Women’s health

The Science of Mastering Sleep by Sifu Matthew

The Science of Mastering Sleep

by Sifu Matthew

As a society, we are trained to move forward with fervor: grasp the next idea; improve at rapid paces to achieve; maintain beauty, fitness, and wealth — and compete at all costs. Striving at this rapid continuum can secretly deplete our invaluable body chemical stores and, while we may not be aware of it happening for months and sometimes years, our body and its wisdom will come crashing down and leave us in a stressful and sleepless paradigm, chasing desperate measures to find quick solutions that can damage our systems even more.

 

THE POWER OF SLEEP

Without proper sleep the body will function poorly on more levels than we can imagine. Improper rest will produce many symptoms ranging from lack of energy that impairs clear thinking, creates mood swings and causes irritability, all the way to auto-immune issues, poor detoxification, and even severe fertility and menstrual imbalances.

 

ACCUMULATING DAMAGE

While we can run after remedies including prescription medications that can cause great toxicity to our livers and organs, or natural herbs and bio- machines that reregulate inner rhythms for a time period, these fixes alleviate the stress and imbalance at the surface, without truly altering the depth of the stress patterns that created the problem. Without addressing those issues, they will continue to grow and even fortify themselves.Ultimately regaining the power to sleep must come from within–by understanding the miraculous electromagnetic nature of our body’s healing power.

As an expert in the application of the manipulation of forces, attained through my years as a Master of the Martial Arts, I’ve learned to apply these principles to heal many of people’s most intractable conditions and illnesses using natural means. Sleep deprivation is a common problem that can be easily resolved when approached through the proper pathways of working with the earth’s grounding forces.

 

THE CORE OF STRESS AND SLEEP DEFICIENCY

Your body is designed to sleep and rest, as well as to gather massive amounts of minerals and elements that it receives during the non-active external moving periods. The minerals and elements are gathered through the earth’s magnetic pull while the body is in a lying, receptive, and unstressed position. The heart and bones together serve as a dynamic means to absorb both electricity and minerals– and store them for use the next day, as well as for upcoming periods of greater need.

Both stress and sleep are electromagnetic reactions that occur based on your ability to balance your magnetic field with the forces and fields around you. When you cannot sleep, your organs are too hot or active and have no capacity to connect to the earth and surrounding mineral fields that are designed to stabilize you and absorb the cooling and replenishing properties of the night for your body to gather for detoxification and healing.

The lack of coolness and flow is why stress literally feels like a constant inner shaking, a tension that creates the inability to calm or slow down. It is a failure to engage the cooling powers of the body’s system and control one’s own electromagnetic field. Ultimately, sleep cannot happen without the body being allowed to enter back into its cooling and absorbing rhythm.

All the feelings we experience are electrochemical reactions between the stimulus in our environment and our body. Sleep is an engagement between the earth and the body; the body  cools down based on the shift of the earth’s position in relation to the body, the sun, and the particles in the atmosphere.

 

CHANGE YOUR MAGNETISM AND MASTER YOUR SLEEP

By learning to control your magnetism and consciously using the surrounding magnetic fields properly, we can immediately create dramatic shifts to re-regulate our sleep cycles naturally — and dominate stress forever.

Here’s how to start.

FACING NORTH – “ACHEIVING BALANCE POSITION”

POSITION- Extracting Balance

HEALING BENEFITS:

• Engaging the bodies balance system for regulating rhythms
• Gathering new energy into the core of the body
• Calming stress and PTSD

From a standing position, place the right back of your hand behind your back on the spine and the left hand toward the earth like a spear.

Hold this position for 5 to 10 minutes and breathe through the nose and all of your bones.

Do even breaths of 4 seconds in, 4 seconds hold and 4 seconds out.

 

FACING NORTH – “SLEEP POSITION”

POSITION – “Drop of Water Pierces Eternity.”

HEALING BENEFITS:

• Inducing Sleep
• Healing the kidneys and regenerating hormones
• Reduction of Inflammation
• Healing the ears and digestive system.
• Reducing Cravings

From a standing position, place the right, back of the hand against your kidneys. Place the left hand out with thumb up and two fingers extended. Turn feet in slightly and squeeze the side of the body gently.

Draw in through the fingers by pressurizing toward your kidneys and heart.  Hold for 4 seconds on inhale… pause and hold the energy for 4 seconds…exhale for 4 seconds as you send a pulse out your back-right fingers.

Perform this a minimum of 12 times.

You should see results within a day or two. Repeat these exercises daily for maximum impact.

