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September 30, 2021

Holistic Healing and Alternative Medicine for Your Total Health

October 2021

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By Frans Stiene

I often have written about concepts practiced within the system of Reiki from a traditional Japanese viewpoint. In this article, I present quotes from Japanese spiritual teachers ranging from Zen to Martial Arts, followed by a small comment/teaching of my own. These point toward and help you see the interconnectedness of these teachings with Mikao Usui’s. This in turn will help you to start to practice and/or teach the system of Reiki from a more traditional Japanese perspective. Also, when we have a clearer intellectual understanding of the practice, we are able to get more out of our practical approach to it. We then can move from simply understanding to truly experiencing our practice.

“When John studied with Takata, he made over 20 audio tapes of her lectures and classes. On one of the tapes she discusses travelling to Japan in order to teach her approach to Reiki. While there, she met some Japanese citizens who were actively practicing and preserving Reiki as they understood in Japan. Takata regarded their approach as entirely valid, but inappropriate for the West. It was highly complex, required years of training and was closely intertwined with religious practices. She felt these factors would deter students in the West and hobble the spread of Reiki through the world at a time when, in her view, it was urgently needed.” – Hand to Hand by John Harvey Gray

– I have opened with this wonderful quote about Mrs. Takata meeting some Japanese citizens who were actively practicing and preserving Reiki. She states that in Japan, the system of Reiki was highly complex, required years of training and was closely intertwined with religious practices. If we look at these old Japanese spiritual teachings to see how they interlink with Mikao Usui, we get a better idea of what he was really trying to practice and teach.

“His [Morihei Ueshiba] goal, deeply religious in nature, is summarized in a single statement: the unification of the fundamental creative principle, ki, permeating the universe, and the individual ki, inseparable from breath-power, of each person. Through constant training of mind and body, the individual ki harmonizes with the universal ki, and this unity appears in the dynamic, flowing movement of ki-power which is free and fluid, indestructible and invincible. This is the essence of Japanese martial arts as embodied in Aikido.” Kisshomaru Ueshiba

– This quote from the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, is in line with the teachings of Mikao Usui, as we can see in the quote below from a booklet by the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. Both point out that we have to train and strive to harmonize/unite our ki with the ki of the universe.

“Strict teachings and rules of Master Usui: One of the most strict rules which he taught us is that your spirit as a small universe has to be always united with the spiritual power of the whole universe as one.” – Reiki Ryoho no Shiori, which is a booklet handed out by the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.

– But how do we do this? Through consistently meditating on the precepts, symbols, mantras, and practicing the meditation practices like hatsurei-ho. Again the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai notes the importance of meditation:

“Meditation not only makes your spiritual energy stronger but also cures illnesses and helps to get rid of fatigue.” – Reiki Ryoho no Shiori booklet handed out by the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.

– As you can see, meditation is the key to cultivate and emanate a stronger amount of spiritual energy, of Reiki.

“Meaning of “Reiki”: Energy within oneself, when concentrated and applied to patient, will cure all ailments – it is nature’s greatest cure, which requires no drugs. It helps in all respects, human and animal life. In order to concentrate, one must purify one’s thoughts in words and in thoughts and meditate to let the “energy” come out from within. It lies in the bottom of your stomach about 2 inches below the navel. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, concentrate on your thoughts and relax…” – Excerpt from Mrs. Takata’s diary, Dec 10th 1935

– Like the Japanese teachers above, Mrs. Takata also pointed out that meditation is the key. She also noted that Reiki lies within and at the bottom of the stomach, which is the hara.

“HARA (Jap.) A central area in the lower abdomen from which the breath comes during meditation. The hara is a point of balance and source of ki, or life-force energy.” – Returning to Silence by Zen master Dainin Katagiri

Not only did Mrs Takata point to the importance of the hara, but Mikao Usui did as well. When you look at traditional Japanese meditation practices like joshin kokyu ho and seishin toitsu, you can see that both work with breathing deeply into the hara. Why? Because it is the source of ki – our life force energy.

“Because Reiki Therapy improves self – healing ability by using the spiritual energy coming from your own body, it’s safe and anyone can do it.” – September 1974 Usui Reiki Therapy Association Headquarters Chairman Toyokazu Kazuwa (Reiki Ryoho no Shiori booklet, handed out by the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.)

– Here the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai also points out that Reiki, spiritual energy, is coming from our own body and that it has to be first of all sought within our own body.

