#49 Herbal Healing: Careful With Comfrey

Comfrey isn’t just a pretty plant. Growing approximately three feet tall and producing stalks covered with pointed leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers, herbal medicine traditions have used applications of this plant for centuries. From poultices or mashed topical…

#48 Home Detox: Gardening for Wellness

#48  Home Detox: Gardening for Wellness

Home Detox: Indoor Gardening for Wellness!   With winter well behind us (knock on wood… this is Canada after all) nature is in full swing, blooming and growing! If you have a green thumb, your yard may be calling to…

#47 Journaling for Pain Management

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  If you’re suffering from chronic pain, a simple but helpful tool to consider is journaling. It doesn’t involve much (just a pen, paper, and the willingness to sit down and write), but it can be quite useful for pain…

#46 Infrared Light Therapy: Many Conclusions More Questions

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Phototherapy, also known as light therapy, is a form of medical treatment which applies specific wavelengths and intensities of light to a patient (10). If you Google ‘phototherapy for neuropathy’ the page floods with recommendations specifically for  infrared focused light…

#45 Relaxation: Beyond a Good Night’s Sleep

When was the last time you relaxed? I’m not talking about the minutes watching television over dinner. Honestly, that is what came to my mind first, for who doesn’t enjoy a cozy movie night or Netflix binge? Upon further reflection,…

#44 Rethinking Self-Talk: Mindfulness

A graphic that displays the Bhagavad Gita quote: " The mind is a friend of those who have control over it, and the mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it."

Positive Self-Talk Just think happy thoughts The glass is half full, not half empty Change your attitude, change your life When was the first time you heard these mantras? How often do others say derivatives of the following to you?…

#43 Herbal Healing: Butcher’s Broom for Poor Circulation

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Neuropathy in Autonomic Nerves Neuropathy comes in many forms, with peripheral neuropathy being the most noticeable, due to detectable experiences like pain and numbness. Meanwhile, autonomic neuropathy and its symptoms are less easily recognized. Since autonomic neuropathy affects the autonomic…

#42 St. John’s Wort (Hypericum)

St. Johns Wort, a small yellow flower with 5 petals and spiky leaves

Herbal Healing: Exploration of Hypericum for Mental Health Growing one to three feet tall, hypericum reaches out with leafy branches and bright yellow flowers (Spira, 2011). Commonly known as St. John’s-wort, depending on your perspective, you may see a weed…

#41 Keep Hydrated

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Neuropathy & Hydration Keeping adequately hydrated is imperative to good health. This is because in order for our cells to function, our body needs to be kept hydrated. Drinking enough water allows our body to maintain enough bodily fluid so…

#40 Qigong: A Therapeutic Tool for Working with Neuropathy

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Qigong is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique which involves gentle movement exercises, meditation and controlled breathing exercises.  This practice may also go by names such as chi kun, chi gung, or Qi gong, all of which translate to…