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Welcome to InSight Healing’s new office 

6818 N. Oracle Rd #426

Tucson, AZ 85704

Located in the Casas Adobes Office Park

Come and see the new location~ Mention this ad and receive $15 off your next appointment.

~New equipment is arriving from Germany soon~

Experience acupuncture with Color and now Sound with the new Synapse machine

 

Qi Gong- A moving meditation

Qi gong is a practice that involves engaging in a series of movements as well as using the mind to move light or energy through or around the body. It has been used for centuries in China as a method to maintain as well as improve health and is also used by accomplished practitioners to heal patients.

Joins Stefanie on Wednesday mornings at 9am-10am beginning September 21, 2016 for qi gong on the lawn at Alchemista located at the southwest corner of  Oracle Rd and Giaconda Way – 6955 N. Oracle Rd.

Stefanie learned Qi Gong while studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at Han University of Traditional Medicine (formerly Asian Institute of Medical Studies).  We will be practicing a form of 5 element qi gong as well as the 8 brocades. This is a casual class, no experience needed, drop in for a class or come for all 5. Suggested donation $5-20.

Astrology: The Roadmap of Your Life

astrology copyMost people associate astrology with the little horoscope in the paper which I liken to a weather report- it’s not very specific and in some cases may not even apply. Astrology can offer so much more. Imagine the moment you are born there is a magnetic imprint of the heavens on your being. For example, the constellation on the eastern horizon is your ascendant (house of self), the constellation setting in the west is your descendant (house of other), the planets and constellation directly overhead affect your midheaven (house of status/career/society) and what is directly below you on the other side of Earth is the nadir/IC (house of home/inner life, emotions). As the planets continue to move around us their magnetic pull continues, sometimes feeling good and sometimes not. Imagine that we are perfect when we are born, yet we lose sight of that perfection as we grow and compare ourselves to others and experience the world. The planets are constantly tugging on us to remember our perfect alignment, to shift and grow, to let go of old ways of being that are not in alignment with who we really are.

In Vedic astrology, the astrology of India and perhaps even the root of astrology, there are planetary cycles that we all move through from birth to death. The order of these cycles depends on where the moon is when we are born. I have found these cycles to be very accurate. It is like a syllabus for life, telling us what the subject is, when we have to study hard, when we have a break for some fun, when we need to buckle down and get through the final exams. Imagine how much more challenging a college course would be if there were no syllabus! And now see how valuable such information can be when moving through life, especially if we are dealing with challenging planetary pulls.

Knowing whether to act or to wait something out can create a lot of inner stress. We always have a choice in life but knowing how the planetary cycles are unfolding can give insight into when the difficulty will pass or where our focus will go from here, thereby helping us to make decisions in the present moment.

If you are interested in knowing where you are on the roadmap of your life or what transits might be giving you a good hard pull and what you can do to make the best of the energy that is coming your way, Call or email Stefanie@Insight-Healing.com.  Mention this blog post for 50% off a consultation~

5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Health Now!

good foodSpringtime is a good time to give yourself a tune-up and improve your health and vitality. Here are just a few easy things you can do to take those first steps towards optimal health!

  1. Stop eating junk food and enjoy some carrots and apples instead. Carrots and apples are high in all sorts of vitamins and phytonutrients to help your body detoxify and build health. Eating any fruits and vegetables over processed foods, especially breads is always a good idea. Carrots and apples are easy on-the-go foods that you can eat anywhere and require no preparation. Remember choose nutrient dense foods for maximum health benefits.
  2. Stop drinking coffee and sodas- drink water and teas instead. Soda has no health benefit whatsoever, and is in fact detrimental to your health. Both regular soda and Sugar-free sodas with artificial sweeteners are like feeding your body poison. Coffee has health benefits but in excess or daily coffee can create an acidic condition in the body.  The body can benefit from herbal teas or even green or black teas in moderation. Herbal teas provide minerals and phytonutrients that can improve health. For example, tulsi or holy basil is an adaptogenic herb which can help you handle stress better or ginger is a warming herb that helps with digestion. In the heat of Arizona, drinking plain water when sweating will not replace lost minerals. Drinking herbal teas can replenish in ways that plain water cannot.
  3. Take a walk. Walking moves lymph, helps digestion and relaxes the mind. Just walking around the block after dinner can improve your health instead of sitting on the sofa. When you move your lymph you are also helping toxins to be eliminated from the body. If you find it difficult to walk around the block try Qi Gong moving meditation. There are many videos on youtube that can get you started. Moving other parts of the body helps move lymph, too.
  4. Love yourself. Most people don’t spend enough time feeling positive about themselves but are very good at criticizing themselves. What you say and how you feel are vital to your health. If you are feeling down take a moment to look at the sky, feel the breeze, listen to the birds and remember there is beauty in life. Find something positive to say to yourself each day (more than once!),
  5. Spend one week taking liver detox herbs or one day fasting with teas, broth and/or juice or eat only raw foods for one day (or more). We all change the oil in our cars but how many of you flush your own system? For optimal health, take a break from heavy foods like meat, dairy, grains. Spend one day or one week eating only raw food or vegetarian food, includes, fruits, vegetables nuts and seeds. While you take a break from hard to digest foods it’s a good time to take liver herbs such as Liver Gallbladder formula from Dr. Schulze or Healthy Liver from HerbPharm. Liver flushes can be done quarterly or more frequently if recommended by and under the supervision of an herbalist.

