Herbal, Homeopathic, + Essential Oil
Chinese Herbal Medicine
At Ananda, Chinese Medicine (CM) practitioners prescribe herbal medicines, as well as utilizing various other mind body and energy regulating practices, such as acupuncture, CranioSacral therapy, Morphogenic Field Technique, homeopathics and food therapy in order to treat or prevent health problems. Some or several of these may be employed in the course of treatment.
Some interesting scenarios that make a patient a good candidate for herbal therapy include having more than one unexplained symptom in addition to having other symptoms such as; feeling fatigued, feeling anxious and/or depressed, seemingly unrelated symptoms, not wanting to take, not responding well, and/or having experienced side effects from pharmaceuticals. Oftentimes herbal therapy is used in conjunction with acupuncture as they work synergistically and one maximizes the benefits of the other.
Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years, being one of the great herbal systems of the world. Chinese Herbal medicine is considered a branch of Chinese Medicine, and although it is current in the knowledge of western biomedicine, it simultaneously respects the 3000-year-old foundation that it was built upon, as it dates back to the 3rd century BC. Chinese Herbal Medicine, being one of the main branches of Chinese Medicine, has a rich history and has been extensively researched for decades.
A growing body of research indicates that traditional uses of plant remedies and the known pharmacological activity of plant constituents often coincide. However, herbal medicine is distinct from medicine based on pharmaceutical drugs. Firstly, because of the complexity of plant materials it is far more balanced than medicine based on isolated active ingredients and is far less likely to cause side-effects. Secondly, because herbs are typically prescribed in combination, the individual herbs within a formula balance each other, and undergo a mutual synergy which increases efficacy and enhances safety. Thirdly, herbal medicine seeks primarily to correct and harmonize internal imbalances rather than to treat and ‘fix’ symptoms alone, and the therapeutic intervention of herbal therapy is designed to encourage a self-healing process. The goal of herbal therapy is to bring the body back into a state of homeostasis (balance) and restore proper energy (also called Qi).
Treating the root of the dis-ease is what creates the change in symptoms and corrects imbalances.
When the flow of Qi through our meridians becomes blocked, illness results. The purpose of acupuncture and other Chinese Herbal Medicine, is to promote the proper flow of qi through the meridians, untying the knot and restoring health.
In a very generally sense, it is used to control inflammation, fight free radical damage and boost liver function via increasing Qi (and blood flow), thereby encouraging detoxification.
Herbal medicine and nutrition are important aspects of CM, since a poor diet can directly contribute to liver damage — and the liver is one of the focal organs in Eastern medicine. The Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation explains that CM views the liver as “the organ responsible for the smooth flow of emotions as well as Qi and blood. It is the organ that is most affected by excess stress or emotions.” CM therefore draws a link between liver damage and illnesses like obesity, fatigue, indigestion, emotional stress, insomnia and more.
A diet and herbal treatment plan that follows Traditional Chinese Medicine guidelines is one that’s very similar to eating a more alkaline diet, helping restore the body’s proper pH and preventing deficiencies of key minerals. Many herbal medicines are used to treat liver problems. Acupuncture is also used to stimulate the liver, improve blood flow and relieve tension caused by stress.
Research suggests that certain “adaptogen” Chinese herbal medicines contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can change the way that nerves transmit messages to the brain, improving various functions within the endocrine and central nervous systems. This helps naturally improve the body’s healing abilities and helps balance hormones — including cortisol, insulin, testosterone and estrogen.
For instance, adaptogen herbs (including reishi mushrooms or cordyceps) are commonly prescribed to improve liver function and prevent liver disease. A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms found that reishi induces hepatoprotective effects on acute liver injury because it contains antioxidant properties.
Some foods that can help improve liver health, prevent liver disease and improve detoxification include raw and fresh vegetables (especially dark leafy greens), herbs and spices like garlic and ginger, healthy fats, and sweet potatoes. Alcohol, processed carbohydrates, sugary snacks or drinks, synthetic ingredients, fried foods, and refined oils or fats are all damaging to the liver and therefore usually reduced or eliminated when working with a CM practitioner to restore your health.
We can now begin to see that herbs are food, too!
Throughout history, HM has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today, alongside the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and increased knowledge of medicinal plants.
