Archive | March 2017

Postural Alignment: Boost Energy and Health

The Hips.

They are a core part of our posture and support the spine, as well as being lifted by the legs.  Here is where our journey begins.

Hips can become misaligned due to a fall, being overworked with running or climbing stairs, or just twist in response to the myriad of muscles surrounding them.  The sacrum is the fulcrum of the hips, much like the Keystone of an arch holds the weight of all the stones that make up the archway.  From a Naprapathic standpoint it is the key to realignment and better health of the legs, but this is just the beginning.

What started the cascade of events that led to pelvic rotation?

We think of two types of pelvic rotations: Posterior or Classic Pelvic Rotation, and Anterior Pelvic Rotation.  Get out your protractor!  In Myofascial Release we can see these relationships when we go to the side of the person and look straight at the trochanter; the side protuberance of the bone of the leg that is on the side of the hip. Using that as the horizontal axis we are going to use our pointers and place one fingertip on the inferior border of Anterior Iliac Spine (ASIS) and the other on the Posterior Iliac Spine (PSIS).  Aim your fingers toward each other and you will have an angle in relation to the horizontal axis.  Measure the angle in degrees:

Women: Typically should have no more than a 10 – 15 degree angle,

Men:  Typically should have around a 5 degree angle.

Anything outside those ranges is abnormal.  If the angle has increased, indicating a pelvic tilt that is anterior, we will have lumbar compression and the muscles associated with that stress.  If the angle is decreased, indicating a pelvic tilt that is posterior, we will have sacral shear and the muscles pulling the pelvis in a posterior fashion along with loss of a lumbar curve. These landmarks are easily seen from the side view.

Along with supporting the spine, the pelvis has many ligaments and muscles attached in order to help us move our legs, sit down, turn to look to the side, and control most of our body movements.  We use the term “syndrome” in most of our diagnostic evaluations because so much is going on here; and we use orthopedic tests to tell us more about that.

Deerfield Motion Reflex is the most important orthopedic test in our diagnostic tool bag.  Dr. Deerfield discovered a surprising and accurate relationship between the lower legs and knee flexion and the corresponding tensions of the pelvis and lumbar spine; in fact that tension can also be felt all the way up into the neck.

Here is just an overview of what Deerfield Motion Reflex orthopedic test tells us:  Have the patient lie on their stomach with arms relaxed and face looking nose down into the face cradle.  Standing at the end of the table, preferably a low chiropractic exam table if possible, look down at the heels and flex the feet slightly.  Compare the heels or malleolus, and determine which one is superior.  Make a mental note and flex the knees.  Which event happens: does the superior malleolus stay inferior when flexed, or does it go long?  If the superior malleolus stays inferior with knee flexion we have now witnessed what Deerfield calls a Posterior Pelvic Rotation.  The muscles of the thigh have contracted and the leg on the side of posteriority is shorter in contrast to the other leg. More on that in a moment.  If, however, the malleolus was superior in the straight leg, but goes long or the leg appears to grow longer with knee flexion, this would indicate the tension is in the lumbar spine.

Posterior Pelvic Rotation.

The findings for a Classical Pelvic Rotation are easy to predict: When the bone of the pelvis, just one side you understand, goes into a posterior tilt it causes the muscles of the hamstring to become tight and shorten, and the anterior muscles such as the rectus femoris to become weak and lengthened.  The sacrum gets literally pulled toward the posterior pelvis and the opposite side PSIS ligaments are pulled causing the pain fibers to fire.  A patient will say, “I feel pain here,” as they point to one side PSIS.  When they are standing, that posterior side will be visible with the Ilium higher on that side.  That can be explained in multiple scenarios related to the rotation and the pull on the ligaments from the ilium that attach to the lumbar spine.  Either the lumbar vertebraes will be pulled toward the posterior ilium in response as the ligaments shorten, or the lumbar vertebraes will be rotated toward the opposite side as the psoas pulls on the vertebraes on the side of posteriority causing the vertebral rotation.  Either way we have to treat the entire syndrome as it appears: treat according to findings.

Anterior Pelvic Tilt.

The other side of the ilium is going to tilt in an anterior rotation because it has to; no choice.  It will never not rotate.  Remember that everything in the body is connected in one way or another; nature has designed everything in the body to communicate this way.  Amazing, I know, but we also need to educate ourselves in order to know what to do in order to resolve the problem.  It is a problem: patients will complain about hip pain, low back pain, lower abdominal pulling, weakness of legs, digestive disorders, or neck pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and so on.  Where is it all coming from, and what do we treat first?  Treat according to findings and START at the Pelvis which is our center of gravity.

Begin with creating a strong foundation for the spine; treat the anterior pelvic rotation first, then move to the posterior side, and after that the lumbar spine will follow: IN THAT ORDER.  Why? It works, that’s why.  No kidding.  If you treat the OUTCOME of pelvic rotation — the posteriority — without first treating the cause — the anteriority — you will just have to repeat your steps.  I for one am all in favor of treatments that are concise and easy on the body.  Believe me your patient will thank you, and say things like, “that feels good.”  Not, “ouch, that hurts!”

