Ayurveda, otherwise known as the ‘science of life’, is an ancient system of healing from India. It does not aim to treat the symptoms of a disease but rather to get to the root cause of the problem.
Health and wellbeing,
according to the Ayurvedic philosophy, is a state of balance in which body,
mind and consciousness are in harmony. If any of these three components moves
out of balance, the door is opened to disease.
Ayurvedic yoga massage (AYM) was first developed in the early 1980s and continues to be expanded upon by Master Kusum Modak in Pune, India, who has dedicated her life to the practice. She created her own unique approach to Ayurvedic massage by combining her knowledge of Ayurveda and traditional Ayurvedic massage with yoga, which she learned directly from the late BKS Iyengar, who has been credited with popularising yoga on an international basis.
AYM combines deep tissue massage with co-ordinated breath work
and yoga stretches. The deep tissue massage dissolves physical tension, while
the assisted stretches and breath exercises realign the body and stimulate the
natural flow of energy.
An individual session of AYM is given on a mattress on the
floor. The length of the treatment may vary from between one and two hours and
alternates between the therapist providing a deep tissue massage using their
hands and feet and clients undertaking a series of stretches that cover all
regions of their body to help create a feeling of openness and being present. Some
of the other benefits that AYM brings include:
Harmonising the flow of vital energy (prana) and inducing a deep sense of stillness and opening;
Stimulating breathing and promoting the movement of all the body’s fluids, thereby improving circulation;
Releasing muscle tension and loosening up stiff joints;
Ayurvedic oils – most commonly sesame oil – are also used during AYM for their healing properties. Sesame oil, which is extracted from sesame seeds, is rich in antioxidants. This means that when it is used in massage treatments, it helps remove toxins from the skin.
Sesame oil is packed with healthy ingredients – Vitamin E,
lecithin, minerals, proteins as well as high levels of oleic and linoleum acid.
As a result, it is anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and wonderful for
moistening dry skin. To obtain the full benefits following a massage, it should
be left on overnight and washed off in the morning.
Another unique tool of AYM is Calamus powder, which is used with just a little oil to remove toxins from the body, dispel physical and emotional blocks and promote correct posture, leaving clients with a deep sense of wellbeing. It also helps to improve therapists’ grip to enable a deeper massage, which contributes to awakening the skin, circulation and senses.
Calamus is a plant, of which there are various species. The root, which is dried and ground to make a powder, is traditionally used in Ayurveda for its ability to enhance cognitive functioning, which includes possibly helping to boost memory and concentration. It can also help to relieve joint pain and promote relaxation.
Padabhyanga (Ayurvedic foot
Indian foot massage is called Padabhyanga and holds a very
special place within the Ayurvedic tradition as it helps in both treating and
preventing illnesses. Padabhyanga is commonly practiced as a daily ritual in
India and is often especially effective before retiring at night.
There is a wonderful ancient Indian saying, which goes: “Disease
does not go near one who massages his feet before sleeping, just as snakes do
not approach eagles.”
Feet are an important part of our body as nerves from many
organs terminate there. So regular massage can help to strengthen these nerves
and restore health to many parts of the body.
During Padabhyanga, the marma (vital) points are massaged, which helps to balance the dosha and can be very helpful for people with insomnia, fatigue and muscle cramps. An individual session lasts between 30 and 45 minutes and can take place on a massage couch or mattress on the floor. Some of the key benefits include:
Helping to calm the mind;
Assisting in the maintenance of effective eyesight and hearing;
Promoting good quality sleep;
Aiding foot health as it alleviates pain, improves muscle tone and nourishes the skin;
Helping to calm and maintain the ‘Vata dosha”, which if present to excess is regarded in Ayurveda as the major cause of illness in the body.
Although Touch for Health has been described as the most widely-used system of kinesiology in the world, it is actually a relatively young alternative and complementary therapy. Since the first manual on the subject was published in 1973, millions of people in more than 100 countries have benefitted from it.
According to the International Kinesiology College: “The Touch for Health model does not treat or diagnose symptoms, but works with the energy, lifestyle and aspirations of the client, offering a safe and effective way to maintain health, enhance well-being and upgrade performance.”
In fact, the approach was created by the incredible John Thie, with the aim of encouraging and empowering people to take an active role in restoring and maintaining their own health and wellbeing and that their family and friends.