 

 

Sifu Matthew is a world-renowned,healing power and teacher known for eliminating and correcting non-responsive conditions rapidly through his understanding of the science of the body’s lectromagnetism.  He is the founder of The Martial Arts of Wellness tm (www.themartialartsofwellness.com) and a pioneer in Addiction Recovery Sciences™. He has helped thousands of people including professional athletes, Hollywood stars, fighters and veterans solve their health challenges and optimize their paradigms for power and wellness.   For more information on sleep recovery intensives, healing addiction or injuries, contact him. Sifu Matthew can be reached via info@themartialartsofwellness.com

Interview with Judith Orloff, MD: The Empath’s Survival Guide by Laurie Sue Brockway

Interview with Judith Orloff, MD:

The Empath’s Survival Guide

By Laurie Sue Brockway

The Empath’s Survival Guide is a new book that offers life strategies for sensitive people who need help staying centered and hopeful in a sometimes difficult world.  It also shows us how to hone our gift of empathy to make the world a better place.

No one knows the joys and challenges of being an empath better than Judith Orloff, MD.
She was born with second sight, into a family of 25 physicians and several generations of healers. She struggled in her early life to find a way to cope with and then finally embraced her gift of intuition. Her journey led her to devote her life to helping others.
Her latest book, The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, is a guide for a wide range of empaths and all sensitive people who struggle with managing the gifts—intuition, creativity, and spiritual connection–with challenges that overwhelm them. The book also offers a much-needed acknowledgment that empaths are not imagining the things they feel and sense.
As Dr. Orloff explains, “We actually feel others’ emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have.”
An Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, she synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality to achieve physical and emotional healing.  Her bestselling books, The Power of Surrender, Emotional Freedom, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing offer readers practical strategies to overcome frustration, stress, and worry.

We spoke with Dr. Orloff about The Empath’s Survival Guide and she shared wonderful insights.

So many people have been told “you’re too emotional” or “too sensitive”  and they grow up feeling like there’s something wrong with them. Is it your experience that many of these people are empaths?
Absolutely! I wrote The Empath’s Survival Guide to legitimize the gift of sensitivity and teach sensitive people of all kinds to protect their energy so that they can thrive. As an empath I know how demoralizing it feels to be labeled as “overly sensitive” or told “Honey, you have to get a thicker skin” by parents and society, as if we were some kind of weaklings who just need to “steel up.” The opposite is true. I believe that empathy is the human trait that will help all of us to save the world. Everyone who is an empath or who simply wants to lead a more heart-centered life in an often insensitive world can benefit from learning skills to protect their gift of empathy.

What are some of the common hallmarks of an empath?
Empaths are sponges who absorb the emotions and physical symptoms of others. They don’t have the usual defenses that other people have to filter out noise, light, sound, intense emotions or stress. So empaths often end up taking on other people’s stress in their bodies–and they feel exhausted, anxious, depressed or sick. As a psychiatrist, I’ve worked with many empaths who come to me totally worn out and misdiagnosed by mainstream medicine as being hypochondriacs, neurotic or with some “disorder” that requires antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication. With the empaths in my private practice, I always begin with teaching them how to avoid absorbing other people’s energy so they can feel stronger and more grounded within themselves. The upside of being and empath—and there are many– is that empaths have depth, intuition, deep compassion, deep spirituality and are passionate lovers and mates. As an empath, I would never give up my sensitivities for the world. They let me know the secrets of the universe because I can feel the energy of all things.

What is the difference between an empath and a Highly Sensitive Person?
Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) have all the sensory components of extreme sensitivity such as sensitivity to light, sound, touch, crowds but empaths actually absorb emotions/energy/stress /physical symptoms from other people. As a result, empaths can become exhausted or ill and not know why. They are emotional sponges! Empaths also have heightened intuitions. Both highly sensitive people and empaths have very action mirror neurons to increase our compassion.

Can you share some of the gifts of being an empath?
I cherish being an empath and I’m grateful for the blessings my sensitivities bestow on me each day. I love being intuitive, feeling the flow of energy in the world, reading people, and experiencing the richness of being so open to life and nature.   We empaths have many marvelous traits. We have huge hearts and the instinct to help others in need or who are less fortunate. We’re dreamers and idealists. We’re passionate, deep, and creative, in touch with our emotions, compassionate, and can see the big picture. We can appreciate other’s feelings and become loyal friends and mates. We’re intuitive, spiritual, and can sense energy. We have a special appreciation for the natural world and feel at home there. We resonate with nature, plants, forests, and gardens. We often love water. Whether we are soaking in the womb of warm water in a bath or living by the ocean or a river, it energizes us. We may feel special intuitive bonds with our animal companions and become involved with animal rescue or animal communication.

What is the biggest challenge for empaths in intimate relationships?
Empaths have different requires in a relationship for it to work. Empaths need a lot of alone time. They sometimes need separate beds or even bedrooms. Empaths get overstimulated with “too much togetherness” and need to authentically communicate this to their partners. Empaths are often unconsciously attracted to “unavailable people” who don’t let them come close enough to have all their fears of intimacy arise. It’s possible to have loving, healthy relationships if empaths can define and express their special needs.