Just a word of advice here: you will have to have them come back for treatments at least weekly if you want this problem to resolve.  The ligaments that attach everywhere around this huge complex do not receive much oxygen because they are not vascularized; no blood vessels here so no oxygen.  They need encouragement and repeated stretching, but it must stay below the plastic range so they don’t get damaged and it takes time for the body to respond to stretching.  Anyone who stretches with their workouts will have first hand experience about how difficult it can be to stretch and how long it takes to get results.  Please tell me you stretch with your workouts!  If not, ask me how.

Naprapathic treatments are just that; stretching routines.  We lengthen tissues, apply techniques to massage away tension and trigger points, and use various means to relieve pain and regain alignment.  They are very very very gentle and if they do cause pain, we stop!  I get a lot of myofascial release into the tissues long before I ever do any stretching, especially in the cervical area.  But when I finally do go to the spine and do adjustments, they are going to hold longer and there should not be any pain or discomfort; I want to hear, “Doc, I feel so much better!  Look at how far I can turn my head now!”  Makes my day.

Postural Alignment

I conduct a visual inspection of the patient before they lie down on a table.  I look at them from the front, the sides and from the back.  Topographical cues tell me what is going on and I explain what I am seeing to the patient, sometimes mimicking their posture so they see what I am seeing.  Rather comical if you ask me, and a little laughter never hurt, especially when you are worried because you have been in pain and your legs are numb!

I look for horizontal lines that tell me about the spine.  Shoulders should be in a straight line and natural curves of the spine should be there also.  Too far in one way or another, whether tilting or leaning, or too much curvature tells me a lot about what is pulling on the spine.

Next I have them lie face down.  Gravity is now removed from the equation and I can get a better picture about how the body is holding itself together.  Some of the distortions that are seen standing will be absent when gravity is no longer a factor.

I know Oakley Smith would not like me now, but I am going to work on the superficial tissue first.  Dr. Smith created the science of Naprapathy and he thought we needed to do our initial evaluations without interfering with the superficial structures.  I do not agree; these are after all superficial findings and do not in any way give us a true picture of underlying causation.  I get it out of the way, and I used to be chastised in clinic because I spent too much time on each patient.  Guess what? I did it anyway.  I know more than most people coming in to this profession and myofascial release is good for everyone, including infants.  The problem is not resolved, but I can certainly see it more clearly now.

I use my orthopedic test to determine where I will begin the treatment: pelvis or lumbar spine.  Then I treat above the pelvis at the waistline, below the pelvis with the knees and ankles, and finally the cervical spine.

Following these simple steps in order will insure a lasting result, and patients will heal.  As long as they don’t fall on the ice or constantly overwork their muscles everything going on will resolve.  Pain goes away, muscles become strong, brain fog disappears and patients can return to their work schedule, their workout, and enjoy their lives.

Follow-up care is very important.  I cannot stress enough how getting evaluated on a regular basis can insure the health of the spine and entire body and brain.  Once a month is awesome, but that may happen after a few months of regular weekly treatments.  Here is my protocol.

Initial visit to evaluate the spine and begin proper care.

Weekly visits until symptoms resolve and the patient is comfortable in their own skin, as it were.

Bi-weekly visits continue until the pelvic rotation is resolved and the tissues “stay” in alignment.

Then the patient graduates to monthly treatments.  Missing a month every so often is going to be okay, as long as it does not extend beyond eight weeks.

Point in case: a patient was coming to me weekly, fell on the ice, or sneezed the wrong way and threw her back out; the lumbar spine was insulted by the extreme trauma.  After just two treatments the problem was resolved and we were back to weekly treatments.  She followed with regular care for about 6 more months and was released.

Another patient was coming in twice a month, but experienced an automobile accident.  I encouraged her to come in just hours after the accident and began with a very gentle treatment working on the muscles mostly and very gentle stretching of the neck.  Just two weeks and she had no residual symptoms and certainly no whip lash injury; we had avoided the possible build up of lactic acid by relaxing the pain fibers and keeping the blood supply to the area that was traumatized by the impact.  See how this works?

In yoga class I can look at someone and give them verbal cues to help lengthen the psoas, prescribe yoga postures that will help lengthen the posterior muscles of the spine and relaxation that will gently stretch ligaments.  I’m just awesome like that.  You should come to one of my yoga classes!

In massage school they erroneously tell massage therapists not to treat anyone immediately after an auto accident or a serious fall.  WRONG!  That is the most crucial time to go in there and calm everything down.  Avoid any surgeries or broken bones, but everything else needs touch!

Okay, I am off my soap box and encourage you to see spines differently.  If you see someone who is hunched over, twisting in a weird way, or complaining about their knee pain they probably have a posterior pelvic rotation and need to see a bodywork professional.  Tell them to see a Naprapath, and if one is not near them, seek help from a Myofascial Therapist.  They will thank you.

Yours in Health, Naturally

Dr. Wanona

 

FennFlex Routine

FennFlexR

is a registered trademark with Dr. Wanona. You do not have my permission to share this training with anyone unless you ask me personally and guarantee you will credit me with its creation; in other words don’t steal my ideas.

Created by Dr. Rev. Wanona Wellspring Ceisel, DN, LMT

Many years ago when lifting weights I ran across an article by Larry Scott.

