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Good quality sleep is obviously so important for the restoration of body and mind. 80% of human growth hormone is released while you sleep, but not until stage 4, the deepest stage of sleep. This stage is sometimes referred to as “human hibernation” and is the period of sleep that complete relaxation occurs. During stage 4 your blood pressure, respiration rate, and heart rate all lower allowing the body to focus on growing and repairing itself.
If you are having problems getting to stage 4 sleep or you aren’t staying there long enough, your body and mind are in a repair deficit, which is cumulative problem. We all know that we need sleep and insomnia is currently considered a public health epidemic.
Sour Jujube Decoction (known in Chinese Medicine as Suan Zao Ren Tang) is the most widely used Chinese herbal sleep formula that is still used regularly to this day. The original formula was created about 1800 years ago by one of the most eminent Chinese physicians of the late Han Dynasty, Zhang Zhongjing.
Right now you can receive 15% off + FREE shipping if you purchase 2 or more Herbalogic products.
Among other things, this formula focuses on nourishing the heart and liver blood, eliminating irritability, and calming the spirit. Herbalogic has added an herb to this original formula that makes it even more potent and able to meet the demands of “modern insomnia”, and that is the herb Patrinia. This herb wasn’t really used for its sedative properties until modern times, but clinical trials have shown it to be twice as potent as valerian for these purposes.
By combining patrinia with five other safe and effective herbs, Solid Eight helps you sleep faster and sleep deeper, but without leaving you groggy or drowsy the next day. That’s because Solid Eight contains non-narcotic, non-habit-forming plant compounds that work by targeting the full range of things that can keep you awake.
Solid Eight gently supports natural sleep, not medicated sleep. This formula blends several herbs to:
» promote deep relaxation
» quiet racing thoughts
» ease irritability and tension
» calm restless fidgeting
» lower body temperature to cool night sweats, and
» reduce dreams that disturb sleep
Right now you can receive 15% off + FREE shipping if you purchase 2 or more Herbalogic products. This offer is good for the entire month of October. If you don’t think you need two bottles of this sleep formula, feel free to add any of the other products – they have some good ones!
At my office, Solid Eight & Easy Breather are the most popular. I like these products because the herbal formulas are balanced and based off of traditional Chinese medicine formulas. They are easy to take, good tasting and effective. Yes, I did say “good tasting”! The company uses glycerine to extract some of the phytochemicals in the herbs, which makes it less alcoholic and sweeter. Many of my clients have raved about this product, saying that it works better than any other natural sleep aid they have tried.
Solid Eight is for anyone over the age of 16, but not for nursing or pregnant women. Call for a free consult if your looking for sleep solutions for those that don’t fit this criteria. This product should not be combined with excessive alcohol consumption or sleep medications and is not intended to treat poor sleep due to sleep apnea.
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In 2012 more soldiers took their own life than were killed in the Afghanistan combat and it is estimated that 20% of our 1.7 million warriors that have served in Afghanistan and Iraq have PTSD. By now it is apparent that we must do more to support our troops, and much more CAN be done. A fantastic starting place would be to limit tours to one or two at the most so that the chances of encountering a traumatic event or sight are reduced. Combat fatigue also plays a roll in the emotional burden that goes along with being away from home, being in a foreign and violent land, grueling work schedules and massive physical and emotional demands. It is in my humble opinion that soldiers should not be required to serve so many tours, especially since new research using functional MRI machines are showing us that even emotional trauma affects the amygdala, anterior insula, and the precuneus.
Of course the brain is only doing what it was designed to do. When experiencing a traumatic event, the brain re-wires itself in order to keep you alive. This is true for big and small traumatic events alike since the brain is trying to adapt and survive. The brain even re-wires itself (for better or worse) when there is only a perceived threat to life or ego. So for example, when a child is made fun of at school because her shoes have a scuff mark or his hair is sticking up, a trauma print is created in the brain. Trauma prints exist so that we survive (physically or emotionally) stressful situations. Of course the bigger the trauma, the bigger effect it has on us and our neural circuitry.
