Ayurvedic Medicine - Benefits

Platinum Quality AuthorAyurvedic Medicine is an ancient system based medicine, which evolved among the Brahmin sages of ancient India. Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are very similar being based on universal natural bi-polar concepts that matter and energy are one. • The focus of Ayurveda is to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit, rather than focusing on individual symptoms. • Ayurveda philosophy posits people, their health, and the universe are related. Ayurveda assists Nature by promoting harmony between the individual and Nature by living a life of balance according to her laws.
Unlike Traditional Western Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine is non-invasive and focuses on the individual's needs and prevention versus treating symptoms as one-size-fits all. • Does Your Body Metabolize proteins effectively or poorly?
Ayurveda Medicine conceptualizes and practices eight major subspecialties of medicine in addition to numerous adjunctive specialties.
Internal Medicine (Kayachikitsa)
Toxicology (Agada Tantra)
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Source: Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD

C-sections on the Rise – Making an Informed Decision

Platinum Quality AuthorIn the 2005 survey, only one woman among 1315 asked for a c-section for a non-medical reason. Moreover, if physicians really believed in “maternal choice,” shouldn’t women have a right to refuse surgery? Some of the same doctors who argue for a surgical choice, vehemently oppose a woman’s choice for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Childbirth Connection (formerly known, since 1918 as the Maternity Center Association) conducted a well-respected systematic review of all the best studies that have compared the risks and benefits of vaginal birth to the risks and benefits of cesarean births. C-sections carry extra risks to the baby, the mother, and even her future pregnancies and babies. Ranking the risks from very low to very high the review identified 33 areas where c-sections were more risky than vaginal births (including risks that are life threatening, such as hemorrhaging and bowel obstruction), yet only 4 areas where vaginal births were more risky than c-sections. Risks to Moms. Risks to Babies. Risks to babies include a greater likelihood of being cut, of having respiratory problems, and of developing asthma. Future Risks. A recent study in France revealed that women who gave birth via cesarean section were more than three times likely to die as a result of the procedure compared to women who gave birth vaginally.
Source: Barbara Behrmann, Ph.D.

Alternative Healing Careers

Find Alternative Healing Careers in the United States and Canada. If you are seeking one of several alternative healing careers in energy healing, you will learn how to channel energy through clients; and how to sound or pray silently during energy healing sessions. Alternative healing careers in this sector may only require certification or a diploma.
Some alternative healing careers require local or national licensure. Alternative healing careers in massage therapy are one of the faster growing elements in the natural healthcare industry. Students who successfully graduate from one of several massage therapy schools can anticipate financially and personally rewarding alternative healing careers.
Clearly, the option of attaining any number of alternative healing careers is virtually unlimited.
Source: CarolAnn Bailey-Lloyd

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