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This system of Medicine dates back to ancient Egyptian and Greek times and looks at each person as an individual, made up of mind, body and spirit. The practice seeks to find the cause of illness and aid the body in treating itself by making lifestyle changes related to nutrition, sleep, breathing, exercise, rest and elimination. This is supplemented by natural medication such as a variety of dried herbs and spices, herbal tinctures, ointments, creams and oils, minerals and superfoods. Very powerful therapies used in treatment are humoral massage, cupping therapy and heat therapy which are of therapeutic benefit for many illness conditions.
Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy)
Herbalism ("herbology" or "herbal medicine") is use of plants for medicinal purposes, and the study of such use. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today. Modern medicine recognizes herbalism as a form of alternative medicine, as the practice of herbalism is not strictly based on evidence gathered using the scientific method. Modern medicine, does, however, make use of many plant-derived compounds as the basis for evidence-tested pharmaceutical drugs, and phytotherapy works to apply modern standards of effectiveness testing to herbs and medicines that are derived from natural sources.
Wendy Staak is able to analyse her patient's symptoms and make up an ointment, tea or tincture to treat that patient's unique case.
Cupping therapy is one of the oldest and most effective methods of releasing toxins from the tissues and organs of the body. It is used to in the treatment of numerous conditions, most commonly muscle ache, joint pain, and in the alleviation of the pain and discomfort of disorders of the respiratory system. Two main styles of cupping therapy exist: Dry cupping and wet cupping. For dry cupping - a partial vacuum is created through heat or suction in the application of one or several bell-shaped vessels (suction cups) to parts of the skin. This suction results in enhanced blood flow under the cup, and draws impurities and toxins away from nearby tissues and underlying organs towards the surface for elimination. For wet cupping, the same technique is applied, after which superficial skin scarification is made to allow for the careful drawing out of small amounts of filtered fluid (composed of tissue fluid, fragments of damaged RBC, causative pathogenic substances, metabolic by products, blood from ruptured capillaries). Cupping is applied to specific areas or points for specific ailments. Both blood and lymph are mobilised, effectively aiding in the removal of waste material and promoting fresh, enhanced flow in the area of concentration, promoting healing. Cupping Therapy is the main body manipulation procedure in Unani-Tibb and is recognised by both National and International healthcare authorities (AHPCSA, AYUSH and WHO) to be within the Scope of Practice of Unani-Tibb Practitioners.
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Tissue Salts, also known as mineral salts or cell salts, occur naturally in the human body and are essential for to its proper functioning. Poor diets, intense physical exercise and stress often deplete these minerals and they are often not fully replenished. Tissue Salts can be taken orally to fully replenish the minerals in your body, which helps a number of conditions, such as asthma, allergies, depression, dandruff, pain, hormone imbalances and fatigue.
Infrared saunas help your body release a number of toxins, including heavy metals like mercury and lead, and environmental chemicals. The benefits don’t stop there. With infrared sauna technology, you could also lose weight, relax, relieve unwanted pain, increase your circulation, and purify your skin.
Some benefits include:
Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins.
Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.
3. Pain Relief
If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.
4. Weight Loss
The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. An article, titled Effect of Sweating, in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.
5. Improved Circulation
As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise.