FDA Issues Asthma Drug Warnings

April 9th, 2006

The Asthma Medication Advair and a related drug will bear stronger warnings of an increased risk of death associated with one of their ingredients.

The revised warnings apply to Advair and Serevent, Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Laura Alvey said. Advair is GlaxoSmithKline’s best-selling product, and Serevent is another of the British company’s drugs.

The updated versions of the “black-box” warnings on both drugs caution that salmeterol, one of the active ingredients in Advair and the active ingredient in Serevent, may increase the risk of asthma-related death. Black-box warnings are the most severe warnings the FDA can require of prescription drugs.

Advair should be used only by patients when other asthma drugs, such as low- to medium-dose inhaled corticosteroids, don’t work or if their asthma is severe enough to merit use of two medications, the revised warning says.

As for Serevent, it should only be used as an additional medication when the low- to medium-dose inhaled corticosteroids aren’t sufficient or, again, if the asthma is serious enough to merit use of two drugs.

The FDA in November asked that the labels be updated for the two drugs, along with a third, Foradil.

Foradil’s manufacturer, Novartis, remains in talks with the FDA and no final decision has been reached, said Julie Lux, a spokeswoman for Schering-Plough Corp., which markets Foradil in the United States.

GlaxoSmithKline said in a statement that it was pleased to reach an agreement with the FDA on the label changes to its two drugs.

“The new product labels communicate the benefit-risk profile of Serevent and Advair and help guide physicians in making appropriate prescribing decisions,” the company said. In November, however, it maintained that the drugs already came with sufficient warning. The company reported in February that sales of Advair, sold as Seretide in the United Kingdom, Rose 22 percent last year to $5.2 billion.

The FDA last Friday released new medications guides for patients using the two GlaxoSmithKline drugs. The letters urge asthmatics using the drugs to talk to their doctors about the relative risks and benefits of the medicines.

The agency said a large U.S. study found that more people using the asthma drugs died from their asthma compared with those taking dummy medication. The number of asthma deaths in the study was small, however: just 13 out of 13,176 patients.

The drugs help with long-term control and prevention of asthma symptoms like Wheezing and Shortness of Breath. They help the muscles around the airways in the lungs stay relaxed.

On November 18, 2005, FDA alerted health care professionals and patients that several long-acting bronchodilator medicines have been associated with possible increased risk of worsening Wheezing (bronchospasm) in some people, and requested that manufacturers update warnings in their existing product labeling.

On March 2, 2006, FDA approved new safety labeling and Medication Guides for patients for Serevent Diskus (salmeterol xinafoate) and Advair Diskus (fluticasone propionate; salmeterol xinafoate).

Provided courtesy of the Associate Press (AP) and FDA

The Age of Autism: Mercury ban opposed

April 9th, 2006

By Dan Olmsted

Representatives of 22 medical organizations have written to all members of Congress opposing efforts to ban the mercury-based preservative thimerosal from Vaccines.

“Our organizations respectfully wish to state our opposition to all legislative efforts at the federal and state levels to restrict access to Vaccines containing thimerosal, an ethylmercury-based preservative,” said the letter dated April 3 from “Multiple National Organizations that Support Safe and Effective Vaccines.”

The groups said that banning the preservative in Vaccines for children and Pregnant women — as several states have done and legislation in Congress proposes — would “perpetuate false and misleading information that Vaccines are not safe. Parents may see the banning of thimerosal as an admission that Vaccine safety oversight is inadequate.”

In fact, the letter said, “There has been considerable research on this issue since the 1999 precautionary statement of the U.S. Public Health Service and the American Academy of Pediatrics and there is no documented scientific evidence that ethylmercury in the form of thimerosal in the doses administered in Vaccines causes any risk to health.”

The letter also cited concerns that bans could trigger “ongoing Vaccine shortages or inability to deliver care. … Limit the nation’s inability to quickly administer Influenza Vaccine in the U.S. when a pandemic strikes. … Lead to increased costs for Vaccines. … Add more complexity to our present Vaccine delivery system. … Profoundly affect global immunization programs, as do many U.S. Vaccine policy decision.”

At issue are concerns raised by parents and some scientists that increasing exposure to thimerosal in childhood Vaccines during the 1990s may have triggered a huge rise in Autism diagnoses. In 1999 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others recommended manufacturers phase out thimerosal as soon as possible to limit exposure.

In 2004 the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies said it found no connection and that future research should go to “more promising” areas.

Yet concerns have persisted, in part because some Flu Vaccines still contain thimerosal, and the CDC has recommended the Vaccines for all Pregnant women and for children ages 6 months to 5 years.

Those concerns have prompted several states — including New York, Illinois, California, Iowa, Delaware and most recently Washington state — to enact bans over the opposition of the CDC and state medical associations.

At the same time, pressure has mounted for more studies of potential health problems of thimerosal and Vaccines in general. Last week U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said she will introduce a bill this month to force the federal government to study the Autism rate in never-vaccinated American children.

In a letter to Congressional health policy staff that accompanied the groups’ statement opposing a thimerosal ban, Diane C. Peterson of the Immunization Action Coalition said: “As you may be aware, recent media attention has been given to the role of thimerosal in Vaccines and the development of Autism. The 22 national organizations that have signed this letter, as well as many others, stand behind the enormous amount of scientific evidence that shows no link exists between thimerosal in Vaccines and the development of Autism.

