3 July 2013

Becoming a Naturopathic Doctor

3 July 2013,

Naturopathic Doctor

Becoming a Naturopathic Doctor in Canada

A naturopathic doctor, or an ND, is a highly-trained medical professional who specializes in the treatment of various illnesses and conditions through the use of both standard and natural methods. Naturopathic medicine focuses deeply on the prevention of disease through emphasis on proactive treatments and overall wellness in patients of all ages and medical backgrounds. Before a medical care provider may practice naturopathy in Canada, he or she must complete an extensive educational and training program as well as pass exams through an accredited licensing board. (more…)

14 September 2012

Becoming an Acupuncurist

14 September 2012,

Tapping in acupuncture needle

Becoming a Licensed Acupuncturist in Canada

When administered by properly trained physicians and other health professionals, acupuncture is a widely proven method of treating both physical and mental illness in some patients. It typically serves as a complement to other means, such as physical therapy, medication, exercise and changes to diet. Physicians that practice acupuncture throughout Canada must undergo substantial training and obtain a license before they are allowed to treat patients with these methods.

1 September 2014

Recovering from Pain and Injury, a Lifestyle Check

1 September 2014,

The human body has a lot of ways to tell a person that something is wrong. However, it is all up to the person if he wants to listen or not at all. Some isolated aches and pains are normal, but when something is painful on a daily basis. There is not much a person can do but have a professional take a look at the painful part and see what is really happening.

For the most part, pain therapy is a matter of hot and cold compresses, as well as pain relievers. These are short-term solutions and may even worsen the condition. The result would be more pain later on. There are some jobs and lifestyle choices which can be cause a lot of pain. For one, athletes work hard to maintain a great shape. Professional athletes know that they will have a lot of pain during and after a game. The great part about being an athlete is that the daily activities actually help the body become stronger. This also leads to faster recovery after an injury. It is not a miracle when an athlete bounces back from an injury much faster than ordinary people. The body has been tuned to a high level that it recovers much quicker, add to that the athlete’s determination and the advanced techniques used by sports doctors and you have even better recovery times.

For ordinary people, the problem is more about lifestyle. This is especially true for some people who have a high-stress job with a sedentary lifestyle. A weekend workout does not make the cut. When something wrong happens, an extended recovery is very common. Sometimes, even the most ordinary things may call for an operation. For instance, varicose veins and spider veins are unsightly for a woman. Unfortunately, this is very common for those who are overweight, work long hours standing, or spend a lot of time wearing high heels. Short of a lifestyle change, the only thing that a woman can do is to see a doctor. A varicose vein treatment in Scottsdale, for instance can help solve most of these types of problems with an out-patient procedure.

22 August 2014

Chiropractic Treatment for Severe Back Pain

22 August 2014,

Recently, a tragedy befell a friend of mine. In the middle of the night a burglar entered in his house and went searching for stuff to steal. Unfortunately my friend woke up and saw the thief, and before he knew it, the felon hit him at the back with a golf club. He went down.

He thought his problem was done when he hired a locksmith in Bromley to change locks and install security alarms. However, even days after this incident, he felt a severe pain at the lower area of his back where the thief hit him.

The pain got so severe that he couldn’t stand straight or sit still for more than two minutes. It was then that he called for help from a chiropractor.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a type of health care that manipulates the spinal cord to treat musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders. This practice goes all the way back to ancient China and Greece, with ancient records dated as early as 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mentioning the efficacy of spinal manipulation to ease back pain.

This practice does not involve any chemical drugs. Chiropractic physicians do the treatment hands-on – they assess the back situation, identify the problem, and treat it through, as said earlier, spinal manipulation. Then they advise the patient on healthy dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle practices to promote holistic well-being.

Is It Effective?

A growing body of research shows proofs that chiropractic treatment relieves back pain faster than other methods. In 2008, Lawrence et al synthesized researches and found that the evidence is enough to support that spinal manipulation is effective to relieve lower back pain regardless of duration of the back pain. In 2010, Dagenais and colleagues found that most studies show spinal manipulation to be more effective compared to other conventional interventions.

