Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sanango Light -3 plants






















































































SANANGO LIGHT-It is a combination of three plants from the Amazon River Cumaseva, Huaca Purana, Camu Camu, each are grown under the water of the Amazon .They keep the muscles warm, open and receptive and boost the immune system. Jeff named the drink Sanango Light.












THE COBWEB Physical paralysis is not a spinal cord injury but a spiritual crisis with the following characteristics:























  • contracting the muscles with heaviness











  • its cause extends beyond contusion but obstructive sticky matter corroding the paralyzed areas of the body feeling sticky archaic and heavy.It smothers muscles tendons nerves and cells.











  • It is a web of trauma as the body holds shock at a cellular level,absorbs trauma and the web begins. An accumulation of emotional layers clings to the body over time restricting light movement.










  • The body is eventually immobilized or stunned into a spotty silence and lies dormant. This scenario encompasses not a physical injury merely, but a spiritual crippling as well. Consequently, the body is also brought down in this completely and encompassing set of circumstances.









  • Shedding this trauma of silence through powerful remedies: psychology,process and breath works, acupuncture, and of course the plant Sanango one of many thousands of plants indigenous to the Amazon (medicinal). It is hot and painful as a brew running through bones,nerves and muscles and moves blocked energy in the body. It opens closed pathways.








  • The gift of opportunity to work with Sanango arose synchronistically through Infinite Light Peru (see the blog).The 10 day process of dieta is spent in spiritual reflection.








  • Manos Que Curan is still a profound element of my recovery. It is aiding my physical body incredibly, however it only addresses those physical aspects. The body moves as a web of expression and if there is a spiritual crippling within, no amount of physical therapy could alone, heal the body to its entirety (QUOTE)








  • The spiritual dimension of illness has always been underplayed if not underestimated in the West, Is this appraisal not ironic because the ancients and indigenous healers attributed primacy to this dimension?








  • Sanango is an incredible tool. The Amazon is G-d's incredible medicine cabinet, and the goal is to rid herself of her quadriplegia.






Infinite Light Peru








I have noticed the 5 eventful proceedings of Infinite Light and Teresa's story as well. Meeting Teresa in Iquitos ,I believe, is a divinely ordered event ,synchronistic and arranged. I am curious about the four preceding topics and greatly desire the monthly newsletter written by Meghan as well. I would like to know more about distance healing as well,.








Meghan please feel free to avail yourself of my blog and direct others here as you see fit.








QUOTE FROM TERESA








Here are a few words from Teresa...My name is Teresa and I am a 25 years old young woman on a journey to walk again. Four years ago I sustained quadriplegia, a full-bodied paralysis, in result of a snowboarding injury. I have chosen a path of holistic healing, which has left me a humbled student of plant medicines. Doing so, I am witnessing a series of plants rewiring the nervous system, teaching my body how to act as a whole again.Meghan and Eluco have gifted me an opportunity to heal at Infinite Light Peru, dieting with the medicinal plant Sanango. I will address spiritual and emotional components, affecting my physicality by releasing trauma. This is incredible, for in my deepest belief, this is not solely an injury, but a spiritual crippling and crisis, which then brought my body down with it. I invite you to follow this story, as I begin to walk again, at www.PeruvianProject.org. Please read the blog. My inability to work, leaves me dependent upon the generosity of others. Every little bit goes a long way. I deeply appreciate any support.With gratitude, peace and love,Teresa Schroeder Posted by Teresita at 6:06 PM 0 comments







Getting the Word Out
QUOTE I'm asking if you could please help me to network my websites and the story, perhaps together we can open a door to sponsorship. This past month, the Peruvian Project has established nonprofit status, enabling tax incentives for those who are interested.It is difficult for me to become so vulnerable again, yet losing this opportunity to walk scares me far more than writing this letter. With honesty and openness, I am following faith and path with God.For those interested in helping, my website is www.PeruvianProject.org. I encourage you to read the blog.I thank you all for your support and for believing in me.With so much love,Teresawww.PeruvianProject.org

I will try to network your blog site and am figuring out how quite to do this.







Viva These are TERESITA'S thoughts in blue below: a passion statement.We glimpse her miscellany of thoughts and feelings during her treatments.







Parque del Amor The park of love of mosaic and poetry. Teresita had assisted walking here, her treatment that morning,and exhausted by afternoon, was crying,giving in to exhaustion and the physicality worn at the edges.






Transfiguration This paragraph is a travelogue into the fascinating cities and hinterland/culture of Peru and to the hidden healing seemingly waiting to be tapped.Pucallapa,lit by candles and not street lights gives us a taste of the lingering indigenous culture.The Rio Ucayali, a tributary of the Amazon River , filled with the life of exotic creatures and plants apparently undisturbed to the very hour of their sailing on it. The "final destination, Iquitos, five days later. Iquitos rests at the edge of the Peruvian Amazon and is the largest city in the world not accessible by road, but solely boat or plane." The urge to find the healing plants had led Teresita there.The Peruvian people described as having a lifestyle of simplicity and being congenial. They love to have their picture taken. The three nights in Iquitos the jungle town and the fascinating people met in the hotel later to be blogged is a delight I anticipate . Teresita did recover further information on the plant medicines sought.