Mr. Scott was a personal trainer and mentor to Arnold Schwarzenegger who trained with Scott when he first arrived in the US.

In fact, Larry Scott has won Mr. America, Mr. Olympia (1965) and Mr. USA titles. He had such a marvelous physique.  In the article in the Chicago Runner, he described a workout routine unlike any I had ever experienced.  I used his technique and found amazing results.  Later he came out with another routine, which he called the “9-Minute Miracle Workout.”1 What is amazing to me is that less time spent working out can give better benefits.

After receiving my doctorates in naprapathy, I was better able to include movement therapies in the rehabilitation protocol with patients after an accident or illness or if they just wanted to improve their health.  It was then that I began to really incorporate the ideas that Larry Scott, and our good friend Dr. Fenn2, in what I now call FennFlexR.  I gathered together yoga flexibility, breathing techniques, synapse technique and higher intensity levels into a weight lifting routine to create FennFlexR.  Here is the basic premise:  The muscle works harder because we focus on eccentric contraction and the repetitions are slow using focused breathing and multiple breaths throughout the range of motion.  We can reduce injuries, as well as delayed onset muscle soreness, and increase strength in less time as well as become more flexible.

How Growth Hormone Increases with Intensity Training

The anterior pituitary is a gland located in the cranium between the two hemispheres of the brain just behind the orbits of the eyes.  Growth Hormone is secreted by the anterior pituitary and stimulates the liver and other body cells to secrete a growth-promoting peptide hormone known as IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor-1 also known as somatomedin C.

In addition, IGF-1 exerts direct effect on the metabolism of protein, carbohydrate and lipid on various cells and tissue.

The primary physiological effect of growth hormone (GH) is to stimulate both growth and protein anabolism.  Compared to these effects, metabolism of carbohydrates (CHO)and lipid are minor.  However, marked excess of GH does produce significant increase in CHO and lipid metabolism.

Growth Hormone will

  • render adipocytes more responsive to lipolytic stimuli;
  • increase gluconeogenesis by the liver; and
  • reduces the ability of insulin to cause glucose uptake by peripheral tissues, often termed “anti-insulin” effect, as seen with elevated plasma glucose levels.

During most of the day, little or no GH is secreted, although bursts may be elicited by certain stimuli, including stress, hypoglycemia, and exercise.  An hour or two after one falls asleep, one or more larger prolonged bursts of secretion may occur.  These are under the control of the hypothalamus or specifically, the hypothalamic hypophysiotropic hormones.  Growth hormone is stimulated by GHRH, growth hormone releasing hormone. And inhibited by hypothalamic somatostatin.

The result of changes of these two signals is the occurrence of episodic bursts and manifests a striking diurnal rhythm.

Additionally, during periods of stress, the fight-or-flight response is activated in the autonomic nervous system.  Including epinephrine, which is secreted from the adrenal medulla, the actions of the sympathetic neurons under stress include the following:

  • increased hepatic (liver) and muscle glycognolysis (provides a quick source of glucose)
  • increased breakdown of adipose tissue triglycerides (provides a supply of glycerol for gluconeogenesis and of fatty acids for oxidation.
  • Decreased fatigue of skeletal muscle
  • Increased cardiac output (increased cardiac contractility and heart rate)
  • Shunting of blood from viscera to skeletal muscles
  • Increased ventilation
  • Increased coagulation of blood

 

The advantages of these responses is invaluable

Steroid hormones, in contrast, are produced by the adrenal cortex, testes, and ovaries.

  • Aldosterone effects salt metabolism and the kidney’s ability to handle sodium, potassium and hydrogen ions.
  • Cortisol and corticosterone are glucocorticoids and effect the metabolism of glucose and organic nutrients. Cortisol also facilitates the body’s response to stress and regulates the immune system.
  • Androgens are secreted by the testes and ovaries.

Steroid hormones exist in plasma bound to proteins and free dissolved in the plasma.  The degree of protein binding affects the rate of metabolism and the excretion of the hormone.

Hormones that circulate freely in the bloodstream last only brief periods and protein-bound hormones are less vulnerable to excretion or metabolism and removal may take many hours or several days.  The effect of steroid hormones is the rate of synthesis of proteins.  Pharmacologic benefits include the suppression of allergic and inflammatory responses.

In an exercise routine where subjects goals are to tone and sculp, the GH can be elicited with several positive effects:

The method is to create a stress situation with intensity of weight that causes a surge of GH to be excreted.  Because GH has a local response, this is especially helpful in spot reducing.

FennFlexR

The FennFlexR is a routine that is done with every muscle in four sets.  Each set has a purpose:

Set One.  Warm the muscle.

Set Two.  Work the muscle.

Set Three.  The “Fear” set.

Set Four.  Work the growth hormone into the target muscle.

Between sets one and two, and two and three the person must stretch the muscle they just worked.  It is possible to increase weights on a weekly basis using this technique.

Set One.

I call this set the warm-up set.  This allows blood to flow into the muscle to warm the tissues and joints.  I recommend that the weights are kept at a low range to allow for easy range of motion for the joint and muscle effort should be low.  The brain should recognize this as an easy effort and the body remains relaxed.

