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  • Q&A: Does anyone know about reflexology?

    Question by wanderer: Does anyone know about reflexology?
    I’m wondering how I exactly press against the pressure points. For example when im pressing against the thumb for the pituitary gland, my thumb aches so I was wondering if I could just use the knuckle (the first joint) of the thumb to press against it. Also just pressing against any point, my thumb aches after a little while and I have to pause. Also I know you have to search out the sore spots but what if you dont feel any but you still feel a need to give that part attention? Im not sure how firm you press it and how long.
    I have a book on reflexology and it says you can just do it at home or anywhere, you dont need to take a class for it. I dont randomly press anywhere, I know what each point is for. For example I massage certain points for anxiety and the points for the endocrine glands.

    Best answer:

    Answer by P J
    There are many theories but in our approach we look at the nervous system as the explanation of reflexology’s working.

    Pressure applied to the feet generates a signal through the peripheral nervous system. From there it enters the central nervous system where it is processed in various parts of the brain. It is then relayed to the internal organs to allocate the necessary adjustments in fuel and oxygen, Finally a response is fashioned that is sent onto the motor system.

    We apply techniques to the feet and hands. There is a school of thought that also applies it to the ear arguing it is also reflexology. The techniques, however, are modified from auricular therapy, an acupuncture technique.

    It could be argued that all bodywork is reflexive therefore reflexology. We find that the extremities have a powerful influence because of locomotion. While we acknowledge that repeated patterns exist throughout the body we find our most effective focus to be the feet and hands.

    Reflexology can be done practically anytime and any where. The trick is consistency. We have been impressed with the results from China. Their secret seems to be that they do reflexology once a day for six days in two week segments. Then they review the results and do more segments as necessary.

    This requires self help and family help as well as the guidance of practitioners. The practitioner can give you a quality signal to break up the pattern of stress but you and your family can provide the quantity to help break it up.

    Build reflexology into your life. It is easy to do reflexology well doing other activities. Put a foot roller under your desk or work your hands while waiting for the kids at school. Be creative but be consistent. Five minutes a day is worth more than an hour once in awhile.

    If you are looking for self help try Hand and Foot Reflexology: A Self Help Guide. If you want to work on your child try Parent’s Guide to Reflexology. If you would like to learn to be a reflexologist try Complete Guide to Foot Reflexology (Revised 1993) and Hand Reflexology Workbook.

    If you are interested in research try “Medical Applications of Reflexology, Findings in Research about Safety, Efficacy, Mechanism of Action and Cost Effectiveness of Reflexology” and Reflexions- the Journal of Reflexology Research Project.

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  • What is transcendentalism? How do you know if you are a transcendentalist?

    Question by Lori: What is transcendentalism? How do you know if you are a transcendentalist?
    I have to show my teacher how I’m a transcendentalist or not a transcendentalist, I’m very confused as to what it really is, I know that Ralph Waldo Emerson was like the “leader” of the movement, and that its about nature, and individualism but that’s not enough information for me. Please help.

    Best answer:

    Answer by hemachandrudu
    water is the wave the ocean but it is not confined to wave or ocean it transcends both it is immanent in wave and ocean and trancends both existence is in he individual and the entire cosmos but it transcends both similarly consciousness this is transcendentalism

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  • The Herb Rosemary – All You Need To Know About Rosemary

    The Herb Rosemary

    I am lucky enough to live in the ‘campo’ – the countryside of Spain – overlooking a small village. My villa is surrounded by uncultivated land, thickets of pine, and because we are on the foothills of the sierras, rocky outcrops. In summer, especially if there is a gentle breeze, the air is filled with the scent of pine, jasmine and wild herbs. Amongst this heady mixture can be detected the unmistakeable fragrance of rosemary.

    Rosemary is a distinctive herb with an immediately identifiable aroma that has made it fashionable in food preparation and medicines for many centuries.

    Rosemary

    Nowadays rosemary is perhaps best recognized as a culinary herb. It is commonly used to give flavour to roast meats such as lamb and pork – and to add taste and fragrance to herb-oils and vinegars.

    The Herb Rosemary can grow into a substantial bush that is smothered with leaves.
    The Rosemary leaves when crushed, liberate volatile oils and aroma.  
    The Herb Rosemary has many varieties, with flowers that can vary from white, to pink, to blue.
    The Herb Rosemary is fast growing, and its height and density make it useful it as a garden hedge. Four hundred years ago, rosemary was used for just this purpose, often trimmed into fanciful shapes.
    The Herb Rosemary was popular at weddings, used to deck the church and make bridal wreaths.

