Instructions to prevent getting the flu, or any kind of other airborne sickness, and to help eradicate the COVID-19 contagion:
Being in times of epidemics we have to assume that we are carrying the flu virus or covid-19 with us all the time. The only thing we can do is to neutralize it, on and in ourselves, to prevent it from reproducing and spreading.
If you feel like you are just getting the flu:
The flu virus cannot survive a disinfected environment, so, even, and especially, if it is already in your system, it needs several days to incubate before it can reproduce and make you very sick. It incubates in your throat and your nasal cavities. If you gargle with a disinfectant and breathe essential oils of thyme it will kill the virus during its incubation period and you should feel relieved within a day or two. However it is essential to continue the treatment for three days to make sure you eliminated the possibilities of new infections during the time of incubation.
Avoid mucus producing food products such as pasteurized dairy, sugar, especially in drinks such as sodas and reconstituted fruit juices from concentrates, starches such as industry produced boxed cereals, potatoes, wheat, corn and rice, and their derivatives. Don’t tax your system with overeating. Even healthy foods in excess strains the digestive organs leading to congestion. Eating lightly will save your energy for your immune defense system.
If you feel like you are not getting better that means that you will get worse:
It is recommended that you do not go to the hospital. Hospitals are already overwhelmed by the excess number of people seeking shelter and medical attention. In addition, all they can do there is to keep you under observation and feed you the worst diet while being quarantined with a bunch of other infected people. Remember hospitals don’t provide home remedies and they are unable to provide you with the diet you will need to recover. It will be much better to prepare yourself to stay at home especially if you get sicker, weaker and unable of taking care of yourself.
Be Perpared: You need to build a network of support by connecting together a circle of friends and family members on which you can count on to take care of each other. Tell them your plan if one of you gets sick. Keep an eye on each other and provide care and nutrition. You have to build that network before you get too weak to ask for help. Use your phone, use the internet, establish a circle of relationship to check on each other on a regular basis. The better part of our humanity comes out naturally out of people during times of crisis. We need to enhance this natural capacity to help evolve our social skills toward being helpful, supportive and more humane with each other. This will eventually make human consciousness evolve naturally toward a better future.
Make a list of the kind of food you need, cooked the way you like it. You will probably loose all your appetite for several days. Preparing to eat minimally but vital. Green algae, maca, whole food source multivitamins, and other "super foods". Have these items on hand now, before anyone gets ill. Call and consult with your local health food stores. Simple blended soups and fortified drinks or smoothies are good choices. Make chicken stock or bone broth with vegetables. Blend it so it is easy to drink and to dilute if your appetite goes down.
Gille's Grandmother’s famous 7 Vegetables Longevity Soup Recipe
About Gilles Marin...
Founder and Director of the Chi Nei Tsang Institute and Taoist Healing Energetics in Berkeley, California. Gilles has studied and practiced massage therapy since 1976. Born in the south of France, he received his degree in Philosophy of Education and afterwards studied with Aikido Master Andre Noquet President of the European Aikido Federation. Master Noquet taught traditional healing methods such as kuatsu, shiatsu and jin shin jyutsu which he studied in Japan in the 1950’s with legendary martial arts master and peace activist Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido.
Director of the Chi Nei Tsang Institute - Berkeley, California
Founding Director - Taoist Healing Energetics - Berkeley, California
Co-directeur de l'institut de Chi Nei Tsang - Nice, France
Universal Healing Tao and Chi Nei Tsang Senior Instructor
Author: Healing From Within with Chi Nei Tsang
Five Elements, Six Conditions, A Taoist Approach to Emotional Healing, Psychology, and Internal Alchemy Healing Buddha Palms Chi Kung
Numerous Guided Meditations available as CDs or downloads
"There is no intelligence required for healing. To heal, we don't need to be intelligent, we don't need to be good, and we don't need to deserve it. Healing is pure grace. To heal, we do need honesty. We need to be true to ourselves. We need to be able to admit that we have feelings we wish we didn't have. We need to own these feelings so we can outgrow them, and so we can mature as human beings."
BTH Note: It is a true privilege to train with Gilles Marin. His wisdom and practical experience as a teacher, healer and advocate for humanity is as impressive as his compassionate demeanor.
Over use of antibiotics is leading us to have more powerful bacteria proliferating. The incidence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is on the rise. BTH blog post "How did we get here - The State of Wellness in American", addresses this issue.
Basically when we delve outside the parameters of natural biology we can get into trouble. I'm not saying antibiotic therapy doesn't have it's place. It has been nothing short of a miracle in many cases of extreme infection. But, when we use them as a prophylactic measure with every case of colds or flu, the body's natural immune response is circumvented which weakens immunity in the long run. In this way we are unwittingly contribute to the development of "super bugs"!
Many of you may be unaware of the presence of an antibiotic you are likely ingesting every time you eat pre-grated or pre-crumbled cheeses! Natamycin, technically an antifungal has been approved by the FDA for use on cheeses that are pre-grated/crumbled. It is a mold derived medication originally used for eye infections. A doctor prescribing it would make certain that the patient was not allergic to it before prescribing it, but now anyone sensitive to it would not know that and could become quite ill or go into anaphylaxis after eating cheese laced with it. The cumulative effect of ingesting this is a reduction in immunity and the eventual creation of molds and fungi that are resistant to this retardant. Microbiological evolution! We can change this trend by becoming educated about how to maintain a healthy immune function and minimize the use of antibiotics.