Manos Que Curan Laura Pacheco is a medical practitioner mentioned on the Peruvian Project site along with A thousand year-old Mochica method astounds Europe by curing cervical, dorsal and lumbar hernias as well as injuries to the spinal column, without surgery or medicine.(QUOTE)





This discovery should not all surprise the knowing and "understanding" persons versed in medicine and its ancient antecedent discoveries far outreaching the modern so called advances in surgery or medicine as the Mochica method uses neither Western medicine nor surgery curing these types of hernias. The international medicinal conference in Munich in October 2008 was the scene where Laura Pacheco before amazed onlookers presented the Mochica chiropractic method in Europe.This 1000 year old method comes from Peru which many would term "backward" in the progression of scientific knowledge. Hardly so!! The treatment methods bring the amazing results of healing rarely obtained in the West. Note the quote taken from her blog and the simple procedures with healing plants and the work done on the crucial small nerves: It is based on the manipulation of the vertebral column without using traction or violent movements that could cause pain or intense and unnecessary trauma in the patient’s body. This technique on the contrary is made up of very delicate and calculated movements to realign the structures of the body in their correct position. The joint and vertebral realignment is carried out using only the hands and lotions made with medicinal plants and animal fats that help the profound release of nerves, muscles, and tendons to minimize pain. This technique aligns the bones, regulates the flow of energetic fluids, accelerates the evacuation of blood waste, corrects the positions of the tendons, and activates the functioning of small nerves inside of vital areas causing the integral self-healing of the patient. The obvious question is whence did they arrive at this depth of knowledge of treating the human frame if not possibly from an antecedent advanced civilization?The story of the Hampicamalloc Laura Pacheco is stranger than any fiction read as to her tragic accident and recovery against all odds where she learned the Mochica method ordinarily passed from father to son but learned it from the practitioner /master who cured her resulting in a complete recovery whereby she went on to win the bronze medal in 1996 at the World Karate championship in Osaka,Japan. Manos Que Curan was crerated in 2000 by Laura giving hope to those forlorn of finding a cure to their pain and distress.Note the plethora of ailments it cures.




QUOTE To this day more than 1,000 patients have attended and received relief from their ailments. The results of the techniques of the Hampicamalloc Laura Pacheco have astounded the patients who often come in skeptical of the treatment. After a sensible amount of time they leave again cured of all the pain that they have lived with for years not finding a solution in Peru or abroad. Their problems include herniated discs, pinched nerves, scoliosis, lordosis, cifosis, listesis, lumbalgia, pico de loro, sciatica, migraine, hemiplegic, stroke, facial paralysis, tordicolis, hip dysplasia, compound fractures, sport injuries, cartilage issues, coccyx issues, cervical issues, sprains, subluxations and dislocations, tendinitis, bursitis, carpel tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, muscles spasms and stress, among many other problems that relate to the body’s ability to move. Traction with treatments in the U.S. inducing shock and inflammation is indeed an enlightening observation to me.




Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Bursts of movement and core definition of the muscles and nerves as described by Teresita must be proof positive of the power of her entire regimen of healing therapies.







Rise and Lime The tightening of muscles is known often as tone , The loss of this tone due to fatigue and overstmulation of the central nervous system is noted as a progressive development. Teresita is losing involuntary muscle rigidity through the treatments.Teresita is reverting back to the natural state of her body with accompanying new pattern of release .This is a slow process however, as what I quote now amply brings to our attention: We follow the process of rising and liming daily. It has been 12 hours since session, the creams are soaked in entirely. We ‘lime up’ the areas of the body that had been treated. As best to our understanding, the lime acts as a barrier, not allowing “cold water” to seep into the pours, where the cream is at work stimulating the nerves. (QUOTE)


¡Feliz Ano Nuevo! Growing up on different continents and sharing among friends is certainly culturally enrichening and the sharing amplifies these experiences especially going around the block with an empty luggage bag if you would like to travel in the upcoming year. Most students ,I have noticed, and most travelers outside the U.S, are multilingual, unlike many in the U.S. who can speak and write only English.

Feliz Navidad I was really impressed on the simplicity and sacredness of how this holiday is expressed in Peru and is greatly and distinctly different from the celebration of "affording a holiday" in the U.S. What a shame to afford a holiday.


¡Noticias fant├ísticas Tarea or homework is not entirely novel as patient followups for treatments in the U.S. either, to strengthen bodily parts. I share and can feel Teresita's delight in being extended treatments with Dr. Laura at Manos Que Curan for an additional year.


Back to Lima The Miraflores skyline and the flavor of the locale are intoxicating. The "authorities" obviously feel they know better than Dr Laura that Teresita does not need all of the time allotted and make her fly home every 60 days to get her payment and that Dr Laura's prognosis is not relevant . Dr Laura is writing a letter of exception. It is a detailed prognosis.