“We humans hold the Great Reiki that fills the Great Universe. The higher we raise the vibration of our own being, the stronger the Reiki we have inside will be.” – note from a student of Mikao Usui supplied by Hiroshi Doi

– So again, we can see that unification process of “I am the universe and the universe is me”, see that Reiki is within us, and that we have to raise our vibration. How do we raise our vibration? Through meditating on the precepts, symbols, mantras, and meditation practices like hatsurei-ho.

“In reflecting on dana paramita [perfection of giving], however, I am reminded that it requires “three kinds of purity.” That is, according to Buddhism, true giving involves the awareness that there is no giver, no gift, and no receiver. Attachments of any kind—whether it be to self as the benefactor, the value of the gift, or the acknowledgment by the receiver—nullify the pure act of giving.” – Taitetsu Unno (1929-2014)

– This corresponds to the way we need to give a treatment and a reiju/initiation/attunement, to the awareness we must cultivate and hold in our heart-mind during these practices and rituals. Mikao Usui pointed this out within his precepts, because true compassion is infused with the three kinds of purity: no giver, no gift, and no receiver.

“Compassion naturally occurs in the state of selflessness.” – Kaji: Empowerment and Healing in Esoteric Buddhism by Ryuko Oda

– This means that if we want to embody the precepts, we have to really be in a state of selflessness, no “I”. 

“For the members of our association, please keep this in mind that the more you have a higher virtue in yourself the stronger your spiritual energy becomes .”- Reiki Ryoho no Shiori, handed out by the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.

– Thus by embodying the precepts, virtues, letting true compassion come out, and by holding the awareness of no giver, gift, and no receiver, our spiritual energy becomes stronger.

“As long as you are involved in dualistic concepts, it is not possible for you to observe our precepts. So how to get out of dualistic concepts and fill our being with gratitude is the point of practice.” – Wind Bell, Teachings from the San Francisco Zen Center.

-This is really the essence of the system of Reiki and a very important element within Mikao Usui’s teachings. To be able to embody the Reiki precepts we need to let go of dualistic concepts, else we cannot observe Mikao Usui’s precepts. Thus we need to let go of ideas and statements like: “this is a higher vibration than that”, “there is this kind of Reiki and that kind of Reiki”, and again, hold in heart-mind no giver, gift, and receiver. Mikao Usui also pointed this out by placing “be grateful” within the precepts, because as the Zen Centre points out, true gratitude helps us to let go of dualistic concepts.

Mikao Usui noted this non-involvement in dualistic concepts within the mantras of his teachings as well. For example: Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen 本者是正念 translates as “My Original Nature is Right Mind”. What is Right Mind? Right Mind is non-duality.

“In Sanskrit, the word for “right” is samma. It means “to go along with,” “to go together,” “to turn together.” It originally comes from a term that means “to unite.” So “right” is a state of being in which everything can live together, or turn together, united. Right is a state of human life in which we live in peace and harmony with all other beings. It is right, beyond our ideas of right or wrong, good or bad.” You Have to Say Something: Manifesting Zen Insight by Dainin Katagiri

– Right, as it is pointed out by Zen Master Dainin Katagiri is thus beyond our ideas of right and wrong, good or bad; he is thus also pointing towards non-duality. Therefore we can say that Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen also can be translated as “ My Original Nature is a Non-Dual Mind.”

“The No-Mind is the same as the Right Mind. It neither congeals nor fixes itself in one place. It is called No-Mind when the mind has neither discrimination nor thought but wanders about the entire body and extends throughout the entire self.”– Zen Master Takuan Sōhō

– Thus Right Mind is the same as No-Mind which in essence is again non-duality. We begin to see it all come full circle as all these teachers of old in Japan pointed towards the same state of mind.

“The Right Mind is the mind that does not remain in one place. It is the mind that stretches throughout the entire body and self. The Confused Mind is the mind that, thinking something over, congeals in one place.” – Zen Master Takuan Sōhō

– What is that confused mind? Mikao Usui pointed this out, it is the mind that is angry and worried. What is the Right Mind? Mikao Usui also pointed that out; it is the mind which is grateful, true to its way and its being, and compassionate. Thus we can start to see that hon sha ze sho nen – my original nature is right mind – also is linked to the precepts.

Looking at traditional Japanese spiritual practices helps us to see what Mikao Usui had in mind and what he was trying to teach us. But most of all it helps us see how to practice. Because it is only through applying on a daily basis the meditation practices Mikao Usui placed in his teachings that we will have a direct experience of what he was trying to point out. If we only intellectualize about it – all thought and no action – it will never be a direct experience. It will be like thinking or reading about a cake and never actually baking it and eating it. Instead, if we consistently develop and follow through in our practice, we can have our cake and eat it too.