The immune system needs a work out. This helps it to be strong. When we are eating an unnatural diet, have used antibiotics, have low beneficial microbial environments in the stomach, gut and colon we become highly susceptible to infection. The weakened immune system cannot function as it is meant to. Immunity is a holistic and synchronistic function. It involves the glandular system, the digestive system, the blood and lymphatic systems. Major players are also the liver, gallbladder, and colon. Immunity functions best on a variety of whole foods, plenty of water, fresh air, sunshine and good sleep. The flora needs to fed and kept vibrant by integrating live probiotic rich food sources into the diet. Foods such as kefir, yogurt, sourdough breads, fermented vegetables, raw vinegars and miso have been used for thousands of years because of their health promoting qualities...a rich source of probiotic!
There are in nature abundant sources of antimicrobial herbs and agents. Dr. Keith Scott Mumby of the UK, provides us with a wealth of information on this topic in the pdf provided below. I know these options work, because I have employed them for myself and my family members for over 40 years. Dr. Mumby explores the use of chlorine dioxide which is currently used in many parts of the world for microbial infections. BTH will be posting on this subject sometime in 2020...look for that.
Here is an excerpt from a blog post on the BTH "DIY Wellness Care Forum". We offer a thirty day trial membership to this forum, for those who are interested in educating themselves in the areas of building and maintaining a healthy happy body!
The focus of the list below is to provide you with botanical options for staving off bacterial infections and overgrowths of fungus. These botanicals are very effective. I have used many of them over the past forty years in which I have been able to stay antibiotic free by treating infections with sound natural adjunct therapies and fasting.
With the botanicals above it is important that you add only one at a time. Start with one and build up to the maximum dose over a period of a week to 10 days. If no adverse reactions occur move onto the next option. It is important to note that you may begin to experience herxing or die-off reactions as these herbs begin to affect the bacterial growth. To prevent excessive herxing, back down dosage, if symptoms lighten or abate, it was die-off and not an adverse reaction. You may need to consult with your ND, MD or Wellness Consultant to determine if you are having a reaction or die-off symptoms.
Botanicals are only part of the picture. Treating holistically means making dietary adjustments, detoxing and fasting, using poultices and hands on modalities to promote circulation and resting when you are ill! Bridge to Health offering Wellness Consulting as a means of receiving the support and education you need to achieve a higher standard of health and wellness.
Most of us take our ability to breathe effortlessly for granted. But, when you suffer with the sinuses you become painfully aware of how wonderful it would be to be able to breath fully!
Sinus symptoms are:
Sinus related conditions include:
From a naturopathic perspective prevention is the right move, but when you're in the throws of sinusitis many simple natural remedies often provide a better treatment than antibiotics. Antibiotics are a slippery slope. It is well documented that repeated use of antibiotics undermines your immunity and produces resistant stains of bacteria. See the home treatment recommendations at the bottom of the page. These recommendations are useful whether or not you are taking a course of antibiotics.
If your reading this article, you likely have suffered with recurrent sinus issues. Let's take a look at the underlying causes of sinus problems. A primary cause of chronic sinusitis is the fact that an acute sinusitis was treated ineffectively, which then leads to further attacks. Other causes are overuse of decongestant nasal sprays, smoking, swimming, diving, allergies, or as the Chinese say, an underlying disharmony within the body that presents itself as sinusitis.
Chinese Medicine understands that any symptom in the body is a result of disharmony. In the case of sinus conditions the #1 imbalance stems from the stomach and/or liver, secondarily the spleen. Congestion or depletion of energy in the stomach, liver or spleen are at the root of all sinus conditions. Overeating fats, hot spicy foods, sweets, or drinking alcohol create ‘damp’ and ‘heat’ in the body. Damp form phlegm while heat moves upwards (a bit like steam) lodging in the lungs and nasal cavities. This is your common cold scenario, but susceptibility to colds and flu are a result of lifestyle choices. Eating or drinking excessively, irregularly and unhealthily eating and sleep habits damage liver, stomach and spleen energy. The result is a predisposition to develop a manifestations of damp/heat conditions such as sinusitis and/or bronchitis. For a deeper understanding of the Chinese Medicine approach to healing sinus conditions check out this article from Acupuncture Council of Ireland, "Understanding Sinusitis from a Chinese perspective"
For those with chronics sinus conditions emotional aspects should also be considered. Worry, stress, long term frustrations and anger issues will affect the health of the stomach, liver and spleen. Chi Nei Tsang deep organ manipulation provides an excellent therapy to relieve congestion of these organs and promote release of nervous energy trapped in the body systems.
Anyone in the US who would like to connect with acupuncturist as a treatment option for chronic sinusitis can find a practitioner in your area by visiting the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) practitioner directory. If you are local to Phoenix/Scottsdale Arizona, my personal recommendation is Linda Lofaro LAc and practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine, Wholeself. If you are on a budget the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture offers a clinic that provides very affordable treatment with advanced students working under the direction of master teachers.
