What Houseplants Need To Live: Indoor Climates for Healthy Houseplants

Houseplants are probably the most commonly grown specimens for indoor gardens and greenery. Therefore, it’s extremely important that their indoor environments suit all of their growing needs. Continue reading for information on keeping houseplants healthy. Continue reading

Cultured or Fermented Food?

Recipe of the Month – Basic Sourdough Bread

This recipe can be used to make a basic loaf of bread for sandwiches or just eating fresh from the oven.
2 1/3 cups fresh sourdough starter
3 1/3 cups flour
1 to 1 ½ cups water (approximate) Continue reading

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis: How an Interview Could Change Your Health

We arrive at the final part of this look at how Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners come to understand what ails you. It is essentially: the interview. The questions and answers are vital to arriving at a diagnosis, a true one, and then treating the underlying cause of the problem.

The interview is extensive, Continue reading

How Chinese Medicine Practitioners Can Diagnose Based on Touch

How will a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner discover precisely what is wrong with your health and how to heal it? They use a special brand of diagnosis. In part three of this series, we look at touch and, in particular, what your pulse reveals.

The practitioner will feel and tap certain areas of the body, on the arms, legs, shoulders, and midsection, to figure out what’s happening in a few specific areas: Continue reading

Body Temperature and Weight

Did You Know…

… that a NASA Scientist may have discovered a powerful and overlooked secret to shedding pounds?

Shedding pounds can seem as challenging as rocket science… and in truth, the formula for melting excess fat may be closer to rocket science than we could have imagined!  The secret is body temperature. Continue reading

Getting Well on the Way to the Doctor

Did You Know… … that a LOT of people get well on their way to the doctor?

We have two different minds: the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.  Some of us have learned how to control our conscious minds, but our subconscious minds are a bit more difficult to manage. Continue reading

What exactly is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback training teaches how to consciously change and control the body’s vital functions that are normally unconscious, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure, through information provided by electronic devices.

Biofeedback is a relatively new field. It was only during the late 1960’s that scientists believed that these normally unconscious, autonomic functions could be voluntarily controlled. Barbara Brown, Ph.D., at the Veterans Administration Hospital in California, Elmer Green, Ph.D, and Alyce Green of the Menninger Foundation in Kansas first used EEG biofeedback to observe the various states of people practicing yoga. Another person who was instrumental in bringing biofeedback to the public attention is Joe Kamiya, who taught subjects how to attain states of euphoria without drugs.

Biofeedback is currently used by physicians, physiologists, kinesiologists, and psychologists.

How Biofeedback Works

Electrodes, which look like stickers with wires attached to them, are placed on the client’s skin. The client is then instructed to use relaxation, meditation, or visualization to bring about the desired response, whether it is muscle relaxation, lowered heart rate, or lower temperature. The biofeedback device reports progress by a change in the speed of beeps or flashes, or pitch or quality of the tone.

The results of biofeedback are measured in the following ways:

• skin temperature
• electrical conductivity of the skin, called the glavanic skin response
• muscle tension, with an electromyograph (EMG)
• heart rate, with an electrocardiograph (ECG)
• brain-wave activity, with an electroencephalograph{EEG)

Conditions Treated by Biofeedback

Biofeedback is particularly useful with can help with stress-related conditions where there is sympathetic or adrenal stress. It is also useful for conditions where there is inadequate control over muscle groups or muscle dysfunction. Conditions treated with biofeedback include:

• stress
• headaches
• asthma
• muscle injury
• pain relief
• insomnia
• high blood pressure
• digestive disorders
• attention deficit disorder
• incontinence
• poor posture
• tennis elbow
• golfer’s elbow
• irritable bowel syndrome
• hyperactivity
• Raynaud’s disease
• ringing of the ears
• constipation
• twitching of the eyelids
• esophageal dysfunction