Topic: Alternative Therapies

Visudddha: the throat chakra, key to self-expression

CHAKRA FIVE Location: throat. Governs: our metabolism during activity and determines our resting metabolic rate.  Main issue: communication and self-expression. Externalizes: as bo …

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Herbs for a magical Midsummer: Potions you can make to soothe your summertime body and celebratory soul.

Summer Solstice is just around the corner! The last few months have been a bit dark and heavy for many of us, so I’m looking forward to celebrating the Sun, the Summer, and a littl …

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Anahata: the heart chakra

The key to immunity. Editor’s note: The Chakra Series, by Todd Mangum, MD, first appeared in CATALYST in 1995 and was repeated in 2009 and 2013. These stories remain among the most …

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Manipura, the solar plexus chakra: Personal power

Innate inner wildness Editor’s note: The Chakra Series, by Todd Mangum, MD, first appeared in CATALYST in 1995 and was repeated in 2009. These stories remain among the most read in …

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Svadhisthana, the sacral chakra

Innate inner wildness. CHAKRA TWO Location: In the pelvis. Governs: Sexuality and Desires. Main issue: Involves ability to experience pleasure and sensation especially as these rel …

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Muladhara, the root chakra

Survival and security Location: near the base of the spine, in the perineum. Governs: our understanding of the physical world. Main issue: survival and security. Externalizes: as t …

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Breathe easy with botanicals

Nature has some answers for the season of colds and bad air. Can’t kick the cough? Chances are you’re one of many Wasatch Front residents struggling to breathe easy with poor air q …

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Baby backbends: Yoga’s unsung power poses

You won’t see them on Instagram. There are so many other backbends that look way more impressive on a sunset-drenched beach. In fact, they may barely register as backbends when you …

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Psychedelics, science and mental health

First Intermountain Psychedelics Symposium meets in Salt Lake City this month If you’re a regular reader of this publication, chances are you’re already familiar with psychedelic t …

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Chakra Series part 1

Reclaiming the caduceus The caduceus, better known as the medical symbol, with its central staff, entwined snakes and feathered wings on top, looks uncannily similar to the subtle …

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Beyond Sleepytime tea

Sleep is sacred. Rest is our opportunity to process the adventures of the day—its twists and turns, ups and downs. It’s our time to rejuvenate, restore and reharmonize. Without pro …

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Ketamine: This drug may finally change the way we study depression

On a recent drive to the Home Depot on 2100 South, a billboard with simple blocked letters caught my eye. “Fight Depression, KetamineSLC.com.” I had to look twice. Fight depression …

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It’s all about healthy growth: Seeds of Success

Cultivating gardens while sowing the Seeds of Success In the summer of 2016, Wasatch Community Gardens launched an ambitious new pro­ject: to build and grow a 1.4-acre farm out of …

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Past Life Hypnosis: a journey into the subconscious (whether you believe in past lives or not)

The CATALYST staff and interns sat in the front room of Big Pink. Pens and notepads at our sides, we were being led through the hypnosis by Jennifer Van Gorp, Salt Lake’s newest pr …

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That S.A.D. lingering feeling

For mild to moderate symptoms, try these Even though spring is just around the corner, for some, the last months of winter seem unbearable. They’ve had enough of the frigid cold, s …

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