This is indeed the case for my friend. After only the first session, he felt a decrease in the back pain. After five sessions, the pain is completely gone. No drugs, no invasive surgeries. It was all natural, all healthy, and obtained fast results. His back pain didn’t return.

16 August 2014

Training to be a Herbalist

16 August 2014,

It’s not difficult to become an herbalist but you do have to be dedicated and prepared for some hard work. Today I want to give you some idea of what path you need to take:

What is an Herbalist?

An herbalist is a person who uses plants in the area of healing and health. They are also, mostly, licensed as practitioners in other areas, like Chinese medicine, acupuncture of naturopathy.  Most herbalists are self-employed and have to put in a  great deal of effort to finding new clients but the job is one of the most rewarding in the world.


The following details the basic education and skills you need to pursue a career as an herbalist:

  • Graduate degree in naturopathy, Chinese medicine or another field in which hers are used
  • Must be licensed in one or more healthcare fields
  • Experience is useful but is not a requirement
  • Must be a good listener, be able to think critically, make sound judgments and decisions. Must be good at science and be able to solve problems
  • Must be able to use software for accounts, retrieval of information, making labels and for medical terms and information.

 Get a Degree

Many educational programs require a bachelor’s degree for entry, preferably in biology, botany, or another subject that is related.

Training Program

There are a number of different herbalist training programs, depending on what you want to do.  If you want to be a practitioner, the training is intensive. A Masters and/or Doctorate degree is required, studying herbal treatments for skin diseases, the integration of western and eastern medicine, botany, and herbology. From there your path is determined by the area you wish to specialize in.


This is a requirement for anyone wishing to go into herbalism as a career, especially as a practitioner.  The required certificate must be gained through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.


To practice you must be licensed in whatever healthcare field you chose.  Licensing in regulated and you may need to pass exams, at either State or national level.

Continuing Education

Naturopaths must complete extra education every year if they are to meet the requirements of maintaining a practice license.  These can be got through courses, conferences or seminars.

Good luck to anyone who chooses to enter the herbalist arena, you won’t regret it. I’m off to look for Boston boutique hotels on this website, for my upcoming seminar.

14 August 2014

How to Treat Mouth Conditions with Herbs

14 August 2014,

The one thing nobody wants to suffer is problems with their teeth or mouth. There are a number of different conditions that can affect the mouth, including:

  • Gingivitis
  • Inflamed/bleeding gums
  • Thrush
  • Toothache
  • Teething
  • Bad Breath

None of these is very comfortable and all of them require treatment of some kind. You don’t have to go rushing off to the dentist for every problem though. Some herbal remedies can help you no end, either to help with pain or eliminate the problem.

Calendula and Echinacea

Both of these herbs can be used to sooth your gums and help to reduce painful inflammation.  They can both also be used to treat instances of thrush in the mouth, caused by Candida albicans.

Simply dab a little calendula tincture that has been diluted with water, 50/50, onto any affected area. If the problem is with your gums, you can swill a stronger infusion around your mouth for a few minute at a time. Swallow it or spit it out, it doesn’t matter which.

Lavender Oil

This is also good for treating thrush, healing open sores and for reducing any inflammation.

Oregon Grape and Goldenseal

These are excellent for treating gums that are infected. They both contain berberine, which produces an antimicrobial effect to kill off bad bacteria.


Rosemary is an excellent herb for canker sored and is one of the best for using as an antiseptic as well.


Parsley is commonly used as a breath freshener and, if served up with your meal, can be nibbled on after eating.  As well as sweeter smelling breath, parsley will also give you a dose of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium.


This is also used as a breath freshener and sweetener and is often found in herbal mouthwashes and toothpaste.


Fennel works in the same way as licorice and, as an added bonus will help if you have problems with gas as well.

Obviously, for any major problems with the mouth and teeth, especially if they don’t heal up, you should seek the help of a professional dentist. I can highly recommend Desert Vista Dental in Arizona as one of the best practices around.