Stretching is very important after set one.  While the muscle is warm, the muscle can be stretched and not torn.  There is no catabolism in the FennFlexR technique.

Set Two.

This is the strength set.  Enough weight is placed on the machine or bar so that the person is able to accomplish 6-8 good clean reps.  No more.  There is a reason for this.  Each repetition is done slowly and deliberately with good extension and smooth flexion to control the movement at the joint and focus on eccentric contraction of muscles.  An example is the biceps curl.  Each repetition is done slowly as the elbow extends and eccentrically lengthens controlling the weight held in the hand.  This will gradually change the lever arm as well allowing for control at the joint and strengthen the length of the muscle.  Breath is most important here.  In FennFlexR we take several short breaths and exhale several times to allow lactic acid to be processed more quickly as we slowly lower the arm and raise the arm.  The goal is to complete six good repetitions staying within an aerobic capacity.  When we go beyond the level at which our mitochondria can process lactic we have entered into the anaerobic phase of exercise, which is catabolic and we begin to break down muscle tissue.  We absolutely do not want to do this.  There is no muscle soreness after working out if we stay in the aerobic capacity.

Stretching here will allow the muscles to relax, prevent reflexogenic contraction and guarding in a very tired muscle.  Relax and take your time.  I recommend stretching each muscle for 2 or 3 minutes.  This will also allow the heart rate to come down and a minimal amount of cooling to occur.

Set Three.

The muscle is now ready to work harder than it ever has.  Larry Scott called this the ‘Fear’ set.  The reason makes sense, however.  The person must lift so much weight, isometrically, that only one quarter of one rep can be accomplished.  If you are on equipment that counts your sets and reps for you, then make that one complete repetition.  The isometric workout here focuses on one muscle lifting one bone.  First of all, the brain is extremely excited and a rush of growth hormone is released into the body and targeted to the muscle that is working so much overtime.  Secondly, the bone is being pulled upon which makes for stronger bone and tendon.  And thirdly, the heart rate is up which is pumping more oxygen into the muscle and more lactic acid into the mitochondria.  Also, over time there will eventually be more mitochondria to help out in the future.

There is no stretching session between set three and SetFour for one very important reason.  Growth hormone will be absorbed and eradicated just as quickly as it was released, so it must be used immediately.

Set Four.

Without a break between set three and SetFour, except for changing weights, the person will now reduce the weight to the level of Step One.  This lower amount of weight following an isometric stress on the muscle will help focus the growth hormone into the target muscle and help build more muscle fibers.  We do not need to worry about repair, because we have stayed in an anabolic mode throughout our workout.

Increasing Weights

If during Set Two you find that you can almost as easily do eight repetitions as doing six, it is time to increase weights.  But this is not the set where we increase the weights.  Increasing weights on Set Two will only damage the muscle and that is not our goal.  Instead, increase the weights on Set Four.  After an isometric contraction, the growth hormone is focused into the muscle.  By increasing the weights only 5 to 10 pounds in Set Four, the muscle begins to recognize this as an easy task to accomplish and remembers the new weight limit.  At the next workout, this is the weight you would begin with.  It is safe to increase weights every other workout for that muscle.

Variety

The muscles need to rest, and the brain likes variety.  It is better to let a muscle that has worked very hard rest for two weeks before working it again.  For this reason, we do not do the same workout routine every day.  The brain would get bored and you would reach a plateau.  Instead, vary the workouts in this way:  Work the front of the upper body one day and the back of the lower body on the same day.  Then on a following day work the upper body in the back and the lower body in the front.  Or spread it out even more and work front of the arms and upper back, upper chest and hams, calves and biceps, latisimus and tibialis, etc.  Variety is the spice of life, and it is important that the brain stay amused and excited.  Besides the added benefit of allowing the muscle to build more fibers especially when recovering from injury, it is important to vary your workouts.  Always add abdominal work with every workout, and a good 10-minute aerobic warm-up before beginning any workout.

Here is a summary of the benefits of FennFlexR:

  1. No delayed onset muscle soreness
  2. Growth Hormone Release for muscle building
  3. No muscle damage
  4. Decreased rehabilitation time
  5. Increased strength in shorter time.
  6. Increased bone mass and density
  7. More oxygen to the brain

RELAXATION

Relaxation is necessary for optimal performance during the day. At the beginning and end of your workout sit in a cross legged posture or Easy Pose.  Empty your mind and relax the tension from your body.  Breathing is key to relaxation.  Inhale completely and deeply, relax and exhale quietly.   Practice Three-Part Breathing for a few breaths, then continue to breathe deeply for five to ten minutes.

Three-Part Breathing

Part One.  Inhale deeply allowing the belly to move forward.  The diaphragm contracts as the lungs expand filling with fresh Oxygen.  Fill the body as water fills a vessel.

Part Two.  Begin with the belly and expand the lower ribs, then the upper ribs all the way to the clavicles.

Part Three.  Feel the air reaching the top of the chest, then relax.

Control the exhale and quietly empty the top of the chest, the lower chest and ribs, and then the belly comes back.  Gently pull the navel back towards the spine.  The inhale will follow naturally as you repeat the process.