“Please oppose all anti-thimerosal legislative proposals and help further (the) nation’s work in protecting children and adults against Vaccine-preventable diseases.”

The signers include representatives of the following groups:

Ambulatory Pediatric Association; American Academy of Family Physicians; American Academy of Physician Assistants; American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; American College of Preventive Medicine; American Liver Foundation; American Medical Directors Association; American Pharmacists Association; Association of Immunization Program Managers; Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists; Every Child by Two; Hepatitis B Foundation; Hepatitis Foundation International; Immunization Action Coalition; Infectious Diseases Society of America; National Coalition on Adult Immunization; National Foundation for Infectious Diseases; Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases; Pediatric Infectious Disease Society; Society for Adolescent Medicine; Society of Teachers of Family Medicine; Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Cranberry Lip Gloss

April 9th, 2006

1 tablespoon Almond Oil 10 fresh cranberries 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon petroleum jelly (optional - for more shine)

Mix together all ingredients and place in a microwave or heat-resistant container. Heat in the microwave or a water bath until the mixture just begins to boil (1-2 minutes in the microwave). Stir well and gently mash the berries. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Strain the mixture through a fine sieve to remove all pieces of cranberry. Stir and allow to cool completely. When cool, spoon into a clean container.

Tuning (Harmonic Healing)

April 9th, 2006

TUNING is the process of utilizing a Tuning Fork that is made up of a handle and two tines (tines; eg. pointed part). Tuning is a form of Sound Therapy. When struck by a rubber hammer, the tines vibrate and emit interruptions in surrounding air molecules. As one tine streams outward from its original positioning, surrounding air molecules are compressed within a compact area of space.

The Tuning Fork then creates a high-pressure area beside the tine. When the Tuning Fork tine moves inward, the tine expands and creates a low-pressure area next to itself. High pressure segments of the Tuning Fork are considered compressions and low pressure segments of the Tuning Fork are known as rarefactions.

While the Tuning Fork vibrates, a fluctuation of high and low pressure areas are produced. These segmented areas then move through the surrounding air and transport one sound wave from one location to another.

The theory behind Tuning Forks and Harmonic Healing is that emitted Sound Waves premote self-healing, deep Relaxation and restore mind and body balance. Tuning, or Harmonic Healing sessions are also said to reduce Stress, muscular Tension, spasms and pain. Claims of increased blood flow and circulation by freeing constriction of specific organs are also products of Tuning Fork therapy.

Tuning sessions are also known to transcend individuals to higher levels of consciousness and enable one to access deep, spiritual insights.

Reflexology Massage Techniques

April 9th, 2006

Slide and Press

Place both thumbs on the heel and slide each thumb from the centre of the sole to the edge of the foot. Alternate the thumbs by using the right and then the left as you work up the foot towards the toes.

Loosening the foot with a back-forth movement 
To accomplish this, first place the palms of the hands on either side of the foot with the fingers on the top of the foot. Ensure to keep the hands relaxed.

Gently push the foot forward with your left hand and pull the foot back with your right hand. Continue with this movement, alternating between pushing and pulling the foot back and forth. Keep the hands relaxed but firm, and in contact with the foot. Repeat about five times until you feel that the foot is relaxed. Then repeat the process on the other foot. This movement helps to release Tension.

Toe Rotation 
In this movement we have the equivalent effect of rotating the neck, and this accordingly helps to loosen up the neck area. Nervous Tension is located in the neck area and correspondingly the two big toes may be very stiff. 


Holding the Big Toe

 

Holding, Rotating other Toes

Basic Thumb Technique

In Reflexology you use your thumbs mainly to work the reflexes on the soles, and sometimes the sides, of the feet. Working with the first joint of your thumb, you “walk” forward along the reflex by successively bending and unbending the joint a little way. It is the inside or medial edge of the thumb that makes contact with the foot, not the tip or the ball (the part that touches the table if you put your hand down flat).

When the thumb is at the correct angle, the joint is not bent too far, allowing greater accuracy and smoothness of technique, as shown. Bending the joint over too far (below) not only strains it but also means that the person you are working on may feel your nail. The fingers of the “working” hand wrap around the top of the foot to provide leverage.

Index Finger Technique
The index finger comes into play when you are working on the top and side of the foot. Once again, you make contact with the inside or medial edge of the finger, bending the first joint slightly to “walk” or creep forward. This time, the thumb gives leverage from the other side of the foot and pushes the metatarsal head forward, to make working the top of the foot easier.

Practice the movement until you can execute it smoothly, keeping your pressure steady. Try “walking” over a painful reflex in one direction with your left index finger, then come back over it with your right.
As with the thumb, when you use your index finger correctly the joint is only slightly bent and the inside edge of the finger works the reflex, as shown . If you flex the finger too steeply and use the fingertip, as below, much of your contact with the skin is lost and you risk digging your nail into the person receiving treatment.

Hooking
Support the foot well in your “holding” hand and place the thumb of your “working” hand on a reflex area. Now hook the thumb in and back up sharply, to one side (in this instance, towards the outside).

