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Herbal Support for Human Health

Acid reflux is a simple condition to heal by the use of herbs.

It is best to treat acid reflux before it becomes an habitual and chronic problem as it can develop into an Hiatal Hernia condition.

In adults, acid reflux tendencies may be exacerbated by particular drinks such as Coke and Coffee or Apple and Orange Juice in excess and by acid forming foods such as too much sugar and white flour in the diet. You should make an effort to reduce these aggravating substances permanently in your diet.


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The adrenal glands sit on top of each kidney and consist of an outer cortex and an inner medulla. Of the 50 or so hormones the adrenals make, only cortisone and adrenaline are recognized by most people. Some of these hormones must be produced to preserve life, while others help resist stress. Other hormones from the adrenals control normal energy output (along with the thyroid) and govern the breakdown of stored energy into quick energy sources. The adrenals control the body's potassium/sodium balance, which is vital for energy production.

Read more: Adrenal Collapse

Diabetes is growing at an alarming rate and carries with it long term serious problems with eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels.

Read more: Adult Onset Pancreatic Imbalance

Are you pale, feel dizzy, weak, experiencing palpitations, often falling alseep, have head aches and irritability?

Read more: Anaemia (low iron)

Our angina pain relief mix contains 1:1 extracts of Cactus (Grindiflora) and Hawthorne along with the bach flower remedy Rescue Remedy. Their combined actions strengthen and rehabilitate the heart muscle itself and regulate and strengthen the electrical signals which stimulate the regular beat.

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Robert once wrote to a patient "If you could see the top of my head you would see I don't have a cure for balding". Its true , however premature balding due to poor circulation and or tension in the scalp is easy to help with Herbs and Scalp Massage.

Read more: Baldness

Blushing is a common and embarrassing problem for many people.

Read more: Blushing And Rosacea

Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa (a flat sac of synovial fliud that allows normal movement of joints and muscles and reduces friction). This occurs at major joints such as shoulders , elbows, hips and knees. It can be caused by chronic over use, injury, gout, arthritis or infections.

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Candida is really an expression of an out of balance gut flora. Often more common in those who attempt to digest their stresses rather than express and clear them from their systems. In my experience around 40% of my patients will rather process their stress by upsetting aspects of their own digestive system 'in order to keep the peace' by snacking on high sugar 'comfort foods' for example rather than deal with the stresses outwardly.

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There are many factors to consider when addressing Candida.

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Stomach cramps are muscular contractions of the strong muscle that forms the wall of the stomach. The stomach is meant to contract rhythmically at times to mix food in stomach acids and to protect the stomach wall lining from acid attack by stimulating mucus production from the lining.

Read more: Child hood Stomach Cramps

Cholesterol testing and drugs for reducing readings have formed the basis of a whole medical and pharmaceutical industry.

I have a liver tonic which should be part of any cholesterol management plan.

In addition you should seek out sources of Choline which is a bitter taste found in many of the older style salad vegetables like Water Cress, Dandelion Leaves and Rocket. If ones diet is otherwise good it is normally the lack of Choline to balance out the Cholesterol which is the problem.

If you are exercising and of a healthy weight, if you are eating healthily and have a healthy liver and choline in you diet there is no reason at all to suppose that the readings you get on your personal cholesterol levels are anything but healthy for your own metabolism.

Cholesterol Mix

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Duodenal ulcers can be a chronic problem. They are created when there is an imbalance between acids, pepsin and the protective mechanisms of the digestive system. Coffee and alcohol being strong stimulants will exacerbate the problem.
Research shows that 90-95% of patients with duodenal ulcers have helicobactor pylori , so this should be checked out and treated with garlic, thyme and cinnamon.

Read more: Duodenal Ulcers

DVT is blood condition relating to circulation and viscosity.

Read more: DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

Usually eczema and asthma are in our genetics and are then triggered by some occurrence in our lives and thereafter come and go or just stay. Certain can imbalance production of anti-inflam. prostaglandins, therefore both oral and topical use of fish oil is very helpful. Low hydrochloric acid in the digestive system maybe another aspect of eczema.

Read more: Eczema

If you are in a situation where your emotional health is abused for then this will cause you to feel dis-at-ease or disease will manifest within the body.

Read more: Emotional Health and Bach Flowers

This is a not uncommon condition found in the 20-35 year age group

Read more: Endometriosis

The epididymis is a series of small tubes, attached to the back of each testicle, that collects and stores sperm. One of the most common causes of scrotal pain is epididymitis, which is infection and subsequent inflammation of these coiled tubes. Epididymitis is not contagious, not inherited, and not a sign of cancer.