You might be amazed at how much better you feel just from following these 5 simple steps to better health.

**InSight Healing has moved**

Insight Healing

is now located inside

Alchemista Aromatherapy

6955 N. Oracle Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85704

Services offered: Acupuncture; Colorpuncture; Tui Na Chinese meridian based massage; wellness guidance through lifestyle, nutrition, herbs, supplements; spiritual assistance through intuitive guidance, mantras, meditation; Astrological consultation for energetic roadmap for present life including planetary cycles (dashas), planetary transits, relationship dynamics to help improve any type of relationship.

Healing Your Liver

The human body is quite amazing when we think of the healing it is able to accomplish. Even a person with the most the most challenging of lifestyles can turn their health around fairly quickly when they put their effort into it. All of our organs work together to keep us free from disease but the liver has a key job. Everything that we ingest, contact with our skin or breathe in is filtered by the liver (and kidneys), which means that the more chemicals we are exposed to in foods, water, air and environment, the greater the burden on the liver (and kidneys). When the liver is not functioning optimally it may affect many processes including: digestion of fats, cholesterol levels, blood sugar, blood clotting, protein synthesis, immune function, hormonal balance and ability to clear the body of toxic substances.

If you are concerned about the health of your liver, here are some steps to take to improve your health. When doing a cleanse it is recommended that you use liver cleansing herbs and foods for one week followed by kidney cleansing herbs and foods for one week. If you have known liver inflammation or other serious illness then repeat the cycle of liver herbs, then kidney herbs for a total of four weeks of cleansing.

  • Begin your day with organic grapefruit juice – fresh if possible, or fresh organic lemon water.
  • Use Liver cleansing herbal tinctures like: Dr. Schulze’s LV/GB formula and Detox formula
  • For Kidney cleansing herbal tinctures use: Dr. Schulze’s KI/BL formula and Echinacea
  • Eat a vegetarian diet with lots of fresh organic fruits and vegetables including fresh vegetable juice.
  • Specific vegetables for liver health include: bitter greens like arugula, dandelion, kale, collards, beets with beet greens, burdock root to name a few.

For more specific information on how to do a liver cleanse, how to prepare a tincture or the morning citrus drink see the blog post “How to Cleanse Your Liver with Herbs”.

How to Cleanse Your Liver with Herbs

I am often recommending liver herbs for my patients/clients. For most people today the daily chemical exposure is far more than you can imagine. Our livers have the job of filtering and processing these chemicals and, just like an oil filter in your car, it can get clogged and sluggish. Herbs can do an amazing job at healing and helping the liver regain optimal function.

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Fred Liers, PhD. It is a thorough instructional on how to cleanse the liver with herbs and juices. The full article can be accessed from the link:

http://www.integratedhealthblog.com/liver-cleanse-with-juices-and-herbs/

There are many ways to cleanse the liver. And there are many ways to juice for health. However, the combination of juicing with liver cleansing provides what is probably the most effective means for liver detoxification for health and healing, as well as improved liver function.

Detoxifying the liver is important these days by any measure. Our environment presents our bodies with the job of detoxifying numerous toxins. These toxins accumulate inside the body and damage our health. The liver is our primary organ of detoxification, responsible for more functions than science can describe.