I will be reading the blog on the Obama overtures to obtain a consciousness overview.I will also be reviewing The international medicinal conference in Munich in October 2008 where the Mochica method was presented before amazed onlookers.


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I had the opportunity to watch Eluko make the sanango drink for the first
morning. It is the root pulled from the soil, its texture slightly resembling
ginger. Eluko shaves it and adds the bark into a bowl, with roughly 8 ounces of
water. He covers it, where it sits and ferments until 3 AM.Dieta officially last
8 days, yet continues for 30 without medicine. During this time I follow
traditional dieta guidelines: no spicy food, alcohol, sex or drugs. Also, no
pork for the next six months. No problem.After speaking with Eluko, I have added
medicinal plants to my recovery process. I will be doing, somewhat, of a
year-long intensive also while at home in Lima. On the 38th day, after diet
officially closes, a new round of plant medicine begins. Each morning at 6 AM, I
have signed up to drink a custom tincture. It is a combination of three plants:
Cumaseva, Huaca Purana, Camu Camu, each are grown under the water of the Amazon
River. Together, their qualities keep the muscles and joints warmed, open and
receptive, while also boosting the immune system. My friend Jeff, who was also
at dieta, humorously named this drink Sanango Light.
















The Cobweb
I have had a desire to write about what I feel creates a physical paralysis for quite some time. Even more so, what does paralysis really feel like? I've tossed around words, editing and deleting, completely stuck as I try to describe not a spinal cord injury, but a spiritual crisis. So please bear with me, as the only difficulty in a describing this circumstance, is the inadequacy of language to transmit the raw and intense emotion that I have within.I am incredibly tuned-in to each of my limbs and I have strength. Gratefully, I can actively contract each muscle in my entire body. However, there is a heaviness and I've seen its cause extend beyond a contusion, the bruise, to my spinal cord. I view this heaviness as a cobweb, some funky gunk, corroding the paralyzed areas of the body. It feels sticky, somewhat archaic and even scary. It is heavy and unwelcomed. This 'cobweb' smothers muscles, tendons, nerves and cells, which are otherwise very much alive and receptive. They are clenched with fear, sadness, anger and all that dark shit that I still grieve. It is a web of trauma; and with the body's ability to hold shock at a cellular level, trauma is absorbed and the web begins. Overtime, an accumulation of emotional layers clings to the body, restricting its light movement. Eventually it fell stunned into a spotty silence. So in my deepest belief, this is not 'souly' a physical injury, but a spiritual crippling and crisis, which then brought the body down with it.So how do I, how do any of us, shed this cobweb of traumatic silence?Over the past four years, I have ventured down avenues of psychology, process and breath works (one I particularly favor is the Continuum Movement), acupuncture, plant medicine and others, learning about trauma and it's toll on the body. Each of these are incredible and powerful remedies. Yet, with the Amazon rain forest currently in my backyard, I extend my journey with plant medicine.In a previous blog I quickly mentioned one particular plant Sanango, which after some readings I grew curious to. It is only one of the many thousands of medicinal plants indigenous to the Amazon. Sanango moves blocked energy throughout the physical body. Taken orally as a brew, Sanango runs hot and even painfully, pushing itself throughout muscles, tendons, bones, nerves and all the rest, opening pathways previously closed for whichever reasons. Through a series of synchronistic events, it appears I have been gifted an opportunity to work with Sanango. Alesha and I will return to Iquitos next week, heading to Infinite Light Peru. (There is a bit more information on how this opportunity arose in the blog below.) This is a 10 day process referred to as dieta. This time is spent in spiritual reflection, intaking only the medicine and a small indigenous diet. I am incredibly curious and excited.Manos Que Curan is still a profound element of my recovery. It is aiding my physical body incredibly, however it only addresses those physical aspects. The body moves as a web of expression and if there is a spiritual crippling within, no amount of physical therapy could alone, heal the body to its entirety. I view Sanango as an incredible tool to open up internal blocks, so that the treatments with Leyter, can be more effective externally.Alesha and I depart Saturday for God's Amazonian medicine cabinet, with my persistent tag along, quadriplegia (We're going to try and ditch em' in the jungle!). I will return in two weeks to share it with you.
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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Infinite Light Peru
This entry ties in with the one above, The Cobweb. It is a portion of Infinite Light Peru's monthly newsletter written by Megan Shannon. If you find yourself curious about any of her other four proceeding topics, let me know and I will forward you their newsletter.Hey all! Hope the day finds you well. We´ve been wonderfully busy out here in the Amazon, embracing any Divine task that is put in front of us! It´s exciting and faith-testing at the same time, and it´s LIFE! Here are a couple of quick versions as to what´s going on...1. Teresa´s story of healing a quadriplegic body through plant medicine (journalists wanted!)2. Margie´s story of healing schizophrenia (writers wanted!)3. Update on Meghan´s apprenticeship (115 ceremonies and counting!)4. Deaf Retreat, Programs, Distance Healing Reminders5. Obama and Deepak Chopra work together towards Conscious Evolution1. TERESA´S STORYTeresa is an amazing young women we met in Iquitos, in some Divine flow like I rarely have seen. She was already familiar with the Ayahuasca medicine, and the Sanago (the plant that moves through the physical body, releasing trapped, cold energy and basically re-awaken the system) had been calling her for awhile. Her caretaker and friend, Alesha, had done research on several places to work with the plants, and my name was one of two physically written in her journal upon arrival in Iquitos. She thought to herself, ´if I meet either of these people, it is where I´m supposed to be.´ Within five minutes waiting in the lobby of their hotel, I walk in (remember I´m only in Iquitos a few days out of the month) as the owner passes me, and I hear ´You´re friends are waiting to talk to you.