The New World Of Work for HSP’s


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Work is a challenge for highly sensitive people.

At least it has been under the capitalistic economic system.

As the center of gravity in our society shifts from an individualistic to a communitarian approach to life and work, a new world of work is opening up for HSP’s.  The Age of Accumulation is giving way to the Age of Sharing.

For HSP’s, it cannot come soon enough.

The Evolution View Of Work

For centuries, we humans have created different societal structural models to support each step of our development.

This process has been documented in the book, Spiral Dynamics by Don Beck and Chris Cowan, based on the research of Dr. Clare Graves into psychological identity.

Dr. Graves was a psychology professor at Utica College, who conducted numerous surveys into how people perceived themselves. He found that people tended to define themselves in similar ways and that these identities correlated to distinct ages of human development: The Tribal Age, the Age of Empires, The Age of Religious Dominance, The Capitalistic Age, etc.

One of Dr. Graves findings is that the psychological identities of each age were created to serve the societal model not the other way around. Dr. Graves also found that we have tended to alternate a communitarian age with an individualistic age.

Recently we have been living in an individualistic age.  It has brought us indoor plumbing – nice –  and lots of pollution – not so nice.  It has enabled us to grow from a marginal species to a group of 7 billion.  Natural resources used to be plentiful; now we are plentiful and the natural resources not so much.  So now we have to go from an age of abundant resources to an age of abundant sharing.

What The New Age Means For HSP Work

How does this relate to work for HSP’s?

In 2008, Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer Wright published Tribal Leadership about different types of  human work arrangements, what they are like, and how effective they are.  The authors align the patterns they identified in their studies with those of Spiral Dynamics, because they found similar patterns in effect.

Tribal Leadership shows how the current individualistic system inevitably creates a depressed class of people to support the “stars” and shows the pitfalls inherent in that approach.  The book illuminates how the new emerging communitarian model in which work group cohesion is based on values and mission is a more productive and effective way of working. This new model is high on trust and sees the intelligence in all people.  Tribal Leadership offers numerous real life examples of the implementation of the new model.

The New Communitarian Age

We have benefited from the amount of learning that has taken place to attempt to improve human life.  It has become apparent, however, that individual knowledge and disciplines are not enough.  Each discipline has to find its way into the common fabric of life to realize its value. Each discipline adds value and has limitations as well.  They do not exist in isolation.

The new communitarian age will be an age of the synthesis of human knowledge where we identify the strengths and weaknesses of many disciplines so that we can find what really works and what does not.  For HSP’s, synthesis is our expertise, and this new model may open many doors for us and make work a joy again.

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Spiral Dynamics


Overstimulation: How Subtle Energy Overwhelms An HSP

Overstimulation Feels Like A Waterfall

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So – your an HSP and have overstimulation issues?

It’s a huge challenge trying to handle it.

I am sure that it always has been but in our current culture where ridiculous amounts of stimulation are considered normal, it is particularly difficult to handle overstimulation for HSP’s.

The Problem Of Overstimulation For HSP’s

Because of their sensitive nervous systems, highly sensitive people pick up on all kinds of nuanced subtle energy going on around them. The most minute ripple of energy penetrates their awareness and takes a place in the consciousness of an HSP.

In our fast-paced world, those many small awareness can build up and clog an HSP’s nervous system and mind. The resulting overstimulation is an important factor for HSP functioning and quality of life.

Highly sensitive people need to process every bit of information they receive. Not to do so feels wrong to many HSP’s and also take them out of their integrity. So what happens when each day the amount of information a person receives is overwhelming like an oncoming rush of water that never stops?

Handling Overstimulation

There are essentially two options for handling the overstimulaton:

  • take time to process the information immediately
  • take in the information and process it immediately.

Each option has pitfalls.

Because highly sensitive people consider all information carefully, they are inevitably slower in their responses to stimulus. A highly sensitive person takes the information in, like a sponge takes in water.