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The doctor of the future will be oneself.― Albert Schweitzer


By GreenMedinfo Research Group

Probiotics, green tea and honey are examples of "ancientbiotics" -- natural compounds that have been used for centuries address the overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria, and that have scientifically validated antibacterial (i.e. microbiome improving) properties that are valued to this day.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been declared one of the top 10 global public health threats to humanity. It's fueled by the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials and occurs when the microbiome is altered (dysbios) and ceratin bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites become impervious to the antimicrobial drugs conventionally used to treat them. In the U.S. alone, 2.8 million people are believed to develop antibiotic-resistant infections annually, and 35,000 people die as a result.

As drug-resistant pathogens spread, infections that were once easy to treat can become life-threatening and there are few new options in development. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) stated, "The clinical pipeline of new antimicrobials is dry."

If you're facing a serious infection, you should seek medical attention immediately. However, it's useful to be aware of the antibacterial agents found in nature, many of which have been valued since ancient times.

Ancient Civilizations Relied on Natural Antibiotics

With antimicrobial-resistant infections on the rise, scientists are now looking with interest at ancient medieval medical texts, which include various recipes to treat conditions that were likely microbial infections and/or cases of dysbios where certain naturally occurring microbes grew opportunistically and out of proportion to its natural ratios. One such remedy that's 1,000 years old included crushed garlic and a second substance in the Allium species combined with wine and oxgall, or bovine bile, then left to sit in a brass or bronze vessel for nine days and nights.

"The ingredients combined to treat this infection appear promising to the modern microbiologist," researchers wrote in the journal mBio.They reconstructed the remedy, which they believe was used to treat styes, then known as "wen," which are caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

The "ancientbiotics" turned out to be effective, with the study noting their "activity relies on the combined activity of several antimicrobial ingredients" and highlights the "untapped potential of premodern remedies for yielding novel therapeutics at a time when new antibiotics are desperately needed."

In other instances, garlic was used by ancient Greece, Rome, India and China for infections and respiratory ailments, while in ancient Egypt, China, Serbia, Greece and Rome moldy bread was applied as a topical treatment for infections. Other ancient civilizations relied on herbs, honey and, in some cases, animal feces to treat infection.

Five Top Natural Antibacterial Agents

Some of the most prized antimicrobial agents come from nature, and many of them are easy to access and incorporate into your routine as necessary. At, you can read about 525 substances that work as antibacterial agents, which include:

1. Probiotics

Ancient civilizations embraced fermented foods, which gave them a rich source of probiotics. Today, probiotics are well known for bolstering the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Less widely known is their usefulness for directly inhibiting bacterial pathogens like E. coli, shigella, salmonella and C. difficile. A multi-strain probiotic is especially useful for this purpose.

Probiotics also produce inhibitory substances such as hydrogen peroxide and bacteriocins, which may inhibit pathogenic bacteria, while also blocking adhesion sites, competing for nutrients with pathogens and bolstering the immune response. "Unequivocal evidence" proves the antimicrobial activity of probiotics, which includes:

Reduced giardia infection
Decrease in candida and protection against candidiasis
Reduced accumulation of bacterial plaque
The ability to fight skin pathogens

2. Cranberry

Cranberry contains a number of active compounds including phenolic acids, proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins and organic acids that inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus bacteria and salmonella and inhibit E. coli in the urinary tract -- grapefruit seeds have also shown promise in treating urinary tract infections, including antibiotic-resistant varieties.

Cranberry compounds also have noted anti-adhesion effects against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, meaning it interferes with the ability of the bacteria to adhere to your tissues. A 2020 study also found that cranberry has an antibacterial effect against periodontal pathogens in biofilms, working to reduce bacteria adhesion and prevent bacterial colonization in the mouth.

3. Green Tea

Of the four primary catechins in green tea, three of them -- epicatechin-3-gallate (ECG), epigallocatechin (EGC) and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) -- have impressive antimicrobial effects. In addition to directly inhibiting Streptococcus mutans, the main cause of cavities, and reducing their attachment to oral surfaces, green tea also has antimicrobial activity against a wide range of bacteria, fungi and viruses, including:

E. coli
Staphylococcus aureus
Candida albicans
Herpes simplex

Like many natural compounds, what makes green tea so beneficial is that it uses a variety of mechanisms in its antimicrobial activities. The catechins it contains are directly antimicrobial, in that they cause damage to the bacterial cell membrane and inhibit enzyme activity. Green tea also inhibits inflammation, which can increase the total antimicrobial effects that it has on an individual.

