Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tandog - the Philippines Folk Medicine Anti-Rabies Remedy



Tandog. In the Philippines, the word "tandog" in places like Central Luzon usually refers to a folk medicinal item used for dog bites. Personally, I do not know where the tandog name comes from, but as Filipinos always like to play with words, it may actually be short for "tanngal dog," which in full English would mean "remove dog." It's just my theory which may or may not be true.

To use a tandog, it must be placed directly over the bite wound, and as traditional folk belief would have it, it would stick to the skin and draw out any infection or poison that's present, thus saving the victim from often fatal diseases like rabies. It won't stick if there is no poison. Although this item can be rare, it can be bought from traditional medicine stalls in local markets or near churches.

But what really is a tandog? What is a tandog made of? A tandog is usually small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It may be flat and smooth on one side and rough on the other. At first glance, it would appear to be a flat gray piece of stone, but if you look closely, you'll see that it's really a piece of animal bone or part of the horn of a some animal like a carabao or local water buffalo. It's gray because it's likely been fired or heated over glowing embers to give it an ash-like consistency while still holding it's shape - charred in other words - but not charred black, only charred white.

In this semi-burned state, a tandog essentially turns into something like activated charcoal (also called activated carbon), which, we all know has the capacity to be absorptive due to it's being riddled with microscopic holes which collect toxins. This scientific explanation to a tandog's capacity to heal dog bites and reduce the risk due to poisons or pathogens may not be supernatural, but it does make sense.

The tandog pictured here was bought from a local market in the province of Batangas in Southern Luzon from an elderly woman, who, when asked what it was called, said she couldn't recall the name of the item. She only knew what it was for. A tandog is often part of a folk healer's or albularyo's arsenal. The Tandog is often confused with the Bato Balani, which is a loadstone or magnetic stone.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

What Chakra Lifetime Are You In?

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 Chakra Pillow for Third Eye Intuition by Gurutej KhalsaSometimes, during those rare times when you get to be introspective, you may wonder what you're really doing in this life and who you were meant to share your life with, although even without consciously thinking or doing anything about, it you still and will end up with people who will share your life with one way or the other and who play a part in setting the stage for you. There will be people who you will not get along with and there will be those who will form a special bond with. You may wonder why this is so. There is a reason, and according to Gurutej Khalsa, a pioneering Kundalini yoga teacher in the United States, it concerns the lifetime you are in in terms of chakras.

You don't have to believe in chakras to appreciate what she's saying about lifetimes and chakras, but her explanation can give you enough insight to help you realize your life to the fullest. According to her, there are cycles in your lifetime, as well as the lifetime of each and every one of us. Each cycle (or lifetime as a whole) is related to one of the seven chakras, or what we'll call power centers of the body. Each chakra has an energy or vibration and a lifetime, whether yours or your friend's or family member, aligns with an energy level which corresponds to one of the chakras. If you are in the Crown Chakra, for instance, then you are peaceful and spiritual; if you are in the Second Chakra, then you are sexual and creative.

If you are a spiritual person and you get involved with someone who's lifetime cycle is in the second chakra, then you might not get along very well, such that a conversation with that person about healing candles will only lead to nowhere since the other person will be more interested in something less lofty. You are not sharing the same lifetime with this person, and while you may find each other interesting, you're not in the same vibrational level and if you're wondering if it can lead to a lasting relationship, think again. It can be an amazing experience, though. But the difference in lifetimes does not mean you're better than the other person or the other way around. It simply means you are in a different chakra lifetime. Gurutej Khalsa will say that all levels of experience reveal The Divine. She says, "Some just mix like water and oil—not very well. If you look at life from this place, then you will see that it is not about right or wrong; it is about what is effective for you in this incarnation."

To know what chakra lifetime you are in, learn to master your chakra energies and then allow yourself to see (or feel) your life from a neutral point of view. You can use physical tools like a Yoga Chakra Pillow and kundalini yoga meditation exercise techniques. When you become aware of your lifetime cycle chakra, you will begin to appreciate your life more and appreciate things that happen as gifts that you can enjoy. You will also attract the kind of lifelines (relationships) that will help you in your life journey.

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