HSP’s usually don’t like to lash out in a reactive way; they prefer to take in, sort out and respond to information. The HSP approach is likely to be a contemplative rather than a reactive one.

All of this takes time. Pressure to be fast can actually slow down a highly sensitive person since that pressure is more stimulus that they have to handle and only increases the overstimulation.

Unfortunately, a wonderfully thoughtful way of doing things can put an HSP at a disadvantage. Why? Because in a fast paced world, speed is often more highly valued than thoughtfulness and aggression over sensitivity.

What this means is that that the center of gravity and benefits of this world usually go to the fast, not the meticulous. The meticulous may end up cleaning up after the fast as HSP’s often find out.

It is important for highly sensitive people to recognize that that a time based society like our consumer society has an external, time based locus of control. HSP’s have an internal locus of control, so they are at odds with the culture.

The culture will continually try to make them conform, but to do so brings out the worst in an HSP.

Meditation, stress handling techniques and other health enhancing habits can help an HSP maintain an intelligent relationship between their natural internal locus of control and the opposite demands of their culture. Therefore, highly sensitive people can help themselves a lot by seeking health and stress management tools to buffer an aggressive culture.

The Six Tastes Of Ayurveda: Why They Are Vital For HSP’s


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Have you heard of the six tastes?

Have you ever wondered why certain foods are healthy and others are not?

Have you ever wondered why some people may have an easier time being healthy than others?

Are you aware that there is a direct relationship between the food we eat and our health?

Food is more important that just throwing something in our mouths to keep the hunger away. Most of us have been educated to a simplistic understanding of the health giving qualities of foods. If it is a vegetable it must be good for us.  Right?

Actually, not necessarily.

The Subtle Energy Of The Six Tastes

Food is more than the category that it belongs to. A category of may help us organize our perceptions, but it does not automatically decide what is right for us.  There is more to selecting healthy foods that the food pyramid and its food categories.

Each food had subtle energies it gives to us. When those energies are what we need, we are nourished and thrive; when they are not, we are creating disease in ourselves. The best way to know which foods work for us, is to understand our bioenergy or dosha in Ayurveda and which of the six tastes support our well being. Then selecting healthy food according to the six tastes is a piece of cake.

Ayurveda And The Six Tastes

Ayurveda has a more subtle and complex understanding of the health value of foods. Ayurvedic healers have gathered and evaluated all foods and herbs for their health effects for thousands of years. Their knowledge base about food is unparalleled, to my knowledge.

In Ayurveda, the health of foods is determined through the six tastes, how they manifest in each food and what an individual needs. They are an recognition of the subtle energies of food and how they impact the subtle energies of each person’s bioenergy or dosha. Ayurveda is as customized an approach to health as exists in the world. By understanding the subtle energies of the six tastes, Ayurveda knows how to help an individual pursue optimum health.

According to Dr, Vasant Lad, an eminent Ayurvedic physician and teacher, the first way a food is defined comes from the qualities that each food has. There are 20 or 10 pairs of opposites qualities that a food can be in which then become part of the six tastes:

  1. heavy or light
  2. oily or dry
  3. stable or mobile
  4. slimy or rough
  5. gross or subtle
  6. cold or hot
  7. slow or sharp
  8. soft or hard
  9. dense or liquid
  10. cloudy or clear

These qualities have an affect on the doshas or bioenergies. That means that each food affects not only the body but also the mind and emotions since the doshas are holistic and include the mind and emotions as well as our physical constitutions. These attributes and qualities of food determine its taste category in the Ayurvedic system and the tastes can have a balancing or disturbing effect on an individual.

What Are The Six Tastes?