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Fibroids can be seen from several different levels, from the energetic point of view they can be seen either as:

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Fibromatosis is a benign growth of the plantar fascia. It may be worse when associated with diabetes, epilepsy, and alcoholism . Some doctors say its an aggressive healing response to small tears in the plantar fascia.
Treatment is usually not required until it becomes large enough to cause pressure-related pain with weight bearing. Orthotics can help redistribute pressure away from the fibrotic nodular lesions.
It is advisable to avoid surgery as it usually results in recurrence and may also result in unintentional instability of the foot when fascial removal is excessive.
Other suggestions:-
- night splints (adding a great toe wedge will increase stretching effect
on fascia, but can be very painful in the beginning)
- a plantar fascia stretching device
- orthotics and shoe wear modification
- apply an oil/cream that has a combination of Emu Oil, Wild Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract , Thuja, and Myrrh Oil non-essential. You could buy some 100gr thuja ointment (health food stores) and add to it 2ml each of tea tree oil, oregano oil and myrrh oil -what ever ones you can find.
Apply twice daily. For 3 months.

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The most common cause for foamy urine is protein in the urine

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It is used medicinally for digestive problems, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. It has been used for sea sickness, headaches, spleen enlargement, catarrh, bronchitis, rheumatism, foot pains, liver and gall bladder disorders, sore gums, as well as used as a respiratory and heart stimulant, and as a treatment for impotence. A drink, made from grated galangal and lime juice, is valued as a tonic in Southeast Asia. Galangal is a specific herb for a sluggish metabolism; also used as a body deodoriser and breath cleanser, as well as a tonic and aphrodisiac. Hildegard of Bingen, herbal writer of the 12th Century, esteemed galangal for indigestion, deafness, arthritis, to lower high blood pressure and improve circulation, and relieve stomach and heart pain. She said, "If there would be a herb to wake up the dead, then galangal would be the first choice".

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Gallstones are rocklike collections of material that form inside the gallbladder. Different types exist, and they are categorized by their primary composition; cholesterol stones are most common followed by pigment, then mixed stones. The stones form when there is an imbalance or change in the composition of bile.

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Golden staph is a potentially fatal disease caused by bacteria and can be spread by touching infected surfaces or via skin contact.

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Gout is a form of rheumatoid arthritis. Crystals derived from excess uric acid settle as tophi in the ears , thumbs , heel, ankle, instep or toes causing inflammation and excruciating pain.

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The place to start with haemorrhoids is by strengthening the blood vessel walls which is the underlying problem. This is best done by providing you with a mixture which works on the health of all blood vessel walls and the circulation in general. At the same time I will include herbs which will assist in softening the stools and retaining the fluid in the bowel.

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You have to look at Hay Fever as an over-enthusiastic immune system response. In the spring it can be caused by pollens from various trees and in the summer from grasses. Occasionally it can also result from mold spores.  This over-sensitivity can be triggered after an illness, accident, stress or exposure to something which left the immunity hyper-reactive.

The symptoms can range from quite mild to very debilitating affecting all mucus membranes, the nose, roof of mouth, back of throat and eyes itch either gradually or abruptly. The eyes may water , nose runs clear and coughs and headaches may occur, disposition, appetite and sleep may be affected adversely as well.

It is our auto immune system doing its thing and the only difficulty is that it is overly trigger happy. It would be fine to cough and sneeze and even to have a respiratory panic attack if the irritant were tear gas for example as the body is trying to protect itself but with hayfever it is total overreaction.

What actually happens is that the body, when exposed to allergens, is flooded with histamines and when these reach saturation point all the symptoms (up to and including asthma type ones) will occur. On an emotional level you may be interested to know that the sufferer may be emotionally congested , allergic to the season or even fearful of the cycling of the yearly calendar .

Read more: Hay Fever/Allergic Rhinitis

Herniated Disks are most common in the lumbar spine - the part of your backbone between the bottom of your ribs and your hips.

Read more: Herniated or Ruptured Disk Support Mix (New Product)

In the modern day, herpes is nothing more than a reflection of a depleted immune system. In earlier times before the abuse of antibiotics and drugs (especially marijuana) the herpes virus was not nearly as rampant and more easily managed by the average person's natural immunity.

Read more: Herpes

HIV, Human immunodeficiency virus is a retrovirus. Infection occurs through the transfer of body fluids eg blood, semen, vaginal fluid and breast milk.