This technique is useful for homing in on a particularly small reflex and for working on parts of the foot where the skin is tough, such as the heel. Like a bee inserting a sting, you push your thumb into the reflex, then pull it back. The leverage of the fingers is crucial here, as the technique demands great precision.

Reflex Rotation

Specifically designed to help “work out” a painful reflex, this technique is used on the reflexes to the upper abdominal area of both feet (i.e. between the Waist Line and Diaphragm Line). You should apply it if you come across a particularly tender area, keeping your thumb in position while you rotate the foot around it, as shown.

After a few minutes of reflex rotation, you will find that the pain has diminished considerably. Go gently, being careful to avoid digging your thumbnail in.

Press your “working” thumb gently onto the reflex. Now use the “holding” hand to rotate the upper foot around the thumb, clockwise then anti-clockwise.

The precise reactions which take place when the foot is massaged are not fully understood, although it is accepted that the treatment has a very positive effect on the Nervous system and on blood circulation. The improvement to the blood circulation therefore has a beneficial effect on the vital transportation of nutrients to the tissues, and the removal from those tissues of waste products.

Reflexology FAQ

April 9th, 2006

What Is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the science or method of stimulating reflexes of the foot, hand or ear that correspond to each gland, organ and part of the body. Stimulation of these reflexes serves to Relax and normalize all functions of the body in order to promote a natural balance and revitalization. In ancient times, walking barefoot over rocks and hard ground naturally stimulated these reflexes every day.

By applying pressure on specific areas of the feet or hands, a Reflexologist can stimulate corresponding organs or glands. For instance, pressure is applied to the big toe to affect the pituitary gland and the four other toes are stimulated to affect to the brain, sinuses, eyes and ears. Because internal organs like the lungs and the kidneys can not be directly massaged, reflexologists believe that the feet, hands, and ears are an appropriate alternative.

Does Reflexology cure diseases or ailments?

Reflexology is not intended to cure diseases or ailments. Reflexologists are not medical practitioners and are not allowed to diagnose ailments or treat disease. Reflexology can be a valuable way of indicating areas where higher Stress or Tension is present in the body and can assist to relieve that Stress or Tension which can promote or encourage the natural Healing Process.

What are the similarities between Reflexology and Acupressure?

In Reflexology and Acupressure, the fingers and thumbs are used to exert pressure on various parts of the body to relieve pain and promote healing.

The key to both Reflexology and Acupressure is the concept of chi, the vital life force energy flowing throughout the body. Indeed, in Chinese medicine, practitioners seek to balance and harmonize the body to ensure an uninterrupted flow of chi. This is the foundation of the Chinese healing arts. Hands on Healing, by the Editors of Prevention Magazine, describes the human body as “a network of highways and byways called meridians. These meridians weave through every one of the body’s vital organs, the bloodstream, …the bones and through the muscles. Along these roads travel not cars and trucks but chi.” Illness occurs when chi is blocked in the organs or along these meridians. According to Hands on Healing, “with the touch of the fingers can influence the flow of chi, and most important break up the traffic jams that can rob one of Vitality and good health.” Theory aside, the important thing is that Acupressure and Reflexology work and are easy to learn.

What is the difference between Reflexology and Acupressure?

The main difference between the two is in theory and technique, but for all practical purposes they can be used together for relief of pain, associated Anxiety and Depression as well as other physical, mental and emotional conditions or dysfunction.

In Reflexology, pressure is applied with the fingers and thumbs to specific points on the feet, ears, or hands. These points correspond to different parts of the body such as the back, various muscle groups, and internal organs.

Acupressure is an ancient healing technique, in which finger or thumb pressure is placed on specific points on the body. Acupressure is similar in principle to acupuncture, in which needles are inserted. The main distinction between Reflexology and Acupressure is that in Acupressure points all over the body are activated, whereas in Reflexology, these points are largely limited to the ears, feet, and hands.

What does Reflexology do?

Reflexology can relieve Tension and promote Relaxation. Medical studies show that over 75% of all health problems can be linked to Tension and Stress. Our modern lifestyles not only cause a great deal of this Stress, but also do nothing to relieve it. In ancient times, we had Stress of a different nature, and due to the ancient lifestyle, were able to naturally treat Tension and Stress without even realizing it.

How does it work?

There are many theories about how Reflexology works, but the most commonly held belief is that Reflexology acts to Relax those reflexes that in turn are connected to various parts of the body, improving lymphatic drainage and circulation as well as relaxing muscles and stimulating nerve connections. Reflexology is primarily a Relaxation technique, and while research clearly indicates that Reflexology benefits patients health in both chronic and other ailments, it is not a substitute for medical treatment, and should be considered as complementary to any type of medical treatment. Extensive research on Reflexology has validated the effectiveness of Reflexology.

What does a Reflexologist do in a session?

A Reflexologist aims to provide a healing “environment” for a client. Prior to the session, the client’s medical history is discussed. After an inspection of the feet and hands, the Reflexologist will individually stimulate each foot and/or each hand. The bottom, top and sides of the feet and/or hands receive a thorough massage. By taking into account the needs of a client, a Reflexologist will vary the amounts of pressure on different areas of the foot and hand. Cream is applied to the feet at the end of the Reflexology session. The entire process requires approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Is Reflexology new?