HM forms a major part of healthcare provision in China, and is provided in state hospitals in conjunction with western medicine and is a complete medical system that is capable of treating a very wide range of conditions based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand the ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be developed and the ways in which a person's Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance.
HM and acupuncture play a dramatic role in the treatment of the following conditions:
Addressing Acute Pain
Reducing Chronic Pain
Low Back Pain
Support in recovery from cancer and chemotherapy
Eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, urticaria (hives)
Gastro-intestinal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, colitis,
Leaky Gut and Toxicity
Gynecological conditions, PMS, dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, menopause, infertility
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Respiratory conditions, asthma, bronchitis, and chronic coughs, rhinitis, sinusitis
Urinary conditions including chronic cystitis
Psychological depression, anxiety, bi-polar disease, suicidal thought patterns
Cognitive health, dementia, Alzheimer’s
ADD, ADHD, Autism (ASD), other Spectrum Disorders
According to a 2007 report published in Clinical Interventions in Aging, “There has been a long history of research and medical practice in dementia in China, during which the ancient Chinese people have formed a whole theory and accumulated abundant experience in the treatment of dementia.” In recent decades, it’s been shown through a growing number of clinical studies that medicinal mushrooms, like reishi, have been shown to help decrease the amount of toxins or heavy metals that can accumulate within the body, therefore promoting higher energy levels, better concentration, improved memory and better quality sleep. Coupled with other holistic treatments that promote well-being, they help prevent and treat many common age-related cognitive disorders.
Chinese Medicine recognizes, as a whole, and places great emphasis on lifestyle management in order to prevent disease before it occurs and to maintain good health, as health is more than just the absence of disease. CM has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance our capacity for well-being and happiness.
Interestingly, many health conditions, especially within advanced and chronic forms, create great difficulty for conventional medicine. Here is where CM, incorporating herbs and supplements has great deal to offer. The results that can be expected and how long a patient will have to take the herbs for will depend on the severity of the condition, its duration, and the general health of the patient.
The best results will be obtained overall from Chinese Medicine, as a whole, when different preventative and lifestyle habits are incorporated into self-care, including eating a healthy diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, using beneficial supplements, practicing meditation and receiving CranioSacral therapy, guasha and cupping (Energy Therapies) and receiving acupuncture for mental, physical, emotional and spiritual balancing and pain management.
Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils can be looked at through many lenses. They can be described in terms of chemistry, physiology, microbiology, clinical therapeutics, agriculture, ecophysiology, history, commerce, spiritual application and more. They can be described according to both modern physiology and to the language and the use of aromatic plants and their essential oils in Chinese medicine. The use of aromatic oils was first recorded in China between 2697-2597 B.C.E during the reign of Huang Ti, the legendary Yellow Emperor. His famous book “The Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine” contains uses for several aromatics.
Chinese medicine is foundationally based on balance and achieving balance in all things (which is always fluctuating). Therefore, when one Element (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal), within a 5 Elements Chinese medical framework is destabilized, it can result in physical as well as mental-emotional problems.
From the Chinese Medicine perspective, essential oils and aromas greatly affect the Lung and Heart energy system and the Spirit (Shen), mainly because of their direct access to the brain (through the nose) and its resulting psycho-emotional effect on the Spirit (Shen).
In Chinese medicine, essential oils influence several levels:
The Wei (our defensive immune system, or external surface) level of the body, where they are generally used to treat acute conditions.
The Ying (the blood, internal organs, and cognitive function) level of the body, where they are generally used for sub-acute issues, where they have the ability to regulate both assimilative and eliminative digestive mechanisms, as they are helpful for an array of movement and regulation issues.
The Yuan (constitutional, or genetic) level, is where they address and are highly effective for chronic dis-ease.
Therapeutic formulations are blended with a specific ratio of oils from several note categories, thereby addressing both symptoms, and creating change on multiple levels.
We use professional top-grade organic, wildcrafted essential oils from small artisan producers, that do not contain fillers or adulterants of any type. We choose to purchase oils that have been produced and developed in small batches through companies that support ecologically responsible farmers and sustainable agroforestry projects around the world.