12 August 2014

Naturaly Ways to Treat Damaged Hair

12 August 2014,

Several of the cosmetic and skin care products being sold today contain toxic chemicals that are not beneficial to one’s health. However, consumers still use them because these products accomplish what they want – clean teeth, fresh breath, smooth skin and shiny hair. When it comes to hair care, people, especially women, strive to have locks that are not only clean but also shiny, bouncy and generally healthy. Fortunately, there are alternative ways to achieve excellent mane condition with the use of natural ingredients.

Avocados. When it comes to hair conditioning, avocados can compete with the best products out in the market today. The fruit contains a lot of fat; and, when used on the hair, avocados can moisturize and make it less prone to breakage. Nutrient-wise, it contains Vitamins B and E, which can help strengthen hair and promote growth. To make a hair mask, mash a ripe avocado with a tablespoon of honey to make a paste. After shampooing, apply the paste to the hair, leave on for ten to thirty minutes and rinse with warm water. The result is moisturized hair with shine.

Eggs. There are many hair products on store shelves today that boast of containing keratin. Well, there is an item in the pantry that can be just as effective as those hair products – eggs. Keratin is a protein which forms the main component of the hair. Eggs are very rich in protein, containing three to six grams per egg. Hence, a conditioner made of eggs can make a very good treatment for badly-damaged hair. The protein content in the eggs can repair the weakened areas in the hair shaft. To make this hair-strengthening DIY conditioner, blend three eggs with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply the mixture to your hair, leave it on for twenty minutes and rinse with cold water.

Beer. Beer is another natural ingredient that has a lot of protein because of the malt and hops that it contains. Similar to eggs, the popular drink can strengthen and restore vitality to the hair. To use as a conditioner, warm a cup of beer and mix it with jojoba oil. After shampooing, pour the beer-oil mixture while giving your hair and scalp a massage. After a few minutes, rinse with warm water.

Alternatively, you can use beer as a setting lotion. It can be a used in lieu of the commercial styling gels and is a healthier alternative. Just pour the beer into a spray bottle and apply on the hair before styling. Apparently, you also need to use good-quality styling equipment to get the best results for your hair. For instance, if you prefer the volume that curls give, use the right curling iron. With the numerous brands available today, this can be a difficult choice; however, you can get help from sites that provide information on the best curling iron like http://www.woocurls.com/. Another useful site on the best curling wand is found on http://www.woocurls.com/what-is-the-best-curling-wand-for-your-hair/.

Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar of ACV is popularly known as a health food, which can help relieve the symptoms of many types of illnesses. However, it can also be employed by those who want to have very clean and shiny hair. ACV’s cleansing properties come from its acidity, which is similar to that of natural hair. Hence, rinsing with vinegar will remove hair buildup and make it deeply clean. ACV also coats the cuticle of each hair strand, making it more shiny and smooth.

The hair is indeed one’s crowning glory; and, as such, it deserves the utmost care. Fortunately, keeping it in top shape does not need to run counter to what is beneficial to the health; thanks to the simple, readily available, natural and effective ingredients that can be found in the kitchen.

11 August 2014

Growing Your Herbs on Your Roof

11 August 2014,

I can tell you many a great thing about why it is good to be an herbalist, and why it is essential to use herbal medicine. For me, it isn’t just a pastime anymore, it is my passion and way of life. I simply cannot live without speaking about the plethora of factors herbs are able to do for our health. I believe in herbal medicine so much that I have even encouraged the people around me, including my friends and family, to embrace it too.

I have recently become a homeowner and I am also happy to say that my house is very eco-friendly. I have made it so because I, too, am concerned about our planet, and going green is the least we can do to preserve it. Through my environmentally-friendly house, I have been able to save money on power as well as on the materials that make up my home.

One of my favorite places in my home is the yard. It is where I am most at peace, and where I can tend my garden of special plants and herbs that I use to keep a sound mind and body; I have already given up on prescription medicine, as they cause more harm than good to our body. But even with the growing number of plants I own and take care of, I feared that there wasn’t enough space for it in my yard. One of the best solutions I discovered was to put them on my roof – a green roof!