What exactly is emotional contagion?  And how does it impact the empathic person?
Research has shown that we actually “catch” other people’s emotions and empaths are more prone to doing this because of their high sensitivities and openness. Research has shown that many people pick up the emotions of those around them. For instance, one crying infant will set off a wave of crying in a hospital ward. Or one person loudly expressing anxiety in the workplace can spread it to other workers. People commonly catch other people’s feelings in groups. A recent New York Times article stated that this ability to synchronize moods with others is crucial for good relationships. What is the lesson for empaths? To choose positive people in our lives so we’re not brought down by negativity.  Or, if, say a friend is going through a hard time, take special precautions to ground and center yourself. These are important strategies you’ll learn in this book.

An old cliché is that woman is more sensitive than men. Does gender play a role when it comes to being and empath?
I have a Facebook empath support community with over 6000 people and most of them are women! Women tend to be more open in expressing their emotions, and take on a lot of stress and get drained. Men are also empaths (of course!) but sensitive boys have often been shamed by their sensitivities so they shut them off as adults. I embrace sensitive men, and urge them to come out of the empath closet and shine!

Do empaths have to be especially careful about exposing themselves to negative news coverage and social media?
Because empaths have such big hearts, they often hurt very deeply too. For all my empath patients, I suggest limiting their exposure to the news so they don’t start absorbing the suffering of the world. This doesn’t mean that we don’t keep informed. It means we get the basics and don’t allow sensitive selves to be demolished by the massive suffering. I also recommend news and technology fasts so that empaths can regenerate themselves in nature or during quiet time.

What is the neuroscience behind being an empath?
In the book, I discuss five intriguing research findings. Empaths may have hyperactive mirror neuron systems which heighten our compassion for loved ones and fellow humankind. Other findings include the possibility that empaths are reading the information in other people’s electromagnetic fields (such as those around the heart and brain.) Also how we process dopamine, the pleasure hormone, is a factor. Empaths don’t require as much dopamine stimulation to be happy– but extroverted people who aren’t empaths do. They can’t get enough of parties, and high stimulation events—whereas empaths love their alone time and quiet meditation—they need a lower amount of dopamine input to be content.

What is empathy so important in our world today?
Empathy will help us know what it’s like to be in other people’s shoes. It will foster compassion in a divided world. It will help our families and world come together in harmony. We all desperately need to develop and practice more empathy to bring our troubled planet together. Empathy is the most important quality we need in our world today!

Click to get your copy of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People.
To learn more about the power of empathy, Dr. Orloff’s book tour schedule, and to sign up for her Empath Support Newsletter visit www.drjudithorloff.com.

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Medical Intuitive Corner

Medical Intuitive Corner
by Robin Eagle Sage, MI

Have you ever wondered if your physical pain is caused by unresolved emotional experiences? In this issue, world renowned Medical Intuitive Robin Eagle Sage will share one of her medical intuitive readings with you. Using her clairvoyant abilities, this wise Sage will unravel the causes and cures of a patient’s illness. In turn, you will discover the great healing power capable of every individual. Pseudonyms are used to protect the individual.

 

Patient: Lauren
Medical Issue: Lipoma (skin lump of fatty tissue) on right underarm and cyst on right ovary.

Lauren told me that besides having a lump near her armpit and a cyst on her ovary that all of her relationships are going awry. When I looked at her energy I saw that Lauren is in a state of cellular transition, not liking herself or her life right now and also not knowing where she is going. Because Lauren is in a transitory state, not fully in the present, yet not knowing the future either, her relationships won’t work. I explained to her that any time a person embarks on something new, such as becoming a vegetarian or a non-alcohol drinker, there can be a lag-time before the new lifestyle or pattern is fully established into the vibratory pattern of the person. Until a person becomes one with their new situation or habit on a cellular level, it will feel a bit like purgatory, because they are neither in hell nor have they arrived in heaven! This is never a fun place to be as one can feel lonely and without any support. When I first became a non-alcohol drinker, it took time before I found friends who were like me. For a while I felt lonely and out of place, but eventually, as I embraced my new lifestyle choice on a deeper level, I attracted people who were just like me.

I told Lauren she is sick and without friends because her egoic personality and her soul’s truth were not in alignment. Lauren’s voice was soft and sweet over the phone. When I looked at her soul clairvoyantly I saw flowers, bunny rabbits and everything soft and loving. This sweetness IS the essence of her truth. Yet, I could feel that behind the scenes at her work, her personality was not living this truth and was being a hard-ass; tough, authoritative and controlling. My spirit guides whispered that Lauren needs to be more tactful. I told Lauren what they said and she agreed completely. Thank God, as I never want to insult anyone! I have found that when I say something unpleasant about a client that is true, they usually already know it and will agree. Lauren knows that she is not being herself, but she doesn’t know what to do about it. This is what I was talking about when I said that Lauren does not like herself. I think many of us have habits and behaviors that we dislike and would like to change but we don’t know how. Sometimes, as in the case with Lauren, it takes a total lifestyle change in order to find one’s happiness and true self.

