Relieve Chronic Pain with Ayurveda

Maria HillAyurveda, Detoxification, Physical Health0 Comments

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Does it seem as if the amount of pain you are experiencing is growing over time rather than diminishing? Do you have a hard time functioning because of chronic pain? Is it hard to relieve your chronic pain with medication? What Causes Chronic Pain? There are many causes of pain. Certainly trauma can result in a permanent condition with daily and chronic pain. However, not all pain comes from trauma like accidents or injuries of some sort. Much chronic pain comes from imbalances in the body that accumulate over time to the point that they interfere with the normal functioning of the body. It may seem like a stretch, chronic pain most often comes from a variety of causes related to our living situation. According to Ayurveda, the following are the general types of imbalances at the source of most chronic conditions, including chronic pain: Toxins accumulating in tissues and blocking circulation Poor nutrition Poor digestion Imbalance of the nervous system Accumulation of physical and mental stress Lowering of natural resistance and immunity The modern medical approach that matches drugs to symptoms does not completely address many of these factors. As a result, modern medicine often cannot fully remove the disorder and the condition becomes chronic. Chronic means that the condition persists over time even with the best modern medical treatment, indicating that some new approach is needed in our health care system. Visualizing The Causes Of Chronic Pain One way to begin to understand chronic pain is to visualize how your body works. Our bodies are very complex, high functioning organisms. Each part of your body has a function to perform and cannot do so if interfered with. Here are just four ways in which our bodies can be interfered with that will … Read More

Gymnema: Ayurvedic Herb For Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control

Maria HillAyurveda, Herbal Remedies, Physical Health5 Comments

  Are you under a lot of stress? Is the stress you experience chronic? Are you also a highly sensitive person? Why HSPs Can Suffer From Diabetes Diabetes is a risk for people who suffer from chronic stress because chronic stress keeps the body’s digestive system out of balance. Stress puts the body into a state of emergency that can raise blood sugar levels.  Over  a long period of time, elevated blood sugar can cause permanent damage to the body. Highly sensitive people are stress magnets. Their sensitivity, deep processing and empathetic nature make it hard for them not to be stressed out. This means that their entire lives, they can be at risk for getting diabetes. How Ayurveda Can Help Highly Sensitive People Control Blood Sugar It is an excellent idea for HSPs to work at controlling their blood sugar. One natural way to control blood sugar is the herb gymnema silvestre.  The Ayurveda Encyclopedia names gymnema the main Ayurvedic herb for treating diabetes. Gymnema works directly on the pancreas to remove sugar, stimulate pancreatic function, improve circulation and help urine output. Gymnema also reduces excess kapha (which is the body system in Ayurveda in charge of body structure.  It is often associated with obesity.) and vata (the body system responsible for the nervous system). When the Vata nervous system is upset by stress or other factors an individual will eat erratically and often the wrong food. Poor eating habits can help diabetes to develop. Benefits Of Gymnema Gymnema has many benefits that can help people suffering from diabetes and the symptoms of excessive stress: gymnema heals skin disorders and infections which are a known complication of diabetes it ignites digestion and treats all metabolic disorders including diabetes which means it can help pre diabetics it may be regenerative of pancreatic … Read More

A Taste Of Our Sensitivity

Edward BonapartianPhysical Health, Stress1 Comment

Linda and I had just passed the 3-mile mark of our marathon training run, when she commented on how tired she felt; “My legs are like lead today, probably has something to do with all the ice cream I ate last night.” I smiled at her comment. Ironically, having also eaten my fair share of  Gelato the previous night after a crappy day at work I knew all too well the battles of appetite that highly sensitive people face. Rather than engage her in a self-deprecating conversation, I stayed silent. Since I often experience food binges after having a bad day, as we rounded the corner of the road surrounding the fairgrounds I wondered how stressful her week had been. But I wasn’t one to judge because I knew from experience that while our egos are quick to judge us on our perceived lack of self-control, for the highly sensitive there is much more to the situation than just a non-stop urge to eat when stressed. Food Is Comfort My BeachBody coach, Daryl Bart, wrapped the mental aspect of binge eating up succinctly when she replied that food is both comfort and habit to us after I asked her about dealing with late night binges. While for most people food is indeed a source of comfort, to fully understand the pattern of binge eating with the highly sensitive, we need to look deeper. Although binge eating is often a mental reaction to a stressful day, for the Highly Sensitive, the source of our hunger stems from a physiological reaction our body experiences when reacting to the energy of the environment without our being consciously being aware of it. I learned of this physiological response during a presentation given by Dr. Judith Orloff, M.D at one of her Intuitive Healing workshops held at the Kripalu … Read More

How Superfoods Can Help HSPs

Maria HillPhysical Health0 Comments

Superfoods are a type of food that have a lot of promise for highly sensitive people. HSP stress problems can cause a depletion in the nutritions stores of the body. Superfoods can restore the body and help minimize the consequences of chronic stress. What are superfoods?  There is some dispute about what they are and what they do. What is not in dispute is that superfoods are healthy. So what are they? When people use the term superfood they are generally mean one of two different types of foods: the condensed nutrient dense powders and pills that pack a lot of green and other nutrients into an easily accessible form.  When you read the labels, your head may swim at the list of ingredients. These supplements often try to provide complete nutrition that can be taken as a pill or as a shake with water or milk. a group of whole foods that are considered to offer superior nutritive value. Superfoods are an attempt to counteract the low nutritional value of processed foods and to help sustain the body which is being overloaded with toxins from pesticides and other chemicals. Superfoods are a recognition of the nutritional value in the plants and other foods enjoyed by our ancestors, and the cost to our health of modern foods high in calories, fat, sugar and other chemicals. Superfoods are nutrient dense. Nutrient density refers to the ratio of trace nutrients to macronutrients. Macronutrients are the protein, carbohydrates and fats in foods. Trace nutrients are vitamins, minerals and other compounds often in plant based foods that are necessary for us to be healthy. Modern food is difficult to digest, clogging to our bodies, increases free radicals and makes us fat, sluggish and unhappy.  When we eat nutrient weak foods, our bodies recognize the poor … Read More