NAPRAPATHY

A Naprapathic physician is a doctor who specializes in connective tissue disorders.  It is my specialized training that has led me to the discovery and refinement of the FennFlexR routine.  I have been training patients and personal trainers to work with their limitations. Rather than focus on stretch in the tight side, we concentrate on strengthening the weak side.  Within these parameters and we are seeing amazing results; 12% bone gain in one year, and range of motion increases in 6 weeks for example.  It is my goal to help patients recover from injury or illness in less time, and not have to spend so much time at the gym if all they are interested in is staying healthy but their lives are very hectic.  FennFlexR is the answer to every person’s health improvement program.  I can be reached at doc2wah@gmail.com for questions about FennFlexR or other health-related matters.

 

Dr. Rev. Wanona Wellspring Ceisel, DN, LMT is a Naprapathy doctor, licensed massage therapist, clinical nutritionist, pain management and rehabilitation specialist, and yoga instructor.  She is also the owner/director/instructor at the Wellspring Centre of Natural Healing Arts an accredited medical massage vocational school in Naperville, Illinois (from 2000 to 2005) and creator of Wellspring Massage, Facial Reflexology and owner/director/instructor at Spring Creek Holistic and Organic Farm founded in 2014.

 

References:

  1. Larry Scott, Utah, 1996
  2. Fenn, anatomist, 1952

Aromatherapy for Pain

This abstract first appeared in the Journal of Prolotherapy 2012.  As the author I give myself kind permission to reprint it here.  Use Aromatherapy wisely and enjoy good health.

Therapeutic Grade Aromatherapy Essential Oils in the treatment of Pain

By Wanona Wellspring, DNSinus HA Pillow

 

Abstract

Essential oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Myrrh contain neuro-depressive qualities for blocking pain as suggested by several studies in recent years.  Also unique in their pain-relieving properties are helichrysum, white fir, and Douglas fir.  There are several factors in pain sensation resulting from trauma (both physical and emotional), nerve damage, joint dysfunction, arthritis, and surgery,  Most of the research has been done in France and has not been translated into English.  However, there is substantial documentation to support the safe and effective use of therapeutic grade essential oils for many health related maladies, including pain.

Introduction

Of the many nerve fibers of the human body, the nociceptors comprise a large number and are located primarily within moving joints, and innervate various tissues within the body.  There is a protective nature of the sensation of pain to help prevent injury to ourselves, staying within our pain “threshold”, and to signal the brain to compensate for a previous injury.  Nature has supplied us with a natural plant aromatic oil that has the ability to suppress substance P, a neurotransmitter that signals pain within the brain.  Other essential oils from plants help muscles relax, heal bone, repair tendon, and calm the otherwise stressed sympathetic nervous system that keeps us in the pain-spasm-pain feedback loop with no relief.  Understanding the physiological affect of the essential oils has been the subject of research in recent years.  More recently individual subjects have used combinations of pure therapeutic grade essential oils for their pain relief before and after surgery with phenomenal results.  The essential oils were either ingested to applied topically, and there was absolutely no need to administer pharmaceutical pain medication.  The emotional apprehension of impending surgery, or its aftermath of pain and hemorrhage, or infection, has been completely eliminated by using therapeutic grade essential oils.

 

Objectives

To review of literature and personal testimonials for the effective use of therapeutic grade essential oils in the cessation of pain and relief from muscle spasm due to trauma or surgery and the formulas of single and blended oils that were used.

Methods

The use of therapeutic grade essential oils by individuals has been documented by testimonials on various yahoo groups, as well as personal interviews via phone or email and in person to verify what oils were used, how they were applied, how soon were the results felt and for how long, and when was the use of the oils discontinued.

Results

The primary pain formulas used varies from person to person although the same basic formula keeps repeating.

Prior to Prolotherapy (or surgery) Pain Control Formula

10 drops Vetiver
10 drops Valerian
5 drops Helichrysum
5 drops Clove

Post-Prolotherapy (or surgery) Pain Control Formula

20 drops Valerian
20 drops Vetiver
10 drops Helichrysum
5 drops Clove
5 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
5 drops Peppermint

Make the formula and place into 00 capsules.  Take as often as needed or 3-4 hours apart.

Pain Formula for Trauma

19 drops Valerian

2 to 3 drops Clove

2 to 3 drops Peppermint

Taken internally in an 00 capsule, two capsules at night are good for about 5 hours of pain relief.

Background

When plants are selected for essential oils they undergo a stringent process to verify their purity and potency.  They are grown in the best of conditions verifying their organic and wild-crafted nature.  Many are grown in areas where the soil is extremely rich and have never received chemicals of any kind.  They are harvested at their peak to insure that the quality of the oil in their leaves is the highest.  Then they are diffused at a temperature that will allow the oils to be extracted into the steam, but not so high a temperature that the healing components are degraded.  This is so often the case with casual perfume companies who adjust the oils with chemicals to make them appear to be pleasant to the nose, but have no true therapeutic properties.

 

Select few companies have taken it upon themselves to provide pure therapeutic grade essential oils that are potent, organic and contain the highest quality ingredients according to scientific standards set by professional aromatherapy laboratories.