Although recently becoming much more popular and accepted in Western society, Reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years by Egyptians, Native American cultures and Mayan and Incan civilizations. It is widely accepted in many European countries as an accepted therapy. Modern Reflexology has its origins in the late 1930’s, thanks to Eunice Ingham.

Is Reflexology the same as Massage, Acupuncture, Acupressure or Shiatsu?

Reflexology is not the same as massage, which involves tissue and muscle therapy to promote Relaxation. Acupuncture, Acupressure and Shiatsu are similar in some respects to Reflexology in their use of reflexes or meridians of the body as they relate to the gland, organs and parts of the body, however Reflexology focuses on Relaxation of those reflexes through manipulation to reduce Stress and Tension. The other therapies are based on the belief that ‘Chi’ or energy flows through the meridians and that the therapy improves the flow of ‘Chi’ by reducing or eliminating blockages.

What are the benefits of Reflexology?

Reflexology primarily eases Stress and Tension, which in turn can improve blood circulation, lymph drainage, assist in the Elimination of Toxins, and strengthening of the Immune System. It enables the body’s natural healing processes to promote wellness. Read more on the benefits of Reflexology here.

Who can receive Reflexology sessions?

Anyone can benefit from Reflexology, including children, the elderly and the sick. Reflexology is safe and drug-free, so any person can begin Reflexology sessions as soon as they wish.

Can Reflexology make a condition worse?

No. Reflexology is a non-invasive natural therapy that relaxes the body and is essentially harmless. On rare occasions, release of toxins as a result of the body’s natural Healing Process may result in symptoms such as perspiration, Nausea or Headaches, however these symptoms are not directly related to Reflexology, and are temporary and not serious.

Can I have Reflexology if I have a verruca, or corns?

Verrucas are generally considered to be contagious, so for hygiene reasons they should be treated before you can have Reflexology, corns are best removed before a treatment as they can get in the way, but you can have a treatment with corns.

How can Reflexology help my sinus problem, when you’re treating my feet, and my sinus is in my head?

Reflexology acts on nerve endings in the feet relating to the whole body, by applying pressure to the sinus reflex in the feet we are relieving the symptoms of sinus in the head.

Do you have to be ill to have Reflexology?

No, Reflexology is used to maintain good health as well as treat ill health.

Can I give myself Reflexology treatments?

YES, definitely! That is one of the coolest things about Reflexology, it is easy to learn and you can be just as effective using it on yourself as a professional Reflexologist treatment. Browse through this site to see the various books, tools and charts we have to help you learn this powerful healing technique.

Are there specific sessions for different types of clients?

Generally, a Reflexologist will administer lighter and shorter sessions on seniors, Pregnant women, the sick and children. However, it is recommended that these same types of clients receive Reflexology more frequently.

How can I become a Reflexologist?

The regulations regarding practicing Reflexology vary from country to country and within countries can also vary by state or province. In some cases municipal or city licenses may be required to practice natural health care. The best way to investigate becoming a Reflexologist is to contact your closest Reflexology Association. The amount of classroom and practical training as well as written examinations also varies greatly. although Reflexology Associations are striving to ensure that all practitioners are well trained and certified in most regions. Using a well trained Reflexologist who is certified by an accredited school and/or Association is recommended.

Is Reflexology a good career?

Reflexology is quickly gaining in world-wide recognition as an excellent way towards providing and maintaining health care for all ages. A good Reflexologist has sensitive and strong hands. Personal cleanliness and a professional outlook are important. For those who choose self-employment, good business sense is essential. Remember, it takes time and persistence to develop professional skills and a successful practice. This profession is best suited to those who are committed to helping people, and who are able to sustain a challenging work routine.

The Importance of Touch

April 9th, 2006

Through the simple process of touch, Reflexology is so effective in the Healing Process. In the hi-tech world that we live in, touch has taken second place to machines.

Physiotherapists are now using machines instead of their hands. Doctors use machines to scan bodies and no longer rely on their hands for diagnosis. People have forgotten how to hug one another. They now shake hands. They walk past one another in the streets and do not even greet each other.

Electric blankets are used to keep warm in bed - human arms have become redundant. Healing takes place through an exchange of human energies and not through an exchange of electricity.

There is sufficient evidence that over-exposure to electricity increases the risk of cancer. Even living near high voltage pylons is reputed to deplete the Immune System.

Research was done in an orphanage in London where the mortality rate of babies was very high. People were paid to come into the orphanage and to play with an experimental group of babies. The mortality rate remained the same for the babies in the control group but the experimental group babies who were played with every day showed a higher survival rate.

When you are feeling down in the dumps and someone hugs you, you immediately feel better. This occurs because of the exchange of human energies and since positive energy can be used to destroy negative energy, you change the energy field of the person and they will immediately feel better.

All of us have the gift of healing in our hands. You instinctively use your hands to heal. When you bang your knee, you automatically put your hand on it. When a child bangs his head against something, you put your hand on his head. You are transmitting healing energy without even knowing it.

The Benefits of Reflexology

April 9th, 2006

Thousands of specific benefits have been reported from people who have received Reflexology sessions. The broad range of reported benefits can be divided into several categories.

