Over the last decade, America’s reliance on prescription drugs has grown by staggering proportions. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s June 2006 report, “Prescription Drug Trends,” the number of prescriptions purchased per capita in the U.S. population rose from 7.9 in 1994 to 12.3 in 2005.
Category Archives: Alternative Therapies
Historians tell us that the practice of Colon Hydrotherapy or, in its most basic form, the enema, was first used by the ancient Egyptians. The Ebers Papyrus, of the 14th century B.C., and the Edwin Smith Papyrus (c. 1700 B.C.), both mention enemas and give directions for the use of the enema.
There are few feelings worse than that “plugged up” sensation you get when things aren’t moving the way they should. Constipation is one of the most common digestive complaints. Bloating, gas, cramps, and multiple trips to the bathroom can be miserable. Your body is trying to tell you something is wrong and the root cause of these symptoms is in your digestive system. The colon is a breeding ground for both good and bad bacteria, but in a clean, healthy environment the good bacteria will control the bad.
Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for one-fourth of the body’s detoxification each day? That makes it one of the most important elimination organs. Toxicity can gather beneath the skin’s surface from common use of improper pH levels in body soaps, skin creams and anti-perspirants, plus synthetic fibers worn next to the skin. Any one of them can contribute to a variety of skin problems and conditions.
The liver is the key organ responsible for a great percentage of our detoxification. Over-consumption of alcohol, food additives, prescription drugs, pesticides on our foods, and fatty foods as well as water treatment chemicals, industrial chemicals, and exhaust fumes all pollute our bodies and abuse the liver.
If you’ve never done a body cleanse, it’s natural to be a little unsure, or even skeptical, but there are many good reasons to body cleanse. Body cleansing is a fairly simple process that can take just a few days or a month depending on what you choose to do. Just as your ‘outer’ body needs cleansing to be healthy, so does your ‘inner’ body.
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
While the use of massage is growing, the reasons people are turning to massage therapy are also expanding. More and more people recognize it as an important element in their overall health and wellness.