What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the application of specific pressure by the use of the practitioner’s hands, thumb or fingers, to reflex points precisely located on the feet and hands as well as on the ears. These reflex points are specific points which correspond to various organs, glands and structures of the body.

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis and the TCM View

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. This disease is twice as likely to occur in women and seen more often among persons living or from the northern hemisphere.

The Immune System “Wei Qi”

When the immune system is functioning properly the body should not experience illness. The immune system viewed through traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) consists of two parts, one being the external system and the second being the internal system.

Stress: A Woman’s Enemy

Stress can affect virtually all aspects of a woman’s health: emotional, physical, mental, chemical, and even spiritual. Stress breaks down the body’s natural defenses and can cause disharmonies that may affect the body as a whole. These disharmonies can ultimately lead to disease, health disorders or a decline in general well being. It certainly can decrease the quality of life by making life less enjoyable.

Smoking Dependency: Finding a Way Out

A smoking addiction can be a very difficult habit to overcome. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines an addiction as compulsive drug seeking and use, even in the face of negative health consequences. Smoking has been directly linked to many health conditions and diseases.

Seasonal Depression

It is during this time of year that many people are affected by a seasonal depression, the days are shorter and nightfall comes earlier. The daylight has disappeared before we get home from work. SAD or seasonal affective disorder, affects more than 10 million Americans.

Premenstrual Syndrome and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the emotional and physical symptoms that occur before menstruation. Some of these symptoms may include irritability, depression, outbursts of anger, breast tenderness, anxiety, lethargy, aggressiveness, change in appetite, changes in libido, skin eruptions, crying, loss of concentration, changes in bowel movements, low back pain, clumsiness, distention of the abdomen, and insomnia.

Post-Natal Depression

It is estimated that 50-70% of women experience the “blues” after childbirth. These “blues” can last from a couple days to two to three weeks. An estimated 1 out of 10 women experience more prolonged depression after childbirth. This prolonged depression is termed post natal depression (PND).

Plantar Fasciitis

Summer is on its way, but is a painful heel preventing you from enjoying this time of the year to its fullest? Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis, means inflammation of the plantar fascia. Plantar is an anatomical term that means the bottom of the foot and the fascia refers to a fibrous tissue that covers, supports and separates the muscles.

Overcoming Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain that radiates from the low back, down through the buttock and along the back of the leg. Pains from sciatica may be as mild as a slight discomfort or cramp to completely debilitating. From a Western Medicine perspective sciatica is usually due to a structural deformity of the bones that make up the spine, the discs between the vertebrae, or muscular tension.

Articles authored by Christina Morris, L.Ac., of Element Natural Healing Arts.