  • Stress reduction, profound Relaxation, for all parts of the body,
  • Pain reduction and pain elimination, such as in the neck, shoulders, lower back and jaw,
  • Improved circulation resulting in better oxygen and nutrient supply to all the cells of the body,
  • Detoxification, improved organ and gland function,
  • Feeling better, greater productivity, enriched quality of life,
  • Normalization of body functions,
  • Prevention by reducing accumulated Stress in the body before health challenges develop,
  • Safe nurturing touch.

Reflexology: Hidden benefits of Reflexology by Helen Thompson (Healing Holistix)

When a client of mine asked if she could bring her sister, who had learning disabilities, for a Reflexology treatment with me, I was only too glad to concur. When the appointment day arrived, the young lady’s mother accompanied her and explained to me that her daughter had been born with learning disabilities (she was now in her thirties) and that the only diagnosis that doctors had given her was that something probably went wrong during birth.

My client was very cheerful, did not appear Nervous, but was unable to reply to my enquiries about her health and lifestyle - her mother did this for me, telling me she was in good general health mainly (apart from Rosacea) and that one thing she constantly talked about was getting married! She loved to look at magazines where there were pictures of brides’ dresses and related details and often imagined herself to be dressed in one. However, emotionally she was very detached from people, even her mother and two sisters.

During the treatment, she was unable to communicate any tender spots on her feet, which were very smooth & unlined, although I encountered several gritty points especially on the head zone and the pituitary and pineal points. She did, however, say that she was enjoying it and loved the feeling of her feet being rubbed. I gave her a specially thorough post-treatment foot massage because of this. As they were about to leave, the young lady gave me a really big hug and thanked me for the time I had spent with her. I am quite used to this, but was a little surprised to see the look of astonishment on her mother’s face.

The next day, her mother phoned me to say that she had never, ever, seen her daughter give anyone a hug - not even to her, and that was why she had been so amazed at her response to the treatment. She also told me that, during the evening, when her daughter had been sitting up in her bedroom dressed only in her underwear, as she was accustomed to do every night, the mother had called up to her that she was going down to the shop to make a few purchases. Instead of the OK that she expected, the girl called down to her to wait a moment while she got dressed, and she would accompany her on the walk to the shop. This was so unusual that the mother could hardly believe her ears. The daughter came down dressed, and walked to the shop and back with her, lacing her arm in her mother’s on the way back. This may sound like a very small breakthrough to many people, but the mother was moved to tears when she was telling me this.

Reflexology treats all the organs of the body through the feet, but not only this - it clears blocked energy pathways throughout the body enabling organs and glands to function properly and in a holistic way. When a blockage is removed from one area, this in turn promotes the free flow of energy to a related area, and so on. It can show benefits to the physical body or, as in this case, to the emotional body so that the heart can stimulate the brain into alternative ways of thinking or behaving. The fact that a client cannot tell us what is felt during a treatment, is therefore no indication as to the level of benefit that the treatment can bestow upon the mind, body and spirit.

Crystal Healing FAQ

April 9th, 2006

Crystals or Gemstones are potent sources of energy which can be used as an aid to healing. During a Crystal Healing therapy session, universal energy is channelled through the healer and this energy is magnified with the use of Crystals.

Each crystal has unique properties that deal with specific issues.

The Crystals used in healing are chosen, not by the healer, but by the client’s higher self. This is done by making a connection with the client using a pendulum and a method known as dowsing. There are many methods of healing with Crystals. Some, such as relieving a headache or toothache, can take as little as five minutes while full healings can take between 60-90 minutes or longer.

What can Crystal Healing heal?

Essentially, Crystal Healing helps you heal yourself. This is not a quick fix or an alternative solution to conventional medicine but a complimentary therapy. Crystal Healing works with physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual problems with a view to removing the dis-ease and making you at ease with yourself. This in turn will bring relief from physical pain and help you move your life forward.

How does Crystal Healing work?

Crystal Healing works by using the Crystals to interact with the energy field that surrounds you and energy points known as chakras. Whilst this is all invisible to the eye, the client usually experiences some physical sensation as energy blockages are moved. Sensations can vary from heat, cold, tingling, heaviness, etc and pain is drawn out.

How can a crystal which is just a lump of rock help the Healing Process?

Lumps of rock known as Quartz are used world wide to power many things from wristwatches to lighters. This example shows that man has already harnessed and used crystal energy in the material world. Crystal Healing and uses crystal energy to heal in the metaphysical world but that healing impacts on your physical self at an emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical level.

Do I need any particular belief?

No. Crystal Healing has no concern for your religious or spiritual belief. It has even worked for those that are sceptical about such techniques. All you need is the will to work with your healer to heal yourself. The Healing Process is something that is discussed during your consultation.

How do I choose Crystals for myself?

There are many ways to choose crystals: for their Beauty, because you are drawn to a particular color, or because the description of a crystal’s energies appeal to you either intuitively or because its characteristics correspond to an issue you are ready to work on.

It can help to make a list of what is missing or what you’d like to have more in your life. Then look at descriptions of Crystals.

Why would I clear a crystal?