´ The Divine force behind this makes me think there is something possibly revolutionary going on here. I´m sure there has been very little research into healing quadriplegia with plant medicine, and the impact if it´s success could change many people´s lives. I believe Teresa is an angel working to bridge this for those working through the physical turmoil. So anyway, Infinite Light has decided to begin a sponsorship fund for Teresa. We will match any donation for as long as she chooses to come. If you would like to support, send us an email and we will send you a donation link through PayPal or credit card, and keep you updated every step of the way! Even a few dollars can go a long way. And feel free to forward this around! Community support is healing for all:) Here are a few words from Teresa...My name is Teresa and I am a 25 years old young woman on a journey to walk again. Four years ago I sustained quadriplegia, a full-bodied paralysis, in result of a snowboarding injury. I have chosen a path of holistic healing, which has left me a humbled student of plant medicines. Doing so, I am witnessing a series of plants rewiring the nervous system, teaching my body how to act as a whole again.Meghan and Eluco have gifted me an opportunity to heal at Infinite Light Peru, dieting with the medicinal plant Sanango. I will address spiritual and emotional components, affecting my physicality by releasing trauma. This is incredible, for in my deepest belief, this is not solely an injury, but a spiritual crippling and crisis, which then brought my body down with it. I invite you to follow this story, as I begin to walk again, at www.PeruvianProject.org. Please read the blog. My inability to work, leaves me dependent upon the generosity of others. Every little bit goes a long way. I deeply appreciate any support.With gratitude, peace and love,Teresa Schroeder
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Getting the Word Out
This is an e-mail I sent out early last week. If a thought regarding networking ideas occurs to you, please let me know. I extend my gratitude for your support and responses thus far; we would not be here without your help. Dear family and friends,Being my strongest supporters on this journey, I feel I can share even my strongest fears with you. I may only have 30 days left in Peru. This is devastating for me. I am making gains with my physicality and wish not to return home. New opportunities for holistic recovery our excitingly unfolding Manos Que Curan as well.At this point, I have used up my funds. I do not want to exhaust any of you of this support. I'm asking if you could please help me to network my websites and the story, perhaps together we can open a door to sponsorship. This past month, the Peruvian Project has established nonprofit status, enabling tax incentives for those who are interested.It is difficult for me to become so vulnerable again, yet losing this opportunity to walk scares me far more than writing this letter. With honesty and openness, I am following faith and path with God.For those interested in helping, my website is www.PeruvianProject.org. I encourage you to read the blog.I thank you all for your support and for believing in me.With so much love,Teresawww.PeruvianProject.org
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Viva
This is my writing, Viva, which began as a poem, but has become more of a passion statement. I wrote this two years ago while hanging in my room one night, probably wishing I was doing something different. Viva, in Spanish, translates to 'She Lives'.VIVAI know that earth conscious living makes senseThat spinal cord injuries suck,but hitting rock bottom has a returnI do believe in what I cannot seeLove is all you needArt heals And money is oddThere is a body and a soul and I am beautyI have learned that breathing is a gift from Our CreatorYet organized religion is not my thing,for my God is no better than your God and no ones God is falsePeyote prayers blow my mindAyahuasca is my drink of choiceBecause marijuana can’t get me high enough And a bar night is a dime a dozenI walkFallGet upCrySingLaughLOVELove pilatesTo danceYogaparalyzedSo you never really own anything, you simply possess itPEACE comes from remembering that only love is realOff-the-grid living is nobleSolar energy is pureAnd Biodiesel is the way because the WAR IS OVER oilI know that I am intenseHuman Who’s stubbornAnd drivenDoes art, or else I would very possibly dieCould live on that deserted islandOut in orbit,Or nearly anywhere…for I am a loved child of GodI’ll own all that.
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Saturday, March 14, 2009
Riding bikesPrefer organic foodandI love stilettos.And I love the finest things… BUT I KNOW that they are only materialsBecause you cant take them with you when you dieOr even touch it if you’re
Parque del Amor
There is a park a few blocks from our home, Parque del Amor, which translates 'Park of Love'. It is super bright and vibrant, lined with poetry and mosaic throughout. We were there this afternoon, where we worked on my walking. Here are a few clips for you! Alesha and Amanda act as my crutches and additional core support. It is still a bit difficult for me to look up from my feet... I had treatment early this morning and by the afternoon was rather exhausted. I finished two rounds of walking, the second round very much assisted. Finally, worn out, I ended up crying. This happens more often than I may mention. As exciting as this is, some days I spiritually surrender for my physicality and the exhaustion can get the best of me.This is my sister Amanda, helping me back to the chair.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Transfiguration
There has been much transition here over the past few weeks, from all angles.My friends Alesha and Jesse have arrived from Spokane, Washington. Both girls, sisters, will be living here with Amanda and I over the next 2-3 months, helping me out and partaking in treatments. We are now two sets of sisters, two families, merging as one in our little Peruvian apartment.Katrina and a friend of hers, Nick, headed off on a three week voyage around Southern Peru. She will be back through to visit with us afterwards, before heading back to the States. I am really going to miss Kat. She has been such a wonderful addition to my experience here and in my life. My first fellow pioneer, along with Mary, I could not have done it without them. For the first time since we have been in Peru, last week Alesha, Jess, Amanda and I left the city of Lima! Amanda requested to celebrate her 21st birthday outside this roaring city of 8 million people. She chose quite an incredible endeavor and we enlisted... none of us quite sure what we had signed up for. We voyaged out east into Peru, to the city of Pucallapa, this is where we received our first taste of rural Peruvian culture. We arrived at night, to this city, not lit by streetlights, but candles and the headlights from thousands of motorcycle-rickshaws charging the streets. Little did we know we would rarely see another taxi until we return to Lima. Amanda's birthday was spent afloat a small riverboat observing wildlife and then wandering the bumpy roads of Pucallapa. The next morning we find ourselves bustling to catch a boat, which will sail us up the Rio Ucayali, a tributary of the Amazon River and to our final destination, Iquitos, five days later. Iquitos rests at the edge of the Peruvian Amazon and is the largest city in the world not accessible by road, but solely boat or plane. There were many individual reasons for us choosing Iquitos, but mine was lit by that inner flame to heal: I had heard, before leaving the States, of