How can Touch for Health help me?
premise of the so-called ‘Triangle of Health’ is that all aspects of an individual’s
system need to be in balance for them to feel good. These aspects are
mental/emotional, physical/structural and biochemical/physiological. When each
of these elements are all in balance, you have an equilateral triangle. But if
any one of them move out of balance, the triangle (and therefore, your health) become
example, being under stress at work could affect your mental/emotional health,
which in turn increases your stress hormone levels. This situation can generate
biochemical problems, leading to headaches/migraines, an inability to sleep at
night and so on. It could also result in muscular problems in the
physical/structural area due to tight shoulder and/or back muscles, which
creates poor posture, a twisted torso or even digestive issues.
other words, an imbalance in one area can have a knock-on effect on each of the
other areas too, so Touch for Health takes an holistic approach. But its aim is
not to diagnose or treat symptoms. Instead it helps individuals and their
bodies to move back into balance, thereby enabling them to attain health more
How does Touch for Health help achieve
Although it may sound a bit dry to say that Touch for Health is based on muscle monitoring or testing that helps obtain feedback from the body, it is actually a fun and fascinating thing to experience or feel. To help the body return to balance, muscle monitoring is used to literally communicate with it and find out exactly what it wants.
A hands-on therapy, Touch for Health is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, using the same principles as those employed in acupressure, work with the meridians and nutritional therapy. While this may sound daunting, the approach is actually taught in a very easy-to-understand way based on simple-to-use techniques.
you build on your knowledge as you move through four different levels. While
level one acts as an introduction, in level two, you learn to use muscle
testing to discover which foods are beneficial to the body and which are not,
alongside incredibly powerful emotional stress release procedures. By balancing
the body in this way, it becomes possible to help relieve aches and pains and gain
In fact, from the first balance onwards, you can start to see postural changes. Stress dissolves and faces light up. There is always lots of laughing and a great connection between the students, who are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and their needs by speaking up for what they feel and want during a session.
Do I need any prior knowledge to
learn Touch for Health?
Absolutely anyone can learn this amazing technique. For example, when I was taught it back in 2004, one member of our class was a lovely, vibrant 72-year old nun who wanted to help the other sisters in her convent feel better. She was awesome. I am also currently teaching my daughter who would like to take this skill to university with her. While it does take practice, the two-day practical hands-on workshops give you all of the information and experience you need to start balancing others.
How long does it take to learn?
for Health is taught in four levels, each of which takes the form of a two-day
workshop, or equivalent time (15 hours). Homework and practice is required
after each level because muscle testing is an art that needs to be nurtured and
practiced regularly if you are to become proficient. Working with as many
people as possible makes it easier to feel different, possible responses, so
the more you do it, the more confident you will feel.
What can you do with Touch for
Undertaking levels one to four enables you to work with friends and family, but if you choose to go on to the proficiency level, you can become qualified to practice on members of the general public. Just so you know, Touch for Health is both a stand-alone therapy and is also recognised as acting as a foundation for other branches of kinesiology – so if you would like to know more, please drop me a line.
Anita Ramsden is a kinesiologist. She is emphatic about affecting positive change and her work encourages wellbeing for mind, body and soul. Anita is also a member of the Kinesiology Federation.
My son and I
share a love of silence, so it was a thoughtful gift. We value silence and how
it helps to calm and soothe the soul. In a world where it can often seem like a
valuable commodity, it is worth taking a little time to explore silence’s
healing power and seeing it for the undervalued resource it is.
devices constantly bombard us with noise. Music, podcasts, videos, phone calls
– earphones in and off we go, isolated in our own little world of chosen sound.
At home, we
often have the TV or radio on in the background. Or we talk for the sake of
talking when there is nothing to say – and where silence could prove a more
powerful and meaningful way to be present.
On the long
journey driving him back to university, my son and I talk sometimes, but
equally importantly we are both very comfortable being together in silence. We share
our space comfortably. By way of contrast, some people I know are uncomfortable
with silence and feel compelled to fill it with random streams of thought. Albeit
unconsciously, they fear it.
Anyone who has listened to Eckhart Tolle will know that he uses silence or pauses to punctuate his language. I found it a little disconcerting when I first began to listen to his audio work. My mind was impatient for the next piece of information, to hear the next word and grasp the next concept.
The voice in
my head judged the silences to be irritating. My conditioned mind wanted a
continuous stream of noise. It took time to move beyond this situation and
really ‘listen’ to both the words and the silence.
