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Energy Healing

You have probably come across exotic-sounding terms such as “chakra”, “prana”, “aura”, and “tantra” in your course of reading books on spirituality, sex, and healing in the New Age literature section of the bookstore. But what’s the real scoop behind these exotic vocabularies?

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Are All Energy Healings the Same?

Chakra or energy center is a term used in Pranic healing, an ancient Hindu system of energy healing. “Prana” means life energy. “Aura” is another terminology traced to Pranic healing. Aura is a non-physical body that consists of energy, which exists along with our physical body. The aura that covers our body is said to have seven layers pertaining to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual as manifested by energy. Studying the color and thickness of auras give ideas on the state of health of individuals. Six colors are associated with aura and interpreted into six personalities. These colors are all present in an individual but one or two are more pronounced.
Green – ambitious achiever
Blue – spiritual peacemaker
White – unconventional chameleon
Red – activist
Orange – creative communicator
Violet – psychic

Although Tantra is popularly associated with the peculiar practice of sex and spirituality, it is another method of energy healing. It comes from the word “tan” which means to spread or expand. The concept of connectedness is a recurring theme in Tantric writings on sex and spirituality. As a method of healing, spirituality and sex figure prominently. It is presupposed that the union of man and woman can reach spiritual levels during orgasm, which removes the body and mind off collected impurities. These impurities being negative energies can in turn manifest as physical illnesses.

Unlike Pranic and Tantric healings, which have Hindu origins, Reiki originated from Japan. It is relatively younger than Pranic and Tantric healings having been rediscovered in the early 1900’s. Reiki stands for universal energy, an energy brought forth by higher intelligence. Students of Reiki are taught how to tap this energy to heal physical, emotional, and mental illnesses.

Although Pranic, Tantra, and Reiki are all systems of energy healing, they differ in the type of energy tapped for healing: life energy, sexual energy, and universal energy respectively.

The concepts of the connectedness of mind, body, and spirit; the connection of individuals to all living and nonliving things around them and to the universe; and how energy impacts physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being are some of the salient similarities of these three healing methods.

Why Do People Turn to Energy Healing?

Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki are considered alternative methods of healing. In spite of the availability and relative accessibility of modern medicine, how come more and more people are being drawned to them? Here are some possible reasons:

Energy healing worked where modern medicine failed

For several reasons both explainable and unexplainable, modern medical treatment failed to heal ailments and conditions in several if not many persons. Research or data may not be able to support this statement. But for the families of the dying as well as for the dying patient, they would take the risk of using alternative methods ranging from herbals and organics, faith healers, witch doctors, and New Age healing techniques just to be get well.

People perceive modern medicine to be isolating

Medical treatments are oftentimes focused on the disease and its causative agent, which can make a patient feel isolated and treated like a mere host of the disease. Although recent developments in hospital practice are gradually promoting the holistic treatment of a patient, the perception still persists. Unlike in energy healing, since energy and spirituality are intimately linked, the patient feels that all aspects of his health are being attended to.
· Energy healing is non-obtrusive and natural thus it is safer.

Repeated surgical procedures are physically and emotionally traumatic for most patients. It is but a logical and attractive option to both patient and families to look for less stressful health interventions. Moreover, with the rising popularity of New Age religions, going natural is the way to go.
· Energy healing is a good way of relieving stress.

Meditation is part and parcel of energy healing methods and this is an added come-on for highly stressed people. Moreover, sophisticated equipment is not required thus it becomes all the more convenient for students and future students of energy healing.

The battle between alternative healing and mainstream medicine continues as both present the benefits of their approach. But in the final analysis, what matters is the restoration of good health.

 

Health benefits of Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms are recognized because of its health benefits. There are several important components that are present as active ingredients in the mushrooms and which are very helpful in combating different types of diseases. All parts of the mushroom are very important from medicinal point of view. Resihi mushrooms may aid in prevention of various harmful diseases like cardiovascular diseases and  cancer.