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Horseshoe kidney can be found more so in males then females & occurs at around 1 in every 400-800 births. If you have this condition you need to be made aware of the importance of the kidneys & how they function in the body & there is quite a lot of information on the web concerning this condition. Basically the kidney is the organ whose principal function is to filter toxins from the blood and maintain an appropriate chemical environment so that the body's other organ systems can function properly. Other functions that the kidneys serve include maintaining appropriate blood pressure and ensuring that enough red blood cells are produced by the bone marrow.

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Human females are quite unique: we menstruate; and we cease to be reproductively available after we've lived only half our life span. The years just before and just after the menopause itself are referred to as the climacteric. For most women the climacteric spans from early/mid 40s to late 50s/early 60.

Read more: Hot Flushes

Irritable Bowel Symndrome can often be a whole gamut of digestive problems lumped under one title.

Read more: Human - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine through a tube called the pancreatic duct. These enzymes help digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in food. The pancreas also releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These hormones help the body use the glucose it takes from food for energy.

Read more: Human- Pancreatitis

Your immune system is a very complex defence system that is your first line of protection in all matters related to your health. In simplest terms, it fights off potentially harmful infectious organisms in a constant effort to maintain a healthy state.

Factors that affect your immune system:

Read more: Immune Booster Herbal Treatment

We have a responsibility to care for our bodies and enhance our body's natural immune system and make it as strong as it possibly can be for the work and life we have chosen to live.

Read more: Immunity Boosting to Fight Viral Attacks

We have a responsibility to care for our bodies and enhance our body's natural immune system and make it as strong as it possibly can be for the work and life we have chosen to live.

Read more: Immunity Boosting to Fight Viral Attacks

The super-nutritional composition of kelp assists the body in its own healing process. Kelp and seaweed supplements are found to create a number of positive benefits in the human body, including a curative influence on diseases. Kelp is said to aid weight loss by reducing food cravings, and kelp can help women battling the menopause. It can relieve digestive disorders, trapped wind, and chronic constipation. Kelp is also active in improving the scalp and hair growth.

Read more: Kelp a Natural Super Food

Congratulations if you have decided to give up smoking you will feel better sooner rather than later, particularly your respiration and energy levels.

Read more: Maddening Cravings

Maritime Pine Bark Extract is used in this Herbal Practice to help people suffering from a range of illnesses.

Read more: Maritime Pine Bark-Immunity Booster

Unfortunately at this age, it seems as if our bodies put on weight with out us even trying.
We lose muscle mass due to a change in hormone balance, and as muscle tissue is active at burning up the calories we end up with a slower metabolism.

So , the outcome is that we have to actually eat fewer overall calories to compensate as well as regular exercise.
Less carbs and fats is helpful but don't exclude the low GI carbs.

Read more: Menopausal Weight Loss

Morning sickness often occurs because of low blood sugar, build up of increased hormonal activity, a vitamin B6 deficiency (which may cause low blood sugar problems), Other causes of morning sickness may include diet and emotional factors. Strong smells and certain foods can trigger nausea, so avoid these if you can.

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Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic degenerative disease in which gradual destruction of the myelin sheath protecting the nerves occurs in patches throughout the spinal cord of the central nervous system, affecting transmission of electrical signals to nerve cells and causing muscular weakness and loss of coordination. It is a disease found only in humans which seems to affect more women than men and usually appears between the ages of 15-45.

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A muscle cramp is defined as an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. Cramps may be caused by an inadequate blood supply to the muscle such as in after eating or after vigorous exercise that produces the waste product lactic acid and results in a loss of fluids and electrolytes.

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Castor Oil

Apply Castor Oil to any foreign body that has punctured the skin or entered the eyes.

Read more: Object Removal Advice

I treat osteoarthritis by trying to reverse the processes which set up the problem in the first instance. Some of these processes are as follows:

Read more: Osteoarthritis

Peptic ulcers are open sores or erosions in the lining of either the duodenum (duodenal ulcers) or the stomach (gastric ulcers).

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What you need to address is the causal factor

Read more: Plantar Fasciitis Program

PMS - natural disaster or emotional compass?

"What I realized this time round was that the issues that come up during the week are not manufactured. They're real, unresolved issues that don't hinder me in the day to day, but stop me cold when PMS forces me to take a hard look at them. It's not as if the emotional baggage, isn't there when I don't have PMS, it's that I can't see it when I don't have PMS.

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A polycystic ovary is not purely physical in origin and neither is it a simplistic result of hormonal imbalance. There are energetic, hormonal and physical situations all bound together and this is why my holistic approach offers a far better chance of bringing things back into balance as compared with an approach which seeks to manipulate hormonal levels without asking why they went out of balance in the first place.