We therefore look to the liver when considering how best to detoxify ourselves. Any actions you take to detoxify your liver will pay you back handsomely in better health. Or at least in a cleaner liver, which equates to more effective liver function, a greater capacity to detoxify, and (ostensibly) a less toxic you.

Performing a liver cleanse regularly (ideally 3–4 times per year, i.e., once per season) not only allows your body to eliminate many of these toxins, but also keeps your liver and other organs of detoxification in good condition, prepared to continue doing their jobs well…and keep you well.

MORNING LIVER / GALLBLADDER DRINK RECiPE

(Use organic or wildcrafted ingredients whenever possible)

8 ounces citrus juice (orange, grapefruit, and/or lemon/lime)
8 ounces purified water
1 clove garlic (and then add 1 clove per day)
1 inch ginger
1 tablespoon olive oil (and then add 1 tablespoon per day)

Juice the citrus separately and then place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Drink.

Note: citrus juice is best to use in spring and summer. In winter, you can substitute fresh apple and/or grape juice.

RECIPE FOR LIVER / GALLBLADDER TEA: Use two parts dandelion root and one part of each of all the other ingredients. You can obtain these herbs at your local natural foods store or from Pacific Botanicals (www.PacificBotanicals.com) and/or Blessed Herbs (www.BlessedHerbs).

Dandelion root, burdock root, Pau D’arco inner bark, cinnamon bark, cardamom seed, licorice root, fennel seed, Juniper berries, ginger root, clove buds, black peppercorns, uva ursi leaves, horsetail herb, orange peel, and parsley root and/or leaf.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Then place into glass jars (or other suitable containers) for storage.

Another option is to purchase liver tea premixed. Liver teas can be purchased at your local natural food store. One good brand is Yogi Tea, which makes a “Detox” tea and “Peach Detox” tea that include many of the ingredients listed above. You can use 2 or 3 teabags to brew a stronger tea in lieu of making your own tea. [Longlife Tea also makes a good Detox tea]

LIVER TINCTURE

As noted above, it is best to include a liver tincture right into your liver tea. You will do this at least three times daily by adding two droppers of liver tincture into your liver tea. You can also take the tincture in a little water or directly into your mouth, if you prefer.

There are several good brands of liver tincture. I prefer to make my own liver tincture, but my favorite commercially available formula is Dr. Schulze’s L-GB Formula.

If you wish to make your own liver tincture, here is a good recipe. Milk thistle seed (eight parts or 40%), Oregon grape root (two parts or 10%), dandelion root (two parts or 10%), Wormwood (one part or 5%), gentian root (one part or 5%), Chaparral (one part or 5%), Black Walnut (one part or 5%), Ginger Root (one part or 5%), Garlic (one part or 5%), Fennel Seed (one part or 5%). Note: parts apply to weight, not volume.

Assemble the fresh herbs. Put them into a blender in the proper proportions. (You can mix them in a bowl first if it fills more than the blender can accommodate at once.) Then add enough 80 to 100-proof vodka to cover the herbs. Then pour the resulting herbal vodka mixture into a mason jar and let it steep for at least 14 days, and possibly many months. Shake it at least once or twice per day.

Sometime after a minimum steeping time of 14 days, strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a t-shirt into a large bowl, and then pour the tincture back into jar(s) and store in the dark. Ideally, start this process on a new moon, and strain the finished tincture during the full moon. That’s a 14-day cycle. If you wait longer, the tincture will be stronger, but sometimes you can’t wait. If you do wait longer, still strain it on (or near) a full moon because the tincture will contain more of the active ingredients.

 To continue reading this article go to:

 http://www.integratedhealthblog.com/liver-cleanse-with-juices-and-herbs/

Mantras for Health and Peace of Mind

When trying to bring peace into one’s life or to retrain one’s thought patterns, using mantras can be extremely useful. A mantra can be any word or set of words used repeatedly to create an effect in the mind and in life, like an affirmation. I prefer Sanskrit mantras because they have been used for thousands of years and have been honed over that time for specific effects, and there generally aren’t any associations that the words in one’s native language may have. Sanskrit has also been used only for spiritual purposes for thousands of years since it ceased being a common language. When using a sound that is not in one’s daily language we are using our right hemisphere, the part of the brain associated with music, art and feeling of oneness; the area that we want to activate for an optimal meditative experience.