When a woman feels that she has to use masculine energies, such as force, in order to get a job done, because she doesn’t really want to be doing that job, it can take away part of her feminine essence and the very truth of her Being. A woman will begin to wither like a flower and can become sick, such as in Lauren’s case. Lauren’s two health issues are both on her right side. This is because she is overusing her right-side energies, which are masculine. Both males and females carry feminine or yin energy on their left and masculine or yang energy on their right. The trick is to stay in balance and know when to raise your sword and act and when to relax and lay low. It is very common for a person to be sick or injured all along one side of their body if they have an unaddressed gender related issue. The body will tell the person it is not well via pain, irritation or lumps. If the person does not listen and heal the one issue, another problem will develop on the same side, depending on the gender issue. In Lauren’s case, not only are her tumors on the same side but they are related to her gender. One is a lump “by her armpit,” which is actually by her breast. And the cyst is on her ovary which makes creation and femininity possible!

Another factor regarding Lauren’s gender issue is that she is in a “square” job which is inappropriate for her flowing feminine side. In some cases, I tell people that it’s not the job you have that’s important, but how you run your energy while in that job. Meaning if you can let go of stress and be happy while doing the same functions then the job is okay to keep. But in Lauren’s case I saw that her job was completely inappropriate for her fine sensitivities as a “flowery” woman. At the risk of sounding foolish, I told Lauren that she needs to work with flowers, paint flowers, talk to flowers, channel flowers and write about flowers because flowers were all I saw when I looked at her soul. Much to my surprise, Lauren told me that she used to work with flowers and had been thinking about doing it again for years! She said she channeled flowers, wrote about them and wanted to turn them into children’s books! Lauren sure was elated when I told her that this was her soul’s path. She was even more elated when I explained that as soon as she is living her life’s dreams and mission that all of the “right” friends and the “right” relationships would effortlessly emerge. This is what I call a happy ending!

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Robin Eagle Sage is a medical intuitive healer, clairvoyant reader, channel, columnist, author and teacher. Robin gives energy readings and healings over the phone and Skype worldwide. She is the founder of Sage School of Light and teaches a medical intuitive training program for beginners. Robin is the author of the book, “The Financial Alchemist: The spiritual AND material recipe for financial success,” the CD “Soul Love: An interactive meditation to attract wealth, health and the relationship of your dreams!” and four audio meditations: “Financial Success & Abundance,”

Natural Remedies for Problems in Breastfeeding – Part 2

breastfeedingNatural Remedies for Problems in Breastfeeding – Part 2
by Susun S Weed

With the resurgence of interest in breastfeeding, there is increasing demand for natural remedies for the minor problems that accompany nursing. These remedies, taken from my book Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, offer simple, safe ways for nursing women and their infants to counter problems and stay healthy. This information has been collected from wise women, old wives, and granny midwives. May you benefit from their wisdom.

Part one of this article reviewed ways to increase your milk flow and your milk quality by ingesting herbal infusions, tinctures, seeds, and foods rich in carotenes. Part two of this article shows you numerous simple and safe ways to allay sore breasts, infections, engorgements, and sore nipples due to breastfeeding.

PAINFUL BREASTS, ENGORGEMENT, SORE NIPPLES

Painful, sore breasts and nipples are one of the most common problems encountered during lactation. Virtually every nursing mom will need help on this account at least once. Sore breasts and nipples can prevent nursing, lead to a decrease in milk production, and interfere with the bonding between infant and mother.

There are three main causes of painful breasts.

1. Engorgement:
An oversupply of milk engorges the breast tissues, causing tenderness and pain. There is no fever and the breasts are not lumpy. Engorgement may occur as a result of a decision not to milk, when milk comes in very quickly, when mother and child are separated for an extended time, or during weaning.

Remedy A very strong tea of sage is a classic remedy for stopping the flow of milk. It is taken sip by sip, up to three cups a day.

2. A blocked milk tube or duct:
This causes swelling of the breast and acute pain. The blocked duct may feel lumpy and bruised, and a red streak may radiate out from it. Cessation of nursing can increase the discomfort and endanger the milk supply. Nursing should be continued, but carefully, nursing and pumping just enough to empty the breast.

Remedy Right before nursing, use a warm compress for 5 – 10 minutes (see following). They all taste fine to baby, so no need to wash your breast before offering it.

3. Mastitis (infection in the breast):

Causes swelling and pain, accompanied by acute tenderness and redness of the breast. The infected breast may be hard, lumpy and swollen. There may be fever as well. This condition is the most dangerous of the three. If not treated promptly, the infection can cause scarring of the ducts and prevent nursing a later child.

REMEDIES FOR MASTITIS

Use hot compresses or soaks at least four times daily. Get plenty of bed rest. Breast infections are almost always a sign of too little rest. Regular naps or rest breaks are important too.

Nurse as often and as long as possible on the infected breast. A breast infection will not make the infant sick.

