This Just In: Alternative Healing

Five Recently-Arrived Titles from the Alternative Healing section:

The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions – Richard Brown & Patricia Gerbarg

Here’s a drug-free, side-effect free solution to common stress and mood problems—developed by two physicians. Millions of Americans suffer from mood problems and stress-related issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma-induced emotions and behaviors; and most would prefer not to take medication for their conditions due to troublesome side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and disappointing success rates.

Drs. Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg provide a drug-free alternative that works through a range of simple breathing techniques drawn from yoga, Buddhist meditation, the Chinese practice of qigong, Orthodox Christian monks, and other sources. These methods have been scientifically shown to be effective in alleviating specific stress and mood challenges such as anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many others. The authors explain how breathing practices activate communication pathways between the mind and the body, positively impacting the brain and calming the stress response. The enclosed audio program guides readers through the techniques and helps make these breathing practices an ongoing part of daily life.

This book and CD set includes breathing techniques to relieve

  • anxiety and depression
  • trauma-related emotions and behaviors
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • insomnia
  • addiction-related behaviors

It also offers breathing techniques to enhance concentration, peak performance, and personal relationships.

Energy Healing: The Essentials of Self-Care – Ann Marie Chiasson

True wellness begins at the energetic level. As traditional healers have known for thousands of years—and as modern medicine is affirming today—we have a subtle energy field that is as important to our well-being as our physical body is. With Energy Healing, integrative physician Ann Marie Chiasson offers a complete guidebook of easy-to-use energy practices to enhance our health and vitality. Drawing from the material she teaches at Dr. Andrew Weil’s Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Chiasson explores:

  • Our subtle anatomy—understanding the chakras, meridians, and the key principles of energy medicine
  • Self-diagnosis techniques for sensing the movement of energy in our bodies
  • Practices for daily self-care and specific techniques to address energy blocks often seen in common illnesses and health issues
  • Stories about how energy moves in and around us for healing— and why these stories themselves can enable us to heal
  • Why our energy wanes as we age, and how we can replenish our vitality from sources in the world around us

Dr. Chiasson has studied the latest research on energy medicine and healing traditions from around the world, and through her experience in her own practice, she has selected techniques that are accessible, effective, and show great long-term benefit. With Energy Healing, she presents an indispensible guide for expanding our understanding of the energetic dimension of our well-being and essential tools to help us take charge of our own health.

Be Your Own Shaman: Heal Yourself and Others with 21st-Century Energy Medicine – Deborah King

This fascinating book takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey into the esoteric world of healing. You might not realize it, but just about everyone is a natural-born healer! In fact, you probably already have some of the paranormal abilities related to this gift. For example, you may know who’s calling before you answer the phone, or be able to sense what others are thinking or feeling. But you can further develop your inner talents and become your own shaman, capable of healing whatever ails you and effecting change in someone else’s energy field and body.

In Master Healer Deborah King’s uniquely informative work, you will learn both Eastern and Western concepts and techniques from the earliest recorded healing practices some 5,000 years ago all the way up to modern times with John of God in Brazil and King’s own powerful cutting-edge approach. You’ll find out how to protect yourself from psychic attack, and how to get beyond any limiting beliefs you may hold. Self-knowledge leading to self-mastery is the ultimate quest, the pivotal adventure of a lifetime. Become the person you always knew you could be by taking this magical tour into the heart of healing!

The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen: Finding Harmony Through Food – Talya Lutzker

The Ayurveda Vegan Kitchen offers people the opportunity to follow an Ayuvedic diet without the use animal products. Ayurveda is a holistic healing system developed in ancient India to increase an understanding of the human body, mind, and spirit. It organizes the elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth into three body types, or doshas. Although each person is unique, one of these doshas will predominate their constitution and will need to be balanced on a regular basis.

Dairy products are important foods in traditional Ayurveda; however, for every milk-based food that Ayurvedic healers revere, there is an equally effective whole-food, vegan alternative. Following the same nutritional principles as traditional Ayurveda, Talya created over 120 delicious recipes that provide healing flavors and harmony to the mind and spirit. Easy-to-follow symbols on each recipe page show how the unique chemistry of that recipe can be used to balance the body’’s constitution.

Since a healthy digestive system is at the core of ayurvedic medicine, these recipes will keep you on track and in good health.

Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease – Bharat Aggarwal & Deborah Yost

Breakthrough scientific research is finding that spices-even more than herbs, fruits, and vegetables-are loaded with antioxidants and other unique health-enhancing compounds. Studies of dietary patterns around the world confirm that spice-consuming populations have the lowest incidence of such life-threatening illnesses as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

Bharat B. Aggarwal, the world’s foremost expert on the therapeutic use of culinary spices, takes an in-depth look at 50 different spices and their curative qualities, and offers spice “prescriptions”-categorized by health condition-to match the right spice to a specific ailment.