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What Is Homeopathy?

By Mo Perry
Treating mild ailments with homeopathic medicine is becoming more mainstream in U.S. healthcare. Learn how it works, and how to make it part of your own healthcare toolkit.
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Gardens That Heal: Q&A With Juliet Blankespoor

By Marco Dregni
Herbs like basil, thyme, fennel, mint, and more can be used in cooking — and in herbal medicine.
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How to Use Tea-Tree Oil

By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
This antiseptic and antifungal essential oil has several applications. Discover a few ideas for your home and body.
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NATURAL MENTAL HEALTH: Can Hops Help Ease Insomnia?

By Henry Emmons, MD
This plant can ease anxiety and insomnia — especially sleeplessness related to nervous tension.
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NATURAL MENTAL HEALTH: How Nature Supports Our Mental Health

By Henry Emmons, MD
Here's how nature supports our mind and mood — and how to get more of it.
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7 Tips on Eating for Trauma Recovery

By Jessie Sholl
Cutting back on caffeine, eating magnesium-rich foods, and more can help support you while you are healing from chronic stress.
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How to Improve Vagal Tone

By Catherine Guthrie
Getting a massage, chanting, breathing deeply, and taking a cold shower can all help stimulate your vagus nerve.
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How Does EMDR Work?

By Quinton Skinner
No one is exactly sure how eye movement desensitization and reprocessing helps treat trauma, but here are three working theories.
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This is Your Vagus Nerve on Lockdown

By Catherine Guthrie
Here’s how a lack of social interaction and fear of COVID contagion affects your vagus nerve.
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Why the Vagus Nerve Matters to Your Health

By Catherine Guthrie
The vagus nerve, also known as the gut–brain axis, plays a critical role in stress regulation and overall health. Learn how you can take care of yours.
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How EMDR Helps to Treat Trauma

By Quinton Skinner
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a trauma treatment that often produces results when nothing else will. But what is it, and how does it work?
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Can Massage Soothe Pain?

By Mo Perry
Massage can lower cortisol levels and enhance dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin, all of which helps with pain relief.
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Can Massage Help Ease Anxiety and Depression?

By Mo Perry
Stimulating the peripheral nerves with massage can switch the nervous system into rest-and-relaxation mode.
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11 Massage Modalities

By Mo Perry
From acupressure to myofascial release to trigger-point therapy, here are various forms of massage — and what they are good for.
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Can Massage Help Relieve Headaches?

By Mo Perry
Shiatsu-style massage and craniosacral therapy can help with chronic headaches.
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How Massage and Healing Touch Benefit Overall Health

By Mo Perry
Massage can help with pain relief, digestion, and even immunity.
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The Nature Cure

By Molly Tynjala
Learn how going outdoors can help ease depression and hypertension and improve resiliency and immunity.
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How to Use Tapping

By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
This holistic-healing technique uses the body’s acupressure points to lower stress and reset your mind.
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The Rise of Animal Assisted Healthcare

By Courtney Helgoe
"Biotherapy" involves using animals such as dogs, horses, and even worms to help healing.
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NATURAL MENTAL HEALTH: Can Aromatherapy Help With Anxiety?

By Henry Emmons, MD
Essential oils and aromatherapy can support mental and emotional health in many ways, says our columnist Henry Emmons, MD.
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