“The chemistry of essential oils consists of simple hydrocarbons, oxygenated hydrocarbons, and their isomers.”

The oxygenated compounds of essential oils give them their most satisfying aroma and quality.  Monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes fall into the category of Terpenes and contain groups of hydrocarbons responsible for their therapeutic effect in cells.  There are an estimated 1,000 different monoterpenes and as many as 3,000 sesquiterpenes found in essential oils.

Both Valerian and Helichrysum contain sesquiterpenes.  gamma-Curcumene in Helichrysum  (helichrysum  italicum) and alpha-Farnescene in Valerian (Valeriana officinalis).  Sesquiterpenes are a fundamental class of plant compounds containing three isoprene units per molecule and are found in about 50% of all plant oils.  Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) contains 90% sesquiterpenes and is well known for its fixing property.

 

Ketones are composed of a carbonyl group with a hydrocarbon attached.  They emit a strong aroma and aid in nerve sedation, as well as promoting healing.  Valerian (vetiveria zizanioides) contains a ketone known as alpha-Vetivone.

 

Both Valerian and Vetiver contain small amounts of carboxylic acids.  The presence of acids in essential oils is so rare and unusual that many of them are named for their parent plant, valerinic acid and vetiveric acid are found in valerian and vetiver respectively.  The acid molecules carry a benzene ring giving them a higher resonance energy giving them electromagnetic frequencies.  Valerinic acid when combined with the aldehyde valerianal gives valerian its unpleasant smell.  The sedative properties of valerian however comes from the sesquiterpenes present in the oil.  It has been used as a tranquilizer in Germany and to treat insomnia.  The aldehydes in oils provide an antiviral and anti-inflammatory quality as well as calming effect to the nervous system.  Working on the parasympathetic system they reduce blood pressure by dilating blood vessels, relieve emotional stress and may reduce fevers.

 

Helichrysum (helichrysum italicum) is also known as Everlasting.  It contains less than 0.1% essential oil content and is costly to obtain.  It contains the sesquiterpene gamma-Curcumene.  Sesquiterpenes delete faulty information by correcting transcriptase function in DNA replication.  The largest element found in helichrysum is the ester Neryl Acetate up to 38%.  Esters are known for their relaxing effect, analgesic and strong affinity for acetylcholine receptor sites.  This may explain why muscle relaxation occurs as the ester occupies the space of the muscle receptor site and slows down the contraction of muscle fibers.  Other well known esters are found in Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Onycha, Cardamom, Jasmine and Spruce.

Peppermint  (mentha piperita) contains a high concentration of Menthol (34-44%) and is never mistaken for other oils of the mint family.  The flavor or peppermint will dominate the blend.  It will fight against invading microbes and fight off bacteria and viruses while offering pain relieving qualities.  Peppermint will suppress the production of substance-P neurotransmitter in response to pain.  It is a popular ingredient to freshen mouth, soothe digestive difficulties, relieve colic and indigestion.

 

In addition to its effectiveness in pain relief, clove (syzygium aromatica) has also demonstrated itself as an anti-inflammatory and a blood thinner.  It has a higher ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of over 10 million.  By comparison the ORAC score of blueberries is only 2,400, 1,260 for spinach, 750 for oranges, and 210 for carrots. Clove has been used as an oral anesthetic by dentists for more than 500 years.  The phenolic compounds found in clove clean receptor sites, eat up free radicals and protect us from viruses and harmful bacteria. Clove contains more eugenol (75-80%) than any other essential oil giving it the anesthetic quality when used topically. Jean Valnet, MD, a French physician reportedly found clove beneficial for many purposes including nausea, bronchitis, arthritis, acne, halitosis, headaches, insect bites, mouth sores, warts, lymphoma, and prevention of contagious disease.

Testimonials

Margarete D.
Location: Tucson, AZ, United States
Posted: 2005-07-31
My neighbor had to quit her job because of severe pain and inflammation of the nerves in the carpal tunnels. She had intense, painful throbbing in her wrists, especially at night. During a visit I offered her the use of my peppermint oil to see if it might help her. After application of a few drops, she had right away an easing up of the pain.

Next morning, it was not even 6AM yet, when she called me all excited because for the first time in 7 years, she had a good night’s sleep. She has since applied also Lavender, and the other 5 oils in the Essential 7 kit. She was and remained completely pain free after about 7 days.

JoAnn S.r
Location: Ukiah, CA, United States
Posted: 2006-01-31
I was having a problem with my foot aching. This had gone on for a year or so. I told my osteopath that when I moved my foot a certain way that it was really painful. He told, ‘Well, don’t do that.’ Then it dawned me to look in one of my oils books to see what might help. I tried peppermint, and the pain disappeared. It is months later, and the pain has not returned.

Raymond W.
Location: Pontiac, MI, United States
Posted: 2005-11-22
In 1998 I discovered the power of Young Living’s essential oils while seeking alternatives to the cortisone injections that I was receiving from the specialist that my employer sent me to. While the pain subsided for several days, I still suffered from what was called cortisone flares when the pain seemed worse than the original pain and one night the pain was so unbearable, yes, this man cried. Real men do cry you know! Even Jesus wept on several occasions!