We need to support those who are injured in war, whether that be a bodily injury, lost limb, traumatic brain injury or PTSD. Whether you believe that we should be going to war with this or that country is irrelevant but what really matters is that the people are getting needlessly injured in the process. Shake a veteran’s hand today and if they are suffering, please let them know about the amazing benefits advanced neurofeedback can provide. If they contact us this week, we are happy to start them off with 50% off a BrainSpa (mini-intensive) package which is three one hour sessions of realtime brainwave balancing that helps to override trauma prints in the brain. If they want to do more we offer 15% off any additional sessions, always. The BrainSpa sessions are tailored for overall mood enhancement, to help de-stress and relax, and also serve to enhance focus and sleep. Brainwave Intensives work the same but can get to older and more “stubborn” brain patters. Intensives can be added on later if desired. We work with all sorts of issues. Please call us today (or by the end of the week at the latest) to have your questions answered and to take advantage of this Veteran’s day offer. By the way, you need not have a traumatic brain injury or PTSD to get this discount… this offer is for all active duty and retired military.
Now that an incredible number of Iraqi war veterans are back home, how are we going to help them integrate back into society? I recently posted a link to a video on facebook stating the cold hard fact that there are more suicides in our veteran population than there were total combat deaths. Wow! You may want to read that again because it is really important…there were more suicides among recent war vets than all combat deaths. Obviously this is a problem of enormous scale! I won’t get too political here, but will stick to the facts and what I see as the solutions.
Okay, so the situation is as follows…
All of our soldiers that resided in Iraq are home, or are coming home by the last day of this year, 2011. They are coming home to a very high unemployment rate and an almost unbelievable unemployment rate among other veterans. If you haven’t heard, here are the statistics according to Dan Beucke at www.businessweek.com:
Veterans 18-24 years old had a 30.4% jobless rate in October and black veterans of the same age had a rate of 48%. This is unbelievable isn’t it? This problem of course just compounds the other problems so many vets have coming back into civilian life with all they have seen and experienced. If you have been paying attention at all, you know that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is also at record highs among our soldiers. Even among those that did not see or directly experience a dangerous or near death situation, PTSD like symptoms and a battlefield mentality still dominate in the safe circumstances of everyday life of many soldiers. For instance, one of my acupuncture patients is a veteran and her husband just came back from Iraq last week. As he sat in the waiting room of my office I talked with him for a few minutes about the politics of war (his choice of conversation not mine). On the following visit, my patient told me that he did not like coming to my office because it has two doors and he had to sit with his back to one of them. This gave me insight into something that I hadn’t really ever thought about, which was that even if you have not experienced first hand violence in a wartime situation, you are still ready to experience it. Your nervous system has been changed so that you are primed and ready for any situation that may occur, because it very well may. It is a survival mechanism that the brain understands very well and restructures to meet the needs that it sees.
A relative of mine also came back from both Iraq and Afghanistan with back pain that had emotional ties to it. In a story that she shared she mentioned how the sounds of bombs all around were terrifying to the point of causing involuntary body movements and then inability to actually fall asleep and rest. She did not experience any direct combat either, but surely experienced the effects of all that was going on around her.
Having this conversation with my patient about her husband (who by the way didn’t seem uncomfortable at all in my waiting room) and with my relative, I realized that ALL veterans of the recent wars are very likely to have complicated or subtle trauma prints when coming back stateside. Trauma prints are the rewiring of neuro networks in the brain in order to “save one’s life” regardless if that trauma or threat is real or perceived. And once these neuro-pathways are “set” (think concrete) by these life changing experiences, they are likely permanent structural changes. The problem arises when these networks are inhibiting a persons happiness (PTSD for example).
I feel that our job is to give them as much love and understanding as humanly possible, and more when called for. We need to be better at welcoming them home and showing them that we are here if they need us. Don’t be fooled, the simple act of compassionate listening can do a lot, yet for many soldiers the wounds are just too deep. Regardless of whether or not you were for or against the war, our veterans need to be cared for, and quite frankly it just isn’t happening.
“Without a favorable internal climate, a person’s thinking is likely to drive them crazy… The right starting point for creative thinking and acting is who we divinely are, and a refusal to be anything other than that. I won’t be untrue to myself.” -David Karchere