The Road To Health

By Subhuti Dhamananda, Ph.D., Institute for Traditional Medicine

The road to health is created by visualizing what it would be like to be healthy and then making choices that are consistent with the visualized path. It may be helpful to take a moment and think about the fact that many people manage to thrive with their disease or disability, and come out ahead, even if most people don’t have such a favorable outcome. Perhaps you know some of these people or have read about their experiences. When you visualize a healthy condition, you know that there is a distance to go from the current situation to that desired state. That is the period of healing. During the period of healing, you will be deciding to do things that are consistent with becoming and remaining healthy.

Thus, when it comes time to decide what to do, what to eat, where to go, what to think about, what to invest time in-how to select any course of action-that choice will be based on what you as a healthy vision and instead become tied up with the dissatisfactions of the moment. In fact, in a state of bodily illness, it is quite easy for the mind to become entangled in the perception that becoming healthy is difficult, too difficult to bother with. Certainly, it is difficult; but focusing on the difficulty rather than the process of improvement, and feeling defeated (perhaps giving in to decisions that further destroy health) is not the way to become healthy.

To visualize being healthy is not merely to imagine being able to do anything you want, unimpaired by illness. Rather, it is to visualized undertaking all those pursuits that are necessary for maintaining health on a daily basis. What would an Olympic athlete do to reach a performance goal? Would he or she eat anything, sleep anytime, do anything? No: there would be a healthful diet, a regulated schedule, a certain amount of physical and mental training. These activities, or their equivalent, must be considered by anyone who wishes to move from a condition of disease to health.

In essence, healing is accomplished by the mind and by natural process, not by any single remedy handed to you. The inner vision of health developed in the mind’s eye directs you towards the necessary healing actions. The actions enhance the body’s functions, and that permits the mind greater freedom in future actions. Therapies supplied by a medical practitioner can serve as aids to the process of healing, but if relied upon as the sole source of improvement, one is often discouraged. This is especially true if the disease is one which is chronic and not amenable to a simple short-term solution.

If attaining he vision of a healthy life proves to be very difficult, or the implications of that vision with regard to daily activities are unclear, then it is important to seek out the ideas and suggestions of others who have gone before you and accomplished the goal. Just as a successful athlete always has a trainer, the health seeker also needs the assistance of a trainer.

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Are Your Lungs Suffering with the Wildfire Smoke?

Help is close at hand. Mullein grows abundantly in our area and can help clear your lungs.

How it works: Mullein is a natural expectorant. It contains saponins which break down mucus in the lungs and airways and reduces nasal congestion. The demulcent effects of the plant are also noteworthy. It has soothing properties which effectively calm irritated lungs and airways caused by exposure to air impurities.

How to cleanse your lungs:
Prepare mullein as tea by adding 1 to 2 tsps. of dried flowers and/or leaves to a cup of boiling water. Steam the herb for 10 minutes then strain before drinking. It is also recommended that you inhale the steam once tea has been prepared, as this can help with nasal congestion.

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Tight Muscles? I Can Help You Now!

IMS is Intramuscular Stimulation or dry needling. Chan Gunn derived IMS techniques from Traditional Chinese acupuncture and holds a copyright on the term, ‘IMS’ such that only those who trained under him and/or in his style can use the term.

However, comprehensively educated, Registered Acupuncturists are trained and licensed to use acupuncture pins to effectively relieve pain by stimulating and releasing tense, spasmed muscles. Moreover, as muscles work (and stop working) in groups, Registered Acupuncturists can assess and treat the underlying cause of the spasm and help prevent it from recurring by assessing and treating each patient using Oriental medicine protocols.

Muscle stimulation and release techniques are primarily directed at myofascial trigger points that are defined as a hyperirritable spot in skeletal muscle associated with a hypersensitive palpable point in a taut band. Traditional acupuncture uses points which have very specific locations based on surface anatomy. Many of these traditional points fall on the myofascial trigger points. Registered Acupuncturists formulate a unique treatment prescription for each patient.

Muscle stimulation and release is a proven technique for reversing the shortened muscles that cause musculo-skeletal pain. Muscle shortening produces pain by pulling on tendons, straining them as well as distressing the joints they move. This constant strain can press on and irritate the nerves.

We use the same acupuncture pins to stimulate shortened muscles, resulting in muscle relaxation and relief from chronic pain. Sometimes the pin is inserted for a few seconds and then removed. Sometimes it is left for 20 – 30 minutes, depending on patient needs.


By |2018-07-11T16:17:47-07:00July 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Acupuncture – Good for You, Good for your Pet!


Rosie, a 5 year old Labrador retriever, had seizures every two weeks.  She would be left exhausted for hours afterwards.  They seemed to be random events without any apparent trigger.  Since her first acupuncture treatment, Rosie has been seizure-free.

Boomer, a 6 year old Chow-Hound cross, developed a severe limp, favoring his right shoulder.  He was stiff in the morning, and yet very active on his off-leash walks.  With acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine, Boomer now wakes, stretches and wags his tail waiting for his morning romp.  His limp has resolved, and his gait normal as he enthusiastically tracks over hill and dale.

Pierre, a 16 year old domestic cat, was vomiting and had a hard abdomen.  Acupuncture, massage and CBD oil have restored Pierre’s gastro-intestinal tract.  He is no longer vomiting and has a soft, normal abdomen.IMG_0696

Ricki, an 8 year old Bouvier, began to develop hind-end weakness, as do many large breed dogs. He also had a resting tremor.  Acupuncture and herbal medicine, along with exercises, have stabilized and strengthened his hind end, and resolved his tremors. A special essential oil formula has resolved Ricki’s sebaceous cysts.

Acupuncture, part of a 4,000 year old medical system, has a great deal to offer in keeping your pet healthy.  In a nutshell, acupuncture facilitates the body’s natural ability to heal.  The basic principle is based on observations of natural phenomena which constantly interact with and react to each other in order to achieve a balance.  The interactions and reactions of all of the organs and functions of the body are thought of in the same way.  Bodies are constantly working to achieve balance.  Imbalances have many causes, including poor diet, physical or emotional trauma, over-work, poor breeding, toxic exposures, and over-exposure to climactic extremes like cold, heat, damp, dryness or wind.  “Protecting (human) life by preserving the conditions within which it thrives is the purpose of Chinese medicine.”*  Acupuncture alters energetic flow along well-defined channels mapped throughout the body, increases blood flow and reduces inflammation.  Functional MRIs prove that acupuncture stimulates specific changes in the central nervous system. (more…)

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