The six tastes are:

  1. sweet:  has the qualities of being oily, cooling and heavy. In moderation it promotes a strong body and good health. In excess, it increases congestion including colds, diabetes, obesity and tumors.
  2. sour: has the qualities of  being liquid, light, heating and oily. In moderation, it is invigorating, and good for the digestive system. In excess, it creates excessive acidity, heartburn, ulcers and various skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema.
  3. salty: has oily, heavy and heating qualities. In moderation it promotes growth and maintains water electrolyte balance. It improves digestion and elimination and is so strong that it can overwhelm the other tastes. In excess, it thickens the blood, and causes hypertension and aggravates skin conditions.
  4. pungent: has the qualities light, drying and heating. In moderation, it helps digestion, and clears the mouth and sinuses. It improves circulation and breaks up clots. It removes obstructions and helps perception. In excess it causes sexual debility, overheating, diarrhea, heartburn and nausea. In vata dosha, it causes giddiness tremors, insomnia which HSP’s need to be concerned about.
  5. bitter: has the qualities of cool, light and dry. In moderation, it is anti-toxic, so it relieves heating conditions, skin diseases, and reduces fat. In excess, depletes the various elements of the body including muscles, bones, and marrow and creates weariness.
  6. astringent: has the qualities of cooling, drying and heaviness. In moderation, it absorbs water, heals ulcers and causes clotting. In excess it can lead to neuromuscular disorders which HSP’s need to be concerned with, increases constipation, and circulatory issues.
This is a short overview of the qualities in food and how they affect the body. HSP’s can benefit from the Ayurvedic approach to food since it enables them to be more precise in their food choices and minimize inadvertent health problems caused from eating the wrong food.  Eating the wrong food is a source of stress  for the body and emotional/mental system which will make it harder for an HSP to manage other stressors and overstimulation.  HSP’s can only benefit for making recommended Ayurvedic food choices.


Note:  Although some of the information comes from my own knowledge, many of the details were taken from the work of Usha Lad and Dr. Vasant Lad: Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing, The Ayurvedic Press, Albuquerque, 1994, 2002, p. 31-37.  His work provides even more detail about the Ayurvedic understanding of food and the elements and is an important book for individuals interested in Ayurveda.


Additional Information:Ayurvedic Institute

Subtle Energies – The Path To Health

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Subtle energies are what you notice when you are in stillness.

Subtle energies are precious information.

Subtle energies have truth in them, but they don’t scream and yell their message. They are there to be discerned.

Subtle energies are where highly sensitive people live.

A Lost Skill

Subtle energies require good listening skills. Somewhere in the progress of the human race, we seem to have stopped listening.

Our early ancestors may not have had our material sophistication but they knew how to listen to the energies around them. A tracker for a tribe, any hunter, and shaman or medicine man knew about subtle energy and what the various energies meant. Their knowledge was a matter of life and death.

Subtle energies are fluid and moving. They are not tied to anything. They just are.

Subtle energies are present everywhere and in everything. They include everything. They include time, space, materiality, qualities – hard, soft etc., attitude, and direction.

Subtle energies are our path to the flow state. They are also our window to the connection of mind and body that many of us have lost.

Subtle Energies At Work

One of the best examples of a great use of subtle energies is Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system.

Ayurveda categorizes everything by subtle energies.  Each of the three human body types of doshas is a group of subtle energies.  All three exist in each of us in different combinations.

When Ayurveda suggests food for a dosha, it is recommending the best subtle energy choices that will support health in a particular individual. Each of the seasons and stages of life represent different subtle energies as well. This is the reason that Ayurveda has become a great resource for people seeking a way to manage their health themselves.

Understanding subtle energies can help us respond intelligently and in a life affirming way to what is in front of us, in our culture and in our daily lives.  Ayurveda and the energy healing fields are pointing us increasingly towards effective methods of health and healing by helping us relearn and master subtle energy skills lost by our cultural disconnection from nature.

The Safety Of The Good

The Natural Good

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The safety of the good,  it is a natural attraction.

Do you seek harmony – or the good – especially in your relationships?

Many of us, especially HSP’s do.

If I examine my experience, I notice how often I feel an inner pull towards the good and working with others.

Working with seems natural. Working against does not.

Working with feels good; working against does not.

Our Early Need For The Good

As children we need to harmonize with our social group –  in particular our parents and family  – because it is a matter of life and death. We also have an instinctive awareness and need for the goodness in ourselves and in others to be real.

