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Castor Oil – The Amazing Healer

Edgar Cayce, a medical intuitive known as the “sleeping prophet”, introduced castor oil packs for the treatment of many conditions. In many of his writings, Cayce professed that castor oil can be used to treat a variety of health conditions such as arthritis, liver, intestinal disorders, tumors, cysts and skin conditions.

Research has shown that castor oil has a unique chemical profile rich in ricinoleic acid which is known to exist in nature only in castor oil. Research also shows that castor oil has an increase in lymphocyte production and the level of activity of T-cell lymphocyte.  T-cells lymphocyte is from bone marrow and the thymus gland, it can identify and kill invaders such as virus, bacteria and fungi.

Castor Oil can be picked up at almost any grocery store or natural health food  stores. The oil packs are easy to use and make. Cayce recommends serveral layers of white wool flannel (hold heat better), but cotton flannel will work.

Warm the castor oil to skin temp in a non metallic pot. Soak the flannel in the oil. Should be just enough to soak but not make it dripping. Cover the flannel with plastic food wrap. This will make sure that no oil gets on your heating pad. Lay down and place the pack over the area of concern with a  heating pad on top. Place a heavy towel on top of the heating pad. This will keep constant warmth throughout the treatment. The treatment should last for about 30 min to 1 hour. Cayce’s advice is to meditate during the treatment. This is about mind, body and spirit connection. Healing the body needs connection to the mind and spirit. It makes sense.

For a non-cute condition it’s ok to do the treatment three times a week. Every other night for three weeks with the fourth week off. For acute situation, use for 30 mins a night for five nights, take two nights off, then repeat the cycle for two weeks or until the conditional is resolved. In either case talk with your health care provider.

*Don’t use if pregnant, during heavy times of bleeding and intestinal conditions.

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Get Over Your Fear of Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help with getting you pregnant?  In a recent issue of OK magazine Jennifer Aniston is seeing Sheryl Crows’ acupuncturist , “Jen sees Sheryl as her health guru, so when she suggested acupuncture, Jen went with it straight away,” an insider tells OK!. “Jen wants to get pregnant soon, she’s convinced acupuncture will give her a helping hand.” Also, Jennifer Lopez admitted to OK magazine that she lost 15 pounds with acupuncture therapy.  Acupuncture has been around forever but now it’s becoming more mainstream.

Acupuncture which is a Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) that manipulates needles on certain areas of our body to help with different ailments. The needles slightly stick into the skin. This form of medicine can be dated back to the stone age in China. How does this all work? The body is seen as two opposing sides; yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow side were the yang represents the fast and active side. According to TCM our body needs to be in a constant balance but when the body is off balanced, disease can  cure. The imbalance blocks the qi (vital energy) with moving smoothly along the meridians which move throughout the body. Qi can be restored with using acupuncture.

According to the National Institute of Health, acupuncture can help with anything from headaches, recovery from surgery, fertility, weight loss, and the list goes on. It was my turn for a treatment.

I was recommended to well known Acupuncture Physician, Sharon Bock of Fort Myers, Fl. I had seen Sharon once in the past and trusted her professionalism. She graduated with the highest honors earning her Masters Degree from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine.  She is very kind and patient with listening to me about my body. She had me stick out my tongue to see whats happening with some of my organs. She noticed my tongue was quivering on the side which is directly related to my liver. I was a bit hesitant but I looked in the mirror and yes my tongue was quivering. She educated me by giving me some hand outs showing the qi and how all the organs relate. The treatment we agreed upon was getting the flow of qi back in the liver and of course being newly married our goal is a baby, I wanted a fertility treatment. Sharon’s specialty is in pain reduction, weight management, nutrition specialist and addiction release. She is also treating a few woman for fertility.

A few needles in the abdominal, arms, hands and feet. I could feel them for a minute but I wasn’t sure if it was me thinking about them going in. Our mind will play funny tricks on us.

Once I was finally relaxed I forgot about the needles. I know it sounds funny to say, “relax” when there are needles sticking into you but it is possible.  After a few minutes on the table she took the needles out of me and I couldn’t feel a thing or even know where they were. She placed some acupuncture seeds from a Vaccaria plant in my ear to continue with my treatment for another week.

She told me “in TCM when the blocks are removed and the qi and blood are flowing, we are like a smooth flowing river“. I would recommend Sharon Bock (239-425-2777) to you if you are in Southwest Florida. If you have never tried acupuncture, I would encourage you to try it. I am not crazy about needles but acupuncture isn’t bad at all. If it can help you why not give it a try, fear no more.