When you first get a crystal, in order to make it yours you want to remove from it all energy which is neither yours or the crystal’s. After you’ve been working with it for a while you’ll want to remove any energy you may have released into it.

How can I Meditate with Crystals?

There are many ways. You can simply sit with a crystal in your hand and make feeling its energy part of the Meditation. You can place Crystals on body areas which correspond to chakra points. You can also Meditate with Crystals to which you are drawn, either holding them or, again, placing them on your body.

Is it true that a crystal only works for you if someone gives it to you?

No. However, when a crystal is a gift of love it can hold a special kind of energy.

Which are better, rough or tumbled stones?

There’s no overall “better.” When a stone forms into points and clusters, I prefer to use them because their energy has not been altered. Stones which don’t usually appear in such formations, such as chrysocolla, Malachite, and Rhodochrosite, are often enhanced by being polished. Certainly, they are often more beautiful. When a stone is carved into a shape with particular meaning, i.e., spheres, eggs, pyramids, this can also heighten its power.

What’s the difference between natural Crystals and Austrian Crystals?

Natural Crystals are found in the earth, where they were formed millions of years ago. They come in a variety of mineral compositions, colors, and shapes. Austrian Crystals are human-made, and can also be called leaded glass.

Stone Correspondences

April 9th, 2006

Aventurine Stimulates the heart chakra to aid in healing on the physical plane, place in a purse or pocket to attract money. Venus, Uranus. Joy, balance, clarity.

Agate Earth, For grounding & balance. For strength, protection and support. AIDS strength and courage. Compels truth, promotes good manners, happiness, intelligence, prosperity, longevity, Fertility, and good health. Assists in making and keeping friends, helpful to farmers and those interested in growing plants. Aid in restoration of energy, used in healing, and believed to bring wearer happiness, wealth, health, and long life. Increases ability to ward off self-induced anger and inner bitterness.

Alexandrite Stimulates sexual powers. Stimulates happiness, good fortune, sucess. Warm and loving stone.

Amazonite Regulates thinking faculties. Hope stone. Strengthens physical Stamina.

Amber Mercury. High electrical charge for positive energy. Harmonizes Yin and Yang. Reduces Fluid Retention and helps to Detoxify the urinary system. Filters germs and infections and has the power to disinfect. Worn around the neck to help fight infection and respiratory diseases. Lifts the spirits.

Amethyst Venus,Jupiter, Pluto. Eases compulsive/obsessive behavior (desire for food, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc) calms an Overactive Mind, increases Self-Esteem, AIDS sleep. Relieves Headaches. Enhances your mind, intuition and insights concerning practical things. Assists those to maintain faithfulness, gives wearer the gift of tongues, increases spiritual awareness, has calming and soothing influence, has ability to transmute negative into positive, very effective as a healing stone.

Aquamarine Neptune. Tranquility, sooths the heart, inspires compassion. Assists inspiration, favorable for travelers; helps to protect against accidents. Calms Nervous Tension. Calming effects of the sea. Used to help banish fears and phobias. Soothing and cleansing. Powerful aid to happiness in marriage.

Azurite Saturn. Developement of intuition, understanding and communication of Universal Law. Reduces personal Stress and Relax inner confusion. Powerful healing stone, invokes spiritual guidance, opens psychic eye. Good for dreams and improving psychic ability.

Bloodstone Earth. Physical healer, mental balancer, removes toxins from blood, combats physical Trauma, stimulates blood circulation and stops hemorrhaging. Removes emotional blockages. A talisman for warding off all accidents and disease.

Calcite AIDS kidneys, pancreas, spleen. Balances male/female polarities. Alleviates fear, reduces Stress. Increases capacity for astral projection. Joy, lightness. Chakra throat.

Blue Celestite Neptune. Opens one up to the angelic realms. For detachment, clear perspective, divine inspiration.

Carnelian Saturn, Earth. Sacred to Isis. Protective, AIDS concentration. Access to past life data. Can motivate you, and give you energy to turn your ideas into form. Stimulates the sexual/creative chakra, promotes protective, healing, peaceful, harmonious and patient energy, also eases PMS. Wish Stone, is highly favorable to health, long life, and good fortune. Its special virtue is the fulfillment of one.s wishes if the stone is worn near the heart. (Orange in color)

Citrine Mercury, Mars. Bridge between higher and lower consciousness; transmutes fear. Helps to eliminate self-destructive tendencies, enhances courage and self-determination.

Coral Venus, Neptune. Love and harmony. Relieves throat and voice ailments, balances physical Endurance. Promises a long and happy married life, protects a child from evil influences, and safeguards the teenager during the highly emotional period. Balances physical energy and relaxes tensions. Carries the creative vibrations of the sea.

Diamond Absorbs all energies. Protects the wearer from bad dreams, demons and nightmares. A symbol of bravery and strength, and also one of the emblems of innocence.

Emerald Venus. Heart stone. Great harmonizer. Love, balance, understanding. AIDS neurological diseases. Gem of hope and faith. Enhances speech and can act as a natural tranquilizer when you are worried. Promotes creativity and fertile ideas. Carry to promote wealth and abundance. Promotes creativity, stimulates perception and insight, and strengthen memory. Beneficial effect on the eyes. Also an excellent preservative against decay, arrests dysentery, and heals bites from venomous animals.