    The Herb Rosemary and Folk Remedies –

    The chronicles of the herbrosemary are heavy with folklore, going back even to Biblical times. The majority of the stories relate to rosemary’s aromatic assets. Its perfume was thought to protect against disease and was often used to ‘disinfect’ the air in sick rooms. Rosemary sprigs were carried during plagues, to be inhaled whilst passing regions of possible infection. In ancient times, scholars wore garlands of rosemary believing it to be an aid to memory. The plant also came to be linked to fidelity.

    Culinary Uses of The Herb Rosemary –  

    Use fresh, dried leaves or sprigs of the herb rosemary to give flavour to meat while roasting.

    Use fresh sprigs of the herb rosemary to flavour herb-oils and vinegars.

    Add fresh leaves of the herb rosemary sparingly to make herb butter.

    Fresh rosemary herb is a wonderful addition to salads.
    The herb rosemary is a major component in the classic mix of dried Provencal herbs known as Herbs De Provence.

    Burn branches of the herb rosemary on a barbecue to add a subtle flavour to meats.

    Cosmetic Uses of Rosemary –

    Use the essential oil from the herb rosemary in eau-de-cologne.

    Use fresh or dried rosemary leaves in a facial steam to encourage circulation,

    Infuse leaves of the herb rosemary as a conditioning rinse for dark hair.

    Medicinal Uses of Rosemary –

    Rosemary tea – the infusion is a first-rate all-round tonic.
    Rosemary tea stimulates the circulation, and has been used as a remedy for hardening of the arteries.
    Rosemary tea can lift mild depression and is good for treating headaches and migraines.

    Household  Uses of Rosemary –

    Use fresh sprigs of the herb rosemary to add fragrance to a room and deter insects.

    Lay sprigs of the herb rosemary in the bottom of wardrobes to repel moths.

    Preserving – Dry the sprigs and branches and strip the leaves off before storing. Crush the rosemary leaves just before use to release the aroma.

    Cultivation of Rosemary

    Lifespan – Rosemary is a hardy evergreen shrub

    Site – Plant rosemary in dry, sunny sites protected from cold wind.
    Rosemary can be transplanted and kept indoors during a frosty winter.

    Soil – Rosemary needs good drainage. It is more fragrant when grown in limy soil. You can add crushed lime or eggshells to the soil. Can be container-grown indoors or out.

    Growing – Propagate from cuttings and transplant when established.

    Harvesting – Rosemary leaves can be harvested in small amounts all year but are best before flowering times.
     

    Written by ajbarnett
    Novelist, short story writer, Author of JUST ABOUT WRITE and WITHOUT REPROACH. A Brit now living in Spain

  • how do I know if it’s my spirit guide?

    Question by totsz13: how do I know if it’s my spirit guide?
    how do I know if my spirit guide is really my spirit guide instead of a demon ? I just started talking to my “spirit guide “, and I held a pen to a paper and he wrote back. but how do I know if it isn’t something else ?

    Best answer:

    Answer by ..:: I AM ::..
    Spirit Guides is a lengthy subject. If you’d like you can e-mail me.

    What was your first instinct when you received an answer?

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  • Wiccans: Did you know that wicca isn’t interchangeable with pagan?

    Question by Epidexia93: Wiccans: Did you know that wicca isn’t interchangeable with pagan?
    I always see people define things as being “wicca/pagan” but that would assume they are the same thing. They aren’t. Pagan is an umbrella term that applies to many other religions (including original christianity) and wicca is a very specific religion started by Gerald Gardner that, while having many different branches, is not the only form of paganism.

    It’s just kind of annoying because my holy books tend to be miscategorized under “wicca” even though it’s not related. You do know that wicca started in the 50’s and while paganism has been around for thousands of years right?
    Also don’t tell me about the “ancient witch cult” thing where you claim that wicca goes back thousands of years. That is just part of the religion’s mythology and isn’t historically accurate. Nobody considered themselves a wiccan or witch until recently.
    Sorry for the misunderstanding, I mean to say that Wicca and pagan aren’t interchangeable terms in the sense that while yes, you can be wiccan and call yourself a pagan, someone who considers themselves a pagan is not automatically a wiccan.
    Christianity definitely has it’s roots in paganism. Theyre own deity is very similar to Osiris and Dionysus which also came before the Jesus myth.

    Best answer:

    Answer by Rey
    Yes, Wicca is NOT some ancient religion.

    Its something that was made to bring back all the POWERFUL males deities and SEXUALLY LIBERATED women deities.