Plants Are Perfect Healers
Transmutation of light into energy, through the medium of chlorophyll, forms an integral part of the metabolic cycle of plants. Chlorophyll is analogous in its function to the hemoglobin of human blood; however, chlorophyll is structured around a molecule of copper, whereas hemoglobin is based upon iron. Therefore, when human beings ingest plants, inhale essential oils from plants, and apply diluted essential oils to the skin, they are, in effect, absorbing the energy of the sun; which is only made possible by this vibratory and molecular affinity.
Essential oils are always connecting us to ourselves and our humanity and reminding us that they represent distillation of light and the vibratory concentrated “soul’ of the living plant, whose story is written without words.
The creation of homeopathy dates back to 1796, when Samuel Hahnemann, used ideas originating from Ancient Greek medicinal practitioners to form his theory of homeopathic medicine. His philosophy and practice were based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself naturally, and that symptoms are the body’s way of telling and showing a patient what’s out of balance and what’s going on internally.
Homeopathy is different than conventional medicine because it views symptoms of illness as normal responses from the body as it attempts to regain health.
It’s common for homeopathic medicines to be called “tinctures” which simply means that they are created from either grinding, distilling or extracting active ingredients into some sort of carrier (usually either alcohol or water).
Hundreds of different homeopathic remedies are now in existence and come from a range of natural substances, which can either be plant, mineral or animal-based. Examples of substances that a homeopathic physician might use in treatment may include: fresh or dried herbs, vinegar, garlic, coffee, mountain herbs, turmeric root, etc. Some commonly known homeopathic remedies are; chamomile, calcium carbonate, potassium, silica, etc. These substances are extracted and diluted to create tablets, skin ointments, gels, drops, creams, or liquids.
Homeopathy uses the smallest possible amount of an ingredient to boost the body which activates its’ internal healing and homeostatic system in order to address particular health issues. Which, on a minute cellular level, effects the entire organism. It goes to the root of the imbalance. (Morphogenic Field Technique)
Homeopathic medicine views symptoms as “messengers” that are meant to be interpreted, in addition to being treated. The World Health Organization recognizes homeopathy as “the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world.” As of 2012, surveys showed that an estimated 5 million American adults and 1 million children used homeopathy.
Homeopathy helps stimulate the immune system and the body’s natural ability to heal.
One of the most important principles of homeopathic medicine is that treatments must be “individualized” and tailored to each person’s specific symptoms, history, body and needs. Even if two people are battling the same illness, they can receive completely different diagnoses (Morphogenic Field Technique) from their homeopathic physicians based on their unique situation and how their body would be expected to respond.
This is what makes homeopathy very different from conventional medicine is that a patient’s emotions and personality are highly important (the same is true within Chinese Medicine). It’s common for a physician, who uses homeopathy, to talk in depth with a patient about their stress levels, relationships, personal characteristics, work life, their family and so on. Homeopathic remedies are diluted to a certain potency appropriate for the patient, with the goal being to always use the minimum dose possible that will still offer the greatest benefits.
Homeopathic System Benefits
Homeopathic substances activate on a very deep level, and more is not necessarily better. Therefore, very low doses are usually administered — even doses so low that the substance itself if practically unidentifiable due to be being heavily diluted.
1. All Aspects of The Individual Are Considered
Homeopathy views, as does Chinese Medicine, a collection of symptoms as a reaction to a unique patient’s situation. Homeopathy treats all symptoms experienced by a patient including those that are “spiritual, emotional, mental and physical.” This means homeopathic treatments take into account things like chronic stress and beliefs about one’s ability to get better, which medically, we know are hugely important for overall health.
2. Low Dosage of Natural Products
Homeopathic remedies are not made with human-made drugs or chemicals, but rather made from things found in nature like trace minerals and herbs. They are normally used in very low doses, and are “gentle, subtle and powerful.”
3. Medical Advice
Homeopathy is not a replacement for your pharmaceutical prescriptions. Homeopathic practitioners and physicians are not a replacement for your doctor, nor a replacement for western medical advice. At any time, should you have any concerns, we recommend that you consult with your doctor before beginning a homeopathic, herbal, essential oil, CranioSacral or an acupuncture series of treatment.
Homeopathy has been used most widely with patients suffering from:
tensity (stress in its multiple forms)
allergies (food and seasonal)
migraines and tension headaches
dermatitis and other skin disorders
trauma (provides an internal environment)
toxicity (environmental – heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and viral, bacterial, fungal, yeast and/or parasite overload)
digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Chron’s dis-ease
TMJ and/or clenching and grinding teeth
Unexplained musculoskeletal symptoms (pain, weakness, stiffness, etc.)