We are all born with a naturally open and trusting attitude toward the world . Our trust is our psychological safety.  Therefore, when we are treated poorly, we maintain the “trust”  by assuming, often with encouragement from our caretakers, that the defect lies with us.  When our need for a caring, encouraging and  supportive environment is challenged in childhood, a young person is often made to believe that their expectation and values are problematic or wrong.  I certainly was.

Too often we are taught that the good in the world and ourselves is a scarce commodity which sets up the power over others dynamic that creates the struggle and misery called reality.  It turns the “bad” into something abundant and dependable and the good into something that cannot be trusted and something scarce. Even worse, the abundant good becomes something we are expected to earn. Reality becomes a form of misery and our wires get crossed.

The Frame Of Reality

Perceptions about reality are passed from one generation to the next. In good faith we often take our attitudinal “gift” as gospel. It is, however, our job as alive, aware beings to continually challenge our assumptions. We are, after all, stewards of our lives and the world we live in.  And the world is continually changing.

I suspect that the negativity that we are born into was in fact valid at one point in human history.  The ancient memory system in our brain, however, does not get updated.  Once it has received the imprint of “reality” it becomes a kind of know-it-all about life, our point of reference and our frame of reference.  The same was also true of our ancestors, near and far.

And we see our caretakers struggling for the good and we assume they can’t be wrong. We are rewarded for our struggles and even learn that not to struggle means there is something wrong with us. Unnaturally easy becomes uncomfortable.

A Pat On The Back

So what happens when as children we need to align with our caretakers and we need to align with the prevailing view that the good in the world is undependable?  Doesn’t that teach us not to trust ourselves and each other?  For the sake of our psychological safety and maintaining our necessary dependency do we give up on ourselves? When we reach for the good in ourselves do we consider it a fluke?  Do we have the courage to disagree and refuse to go along?  By the time we are adults have we forgotten how?

There is no question that the history of human life has been a challenging one.  To make human life possible, to survive as a species has required a huge effort.  So when I see so much negativity around me I can’t help but wonder if we are aware of how far we have come, and how maybe it is about time that we give ourselves and each other some credit.  Perhaps we can then let go of some of the struggle and find the cooperation and harmony that we yearn for.

So, fellow humans, here’s a pat on the back! We have done well to get this far.

Who knows, maybe in recognizing the good more, we can relax a little bit and feel safer as well.

Time And Space

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More and more I have been thinking about the relationship between time and space.

They have a very direct relationship.  The more attention you pay to time the less attention you pay to space.

They are two very different values.

They are also two antithetical values.

What Makes Time And Space Clash?

Western cultures operate on the belief that speed increases productivity and is a way to challenge limits. Speed forces focus and resources to one objective. Speed is force.

Time, or perhaps better speed which is fast time, creates an alternate reality. Speed increases intensity and forces us to compress our effort and attention into a small space of time. When we increase our intensity we are burning up our own resources – physical, mental and emotional. We are consuming ourselves.

Speed consumes the space of our attention as well and in doing so removes other matters from our attention. Emergencies then become the highest claim for our attention. The easiest way to control the human agenda is through emergency. It controls the social space and attention space, and shoves simpler, often more important considerations to the side.

Speed And Creativity

Some people think that by going fast you can bypass the critical mind and negative programming and therefore makes you freer. Essentially, speed is being used to shut out parts of ourselves that are wounded or unhealthy to increase our productivity and creativity.  We are shutting out parts of ourselves through speed.

There is validity to these methods; however, it seems unfortunate that we have to deny an important part of ourselves to be creative. Whenever we treat a part of ourselves as the “enemy” we lose an ally for our creativity. There is always a price to pay for denying a part of ourselves and any part of ourselves is needed for us to be fully functioning.

When we work this way we are using time to control space – the space of our attention. But what we are doing is trying to trick ourselves into being focused and effective.

