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Herbal First Aid: Joint Health

Joint structures (tendon, ligament, cartilage, and bone) are areas of the body that are prone to injury and degeneration. Due to the avascular nature (no blood supply) of these tissues, injuries can be slow and difficult to heal. Joints are also susceptible to a host of degenerative conditions often associated with aging, such as rheumatism and osteoarthritis. Yet with the proper diet, exercise and herbal supplementation – we can support the health of our joints, heal nagging injuries, and reverse many chronic degenerative conditions.

Balance: New-Yorkitis

During my years as a massage therapist I have noticed a similar pattern of tension in virtually all of my clients – I’ve named it New Yorkitis. You may know it well, the uncomfortable tension in the neck and shoulder blade areas, combined with a dull ache in the lower back and hips – made worse after a long and stressful day at work.

Balance: The Benefits of Physical Practice

We are all familiar with the benefits of exercise: maintaining fitness, cardiovascular health, weight loss, a good body, etc. I use the term physical practice do denote a discipline that, in addition to including the regular benefits of exercise, results in the union of mind, body, and spirit. In a culture that has divorced itself from the earth and the body, physical practices (such as yoga, martial arts, pilates, dance, etc.) fulfill an essential role in the maintenance of health, balance and grace.

Diet: Fasting (Eating with Discernment)

“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting. To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals” Benjamin Franklin

The food we eat can be the best medicine or the worst poison. Our contemporary dietary habits – 3 large meals a day, snacks in between – result in a state of constant digestion. Many Americans travel from cradle to grave with a constant flow of food (in various states of decomposition) in the digestive system. Add to this the toxicity of what is consumed: processed food, refined sugars, excessive animal consumption, recreational and pharmaceutical drugs and environmental pollution – and the organs become overloaded with toxins and putrefied waste. In this condition internal parasites thrive and the immune system is weakened – resulting in low energy, chronic allergies, and susceptibility to disease.