a series of Amazonian plants available, which have to be taken-in thru diet, and have a profound impact on the body, predominately the skeletal and central nervous system. I wanted to learn more about this.I would not dare omit, a least a brief description, on our chosen boat, the Pedro Martin II. Our arrival was intense. We were hustled and hurried by a swarm of dockmen, eager to carry our bags for a wage. Suddenly, I find myself lifted up and carried onto not a dock, but two, frail wooden planks, then into the cargo area. We felt in distress and lost any thought of what to say to them in Spanish. Amanda grabs ahold of me, and we piggy-back up a flight of stairs to safety. I'd be lying if I said I was not in tears at this point. We looked at each other in dismay, but agreed we would stick out our voyage upstream.We sit outside our two bunk rooms and watch as over 100, possibly 200, locals swing lazily in hammocks, strung from the ceiling next to us. These boats are essential modes of transportation in this northeastern area of Peru. Departing daily, these ships transport it all: produce, livestock and human beings, as they stop along at secluded river villages.Our days on this boat leave us humbled. The Peruvian people were warming, striking us with their congenial ways, despite any language barrier. I was blown open by the simplicity of their lives, in moments finding myself ashamed of my extravagant lifestyle. The children gazed and marveled, making Alesha their biggest fan... They love to have their picture taken!We arrived in Iquitos, departing the boat in a similar fashion we had arrived in, with the exception of now being passed from boat to boat, until I reached land. The only way I held my ground, was to close my eyes and pray.So now we are in Iquitos or the next three nights. This city rings bustling chaos, yet at moments, holds a strange tranquility of a jungle town. At our hotel, we met some of the most fascinating people... many of which I believe will be mentioned here on this blog later someday.I did, in fact, recover further info of the plant medicines that I have been drawn to and I am going to give them a try. I will be happy to talk more about this later, for it is a topic of its own. We are looking to go back to Iquitos, perhaps in April, yet this time, via airplane...
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Manos Que Curan
There has recently been an article published about Manos Que Curan in a local Lima tabloid. The article is lengthy and somewhat spotty, being a direct translation from Spanish to English. (A bit of the information mentioned about Hampicamalloc Laura Pacheco is also mentioned on my site, peruvianproject.org) A thousand year-old Mochica method astounds Europe by curing cervical, dorsal and lumbar hernias as well as injuries to the spinal column, without surgery or medicine. In October of 2008, Laura Pacheco, currently its strongest supporter, in the international ethno medicinal conference, which took place in Munich, Germany, presented the Mochica chiropractic method in Europe. The medical faculty of the Ludwig-Maximillion University organized the conference. Health professionals of Europe are very excited to understand and learn the Mochica technique being that they have been able to observe and proof the effectiveness of this thousand-year-old method in physical rehabilitation. The Mochica chiropractic method comes from Peru and is an integral part of our country. It includes treatment of wounds to the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and lymph systems. The methods used include realignment of the spinal column, re-absorption herniated disks, the treatment of the joints, tendons, and muscles, the correction for luxations or subluxations, hip dysphasia, and physical rehabilitation after cerebral hemorrhage, myocardial infarction, sports injuries, fractures, or long term immobilizations. It is based on the manipulation of the vertebral column without using traction or violent movements that could cause pain or intense and unnecessary trauma in the patient’s body. This technique on the contrary is made up of very delicate and calculated movements to realign the structures of the body in their correct position. The joint and vertebral realignment is carried out using only the hands and lotions made with medicinal plants and animal fats that help the profound release of nerves, muscles, and tendons to minimize pain. This technique aligns the bones, regulates the flow of energetic fluids, accelerates the evacuation of blood waste, corrects the positions of the tendons, and activates the functioning of small nerves inside of vital areas causing the integral self-healing of the patient. It does not utilize machines, needles, anti-inflammatory, or cortisol, which only calm the pain but do not cure since they do not fix the root of the problem. Who is the Hampicamalloc?Laura Pacheco was able to learn the Mochica technique after having experienced it on her own body. The 24 of December of 1992, at the end of her first year of studies in the school of medicine, Laura suffered a severe traffic accident, which by a miracle did not take her life but left her a quadriplegic. No doctor in Peru or abroad was able to give her hope for recovery. The only thing that they recommended was to carry out an operation that would immobilize her spinal column in order to give her a little longer to live. After looking for alternative treatments abroad, without success, Laura returned to Peru to wait to die. Finally, her father in his desperate attempts to find a solution for Laura found a master bone setter who took charge of her recovery and surprisingly was able to achieve, against all prognosis, that which no doctor was able to believe in, Laura’s total recovery. Two years after the accident had occurred, during rehabilitation sessions and the realignment of her spinal column, Laura entered back into a life of academics and sports. She took up her studies of medicine again and returned to University athletics. Incredibly, in 1996 Laura obtained the bronze medal of the first college world Karate championship in the city of Osaka, Japan. She was considered, by the Japanese themselves on their own soil, a brilliant Karateist for her the courage, valor, strength, creativity, and spirit that she demonstrated. She received a series of awards. After the accident that almost ended her life, the master bone setter that cured her agreed to teach her the technique. In spite of the fact that this knowledge is handed down only from father to son, thus Laura Pacheco was given a new challenge in her life, dedicating herself to investigate and perfect the technique in which she had total confidence, with the goal of healing the most people in the least time possible. Manos Que Curan Manos Que Curan Center of Physical Rehabilitation and Mochica Chiropractics was created in 2000 by the Hampicamalloc Laura Pacheco Chiroque with the fundamental goal of offering an alternative to all people who suffer from spinal column of joint pain, this includes those who have lost all hope of recovery from their physical ailments and who have resigned themselves to living with pain and disability. To this day