All too often
we listen to respond, pass judgement or assess how what we are hearing fits
with our beliefs. But if we are only prepared to listen to what we already know,
we become stuck and entrenched. There is no room for new concepts or ideas. Eckhart
says of silence:
“To listen to the silence, wherever you are, is an easy and direct way of becoming present. Even if there is noise, there is always some silence underneath and in between the sounds. Listening to the silence immediately creates stillness inside you.” (page 103, ‘The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment’, New World Library.)
A few years
ago, I ran various relaxation and mindfulness groups for teens. During one such
session, they were invited to leave their mobile phones behind for an hour and
walk in silence with me to a local beauty spot. The idea was to be fully present
and to observe the sights and sounds around us.
arrived at our destination, we would discuss our experiences. The walk was only
between five and eight minutes long, but many of them found it difficult to be
in silence. Some giggled, one held her hand over her mouth to remind herself
not to speak, and several were unable to help themselves and spoke anyway.
One girl found
it easier than the others though. She liked silence and, upon arrival at our
destination, shared the fact that she had seen birds, flowers and a cat of
which the others had no recollection. She had been quietly present in the
moment and enjoyed the experience.
At the end
of the sessions, she intimated that she now regularly took the dog for a walk to
continue enjoying silence as it made her feel calm, peaceful and relaxed. Although
the others initially struggled with the exercise, interestingly they also enjoyed
it more than any other form of mindfulness that we practiced.
people find it easier to listen to a guided meditation than to feel safe and
calm in silence. It takes time and practice to allow space to creep in between
your thoughts, not to follow them as they pop in but just notice to them
without judgment and let them pass.
Noise can be
a means to help us hide from unpleasant and fearful thoughts, enabling us to
avoid our feelings of vulnerability. When we take the time to listen in silence
to our inner dialogue though, it is possible to make a choice.
We can either
keep beating ourselves up or mindfully change that inner voice from critical
and condemning to warm and comforting. ‘You’re doing your best’ is much more positive
than ‘you’re an idiot’. But we all run these negative dialogues because we have
learned them. It is often someone else’s voice that we hear and someone else’s
opinion that we have come to believe over time.
can give us time to weed the garden of our mind, declutter the dark corners in
which we hold thoughts of shame and clear a space for the real beauty of our
soul to flourish. Imperfection, suffering, making mistakes, failing and feeling
inadequate are all part of the human experience. So take a deep breath and
listen to the silence, allow it in and become friends with it.
When working with clients, my role as a counsellor is mostly to listen. I listen to the words and the emotions, but also to the silence. Just holding that silence for a few seconds longer than normal can give people the space to access memories, thoughts and images, enabling them to unearth something of significance that would otherwise be lost. And that really is the magic of the healing power of silence.
Helen Preston is a counsellor, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) expert and reiki practitioner. Her approach to therapy acknowledges the crucial inter-relationship of mind, body and spirit. Helen is a member of the National Counselling Society and has an Advanced Diploma in psychotherapy and counselling, a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and an EFT Master Practitioner certificate.
By Gayatri, yoga, meditation teacher and gong
Yoga as a practice is thousands of years old,
whose teachings were originally passed from teacher to student by word of
mouth. The word ‘yoga’ itself means to yoke, unite or harness. As such, yoga is
a state of being, which manifests itself as a uniting of physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual energies with the energies of nature and the cosmos.
In Western culture, yoga is largely seen – although this situation is starting to change – as a series of postures performed to help create and maintain physical health. In fact, the practice of Hatha yoga (yoga of the body) was originally developed to focus on strengthening and balancing the body’s energies to prepare for meditation, which could lead to transcendental realisation (enlightenment).
But in reality, yoga is a vast subject and physical practice is simply one important aspect. For instance, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were written as a practical guide for raising levels of consciousness and understanding by helping people to move through the different levels of the mind and even beyond it.
The word ‘sutra’ means thread. So each sutra
can be seen as a thread running through a tapestry. When all the threads are
woven together, it is possible to see the whole picture.
In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, ‘yama’ and ‘niyama’
are introduced in the second book, Sadhana Pada – 2:29, as the first two limbs or steps on the path of Ashtanga yoga
(eight-limbed yoga or the eightfold path).
According to SwamiNiranjanananda Saraswati: “The yamas are meant to harmonise one’s social and external interactions, whereas the Niyamas create a sense of discipline in one’s inner life.”