Well…one day I noticed an advertisement in a magazine regarding the application of a few drops of a potent oil blend that had helped others find relief from various pains so I ordered a bottle of PanAway, which was known by PanAway at that time. Nevertheless, upon my first application of no more than 8 drops that oil blend had resolved my ailment.

Sondra G.
Location: Sterling Heights, MI, United States
Posted: 2007-08-26
OK, I got a cavity, in the last molar…so I had to get it fixed. I do not use the numbing stuff or gas so was thinking of the pain…but then remembered about clove! I brought it with me and put it on while I was in the waiting area. It numbed it right up. No pain. Aha! I put one drop on the tooth after he was half done drilling. My dentist was great about it and is a little curious. :)
Cindy C.
Location: Sag Harbor, NY, United States
Posted: 2009-03-04
My husband has had 3 back surgeries that have been considered failures. At night he suffers if he has done too much during the day. One night he was so miserable- I placed peppermint all over his back and instantly he felt better. He fell asleep peacefully without extreme pain.

Now when he is in the least bit of pain we use the oil to soothe his muscles and remove the pain. Works great!

 

Lori Y.
Location: Peoria, AZ, United States
Posted: 2008-07-17
I had to have a deep conization surgery and prepared in this way:

PRE OP on my brainstem I put Vetiver, Frankincense, Release. On my pelvic area (area of surgery) I put Clary Sage, Vetiver, Frankincense and Thieves. I also put Thieves on my feet.

POST OP I focused only on my area of surgery (over the pelvic area) and applied Geranium (to slow bleeding) Clary Sage (cramping) Frankincense and Thieves and RutaVaLa. I repeated this every 3 hours on the first day of surgery until bedtime. I ALSO drank loads of water post-op with NingXia Red in it (didn’t measure amount but it probably totaled 6oz that day)

I had NO PAIN, NO CRAMPS! NO NAUSEA which I guess is common post anesthesia. The day after surgery, I woke rested and as if I had never had a surgery. I continued to apply the oils to the pelvis every few hours for the next 3-4 days and still NEVER HAD A CRAMP OR PAIN !For the whole deal I never needed to take so much as an aspirin !

I had asked the anesthesiologist to give me the bare necessity of drugs, that I didn’t want any ‘for my comfort’ drugs. I had surgery on a Thursday and was in my exercise class the following Monday with my normal level of energy.

To me this is a miracle as I’ve had plenty of colposcopies and have been uncomfortable with cramping (which I’ve discovered Clary Sage and Geranium are great for by the way). This was a much bigger procedure and because I used oils prior to and regularly post op it really made the experience no big deal. I was amazed and delighted. My husband and relatives were shocked that I was up and moving so soon after the surgery.

 Casey P.
Location: Eugene, OR, United States
Posted: 2008-04-23
When I had abdominal day-surgery a few months ago, I made sure I had my favorite oils by my bedside for when I came home from the hospital. Whenever I woke in the night I found that just opening the bottles and smelling them, before I even applied them to the sore areas, calmed my anxiety and even made the pain seem less.

The prescription I was given for pain made me jittery and unable to sleep so I stopped taking it after the first night and relied primarily on the oils. I was fine, even getting around sooner than I expected. The best ones I found for pain were helichrysum, lavender, chamomile. I also added Peace & Calming, geranium, and 3 Wise Men for help staying calm and sleeping.

Rosalyn S.
Location: Fairbanks, AK, United States
Posted: 2004-10-14
I recently had major abdominal surgery. Anyone that has had this knows how you feel when you wake up. I will tell you what I did.

First, before surgery, I showered using Thieves cleanser, figuring I would help make sure I also didn’t have to fight a staph infection later if I could help it.

Second, my doctor allowed me anything that made me feel more comfortable, so I brought my own pillow in a plastic bag to hold in the Peace & Calming, Valor and Thieves I had saturated it with and the wonderful odors I woke up to.

Third, I placed 3 drops of Peace & Calming and 3 drops of Gentle Baby down my lower spine before going in the operating room.

Fourth, when I woke up and began to feel discomfort (read, it hurt like H—) I used a lavish hand with the Helichrysum, Sacred Mountain and Peppermint. That was the only time I used anything but the Peppermint for the discomfort. I found out later that no one had turned on the morphine pump, so these things really did the job for me. We found that I am allergic to almost all of the pain relievers and antibiotics, so I relied on Peppermint, neat, on the abdomen and 2 drops of Oregano, 2 drops of Mt. Savory and 10 drops of lemon in a capsule, twice a day.

My incision healed up extremely fast, the bruising was gone within 2 days, I rode my 4 wheeler to the house from the highway because of road conditions after being released from the hospital and have since helped construct a 3 story house in the Alaskan Bush. I hope this helps someone else.

Denise E.
Location: Binghamton, NY, United States
Posted: 2006-03-29
My mother-in-law had already had her knees replaced surgically years before I met her. She told me last summer about the horrible pain she was suffering in her knees, and that she had already been to her doctor. They told her that they didn’t want to operate again explaining that not only did they feel that they couldn’t fix the problem, but that the surgery could make the problem worse! I applied a few drops of Helichrysum to her knees and she had instant relief. Needless to say that Helichrysum quickly became her favorite oil.
 Teresa S.
Location: Knoxville, TN, United States
Skills: Massage Therapist
Posted: 2006-10-30
I had back surgery several years ago and periodically I have back pain with inflammation. Recently I went to my chiropractor and there was so much inflammation, he could not adjust me. He told me to ice my back, but I went home and put peppermint on it instead. The inflammation subsided immediately along with the pain.