more than 1,000 patients have attended and received relief from their ailments. The results of the techniques of the Hampicamalloc Laura Pacheco have astounded the patients who often come in skeptical of the treatment. After a sensible amount of time they leave again cured of all the pain that they have lived with for years not finding a solution in Peru or abroad. Their problems include herniated discs, pinched nerves, scoliosis, lordosis, cifosis, listesis, lumbalgia, pico de loro, sciatica, migraine, hemiplegic, stroke, facial paralysis, tordicolis, hip dysplasia, compound fractures, sport injuries, cartilage issues, coccyx issues, cervical issues, sprains, subluxations and dislocations, tendinitis, bursitis, carpel tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, muscles spasms and stress, among many other problems that relate to the body’s ability to move. The technique developed by the Laura Pacheco is notably different from the chiropractics used in North America or Europe, in that the ladder applies traction to the damaged area causing a shock that the patient often does not resist. This causes micro-traumas and nerves and tendon inflammation. Also, the use and abuse of traction with time can develop arthritis and extremely severe pain. This technique is applied to people of any age and physical condition, from babies to the elderly. Expecting mothers cannot be treated. If you suffer from one of these conditions, or you know someone who does, you can come to Manos Que Curan.
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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
I have had some occurrences the last few weeks, in which I surprise myself with the lightness and fluidity in my body. I am lying on my stomach one afternoon and pull my heel upward. The leg curls, and it does so ever so effortlessly. I am reminded of how easy it can be to move. With this newfound ease in movement, I can’t help but continue to see how far and for how long, the movement will go. These bursts of movement will occur at random, all over the map. After so much activity the muscles wear to fatigue for a day, or sometimes, a few days. Whether in response from treatments, or my own natural movements, shortly afterwards these areas feel sluggish. Perhaps the right hamstring one day, my left arm another and my hands the next. It is the two steps forward, one-step back cycle. I just observe daily whether this is an issue, if so where? Then, let it rest. Days when my diagram is affected can feel rather tiring. I may spend an afternoon focusing on a full breath. My core definition is gradually appearing; tracing it’s way back in. I can notice these once atrophied muscles taking shape, allowing also, a more controlled movement. Currently, a strong focus is on my lower back and lowest abdomen, which are essential aids when standing and walking. At home and after most sessions, we practice walking. Amanda and Katrina help me at my sides, aiding as a crutch, as we walk anywhere from 30-100 feet. My right side leads, the left follows. How far I walk in a day depends on my level of energy and strength; however, no matter if it is a good or bad day there is beauty in watching this progress slowly unfold. The steps are becoming more aligned, even though I am a bit wobbily in moments, or the girls may help me a bit more at times. I am so blessed to have this opportunity here.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Rise and Lime
Something is brewing in treatments… and what better time to share it than now, for I am surrendered on our couch with exhaustion. It is Sunday and this week has been consistent with treatment, it’s homework, and a steady physical progression. This state of fatigue, that I am currently experiencing, tends to arise often lately. I can sense it creeping in sporadically throughout a day. Curious to this response, and a few other questions at thought, we brought our friend and interpreter, Cristina, to a session last week. Indeed, the treatments do over-stimulate the central nerves system, tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the body. Doing so, sessions are releasing rigidity and putting many areas into somewhat of an overload and a deep state of relaxation. This is actually a good thing. I am losing involuntary muscle rigidity, known as tone.Very often when you sustain a neurological injury, many and most muscles affected begin to tighten and hold themselves in strong contractions, known as this tone. These contractions may hold for days-weeks-months-years. Tone can be useful in moments for strength, however it is not of normalcy to the body and not something to grow dependent on. Sometimes it may be too intense and its contraction may resist a range you are reaching for. It seems that I am in the early phases of leaving this state of recovery and gradually returning back to the body’s natural state. It will take months as my body adjusts to this new pattern of release, calling on a deeper pull of my natural strength; building endurance in muscles while doing so. We follow the process of rising and liming daily. It has been 12 hours since session, the creams are soaked in entirely. We ‘lime up’ the areas of the body that had been treated. As best to our understanding, the lime acts as a barrier, not allowing “cold water” to seep into the pours, where the cream is at work stimulating the nerves. We are told that “cold water” can shock the nerves and stunt the progress of cream and treatment. I tend to notice sharp pains down the outer side of my left leg throughout the week. A very brief, strong zap. I am familiar with these sensations and know this feeling to be the neurological connection, rewiring itself. I can feel this zap down my arms and hands throughout the day as well. There is a breakthrough this week, or so this is how I view it…In yesterday’s appointment, with an upper body focus, Leyter works diligently on the spinal column and tendons of the upper back. This lasts nearly an hour. Preparing to get off the table, I sit at the edge to gather myself, haven been laying facedown for awhile. Amanda and Leyter both help me at my sides as I stand up and begin to take steps to sit down in the chair. While sitting, Leyter treats areas of my shoulders, the forearms, wrists and hands. As usual, he pressed firmly, slightly painfully but a relief. Amanda sits in front of us, observing this. “Arriba, levantate,” he says and i lift my right arm. For the first time in years, as I sit in this chair, it lifts entirely above my head… with ease. A full 180 degrees! Amanda and I look at each other astounded. Jaws dropped and eyes open, we share that telepathic, sisterly, “Oh my God…” of gratitude. This is big. When I arrived here at Manos Que Curan, now 10 weeks ago, I have gained a whole 50 degrees of range of motion in my right arm. Incredible. Leyter moves to my left side. This is where my difficulty is. He continues the same process. “Arriba. Levantate. Vamos,” and helps me. It is nearly reaching 90 degrees, an improvement as well, but not feeling nearly as light as my right side. This is promising… and I’m excited.
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Thursday, January 1, 2009