When beginning to use a mantra try to set a specific period of time (21 days, 40 days, 45 days) to work with it. Using a mala or a rosary can be an effective way to count the mantras, or say the mantra for 1 minute to determine how many times you can say the mantra in that amount of time and then multiply to determine the number of minutes you need to reach 108 repetitions. The number 108 refers to the number of nadis or energetic pathways in the body according the the Vedic system.

Mantras for Peace:

Om Shanti Om   –  Shanti is the Sanskrit word for Peace. Om is the sound of creation.

So Hum – This simple mantra can be used as you observe your breath, so on the inhale and hum on the exhale. It also means “I am that”.

Mantras for Enlightenment:

Om Namah Shivaya – Om and salutations to the Supreme Consciousness/Shiva

Om Bhur Bhuvaha Swaha tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayat  – The Gayatri mantra is considered one of the great mantras. The meaning of this mantra is complex but a rough meaning is: Om Existence, Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon your divine light. May you illuminate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge.

Mantra for removing obstacles:

Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha  – This is a mantra to Ganesha the elephant headed god  who was created by Parvati (Shakti or the feminine power or energy in the universe) and was both beheaded and restored to life by Shiva. Ganesha is associated with one’s will. When your inner will is aligned with your highest self and not with the ego then we can receive the blessings of the Supreme Consciousness or Shiva. This is often a good mantra to begin with as our own inner obstacles are often the cause of what we see in the external world that we try to blame for our problems.

Mantra for abundance:

Om Shreem Shri Maha Lakshmiyei Namaha – Lakshmi is the energy of abundance on all levels. As you say the mantra, seek to be that abundance and not just experience it externally.

Mantra to release anger:

Shante prashante sarva krodha upasha mani Swaha – “Invoking supreme peace I surrender (or offer) the quality of anger to its source in the higher and formless universal mind. Salutations.” (from Thomas Ashley-Farrand’s book on Healing Mantras)

This is a lovely mantra that can be used for other emotions as well. For example, substitute the word ‘bhaya’ for ‘krodha’ to use the mantra to release fear.

Mantras for fear:

Shante prashante sarva bhaya upasha mani Swaha

Abhayam sarva bhutey byo – I am nothing to fear, I fear nothing. This mantra is very effective when wanting to approach a being who is afraid or when wanting to ensure that you walk through a situation without being harmed. I have often used this mantra with animals but it can also be very effective for people who feel that aggression is directed towards them and they are not sure why. Surrounding yourself with the energy of this mantra will set yourself and other people at ease.

Mantra for protection:

Om Dum Durgayei Swaha – Durga is the energy  of the Divine Mother.  This mantra can be used for a feeling of protection, nurturing and for any problems in life.

Tibetan Buddhist mantra for removing negativity:

Om Hung Vajra Pey – Hung is the Tibetan version of the bija mantra Hum as in So Hum. Vajra is the thunderbolt which illumines the mind. When our mind is illuminated there can be no fear, no darkness.

There are many, many mantras but these few are enough to get you started. Once you begin to work with a mantra intensively you will start to notice the effects in your life. If you are not noticing a change in yourself and how you interact in the world after 45 days then return to the Ganesha mantra to remove obstacles or seek advice from someone who is established in a mantra practice. Generally, I have noticed mantras working after about 3 days of 2 malas a day and have found that with intensives the mantra feels complete after 21-45 days. When working with health issues it may be helpful to speak with a Vedic astrologer who can give you a planetary mantra to work with.

If you need further assistance with these or other mantras feel free to contact me. For more information  or self-study on mantras and their uses I recommend two authors: Thomas Ashley-Farrand and David Frawley.

 

Emptiness

This beautiful quote from Lao Tzu reminds us of the importance of both substance and space, matter and energy, the visible and the invisible. Sometimes what we can’t see or perceive is of equal or greater importance than what we can see and perceive. Try to create that space and emptiness within you and see what happens!

 

Thirty spokes end in a hub,

but it is the hole in the hub

that makes the wheel usable.

Vessels are shaped by kneading clay,

but it is the empty space inside that makes them useful.

Walls, penetrated by windows and doors, form rooms,

but it is the emptiness of the room that makes it useful.

Thus the material provides a potential,

but the immaterial provides the value.

Lao Tzu

Stop Sugar Cravings and Boost Health in the New Year!

