Describing reiki is like trying to explain the smell of a rose, says one reiki master when asked—and that’s true. Although the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines it as a complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person, with the goal of facilitating the person’s own healing response, experts interviewed for this article agree: The best way to understand reiki is to experience it.
Let’s begin with one of the biggest myths about arthritis: There are two kinds—osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Wrong!
If there’s one modern malady that everyone seems to share, it’s stress. The demands of everyday life—working, parenting, fulfilling social obligations—can make even the most organized person feel overwhelmed.
Many years ago, people who suffered from chronic, debilitating muscle and joint pain along with constant fatigue were said to ‘have the rheumatism’ or thought simply to be old and achy. But after physicians continued to document patients with characteristic symptoms during the 20th century, the medical community added ‘fibromyalgia’ to the lexicon of medical conditions in 1976. The term literally means ‘fibrous tissue and muscle pain.’
How do you make it to the top? “Find what you’re passionate about,” says Moneta Group’s Nancy Georgen. “You can be good at something, but if that’s not what you want to do, it doesn’t matter how good you are. You’re not going to get the satisfaction and you’re not doing the best you can.” We talked to three ladies who learned this by heart early on, and as a result they’ve reached their dreams.
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Fibromyalgia is somewhat of a medical mystery. Symptoms—which can come and go—are often vague and can range from fatigue to headaches, memory problems and muscle pain. In diagnosing it, physicians look for specific criteria, including the presence of ‘tender points’ on the body.
Autoimmune diseases have many different symptoms and names, but what they all share is an overactive immune response of the body against some of its own cells, with the body treating them as an invading organism. Multiple Sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes and lupus are examples.
When it comes to making yourself feel better, if you’re like most people, you head for the medicine cabinet or the doctor’s office. But for centuries, much of the world has depended on ‘holistic’ methods to maintain physical and emotional wellness. Local practitioners of these ancient treatments say their approaches most definitely have a role in today’s health scene—maybe even an increasingly important one.
Chronic pain is like a houseguest who doesn’t know when to leave. You’d like to get rid of it and go on with your life, but it won’t go away. It’s always there, interrupting your routine and intruding on your plans.
Our grandmothers were right. “Don’t get so upset,” they used to implore us. “You’ll worry yourself sick!” What Nana knew instinctively is now supported by scientific studies that show a powerful link between our emotions and our health. This link is known as the mind-body connection.
Acupuncture, chiropractic care and yoga are a few of the many types of holistic health treatments and practices available today. Each seeks to improve health and wellness through preventive care and attention to specific health issues, and all can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
Occasionally, a medical treatment that once was considered alternative or fringe not only gains popularity but also scientific clout and slowly begins to enter the mainstream. Such is the case with acupuncture. As an increasing number of studies suggest that this centuries-old technique is an effective treatment for a variety of diseases and chronic conditions, the practice is gaining public attention and earning a place in the traditional medical pantheon.
Gayathri Raman, M.D. Family Medicine Physician: Since joining the Clinic physicians six years ago, Raman has focused on women’s health care. My great interest is in treating thyroid and hormonal imbalances, especially with bio-identical hormones she has created for her by a compounding pharmacy that helps women feel good. I also want them to look good, so I offer innovative solutions in skin care. I have a line of physician-grade skin care products and do chemical peels and resurfacing with the new DermaSweep microdermabrasion system. Raman is also featured in regular health segments on Fox 2 News.
Fibromyalgia is one of the most curious and complex illnesses in the modern medical world. Despite years of research and various types of treatment approaches, scientists still do not know for sure what causes the condition, and there is no proven cure.
With consumers bombarded by natural supplements that promise to do everything from calm aches to cure indigestion, it’s hard to figure out which are the most beneficial. Who better to advise us than local experts in alternative medicine? We asked local practitioners for their top two natural supplement suggestions and where to find them.