Propolis is collected and used by bees as glue. It has a history of use against infection in Russia and a strong following among midwives in North America. It is said to accelerate healing time by increasing the body’s metabolism and general resistance to disease. A dose of the tincture is 10 to 15 drops twice a day.

Echinacea root tincture is an excellent ally for any woman with mastitis. I use one-half drop per pound of body weight as a single dose. (For a woman who weighs 130 pounds, the dose is 65 drops or two dropperfuls.) The dose is repeated as often as twelve times a day until symptoms remiss. I continue taking Echinacea for at least a week after all symptoms have cleared.

Poke root (Phytolacca americana) tincture stimulates lymph gland activity and clears mastitis quickly. Poke root is potent and potentially toxic; the effect is cumulative. Use no more than two drops of the tincture daily. I combine poke with Echinacea for acute and severe infections.

POULTICES AND SOAKS FOR SORE BREASTS

Poultices, compresses and soaks are the best first aid for painful breasts. A poultice consists of fresh or cooked herbs placed directly on the breasts. A compress is prepared by soaking a cloth and applying that. And a soak is just that: – a soak in hot water.

Hot water alone has beneficial effects for women dealing with sore breasts, no matter what the cause. Hot water stimulates circulation and eases the tension in taut, swollen, breast tissues. Herbs infused in the water used to compress or soak increase the effectiveness.

When applying these external remedies, remember that frequent, consistent, short applications work better than sporadic, lengthy treatments. That is, six or seven treatments of five minutes each spread over the day will be more effective than one treatment lasting for thirty minutes. If infection is present, discard any plant material and wash the poultice materials after each use so as to prevent the spread of the infection.

Soak the breasts in a sink full of warm water. Fill the sink, lean over, and immerse one or both breasts. You can massage the milk out while soaking to further relieve engorgement and ease pain.

Place a handful of fresh or dried parsley leaves in a clean cotton diaper and tie it closed with a rubber band. Put in a pan of water and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Apply the hot (fresh) parsley as a poultice or use the (dried) herb still tied in the diaper as a compress to ease swollen and painful breasts.

Prepare fresh or dried comfrey leaves the same way as parsley. A hot compress or poultice of comfrey leaves soothes sore nipples, softens engorged tissues, reduces the pain of swollen breasts, and helps unblock tubes and ducts. It is generally considered safe to use comfrey root preparations externally, but nursing mothers may be understandably leery to use them for fear of injuring her infant’s liver.

A cold poultice of grated raw potato can draw out the heat of inflammation, localize infection and unblock clogged tubes. Grated raw potato is applied directly to the breasts, and covered with a clean cloth. When dry, it is removed and replaced with fresh grated potato.

Marshmallow roots make wonderful soaks that soothe tender tissues and sore nipples, open clogged ducts and tubes, powerfully draw out infection, and diminish the pain of engorged, inflamed breasts. Steep two ounces of dried marshmallow root overnight in half a gallon of water just off the boil. The texture of the finished brew should be slippery and slimy. Heat as needed, pouring the hot liquid into a sink or basin and soak your sore and aching breasts.

Infused herbal oils – such as those made from the flowers of calendula, elder, or dandelion, or from the roots of yellow dock – can ease the pain of tender breasts and sore nipples. Buy them ready-made. Or make them yourself: Gently warm a handful of dried or fresh blossoms in just enough olive oil to cover; keep warm for 20 minutes. Strain, cool, and rub into nipples and breasts whenever there is pain or sensitivity.

PREVENTING SORE NIPPLES

Sore nipples heal rapidly, often within a day or two, but it is still easier to prevent them than to heal them. Nipple sprays intended to prevent sore nipples have been shown to be ineffective, but the following Wise Woman remedies are safe and effective. Note: Persistently or suddenly sore nipples may indicate a thrush infection. Further symptoms of thrush include pink, flaky skin and itchy nipples.

~ Continue to nurse. Neither sore nipples nor thrush are helped by discontinuing nursing; in fact, they may be remedied by more frequent nursing.

~ Expose the nipples and breasts to the air as much as possible to discourage the growth of thrush. Avoid wearing a bra 24 hours a day. Wear nursing bras with the flaps down whenever possible.

~ Expose the nipples and breasts to sunlight for brief periods to strengthen tissues. Increase gradually from thirty seconds in the sun to a maximum of three minutes.

~ Olive oil, sweet almond oil, lanolin, or comfrey ointment rubbed into the nipples throughout the latter part of the pregnancy and the beginning weeks of nursing create healthy, flexible tissues very resistant to cracks, tears, and chapping.

~ Experiment with different nursing positions until you find those in which you are completely comfortable, with the entire areola (dark area) in the baby’s mouth, nipple centered.

~ Offer your breast often. Reducing the number of feedings can make the baby so hungry that it tears at the breast.

~ Avoid soap, cologne, deodorant and powder on your nipples or breasts. Do not wash nipples with soap. Soap predisposes the nipples to chapping and cracking.

