Monday, December 21, 2009

Reiki Reduces Stress And Alleviates Illness

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Biofield Therapies Can Heal

In the past over one decade, evidence has been steadily growing through research experiments of the efficacy of biofield therapies in alleviating illness and pain. I will touch upon just one of these therapies here - Reiki - and show how science has begun taking seriously the notion that a subtle energy exchange between two human beings - without any physical contact whatsoever - can cause the healing process to accelerate in the recipient of the therapy.

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In the Reiki study I have come across, 18 undergraduates of a Psychology course were subjected to Reiki sessions spread over a period of two to twelve weeks, along with 17 other participants who formed the control group. None of the participant could know which group they belonged to, even the researchers did not know upfront, as the entire exercise of assigning participants to the various groups and sub-groups was randomized. All participants were asked to undergo self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques. A Reiki Master administered Reiki by holding her hand about 3.5 inches above the head of the intervention group participant or towards their back, through the chair. For the control group participants, the Reiki Master simply sat behind each participant impassively, without sending any Reiki. To those whom it matters, the technique used by the Reiki Master involved using Ascension Reiki symbols.

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Besides putting the participants through a host of self-assessment questionnaires, their salivary cortisol too was measured. This particular chemical's presence in the saliva is directly positively correlated to stress levels in the human being.

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It was found that the intervention participants (that is, those who underwent Reiki treatment without their knowledge) showed an improvement in general well-being, especially in depression and stress levels, while the control group participants showed a further decline on these two scores. These findings are significant, since the implication is that the "attuned" Reiki Master-Teacher can cause bio-psycho-physiological changes in another human being by placing their hand over the human being's head or back, at a distance of about 3.5 inches.

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This is just one paper that I am quoting here. There are other papers which report the beneficial effect of similar complementary healing techniques (Johrei, Qigong, and LeShan, to name a few). Self-development enthusiasts will find this an interesting domain to explore, if they are not doing so already.

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[It is not only the hidden and unmeasurable exchange of energies taking place between the Reiki healer and the recipient that science is now going ga-ga about. Considerable churning is taking place as the rigid boundaries of science are dissolving. Hard-nosed, short-sighted scientists who earlier used to refuse to even acknowledge events that their instruments couldn't detect; have begun to look for ways and means aside of their tried-and-tested approaches to understand inexplicable phenomena. As this article points out: "When Science Meets Sentience".]

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Have You Discovered Your Allergies, Yet?

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Test Your Body's Allergies First, And Save Yourself A Lot Of Trouble

It is really sad when people trundle through their lives, saddled with this disease and that medical condition, taking this bitter pill and that painful injection, spending loads and loads of money on health care, and never once realizing that the root, root source of all their troubles might all along have been the humble food they sat down to eat every night for supper. This is the interesting aspect about food allergy. You never know that the dish you have so relished all your life has actually been your worst enemy.

skin prick test, allergyclinic.co.uk_*

* Skin Prick Test, allergyclinic.co.uk.

Along with the chain of vaccinations that we subject our children to, I wish it becomes fashionable and de rigueur and therefore very common practice to take their blood samples for lab test to find out what foods don't suit their constitution. It is great if they do it in your country as standard procedure. For very early on in the game of Life, such kids will learn what is good for them and what will make their life miserable, at least so far as food is concerned.

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* Kids living with food allergies, faiusa.org - YouTube/jbrownwa.

As these kids begin to find their way through the intricate maze of living, they will be told that it is the stress that is behind the gastric troubles. Which it is, but then there is something more to the story. Or that they should be including more fiber in their food. Or may be join yoga classes or perform meditation every day. Which is all very good, and may be these solutions might even relieve them of their problems to a certain extent. But the "something more to the story" behind what ails them might also well be the allergy to the food that they consume unthinkingly.

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Including the test for food allergy / intolerance in the diagnostics increases its accuracy and reduces the time, effort and money to pinpoint exactly what might be causing the trouble in the body. A negative food allergy test outcome eliminates one factor out of the diagnosis picture, and you can move to investigate more serious reasons. A positive food allergy test outcome, on the other hand, will straightaway eliminate all further pains and expenses; all that you have to now do is to stop eating the food that is offending the body's sensibilities.

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Food allergies are diagnosed through various tests. Of late, research advances has tilted the scale in favor of blood tests that can pinpoint the food item that is playing the villain's role with increasing accuracy.

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* New technique to diagnose food allergy, Mayo Clinic - YouTube/mayoclinic.

Earlier on, we talked about subjecting the kids to tests to determine their food allergy profile. As I write this, work is underway to develop new immunotherapy techniques not only for the young ones but for the rest of us as well; so don't be surprised to find a vaccine that cures allergy towards peanuts or eggs or fish! Stay tuned in with the latest in health; stay tuned in with self-development! And gift yourself and your near-and-dear ones the food allergy tests.

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[Scientists spend long hours poring over their microscopes, studying the tiny organisms to the minutest details. However, their most sophisticated instruments are still not capable of tracking the flow of signals and commands between the brain and the mind. If the brain is matter, mind is energy. If the brain is tangible and physical, the mind is intangible and ethereal. It is very interesting and absorbing to speculate, as this article does, on the link between the two: "Wellbeing And The Science Of Matter-Energy Continuum".]

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