Yama and niyama also form the foundation and framework of Raja yoga (the yoga of meditation) and act as guidelines for harmonious living. They are intended to bring mental clarity, stillness and strength to people, so that they can reach the higher states of meditation and consciousness. Even if you choose not to follow a yoga path to its ultimate conclusion (enlightenment) though, cultivating the yamas and niyamas can still bring more peace and harmony into your life.
The first yama, which isahimsa, translates loosely as ‘non-violence’. But in the words of Swami Ahimsadhara, it could more accurately be described as “the complete absence of violence from our nature”. Indeed, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2:35 (translated by Swami Satchidananda) state: “In the presence of one firmly established in non-violence, all hostilities cease.”
Ahimsa is placed first on the list of yamas because, by cultivating non-violence, the rest of the yama and niyama that follow should unfold more easily. As Swami Ahimsadhara Saraswati says: “When we integrate ahimsa into all that we do, the other yamas and niyamas tend to spontaneously and effortlessly become part of who we are and how we live.”
Therefore, through cultivating non-violence,
we make friends with our minds and lay the groundwork for everything else to
follow. So how can we begin to develop ahimsa or ‘compassion’ in our daily
The first step starts with awareness: Awareness of our thoughts, feelings and the internal dialogue we have with ourselves. All too often we treat ourselves harshly and are unaware of the hurt we perpetuate within our own being. But by creating some space, either within a group practising tai chi, yoga or meditation or by ourselves in a nurturing environment, we can begin to explore our internal landscape.
Here is a simple breath awareness exercise that can easily be brought into regular practice in your daily life. Focusing on the breath encourages the parasympathetic nervous system (system that promotes relaxation) to switch itself on.
Setting a convenient time to undertake this exercise in a quiet space dedicated to doing so encourages regular practice. Once you are comfortable with the technique, you will find it can be used in all kinds of locations, for example, in a waiting room, on public transport or in your car when you are stuck in traffic.
comfortably and, if appropriate, close your eyes or lower your gaze.
aware of each breath as it arrives and leaves. Allow yourself to take several
breaths and focus on each arrival and departure.
the texture of the breath on your skin as it flows in and out.
any other sensations or qualities to the breath as the practice unfolds.
your mind is distracted and your awareness wanders away from the breath, gently
draw your attention back to it and its journey as it arrives and leaves.
you feel comfortable with the practice, add a count: ‘Breathing in one… Breathing
out one…Breathing in two…Breathing out two…’. Notice any pauses at the top of
the inhalation and/or the bottom of the exhalation.
comfortable, you can add physical movement to synchronise with the breath by
placing both hands on the centre of the chest (the spiritual heart space). On the
in-breath, move the hands away, opening the arms out with soft shoulders,
elbows, wrists and hands. On the out breath, draw them back to the heart space.
this exercise for a few complete breaths and, when it feels comfortable, visualise
yourself sending compassion out to all beings as your hands move away from the
heart space. Visualise offering yourself compassion as your hands return to the
the end of the practice, return to stillness with your hands gently resting in your
lap and observe your body, breath and any thoughts and feelings that may be
The purpose of this exercise is to note each
complete breath. Although there is no set length or prescribed number of times
it should be undertaken each day, as a guide, start with 10-15 complete breaths
(a complete breath consists of one inhalation and one exhalation) twice a day.
As time goes on, simply increase or drop the number
of breaths in line with what feels comfortable. There is no rush, so take the time
to develop a practice at your own pace.
The real key to success here is regularity, which
involves setting an intention to practice daily. By setting this time aside, we
are showing compassion to ourselves in that we are demonstrating ourselves
worthy of the time and effort involved.
If a day or two slips by and you forget to practice, just return to it the next day, putting aside any judgement or criticism. None of us are perfect and no one is keeping score – it is called a practice because we are practising.
We would expect a toddler, who is learning to
walk, to fall down again and again, and so, as we cultivate ahimsa(compassion) in our daily lives, we discover
that we too are finding our way. Showing compassion to ourselves is vital for our
own wellbeing and, as we become more compassionate to ourselves, we also find
it easier to be kinder to the world around us.
As Plato said: “Be kind, because everyone we meet is fighting a hard battle”. But that also includes ourselves.
Gayatri (Gail Gibbs) teaches yoga and meditation and is a gong practitioner. She is passionate about creating space for those of any age to explore their transformational potential in a safe and nurturing way. Cultivating compassion for oneself is at the heart of Gayatri’s teaching and sound work, thus allowing the process of personal growth and change to unfold.