Reishi mushrooms are known for longevity benefits and that’s why they are called mushrooms of immortality. Depending upon the color, there are about 6 different types of the reishi mushrooms. Among them most important is red reishi mushroom which contain the soluble polysaccharides and possess lots of health benefits.

reishi-mushrooms

Based on the researches, the reishi mushrooms have following health benefits.

  • The reishi mushrooms possess the great ability to boost the immunity of the body. The soluble polysaccharides that are present in resihi mushrooms are very important in building the immunity and thus maintain it at a proper level. These polysaccharides are responsible for making the RNA and the DNA in the body. It also increases the production of T cells and B cells in the body which are very important for the immune system of the body. In this way the reishi mushrooms enhance the overall efficiency of the body and prevent the body from various allergies, fever, common cold and asthma.
  • Another miracle of reishi mushroom is that it is very helpful in the proper functioning of the liver. Like the liver stores the harmful substances of the body. So in this way, the reishi helps in the eradication of the harmful substances from the liver and enhances the performance of its functioning. These detoxifying properties help in liver functioning and maintain the health of the liver.
  • Red reishi is also very important in eliminating the cancer. It reduces the size of the cancerous cells. These effects are same in the human and the animals. It reduces or prevents the formation of the clone cells and prevents them to spread to other parts of the body. Reishi mushrooms are also very important to increase the immunity level of the body after cancer recovery. In this way, helps in recovering the body fast after cancer treatment. Moreover, reishi also eliminate the harmful effects of the radiations that are used in the chemotherapy of the cancerous cells.
  • Reishi mushrooms are also helpful in preventing the diabetes. The polysaccharides that are present in the mushrooms are very helpful in preventing the diabetes. It helps in preventing the fat deposition in the body. It also maintains the lipid level of the body that helps in maintain the sugar level and the cholesterol. In this way, it also prevents the cardiovascular diseases.
  • In addition to this, reishi mushrooms prevent the body from the allergies, asthma, flu, common cold, cardiovascular diseases, maintains the cholesterol level of the body and the blood pressure, stomach ulcers, fatigue and tireness of mind.

How to Boost Testosterone Naturally

Testosterone is one of the most important hormones in men. Apart from helping you to build and maintain muscle mass, testosterone is responsible for many other important functions, like sex drive and bone density. Low testosterone levels may occur for a number of reasons – ageing, hypogonadism and similar diseases. However, most men do not really need a conventional therapy, as their testosterone levels fall into the normal range for their age. But they still want to boost it up to increase libido, for example. Before trying out various natural solutions for this problem, you may want to follow steps below to achieve higher testosterone levels naturally.

Get More Sleep

One study from a University of Chicago proved that testosterone levels drop dramatically in otherwise healthy males if they don’t get enough sleep. What’s even more concerning is that this happens after only one week of shortened sleep. Apart from low testosterone levels, study participants claimed they felt pretty bad at times their testosterone levels were at the lowest point. We are all different and not everyone needs the same amount of sleep, but a general rule of thumb is to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. I’ve found out that about seven and a half hours works best for me!

Get Fit

Another important factor in those suffering from low testosterone levels is excess body weight. One study from 2012 showed that losing significant amount of weight has increased testosterone levels in participants by about fifty percent, so that’s something definitely worth looking into if you are overweight. But be careful, do NOT try to lose weight fast. Make sure to exercise regularly and create caloric deficit of around 500 calories. Calculate your TDEE here, subtract 500 calories and workout at least three times a week. Enjoy your results and increase testosterone at the same time!

Check Your Zinc Levels

Many people suffer from Zinc deficiency, especially those who have hypogonadism. But studies also show that Zinc plays an important role in regulating testosterone levels in healhty men. If you want to make the best out of it, don’t just buy Zinc supplement, but look into herbs and minerals which contain a large amount of Zinc, aside from other nutritients – like ant extract and pine pollen.