As it happens, green roofs are not at all uncommon these days. With the many people opting for a greener and healthier way of living, they have found this kind of roofing option to be most useful. And I find it very helpful myself. I contacted my roofing Toronto company, and they were able to help me set up a green roof; they even let me choose which plants I wanted to grow. My local roofer was more than glad to help me with the materials to use for my roof, and he was even accommodating when I wanted to make some custom changes.

The best thing about having that installed was that it was preventing the heat from the sun from entering my home, as my herbs and plants absorb the heat. And on rainy days, I have not experienced water runoff, as the soil from the green roof absorbs the rain water. My plants are healthier growing on top of my house and I able to grow more both in my yard and my roof.

As far back as I can remember, I have always considered herbal medicine as the key to living a healthier and happier life. Truth be told, I am living that kind of life now! And part of the reason why I have been so successful in my efforts is because I can grow my own herbs at home. Although it was expensive working with my roofing company to set up my green roof, I cannot thank them enough for the wonderful work they have done!

7 August 2014

Relaxing and De-Stressing with Massage

7 August 2014,

A relaxing massage is something that every person deserves after a hard day at the office. Sadly, the only time people get a massage is when they go to a spa on weekends, or after they go to a gym. Few people understand that a massage is a necessity for people who work in a high pressure environment. A massage is not just a way to relax, it actually forces relaxation on a person. Tense muscles are kneaded until they turn soft. The released tension allows the body to be comfortable again, and for the mind to de-stress.

Admittedly, a massage can be a health regimen, but it is not a passive muscle toner or a weight loss program on its own. Nobody has ever claimed that having a massage will help lose weight. There are, however, various static devices which does work, like the one mentioned in It Works Body Wraps Reviews.

There is a healing component to massage, as well as a meditative, hypnotic and trance-like response. It is the repetitive kneading of muscles which induces the mind to turn off distractions. With deep tissue massage, the hard kneading forces the lactic acid in stressed muscles to dissipate. Although lactic acid builds up with exercise and other strenuous activities, the effects also manifest themselves when the body is in a stressful environment, like the office.

The massage experience starts when you step into a spa. It should be clean and invites a calmness from within. The moment you are on the massage table and you close your eyes, you would feel like everything has changed. It is true that for some massage techniques, there would be some pain, especially for those who are unfamiliar with shiatsu, Thai, or Chinese foot massage. However, after a while, the massage experience takes over and the relief begins. The muscles start to soften, the mind starts to wander, and most people at this point would start to doze off.

The health benefits of massage are understated, but for those who enjoy it, they know that this is something that they would not miss.

1 August 2014

Guide to Setting Up a Reiki Clinic

1 August 2014,

Reiki is fast becoming one of the most accepted forms of alternative medicine. Back in 2007, a survey by the National Health Interview Survey showed that 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children underwent one or more Reiki sessions. The American Hospital Association also stated that 15% or about 800 American hospitals offered Reiki sessions.

We are expecting this trend to continue for the next several years given the increasing interest of consumers to search for alternative medicines. They are now more aware that commercial medicines are not the only way to treat illnesses. Because of Reiki’s holistic approach to healing, more and more patients are acknowledging its effectiveness. So if you’re thinking of a good business idea, setting up a Reiki clinic is a good one. You’re guaranteed to have regular patients for the coming years. Here are some basic guidelines to help you start your Reiki business:

1. Get certified as a Reiki expert. Usui Reiki is the traditional Reiki system although there are other variations. Usui Reiki has three levels of basic training but you only need to be certified in the first level in order to set up a professional Reiki clinic. If you wish to conduct Reiki classes, you need to pass the next two levels.

2. Practice what you preach. Before treating other people, you need to know Reiki on an intimate level. Treat yourself, family members, or friends so that you will have a firm grasp of how Reiki heals. Reiki believes in the philosophy that physical illnesses are manifestations of inner imbalances; therefore, it gradually clears away life imbalances. Use Reiki to put your own life in balance first before trying to heal others.

3. Getting legal. The certification mentioned above may not be sufficient legal documentation for your business in some U.S. states. Some states require Reiki practitioners to be certified as ordained ministers since Reiki is a spiritual healing practice. You can inquire at the city hall or local office of commerce for other required documentations. It will also do you good to get a liability insurance to protect you from possible law suits.