Read more: Polycystic Ovary

Giving birth to your child is one of the most important and memorable events of your life and you want it to be a "good" memory so it is worth preparing yourself well .

Read more: Preparations for Birth and Baby

The cravings can be maddening.

Read more: Quitting Smoking

In most cases, the cause of RLS is unknown.

Read more: Restless Leg Syndrome

Antibiotics can control Rosacea and they do so by dealing with any secondary infections which arise because of the condition rather than controlling the condition itself.

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Rosacea is a combination of weakened surface blood vessels and imbalances in the flushing response which accounts for redness and sensitivity and herbal tonics are well placed to ameliorate the condition.

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Rocasea is associated with chronic facial skin redness and pimples and occurs in more women than men in the age group 30 to 50 years. It is associated with an excess flow of sebum.

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Sciatica is an inflammation from postural distortion of the sciatic nerve.This can be caused by damage to vertebra or to disks that then puts pressure on this nerve which emerges at that sciatic nottch area. It can occur when we lift a load wrongly or lift too much. It usually oocurs only on one side and is much worse when still.

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Shingles can be a real bugbear for an elderly person and it is quite common. It comes about through the nervous system and can be a reaction to stress or frustration or anger but it is not all that helpful to tell the person this normally.

First aid treatment is to get hold of Hypericum (St Johns Wort) Oil and add a couple of drops of the Bach Flower essences Holly and Rescue Remedy. You will be able to get these from your health food store. The oil may be smoothed over the areas that are troubled two or three times daily sparingly and should quite quickly offer relief. The same two Bach flower essences should also be added to all drinking water as well. Just two drops of each to each glass of water during the day.

I have an internal mixture I can send to you to deal with the internal origins of the condition more effectively see:

Shingles Herbal Treatment

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Shingles can be a real bugbear for an elderly person and it is common enough. It comes about through the nervous system and can be a reaction to stress or frustration or anger but it not all that helpful to tell the person this normally.

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Congratulations on your decision to give up smoking its not an easy decision to make and carry out; you will feel better in the long run. You need to attack it from many angles and get as much support as you can, ie quit line, nicotine patches, herbal tonics to support the organs involved and also to balance out any nervous anxiety related to giving up an addictive substance.

Read more: Smoke Cravings are Maddening

We always need reminding about the excellence of MPB. We had some one write the other day that as long as she stays on MPB "two squirts twice daily" she will not get cold sores. It boils down to being a wonderful tonic for many conditions and circumstances.

Read more: Smoke Cravings are Maddening

This time of year more and more people choose to give up smoking. Smokers may have high stress lives or jobs that makes them become irritated and snappy. They may be the type with a driven impulsive personality or live completely for their work.

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It is difficult to imagine how the loss of taste and smell can effect one. Some complain of losing their appetite and any interest in cooking. A loss of senses can be frustrating because they affect a persons ability to to enjoy food, drink and aromas. Of course this debility can also affect a persons ability to notice potentially harmful chemicals and gases.

Read more: Taste and Smell-Loss of Sensation Herbal Treatment

Fungal Infection between the toes is common in those who wear shoes and socks most of the time and who have damp feet, either due to perspiration, or because they don't properly dry between their toes after bathing. {addart product_sku=610}

Read more: Tinea or Fungal Infection between the Toes-Herbal Treatment

The human immune system is really quite amazing , when properly functioning it works as a biological warfare unit. It is able to identify and destroy many foreign invaders. It does all of this work so the body remains healthy.

Read more: Understanding Allergies

We all know that when one is anaemic one is tired and pale and that a blood test shows low iron levels. We know that pregnant women can become anaemic, as can girls at puberty or women with very heavy menstrual blood loss. Some children who naturally seem to be pale and have dark rings under their eyes are anaemic. We also know that treatment for anaemia involves iron supplements, but what does it all mean? Holistic medicine offers much more satisfactory understanding and treatment of anaemia than does orthodox western medicine.

Read more: Understanding Anaemia

Gout can be an extraordinarily painful condition and is caused by crystals settling out of the blood stream and depositing in joints. Very often these crystals end up in or around the large toe which probably has something to do with gravity.

Read more: Understanding and treating Gout

The word herpes means serpent-like. Herpes can infiltrate the nervous system and lie in waiting until the nerves are disturbed by some trauma, even the trauma of tight jeans, posture, sexual activity and excitement. In the modern day, herpes is very much a reflection of a depleted immune system. In earlier times before the abuse of antibiotics and drugs (especially marijuana) the herpes virus was not nearly as rampant and more easily managed by the average persons natural immunity. Likewise it may not necessarily be caught from a carrier if your own immune system is healthy.