As we move into spring, it is time for many of us to start
thinking about how to protect ourselves against allergies, such as hay fever.
On a year-by-year basis, we are seeing a consistent increase in allergic
responses brought about by reactions to airborne irritants and/or certain
Allergens can consist of virtually anything that provokes a
hypersensitive reaction. They range from pollens and pollutants, such as
exhaust fumes, to foods, mobile phones and even, in certain cases, the sun. Such
reactions can be mild to life threatening, and everything in between.
The three most common substances that people react to are
pollen, dairy and wheat. Although there is no proven connection, interestingly
all three are originally grass products. It may be that some hay fever
sufferers become sensitised to proteins that are common to grains, grasses, and
Dairy products encourage mucus production and, in certain
situations, should be avoided. Similarly, many modern strains of processed wheat
are high in gluten content, which can irritate the digestive tract and likewise
stimulate mucus production.
Depending on how severe it is, the reaction to such substances will determine whether you are suffering an allergic response or simply experiencing an intolerance. But when a homeopath treats hay fever, there are two aspects they are trying to achieve:
To treat the acute hay fever symptoms that are presenting immediately: Here the aim is to select a remedy that is most similar to the condition itself as homeopathic medicine produces the same symptoms as those experienced by the sick person and, in doing so, provokes the body into throwing those symptoms off. In other words, like is cured by like.
To provide long-term constitutional treatment in order to remove the body’s tendency to over-react to substances that it should be able to deal with: Hay fever is a more complicated condition than it first appears. As a result, it can take someone two or three seasons to get rid of completely, with each season demonstrating less severe reactions and symptoms than the last.
Here is why: An over-reactive, or allergic, response is
often a sign of a weakened and stressed immune and nervous system. To achieve
healing in this instance, a homeopath needs to discover why the ‘broken down’
system is reacting in this way. Careful management of lifestyle and diet will
support and improve weakened organs, thereby reducing over-reactive responses.
Most people think of the immune system as simply ‘strong’ or
‘weak’. But, in fact, it consists of many sections, and each section must work
well with every other one. Organising how these immune responses work together is
the job of a group of white blood cells called ‘lymphocytes’. These lymphocytes
organise the fine workings of the sections within the immune system.
For people with allergies, one particular type of lymphocyte
seems to play an important role – the T cell. These regulatory T cells limit
inflammation by turning off unwanted immune responses that are the hallmark of an
allergy. So rather than fearing the allergen, which may have been in the
environment for many years, it makes more sense to strengthen the immune system
to deal with it.
When the body suffers a ‘stress’ of some kind, it is normal
to release histamine, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. This ‘stress’
could come from the external environment or take the shape of a stressful
thought or worry.
Histamine causes your capillary walls to become more
permeable so that more antibodies and nutrients can reach the body to try and
heal it. The result is local ‘inflammation’ and the involuntary smooth muscles
(which are hollow and work unconsciously, such as the stomach, oesophagus and
bronchus) contract to protect the body from invading pathogens or poisons. The
result here might be either a cough or a build-up of sputum.
But in the case of an allergic reaction, the response is a lot more dramatic. The immune system goes into overdrive, causing other more severe reactions, such as extreme rhinitis, streaming eyes, sneezing and even asthmatic-type breathing issues, such as wheezing. This situation is essentially histamine gone wild and the usual medical treatment is to give the sufferer an anti-histamine tablet.
The problem is that such drugs tend to be overused, can cause nasty side effects and suppress the body’s ability to express itself. As a result, they are a nuisance to homeopaths as they mask an individual’s true allergic symptoms.
Homeopaths are looking not only for the stresses around life
circumstances that may have led to the attacks, but also the allergen concerned,
and inherited traits. If a child presents with hay fever, there is often a
family history of allergies and so the child could have been born with an
Stress is also frequently behind the onset of many hay fever-based
or allergic responses. This ‘stress’ may come in the form of fear, worry over
exams or family matters, grief, anger, or even a recent illness, course of
antibiotics, coming off the contraceptive pill or having a vaccine.
If there is nothing obvious, it can be helpful to explore an individual’s history to find out what has caused their constitution to behave in this way. A variety of forgotten situations could be the root cause, including negative or suppressed childhood ailments or traumas. The patient could also have an underlying infection, such as candida albicans, or a weakened digestive system, which allows pathogens to pass through and results in an inflammatory response.