REMEDIES FOR SORE NIPPLES

~ Crushed ice wrapped in a wet cloth, or a frozen gauze pad, applied to the nipples immediately before nursing is a good local pain killer. This cold treatment also helps bring out soft or small nipples and helps baby feed more easily when the breasts are very full.

~ Comfrey ointment softens and strengthens nipples at the same time. It is exceptionally soothing to sensitive nipples and rapidly heals any fissures or bruises.

~ Yarrow leaf poultices – or yarrow infused oil – provide almost instantaneous pain relief and heal cracked nipples rapidly.

~ Any of the poultices described for painful breasts may be used advantageously. Comfrey and marshmallow are especially effective. Many brief poultices work better than one or two lengthy sessions.
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The gel from a fresh aloe vera leaf will soothe and heal sore and cracked nipples.

~ Calendula ointment is an old favorite to heal and strengthen nipples. CAUTION: Ointments containing antibiotics, steroids and anesthetic (painkilling) drugs are potentially harmful to both mother and infant.
REFERENCES AND RESOURCES

Purchase on Amazon!

The Complete Book of Breastfeeding, Sally Olds and Marvin Eiger; 1972 Bantam Books
Nursing Your Baby, Karen Pryor; 1973, Simon and Schuster
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League, 1963.
Breastfeeding Basics, Cecelia Worth; 1983 McGraw Hill
La Leche League, 9616 Minneapolis Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131
Aftercare: Sharon Hamilton; Babies Grow on Milk and Kisses; Arny Galblum Booklets available from Emma Goldman Clinic for Women, 715 Dodge Street, Iowa Cily, IA 52240
The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra; Unity Press

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PROBLEMS IN BREASTFEEDING by Susun S Weed

breast-feedingNatural Remedies for problems with breastfeeding

PART 2

by Susun S Weed

With the resurgence of interest in breastfeeding, there is increasing demand for natural remedies for the minor problems that accompany nursing. These remedies, taken from my book Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, offer simple, safe ways for nursing women and their infants to counter problems and stay healthy. This information has been collected from wise women, old wives, and granny midwives. May you benefit from their wisdom.
Part one of this article reviewed ways to increase your milk flow and your milk quality by ingesting herbal infusions, tinctures, seeds, and foods rich in carotenes. Part two of this article shows you numerous simple and safe ways to allay sore breasts, infections, engorgements, and sore nipples due to breastfeeding.

 

PAINFUL BREASTS, ENGORGEMENT, SORE NIPPLES
Painful, sore breasts and nipples are one of the most common problems encountered during lactation. Virtually every nursing mom will need help on this account at least once. Sore breasts and nipples can prevent nursing, lead to a decrease in milk production, and interfere with the bonding between infant and mother.
There are three main causes of painful breasts.

1. Engorgement:
 An oversupply of milk engorges the breast tissues, causing tenderness and pain. There is no fever and the breasts are not lumpy. Engorgement may occur as a result of a decision not to milk, when milk comes in very quickly, when mother and child are separated for an extended time, or during weaning.
Remedy A very strong tea of sage is a classic remedy for stopping the flow of milk. It is taken sip by sip, up to three cups a day.

2. A blocked milk tube or duct:
This causes swelling of the breast and acute pain. The blocked duct may feel lumpy and bruised, and a red streak may radiate out from it. Cessation of nursing can increase the discomfort and endanger the milk supply. Nursing should be continued, but carefully, nursing and pumping just enough to empty the breast.
Remedy Right before nursing, use a warm compress for 5 – 10 minutes (see following). They all taste fine to baby, so no need to wash your breast before offering it.

3. Mastitis (infection in the breast):
Causes swelling and pain, accompanied by acute tenderness and redness of the breast. The infected breast may be hard, lumpy and swollen. There may be fever as well. This condition is the most dangerous of the three. If not treated promptly, the infection can cause scarring of the ducts and prevent nursing a later child.

REMEDIES FOR MASTITIS

Use hot compresses or soaks at least four times daily. Get plenty of bed rest. Breast infections are almost always a sign of too little rest. Regular naps or rest breaks are important too.
Nurse as often and as long as possible on the infected breast. A breast infection will not make the infant sick.
Propolis is collected and used by bees as glue. It has a history of use against infection in Russia and a strong following among midwives in North America. It is said to accelerate healing time by increasing the body’s metabolism and general resistance to disease. A dose of the tincture is 10 to 15 drops twice a day.
Echinacea root tincture is an excellent ally for any woman with mastitis. I use one-half drop per pound of body weight as a single dose. (For a woman who weighs 130 pounds, the dose is 65 drops or two dropperfuls.) The dose is repeated as often as twelve times a day until symptoms remiss. I continue taking Echinacea for at least a week after all symptoms have cleared.
Poke root (Phytolacca americana) tincture stimulates lymph gland activity and clears mastitis quickly. Poke root is potent and potentially toxic; the effect is cumulative. Use no more than two drops of the tincture daily. I combine poke with Echinacea for acute and severe infections.