 

RESULTS

Using therapeutic grade essential oils when there are symptoms of pain or as a protecting agent and to prevent pain from surgery has been successful and warrants investigation.  The scientific data justifies the use of specific oils which have been tested by health practitioners and patients with great success.  Whether you are contemplating oral surgery or simple dental cleaning, or knee replacement, the use of even a few essential oils will help reduce the pain and inflammation as well as protect against infection and emotional stress most patients experience from these procedures.

 

References:

  1. D. Gary Young, ND. Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide. Essential Science Publishing, April 2003.  Second Edition. 608 Pages, ISBN 0-943685-34-6
  2. Delaveau P, et al. “Neuro-depressive properties of essential oil of lavender.” C R Seances Soc Biol Fil. 1989;183(4):342-8.
  3. Dolara P, et al. “Analgesic effects of myrrh.” Nature. 1996 Jan 4;379(6560):29.
  4. Gobel H, et al. “Effect of peppermint and eucalyptus oil preparations on neurophysiological and experimental algesimetric headache parameters.” Cephalalgia. 1994; 14(3):228-34.
  5. Higley, Connie, and Higley, Allan. (2001) Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 11th Edition.  Abundant Health, Oren Utah. 536 pages. ISBN 0-97-06583-6-2
  6. Manwaring, Brian, editor. Essential Oils Desk Reference. compiled by Essential Science Publishing , Orem, Utah. Third Edition 2006. 520 pages ISBN 0-943685-39-7
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  8. Stewart, David, PhD, DNM. Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple, God’s Love Manifest in Molecules. Care Publications, 2006 Second Edition 846 Pages.  ISBN 0-934426-99-6

FIRST Choice Medicine

by Dr. Rev. Wanona Wellspring Ceisel, DN

Doctor of Naprapathy, Medical Intuitive

 

The First Medicine you need is Encouragement.

 

“I need somebody to listen to MY story.”

I listen while patients tell their story.  The first medicine that I give them, no matter what the signs or symptoms, is encouragement.  I encourage them to have trust in that their body will heal itself. Our bodies have the ability to heal, and our treatment is to help reconnect the patient and their inward capabilities; thought, imagination, emotional response, and gratitude.

 

TIGER

 

Thought

Imagination

Gratitude

Emotional

Response

 

This is the credo of the Spring Creek Holistic Center and the personal credo for everyone.   Words are powerful and handy helpers in the healing process.  Words of encouragement allow the true inner strength to reveal itself and the Tiger emerges.  Strong and yet sentient, the Tiger is sensitive to its surroundings and can sense the emotion of creatures nearby by their scent; chemoreceptors in the brain trigger hormonal responses when stimulated by certain scents.

 

The feeling that accompanies the hormonal response will either help the Tiger survive, or propagate to support the species.  Human beings are not sure what to do with their hormonal responses when the need to do either no longer exists.

 

Keeping healthy requires daily discipline to eat regular healthy meals and healthy snacks and get acquainted to the needs of their body.  Body aches and pains are nature’s way of communicating to us that something may be wrong.  The body begins to communicate to various parts to maintain a homeostatic internal environment.  Chemical messengers carry signals and we feel something with our muscles and skin, and even in the joints.

 

We eventually regain control and balance is restored within us, or so it would seem on the outside.  Homeostasis is not a static event but a series of checks and balances that employ when certain chemicals are too high or too low, our temperature is too high or too low, or we are too cold, or too hot.  Living at either extreme is uncomfortable, so we find a middle ground that is comfortable.  That develops our thermostat and the body has a job to do that will last the rest of its life.  Until we get sick and it gets out of balance again, and the cycle begins.

 

Originally our bodies were made healthy and whole.  Sometimes we are born with nutritional deficiencies or they may have developed later but in either case, the treatment begins the same way; with encouragement.

 

The TIGER approach to health is holistically based and supported by years of personal experience.  It speaks to the person without regard to religious affiliation or spiritual gender.  We as human beings are capable of thought, imagination, gratitude and emotional response.  It supports the homeopathic viewpoint that healing comes not only from the head down, but also “the inside out.”

 

The idea appears as a thought, and our imagination begins to go to work.  We can better appreciate where we are, and remember the good that exists in our lives creating a sense of gratitude; grateful for knowing that your body can heal, and that emotions can be part of the healing process.  Our emotional response to our environment is a big clue of our immune and health status.

 

The Living Food Lifestyle was developed used similar ideas in developing our program guidelines.  When learning to change your eating habits it is important that you make your personal health your first choice.  Every choice after that is based upon your desire to heal your chronic symptoms and regain optimal health.  The First Step is not only to change your lifestyle but agreeing to take the first step.  First Medicine is here to help you accomplish your goals for a healthy life.

 

wanona@springcreekholistic.com

Illinois, USA