¡Feliz Ano Nuevo!
Kat, Amanda, and I spent New Years last night with our new friends Cristina, Remy, and their daughter Isabelle. Cristina began as our translator during treatments in November, she and her family are now our friends. We walked the block over to their home and joined them with their parents for the New Years celebration.Our experience with this couple is delightful and culturally full. Cristina has spent her life growing up in Lima while Remy is from Holland. They are both tri-lingual. Spanish, English, and Dutch conversation fill our evening as we share our individual experiences, growing up amongst different continents. Cristina and Remy had prepared in their kitchen, treats from all three cultures, while Cristina's mother shared with us that Isabelle is fourth generation American private school student. It was nearing midnight when we learned of Peruvian New Year traditions. Be sure to wear yellow, as Isabelle taught us, for it will bring you good luck. Eat 12 grapes, one for each month. Lastly, if you would like to find yourself traveling this upcoming year, you are to walk around the block with an empty suitcase. At midnight we watched fireworks going off from all angles of Lima, glimpsing up at them during the entire walk back to our house... wondering if we should have grabbed our luggage.
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Feliz Navidad
Here in the southern hemisphere, it appears we are experiencing the holidays a little differently this year. Instead of mittens and eggnog, it's bathing suits and BBQ. Plans for the beach are valid topics of discussion. An Andean ski adventure? Not quite.Kat, Amanda and I certainly do love the warmth and easy summer weather. Nonetheless, we do agree that Christmas feels a bit, well, absent this year. (Careful not to inform Kat about any of your eggnog indulges; it's one of her holiday favorites and you'll stir her homesick.) It has been interesting to observe the Peruvian traditional Christmas thus far. Although not much different than our own, it does ring a slightly different vibe. It is still the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Lights are strung and carols do play. The Peruvian Christmas does not emphasize the exchanging of gifts, but rather, such a strong focus on the story of Jesus Christ and the importance of family and church. It is no where near the commercial blow out we see in the United States. There are no overcrowded malls or boutiques. Having spoken with a Peruvian friend, it seems that although Christmas is their most celebrated and important holiday. He will be spending Christmas Eve with his family, wife and daughters, enjoying a meal and going to church at midnight. He informs us that everyone attends this mass. They exchange small gifts after service. On Christmas day, they stay at home with family. It is peaceful, pure and simple. As I check my email earlier, my attention is drawn to an article on MSN entitled, "How to Afford Christmas This Year." My immediate thought: 'What a shame. Someone has it all wrong.' The article elaborates on how to keep Christmas afloat, while experiencing economic strife in the States. Now, I'm sure it was written with good intention. Yet, how unfortunate, is how i read it, to feel that you need to afford your holiday. Not that I don't find gift-giving fun or exciting, I do. But as I sit in my apartment I feel, being 5000 miles away from my family, that they are indeed, my gift. It is not about purchasing anything, but in the sacredness of the day, as you feel it, and being in the presence of those you love.
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Friday, December 12, 2008