POULTICES AND SOAKS FOR SORE BREASTS

Poultices, compresses and soaks are the best first aid for painful breasts. A poultice consists of fresh or cooked herbs placed directly on the breasts. A compress is prepared by soaking a cloth and applying that. And a soak is just that: – a soak in hot water.
Hot water alone has beneficial effects for women dealing with sore breasts, no matter what the cause. Hot water stimulates circulation and eases the tension in taut, swollen, breast tissues. Herbs infused in the water used to compress or soak increase the effectiveness.

When applying these external remedies, remember that frequent, consistent, short applications work better than sporadic, lengthy treatments. That is, six or seven treatments of five minutes each spread over the day will be more effective than one treatment lasting for thirty minutes. If infection is present, discard any plant material and wash the poultice materials after each use so as to prevent the spread of the infection.

Soak the breasts in a sink full of warm water. Fill the sink, lean over, and immerse one or both breasts. You can massage the milk out while soaking to further relieve engorgement and ease pain.

Place a handful of fresh or dried parsley leaves in a clean cotton diaper and tie it closed with a rubber band. Put in a pan of water and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Apply the hot (fresh) parsley as a poultice or use the (dried) herb still tied in the diaper as a compress to ease swollen and painful breasts.

Prepare fresh or dried comfrey leaves the same way as parsley. A hot compress or poultice of comfrey leaves soothes sore nipples, softens engorged tissues, reduces the pain of swollen breasts, and helps unblock tubes and ducts. It is generally considered safe to use comfrey root preparations externally, but nursing mothers may be understandably leery to use them for fear of injuring her infant’s liver.

A cold poultice of grated raw potato can draw out the heat of inflammation, localize infection and unblock clogged tubes. Grated raw potato is applied directly to the breasts, and covered with a clean cloth. When dry, it is removed and replaced with fresh grated potato.

Marshmallow roots make wonderful soaks that soothe tender tissues and sore nipples, open clogged ducts and tubes, powerfully draw out infection, and diminish the pain of engorged, inflamed breasts. Steep two ounces of dried marshmallow root overnight in half a gallon of water just off the boil. The texture of the finished brew should be slippery and slimy. Heat as needed, pouring the hot liquid into a sink or basin and soak your sore and aching breasts.

Infused herbal oils – such as those made from the flowers of calendula, elder, or dandelion, or from the roots of yellow dock – can ease the pain of tender breasts and sore nipples. Buy them ready-made. Or make them yourself: Gently warm a handful of dried or fresh blossoms in just enough olive oil to cover; keep warm for 20 minutes. Strain, cool, and rub into nipples and breasts whenever there is pain or sensitivity.

PREVENTING SORE NIPPLES

Sore nipples heal rapidly, often within a day or two, but it is still easier to prevent them than to heal them. Nipple sprays intended to prevent sore nipples have been shown to be ineffective, but the following Wise Woman remedies are safe and effective. Note: Persistently or suddenly sore nipples may indicate a thrush infection. Further symptoms of thrush include pink, flaky skin and itchy nipples.√

~ Continue to nurse. Neither sore nipples nor thrush are helped by discontinuing nursing; in fact, they may be remedied by more frequent nursing.

~ Expose the nipples and breasts to the air as much as possible to discourage the growth of thrush. Avoid wearing a bra 24 hours a day. Wear nursing bras with the flaps down whenever possible.

~ Expose the nipples and breasts to sunlight for brief periods to strengthen tissues. Increase gradually from thirty seconds in the sun to a maximum of three minutes.

~ Olive oil, sweet almond oil, lanolin, or comfrey ointment rubbed into the nipples throughout the latter part of the pregnancy and the beginning weeks of nursing create healthy, flexible tissues very resistant to cracks, tears, and chapping.

~ Experiment with different nursing positions until you find those in which you are completely comfortable, with the entire areola (dark area) in the baby’s mouth, nipple centered.

~ Offer your breast often. Reducing the number of feedings can make the baby so hungry that it tears at the breast.

~ Avoid soap, cologne, deodorant and powder on your nipples or breasts. Do not wash nipples with soap. Soap predisposes the nipples to chapping and cracking.

REMEDIES FOR SORE NIPPLES

~ Crushed ice wrapped in a wet cloth, or a frozen gauze pad, applied to the nipples immediately before nursing is a good local pain killer. This cold treatment also helps bring out soft or small nipples and helps baby feed more easily when the breasts are very full.

~ Comfrey ointment softens and strengthens nipples at the same time. It is exceptionally soothing to sensitive nipples and rapidly heals any fissures or bruises.

~ Yarrow leaf poultices – or yarrow infused oil – provide almost instantaneous pain relief and heal cracked nipples rapidly.