4. Search for the location. You have three options for potential locations: hospitals/clinics/spa, commercial space, or home-based. Out of the three, the easiest path is to set up shop in hospitals or clinics. It is more accessible for patients having regular checkups. Appointments and insurance filings will also be taken care of for you. Renting or buying a commercial space may be more challenging financially. Practicing at home is very convenient for you but it poses threat of letting insiders into your private quarters.

5. Clinic equipment. Once you’ve decided your location, make a checklist of equipment you may need. This may include massage table, clean linens, blankets, pillows, table accessories like face rest and bolster, bottled water, and others. You may also want to get business phone systems like VOIP phone systems or Hosted PBX Systems for appointment bookings and meetings. You can check out Equipment Base here for more details.

27 July 2014

Benefits of Massage Therapy

27 July 2014,

Today, massage services are very common. You can find a spa or a massage salon just about everywhere, including Chicago. There are many massage therapists that rent Chicago offices because it’s well-trafficked, making it ideal for business. Getting a massage is a great way to relieve tension and relax, which is something that you may need to refresh yourself from the day to day challenges that each day brings. Aside from relaxation, massage therapy is also considered an alternative medicine or used together with modern medicine.

Massage Therapy Benefits

Before the massage, the therapist would ask you regarding your present health condition, as well as your expectations. There are different types of massages, including Swedish, trigger point and deep massage. She will explain to you what type of massage will be used. Oils or lotions are often used. The massage can be done while lying face down on a bed or sitting on a chair. If you feel any pain during the process, be sure to let the therapist know.

As mentioned, this could relieve stress and it could make you feel relaxed. Other benefits include relief from anxiety, injuries from sports, headaches and digestive disorders. It could also help in treating nerve pain, insomnia and joint pain.

Choosing Your Massage Therapist

You will find several massage therapists offering their service. However, to make sure that your expectations are met and that you get the most out of it, there are various things to consider when choosing your massage therapist.

Training, Certification and Experience

Find one that has the right training and certification in massage therapy, as this would ensure that she has the knowledge and skills to perform the job. A proven record is also important as it shows that the therapist is experienced. If the state requires license on physical therapists, the one you choose should be licensed.

Cost of Service

Ask about the amount that you need to pay to make sure you can afford it. If you do your research, you can find an expert that offers her service at the most reasonable price.

Massage Specialty

If there’s a specific type of massage that you want, make sure that the therapist specializes on this one.

Get a massage every now and then even if you don’t have an injury or illness to treat. It’s also a great way to have that much needed relaxation.

25 July 2014

The Wonders of Aromatherapy and Fresh Flowers

25 July 2014,

People wonder what is wrong with their lives, and they come up with answers which pertain to what they have and what they want to have. This is not trying to find an answer, but trying to find a panacea. It’s like a placebo, practically telling you to get better without any real expected effect on the person. However, since the person has taken the placebo, even knowing that it’s a placebo, he begins to feel better.

Sometimes, the act of trying to find a solution is a solution in itself. This is the same thing with aromatherapy, and alternative holistic healing. The search for a better life, begins with understanding that there is a lot of hurt and pain, and we want to avoid it, but we still want to cling on to the things which seem to have caused it. We work hard to earn money, and sometimes we push ourselves too hard that the work gets to be too stressful. In fact, the work may not be the cause of the stress, but the point that we want to finish the work within the constraints given, as well as the pressure of colleagues and other people in the workplace. On top of that, we also want to be the best mom or dad in the world. Finally, we ask ourselves, “where am I?” and “what am I doing to myself?”

Getting started on a less stressful approach to life can begin with small simple things which are easy to do. Flowers, for instance, add a touch of vibrancy and color to any room. It also adds life to a bedroom, or in the office. These do not necessarily need to be from the garden, although gardening is one activity which can be very calming.

Alternatively, you can pass by a flower shop on the way to the office, or on the way home and buy a bunch of flowers, all for yourself, or for a corner of the room. If there is no florist nearby, you can call flower delivery in Brisbane and order from them instead.

