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The Healing Powers Of Light On Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin disease characterized by scaling and since there are a number of forms of psoriasis, this skin ailment affects about 400,000 Americans. Skin diseases are difficult to treat in general and psoriasis is no exception. While many doctors prescribe topical ointments to treat psoriasis, it
Light Therapy - Not just for Winter
Light therapy has been used for more than two decades to treat circadian rhythm (body clock) disorders. Every living thing has an internal clock that tells it when it is time to be asleep and when it is time to be awake. Humans are by diurnal (day orientated)
Traditional Chinese Medicine Winter Health Tips for the New Year
  Happy New Year! The holiday excitement is over and now we can move into the stillness of the winter season. It’s a perfect time to become more introspective, set new goals, and nourish your entire being according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is rooted
What is SAD?
"The days are growing rapidly shorter and the nights, only too noticeably longer... It is this discouraging veil of blackness, falling over the sparkling whiteness of earlier nights, which sends a vein of despair running through our souls." (Dr Frederick Cook, 19th century Polar explorer and travel writer.)
Light Therapy and Seasonal Affective Disorder
What is SADSeasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a "type of winter depression" which is thought to affect as many as two million people in the UK each winter between the months of September and March. A milder form is known as sub-syndromal sad and can affect the
Light Fantastic - Then SAD
Many religions have festivals at this time of year involving lights, Diwali, Chanukah and Christmas among them and while we try to make the season bright by dressing trees with strings of lights and by lighting candles, outside it's getting darker and darker. At the winter solstice, sunlight
Born in the winter? You might be subject to neurological disorders.
There are many negative reasons why winter babies are not popular; it's cold, more chance of illness, lots of holidays to compete with etc... Now scientists are suggesting that babies born in the winter have their biological clocks altered making them more subject to developing bipolar Depression, Schizophrenia, SAD
Seasonal Affective Disorder - A Brief Overview
In the early 1980s, Herb Kern, a research engineer, who thought that his annual cycle of depression might be caused by the shorter and duller daylight hours in winter, approached doctors working at the National Institute for Mental Health in Bethesda, USA. They proposed a treatment where he
What is Colour Healing?
colours for health, energy and moodWe are surrounded by colours all the time, but how often do we use them to improve our health, alter our emotional state, change our mood, or boost our morale? Many of us find that a good standard of health and well-being is
Benefits of Salt Lamps?
Many holistic therapists advocate the use of salt lamps as ionisers.   The negative ions are thought to neutralise the electrically charged ions present in the everyday environment.  They believe these negative ions promote many health benefits including: alleviating respiratory problems, stress, skin conditions and joint pain.  However, the
Frequently Asked Questions about Seasonal Affective Disorder - SAD
What is SADSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is now officially recognised as a medical condition thought to affect over 2 million of the British population. SAD is also known as the Winter Blues. About 10% of the population suffers to some degree with 2-3% suffering with clinical depression. SAD
Do It Yourself S.A.D - Management Using Complementary Therapy
Why is it that some of us start to feel 'down' when the end of September comes around?  When dark nights start at dinner time and we feel we want to hibernate. There's a condition, which is now recognised by the medical profession, which is called S.A.D. – Seasonal
How to Avoid the affects of SADů
SAD the acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder is a disposition developed during the winter months in response to less light and dreary weather. SAD can manifest itself through depression, mood alliterations, weight gain, sleep changes and diet changes. Many people are affected by SAD and don't even realize
Seasonal Affective Disorder and Light Therapy
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that usually occurs at the onset of winter. The depletion on sunlight triggers SAD or the winter blues. Normally the symptoms that are related to SAD recur each year. The symptoms usually begin and finish at similar times each
Light Therapy (SAD)
Light therapy or phototherapy consists of exposure to specific wavelengths of light using lasers, LEDs, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright, full-spectrum light, for a prescribed amount of time. It has proven effective in treating Acne vulgaris, seasonal affective disorder, and for some people it has ameliorated