At Ananda, along with the Morphogenic Field Technique, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Craniosacral Therapy and Psychotherapy, Homeopathy is used to assist in treating mental, emotional, physical and spiritual disorders. Many people, especially with anxiety and depression also experience issues with insomnia, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches and digestive upset, as well.
Detox = Drain→ Build→ Maintain
At Ananda, Morphogenic Field Technique, is utilized in order to identify the body’s homeopathic requirements, along with their accompanying assigned dosage.
Because homeopathy is a “holistic” practice, a patient’s entire lifestyle, habits and background are considered. There’s a very strong emphasis on emotional symptoms and conditions that might be contributing to an illness. For example, Chinese Medicine, as well as homeopathy, may take into account that stress can trigger headaches and a lack of sleep can contribute to digestive issues.
At Ananda, a core belief is that someone’s personality, beliefs, mental and emotional symptoms are characteristic of the entire individual and greatly affects their ability to heal. Because symptoms show last in the disease narrative, homeopathy, as well as acupuncture, herbs, essential oils, energy therapy and psychotherapy persist in getting to the root of these issues and balancing mental and emotional symptoms that oftentimes even outweigh many physical symptoms.
What We Use and Why
We use Energetix, which carries a professional line of nutritional, botanical and homeopathic blends since 1997. They are a pioneer in bioenergetic medicine, serve the needs of forward thinking healthcare practitioners with over 120 superb quality products that combine synergistically, and are formulated for excellent bioavailability with meticulously sourced ingredients, ensuring the highest quality products. The full line of nutritionals, botanicals and homeopathic remedies are in recognition of the body’s energetic fields and an appreciation for their influence on the body as a whole.
We also recognize that each patient has unique needs, and these prescriptions facilitate an individualized approach, allowing us to provide innovative solutions that respect the body’s innate wisdom.
Integrated nutritional, botanical, and homeopathic remedies are formulas which are non-suppressive, and therapeutically address complex health concerns in an increasingly toxic and imbalanced environment. Ananda practitioners utilize Energetix to develop a detoxifying, nutritional and supportive strategy for each patient’s individual health and vitality. There are three homeopathic types.
Three Homeopathic Types
Botanical singles and blends are spagyrically processed (concentrated and increased bioavailability) and designed to address the nucleus of the healing process in specific ways, while simultaneously supporting whole body function. Each whole herb formula is unique in color, taste and consistency with potent mineral and enzyme activity to power remedial effectiveness.
Nutritional potency, purity and effectiveness with easy assimilation. Spagyrically processed nutritional blends provide complex combinations of specific micronutrients to support normal health and vitality.
Homeopathic remedies have 4 specialty areas:
1. Flower Essences are distinctive, as they are greatly simplified, and potentized in ways that target the emotional dimension, as emotions are almost always a part of disease conditions in one way or another. The emotions are often the root of a particular dis-ease.
2. Nosodes are weak dilutions of substances which alert cells to stored toxins, which then may begin to release. Different homeopathic dilutions create different frequencies of influence. When these are combined, it creates something called a homochord (complex remedies that contain the same substance at multiple ranges of potencies, activating different levels of tissue). Energetix combines a variety of homochords and other elements to create simplified approaches to the detoxification of specific elements. These products are a vital part of the detoxification strategy.
3. Sarcodes are signals of healthy tissue that are designed to provide the body with a “blueprint” or a pattern of healthy function. These remedies are meant to provide a pathway to the healthy rebuilding of cells, tissue and organs.
4. Tones are designed to support the homeopathic drainage function through the channels of the body. As the body is always building and incorporating nutrients, it is also always breaking down and eliminating waste. Some of that waste is natural or metabolic waste, while some waste products are foreign toxins, or xenobiotics, substances that never should have been there in the first place!
The goal at Ananda is to learn about the patient’s entire experience and their expectations in order to assist and treat “holistically” in the most effective way possible. Much of the time, diet, nutrition and toxicity needs to be addressed, with the first step being to introduce a gentle holistic detoxification for the body, establishing a solid and balanced morphogenic field, which acts as an electromagnetic extension of the nervous system, and determining the individual cellular program to rebuild and maintain balanced health and vitality.