~ Any of the poultices described for painful breasts may be used advantageously. Comfrey and marshmallow are especially effective. Many brief poultices work better than one or two lengthy sessions.
~ 
The gel from a fresh aloe vera leaf will soothe and heal sore and cracked nipples.

~ Calendula ointment is an old favorite to heal and strengthen nipples. CAUTION: Ointments containing antibiotics, steroids and anesthetic (painkilling) drugs are potentially harmful to both mother and infant.

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REFERENCES AND RESOURCES

The Complete Book of Breastfeeding, Sally Olds and Marvin Eiger; 1972 Bantam Books
Nursing Your Baby, Karen Pryor; 1973, Simon and Schuster
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League, 1963.
Breastfeeding Basics, Cecelia Worth; 1983 McGraw Hill
La Leche League, 9616 Minneapolis Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131
Aftercare: Sharon Hamilton; Babies Grow on Milk and Kisses; Arny Galblum Booklets available from Emma Goldman Clinic for Women, 715 Dodge Street, Iowa Cily, IA 52240
The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra; Unity Press

Early Development and Food Imprinting for Longterm Health by Karen Ranzi, M.A.

pregnant Early Development and Food Imprinting for Longterm Health

by Karen Ranzi, M.A.

The food a pregnant woman consumes will lay down the health and genetic code for her child for the rest of his or her life. What the mother eats and how she feels about herself, her emotional life, affects every aspect of the childʼs development.
Breastfeeding follows Natureʼs plan for childrenʼs development. Human milk is perfect for the human babyʼs digestive system, just as cow milk is perfect for the calf, and goat milk is perfect for the kid goatʼs digestion. When animals suckle the milk of their own species, more energy is available for development of the offspringʼs body and brain.
From a 2007 study, the journal Pediatrics reports the importance of the mother eating plentiful amounts of fruits and veggies while breastfeeding, as “Then baby will probably like them.” This study was designed to test the influence of early sensory experiences on the development of healthy eating patterns.

Flavors from the motherʼs diet are transmitted through amniotic fluid and motherʼs milk. Therefore, a baby learns the tastes of specific foods when mother consumes those foods on a regular basis. If babies like the tastes of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, then we get them off to an early start of lifelong healthy eating habits.
Another article in Science Daily December 2010 reveals “a motherʼs own eating habits, and whether she views her child as a picky eater, has a huge impact on whether the child consumes enough fruits and vegetables. What and how mothers eat is the most direct influence on what toddlers eat.”

It is fundamental that the infant receive mainly motherʼs milk for most of the first year of life. The child should not be given solid food to chew until equipped with many teeth.
When starting solid foods the mother should introduce a food similar to the protein in motherʼs milk….fresh, ripe, organic fruit such as ripe banana. Children who begin eating before theyʼre ready often develop allergies.
Victoria Boutenko, in her article “The Imprinting of Eating Habits” writes: “Lifelong food preferences start to develop while a baby is still in the womb. The strongest pattern for future food preferences is formed during the ages of 9 to 18 months. At this time, everything connected with food intake leaves a strong imprint on the childʼs brain.”

Diets low in fruits and vegetables at young ages pose increased risks for chronic diseases later in life.
We know smoking, alcohol, and caffeine are harmful to the human body but are we aware that diets high in cooked food, animal flesh and products, especially dairy, wheat and other glutinous grains, and processed and refined foods can all cause problems for us?
A healthy diet, loaded in nutrient density from fresh plant foods, can replenish, hydrate and nourish the entire body and skin from the inside out. The raw food lifestyle truly does create beauty from within.

Women and their relationship to food and their body are very powerful, greatly impacting the unborn child and the children in their life.
Those who significantly increase the healthful organic fresh plant foods in their lifestyle will see positive changes in their energy, mental clarity, and overall immunity. Research has shown that 50% of the protein and 70 to 90% of the vitamins and minerals are destroyed when food is heated. When food is heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit, many of the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids begin to break down. You may be consuming many calories but they are essentially “empty” calories as you arenʼt getting the nutrients your body needs to function properly.
Some people feel hungry after a big meal because they didnʼt receive the necessary nutrients the body is craving.

In October 2011 in the journal Cell, it was reported that “green vegetables, from bok choy to broccoli, are the source of a chemical signal that is important to a fully functioning immune system. They do this by ensuring that immune cells in the gut and the skin known as intra-epithelial lymphocytes (IELs) function properly.”
And finally and most crucial, the human body requires high water content food as our body is 72% water from our blood and cellular tissues, and the water content needs to be continually replaced. Cooked and processed foods and animal products are depleted of water content. Only fresh uncooked fruits and vegetables provide the necessary water we need.
Are you ready to increase the fresh plant nutrients in your family diet for longevity and vibrant health?

Copyright 2012 Karen Ranzi
Karen Ranzi, author of Creating Healthy Children, motivational speaker, raw/living food
coach can be reached at karen@superhealthychildren.com or (201) 934-6778.
www.superhealthychildren.com

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