Fluorite Neptune. Opens wearer to influence of other stones. Grounds excess energy. Considered a goodluck piece. Also called Fairy Gem. Manifests innermost wishes. Promotes well being; enhances concentration and Meditation. Powerful spirit guide.

Garnet Pluto, Mars. AIDS kundalini to ascend in proper channels. AIDS circulation. Balances thyroid disorders. Balance your energy system and stimulates your desires and uplift your attitude. Can prevent fears of insecurity and even money losses. Lucky stone-lucky for love, success and Goals. Balances hormones, good for mental Depression, enhances Self-Esteem, alleviates bad dreams, and encourages success in business. Thought to assist in seeing into past incarnations. Will ensure consistency in friendship and love, preserve health, and is generally fortunate. Vitality and passion. Stimulates happiness, peace, balance, patience, inspiration, persistence, good for rebirthing, menstruation and life passages, disorders, Fertility, eases Arthritis pain.

Hematite Saturn. Grounding, Focus, self discipline. Very strong stone; absorbs negativity. Gives optimism and courage. Calming to the emotions. Helps maintain balance between body, mind, and spirit. Use for fevers, alleviates worry and Anxiety as it allows for mental clarity, known as the “worry stone”.

Ivory Protects the physical body from injury.

Jade Venus, Neptune. Cooling, water element. Soothing, healing. Promotes healing of vital organs. Used to attract love and compassion, prolongs life and enhances livelihood. A most sacred stone and a symbol of divine revelation. Brings good fortune and health to its owner. Stimulates practicality, wisdom, and universal Attunement. Thought to provide a link between the spiritual and the mundane.

Jasper Promotes healing of gastric system and balance endocrine functioning. Stability stone. Reduces your insecurities, fears and guilt. Promotes physical Stamina. Aid and comfort during periods of female distress. One stone worn about the neck and another around the waist.

Jet Pluto. Sacred to Pan. Helps to confront darker aspects of self and nature. Personal protection stone for safety while traveling.

Kyanite Neptune, Pluto. Aligns chakras and subtle bodies.

Labradorite/Spectrolite Uranus, Pluto, Neptune. Opens heart chakra.

Lapis Lazuli Venus, Neptune. Throat chakra. Stone of teachers. Clarity and ease of expression of higher wisdom. Strengthens the physical body during spiritual awakening. Stimulates wisdom, truthfulness, & psychic experiences, healing and strengthening when worn next to the skin.

Malachite Venus. Solar plexus. Emotional balance. Strengthens physical and etheric eyes. Awakens healing qualities, it is said it helps to heal mental illness. Egyptions used it for safe-guarding Pregnancy. The stone will break into two to warn the owner of approaching danger. Promotes inner peace and hope. Used as a child’s talisman to sleep soundly & protect from bad dreams. Stimulates clear vision and insight, represents hope and inner peace, believed to protect from danger. Increases abundance in all areas of life. This stone supposedly has equal amounts of negative and positive forces, thereby adding to the balance of physical and spiritual life. Used to release repressed emotions and for physical detoxing.

Moldavite Pluto, Mercury, Moon. Astral Projection, access to akashic records, wider perspectives.

Moonstone Moon. Sacred to the Goddess, moonstone may be used to enhance the feminine, strengthen psychic abilities, and increase sensitivity to natural Cycles. Regulates the pituitary gland function. Lucky love stone. Aid in bringing forth memories of past lives, carried as a good luck piece. Brings good fortune. Reflects the wearers being and feelings. Promotes unselfishness. Opens the heart to humanitarian love and hope. Good for protection while traveling on water. Gives clarity to spiritual understanding. Good for pre-menstrual symptoms and balancing to the reproductive system. Used to ease childbirth. Sometimes called the Queen of the Heavens stone. Calming effect on emotions. Eases menstrual pain, alleviates many degenerative conditions in the skin, hair, eyes, and body fluids (tears, digestive juices).

Obsidian Pluto. Transforms energy and emotions in a very powerful way. Not to be worn as jewelry. Also a powerful grounding and protection stone. Boosts immunity. Helps to prevent emotional draining from others. Protective energy glass.

Onyx (black) Saturn. Stabilizing. Mirrors all aspects of the self, dark as well as light. Transformative. Protection and keeps away bothersome entanglements. Preserves against the bites of snakes and venomous insects, and assists in bringing marital happiness.

Opal Mercury. Links physical body to higher bodies, allowing greater access to cosmic consciousness. Keep away from other stones, it will absorb all energy. A stone of hope, positive actions, achievements and love.

Paua Shell Neptune. AIDS one in accessing the subconscious for emotional and artistic inspiration.

Pearl Venus. Purity, chastity, emotional clarity. Promotes antibodies and fights infection. Stimulates your femininity and helps with self-acceptance. Give a pearl to a child to help him or her grow in Beauty, especially a little girl. Stimulates feminine qualities, used to Focus attention, helps pull together mental and spiritual forces, peace of mind. Represents purity, modesty, & gentleness.

Peridot Mercury. Creates feeling of protection, allowing heart to open. Unblocks congestions. AIDS adrenal function. Use this stone as your sun stone to prevent personal darkness from your fears and guilts. If you become Depressed or fearful , a peridot can aid in changing your attitude for it may just radiate the sun’s energy as an additional resource to guide you.