Time And Productivity

The evidence is all around us that speed is not a good basis for living or problem solving. Whatever we achieve through speed often comes at a high cost.

Relying on speed is an attempt to achieve success by rushing. And if we can rush those who are on the receiving end of our rushed work, perhaps they can be rushed into not noticing the flawed work they are receiving.

Time And Space As Values

Time pressure actually makes us stingy with our time and attention. It  causes us to become sloppy. It forces to value that which consumes little time over that which might be relevant, material and valuable. It harms us when we need to do good work and are rushed into something less than our best. It causes us to feel bad about ourselves, and over time erodes our self-esteem and will cause us to question our worth. Deep down we know something is wrong.

Space is such a different value. Space lets a situation or task’s necessities dictate the attention we bring to it. Space is generous. When we make space for whatever we need to make space for, a learning, a grieving, a task, we are also making space for ourselves. We don’t have to look over our shoulders hoping that we are not in someone’s way or out of step with a schedule that has no room for us. Space lets us be who we are and bring what we bring to the table. Space looks to let information in not shut out what it does not want.  Space does not have a predetermined outcome.

Space works with not against. Space is communitarian not competitive. Space includes everything so there is nothing to reject or exclude. Space is a kind of heaven. Time pressure is a kind of hell. For highly sensitive people, environments that have a value of space are the ones that make the most sense for their holistic natures.

Jenny: A Turner’s Syndrome Success Story


Jenny: A Turner’s Syndrome Success

Jenny Ryan is a beautiful young woman with Turner’s Syndrome, a rare illness affecting females and one of the illnesses associated with the highly sensitive trait. Turner’s Syndrome is a genetically based condition, which affects an individual’s development and may cause other illness, such as cardiac conditions.

Turner’s Syndrome is caused when the second sex chromosome is either partially or totally missing and is found on one out of every 2500 female children. Apparently it is not easily diagnosed and early diagnosis is key to helping a girl with Turner’s Syndrome grow and develop and handle the condition so that she can have a happy life. Turner’s Syndrome is most easily observed from physical characteristics, which can include short height and slower than average growth, lower hairline, drooping eyelids, and a wandering eye,

Jenny was one of the fortunate girls whose condition was diagnosed at birth, so she received early and comprehensive treatment.  I am grateful that Jenny was willing to share her experience. This is Jenny’s story in her words from her blog:

 “You’ve probably heard of Down Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome and Stockholm Syndrome, but have you ever heard of Turner’s Syndrome? Named after Dr. Henry Turner, who discovered the syndrome in the 1930’s, Turner’s Syndrome affects 1 in every 2,500 girls. At birth, these girls are born with part or all of their second sex chromosome missing, causing short stature, reproductive difficulties, as well as other physical characteristics and medical complications.

Those are the facts. This is the reality. Diagnosed at birth, I had multiple surgeries, including heart and kidney surgery, and a feeding tube placed in my stomach all before my first birthday. The feeding tube is long gone and I haven’t had a major surgery in sixteen years but thing aren’t exactly normal. For about ten years of my life I took growth hormone shots every night to help increase my height as much as possible. Good thing I didn’t play M.L.B. Now at 4’11” I am considered a tall Turner’s girl!! After the shots I started taking Estrogen pills, which I will continue for the rest of my life. No hot flashes!! A few years later I added Progesterone to start my cycle. To make sure everything is going well I am followed yearly by an Endocrinologist and a Cardiologist and get blood taken before each visit, my least favorite thing. I am a hard stick.

I am not sharing all of this to evoke sympathy. Other than what I’ve mentioned above, I’ve had a normal life. I owe that to my incredibly supportive parents, sibling and extended family. In fact, I was lucky. Because each case is different, most Turner’s girls are not diagnosed until they realize they have not gotten their period around the age of sixteen. By then it’s too late to start growth hormone treatments. No. I am writing this to bring awareness to the little known disease. And to all the young Turner’s girls: there may be times you think you can’t have a normal life but don’t give up. Still go for your dreams; buy those stylish jeans even if they need tailoring; join the soccer team even if all the other players are a inches taller than you; and don’t be afraid to learn to drive, seats can be moved closer to the pedals.