Home Treatments to improve Sinusitis
The Bridge to Health Sinus Recovery Protocol offers you 3 month access to diet, lifestyle changes, nutritional and herbal support to end the vicious cycle of sinus conditions. This is an affordable to way to turn your health around and end antibiotic use! Take a step toward improved wellness and purchase your Sinus Recovery Protocol today!
A common experience of most women, a vaginal yeast infection poses no long term problems, but they can become incredibly painful if protracted and recurrent. The tendency to develop yeast infections or oral yeast infections, "thrush" often indicates a potential systemic candida albicans yeast over growth. If you suspect you may have a systemic yeast overgrowth take the quiz in the BTH Candida Blog. It's a fairly good indicator of a potential microbiome imbalance.
This Yeast Infection protocol will provide you with simple and effective means of healing the condition and provide support for avoiding further infections.
What is the cause of a yeast infection?
An overgrowth of candida yeast.
This yeast strain is a normal part of the human biological eco system. It is present on the surface of your skin, digestive tract and inner cavities of the body. When it gets the green light to overgrow it's normal bounds it can proliferate in any warm moist part of the body. It begins to create inflammation and feeds off the byproducts of that process, getting stronger and multiplying even more!
How does the yeast get the green light?
This is a multifaceted answer....
There are many factors. Starting with the simplest factor. Moisture accumulating in the vaginal area...diaper rash is a yeast infection. So, wearing restrictive underwear that are all nylon or polyester which traps moisture and warmth, not allowing for proper ventilation. Yoga pants can do the same.
Heavy sugar or alcohol consumption can foster yeast growth. Intercourse can contribute. Some men have low level jock itch...another variation of a yeast infection, they pass excessive yeast onto you when you have vaginal sex. A systemic yeast overgrowth is usually the primary cause for recurrent infections, more than 2 or 3 per year.
Perhaps the most major contributing factor is the use of antibiotics, which kill off healthy probiotics that balance the yeast. See the blog, The State of Wellness in American, to learn more about the magic bullet of antibiotics and the downside we are all paying for now!
How can it be treated?
Since Candida is a fungus it can be treated with an anti fungal cream. There are many on the market that do work to a limited range. The problem with the use of these creams is that the yeast will eventually become unaffected by it. Thereby when we use these drugs we are unwittingly create more virulent strains of the yeast. We pass these super strains on to our children...it's basic evolution! An evolution we do not want to encourage. The same phenomenon has happened with antibiotics and we now have super strains of bacteria that are deadly and cannot be controlled with antibiotics.
The best and most effective way to treat yeast infections is to clean up the environment that allows the yeast to multiple.
The Bridge to Health Yeast Infection Recovery Protocol offers an affordable way to get the help you need to heal the underlying causes that lead to yeast infections. Purchase your Yeast Recovery Protocol and get started today!
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
An interesting fact about ginger...it is an entirely cultivated plant. It was bred from wild plants, over 5,000 years ago to arrive at the state we now find it in. Originally cultivated in the islands of Southeast Asia it's popularity quickly spread through out the whole of Asia. It is one of the first spices exported to the Middle East in the 1st. Century CE.
The applications of ginger in the culinary world knows no bounds. From savory to sweet this spicy herb works well with everything! Beyond it's culinary uses, ginger has been a standard go to for herbalist and the topic of much scientific investigation for its many uses.
Ginger contains gingerol a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It is also a potent antioxidant. This makes it wonderful for any condition of congestion, whether it be mucosal congestion from coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis or blood congestion from an infection, over burdened liver, spleen or stomach. Researchers have determined that ginger tea is the single most useful treatment for morning sickness during pregnancy. In cases of stomachaches, indigestions, sluggish digestion ginger as a tea or in capsules will clear things up quickly.
Because of it's anti-inflammatory properties is is extremely helpful for sore achy muscles, tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis. Patients with osteoarthritis have been effectively treated for pain using ginger extracts and topical applications. Poultices made of castor oil mixed with powdered ginger are excellent for decongesting the chest or the liver and also beneficial in reduce the pain of menstrual cramping.
Ginger has also been cited for its ability to reduce blood sugars making it an excellent choice for those who are pre-diabetic or suffer with type 2 diabetes. Combine with a healthy low glycemic diet many have been able to reverse this condition.
The best thing about ginger is the taste...everyone loves the taste of ginger! Extremely juicy this rhizome is an excellent addition to fresh raw fruit and vegetable drinks. As a tea, cut and sifted ginger can be added to any of your favorite herbal, green or black teas. Powdered ginger added to nut milks, smoothies and sauces. Ginger oil has been used for aromatherapy for centuries both topically and diffused. Fresh ginger always a plus when you can find plump fresh cuttings. Watch out for moldy ginger...it easily grows green penicillium mold. Asian markets usually have the BEST ginger! Don't accept shriveled or slimy rhizomes. If the fresh choice doesn't look good, ditch it for a dried or powdered form.
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