    But, unforuntely, due to Aleister Crowley and Albert Pike, they have co-oppted it to make it into some troll in a cave, some giant on the rag goddess that likes to see men on their knees, and castrate them.

    EDIT: And I think..no i’m SURE, Original Christianity was GNOSTIC….till the Catholic church killed most of them off, and said they were evil lol

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  • Ayurveda, Getting to Know New Herbs

    Ayurveda is the science of life. It is a living science that perceives the human person as a whole being which can neither be cut up into parts to be treated irrespective of the others, nor abstracted from the whole of its context, the land and world in which it lives. Each land is different, bearing different plants and fruit, being composed of different minerals, and having different climates. Ayurveda seeks to understand and to utilize the local and broader contexts in an appropriate and holistic way that treats the individual not simply as a whole human being, but as a human being within a whole, within the nature which provides it life. Due to Ayurveda’s origin in the Asian sub-continent it has first sought to understand and to utilize the herbs of its locale. However, as the world grows smaller and smaller through the process of globalization and knowledge of Ayurveda spreads, the science of life is broadening its purview to herbs all over the world, and enabling itself to appropriately treat individuals from all regions.

    Ayurvedic medicine utilizes a thorough methodology to learn about the nature and effects of new herbs thatis based a fairly simple set of principles. Starting from the most basic and apparent qualities and proceeding to the more subtle and more complex effects, ayurvedic medicine comes to understand herbs in a natural and comprehensive way.

    Ayurvedic herbs are classified according to five basic characteristics. The first and most fundamental determination of any herb is its taste and energy, collectively this set of characteristics is known as the energetics of an ayurvedic herb. There are six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent, and pungent. Each taste has a certain energy, effect, and quality from a group of six contraries.  Thus, every ayurvedic herb is either heating or cooling in energy, drying or moistening in effect, and heavy or light in quality. Often herbs bear several or nearly all tastes and so have very complex energetics, but more often than not there is a primary taste which characterizes the herb. After determining the primary taste, the primary energy is determined, and then the post-digestive effect, or vipraka. This will often further determine the next characteristic of the herb, or its doshic effect.

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    Ayurvedic medicine understands the world and everything in it according to the five basic elements, and the doshas are the particular combination and manifestation of these fiveelements within the human being. Consequently, ayurvedic treatments are principally concerned with restoring balance to the doshas of the body through the use of herbs and minerals which likewise share in the universal qualities of the doshas and so can affect them within the body. The doshic effects of herbs is determined by the three-fold determination of its energetics, and are further qualified by the herbs effects on particular tissues which each have a special relationship with the threedoshas.

    The third tier of determination of the nature of ayurvedic herbs are the tissues which it predominantly affects. Even though a particular combination of taste, energy and post-digestive effect will inherently have an effect on a particular dosha, these effects can be modified greatly according to the tissue which the herb works on. Each organ and tissue of the body is primarily governed by a particular dosha, and consequently, doshic imbalance often stems from a particular organ or tissue. Therefore, the part of the body which ayurvedicherbs treat will significantly determine the manner in which its energetics affect the body. Furthermore, the particular organs or tissues which are effected will in part determine the bodily systems which are affected, which is the next tier of classification by which ayurvedic medicine understands the nature of herbs.

    By bearing the aforementioned qualities and affecting various tissues in certain ways, ayurvedic herbs each effect a certain number of bodily systems, be it circulatory, respiratory, nervous, digestive etc. Ayurvedic herbs predominantly affect certain parts of the body in certain ways and this naturally renders certain bodily systems affected in similar ways. The determination of the particular systems affected is the final classification of the general qualities of an herb, however, through its combination with the former determinations is found the most specific and most practical classification, the actions of the herb.

    The actions of ayurvedic herbs are determined through a synthesis of the four previous qualities and effects. Ayurvedic herbs act in various ways, for example, they can be a stimulant, an expectorant, a diuretic, an emetic, a carminative, an emenagogue etc. The determination of the actions of an herb is the culmination of the previous analysis and one of the most important determinations taken into account in the formulation of any ayurvedic product. The actions indicate how and what an herb will do to the body, and so are of utmost importance to consider in any prescription.

    Through this method ayurvedic medicine has taken hundreds and thousands of herbs under its wing to include them in the economy of health which it aims to provide to all mankind. Although, ayurvedic herbs once just included those indigenous to the Asian sub-continent, ayurveda is now growing , exploring, and coming to know new herbs from all over the world. What once might have just been a common weed in the American southwest, is now also an ayurvedic herb, and is brought into the family of this ancient and living science of life.

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