In the case of green tea for urinary tract infections, which are often caused by E. coli, one study suggested that drinking a cup of brewed green tea may control the growth of bacteria for up to six hours, and perhaps longer.

4. Curcumin

Curcumin, an active compound in the spice turmeric, has been a part of Asian traditional medicine for centuries and has notable antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal effects, including against:

Staphylococcus aureus
Gram-positive bacteria, including listeria
Gram-negative bacteria, including E. coli
Herpes viruses
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Respiratory syncytial virus
Helicobacter pylori

In addition to being consumed orally, curcumin can also be applied topically to treat conditions such as HPV and oral plaque.

5. Honey

Honey is another ancient remedy that has long been used to combat bacteria and treat infections, burns and wounds. It's unique in that it has broad-spectrum antibacterial activity with multiple components that work synergistically, preventing biofilm formation and decreasing the production of virulence factors.

Honey is also known to block bacterial communication, which means antibiotic-resistance is unlikely to develop against honey, and, because it contains prebiotics, probiotics and zinc, it supports the growth of beneficial gut flora that is also useful for infection control.

Honey contains more than 180 compounds, including enzymes, amino acids, organic acids, vitamins and minerals, a complex composition that makes it useful against even multidrug-resistant bacteria. Ulcers, burns, eye and skin diseases, post-surgical wounds and traumatic injuries are among those often treated with honey.

Is Nature the Answer?

The fact that 30% to 50% of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals are derived from plants is a testimony to their potent healing powers. Plants and other natural compounds are increasingly being valued in the search for compounds to combat antimicrobial resistance, but it's difficult to isolate effective individual active compounds from nature, which tends to work best in synergy.

Still, nature holds immense promise. "Synergistic combinations of antimicrobial agents with different mechanisms of action have been introduced as more successful strategies to combat infections involving multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria," researchers wrote in PLOS One. Other natural compounds that are notable for their antibacterial activity include Nigella sativa (black seed), berberine and bee propolis.

On an individual level, using antibiotics only when necessary, consuming organic, antibiotic-free food and embracing natural antibiotic compounds is a balanced approach to staying healthy and well.

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“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” — Buddha



Small, young turnips called “baby turnips” are harvested early in the growing stage. They are delicate, sweet and best eaten raw in salads. Mature turnips have a more pronounced flavor with a firm and woody texture.

An integral part of a variety of cuisines across Europe, Asia, and Eastern America, turnips are closely related to nutritious vegetables like kale, collards, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and broccoli. No surprises then that they’d make a healthy addition to any diet. Here’s a reckoner of all the benefits you can reap by loading up on turnips.

1. May Lower Blood Pressure And Promote Cardiovascular Health

If you suffer from high blood pressure, don’t forget to grab some turnips on your next grocery trip. One study found that foods containing nitrates, like turnips, lower blood pressure, inhibit platelet aggregation, and preserve or improve endothelial dysfunction. Turnips also contain 124 mg of potassium (3.54% recommended daily intake) which has been shown to decrease blood pressure by releasing sodium out of the body and helping arteries dilate. That said, further research is needed to fully validate this benefit.

2. May Strengthen Bones

A cup of turnip offers 20 mg of calcium (2% recommended daily intake), which supports bone health and prevents diseases such as osteoporosis. In addition to this, the potassium in turnips may neutralize acids that remove calcium from the body. That said, since these are trace amounts of the said nutrients, adding more nutrient-rich foods to your diet is ideal.Studies have also found that glucosinates in turnips can strengthen the integrity of bones and play an important role in their formation.

3. Aid Digestion And May Prevent Digestive Disorders

If you’ve got a weak stomach, add turnips to your diet. A cup provides 1.2 g of fiber (4.8% of the recommended daily intake) which support the body’s digestive process. It also contains glucosinolates which have also been found to help bacteria like Helicobacter pylori which slow down or prevent the development of duodenal ulcers and stomach cancer.

4. Protect Vision And Prevent Vision Disorders

As we age, so does our vision. Eating a nutritious diet goes a long way towards keeping your vision healthy and vision disorders at bay. Turnips contain lutein, a carotenoid (antioxidant) that filters out harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helps protect and maintain healthy cells in the eyes.11 It also prevents age-related macular disease, which is the leading cause of blindness and vision impairment.

5. May Prevent Cancer

Turnips contain high levels of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and glucosinolates- that break into two phytonutrients, indoles and isothiocyanates. These help the liver process toxins, fight the effects of carcinogens, and can inhibit the growth of tumor cells in lung and colorectal cancers.


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