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Bugleweed is a medicinal herb that dates back to medieval times. It has a sedative quality and is generally used as a remedy for insomnia, heart palpitations, and anxiety. It’s also commonly used to alleviate premenstrual syndrome and support thyroid function. There are compounds in bugleweed that reduce the thyroid hormone called thyroxin. People with hyperthyroidism overproduce this hormone, so it can relax the thyroid and calm the symptoms associated with the condition. It works well for Graves’ Disease patients who experience mild hyperthyroid symptoms, such as heart palpitations, insomnia and tremors. Unlike most hyperthyroid medications, it’s considered safe for long term use. Another benefit of this herb is its ability to moderate estrogen and prolactin, which can help reduce breast pain and swelling during PMS, and because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps with menstrual cramps and headaches.

via Karyn Bender RPh CHHC
June 19th, 2015|0 Comments

A chakra that is imbalanced, out of alignment, or damaged, can manifest in the body as disease. It’s important that we keep them balanced and healthy, and there are a number of ways to do that. Using sound, like mantras or tuning forks, is a great way to keep them aligned, especially if you are not good at visualizing colors. Each chakra has a specific vibration, or frequency. Words also have their own frequency. Using certain words or sounds, we can create harmony within our chakras and energy field by matching the frequency of the imbalanced chakra with a tone or word that vibrates health. This process is called harmonic induction. Bija mantras are words that are chanted to clean, balance, and clear the chakras. Each chakra has a specific mantra that matches its frequency. They can be chanted out loud or mentally to lock each chakra in to a healthy resonance. Chant each word for at least thirty seconds. Begin with the root chakra and chant “LAM.” Move to the sacral chakra and chant “VAM.” Use “RAM” to balance the solar plexus chakra. Move to the heart chakra and chant “YAM.” It’s pronounced “yum.” The throat chakra is balanced with the chant “HAM,” which sounds like hum Move to the third eye chakra and chant “OM.” Balance the crown chakra with an extended “OM.”

via Karyn Bender RPh CHHC
June 8th, 2015|0 Comments