Holiday season is a time when many people overdo the sweets and end up out of balance. For some people this is an on-going issue related to a spleen deficiency (see blog post Nourishing the Spleen), while for others it’s a temporary condition that can be rectified easily. Regardless of how long you have been experiencing cravings for sweets and carbs there is something you can do to regain balance in your body.

  • Create an alkaline body. Start your day with fresh lemon juice in 12 – 16 oz of water. I have observed that if your body is alkaline then there is a greater likelihood that you will gravitate towards alkaline-forming foods. Acid-forming foods to minimize or avoid include: sugar, meat, most grains, dairy.
  • Eat more protein. Often a craving for sweets is actually a call from your body for more protein or other nutrients. Try eating more nuts and seeds – almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pepitas, chia seeds, hemp meal.
  • Start your day with a protein-rich breakfast. Some ideas include: organic free -range eggs and spinach; black or pinto beans and organic corn tortilla with salsa; 2 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp hemp meal, 2 tbsp shredded coconut, berries and rice or nut milk; grind in food processor 1/2 cup walnuts, 2 dried apricots or 1 soft date, cinnamon and powdered ginger.
  • Eliminate sugar from your diet. Be sure to read labels. Replace regular granulated sugar with maple syrup, honey, stevia, xylitol when needed. Read labels! Sugar hides in many packaged foods.
  • Eat warming foods. Warming spices include ginger, cinnamon, clove, tumeric, garlic, cayenne. Try adding ginger to your food or drink ginger tea. Green tea, although cooling in nature, will alkalinize your body.
  • Eat cleansing foods. Fermented foods like kim chee, sauerkraut or kombucha are cleansing. Fresh vegetables and fruits, especially apples are also cleansing. Use Braggs raw apple cider vinegar and olive oil for your salad dressing instead of bottled, processed dressings.
  • Eat whole grains rather than processed flours. Gluten-free examples include: brown rice, amaranth, millet, quinoa. When making breads try substituting coconut, buckwheat and/or mesquite flours for wheat and add an extra egg.
  • Balance your intestinal flora with a formula like Gaia herbs Wormwood/Black Walnut Supreme or Dr. Schulze’s LV/GB tincture (liver/gallbladder). You might also find it beneficial to take a probiotic formula with at least 5 strains of bacteria. An intestinal cleansing formula with charcoal, bentonite clay, psyllium, etc  from www.integratedhealth.com or from www.herbdoc.com is also a very effective way to balance and heal the intestines.
  • If the above suggestions don’t stop your sugar cravings then you may want to try supplementing with vitamins and specific amino acids. For more information see Julia Ross’s book The Diet Cure or The Mood Cure. A high quality multi-vitamin in capsule form, magnesium, complete B-complex, Chromium, l-tryptophan and glutamine may be beneficial.

I encourage you to keep focussing on the positive things you are doing for your body and not engage in negative self-talk. If you eat something that is not good for you then balance it with something that is good for you (eat an apple or carrots). The more you eat healthy, nutrient dense foods the less you will crave the empty calorie foods. You cannot eat too much vegetables so be sure to make vegetables and fruits your main foods with proteins as the side. For example, a large salad with a small amount of meat or if you are vegetarian, a vegetable saute with brown rice and sesame seeds and chia or other kind of seed or nut.

Supplementing with a protein powder may also benefit you. I use the Rejuvenate line from www.integratedhealth.com for high quality, organic nutrients. When choosing a product avoid soy (unless organic/non-GMO), look for sugar content (fructose, sucrose, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners like aspartame) and if there are vegetables or fruits in the product consider how important it is to you that they are or are not organic. Common GMO foods include soy, corn, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries among others. Heavily sprayed crops include berries, apples, spinach, cantaloupe, grapes, peaches, pears.

Some of you may be able to relate to having to run out the door after feeding everyone but yourself! On these occasions I put 2 scoops of Rejuvenate Plus in a mason jar with water and/or rice milk to drink on my way. This protein drink gives me energy all morning and into the early afternoon when I am able to have lunch.

 For a those occasions where you really do want something sweet and yummy – and healthy! – here is a recipe to try:

1/2 – 1 cup walnuts, 2 or 3 dried apricots, cinnamon and ginger to taste. Place all ingredients in a food processor until fully ground. The mixture will be a bit pastey. Place in bowel and all 1 or 2 tsp B grade maple syrup and enjoy!