Natural Hair Loss Solutions

Premature hair loss can occur in both men and women for many reasons. Some of the factors which contribute to this common issue include genetics, menopause, age, pregnancy and even illness. We all know about hair loss transplant, Rogaine and even Finasteride (which can have VERY serious, long-term side effects), but what about natural solutions?

Native American Secret to Beautiful Hair

Well, the first one which comes to mind is saw palmetto extract, which is a concentrated form of Serenoa repens fruit. This fruit has been used by Native Americans for centuries as a remedy for hair and skin. Furthermore, saw palmetto contains a substance which reduces DHT production, a metabolite of testosterone which is partially responsible for enlarged prostate. DHT also contributes to hair loss and there are studies which have proven that saw palmetto has a positive effect on hair loss prevention in certain men.

 

saw palmetto for hair loss

Saw Palmetto Tree

 

Massage Oils Against Hair Loss

Another option for those who are looking to prevent further hair loss is to massage your scalp in order to improve circulation and activate follicles. Natural oils like almond, lavander, seasame or bay oil work the best if used on a daily basis to massage scalp for several minutes.

However, some people use common cooking oils for this purpose, like olive, canola and safflower oil. To use those, heat the oil until it’s warm and apply it to your scalp. Make sure to wear shower cap for around 45 minutes before washing out the oil using water or neutral, natural shampoo. You could also make use of mayonnaise instead of a regular conditioner. Apply, put on a shower cap and wait one hour before washing it off.

olive oil hair loss

Quality lifestyle = Better hair

Some people are suffering from hair loss from fairly simple reason – their lifetyle. Vegetarians and those who are not getting enough protein in their diet might want to consider including more protein-rich food on a daily basis. Not only that protein itself may help with hair loss, but the food full of protein often contains good amount of Vitamin B-12, which also plays an important role for this issue.

We are all prone to stress to some degree and this worldwide problem can manifest in many ways. For some, it is a major contributing factor for hair loss. To fight it, make sure you:

  • Exercise regularly – at least 3x per week for 45-60 minutes
  • Have some quiet time for yourself on a daily basis
  • Practice meditation or attend yoga classes
  • Talk about your problems!

In the end, don’t forget about many herbs and tonics in Ayurvedic medicine which are beneficial against hair loss and stress, like He Shou Wu and Maral Root.

 

The Secret of Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen has been used throughout Asia for more than two thousand years. It’s been used as an anti-ageing remedy, to increase physical endurance, strengthen body’s immune system and decrease fatigue. Pine pollen in powder form is free of toxins and pollutants, since insects usually stay away from pine cones. Apart from a small chance of an allergy reaction, pine pollen doesn’t have any serious side effects and it is legitimately one of the most powerful natural supplements.

Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen Composition

This gift of nature contains various beneficial substances like iron, potassium, manganese, sodium and copper, apart from Vitamin E, Vitamin D, folic acid and other essential vitamins and acids. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D and in combination with other minerals, Pine Pollen powder acts as a natural multivitamin.

Pine Pollen Benefits

But the most powerful benefit of this herb is its ability to regulates testosterone, DHEA and androstenedione levels. Pine pollen practically acts like natural steroids, but without any side effects. It is indeed the most powerful natural solution for raising testosterone. This fact actually plays an important role in the animal kingdom. Did you ever wonder what is the cause of increased sex drive in animals once they come out of hibernation? It’s spring and that’s exactly when pine pollen peaks and it’s everywhere around. It has the same effect on human, as it acts like a strong natural aphrodisiac.

Many harvest their own pine pollen, and if you have access to an area filled with pine trees, you might want to get it yourself. It’s pretty easy to harvest pine cones during the peak season. But some of us are not so fortunate and we have to resort to buy them in health stores or through the internet. Just make sure what you buy is legit!

Check out other benefits of pine pollen below:

  • It reduces an enlarged prostate, since this pollen acts as an androgen
  • Speeds up metabolism which consequently helps you to lose fat
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Improves heart health
  • Stimulates the functions of liver and the brain
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