Read more: Understanding and treating Herpes

It is interesting to consider from an holistic viewpoint the modern (and more especially, Western) increase in the incidence of asthma.

Read more: Understanding Asthma

As an admirer of excellence in any field I am fascinated by the levels achieved by the modern athlete and so much enjoy watching them perform. I am disturbed however by the lack of understanding of the demands on their systems, which show up so often at crucial times as Athletes Flu.

Read more: Understanding Athlete's Flu

There is much, much more to ADD than the popular or even the common medical understanding. The popular understanding is limited to dismay and often guilt along the lines of "What am I doing so wrong to have produced a child who is so out of control?" The medical understanding is even more limited in many ways, in that this revolves around inconclusive talk about environmental influences and about aberrations in the chemistry within the child's brain.

Read more: Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD/ADD )

I always advise my patients to look further into understanding their own personal back problem. I also point out that it is simply ridiculous and foolish to just accept the fact of a back problem and spend your time trying this or that pain remedy without ever really finding out why your back is painful.

The educational part of any back pain consultation is to explain the following three fundamental ideas.

Read more: Understanding Back Pain

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) refers to a marked and prolonged fatigue for which no identifiable cause can be found.

Read more: Understanding Chronic Fatigue

When a patient called last evening asking it she could use my Hoof Oil for her weak fingernails, it set me to thinking about fingernail and hair health and their relationship to the treatments I use for horse's hooves.

Read more: Understanding Fingernail Health

Glandular fever brings more young adults to their first experience with a herbalist in my practice, than any other condition.

Read more: Understanding Glandular Fever

It is common enough for us to hear that we were born to live in some sort of harmony with our earth and our environment. Most of us know how good it can feel walking in bare feet in wet grass or along the beach and we all feel something standing under a tree which is 500 years old. We all have an idea of what living in a loving family or falling in love should be like, even if we have never experienced it. Some of us know how much different a banana ripened on the bush tastes as compared to the ones that we buy in the shops.

Read more: Understanding Internet Addiction and its affects on your Health

Many patients come to me with the problem, which they call Arthritis. Generally what they mean is that they suffer pain associated with their bony structures, back or joints usually.

Read more: Understanding Osteo-Arthritis

Psoric Arthritis is an interesting one and even the word Psora is one from 18th and 19th century herbal medicine language and means coming from the blood, meaning taints from previous generations. (In modern day terms 'genetic' ). The other common illness of the same sort of origin is Psoriasis.

Read more: Understanding Psoric Arthritis

To make a naturopathic analysis of this creature, it is first necessary to analyse the genesis and body type in its natural environment and then consider the requirements and demands of its sport.

Read more: Understanding The Care and Feeding of the Modern Basketball Player

What we must never forget is that the pressure ultimately is coming from lobbyists working for the Pharmaceutical Companies and that there are risks to our own and our children's health whenever we vaccinate.

Read more: Understanding the Vaccination Dilemma

Where do Vegetarians obtain Vitamin B12 from?

Read more: Vegetarians and Vit B 12

Vitiligo is a condition in which a loss of melancytes results in whitish patches of skin.

Read more: Vitiligo Herbal Treatment

Weight loss can become an issue after an enforced sedentary period in our life, very frequently after midlife or if our diet and exercise have not been balanced.  Weight loss requires life style changes & an adherence to a balanced diet & regular cardiovascular & strength training exercise. Weight loss cannot be achieved by taking herbal medicines alone.(I wish it was that easy!)

Read more: Weight Loss

In Winter, the hands of your body clock are pointing to your Thymus Gland. It is located behind your sternum in the middle of your chest and acts as your "breastplate" of protection. Until recently it was thought that the Thymus gland was of little use in the adult body. However, due in large part to AIDS research there is a renewed interest in this gland and its role in our lives and health. The Thymus gland monitors your immune system.

A simple and effective technique to balance your Thymus gland is to gently and firmly pat your chest. Note that it is important to pat or tap your chest gently and firmly, not to slap or thump it as this will achieve the reverse effect. No doubt at some time in your life you have been told to give yourself a pat on the back, which is literally difficult to do. Now instead, give yourself a pat on the chest. This is easier to do and will achieve the desired result of self acknowledgment as well as boosting your immune system, the two being inextricably linked .

Read more: Winter Gland

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