¡Noticias fant├ísticas!
Can you feel that?! It's excitement and gratitude, and it is so strong that it could start oozing through your screen at any moment...I just had a phone conference with my client care coordinator. Back home, they have granted our twelve month request to stay in Miraflores and receive treatments! This news is BIG, for now I can remain in the city and receive treatments without interruption. It is quite a relief for myself and the girls. We can now redirect our focus back to our home and Dr. Laura's program. We would like to express our gratitude to those who were and are supportive and to those involved in this week's decision to allow our journey to take place. By being open to change, they have made an incredible impact not only on my life, but for all those who share it. As my program at Manos Que Curan continues, I have been given tarea... homework to coincide with what the Doctor's focus is. We are strongly addressing my need for diaphragmatic and core strength. Combining both arm movements and particular breathing patterns, this will open up my arm ranges, my upper back and diaphragm strength. During session, Nathan works on particular tendons, vertebrae and nerve roots, opening up these areas, using the creams while doing so. It is my responsibility to follow up with daily routines, which will further more strengthen the areas that he initially opens. I should see beneficial results during the next three to six months. All of these changes are very exciting for us. I look forward to these sessions at Manos Que Curan and even the tarea, while discovering the potential they offer.
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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Back to Lima
Now we are back in Lima! It is my sister Amanda, Katrina, and myself now. I'm calling us transition team (i bit that from Obama... :) We are living in our final apartment, which will be our home here as long as we live in Miraflores. This is very exciting and quite a relief, for Katrina and I have lived in four apartments in the previous month. Our new home is amazing! Nineteen stories up, we view the ocean. Above: My room and my pet blue morpha butterfly on the night stand. Kat's room, "not much to it yet," she says. Amanda's room. We keep the door closed.A Miraflores skyline, from the balcony. We now live roughly 10 blocks from the beach. We have yet to discover the pathway down to it however, for the coast of Miraflores consists of a short, sanded beach lined with - i'm guessing - 100 foot cliffs. The beaches do not appear very crowded. We walk to Vivanda, our local grocery store. This in itself is a cultural experience: bagged milk, unrefridgerated livestock, and some of largest and most unique produce we have ever seen. We toss what is appealing into our cart, but eye it carefully, we'll carry this all home on foot. I am very excited to back here in Lima. Amanda is happy to be here, as well as meet some friends and explore the area. Both her and Katrina beginning Spanish classes next week; I will work with a tutor. The meeting back home with the state went well. Unfortunately, the current situation is as follows: I have to fly home every sixty days in order for the girls to receive payment. The system does not see my need to remain here for such a length of time, as Dr. Laura recommends for optimal results. They believe we are on "vacation". I am writing an extension and exception letter which will include a letter of prognosis from Doctor Laura. We are hoping this will work in our favor. I have received two treatments at Manos Que Curan since we have returned to Lima. I was so eager for them! It had been ten days since my last appointment with Nathen and I was craving these sessions. We have done both upper body and lower body, individually. Perhaps it was the lapse in time, but yet again they were intense. My arms have ached for the last two days. I'm even left slightly winded today. Feels like a nervous system overload. I am aware of these treatments and how they will take time, I can only imagine what 6-12 months of dedication will do for me.
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