Petrified wood Restores physical energy, helps hip and back problems. Ground and secures you, AIDS in preventing work Stress. Restores your physical energy.

Pyrite Mars. Vitality, strengthening of Will. Enhances mental capacity and attracts money to owner. Has protecting, shielding aspect for physical, mental, emotional levels. Shields from negative energy, strengthens circulatory system, clears oxygen in the blood. Also known as fools gold.

Quartz Uranus. Purifier, protector, spiritual awakener. Raises Vibratory rate. Enhances qualities of the bearer, raises the vibration of other stones with which it is stored or used. Used for directing energy. Amplifies healing energy. Used to help draw out pain. Able to tap into energies of the universe. Good stone for Meditating on. Very potent and often worn to protect from negative vibrations. Cleanse regularly.

Rhodochrosite Mercury, Venus. Holds any force field. Draws white light into the physical body. Prevents mental breakdowns, balances physical and emotional Trauma, a rescue/remedy stone. Can beautifully guide you in your quest for emotional happiness. Adds courage, will, passion to the loving heart vibration. Represents love of God. Milky pink stone with definition.

Rhodonite Restores physical energy, especially following Trauma or shock, another rescue stone. Attracts or keeps a loving partner. Pink stone with black highlights -very defined.

Rhyolite Rejuvenates physical Beauty. Physical and emotional stabilizer.

Rose Quartz Venus. Self love, friendship. Promotes skin rejuvenation. Boost and build your image. Especially good if you have a weight problem, it will greatly foster your personal self-acceptance. Worn or carried for love, fidelity, peace, and happy marriage. AIDS intuition and emotional balance. Reduces Stress and Tension - cools hot tempers. Vibrations of universal love & inner serenity. Comforts heart from all wounds, helps heal emotional pain, enhances love , self-love, positive outlook, joy and oneness.

Ruby Sun, Mars. Heart Chakra. Compassion, leadership, heals relationship to father. Prevents schizophrenia. Adds energy to the body; attracts wealth, power and joy. The stone of freedom, charity, dignity and divine power. Increases vigor, renews Vitality and cleanses the blood. The stone of courage. Helps banish grief for those in mourning.

Rutilated Quartz Sun, Uranus. High electrical charge. Powerful healer.

Sapphire Neptune. AIDS spiritual understanding. Increases level of potassium, magnesium and calcium. Stone of destiny. Contributes to your mental clarity, perception and wisdom.

Selenite Moon. Soothing, nurturing, inspirational.

Smokey Quartz Neutralizes negative influences. Good for people with radiation-related illness; helps with the reproductive system, muscle tissue, and Nervous system; influences positive change. Mercury, Earth. One of the best grounding stones. Balancing. Good for calming the mind. Eases Depression, fear and panic.

Sodalite Venus, Pluto. Opens throat chakra. Physical healer. Transformative. (Blue speckled stone). Promotes a balance in thyroid Metabolism. Opens up lines of communication and helps us to develop creative ways in order to communicate. Alleviates fears, Clears the mind.

Strawberry Quartz Helps to awaken feelings of self love and acceptance; offers comfort and a sense of reclaiming one’s own esteem; especially good for healing around matters of the heart.

Tigereye Mercury, Earth, Mars. Sacred to Bast and Sekhmet. Helps one to distinguish between actual need and false desire. Reduces Headaches and Nervous spasms. Calms emotions, protects against external stresses. To restore physical energy & quiet emotional nature.

Topaz Mercury. Bridge between higher and lower consciousness. Assimulation of abstract information. Fights kidney and bladder ailments. Calms your emotions, relieves your tensions and Stress and restores your physical energy. Will make melancholy vanish when worn or carried in the left hand. Calms emotions, protects against external stresses. To restore physical energy & quiet emotional nature. Protects against Insomnia and Depression, mood elevator, revitalizes, stimulates creative thinking processes, eases death.

Tourmaline Prevents lymphatic diseases, battles anemia. Black - deflects negativity. Very protective. Lifts fears and negative conditions. Causes the wearer to be flexible, understanding and more objective in purpose and reason. Green - refines, strengthens, directs will. pink - love and sacrifice, devotion. watermelon - corrects imbalances, eases guilt.

Tourmalinated Quartz Pluto, Uranus. Promotes harmony and helps to resolve confliction elements within ourselves; deflects negativity..

Turquoise Venus, Moon. Symbol of the sky. Works on respiratory system, helps manifest spiritual qualities on the physical plane. Protective; guards against negative energy, danger , accidents; promotes good luck. Can Relax your mind and ease mental tensions, calming your emotions and Stress overstimulation. Self-love stone. Primary holy stone of Native Americans. Vibrates calming radiations, protective, and restores healthy mental attitude. Stone of friendship. Balancing and healing. Great strength and Vitality. Takes on characteristics of the wearer. It is unwise to wear a turquoise formerly worn by one who has died. Excellent for both Spiritual Attunement and healing of the energy centers and the physical body, valuable for grounding as well as for vision quests and astral travel , purifies all levels of being and is capable of handling strong negativity, also used for wounds and for damage to bones.



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