No matter how long ago these hidden situations took place,
they will need to be addressed sooner or later as the body has a tissue memory.
In other words, it finds ways to express these memories, and hay fever is one
way of doing this.
This situation means that hay fever can take several years
to tackle, with the symptoms becoming less severe each season as the remedies work
through the historical causes mentioned. As part of the process, the body will
reveal what needs to be treated through its symptom picture, and the homeopath
matches these symptoms with the required ‘similum’ remedy.
But it is not always enough just to provide the appropriate
remedy for that year’s symptoms, even if it does have the desired effect. The
underlying ‘maintaining’ causes based on history and heredity also have a part
to play, and it is they that make both seasonal and chronic hay-fever symptoms
so complex to treat. This is why nutritional supplements are rarely sufficient
on their own and why orthodox treatments simply offer relief at best and
suppression at worst.
If you recognise the following symptoms during an acute hay
fever episode, try taking the suggested remedy, in up to 10 doses. If they are not
effective, change the remedy.
30c: Burning discharge from the nose and bland discharges from the eyes. Symptoms
are worse indoors rather than outdoors. Light hurts the eyes, which are hot and
itchy. The larynx also feels as if there are hooks sticking in it, which is made
worse by warm food or drink.
albicans 30c: Your temperature is higher than normal and you feel utterly
worn out but better in the warmth. Sniffing warm water up the nose gives relief
from sneezing, but light hurts the eyes. There is wheezing and tightness in the
lungs, a burning throat, restlessness and you are worrying a lot.
iod 30c: Thick, honey-coloured discharge from the nose, following three or
four days of sneezing, sore nostrils and a burning sensation inside the nose. Warmth
makes the symptoms worse. You also have a burning throat, an irritating cough, dry,
scaly skin and feel worried and anxious.
30c: Constant sneezing, stuffy or streaming nose, eyes swollen and watery.
These symptoms are made worse by being outdoors or in a damp atmosphere. You may
feel chilled after physical exertion.
30c:Thick, burning discharge
from the eyes, which are very swollen. There is a bland discharge from the
nose, and you cough up phlegm. Symptoms are worse indoors.
30c: Non-stop sneezing. Your eyes
feel heavy and/or droopy, puffy and watery. You feel apathetic and listless and
have no energy for anything. You may also feel dizzy and shaky.
vomica 30c: Your body feels as if it is smarting,
and you are very sensitive to light. Your nose is stuffy and tickly, although
you sneeze less outside. You also have obstructed breathing and while your nose
is blocked at night, it is runny during day. Other symptoms include itchiness
inside your ears and eustatian tubes. You feel irritable and angry, want to
drink coffee or alcohol, and have a headache that feels like a knife has been driven
through you above the eyes.
30c: You are very sensitive to the cold and feel like you want to lie down.
Your nose is streaming, but the discharge is bland or feels burning. You
experience breathlessness, which is relieved by raising your arms away from the
body. You also feel restless and hot at night, but in mood terms are generally
low and melancholic.
30c: There is a bland
yellow/green discharge from your nose and eyes, which gets better in the open
air. You have no thirst, but feel weepy and need lots of support.
30c: Symptoms include violent sneezing, watery eyes, red and swollen eyelids
and a headache that feels as if your head is shrinking. Your thinking is slow
and dull and you feel generally chilly, but your sore throat is soothed by warm
Silica 30c: Your nose is stuffed up, especially on waking in the morning, and your sinuses feel tender. You also feel generally chilly.
Foods that help
Eat at least nine servings of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables a day, choosing those which are high in folates, vitamin A and fibre. Folates from food are needed for cell repair and growth, immune and brain function. Brightly coloured fresh foods are high in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting qualities – parsley and green tea are particularly high in these.
Dark green leafy vegetables and legumes, such as lentils and beans, as well as strawberries and grapes are other great sources. The Western diet often results in chronic inflammatory disorders as it typically contains about 1,000mg/day of flavonoids, whereas a traditional Asian diet contains four times that amount, much of it in the shape of herbs and spices.
Lisa Glydon has been a qualified homeopathic practitioner since 2007, but she also uses herbs, supplements and Bach/Bush Essences to boost the body’s systems and help remove emotional blockages. She initially trained as a State Registered Nurse in London, specialising in oncology and palliative care, but now treats clients of all ages and with all kinds of conditions. Lisa also runs workshops and provides talks to school children and adult groups about all aspects of health care.