I am stronger because of Turner’s Syndrome and I wouldn’t trade my life for anything.”

Jenny was fortunate to have so many caring people including her family to help her. But as  you can see, she needed many surgeries, hormone therapy and frequent monitoring of her health including cardiac system. She will need health care for her whole life. The good news is that she is now a writer for Turner’s Syndrome Foundation and has a full life.

It is wonderful to see what is possible with an early diagnosis of Turner’s Syndrome. Highly sensitive people are often most easily identified through their stress and sensory problems.  However, genetic conditions come in all forms and so a highly sensitive girl can have Turner’s Syndrome as well.  Growth and height issues are worth checking out to ensure that if a girl has Turner’s Syndrome she has a chance like Jenny for a full life.


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Shilajit: Fountain Of Youth



Most of the time we use herbs and herbal preparations to help with physical and mental problems that we have.

But these natural healers serve another purpose.

Some of them support our best functioning so they help keep us in great condition and preempt future problems.

Shilajit is one of these substances.

Why Shilajit Is Called The Fountain Of Youth

Shilajit is an ancient Ayurvedic herb that has so many rejuvenating properties that some people call it the Fountain of Youth.

It is used to

  • increase strength
  • stabilize blood sugar and improve the health of people suffering from diabetes
  • energize people suffering from fatigue
  • purify the blood
  • strengthens digestion
  • strengthen the immune system.

This may seem like a small list but these benefits cover the most basic and important aspects of human physiological functioning.

Shilajit comes from the Himalayan mountains. It is a thick paste like substance and sometimes is called asphaltum. It is often found oozing from the rocks in the mountains. Once collected it is processed into a powdery form.

The Warmth Of Shilajit

Shilajit acts in a heating manner on the body and our bioenergies.

In Ayurveda, bioenergies are the basis of health practices and lifestyle choices. They are

  • vata dosha which regulates movement, the nervous system and mental functioning
  • pitta dosha which regulates digestion
  • kapha dosha which regulates the structure of the body.

Shilajit affects vata and kapha doshas the most because they are naturally cold and the warming action of shilajit is healing to them.

The warm property of shilajit helps suppress pain and is considered a good treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, an HSP disease. It helps the nervous system, is effective in treating depression, as well as mental stress and fatigue. It is also know to improve the effectiveness of others herbs.

Shilajit And HSP’s

Doshas are the bioenergies that make up the human system. They govern different aspects of human physiology and work together to create healthy functioning. Vata dosha governs movement and the nervous system and in HSP’s is often out of balance. Vata is also considered the most important dosha and can cause the other doshas to go out of balance.

Shilajit has a positive effect on the important systems of the body which can only help HSP’s to minimize the effects of overstimulation and stress. Shilajit is a great herb that can help highly sensitive people master their complex nervous systems and the effects of stress.

How Stress Creates Left-Handed People

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Are you left-handed or know someone who is?

Are there left-handed people in your family?

Left-handed people have been treated with suspicion for centuries.

Left handedness has always been with us. Historically it has been perceived as an anomaly or defect which meant that left-handed children were “trained” out of left-handedness.

Research On Left-Handedness

Because of concern about left-handedness, there has been much research done about left-handedness over the years. The research on left-handedness has been helpful because it is showing that left-handedness is not an isolated trait. It has, in fact, been correlated with many other conditions and diseases.

By investigating the relationship between left handedness and other conditions, the research community has unwittingly provided us with clues to the emerging identity of the highly sensitivity. The HSP trait  was named by Elaine Aron, Ph.D. in her book, The Highly Sensitive Person, in the 1990’s.

One of the most important research studies was conducted by Dr. Norman Geschwind. His work, often called the Geschwind Theory, shows that there is a relationship between maternal testosterone, lefthandedness, and genetic diseases.

