Pain: Our Most Precious Guide

Precious pain is a term that often brings reactions of outrage and doubt from people. Our society generally views pain as something terrible that must be escaped at all costs. Those who view pain as something useful are thought of as masochists or psychotics. Pain and suffering are thought to be inseparable. Pain is a […]

Pain: One of Our Greatest Teachers

What is pain? One dictionary definition is “unpleasant sensory and emotional experiences, associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” Others include “distress,” “punishment,” “a basic bodily sensation induced by a noxious stimulus … characterized by physical discomfort … and typically leading to evasive action.” Most of us generally perceive pain as something to be avoided […]

Behind Carpal Tunnel Sydrome: Do Nerves Actually Move?

As you sit at your computer working or surfing the Internet, you may be aware of your hands, arms, or neck, painful, or feeling numb or pins and needles. Most people, who work on computers, are aware of the increasing prevalence of a group of maladies known as “repetitive strain injuries”. These include carpal tunnel […]

Precious Pain – A Guide for Health and Healing

The way we develop our early relationship with pain is easy to see. If you have ever seen a toddler fall and bump his head while his mother is watching, assuming the fall wasn’t traumatic enough to cause terror, you have seen him get up and look to his mother to see how she was […]

Tips for a Healthy Lower Back

If you have ever had a major bout of lower back pain, you know that at its worst, it can take over your life. Some studies estimate that eighty percent of us will have back pain at some point in our lives. This can range from a sore back to a major problem that keeps […]

Stinging Nettles: The Many Health Benefits of This Overlooked Herb

Nettles (Urtica spp.) are among the more versatile and therapeutic, yet maligned and under-utilized, western herbs. Commonly used in earlier centuries for fiber and netmaking, nettle’s medicinal value is now being recognized. Though nettles make an excellent potherb for use in soups and casseroles, nowadays they are often part of herbal formulas for specific conditions, […]

Cottonwood as a Remedy for Coughs, Colds, and Pain Relief

As I write this, it is warm and unseasonably dry, on the eve of the Spring Equinox in Ashland. The forsythia, plums, and daffodils are all flowering in their glory. There’s much goose activity overhead, and the cottonwood buds are at their peak – not quite open, oozing with their yellow-orange resin that some call […]