25 July 2014

11 Tips to Help Reduce the Symptoms of Varicose Veins

25 July 2014,

Varicose veins are unsightly, uncomfortable and, for some, embarrassing. Many people ignore them, thinking they will go away, until it’s too late and some kind of surgical procedure is the only way.  It isn’t always the only option – if you start to see varicose veins appear on your body, a few simple home treatments can alleviate the problems and stop them from getting worse.  If it’s too late, however, make yourself an appointment with this Baltimore vein treatment center.

If it isn’t too late, try the following:

  • Exercise – It may not necessarily stop it from happening but moving can help to reduce the symptoms. It improves circulation, which means the blood moves more freely and doesn’t pool.
  • Shed the Pounds – Losing weight is always a good thing, especially for varicose veins.  Overweight people don’t move as much and this has an effect on blood circulation.
  • Healthy Diet – A balanced diet will give you the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that your body needs and it can help to strengthen up your vascular system.  While it can’t prevent vein problems, it can reduce the symptoms.
  • Stop Standing – People who stand for too long are at risk because the blood tends to settle and has a harder job to circulate back to the heart. Sit or move around every now again if your job requires you to stand.
  • Put Your Feet Up – But make sure they are raised above heart level. This gives the blood a downhill journey back to your heart, putting less strain on things.
  • Cross Purposes – Don’t cross your legs – it slows the blood circulation between your legs and heart.
  • Sleeping Position – If your legs swell sleep with a couple of pillows under them to raise them up a bit.
  • Scrap High Heels – Low heels are better as your calf muscles have to work harder, increasing circulation.
  • Loose shoes – If your feet have a tendency to swell wear shoes that can be loosened. This stops pressure on your veins and allows for better circulation.
  • Loose Clothing – Tight clothing restricts blood flow, especially at the waist and groin area.
  • Support Stockings – Compression stockings are available at most pharmacies and are a great help in increasing blood circulation.  This is because they put pressure on the lower legs and not on the thighs, thus pushing blood up to your heart.

Even if you don’t have any signs of varicose veins, the above tips are good practice to help prevent them. Check your family history – varicose veins are hereditary and, if there is a history of them in your family, there is a good chance you will get them at some point.

If you do need treatment make sure you seek proper medical advice first. There are several different procedures and they are not all suitable for everyone. One of the better treatments is done using foam and liquid.  If you need sclerotherapy, Norwalk clinics offer the procedure in a professional manner.

The doctors will more than likely give you the same tips that I have, things to do after your procedure to endure a speedy recovery and minimize the chances of the veins returning.

23 July 2014

Getting Better, Naturally

23 July 2014,

Practitioners of holistic medicine have always believed that the body is equipped with means to heal itself. The cure to the disease you are suffering from lies inside you as well. That gentle balance inside your body may have been upset by stress, vices, poor eating habits and a negative outlook in life. This is why oriental medicine has always been rooted in restoring balance to the body through different means instead of simply bombarding a person with drugs and treatments.

There is nothing wrong with scientific medicine. I respect that fully and believe in what they do. In fact, my family and I all have private health insurance to cover hospitalization. I want to be prepared in case of an emergency situation, or should that time come that we would be required to undergo any kind of surgery or therapy. This does not go against our beliefs and practices.

First and foremost, I encourage friends and clients to always take herbal teas through the day. I prepare for them different teas for different ailments. For those who are well, regular green or black teas will do. The teas cleanse the body naturally and flush out toxins which contribute to making the body ill. Too much alcohol, too much fat in the diet, chemicals and preservatives – these should all go. Herbal medicine is also prescribed to supplement Western medicine. For example, a friend comes to me saying he is suffering from hypertension, we recommend herbal supplements like garlic capsules and Gingko biloba. These are all natural and can be taken in their fresh form. However, we prepare tablets and capsules only because they are more convenient to take, especially for working people.

To help promote blood circulation, I still recommend yoga or Tai-Chi and regular massages. Thai massage is a good way to get the blood pumping in your system while the yoga and Tai-Chi helps in centering. Meditation creates a positive outlook and clears negative thoughts out of a person’s mind. These practices may not shrink tumors, you would need a surgeon for that, but it can certainly keep a person centered and well.

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