What that means is that when a pregnant woman has very high stress levels, the testosterone in her body rises which causes the fetus to develop differently.  This condition can create left-handedness, the highly sensitive trait, and many genetic diseases, which can coexist. The New York Times profiled the Geschwind study in their article: Left vs. Right: Brain function Tied to Hormone in the Womb.

Another excellent resource for highly sensitive people on the relationship between left handedness and genetic diseases is the H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P, written by David Ritchey. This book discusses the relationship between prenatal testosterone due to stress, and the development of the highly sensitive person. David Ritchey cites the Geschwind Theory along with other research including his own showing the prevalence of left-handedness and genetic disorders among highly sensitive people or anomalous sensitive people  – his name for highly sensitive people.

Stress, Left-handedness And High Sensitivity

The human race has been suffering with high stress levels for centuries. When that stress affected pregnant women, humans were born with a wide variety of conditions including high sensitivity and left-handedness.  Over time, these and other genetic conditions have been passed down from one generation to another.

The research on left-handedness is providing us with the causal link between stress, maternal testosterone levels and the many human illnesses and conditions they create.  It would be helpful if it could make us more aware of how important managing stress is and the impact of ignoring it.

Detox with Triphala

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Detoxing is a great way to help your body become healthy.

A great herb for regular detoxing is the well-known Ayurvedic herb, triphala. Triphala, known as the three fruits, is one of the most important herbal combinations in Ayurveda.

It has been used for thousands of years and as a result its benefits are well-known. Triphala is the combination of three different herbs: amalaki (pictured above), haritaki and bibhitaki. Since it is designed to rejuvenate the body, it falls into the category of Ayurvedic rasayanas, which are important rejuvenating herbal preparations.

The Benefits Of Triphala

There are important reasons why this combination of three herbs was developed and why it is one of the most valuable herbal supplements in Ayurveda:

  1. the three herbs target the balancing needs of the three doshas or bioenergies: vata, pitta and kapha
  2. triphala is gentle, in its balancing actions, and can be taken over a long period of time.
  3. imbalances can vary over time. Triphala in targeting all three doshas is targeting all imbalances not just ones that you have today.

What does each of these herbs do?

  • amalaki targets pitta imbalances – associated with digestion. Amalaki, also known as Indian gooseberry, has antiviral and antimicrobial effects. It supports the immune system and can be helpful for some forms of cancer, diabetes and some types of arthritis.
  • bibhitaki is astringent and used as a laxative.
  • haritaki supports the nervous system, helps with respiratory ailments, is a laxative, and generally improves the digestive tract.

Deepak Chopra, an Ayurvedic doctor, MD, and founder of the Chopra Center in California decries how each of the three fruits balances one of the Ayurvedic body types or doshas in his write-up on Triphala:

  1. amalaki balances pitta because it is cooling to the body. Pitta is the warm bioenergy which is balanced by cooling.
  2. haritaki is a very strong laxative and balances vata. Constipation is a sign of imbalance in the data bioenergy associated with movement.
  3. bibhitaki balances kapha by reducing mucus in the body. Kapha is the bioenergy associated with the structure of the body. When out of balance kapha created sluggishness and increases mucus in the body which can slow digestion and create congestion in other parts of the body.

By supporting all three doshas in the body, triphala is a great all-purpose balancer that has no side effects and can become part of a long-term wellness program.

Why Triphala Benefits HSP’s

Because of their nervous system challenges and other genetic diseases, highly sensitive people have to find gentle but effective herbal supports that enable them to reduce nutritional and stress toxins in their bodies. That is a tall order.

HSP’s cannot control every aspect of their lives. Using herbs like triphala can help restore some balance to a balance-challenged HSP. Triphala is one of the herbs that can make a huge difference in wellness when combined with other positive health practices.

Additional Information:

Wikipedia – Triphala

Deepak Chopra’s Chopra Center Information on Triphala

Dosha Test

Vata Dosha

Pitta Dosha

Kapha Dosha